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 28, 2014

Mark's final WW Video


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 Gonzo Daily - Saturday
Strange days, and rapidly getting stranger. On the good side: Two sightings of the massively elusive Camberwell Beauty - a Scandinavian butterfly that occasionally visits the UK, but as far as I am aware doesn't breed here. Also on the good side: Dave McMann is out of hospital - perhaps my half assed attempts at magick worked? Perhaps he is just a bolshy bastard who doesn't like being told what to do by the NHS. But it is good to know he is still doing what he does best - being Dave McMann.
On the bad side: My old mate Jon Driscoll, aka Jon Beast, comedian, promoter, poet, bon viveur, and warm up man for Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine has died. Another part of my mis-spent youth has gone down the can. In his memory: the only couplet of the only piece of his poetry I remember:
Go mental,drink 25 beers
Go mental, stick poo in your ears
God bless you Jon. The world is now a slightly poorer and less funny place than it was a few days back. In a world run by psychopaths, where the people ruling swathes of the Middle East have started crucifying their opponents and where our own country is getting drowned in a maze of bureaucracy technology and greed we need fat bastards exhorting us to "Go Mental" more than ever.
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#88) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Joey Molland, the last man standing of the mighty Badfinger on the front cover and an interview with him inside. It also includes an exclusive interview with the author of a new biography of The Waterboys, with an exclusive extract from the book. Yes fans will find a critique of the new album and a rundown of the extraordinary events that took place yesterday as Jon Anderson launched his new band. Elsewhere in the issue Doug Harr interviews the founding members of Brand X and Galahad release the cover art for their forthcoming EP.  There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny (hopefully fully recovered from his recent illness) a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and mysterious clues (OK, no peculiar objects left by malefactors, 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!
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*  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?

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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



Early Bigfoot sightings
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Megan Fox Believes That If Anyone Is Going To Find Bigfoot, It's Megan Fox
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Brand New Photo Surfaces Of Bigfoot In Virginia
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Andrii Sedniev's review of 100 Bigfoot Nights: A Chilling True Story
Before reading this book I didn't believe that Bigfoot exists, but now I am sure they do exist. This is a story that describes how an ordinary family mee...
Bigfoot Creature Attacks Travelers in Ohio-1869
Being attacked by a wild animal of any kind if bad enough, but being attacked by a bigfoot while travelling through the woods in the 1800's?
Finding Bigfoot _ Famous Rocky Mountain Bigfoot Footage from 1962
Finding Bigfoot series page at Hulu.comThis may be the first recorded evidence of Bigfoot. It shows a curious creature hopping from rock to rock in the ...
Radio Host and Crew See 'Bigfoot' in Washington
TROUT LAKE, Wash. — A radio host says he and his crew witnessed what they believe was a juvenile Bigfoot last weekend.Clyde Lewis, host of the ...
Dr. Jeff Meldrum Analyzes Footprints From Salt Fork Park
We had recently reported on Dax Rushlow's trip to Salt Fork Park, where he found what he thought were Bigfoot footprints on the edge of the ...
Bigfoot Reports Wanted
If you have seen anything that you believe might be a Sasquatch or Bigfoot,or if you have heard strange noises or had a strange experience. I would ...
Bigfoot In Mississippi
Used with Permission - Do not copy or redistribute! Bigfoot filmed in Mississippi by Brian Sons. I have attempted to stabilize and enhance the video per ...
Comparing Hoaxed Bigfoot Tracks with Genuine Ones
Great news! I am sure you would have no issue with this 'evidence' being scientifically tested. The last time I checked Bigfoot only existed in the realms ...


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