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 29, 2014

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

Vandals destroy Limerick's Loch Ness monster
Members of the vintage club spent a lot of time and effort to make a land locked version of the Loch Ness monster complete with the dummy wearing a ...


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
Monday morning and we go back to normal, whatever normal actually is. The news from Hong Kong is worrying, and I sincerely hope that events don't get out of hand there. I still think of the place as my home, even though I lived there a lifetime ago when it was still the jewel in the crown of a rapidly fading British Empire. I hate to see a place I love, and that I still dream of (in Cantonese) most nights, being torn apart by this sort of disruption. Christ alone knows what will happen, but I don't think its going to be good!
Ageing Hipsters, rock and roll historians, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Gong fans and all sorts of other people, had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#97) will soon be available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
It has me being totally seld indulgent with a picture of my first grand-daughter (born a few days ago) on the cover, but features an interview with the legendary Freddy Bannister, promoter of festivals at Bath and Knebworth amongst others. He talks about Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd amongst others. Doug Harr goes to see Tears for Fears, and Jon is surprisingly reassuring about the future of the music business. There are also new shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the massively talented Jaki and Tim are back with their submarine and Maisie the cow. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and Mollucan palm cockatoos (OK, no weird pink parrots, 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:
*  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...



There's Increasing enthusiasm for finding Bigfoot
... flooding in with "He's a physicist, not a climate scientist !!!" *. 70 International Scientists determine to find Bigfoot despite contradictory DNA Samples.

Residents learn of Bigfoot sightings in Ohio
OTTAWA – Pinwheel structures made with tree trunks woven together, huge footprints, and eye witness accounts are evidence used to investigate the .

Is Bigfoot Living In North Carolina? (Video)
According to this young man, Bigfoot is indeed living in North Carolina. Ken D. lives in the mountains of North Carolina in a very rural part of the state.

Man Recalls His Bigfoot Encounters in Mississippi
FOREST, Miss. — If you have ever heard about the elusive Big Foot, you may know that the majority of the possible sightings are in the Pacific .

Bigfoot in Native American Lore
One of the common myths about Bigfoot is sightings in North America are relatively recent. In fact Native Americans have chronicled a big-hairy ...

Bigfoot Research And I Finally I tell Of My Encounter
I dont claim to be a researcher I am just doing some research because no one else here is .I am not saying these are bigfoot but I know there are .

Searching for Sasquatch: One club's 25-year quest around a BC resort town
At the top of their wish list: the Sasquatch – better known as Big Foot in the United States. A centerpiece of First Nations lore, the Sasquatch's likeness ..

Florida Bigfoot Investigators Launch Aerial Surveillance Over Green Swamp!
We just reported about the Florida Bigfoot Investigators new surveillance project that was currently being set-up in Florida. Well, they have lift off!

Discovery Reveals 'Killing Bigfoot'
Discovery has unveiled a new special that will follow a group of people intent on tracking down and killing the elusive creature known as Bigfoot,

Bigfoot found in china
In China, recently something was discovered that brings the world a step closer to proving that Big foot really does exist. What was discovered was ..

People Are Coming From All Over to See Bigfoot in New Mexico
When thinking about bigfoot, one wouldn't usually think of New Mexico as being a likely habitat, but it turns out the state is well known for its bigfoot .


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