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, October 26, 2017


Despite the thylacine being extinct on mainland Australia for centuries, it's believed they existed in Tasmania until around the 1930s. But the ...


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.

CRYPTOLINK: Sharp-eyed News 8 viewers spot mystery animal in live shot

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. 

CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — After our 6:30 p.m. newscast Sunday night, we got reports from viewers that there was a mysterious animal in the background of a live shot in Hollenbeck Canyon. 
News 8's Heather Hope went back to the trail in Jamul on Monday to share what she learned from animal experts since then. 
"I have to look at this very closely," said San Diego City College professor John Malinky.  
Take a close look in the background of the live shot on the trail at Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area and you may see something.  
All appears normal until something lurks in the brush that viewers noticed. 
"It looks to me like it's walking on four legs," said Malinky. 
Professor Malinky weighed in with his City College geology class at Mission Trails Regional Park. 
"[It] kind of looks like a coyote," said student Natalie Myking. "It looks like it's hunting for something for sure." 


The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
Yesterday I wrote about TV coverage of The American Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, last Sunday, when a huge, bird-shaped shadow was cast over the race track.
Graham Inglis suggested: "It seems the phenomenon was observed on the original live coverage. Could it have been a 'green screen' overlay added by the tv coverage team, for reasons of a publicity stunt?" And guess what kiddies? That's exactly what it was. However, we would not have been doing our job had we not looked into it.
Forgive me for banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for an many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
But now, here is the news:
GONZO: Hunter Thompson news
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Dmitri Shostakovich -...
Gonzo Weekly #255-6
We meet the legendary Judge Smith and talk about his new film, The Garden of Fifi Chamoix, and still in a horticultural mood Alan visits an Apples and Art exhibit which sounds cracking fun. Richard presents the second part of his critique of Steve Kimock, Jon muses about Cat Stevens and Liam Gallagher, and Biffo causes ructions in the Lord of the Rings gaming community.
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Canterbury sans Frontieres and Friday Night Progressive. Strange Fruit, is taking a week off, but will be back soon. 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 southern dibblers who have books to peruse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been to the library, 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:
Liam Gallagher, Yusuf Islam, Nile Rodgers, 200Fish, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Love Theatre, Rolling Stones, Queen, Small Faces, Bono, Prince, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jerry Jan Ross, Skip Haynes, Walter "Bunny" Sigler, Jan Arvid Johansen, Jimmy Beaumont, Grady Bernard Tate, Dave Bry, Iain Shedden, Sean Hughes, Roy Dotrice, OBE, Grape-kun, Gordon Edgar Downie CM, Mary Hopkin, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Judge Smith, Alan Dearling, Dave Watson, Morag Eaton, Graham Bell, Richard Foreman, Steve Kimock, Kev Rowland, Alunah, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Made in Cuba, Steve Howe, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Sammy Davis Jr, Bob Marley, Elvis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael Jackson, Neil Nixon, Preston Epps
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
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?


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