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, November 10, 2016


The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
Today I went back to the podiatrist, half expecting to be told that the ulceration on my heels had got so bad that amputation was imminent. I took Graham with me for moral support, and partly so he could independently be told about the danger signs to look for. Well, the upshot is that my only brushes with leglessness for the foreseeable future will be recreational ones. The ulceration on my left heel (which was the worse, by far) has healed, and although my right heel has degenerated a bit it is still relatively easily treatable. So that is good.
Thank you to everyone who has sent good wishes and healing vibes. We are not out of the woods yet, but we are well on our way. Now I can get back to the important business of writing silly doggerel about Donald Trump. A Republican President Elect with a name that is a childish euphemism for farting is truly a gift from the Gods. Woooot!
And now for the news................
Eric Burdon interview
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: You can't kill me - Ju...
The Pink Fairies - Tomorrow Never Knows (Live)
Face to Face with Rick Wakeman: Jon Lord
Gonzo Magazine #207
In this extraordinary issue, Alan goes to Tibet and discusses this much misunderstood country and its spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Doug goes to see Alice Cooper and Jon waxes lyrical on The Divine Comedy and Mike Love of The Beach Boys.
Fun Fun Fun for all the family!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, but Friday Night Progressive takes a break this week. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. Xtul and Neil Nixon also take rainchecks this week. 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:
The Divine Comedy, Spirits Burning, Clearlight, Gong, Roger Daltrey, Prince, Paul McCartney, Marillion, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Claude "Curly" Putman, Jr., Robert Coull "Bobby" Wellins, Molly Rose, Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, ARW, The Pink Fairies, Alice Cooper, Alan Dearling, Tibet, The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, The Gardening Club, Mike Love, The Beach Boys, One Direction, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Sting, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Manson
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
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?


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 world is not ready to accept what Bigfoot is
The Canadian Adrian Erickson led a multi-year Bigfoot research project from 2005 to 2010. Much controversy has surrounded his endeavors....

These Bigfoot and Dogman Stories From Kentucky Are Freaky! (Video)
Jon shares some Bigfoot and Dogman stories he heard from family and experienced himself in Kentucky. Sasquatch is all over the state and the other ...

Allen Salzberg: Herpdigest is broke

HerpDigest is, and has been broke for the past three months. 

The amount of donations HD received to help offset the cost of replacing the HD computer this past spring has been very generous, but unfortunately insufficient. 

So for the past three months I have insufficient funds to pay the bills. To make up the deficit I've been personally donating money to HD. For example: webmaster (who has been quite patient), host of the website, mailing list programs, subscriptions and more. But I can no longer keep that up. And for those who say what about volunteers. I’ve tried that route, but they all disappear in a month or so.

Usually a book comes around that is a best-seller, or a big donor. Not this time.

All I have is the usual turtle and frog calendars. And the profit margin is only $7.00. And a generous offer to sell European herp books and share the profit margins, but I have been too ill to take up. Yet. I hope. 

I need to raise $1,000 to make sure HD can survive into next year. (so you won’t hear from me begging from funds until, say May?)

Buy a calendar and please round your donation up to $30.00, $40.00 more? Or just make a donation.

Put HD on your Holiday Gift List?

A check would be best.

Make the check out to 
send it to Allen Salzberg
67-87 Booth Street -5B
Forest Hills, NY 11375

If you prefer PayPal the account number is asalzberg@herpdigest.org

If you have gotten anything from HerpDigest: a job, an internship, volunteer opportunity, help getting names on a petition, help in your research, help saving herps, getting one on a state or federal ESA list or listed on CITES, or just plain entertainment. How much was that worth to you? How much is worth reaching 15,000 people interested in herps.(More since some issues, or articles go viral). People who don’t consider HD junk mail since they have asked to subcribe to HD. 

Thank you for your support, in the past and hopefully in the present and future. Thank you for listening me out.

Allen Salzberg
Director of Conservation and Media Relations for the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society 
Member IUCN Freshwater and Tortoise Species Survival Group


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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