Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014


The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
Last night I sat down and started to read Pam Windo's spellbinding memoir of life with her late husband Gary. It is a fascinating read, but - to my surprise - what she reveals about herself is even more interesting than the music business anecdotes involving her husband. It is a painfully honest and emotionally naked story of a young woman coming to terms with both the cultural mores of the British hippy movement, and her own psychology and sexuality. It is a completely breathtaking book, and - Pamela, if you are reading - it is your fault that I feel so groggy today; I was up until 5:30, sitting in my favourite armchair, eating olives and reading your book.
I am also getting somewhat worried about the Weird Weekend. We have sold some tickets, so - unlike several other conferences this year - we are not going to have to cancel for that reason. However, we have not sold as many as I would have liked, nor have we sold enough to stop me worrying and fretting continually about it. So, please boys and girls, if you are intending to come, please buy your tickets now in order to allay my fears and lower my blood pressure.
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Eric Burdon & War - Paint it Black
‘He’s doing a great job’: For mixer Billy Sherwood on Jon Davison
Folk-rock favourite Dave Swarbrick talks about the shock of reading his own obituary
Just in case you missed it, the latest issue of Gonzo Weekly can be seen now at www.gonzoweekly.com. It features an interview with Barbara Dickson, an exclusive glimpse at the creative process of Roger Dean, Clepsydra remembering their collaboration with H R Giger, The National live, we welcome Friday Night Progressive to the Gonzo Web Radio family, and there are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich (this week they are in outer space making scatological jokes about Uranus) and from the multitalented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and Victorian flues (OK, no 19th Century heating ducts, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
The full list of artists in #78 is: H.R. Giger, Morrissey, Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward, Black Sabbath, Roger Daltrey, Wilko Johnson,  Mick Harvey, Judy Dyble, Michael des Barres, Sleepyard, Fish, Gong, Magick Brothers, Pink Fairies, Barbara Dickson, Dave Bainbridge, Erik Norlander, Eric Burdon, Liz Lenten, Auburn, Merrell Fankhauser, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mary Stewart, Patrick Woodroffe, Ernie Chataway, Nash the Slash, Morning Glory Zen-Ravenheart, Jean Philippe Rykiel, Joey Molland, David Jackson, Rene van Commenee, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Clearlight, Planet Earth Rock ’n’ Roll Orchestra, Kevin Ayers and the Whole World, Galileo 9, Paul Rogers, Radio Moscow, Tinariwen, The National,  Hugh Hopper, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Roger Dean, Trevor Rabin, Jon Anderson John Lennon, The  Beatles, Titled Planet Press, Bay City Rollers, Cliff Richard, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Chief Raoni, Tribal Hybrid Concept, Matte  Handerson, Salem, My Eternel, Sepultura, Oakenshield
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
*  The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

*  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 54 who - together with an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange kitten?


What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with Cryptozoology?

Well, everything actually!

In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. 

CRYPTOLINK: Thylacine cameraman copped buttocks bite

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

A still image from film footage taken by David Fleay in 1933
The cameraman who took footage of the last captive Tasmanian tiger was bitten by the animal. Source: AAP
THE cameraman who took the famous footage of the last captive Tasmanian tiger was bitten on the buttocks while filming.
Biologist David Fleay's pictures shot at a Hobart zoo in 1933 are known around the world as the haunting last images of an animal nearing extinction.
A tiger, or thylacine, known as Benjamin, is seen pacing uncomfortably inside a concrete pen three years before it was to become the last of its species to die in captivity.
But a new exhibition at Launceston's Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery has shed more light on the shoot.
The museum is displaying witness accounts, remembered by Fleay's daughter Rosemary, that recall him being bitten after two warning "yawns" from the tiger.
"The animal managed to get behind him and bite him on the buttocks," curator David Maynard told AAP.
"He had fair warning and he got what was coming to him."
Fleay, who was working under a curtain commonly used by photographers in the early 20th Century, suffered no serious injury.

Read on...


Bigfoot Evidence: Watch Todd Standing Bigfoot Photo Animation
The controversy around Todd Standing's bigfoot photos continues. Bigfoot enthusiast Kevin Buresh sent us the above animation and the following:.

Hansen: Brush with Bigfoot? Omaha Scouts' trip yielded a big, hairy mystery - Omaha.com: News
The footage Alfred Bouvier shot in 1962 shows grainy, black-and-white scenery. The outline of what looks like a lake. The camera jerks, and what ...

Bigfoot News | Bigfoot Lunch Club: Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives to Debut on Discovery
Below is the press release for the upcoming two-hour special that investigates why 9 college students never made it back. Perhaps it was a killer Yeti.

Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center • View topic - This Trailer for "Stomping Ground" Is About ...
It's not everyday someone makes a Bigfoot film about Bigfooters. This film from Dan Riesser is about squatching, but more dangerous. Judging by the ...


Willow Creek
The found footage Bigfoot horror, Willow Creek, represents somewhat of a thematic departure for the American, one that we welcome with open arms.

Bigfoot Evidence: New Footage: This Bigfoot Sighting From Washington Looks Legit
Here's a new footage, and this one is supposedly from Washington State. The video shows a person frantically chasing down a shadowy figure, and it 


The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking. 

  • NEWSLINK: Edinburgh Zoo educational display - Big ...
  • NEWSLINK: Lion spotted in Bulawayo suburb
  • NEWSLINK: 'Domestic kitty' was a wild cat after al...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Big cats, wolverines and 'wild beast...

  • NEWSLINK: Big cat spotted in Himachal?
  • NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

    LOCH NESS MONSTER: Ted Holiday and the Exorcism of the Loch Ness Monster
    LOCH NESS MONSTER  Glasgow Boy
    The Doctor asked for and got some photographs of the event, but I can go one further and have found a video of the exorcism episode from the 1976 ...

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1980 Namco released Pac-Man. Pac-Man was one of the most technologically advanced of the early arcade games and along with Space Invaders (another Namco game) and Nintendo's Donkey Kong helped show the potential for what video games could accomplish, kick-starting what would become the world's most popular art form. Pac-Man was originally called Puck-Man after a hockey puck but Midway, the games American distributor, changed the name to Pac-Man out of fear that evil communists might change the P to look like an F in a bid to corrupt the wholesome American youth or some such crazy idea.

    And now the news:
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  • Study: UK cities becoming mosquito-friendly habita...
  • Humpback whale subspecies revealed
  • Derbyshire Wildlife Trust vaccinates badgers as al...
  • Howls in the Night: One Man’s Quest for the Japane...
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  • Colorado moose attack injures 2 women - via D R Sh...
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  • Masterful playing of Pacman: