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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Friday, November 14, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: Is this sound recording Vermont's Loch Ness monster?

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/sciencetech/video-1135945/Is-sound-recording-Vermonts-Loch-Ness-monster.html

WEIRD WEEKEND 2014: Saturday 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 and Richard: An Introduction to Cryptozoology
Nick Wadham: The Wild and Deadly animal Show


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.

  • FRENCH SIGHTING: 'Paris tiger': Big cat loose near...
  • NEWSLINK: The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland...
  • NEWSLINK: Born Free has concerns over lions and ti...
  • US SIGHTINGS: Animal attacking livestock, dogs in ...

  • NEWSLINK: Dog disease threatens Siberian tigers

    Bigfoot in Byram? Painted footprints appear on local road, report says
    Drawn by local lore surrounding the mythic apeman, the Animal Planet series Finding Bigfoot came to northwestern New Jersey to film a segment


      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 - Friday
      I never had children of my own, but I have two beautiful stepdaughters whom I adore, a grand-daughter upon whom I dote, and a plethora of nieces and nephews, four biological and many others that I have acquired along the way. I love them all very much. One of my adopted nieces is autistic. But she and her family have never let that get in the way. I have watched, cheering from the sidelines as she went through school, entered college, started to learn to drive and passed all the milestones of growing up. And the other day she telephoned me to tell me proudly that she now has her first boyfriend. I am so proud of her, and I am completely in awe at the amazing job her parents did, helping her become an intelligent, beautiful, poised and charming young lady. I think her father may read this, and I would like him to know quite how much I admire and respect what he and his lovely wife have achieved.
      Jack Bruce, Corky Laing, Mountain, Tony Palmer, Steve Hillage, Erasure, Keith Levene, Jon Anderson, Yes, Nick Redfern, Cat Stevens, Steve Ignorant, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#103) IS available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
      It has Jack Bruce on the cover, and features an interview with Corky Laing about his erstwhile bandmate inside. We also have a tribute to Jack Bruce from Tony Palmer, and another from Rob Ayling together with an unpublished photoshoot of Bruce and Pete Brown. But there's more! There is news about Daevid Allen, Doug Harr goes to see Erasure, Jon waxes lyrical about Steve Ignorant's new album, and critiques Yusuf Islam's and comes to the conclusion that Cat Stephens is a very brave man.  Xtul are still in the deep woods, and Corinna finds some real Beatles tat. There is news and unpublished pictures from Keith Levene in Prague, and we send Steve Hillage to a desert island. 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 turtles having a snooze (OK, no soporific chelonians, 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 102 (Steve Hillage cover)
      Issue 101 (Tommy James cover)
      Issue 100 (Jon Anderson cover)
      Issue 99 (Judge Smith cover)
      Issue 98 (Matt Malley cover)
      Issue 97 (Evelyn cover)
      Issue 96 (Oz cover)
      Issue 95 (Mick Rogers cover)
      Issue 94 (John Ellis 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:

      *  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?

      NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

      Latest Loch Ness Sighting Proven a Fake
      With the latest sighting of the Loch Ness monster on November 7th experts are questioning the credibility of the image, and comparing it with less than

      New Photos of Loch Ness Monster Surfacing
      Phatfarmer - I always wanted to believe in the Loch Ness Monster. I went there and it is impossible. The lake is so small. I was thinking it was going 

      NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Friday

      ON THIS DAY IN 1851 - Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick was first published in the U.S. 

    • David Attenborough and Jane Goodall join the fight...
    • Ant inhabitants of New York City: High diversity u...
    • Scientists find Sea Turtles suffer from the bends ...
    • Intimidating chimpanzee males are more likely to b...

    • 'Paris tiger': Big cat loose near French capital -...

    • 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):