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, February 20, 2015


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.


Bigfoot sighted in Apex, at least online
“The town also has a long history of Bigfoot sightings, which has attracted many newcomers to the area,” according to the Wikipedia page, following

What would you do if you were out looking for bigfoot, and something called your name from the woods? These Florida researchers caught it on video!

Georgia Bigfoot Encounters Analysis
Georgia is on the top 10 list of states with the most Bigfoot encounters. According to the BFRO there are 121 reports as of February 2015 and an

The author of “100 Bigfoot Nights” posted this video of what they claim to be a camouflaged bigfoot. It must be hidden EXTREMELY well! Can you see ...

Bigfoot investigator Chris Brown of the "Virginia Bigfoot Recon" was freaking out when something (a shadowy figure) throw an object at him. It's hard to ... 

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

BBC News

Toymakers create doll inspired by Scotland's Loch Ness monster
The toymakers who introduced the world to the Barbie doll have created a new doll inspired by Scotland's Loch Ness monster myth. Lorna McNessie ...

WYRD: Mike Davis Lays Low

As I have intimated recently, Martin Eve and I are at the heart of a new venture - Wyrd Music. This is an extension of what I have been doing with music and theatre over the past ten years and is intended as a sister project to the CFZ Publishing Group. Working on vaguely Fortean and Anarchist, and strictly anti-capitalist lines, in the same way as CFZ Press, Fortean Words and the others put out books strictly because we want to read them, and because we think they should be out there whether they make a profit or not, Wyrd Music aims to do the same for music. Although it doesn't officially launch until April Fool's Day, a Blog, a website, a Facebook page, and some free music will be up in the webiverse in the next few days and will always be plugged shamelessly on the CFZ and Gonzo blogs. Why? Because I can.

So mote it be.

We recently posted a rough cut video showing the unmixed results of a collaboration between Mike Davis, me, Martin and Stargrace. This song, Lay Low goes back a long time, and shows Mike at his most anarchic, and to tie in with it we nicked a whole load of old black and white cowboy movie stuff to accompany it.



The Gonzo Daily - Friday
Yesterday I wrote: "My first wife used to say that my habit of deliberately misquoting Bob Dylan lyrics was intensely irritating. It is another strange day today. Corinna is out shopping, Graham is fixing the museum roof and I am sitting in the office trying to keep my head below the parapet. The news from the Middle East gets increasingly more disturbing, as much of the region descends into complete savagery. Something is happening but you don't know what it is, do you Mr Downes?"
My dear friend Dave McMann whom I have known for about twenty years but only met in the flesh once, a thing which would once have appeared strange, but is evermore common in our digital age, wrote in reply: "It isn't just the Middle East that's worrying. Obama and his henchmen are wanting a fight with Putin and his henchmen and it's all the rest of us who will be stuck in the middle. As if that weren't bad enough, I am messing about on a synth and creating sounds which can only have come from the bowels of Hell :-)" The thought of Senor McMann channelling his inner Throbbing Gristle is truly a terrifying one, and for once I can't think of an appropriate Bob Dylan line to misquote. However, I took Archie out into the garden yesterday and he accidentally trod in one of Prudences droppings, which meant he was 'Tangled up in Poo'.
I think my holiday in Norfolk which starts sometime tomorrow is long overdue.
The Gonzo Weekly #117
Daevid Allen, UK, Eddie Jobson, John Wetton, Peter Banks, Sidonie Jordan, Empire, Jon Anderson, Yes, and Hawkwind fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#117) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Daevid Allen, we have exclusive words and pictures from last weekend's Drones 4 Daevid benefit/celebration show in Brighton, and Doug Harr explains about the final farewell tour from the band UK. There are shows from Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea, although I have been assured that they will hit land again soon. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons trying to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty in making choices, 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/…/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?


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