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, July 17, 2017

CRYPTOLINKS: Sea Serpent Stories

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. 

“I am positive,” said Mr Witard, “that what we saw was a sea serpent. We were all on the beach together on Wednesday evening when we saw the ...

A celebration of the 200th anniversary of the sighting of the Gloucester Sea Serpent takes place. Listen to hourly readings of “The Serpent Came to ...


The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
Yesterday Mike Davis and I did a marathon session, which resulted in a new song for him. Those of you who are interested can see/hear it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EzcNaT6ypg The noisy guitar and programming is by me, by the way. A couple of months back Mike came breezing into my studio with a new song. It was really simple, he said, and would be a doddle to record. The song was and is great, but it wasn't simple, and wasn't a doddle by any stretch of the imagination.
And by the way, if anyone else tries to talk to me about the new Doctor Who. please don't.
But now, here is the news:
Founder and star of band Osibisa, Teddy Osei, on T...
Ringo Starr on Life as a Beatle
Igor Stravinsky Documentary

Gonzo Weekly #243
...in which Jon interviews Stu Nicholson from Galahad, Richard goes to the New Forest folk festival, and sees Ric Sanders, Show of Hands and the Acoustic Strawbs, we ask whether modern music is rubbish, Alan ties Jon to a Listening Post, and all with a Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Prog.
Yup, and it’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C. J. Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
Morrissey, Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Chic, Brian May, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Tamara Grigoryevna Miansarova, Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri, Joseph Fire Crow, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Melvyn "Deacon" Jones, Fresh Kid Ice, Egil Kapstad, Nelsan Ellis, Mary Hopkin, Ashton Gardner and Dyke, Stu Nicholson, Galahad, Alan Dearling, Crass, Scott Walker, Cockney Rebel, Captain Beefheart, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Plastic Ono Band, Belle and Sebastian, The Polyphonic Spree, Gram Parsons, Roger Waters, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Richard Foreman, New Forest Folk Festival, Kev Rowland, Warner Drive, Wilderness Dream, Bloody Hammers, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Dialeto, Dusan Jevtovic, Datura 4, Da Vinci, Gateway to Hell, Intrcptr, Laces Out, Charlotte Phillipson, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Prince, Slipknot, Neil Nixon, Dread Zeppelin.
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
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 loudly 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?


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.

  • NEWSLINK: Killing of escaped lions 'good decision'...
  • PHOTOS: Lioness nursing baby leopard captured on c...

  • VIDEO: Twin snow leopard cubs settle in at home at...

    Thunder, Flutes, and Bigfoot
    The Trail to Bigfoot team has an interesting trip into the swamps, when they try new things to try and document a bigfoot response.

    Bigfoot Head Caught on Video, Follow Up Double Checking
    Robert Dodson and company go to the area where something was caught on video that looked like a possible bigfoot face and head. Dodson ...

    Husband and Wife Chased Out Of Woods By Bigfoot
    From PacWest Bigfoot comes an encounter story about a husband and wife who say they love the Crater Lake area of southern Oregon, even though ...

    Bigfoot Investigator Turns On Video just Moments After Sighting
    Close, but not close enough, or maybe it was? Robert Dodson had a sighting of a dark-colored bigfoot just moments before turning on his video ...

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Monday/Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1212 - The Moslems were crushed in the Spanish crusade. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Borneo's orangutans in 'alarming' decline: study
  • Something is Blinding These Snakes: in southern Au...
  • Snakes on a Train, Yo’: Video Shows Snake Slitheri...
  • Climate change threatens domestic bee species
  • Mammoth Resurrection: 11 Hurdles to Bringing Back ...

  • Understanding extinction risk in mammals

  • 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.