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, September 21, 2015

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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


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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
Today I am well into Carlos Castaneda territory. I am off my tits on Gila Monster saliva. The Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum), is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. A heavy, slow-moving lizard, up to 60 cm (2.0 ft) long, the Gila monster is the only venomous lizard native to the United States and one of only two known species of venomous lizards in North America. The hormone exendin-4 occurs naturally in the saliva of the Gila monster, a large venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Exenatide, a drug that is a synthetic form of this, led to healthy sustained glucose levels and progressive weight loss among people with type 2 diabetes who took part in a three-year study. I have been on this medicine for a couple of days now and I feel very peculiar. Basically it will take a few days for me to get used to this, but at the moment, I am in a very  odd, semi-psychedelic place, and it is nowhere near as much fun as you may have imagined.
Many apologies to Steve Ignorant. I was supposed to be telephoning him today but instead I was in a rocky cave picking scorpions off my skin, while a scarlet sun shone down on the desiccated earth. Well, very nearly.
BY THE WAY DUDES AND DUDETTES: if you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, or indeed your inner cryptozoological scribe, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
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Gonzo Weekly #148
Wally Hope, Kansas, King Crimson, Mike Oldfield, Tony Palmer, Pink Military, Al Stewart, Beatles, harper Lee, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#148) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Wally Hope on the front cover together with an interview with Paolo, the Director of the new Wally Hope biopic inside, Doug looks at Kansas, Jon muses about Jeremy Corbyn. Mike Oldfield and Tony Palmer, Doug writing about Kansas, Lee about Pink Military and Max's account of going to see King Crimson. We review the controversial new book by Harper Lee which isn't a new book at all, Neil unearths a hidden gem by The Beatles. 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 the third of four Strange Harvest radio specials from the folk wot bring you Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons wanting a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who stayed up too late last night, 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:
Jeremy Corbyn, Tony Palmer, Al Stewart, Morrissey, New Order, Glen Campbell, Sister Sledge, Keith Richards, Brian May, Elephant's Memory, Badfinger, Joey Molland, Sleaford Mods, Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life, Strange Harvest, Friday Night Progressive, Martin "Kiddie" Kearns, Gary Dean Richrath, Bryn Merrick, Hugh Hopper, The Pirates, Ducks Deluxe, The Pirates, Wilko Johnson, Dr. John, Johnny Winter & Uncle John Turner,  Billy Cobham, Brand x, Pete Sears, Frank Zappa, Wally Hope, Paolo Sedazzari, Kansas, Max Blake, King Crimson, Lee Walker,Pink Military, Jayne Casey, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Lemmy, Steve Hillage, Elvis Presley, Flaming Lips, Cher, John Lennon, Elton John, Wham!, Neil Nixon, The Beatles, Bucovina
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP 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:
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
* 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 56 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, and an even smaller one called Dotty who squeaks even more,  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 kittens?


Bigfoot Spotted in the Hudson Valley
Gayle Beatty claims that Bigfoot exists and is living in the Hudson Valley. We'll show you her proof so you can decide for yourself if Sasquatch is real.

Proof Patterson "Bigfoot" was around 6 and a half feet tall
Proof Patterson "Bigfoot" was around 6 and a half feet tall (Parabreakdown) posted by ... Proof Patterson "Bigfoot" was at least 7 ft tall (ThinkerThunker) ...

Are There Bigfoot Portals In Southern Oregon?
The Fortean Slip Episode 89 This week Chris and the “Fellas” talk about bigfoot portals and beyond. They also discuss sex robots, a mysterious cloud ...

Angry 'Humanoid' Throws Rocks At Bigfoot Hunter
A humanoid with 'eye-shine' darts up and down behind a bush as a member of the Bigfoot community is pummeled with rocks. (Youtube) ...
It turns out the term Bigfoot came from California in a newspaper article after a person found a giant footprint. In a deathbed confession, [that] person ...

Bigfoot Terrifies Family In Oklahoma (Video)
These Bigfoot encounters were scaring a family on a farm in Oklahoma. The Sasquatch or more than one terrorized the kids and almost killed the dog ...

Man Spots Bigfoot In Background On American Ninja Warrior (Video)
People are constantly on the lookout for bigfoot. Sometimes people even spot bigfoot on television shows they are watching. Such was the case for ...

Bedford Co., VA - He's a legend. Most say a myth. People hunt for him on reality television. But a Bedford County woman says her story is no joke.


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.

  • ARTICLE: Florida's panther problems get a writeup ...
  • NEWSLINK: Rough fire’s spread forces Cat Haven to ...
  • NEWSLINK: Safari has a plan but no money to implem...

  • NEWSLINK: Daring Rescues Give Circus Lions Freedom...

  • NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

    Chatham Daily News

    Martin said Rory, who believes he has actually seen the Loch Ness Monster but can't be sure, has lived along the shores of Loch Ness for three ...


    ON THIS DAY IN 1792 - The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy. 
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  • 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)