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, October 10, 2016


The Gonzo Daily - Monday/Tuesday
Ahoy scientific types out there. Can you help us with a minor quibble of nomenclature?
This morning Mother was talking about how salt in the salt cellar attracts moisture. I said that this was called ‘deliquescence’ and Graham said to was called ‘hygroscopy’. I tried to ascertain the difference between the two terms in a brief perusal of online dictionaries, and singularly failed to do so. Could one of you clever folkses give us the Janet and John version?
And so, after a weekend when we went to see Focus (who were excellent) I remained more or less sober, and Prudence ate a whole bargain priced multipack of prawn cocktail flavoured crisps,  another week begins.
And now for the news................
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Dear Prudence - The Be...
James Young - 'Songs They Never Play On The Radio'...
Raz/The Best Of Raz - CD Review
The Day John Lennon Died (full documentary)
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
buy my novel:
buy my single:
Gonzo Magazine #203
This week, we discover the extraordinary art and music of Martin Springett of The Gardening Club, John investigates Cary Grace, we find that Scott Walker can still ...gasp... write tunes, Alan writes about Banksy and other street art, and we are not very impressed by the latest slice of Harry Potter marketing.  And there is lots more besides.
Good ‘ere innit?
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside 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:
Scott Walker, Bad Touch, The Bestemming Project, Steve Hillage, Bart Lancia, Arnold Palmer, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Stephen John Byrd, Michael Casswell, Royal Torrence "Little Royal", Rodney Lynn "Rod" Temperton, Joan Marie Johnson Faust, Caroline Crawley, Donald H White, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, Binky Womack, Arthur Brown, Nils Lofgren, Jackie Lee, Martin Springett, Alan Dearling, Banksy, John Brodie-Good, Cary Grace, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Harry Potter, Justin Bieber, Grateful Dead, John Lennon, The Ramones, The Beatles, Neil Nixon, Chimes of St. Dormition, Focus
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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 57 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?

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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



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.


Some people think they've spotted a Bigfoot on live camera trained on an eagle's nest in Michigan. The clip from a camera mounted on a tree near a ...

NEAR BEULAH, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - This one has been making the rounds in Michigan the last week, and has been building up steam on ...

Peek A Boo Bigfoot
Bono Russel of Mojo Encounters shares an amusing story a man related to him about a bigfoot encounter he had. Check it out: ...

There's Something In The Woods
David Ford shares about his movie Something in the Woods during the Texas Bigfoot Conference in Jefferson, Texas. He is the writer, producer, and ...

Strange Bigfoot Occurrences of 1958
Bigfoot enthusiast Bob Gymlan takes a look at some of the peculiar bigfoot occurrences of 1958, and shows us how evidence can be found in the most ...

Breakdown Video Real Deal Bigfoot Tracks
The Paranormal Review takes a look at a video showing some possible bigfoot tracks in Ohio. Are they the real deal, or is there another explanation?

A nurse has told how her passion for researching the British Bigfoot phenomenon was sparked by a childhood close encounter in Angus. Charmaine ...

Russia near Chelyabinsk noticed Bigfoot
Russia near Chelyabinsk noticed Bigfoot. by space · October 9, 2016. 78366454. South Ural residents reported that wanders near Chelyabinsk snow ...

Bigfoot Terror On The Navajo Nation
Brenda Harris has had encounters with Bigfoot from the mid 1990's to the present. This has prompted her to do more investigations and continuous ...

Time To Go On A Virtual Bigfoot Hunt
Jonathan Odom takes us along on another virtual bigfoot hunt into a hot spot of activity in Alabama. Keep your eyes peeled. A lot of times people spot ...

Hunter Talks About Being Harassed By Bigfoot In Colorado
Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization shares a report from a hunter who talks about a sasquatch encounter in the Carson Lake area of Colorado.

Breakdown of the Billingsgate Bigfoot Video
Is this the real deal? Youtube user Bigfoot Tony takes a look at a piece of video, and comes to the conclusion that it is a genuine sasquatch. Watch the ...

Recently Recorded Bigfoot Audio Has Listeners Perplexed
This recent audio of possible bigfoot was posted by Robert Dodson. All kinds of strange sounds can be heard in the recording, from howls, to deep ...

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Monday/Tuesday

ON THIS DAY IN 1911 China's Manchu dynasty was overthrown by revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Zimbabwe accused of preparing to ship dozens of yo...
  • A New Lizard Species is Discovered in Mumbai – via...
  • Rare frog's death at Atlanta Botanical Garden sign...
  • Malaysia's unique freshwater mussels in danger

  • 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.)