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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Monday, March 23, 2015

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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



It is Shosh's birthday. She is my elder stepdaughter, and I love her very much

FORTEAN ART TERRORISM: The latest from Xtul

I stared at the advancing policemen blankly. It has been over fifteen years since I had the boys in blue visit my house. That was back in 1997 after a young girl was killed in an inexplicable, and still unsolved murder, only a street away from where I had been living for many years, and where - in the aftermath of my own horrific divorce - my friend and partner in crime Graham Inglis spent much of his time. Being by far the weirdest and most non–conformist people in the little red brick estate, as well as the only single men, we were obviously going to be suspects. We were both quite happy to give DNA samples, having absolutely nothing to hide, but as we were questioned in some considerable detail about our activities that weekend, as said activities had involved Olympic levels of substance abuse, and a mildly debauched party, we were not particularly willing to share too many details with the rozzers.

But we were innocent. We knew that we were innocent, and eventually - despite my suspicions that the Birmingham Six, and the Guildford Four were just about to be joined by The Exwick Two - we were eliminated from the enquiry, and although it took me two years to get back the Gurkha kukri that I had hanging on my wall, we essentially left the affair without a stain on our characters.

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.


The Gonzo Daily - Monday
It is Monday and I am wrestling with all sorts of bits of software; some of it is behaving in the manner that I would have liked it to, other bits most decidedly not. I am still deaf but this goddamn virus does finally seem to be retreating slowly. I finished reading Viv Albertine's autobiography yesterday; it is a very brave and honest book, and for once written without a ghostwriter. There should be a pun here about ghostwriters in the sky, but I cannot be bothered to think of one.
The Gonzo Weekly #122
Anthony Phillips, Genesis, Hunkley's Heroes, Nick Lowe, Andy Fairweather-Low, Paul Carrick, Graham Parker, Suggs McPherson, Robert Calvert, Nax Blake Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#122) is another bumper one at 90 pages and is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Anthony Phillips on the cover, and an article and interview with him inside. Roy Weard reports on a very special benefit concert in aid of ailing Wings and Grease Band guitarist Henry McCullough, and we send an insect geneticist to a desert island. Neil Nixon reports on an even stranger album than usual, Wyrd goes avant garde 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:
Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Spandau Ballet, Ronnie Wood, Kanye West, Cream, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mick Abrahams, Firemerchants, Dee Palmer, Atkins May Project, Wagner, Hawkwind, Karnataka, Paul Buff, Frank Zappa, Charli XCX, Garth Brooks, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ed Sheeran, Albert Maysles, Andy Fraser, Anthony Phillips, Hinkley's Heroes, Roy Weard,Henry McCulloch, Tony O'Mally, Graham Parker, Don Mescall, Suggs McPherson, Nick Lowe, Andy Fairweather-Low,Paul Carrick Hawkwind, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Wally, Geoff Downes, Chris Squire, Neil Nixon, Osbournes, 1D, Beatles, Nirvana, Alarm Will Sound, Golden Resurrection, Indicco, Martolea

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?


Freddie Kanney Speaking at Bigfoot Town Hall Meeting (Video)
In this video, Freddie is giving a presentation on Bigfoot at a local town hall in Virginia. For more of his videos click on the Fred Kanney “label” at the ...

Tom Slick and Peter Byrne: Searching For Yeti and Bigfoot
He was out hunting yeti, Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and other reported creatures not proven. In fact, he jetsetted with the best of them including Jimmy 

Jonathan Brown Explains How He Captured The Bigfoot On Thermal Footage
Jonathan and Sara Brown captured what may very well be the best FLIR image of a Bigfoot ever. Listen to how it all happened: The Brown footage: ...

Grays Harbor Thermal Bigfoot Footage story by Jonathan Brown
Grays Harbor thermal Bigfoot video has been a topic of debate in and around the Bigfoot community for quite some times now. Some have dubbed

Four-year Bigfoot research project in Oklahoma
I live in central Oklahoma,and have seen one,what i think was one anyway walking the shoreline of a nearby river as i passed over a bridge & I. 

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

Loch Ness monster might indeed exist
LONDON: It seems that Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness Monster, isn't as camera ... Tourists walking along the shore of the loch at Urquhart Castle came ...

Filipino Tourist Took A Genuine Lucky Shot of the Loch Ness Monster
The fabled Loch Ness Monster, Nessie, seems to have lost its bashfulness with the camera. Along the shore of the loch at Urquhart Castle as tourists 


ON THIS DAY IN 1066 - The 18th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet took place. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Bellinger River snapping turtles face extinction f...
  • Flying beetle remotely controlled by scientists
  • 15 animal species have the lowest chance for survi...
  • River Otter beavers 'native to UK', tests find
  • Opossum-based antidote to venom from snake bites c...
  • Three lions rescued in circus raid in Peru

  • Orangutans cup their mouths to alter their voices

  • 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)