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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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Parish Notices

Hello boys and girls,

Here just a few parish notices concerning our publication schedules. First of all, you’ll have noticed that the new issue of Animals & Men is marginally late. This is purely because of time constraints, but it should be out today or tomorrow.

As of the current issue of the CFZ Monthly Newsletter, if the first of the month takes place over a weekend, then the newsletter will be mailed out on the following Monday. If that Monday is a public holiday, we shall make it up as we go along; a system that has worked fine for the CFZ over the past 25yrs.

Onwards and upwards,


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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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    Bigfoot Sighting in Iowa
    On a recent trip to Southern Iowa, a group of bigfoot investigators witnessed a small family unit of bigfoot at close range.


      2.  Contents
      3.  Faculty
      4.  Editorial
    9. Newsfile: New and Rediscovered
    20. Newsfile: Chupacabras
    23.  Newsfile: Man beasts
    25.  Newsfile: Mystery cats
    29.  Newsfile: Aquatic monsters
    35. Newsfile: Teratology
    36. Newsfile Xtra: Encyclopaedic knowledge
    38. Newsfile Xtra: Hoaxes
    43. Watcher of the Skies by Corinna Downes
    60. A peculiarly 21st Century Butterfly Conundrum
    By Jon Downes
    66. The Long and Winding Toad
    By Richard Muirhead
    72. The Vampire God of Ancient Egypt
    By Ron Murphy
    79. Keeping Track(s)
    By Lars Thomas
    81. The Tragic story of the Blue Monkey pub, Plymouth
    By Richard Muirhead and Bob Skinner
    88.  Reviews


    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
    It’s Wednesday, boys and girls, and therefore it is the day that I have my delightful amanuensis down the other end of a Skype line. My amanuensis of course being Olivia, so perhaps I should refer to her as my step-amanuensis. Hell, I don’t know these things.
    Everything seems to be going reasonably well today, touch wood, but I was greeted with one piece of sad news this morning. Each day, for years, I have been reading a series of web comics by a bloke called John Allison. They have been set in a fictional Northern town Tackleford, and he has been writing them very nearly every day since 1998. Sadly, after all these years, he has decided to draw a line under the series and, although he pledges to carry on doing web comics (and I’m sure they will be entertaining), I will be sad to see the end of the saga that has kept me amused for such a long time.
    But now, here is the news:
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Gib Guilbeau - Sweet S..
    Gram Parsons-Interview, Holland 1972
    The Subjective Perspective Show ft. David Peel dis...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Carol Hodge talks about the excitement of playing Glastonbury with Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life, we meet a bloke who wants to make a giant bronze statue of Great Cthulhu in the Orkneys, Phil Bayliss’ reggae themed Listening Post, the details of Hawkwind’s legal victory and the Doctors of Madness box set.
    Good ‘ere innit?
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, and Strange Fruit, but Friday Night Progressive is on hiatus for a few weeks. 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:
    Carol Hodge, Steve Ignorant, Roger Waters, Iggy Pop, Banksy, Lady Gaga, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Stella McCartney, British Sea Power, Kris Kristofferson, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jimmy Nalls, Thomas Michael Bond CBE, Geri Allen, Dave Rosser, Gary DeCarlo, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Alan Dearling, Phil Bayliss, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, U-Roy, King Tubby & Friends, Burning Spear, Ijahman, Morgan Heritage, Fat Freddy's Drop, Jeremy Smith, Doctors of Madness, Glen Vaudrey, Great Cthulhu, Kev Rowland, Tim Burness, Tyrannosorceress, 8Kids, Art Fristoe Trio, Barrows, Beasto Blanco, Evelyn and Iris, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, David Bowie, Sting, Bill Haley, Bob Marley, Beatles, Jon Downes and the Amphibians From Outer Space
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 236 (Manchester)
    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
    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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    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1852 Frederick Douglass, fugitive slave, delivers his 'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?' speech to the Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, condemns the celebration as hypocritical sham
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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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.)