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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Sunday, February 22, 2015


The Gonzo Daily - Sunday

Graham at the helm today, as Jon and Corinna are roaming around the flatlands... which is not a 2D universe, but actually Norwich and the Anglian Fens. They're scheduled to be away for several days on family visits, rather than doing a zoological quest.

I've been hearing news stories about heat (95F or more) in Australia and potential frostbite in Eastern America (20F or less) so I suppose I shouldn't grumble about the current outdoor temperature here in Britain - I just went out in the rain to get a reading, and it's 48F. While that's not exactly nice, at least it's not particularly lifestyle-hindering - not unless one was planning on sunbathing, that is.

Then again, if Brits stop griping about the weather, then what will we find to say to each other instead? Well, my backup conversational plan is to tell you about the Gonzo blog updates... which are:

GONZO WEEKLY #118 - Hawkwind, Tempest, Eliza Carthy, Daevid Allen, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
Barbara Dickson Life Story Interview - Caravan / Tell Me It's Not True / Tour Album
Michael Des Barres Interview | Guitarhoo.com
John Peel on Robert Wyatt's accident - Top Gear - 5 June 1973

The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#118) is now available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Dave Brock from Hawkwind on the front cover, and an an exclusive interview with him by Rob Ayling inside. Doug Harr reports on Celtic Rock band Tempest and we send Eliza Carthy to a Desert Island, making it the first time we have ever sent anyone with an MBE to the island. 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?


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.


Funding sought for Chautauqua County Bigfoot Museum
“But they are resolving themselves knowing that they have seen a Bigfoot but were afraid for reasons of ridicule that they didn't want to speak publicly..

Dave Bakke: Tent dweller still out there, cold or no cold
Central Illinois awoke to subzero temperatures a couple of days ago. And more single-digit temps are forecast for the next few days. But Bigfoot seeker Dave Bakke is still on the case.

Bushcraft or Bigfoot ?: Stick Structures -The Wikiup ShelterSasquatch ChroniclesFor reference: The wikiup shelter looks very similar in construction to the structures that have been attributed to Sasquatch. 

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

(just in case Nessie enthusiasts have missed this one!)

The design of the turquoise ladle allows ‘Nessie’ to stand upright without falling over, thanks to the functional ‘feet’ attached to it. Nessie joins a host of quirky kitchen utensils designed by Ototo...

Herald Scotland
Scotland gets its own crime unit to fight food fraud
Scottish words and symbols - such as Glen, Mac, bagpipes or even the Loch Ness Monster - were often used to suggest a drink is genuine...


ON THIS DAY IN 1819, administration of Florida was handed over from Spain to the USA. It became a US Territory three years later.

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)

All together now: "Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn..."