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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Tuesday, September 09, 2014


ON THIS DAY IN 1948 - Mildred "Axis Sally" Gillars was indicted for treason in Washington, DC. Gillars was a Nazi radio propagandist during World War II. She was convicted and spent 12 years in prison. 

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  • 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)


    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.


    Oh how times have changed. I am not talking about the Scottish independence vote, or the events in the Middle East, but - for once - for me personally. As regular readers will know I have done something unpleasant to my neck and because this unpleasant something is exceedingly painful, I am now on a complex cocktail of muscle relaxants and narcotic pain-killers, which is pretty much the cocktail of chemicals that I used to use for recreational purposes about a quarter of a century ago. The results are fairly similar (except that I am not dancing around the office to the On U sound system) and I am what I used to describe as "out of my gourd".
    The weird thing is that now, instead of finding it a pleasant sensation, I am feeling mildly nauseous, very drowsy and wondering why I ever paid good money to feel like this. I wonder if I put 'The Happy Mondays' on, whether it will make the sensation any better. It always worked for me back in 1990. (*)
    Getting old is a peculiar experience.
    (* I tried. It didn't)
    It has the one and only John Ellis, one time guitar guru of The Vibrators, Peter Gabriel, The Stranglers, Peter Hammill, Judge Smith and more on the cover. Doug Harr was there in the audience when Kate Bush played live on last Friday evening, and Jon finds out about Clepsydra's plans for the future from bass ace Andy Thommen. 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?

    BOOK REVIEW: Steve Rider peruses Nick Redfern's latest

    Suspicious Deaths, Mysterious Murders
    And Bizarre Disappearances
    In UFO History.

    By Nick Redfern

    A Review by Steve Rider.

    The last time I reviewed a book I was the secretary of the (now sadly no more) Southampton UFO Group in the UK. I have to say I don’t feel those reviews were my best work but, I was learning.
    It has been many long years since those times so, when I was offered this book to review I jumped at the chance. Not just as it is a UFO themed book but, also because it is by an Author/Researcher who I greatly admire.

    I had no idea what to expect initially but, the back cover of the book makes a bold statement:
    “Getting to close to the comic truth about alien abductions, Roswell, and what the government really knows about UFO’s is clearly a deadly business. Find out the facts here-if you dare!” (Nick Redfern 2014).
    Well did I dare….

    Of course I did.

    In Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind, author Nick Redfern take you on a tour de force of the more deadly side to the UFO phenomenon. Not just that but, he also details stories of intrigue, deception, murder, clandestine operations and some quite interesting links between many of these stories and the key players and participants.
    Most of you will be aware of a great many of the cases discussed in the book. Such as the Maury Island incident and Roswell Both famous incidents in the annals of Ufology where strange deaths have occurred following their occurrence.
    There are many great from UFO history who have been involved in or have even been the victims, such as PC Alan Godfrey, George Adamski, Capt. Thomas Mantell, Fredrick Valentich and Kenneth Arnold to name just a few.

    The book looks into the conspiracies that may well be behind the strange deaths around those who knew too much or were about to ‘blow the whistle’ as it were, on the truth or apparent truth surrounding UFO’s.
    What also becomes apparent in the book is that UFO’s are not the only subject that some of these people, Victims and shadowy government agencies, were involved with you will discover many a tale and shadowy figure that links the UFO subject to other significant events such as the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    What this book has is a wealth of information that is presented in a concise and easy to read. Nick’s writing skills and extensive knowledge of the subject are very much in evidence here. The book does keep your attention and written in such a way as to appeal to the seasoned researcher and the novice. There is plenty of scope here for the reader to make their own mind up on the topic’s but, also there are enough question’s still unanswered that will leave you wanting to know more about exactly what is going on out there.  The other thing this leaves you thinking is just how far into the UFO subject do I want to dig?
    Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind has to be one of the better books I have read on the subject in recent years. It might not be the most in-depth or detailed but, there is enough there to peak your interest and perhaps give you a thirst for more.

    Could I tell you more? Yes but, then I also want you to buy and make up your own mind. Because you will not be disappointed.

    Steve Rider
    September 2014.

    Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind:
    Suspicious Deaths, Mysterious Murders and Bizarre Disappearances in UFO History.
    By Nick Redfern

    Published by New Page Books in the USA.

    DAVEY CURTIS: What is this, that stands before me?

    Dear Jon,

    Rosie was so engrossed taking a photo of a spider with Lars at the WW, that she never even noticed the Imp looking straight at her!


    Davey C

    Richard Freeman 'Monster Hunter' on Dragons

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

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    Does Bigfoot Need Our Protection?
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    This Is One of the Strangest Bigfoot Theories I've Ever Heard
    Do bigfoot have chlorophyll in their blood, transparent hair fibers, and the ability to regenerate? Let's propose for a moment that Sasquatch have both .

    Bigfoot Mystery: Evidence of Bigfoot Discovered in Vicksburg (Watch Video)
    The mystery of the Bigfoot, a large hairy hominid-like creature that is believed to live in the forests, has intrigued people since forever. Every culture .

    Bigfoot Screams At Driver?
    Here's a fascinating report about a witness describing what the Bigfoot sounded like when it was screaming into his car. This took place in Redwoods, ...

    This Bigfoot Sighting Location Near Klamath California Is Gorgeous
    This latest sighting report is from one of the squatchiest locations in the world, Klamath California. This one is about a motorist who observed a Bigfoot

    Are There Really 100000 Bigfoot Living in North America?
    Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
    Since the Sykes DNA study was released, some bigfoot believers have abandoned the search. But not in Washington State. In fact Rhettman Mullis

    Motorist Observes Bigfoot North of Klamath California
    Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization: Bigfoot sighting in a region of California, RMSO considers a Bigfoot sighting hot spot with a very long history


    ON THIS DAY IN 490 B.C. - The Battle of Marathon took place between the invading Persian army and the Athenian Army. The marathon race was derived from the events that occurred surrounding this battle. 

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  • 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)