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, March 05, 2015

WEIRD WEEKEND 2015: Lineup changes

It will probably come as no surprise to anyone to hear that, because Richard had to pull out of the Tasmania expedition at the last minute, Lars Thomas will be delivering the Saturday night expedition report.

Richard will be giving his talk on dragons that he did to twelve people at the first Weird Weekend in Exwick village hall fifteen years ago...

I suspect that him, me, Graham and Nichola are the only people who will be at this year's event who were still there then.

CFZ PEOPLE: An open letter to dear Syd Henley (in rhyme)

Syd Henley phoned me late last night
Complaining about our website
He said the new design just stinks
Cos he couldn't find any links,
And I realised I'd have to think
because there was no front page link
to the back postings from all the blogs
about expeditions, cryptids and CFZ dogs
but that has now been rectified,
I'm sorry Syd (at least I tried)
And of you look at the graphic below
it will tell you where to go.
Syd also sounded quite irated
that the Weird Weekend site's not updated
so the details can all be seen
about the event for 2015
more apologies from this humble freak
it probably will be done next week...


1999, Missouri: Blonde Bigfoot Spotted Climbing Trees
1999, Missouri: Blonde Bigfoot Spotted Climbing Trees. Luke Melba was hiking around Lake Wappapello when he heard some strange noises up ...

A New Look At The American Fork Canyon Bigfoot Video
The recently released American Fork Canyon bigfoot video has been getting a lot of media attention since it was released. Why wouldn't it? It has fear ...

Four-year Bigfoot research project in Oklahoma yields intriguing and unexplained results
Here's a strange beast - a comprehensive report of a research study intended to document the apparent presence of native "wood apes" (popularly 

'Mountain Monsters': The AIMS Team Comes Across a Huge Bigfoot Nest and It's Terrifying
The AIMS team is on the hunt for the Kentucky Bigfoot, the Midnight Whistler. During their first night investigation, the team comes across the monster's

Shields Gazette
Ex-murder detective to shine light on mysteries in South Shields
He aims to uncover the real truth behind things like psychics, the Bermuda Triangle, the Lost City of Atlantis, UFOs, Bigfoot, mermaids and allegations ...

Bigfoot Disturbingly Photobombs Australians
Either bigfoot, the yowie, a monster, ghost, or some sort of extremely disturbing humanoid being is captured on camera sixty years ago.Ever taken a 

Bigfoot Sightings Missouri 2014
Here i will explain about Bigfoot Sightings Missouri 2014. Many people have talked about Bigfoot best evidence 2014 sightings of sasquatch, yeti

Watch out for Bigfoot: researcher in a gorilla suit studies reactions.
A man had been dressing up in a big foot costume in order to see how people would react, as part of a scientific study


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 - Thursday
The full moon kicked in a little early this month, and I was hors de combat for most of yesterday. Today, working my way through the entire canon of work by Daniel Johnston, and trying to put together a Frank Zappa special for the weekend, seems a little better. Yesterday evening the Riders came round. Nor the Four Horsemen, but Steve and Andy P. A jolly time was had by all. Later last night the tortoises (Testudo graeca) were getting amorous, and it was the first time I have ever seen the mating ritual of this species as described by Gerald Durrell in 'My Family and Other Animals'. My jokes about "50 Shades of Graeca" were sadly unappreciated by my wife and mother in law.
The Gonzo Weekly #119
Eliza Carthy, Arthur Brown, Simon Phillips, Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Jon Anderson, Hawkwind and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#119) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Eliza Carthy on the front cover with an interview with her inside. Doug Harr reports on legendary drummer Simon Phillips, and we send Liz Lenten to a Desert Island. Neil Nixon reports on singing drug addicts, Wyrd goes acoustic and Xtul gets freakier than ever. Jon does some reporting from the field, and there are radio 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!!!
This issue features: Wilko Johnson, Noel Gallagher, Paloma Faith, Bjork, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Arthur Brown, Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Bob Marley, Karnataka, Strange Fruit, Friday Night
Progressive,Leonard Nimoy, Warsaw Pakt, Hugh Hopper, Orlando Monday Allen, Dee Palmer, Badfinger, Ant-Bee, Billy Cobham, Tony Palmer, Homeostasis, Nolan Porter, Galahad, Mick Abrahams Band, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Protocol, Liz Lenten, Hawkwind, Yes, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Alan White, Joey Molland, Robben Ford, George Harrison, Xtul, Elvis, Justin Bieber, Marillion, Metallica,
Beatles, Spurious Transients, The Relationships, Rocket Scientists, The Brits, Chasing Violets, Pest, Eliwagar
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?


ON THIS DAY IN 1623 - The first alcohol temperance law in the colonies was enacted in Virginia
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  • Why are moths fatally attracted to light?

  • 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)