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, October 23, 2014


If You Want To Capture Bigfoot Vocalization, Ron Moorehead Has Advice
He is the father of the Sierra Sounds audio, and he's got some tips on how you should set up your campsite if you're serious interacting with Bigfoot.

Possible Bigfoot Bone Found on Reality TV Series Utopia!
Hex takes a sniff of a huge femur bone Chris found outside the fence of Utopia. Utopia is a new reality series that puts a group of people together on a ...

Bigfoot hunter in Wytheville this Saturday
Sporting a well groomed beard and a hat that made him look like Indiana Jones, "Grandpa" Larry Davis said, ''I'm always looking for a bigfoot story


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.

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    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 - Thursday
    One of the first things that I did when I first got Internet access back in 1997 was to sign up to the free service provided by the British National Formulary (BNF). As both a qualified nurse, and someone who has been prescribed a lot of various medication over the past 20 years, I like to keep abreast of what is being put into my, and my friends and family's, bodies in the name of healing. A few days ago I discovered that the service is changing, and instead of getting it for free I am now expected to pay nearly £300 for annual access to the BNF and BNF (Children). What did I do? I ranted about capitalist pigs for twenty minutes and then went onto eBay and bought a paperback copy of the current edition for a tenner. That tell'd 'em!
    And wonders will never cease. Scott Walker has made an album with tunes, and without pointless silly noises. The collaboration with Sunn o))) is the first listenable album he has made in twenty years, and whilst firmly in avant garde territory is possibly his best record since Nite Flights in 1980. Max Blake writes: "I found myself nodding my head with the rhythm at one point. I felt disgusted with myself, and listened to the second movement of 'And who shall go to the ball? ...'"
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Fire Merchants - Ignition - Live @ Music Machine LA 12-1-89
    Legendary YES Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley To Release Charity Single “The Family Circle”
    RICK WAKEMAN: WaveLength uses celebs to support fight against loneliness
    Robert Wyatt: Different Every Time
    Jon Anderson, Matt Malley, Yes, Hawkwind, Genesis and Tommy James & The Shondells fans had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#100) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
    It has Jon Anderson on the cover, and features an interview with Matt Malley about his collaboration with Jon Anderson on a charity single released today. But there's more! Doug Harr rewrites the screenplay for the controversial new Genesis documentary, we send the editor to a Desert Island, Davey Curtis was at Hawkeaster and was just about sober enough to write some of it down (but took loads of pics), and Jon asks whether music has to be age appropriate. We also learn about Tommy James and the Mafia. 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 doves making coos (OK, no musical members of the Columbinidae, 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!!! And yes, Happy Birthday to us!
    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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?

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    INAPPROPRIATE CORNER: A letter from my stepdaughter

    This made me think of you for some reason.

    Coffee cream with Hitler on the label causes Swiss uproar

    Zurich - A creamy controversy has reared its head in Switzerland Wednesday after the Swiss retailer Migros supplied a range of coffee cream pots, with the faces of both Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini on the labels, to local coffee shops and restaurants.
    20Minutes (German language) published an article where their reporter was enjoying coffee at a snack bar in Baden and with horror, "suddenly saw the face of Adolf Hitler before me."
    Photos of the labels have been doing the rounds on Twitter, including this image:
    Twitter Fair Use
    In a statement Wednesday, Migros apologized for what it described as a series of errors. Offering excuses for this "unforgivable incident," the company is now in the process of withdrawing stocks of the around 2,000 small cream pots from the various cafes who had erroneously received the controversial product.
    While Migros has a network supermarkets in Switzerland, the cream pots were not actually for sale on the shelves and were merely served at the approximately 100 cafes and restaurants who are clients of the retail company.
    Migros blamed a subsidiary milk company, ELSA, for the error, saying they had been responsible for the supply of the cream and added that their internal control procedures had obviously been "insufficient."

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1930 - J.K. Scott won the first miniature golf tournament. The event was held in Chattanooga, TN

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