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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Thursday, September 18, 2014

WEIRD WEEKEND 2014: Friday Night Part Two

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.

* Ronan's Birthday Cake
* Shoshannah McCarthy: Some Cryptozoological creatures from a
  veterinary perspective
* Ronan Coghlan: Bogus Bibles

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

A snow sculpture of the Loch Ness Monster pictured on Brighton Beach, southern England, on December 18, 2009


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: Bangladesh meet begins to save endangere...
  • NEWSLINK: California mountain lion shot dead confi...

    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.


    Possible Bigfoot Activity Recorded at Grays Harbor Thermal Site
    While sitting around the fire pit at the Brown's property, some possible bigfoot activity is recorded. First they hear an intense vocalization, and then ...

    A Bigfoot Encounter in SE Wisconsin
    Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and thunderbirds aren't just figments of our overactive imaginations—according to thousands of eyewitnesses, they exist, ...

    Utah Bigfoot
    The Utah Bigfoot project compiles stories and experiences from people who have had a significant event happen to them within the borders of the

    The Moscow Times
    Has the Yeti Come to the Moscow Region?
    geograph.org.ukThe quest for definitive proof of bigfoot, the towering man-like ape that reportedly walks on two legs and terrorizes loggers and ...

    Bigfoot Hunting Project Guide
    Bigfoot Hunting Project Guide – Optimize Your Adventure. Do you believe in monsters? Do you want to? For beginners to advanced cryptozoologists!

    Possible Western PA Bigfoot Sighting?
    Bigfoot Evidence reader Dr. Squatch told us a few days ago he was uploading awesome footage. Since we were squatchin' in the Sierras, we almost ...

    Bigfoot Face To Face
    Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 17th, 2014. A Sasquatch eyewitness describes her up close encounter. Bigfoot Face To Face: Witness ...

    A dried flower gift from sasquatch?
    Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
    Bigfoots have been known to trade with humans. According to some reports, a Bigfoot would leave some sort of relic such as twisted branches, mice ...


    The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
    So today is Polling Day in Scotland and the historic referendum on the future of the United Kingdom, or at least the Union between Scotland and England that has been in place since 1707. If the split happens it will mean - in the interim at least - a return to the political situation that started on March 25th 1603; two kingdoms, one monarch. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing or just a thing remains to be seen. But at the moment my main focus is on the imminent arrival of my first Grand-daughter who is due on Sunday. Compared to the miracle of childbirth; my darling Olivia bringing new life into the world, the petty politics of mankind matter not a jot or tittle.
    Changing the subject completely. If you have had problems viewing the Gonzo Weekly on an iPad, do you get an error message? If so please tell me what it is. I have no problem at all viewing it on my iPad, and I would like to solve the problem using our current providers rather than go through all the palaver of changing to a new one.
    CAMERON CROWE Vs YES (It’s time for prog fans to forgive Rolling Stone)
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Backbeat: Fairport Convention founder Iain Matthews hits Bordentown City
    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?


    ON THIS DAY IN 1970 - James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix died in his London apartment at the age of 27. The death was from an overdose of sleeping pills. 

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  • Will the vaquitas go extinct this month?

  • 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).