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, September 15, 2014

WEIRD WEEKEND 2014: Friday Night Part One

The Weird Weekend is the biggest predominantly cryptozoological conference in the English Speaking World, and has been presented every year since 2000. The 15th Weird Weekend, was held on the third weekend of August 2014, at the Small School in Hartland. The whole event is being posted on CFZtv.

Jon Downes: Introduction
Nick Wadham: Welcome to Bugfest
Saskia gets an award

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

Two Forthcoming Lectures on the Loch Ness Monster
Jonathan will be giving his views on how the Loch Ness Monster could be viewed as a paranormal phenomenon as well as looking back at his photo ...


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 - Monday
And so another week begins, and this is likely to be the most important week of my year. The most important week for me since the one in which I got married back in 2007. My darling younger stepdaughter Olivia is due to give birth to my first grandchild next weekend. Babies are not an exact science so I don't know exactly when Corinna, Mother and I will be driving hell for leather from Devonshire to Norfolk but it may well be that the normal blog services to which you have become used, and also the weekly Gonzo magazine may be disrupted. I am sure that you will agree it is for a good reason. Our motto is Pro Bona Causa Facimus after all.
I cannot believe that it has been a whole month since the Weird Weekend. The 2015 event will be taking place at the Small School on the third weekend of August next year. We will be announcing speakers, attractions and ticket details soon. And finally, this week, the videos of the event will begin uploading. Many thanks to Dave, Joanne and Rosie Curtis for their camerawork, and to Think Tank Media and Vaudrey Arts for their sponsorship.
I have cntinual problems with people trying to read the Gonzo Weely www.gonzoweekly.com on their iPads. It works fine on my iPad, but apparently doesn't on other people's. Another problem is that even at the lowest resolution the pdf (which can be downloaded on the site or from the dropbox) is 11mb which is quite a hefty size and takes some time to download. Can anyone make any suggestions how this problem can be overcome, but preferably without me having to publish two separate editions. This magazine takes up enough of my life as it is...
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Yardbirds - Shapes Of Things
‘Beautiful and so thrilling': Jon Davison has found a creative spark with Yes’ Steve Howe
ALAN WHITE OF YES: ‘Jesus, did I do that?': John Lennon heralds Beatles breakup 45 years ago
Peter Gabriel, Mick Rogers, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Paula Frazer and U2 Fans, had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#95) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
It has the one and only Mick Rogers, singer/guitarist with Manfred Mann's Earth Band and the legendary Aviator on the cover, and an exclusive interview with the man himself inside. Doug Harr meets the lovely and massively talended Paula Frazer, and Jon critiques the new U2 album and is critical about its marketing. There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit from Canterbury sans Frontieres presented by Matthew Watkins, and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and long nosed potoroos (OK, no weird antipodean macropods, 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:
Issue 94 (John Ellis cover)http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/09/gonzo-weekly-94.html
Issue 93 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 92 (Weird Weekend cover)
Issue 91 (Galahad cover)
Issue 90 (Steve Bolton cover)
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?

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From CFZ Australia:


The Inquisitr

Andrew Clacy who toured U.S. with 'Bigfoot' carcass 'heartbroken' as it was hoax
An Australian man says he was devastated after learning he had been involved in a high-profile Bigfoot hoax. Last December, Andrew Clacy left his ...
Found footage movie 'Willow Creek' has big chills, Bigfoot
Two attractive young urbanites, one an aspiring actress and the other a longtime Bigfoot enthusiast, head to the wilds of Humboldt County, California, ...
Rodney Adams, a co-founder and lead investigator with the Northern Kentucky Bigfoot Research Group, holds up a cast of what he says is the ...=
Five scariest things in the Mississippi woods
Here in Mississippi, no legendary being has gained more attention than Bigfoot, and true believers say these beasts are not to be taken lightly. 
Are you creeped out by this white Bigfoot's eyes?
Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
In this latest breakdown, ThinkThunker explores the reasons why this white Bigfoot from Pennsylvania does not have an eyeshine. Check it out: ...

Bigfoot Face To Face: Witness Account & Trail Cam Photo With Barb & Gabby
Hold on to your seats! You are about to hear the most amazing witness account of a face to face Bigfoot experience! Then, you will see a trail cam ...

Bob Bayne said he had an encounter with a young Bigfoot in the area in 1973. Bayne looked over a display at the Carroll County Public Library during 

Watch This Class A White Bigfoot Investigation in Maine (Video)
Recently there have been a number of sightings of a white bigfoot in Maine. Bill Brock and his team investigate after a recent face to face encounter ...

Turns out, this is an alligator arm
The Bigfoot community is pleased that the mystery arm was properly examined. "I'm happy that it didn't go on any longer. The facts were revealed by 

Bigfoot believers dismiss DNA analysis
SEATTLE - When you're a Bigfoot believer in Washington state - for some, the epicenter for the creature - you don't get discouraged. Not even by this 

Breakdown Revisited: Mysterious Bigfoot Photos
Breakdown Revisited: Mysterious Bigfoot Photos. Phil Poling of ParaBreakdown takes a look at a set of photos that appeared out of nowhere, and then ...


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: Call for greater protection of endanger...
  • Saber-toothed cat struts down Wilshire, and comes ...

  • VIDEO: Lions Documentary Deep Inside Big Cats D...

    ON THIS DAY IN 1775 - An early and unofficial American flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Mott after the seizing of Fort Johnson from the British. The flag was dark blue with the white word "Liberty" spelled on it. 

  • Mozambique logs a rare victory against poachers
  • Very rare moth spotted in a Gloucestershire garden...
  • First ban on shark and manta ray trade comes into ...
  • Bangladesh meet begins to save endangered tigers
  • 100 Swansea 'micro pigs' culled for public safety
  • Fat cat slim: Obese pet starts fitness regime afte...

  • Thailand set to target markets to protect internat...

  • 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)