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, May 11, 2017


The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
A mixed bag of a day so far. Amazon have taken it upon themselves to withdraw the ebook of The Owlman and Others because people have complained that we released it in a fixed format because we wanted to retain the page design. When one considers the gross lash ups that some of the ebooks that I review turn out to be, I cannot help feeling mildly insulted. However Amazon, like Google are just too big to argue with. I cannot help but remember the subplot in Robert Heinlein's 'Friday' which featured a series of global wars in which massive corporations, as well as nations are the combatants.
However. Check this out:
Biffo has done it again!
And now, here is the news:
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: H. Purcell - The Fairy...
Gonzo Magazine #233
And so, in this week's phenomenally rising issue, Jeremy talks to Richard Strange in another world exclusive, Graham brings us Hawkwind news, Richard writes about David Nelson, Doug critiques the best gigs of the 1970s, Alan examines the trippier end of Turkish music and Jon raves on about Kipling.
Good ‘ere innit?
It’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, and Strange Fruit. 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 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:
Rudyard Kipling, Stalky & Co., Queen + Adam Lambert, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Gorillaz, Marillion, Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Billy Bragg, Erkki Kurenniemi, John M Shifflett, Bruce Hampton (Gustav Valentine Berglund III), Lorenzo "Zoe Realla" Dixon, Kevin Garcia, Saxa (Lionel Augustus Marrin), Mary Hopkin, This Misery Garden, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Jeremy Smith, Doctors of Madness, Richard Strange, Rolling Stone magazine, Alan Dearling, Turkey, BaBa ZuLa, Salih Saka, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Burhan Ocal, Brenna Mac Crimmon, Cigdem Aslan, Husnu Senlendirici, Ilhan Ersahin Istanbul Sessions, Nedim Nalbantoglu, Sabahat Akkiraz Orient Expressions, Selim Sesler,The Erkose Ensemble, Richard Foreman, David Nelson, Kev Rowland, Big Hogg, Billy Jones, Eric Gillette, Thieves' Kitchen, Carsten Sindvald, John Brodie Good, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Beatles, Backstreet Boys, Father John Misty, Bob Dylan
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
Issue 227 (Chuck Berry)
Issue 225-6 (The Rites of Spring)
Issue 224 (Hibernal)
Issue 223 (Beatles)
Issue 222 (Cruise to the Edge)
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
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 a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown 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 Archie and the Cats?

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“I was working as a stunt diver on a super low budget film about the Loch Ness monster, and met the SFX crew who built it,” she said. I was fascinated ...

After months without a sighting, the Loch Ness monster appears to be back and ready to be found. For eight months there were no reports of the ...


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.

  • NEWSLINK: Could huge paw print be proof that leopa...
  • NEWSLINK: Swings placed for lion cubs in Etawah Sa...

  • ARTICLE: Why leopards are changing their hunting s...
  • MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: The crocodile in the Sahara and a strange Japanese sea creature

    Dear friends

    I found two interesting stories, co-incidentally both from 1884, one of them refers to the existence, up until the late 19th Century at least, of the crocodile in the Sahara, the other is of a mystery (at least to me) sea creature in Nagasaki Bay (presumably) .

    Texas Siftings. March 15th 1884 " But Professor Zittel considers that the climate must have been damper (in the Sahara - R) ,the rain-fall heavier, and fresh water denudation more active in pleistocene days than now, to account for the erosion that has taken place, the abundance of fulgurites, and the present distribution of flora and fauna, especially in such cases as the occurrence of Central African crocodiles in the marshes and streams of the completely isolated Ahaggar mountains (of S.Algeria - Rich)

    San Francisco Bulletin August 18th 1884.

    " The Nagasaki Sun and Express says : " A strange reptile was caught in the bay on July 24th. it measures about 3 ft in length, is rather broad across the the head and shoulders and gradually tapers down to a fine tail. it has four legs with five long sharp claws on each.Its head is slightly tapered to the tip of the mouth, out of which darts a long narrow tongue.In color it is dark, with bright yellow spots, and the back and tail are covered in hard scales. it was apparently out of its element in
    the sea, as it is still alive and promises to flourish on live frogs, for which it seems to have a natural weakness.

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 0330 - Constantinople, previously the town of Byzantium, was founded. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • 35-year South Carolina alligator study uncovers my...
  • Meerkat call patterns are linked to sex, social st...
  • Fish step up to lead when predators are near

  • 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.)