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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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

That Time Lloyds of London Insured The Loch Ness Monster
Expand. In 1971, Cutty Sark offered an award of one million pounds ($2.4 million) to anyone who could capture the Loch Ness Monster. But, the ...


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.


Lord Rick Finds Another Bigfoot Teepee Out In the Middle of Nowhere In The Sierras
This latest teepee was found near Scott's Lake — which isn't really known for it's Bigfoot sightings. The finding is interesting, however, as Rick ...

Bigfoot evidence discovered in Vicksburg
Is Bigfoot wandering the Mississippi wilds ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Donar Reiskoffer. Two men witnessed evidence of the infamous cryptid at 

My Mom is a Bigfooter and Didn't Even Know it
As it turns out, my own mother has had some very interesting experiences in the woods. She told me about the time something chased her out of the 

Latest Bigfoot Evidence
Bigfoot recording posted by Cliff Barackman from Vancouver Island captured by the BC Sasquatch Organization. The sound was recorded from an ...

Breakdown: The Bigfoot In Greenwater Park Footage
BIGFOOT Tree Structure at the Lake August 28 2014 ... «Next Post Bigfoot Expedition Aug 2014, Thermal Drop Box · Forest Fire in Sasquatch Canyon

Men: Bigfoot-like creature may be in Mississippi
2 (UPI) — A pair of Mississippi men said they had close encounters with a Bigfoot-like creature on separate occasions near the same playground

Video of "non-human" primate arm soon to be released
Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
While Brown is currently getting things ready to be sent out to a lab, his $10 Million Bigfoot Bounty partner David Lauer is getting ready to release a ...

Bigfoot Sightings – Are They Really All Bunk?
Bigfoot, also known as “Sasquatch” has been a part of Native American legend and lore since the times before white settlers ever set foot in the New ...


The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
According to my late father, on this day in 1939, he (aged fourteen), my mother (aged seventeen) and his two sisters Mary (the same age as my mother) and Anne (about 11) went picking blackberries. It was a balmy September day and they had a lovely time. Apparently both my mother and Auntie Anne got caught in bramble thickets and had to be rescued by my father. All four are dead now, so this is purely hearsay. Oh yes, and WW2 started, and the world would never be the same.
Earlier this year Richard Freeman emailed me, and in passing wrote that 2014 feels like 1939. It certainly does. I think I am going to go and pick some blackberries.
Hawkwind, Pink Fairies and Kate Bush Fans, and students of the British Underground had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#93) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
It has the lovely Jaki Windmill, the chanteuse of The Pink Fairies, (and all sorts of other things) on the cover. Hawkwind fans should check out the news of a charity auction of Bob Calvert memorabilia, and Doug Harr was there in the audience when Kate Bush played live on Friday evening. Dean Phillips revisits the events of 40 years ago when Wally Hope and the other Wallies of Wiltshire appeared in the High Court, with an amazing collection of pictures and clippings from the time, nearly all of which I had never seen before. There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and ursine tree kangaroos (OK, no weird arboreal marsupials from New Guinea, 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!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
As well as the Gonzo Weekly, there is a daily service called - wait for it - The Gonzo Daily, and you can subscribe for free HERE:
*  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?


This is a link to our blog, mainly on Cryptozoology (national and international):

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - WEDNESDAY (by the way Syd, I think you might like this song)

ON THIS DAY IN 1939 - British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, in a radio broadcast, announced that Britain and France had declared war on Germany. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1. 

  • Charlie Sheen says Danish authorities are complici...
  • Northern Kimberley sub-region reveals unexpected s...
  • Mouse memories 'flipped' from fearful to cheerful
  • Can Octopuses be Cultivated for Food?
  • New findings on beetle flight may help control dea...
  • Japan's annual dolphin slaughter begins at Taiji c...
  • PICTURES: Exciting discover at RSPB Lakenheath Fen...

  • Census: Orca population in Puget Sound falling

  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)