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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Monday, July 14, 2014

ANOTHER MARK RAINES VIDEO: The Robotic Shower Head Talks about the WW


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New at Frontiers of Zoology: http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/07/original-notice-of-patagonian-plesiosaur.html
http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/07/plesiosaurs-and-gars.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/07/san-francisco-sea-serpent.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/07/plesiosaur-family-tree.html

KARL SHUKER: Giant Black Unicorns, a Chinese Quasi-Rhino Figurine, and the Enigma of Elasmotherium

Karl Shuker is horning into a very mixed assemblage of mythological and cryptozoological mysteries, and all of them featuring horn-bearing anomalies.

Read on...


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.


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.

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    The Gonzo Daily - Monday

    Today we have some good news about Daevid Allen. This news from Spring Studio via the Daevid Alien Facebook group -
    "Good news! I am on my way home today! Rapid recovery began from the moment Ynys played me the drones! My lymph swelling reduced. No dressing now needed. And yesterday they x-rayed my arm and we saw that the bones are knitting so no plating operation required. More later. Needless to say i am very very grateful!! Love, Daevid xxxx"
    However, there is more. An update from Harry Williamson dated Saturday 12th reads:
    "Daevid came home yesterday and is in great spirits feeling like a miracle has happened. Willie picked him up from Griffith and Orlando and Emma popped round. We had a celebratory Guinness or three, D having a small glass. He remains on fat free diet for at least two weeks then his Radio therapy starts. 5 days a week for 6 weeks, 140km a day in Lismore. This is likely to make him pretty nauseous towards the end.
    Furthermore the bones in his arm have bonded finally so no op required there. He mentioned that Ynys downloaded the drone at Griffith and from the moment he heard it he began to heal more rapidly.We are all very relieved but we're not out of the woods quite yet. Here's hoping for a positive convalescence post radio therapy and the turning of a new leaf for Daevid.
    Today I recieved this from Jem, David's neighbour.
    'Kavi Tree and Ynys went to see Daevid today taking in clean sheets etc. He's been in very good spirits for a couple of days and is looking forward to finalising his care plan. Hopefully a bed will become available in Murwillambah and he can be transfered to NSW where his home care can be worked out. He is worried that government funding may prolong his hospitalised convalescence. His lymph is being drained less frequently which is a good sign and for now he needs to remain in Griffith University Hospital so that the consultants who did the op can observe his stats and work out what is going on. He is still on regular pain relief.'
    We hope to go up to see him later in the week.
    Obviously his healing path is long but he is in positive high spirits and dealing with it one day at a time. Daevid would like to humbly thank everybody who has sent him healing in their own ways and wishes to reassure everybody that he is receiving strong and clear. "Not by my will but via the will of the one god love will the outcome be as it should". Thank you beloved glissers everywhere for the love. Daevid"
    Now, unfortunately I have been spectacularly stupid. On Saturday when we posted the latest issue of the magazine I managed to screw up the link to the download page. It is now fixed, and you can download pdf copies of the magazine from:
    I do apologise for being an idiot, but in my defence, we received the first ultrasound video of my first grandchild (a girl, Evelyn, due in September) and everything else has taken second place this weekend.
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#86) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Hunter Thompson on the front cover an an article by theatrical producer Lou Stein about his friendship with the good doctor. There is also an interview with Paul Woodwright from Kozfest, Galahad at the Christchurch Festival in pictures, Doug Harr with thefirst of a mini series on Brand X, whilst Jon muses about Alan Moore (who knows the score). There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, from Canterbury Sans Frontières  and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and salamanders from Toulouse (OK, no French caudata, 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!!!
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    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?


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    The other day I ran a competition here on the blogs, more in hope than in any real expectation that anyone would be stupid enough to go on for it.  After all, who would be stupid enough, apart from me, to write a rap song about parsnips?

    Andy Roberts, that’s who.

    I’ve known Andy for very nearly twenty years; I have published his books, I have been the subject of his scurrilous writings and over that time we not only remained friends but have spend an enormous amount of time recommending obscure hippy music to each other.  So I am kicking myself for not having predicted that this peculiar Yorkshireman would have been the winner of my stupidly tongue-in-cheek competition….

     Buttered Parsnip Rap                                                                     

    I’m chillin’ down the veg store, gonna get me my grits
    When the dude at the till says blood, check out the parsnips
    I say wha? I Say wha? I Say wha? like a cliché
    Cos blood, like, you know, parsnips don’t go in no quiche (hey!)
    Dude says cool it, blood, with the ill behaviour
    Y’all ain’t tried nuthin’ til you’ve tasted their flavour
    This jam is dedicated to those who said we couldn’t
    And to those in the house who simply thought we couldn’t
    Find a rhyme, find the time, catch the serendips
    To get a nigga to utter fine words butter no parsnips

    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

    News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

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    DAN HOLDSWORTH: Special Effects


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    Dan H.


    ON THIS DAY IN 1430 - 
    Joan of Arc, taken prisoner by the Burgundians in May, was handed over to Pierre Cauchon, the bishop of Beauvais. 

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