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, June 06, 2016

RAINES EXPLAINS: The Bristol Crocodile

DAVEY CURTIS: What on earth is this?

Jon what made this? A bouncing snail? A slug on a space hopper?

CRYPTOLINK: Witness Claims to Have Spotted a Thylacine

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

Witness Claims to Have Spotted a Thylacine
This witness claims to have seen a Tasmanian Tiger on the side of the road. And she isn't the only one.

CRYPTOLINK: Legendary sea serpent returns to Farm Pond

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

Martha's Vineyard Times

Late in May each year, when the southwest breezes start to warm our waters, creating an eerie chartreuse mist over Farm Pond in Oak Bluffs — that ...


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.


The Gonzo Daily - Monday
I am doing my best to keep my mind off the subject of my blasted DLA assessment. The results could be here any day now, so each day my heart is figuratively in my mouth as the postman arrives. However, today all that came was a copy of Andy Roberts' new bppk 'ACID DROPS: Adventures in Psychedelia', which I am very much looking forward to reading. It is a beautiful, calm, hot summer's day, but I cannot help but fell that something is in the air. There are far less butterflies than usual, and even the birds are strangely quiet. It feels like one of the snapshots they show of Brits lazing on the beach in the summer of 1939. Something is happening, but you don't know what it is, do you Mr Downes?
And now I am on the want again. It is time, once again, for me to remind you all about this year's Weird Weekend featuring our very own Steve Ignorant, sponsored by our very own Erik Norlander, compèred by me and the return of  Nuneaton's Mr Entertainment, Barry Tadcaster with his pal Orang Pendek, and featuring a whole cornucopia of high strangeness and cerebral silliness. It would make me very happy if I could sell some more tickets..
find out all about the Weird Weekend
buy tickets to the Weird Weekend:
Gram Parsons - On WBCN Radio Show
Barbara Dickson interview - January 2008
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Sex Gang Children "D...
Captain Beefheart - American Bandstand Phone Inter...
Gonzo Magazine #185
Judge Smith, The Cure, Whole Earth Catalog, William Shakespeare, The Beatles, Dead Fred, Alternative London, The Preacher, Garth Ennis, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
And once again we have another monumental groovefest for you all,  bringing you up to date with Judge Smith's lost prog rock masterpiece, sending Dead Fred to a desert island, while Doug goes to see The Cure, Alan goes to watch The Taming of the Shrew in Shakespeare's own theatre, Jon drools over Beatles guitars and is surprisingly kind about the pilot episode of The Preacher, and alongside all of this John B-G remembers Alternative London and the Whole Earth Catalog, And Biffo? He unearths some particularly disturbing examples of Mutant Turtle cosplay. This issue goes out with love to Dr Demitrius who died this week.
And there  are radio shows from Strange Fruit, and Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive takes a week off because of Vickistock which is described in words and pictures. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Preacher, Songs from the Black Meadow, Crass, Iona, Dave Bainbridge, Sally Minnear, Roger Daltrey, Quadrophenia, Paul McCartney, Oasis, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Carla Lane, Harambe, Alan Wise, Marshall "Rock" Jones, Thomas Fekete, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Brand X, Third Ear Band, Captain Beefheart, Jim Jones, Gram Parsons, Mick Abrahams, Barbara Dickson, Judge Smith, The Cure, Alan Dearling, Taming of the Shrew, Roy Weard, John Brodie-Good, Mr Biffo, Xtul, Dead Fred, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Adam Ant, Bob Dylan, Joy Division, Neil Nixon, Cabaret Voltaire
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
Issue 183 (Daevid Allen)
Issue 182 (Wally)
Issue 181 (Beatles)
Issue 180 (Beltane)
Issue 179 (Gregg Kofi Brown)
Issue 178 (Viv Stanshall)
Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
Issue 172 (4th Eden)
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
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.co.uk
* 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 two small kittens, one 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. 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?


NH Voice

A man from Utah has claimed that he has found a well-preserved skull of Bigfoot. Todd May from Ogden, Utah came across the large 75-pound object ...


Don McDonald, from the Gulf Coast Bigfoot research organization, hosted the event. He told WDAM television that he has spent 20 years trying to track ...


LITTLETON, North Carolina — Several people in the small North Carolina town of Littleton are claiming to have seen what some are calling “Bigfoot.”.

Bigfoot Enthusiast Describes His Recent Sasquatch Sighting (Video)
This is my recollection of a recent sasquatch encounter where I was lucky enough to witness one running very close to me. I startled it with my ...

Myakka River State Park Skunk Ape Expedition
Tim Fasano is no stranger to swamps and thick woods. The guy spends more time in the bush looking for Skunk Apes, than just about anyone

LITTLETON, N.C. – Several people in a small North Carolina town are claiming to have seen what some are calling “Bigfoot.” WNCN reported that ...

Bigfoot? US Wildlife Officials Post Photo of Discovered Species
Is this “Bigfoot”? The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have posted a photograph of a mystery species that has been “discovered”on Montana's Bob ...


ON THIS DAY IN - 1674 - Sivaji crowned himself King of India. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Cultural experiences shape orca whale evolution
  • Harambe the Gorilla Put Zoo in Lose-Lose Situation...
  • Kodiak bears track salmon runs in Alaska

  • Is ‘Eve the sea monster’ a new plesiosaur species?...

  • 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)