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, December 11, 2014

MARK RAINES: The latest developments in the badger cull


Sasquatch Sighting: Bigfoot Visits Boulder
Something I'll never grow out of is my die-hard belief in the creature known as Bigfoot. Sasquatch has wandered throughout my imagination since I 

Proof Of A Sylvanic Bigfoot Massacre?
(Before It's News). This is yet another piece of audio we have received at The Fortean Slip. It seems to indicate a massacre at the Sylvanic site years ...

Bigfoot Spotted by Connecticut Hunter
While out scouting deer, a Connecticut hunter claims to have spotted a bigfoot creature observing him from a nearby hillside. Others in the area report ...

These Are The Bigfoot Chasers
Our friends Joe and Craig are back! And Bigfoot Evidence has the exclusive promo for Bigfoot Chasers and their new season. Please subscribe to ...

Bigfoot blamed for Sullivan County disturbance
Bigfoot blamed for Sullivan County disturbance ... no prowler was located, leading the complainant to theorize the commotion's source "was Bigfoot."

Police Respond to Bigfoot Call in Tennessee
Police Respond to Bigfoot Call in Tennessee. Sullivan County Police responded to a 911 call when a man called in saying something was beating on

New Interview with Bigfoot Legend John Green
87 year-old John Green has been researching the bigfoot mystery since 1957! That's close to 60 years! Here's a recent interview with the bigfooting

Bigfoot in Bloomingdale?
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Here's an interesting story from Saturday. According to the Kingsport Times News, police were called to a residence on ...

Bigfoot Researchers Using Glow-sticks To Attract Sasquatch (Video)
Bigfoot researchers are doing something different these days to attract Bigfoot. It's been confirmed by several researchers, including a father and ...

Holy Crap! Bill Brock's Got Lasers On His Bigfoot Drone
Hunters can attach it to their rifle scope for night time feral hog hunting and such. Bill Brock has been experimenting with drones in his Bigfoot research

Is the Bigfoot Community a Hoax?
Due to my feelings on this recent event, I have decided to write this article to try to ask the Bigfoot community why does some people get labeled a ...

Footprints Of Bigfoot
This is a Bigfoot sighting report from back in 1987 and although it is a dated sighting i thought it was a very interest one as multiple people saw and

Tennessee Man Claims 'Bigfoot' Tried to Break Into his Residence
KINGSPORT, Tenn.– Police say a man in Sullivan County requested their assistance last Saturday night after claiming a “Bigfoot” creature was trying ...

Canada's sasquatch experts search for truth
... and was taken to a site where nearly 500 footprints were found by a contractor, made by possibly three individual Bigfoot walking along a road.


The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
Yesterday my beloved nephew David Braund-Phillips announced his engagement to Jessica Heard. I have known this was likely to happen for ages - basically since I was doing my Christmas shopping about six years ago when I ran into them looking furtive in Thornton's in Barnstaple. I love them both and wish them every joy!
Ant-Bee, Jethro Tull, Dee Palmer, Lemmy, Frank Zappa, Astronomusic, Jon Anderson, Yes, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#107) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
It has Ant-Bee Billy James on the cover, and features an interview with him by Yours truly. Doug Harr interviews the legendary Dee Palmer, once of Jethro Tull and we send Astronomusic to a desert island. Jon looks at Lemmy's autobiographt, Hawkwind go to Japan, and we remember the great Frank Zappa. And there are also new shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are back with another episode of Sub Reality Sandwich (except its not). There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and anteaters wishing to snooze (OK, nothing to do with dozy edentates, 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!!!
The complete list of artists featured in this bumper fun packed issue is: Frank Zappa, Mike Joyce, Pink Floyd,Elton John, AC/DC, Gong, Daevid Allen, Quarto Vuoto, The Who, Steve Hackett, Strange Fruit, Sub Reality Sandwich, Friday Night Progressive, Ian McLagan, Bobby Keys, Nick Talbot, Bob Montgomery, Stoner, The Doctors of Madness, Clive Palmer, The Fall, Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band,  Mick Farren and The Deviants, Aviator, Mick Abrahams, Joey Molland, Steve Ignorant,  Hugh Hopper & Phil Miller, Tony Palmer, Barbara Dickson,Ant-Bee, Jethro Tull, Dee Palmer, Astronomusic, Lemmy, Yes, Peter Banks, Rick Wakeman, Geoff Downes, Mabel Greer's Toyshop, Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Patrick Moraz, Like a Storm, Tinkicker, Winter, Ancient Rites

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/…/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?


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.


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.


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