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 21, 2014

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:


I have never pretended to be any sort of businessman. My mother always told me that money was vulgar, and sniffed haughtily at the idea that any of her descendants would go into 'Trade'. Add to that my anti-capitalist philosophy and you will see why my ethic of being a NON-businessman is so strong.

However, I do have one idol in the world of commerce. The late lamented Reginald Iolanthe Perrin whose commercial GROT empire was such a success in the 1970s. All too often I have followed his sage commercial precepts, but now I am doing something completely unlike him. For reasons known only to himself, his scriptwriters and all the folk wot watched series 2 back in 1977, he met an 'Irish Stereotype' in a pub and promoted him to 'Head of Forward Planning.'

I would never do anything like that, so I have asked our old friend Ronan Coghlan to run the - previously moribund - CFZ Press publicity department and the CFZ Press Facebook Page. I am convinced that he will do a splendid job, to be sure.


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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  • CRYPTOLINK: Nazis Thought Yeti Could Be Progenitor of Aryan Race: History of Yeti Legends

    The Epoch Times

    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. 

    Nazis Thought Yeti Could Be Progenitor of Aryan Race: History of Yeti Legends
    This mysterious creature often takes a backseat to the more notable Bigfoot. However, similar in stature and structure to Bigfoot, the Yeti, ...

    Explorer to tell of his adventures

    COLONEL John Blashford-Snell OBE, one of the world's most renowned explorers, is giving a talk in Pilton Village Hall in aid of the Royal British Legion, Pilton branch, at 7pm on Friday, December 12.

    Colonel Blashford-Snell supports numerous charities, working with underprivileged youth in the UK. He undertakes countless community aid projects in remote parts of the world.

    His exploring career started in 1968 when he led a team to explore and make the first descent of the infamous Blue Nile. One of his main interests is in the wildlife he has encountered in the jungles and desolate places of his expeditions.

    Read on... 


    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.

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

    Songs about the Loch Ness Monster, Flies and More
    Hi everyone I just completed my first ever solo EP! Please check it out here https://mathewseigler.bandcamp.com/releases.

    Fallen trees and branches from a woodland could...
    Fallen branches 'could explain Loch Ness Monster sightings'.Fallen trees and branches from a woodland could be a cause for latest sightings of the


    Want to hear the wildest Bigfoot attack story? We have it...
    We normally don't check what people post on our Facebook page, but this one really caught our attention. We're not going to reveal his name here 

    Endangered Species Designation Proposed For Bigfoot
    The modern origin of the bigfoot legend is more closely tied to the Northern California, where a recording known as the “Patterson Film” taken in Del ...

    This Bigfoot sighting was a family affair
    A family sees an interesting creature on the side of the road and is pretty sure it was Bigfoot.

    Five Stages of a Bigfoot Hoax
    Yesterday Dr. Jeff Meldrum broke his silence over what may or may not have been a Bigfoot encounter while he was out with the infamous Todd ...


    The Gonzo Daily - Friday
    Yesterday was quite a nice day. I got a lot done, and in the evening had a long and enjoyable chat with Billy James (aka Ant-Bee) who is one of my favourite avant garde musicians. We talked about the latest reissue of one of his albums, and his relationships with Frank Zappa and Peter Banks, original guitarist with Yes. I also achieved a minor victory when I finally got those lovely folk at Amazon to show my how to upload pictures to a customer page - something which used to be simple, but now took me four days of arguing with people on 'Help' desks. I hope I am not uttering famous last words but this week does appear to be ending much more pleasantly than it started.
    Pink Fairies, Rocket Scientists, Blodwyn Pig, Mick Abrahams, Pink Floyd, Jon Anderson, Yes, Nick Redfern, John Lennon, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#104) will soon be available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
    It has The Pink Fairies on the cover, and features an interview with Andy Colquhoun about the current and future plans of the band including the long hoped for studio material. Rob Ayling visits legendary blues guitarist Mick Abrahams in his studio and find out about his exciting new album made with some very A-List sparring partners. Erik Norlander is very cagey about the new album from Rocket Scientists. But there's more! There is news about Daevid Allen, Doug Harr goes to see America and also gets hitched, Jon waxes lyrical about the new Pink Floyd album and then gets all existential. Xtul are still in the deep woods, and Corinna finds some real Beatles tat. Jon looks at a peculiar book about John Lennon and we send the mighty John Ellis (ex Vibrators and Stranglers and sidesman to Peter Gabriel and Peter Hammill 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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
    * 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?


    ON THIS DAY IN 1620 - The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620. 

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  • 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)

    Today's video was selected by Max - Syd is really going to hate this one