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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Friday, September 08, 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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    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 Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
    And so another week trundles inexorably towards its close. And what can I say about it? Nothing much I am afraid. I achieved quite a lot of stuff that I wanted to do, and was in a haze for much of Tuesday and Wednesday because of a visit from Our Lady Selene. I am still getting my head around Twitter, and finding that I am appreciating this ubiquitous little social medium more and more each day. Yesterday I found photographs of a family of wild white eared pheasants: a species which I had always been told was almost extinct, but it seems that in the 40+ years since I read about them in Gerald Durrell's 'Catch me a Colobus' either they have recovered remarkably or our Gerry was indulging in hyperbole, 'cos they are currently judged as 'Near Threatened' with a wild population of between 10-50,000 individuals.
    Lovely birds though.
    Forgive me for rattling on about pheasants. but it is Friday, and the weekend beckons.
    By the way, please also forgive me for banging on about this but on a personal level I would be very grateful if you could spread the word about our rebooted monthly webTV series after a break of nearly four years. I actually hadn't realised it had been so long, but - then again - my concepts of time and space are fairly abstract at the best of times.
    But now, here is the news:
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Paul Hindemith - Strin...
    Robert Calvert - Ramblings at Dawn, 1982 Interview...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Bruford - The Sahara of Snow parts 1 + 2
    Gonzo Weekly #250
    The events organised by the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu in Liverpool last week: The cultural event of the decade? Or something properly important? Jon interviews Tony Palmer about his legendary film of Tangerine Dream, Alan goes to the Magic Gathering in Lithuania, Richard muses on handshakes, and Biffo talks about sexist Yugoslav computer magazines - no we haven’t made that one up! In fact we never make any of it up.
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Strange Fruit, but Friday Night Progressive is taking a week off. 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 antichinuses who have blown a figurative fuse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have got cross for some reason, 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, Captain Beefheart, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Chester Bennington, David Bowie, ZZ Top, Katie Hopkins, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Melissa Cecelia Ewen Bell, William Tobe Hooper, Wilson das Neves, Ronald Harry "Skip" Prokop, Mohammed Abdul Jabbar, L N Shastri, Lawrence Joseph Elgart, Mary Hopkin, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Tony Palmer, Tangerine Dream, Alan Dearling, Magick Gathering, Timid Kooky, Medonas, Ignas is Ignalinos, Josh Johnstone & The Bonnie Doons, Thundering Down, Celsijus, The Holy Modal Rounders, Du-Tels, The Incredible String Band, Robin Williamson, Peggy Seeger, Kev Rowland, All 4 1, Asphalt Horsemen, Attila, Beneath, Big Big Train, Blind Guardian, Decapitated, Disengage, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Beatles, The Who, U2, Billy Currie, Ultravox, Michael Jackson, Queen, Neil Nixon,  Durutti Column
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    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 58 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?

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

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    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Friday/Saturday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1565 - A Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, FL. 
    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.