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, July 30, 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.


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.

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    The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
    Gee, what a stressful and more than slightly parculiar day it has been, and it's not half over yet. Last night was a lovely one as Richie, Naomi, Jacob and Tabitha came to visit all the way from Texas (or in Tabitha's case, I believe, Kentucky). A convivial evening was had by all, and even the dogs behaved themselves. However,today has been mush more fraught.
    it started nicely enough. I had a long conversation with the legendary Rick Wakeman, but then things went down hill. Jessica arrived at noon and plugged her laptop into one of the sockets in my study, whereupon the transformer exploded with a loud pop, leaving Jessica laptopless until a replacement power unit arrives.
    But things got steadily worse. Enter Andrea with an injured female blackbird. It is alert enough, eating and drinking, but it has a broken leg way above the knee and has an open wound presumably caused by the cat that caught it. If the break had been below the knee I may have been able to splint it, but a break that high up is beyond my competence and the wound means that the poor little thing is doomed to die slowly of blood poisoning. So Shosh and Corinna are taking her to a vet in Bideford to be euthanased.
    We have also received reports of an injured crow along the A39 between Bideford and Barnstaple, so they are going to try and rescue it. On top of that we have those jolly nice people from Appledore library coming to speak to me and Jessica on another matter, and we are all going out to dinner with the Wests tonight. I think that this is one of the days that Rogers Waters once referred to as an "Emotional Rollercoaster."
    So the blogs are late today. You want to make something of it?
    Toodle pip
    The Gonzo Weekly #140
    Pink Fairies, Jaki Windmill, Sophia Sage, Carl "Blue" Wise, Steleye Span, Fun Loving Criminals, Echo and the Bunnymen, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#140) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Jaki Windmill of the Pink Fairies on the front cover together with an interview with her inside. Doug goes to see Steeleye Span, John B-G talks about getting the most out of digital music, and Jon interviews a massively talented young lady called Sophia,and remembers his worst gigs. Davey goes to see the Fun Loving Criminals, and Lee remembers an encounter with Echo and the Bunnymen. Xtul take an unexpected twist. Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. And there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and one from those jolly nice chaps at Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons with books to peruse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials in a literary mood, 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:
    Simple Minds, Steeleye Span, The Divine Comedy, Twisted Sister, Carlos Santana, Roger Waters, Phill Rudd, Adam Ant, Don Henley, Barbara Dickson, Zombies, Genesis, Steve Ignorant, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Dieter Moebius, Donald Joyce, Mitch Aliotta, Buddy Buie, Doug Rowe, Justin Lowe, Wayne Carson, Dave Black,Third Ear Band, Arthur Brown, Inner City Unit, Hugh Hopper, Pete Sears, Captain Beefheart, Brand X, Jaki Windmill, The Deviants, The Pink Fairies, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lee Walker, Carl "Blue" Wise, Sophia Sage, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Davey Curtis, Artistas del Gremio, John Brodie-Good, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Dave Brock, Shoshannah Hughes, Yes, Chris Squire, Alan White, Jon Anderson, Steve Nardelli, Xtul, Wyrd, Mike Davis,Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Dave Clark 5, Neil Nixon, Sibylle Baier, Kromlek
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
    Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
    Issue 135 (FNP cover)
    Issue 134 (John Shuttleworth cover)
    Issue 133 (Liz Lenten cover)
    Issue 132 (Daevid in Brazil cover)
    Issue 131 (Boomtown Rats cover)
    Issue 130 (David Peel cover)
    Issue 129 (Clepsydra cover)
    Issue 128 (Louie Louie cover)
    Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
    Issue 126 (Atkins-May Project cover)
    Issue 125 (Mick Abrahams cover)
    Issue 124 (Karnataka cover)
    Issue 123 (Cream cover)
    Issue 122 (Anthony Phillips cover)
    Issue 121 (Annie Haslam cover)
    Issue 120 (Frank Zappa cover)
    Issue 119 (Eliza Carthy cover)
    Issue 118 (Dave Brock cover)
    Issue 117 (Daevid Allen cover)
    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, and a small kitten totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, 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, and the adventurous kitten?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1945 - The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack. 
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