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, August 17, 2017


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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    ON THE TRACK (of unknown animals) Episode 76

    Okay, boys and girls, I know that I have been shilly-shallying about on this subject for a couple of years, but I am very happy to be able to announce that our web TV show – On The Track – is back!

    Why have we chosen this particular time? For the first time in seventeen years, the middle of August will not be seeing a Weird Weekend. This is mostly because of my own health problems, and the fact that I am just too old and too decrepit to deal with such things. However, it has left a cryptozoologically shaped hole in my life, and so I decided that it was about time to bring back something that I’ve always enjoyed, but that I didn’t always have time to do.

    I have also decided that, in a vain attempt to try to appeal to the Patreon generation but mostly because I enjoy the technical challenge, the production values are higher than they used to be and the show features more different segments, and although it will remain as silly, and hopefully as entertaining as ever, we are upping the content level of both Hard Science and High Strangeness.

    I am co-presenting this show with the irrepressible Charlotte Phillipson, and while we are talking about young guns within the CFZ, we will also be featuring regular reports from Colin Schneider from Ohio, host of the Crypto Kid radio show on WCJV Digital Broadcasting, every Monday at 8pm EST.

    Watch this space, and prepare to hold on to your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

    • Tasmanian wolf expedition
    • Thylacine hoaxes
    • Giant Tiger quall
    • Weird weekend hiatus
    • Corinna and the Water shrew
    • What happened to the insectivores?
    • The beast of Bladenboro
    • Watcher of the skies
    • NEW AND REDISCOVERED: New grass snake
    • NEW AND REDISCOVERED: New frog in Andes
    • NEW AND REDISCOVERED: New subspecies of snow leopard
    • Patreon campaign
    Presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson

    Richard Freeman, Colin Schneider, Dr Max Blake, Grenville Batty, David Bowie, Alan Dearling, Chloe Gray, Corinna Downes, Mother

    Original music by Jon Downes
    Edited by Jon Downes, Charlotte Phillipson and Graham Inglis
    Camera: Jon Downes, Charlotte Phillipson, Corinna Downes, Julia Quinn, Alan Dearling and Graham Inglis


    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
    Well the big news is that yesterday we posted the first episode of the new run of our monthly webTV series. It is actually Episode 76, and I haven't decided yet whether to start numbering it from the start of the new run or not. But it sounds a bit Pol Pot-ish Year Zero doesn't it. You can see the new episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMBBWWjoGXc
    Thank you, not only to everyone involved, but to those of you who were kind to watch it with us as soon as it came out. It was a very special experience. Please, people, do me a favour and share the link far and wide. We want this new series to have as big an impact as possible.
    Over to dear old David Herbert:
    Don't do it for the money,
    do it and be damned to the money.
    Don't do it for equality,
    do it because we've got too much equality
    and it would be fun to upset the apple-cart
    and see which way the apples would go a-rolling.
    Don't do it for the working classes.
    Do it so that we can all of us be little aristocracies on our own
    and kick our heels like jolly escaped asses.
    But now, here is the news:
    .....AND IN MY DAY JOB
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Benjamin Britten: Phan...
    onzo Weekly #247
    In which we meet the legendary Don Airey, who tinkles the ivories for Deep Purple (amongst others) and talks about his mountainous solo album, John talks about Cary Grace, the Luck of Eden Hall, Steely Dan and Pye Hastings, Alan gives an Observer’s Guide to Lithuanian Pop Music, Jon critiques the best novel he has read all year and presents the latest news from The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.
    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:
    The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, RAZ Band, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Ronnie Wood, Patti Smith, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack  Maloney's Mystery Hour, Chantek, Jessy Serrata, Glen Travis Campbell, Janet Seidel, Arleta, Rick Wakeman, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Third Ear Band, Atomic Rooster, Deep Purple, Don Airey, Alan Dearling, Laura Remeikiene, Neda Malunaviciute, Rugile, Boris and the Gopnik tour of Vilnius, John Brodie Good, Cary Grace, The Luck of Eden Hall, Caravan, Pye Hastings, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers, Kev Rowland, ESP, Eternal Wanderers, Gentle Knife, Horseneck, Immolation, Integrity, Jam It!, Neil Arnold, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Nathan Kuzak, Lemmy, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    Issue 243 (Galahad)
    Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
    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 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?


    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.

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1815 - Napoleon began serving his exile when he arrived at the island of St. Helena. 
    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.