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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Saturday, August 11, 2012


It's sunday lunchtime, so its time
to do the Gonzo blogs in rhyme,
and if you ask me why, I say,
it makes me happy doing it this way.

But things have changed (gosh wouldn't you know it)
there is a proper daily poet
writing here on Gonzo Daily,
will Thom be a challenge for me?
Of course not, cos his poems are swell
and mine are just crass doggerell,
written by an ageing freak
cos it makes him laugh one day a week

Michael Des Barres is a Marquis
and a very talented chap you see,
he sings and acts and other stuff
and you's have thought he'd have had enough
But I've talked to him (he's really sweet)
and his new CD Carnaby Street
is really really really good
so buy it guys (you know you should)

Sadly the world has quite a dearth
of talents like John Shuttleworth
a performer of great renown
he may be visiting your town
so why not ring up all your mates
and have a shufti at his tour dates,
and fun I'm sure you'll have the most
so go check out this Gonzo post

Oh Rob Ayling will you pay please
to send me to the antipodes
and if you're wondering what for,
Rick Wakeman's doing a New Zealand Tour
I really would like to escape
and watch the man who wears the cape
and if my plea's acceptable to you,
will you pay my bar bill too?

His career many decades spanned
he sang with Manfred Mann's Earth Band
and also with a band called 'Night',
and others too (I expect he might)
Rob Ayling kindly gave to me
a lavish CD/DVD
recorded at a German show
it's by Chris Thompson don't you know

And finally we have a gander
at an interview with Erik Norlander
who plays for Asia featuring John Payne
and is hitched to the lovely Lana Lane
he has a solo career as well
his records all just sell and sell
And here presented just for you
is a link to a great interview

Regular readers here like me
will all know my friend Davey C
who writes some of our gig reviews
and otherwise comments on Gonzo news
he visited me last night with beer
and his daughter Rosie said "Look Here,
Dad's not the talented one you know"
so we're featuring her video

And so before we reach the end,
in five days its the Weird Weekend
an annual fortean gig I do
in rural Devon just for you,
so please check out the gig website
and I'll see you all on thursday night

(We will be posting the Gonzo Daily next weekend, but it is likely to be in a more truncated form than usual)

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 12.9.67


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1883 the last known quagga died in the Artis Zoo, Amsterdam.
And now the news:

New human species identified from Kenya fossils
Test Vaccine Successfully Protects Monkeys from Ni...
Shanyna Isom Grows Nails Instead Of Hair Due To Sk...
Marine species' deaths caused by UVB increases
Earliest Use of Mexican Turkeys by Ancient Maya
The Hidden Power of Whale Poop
Biologists: Media Sensationalizes Animal Sex
Pentagon to recruit bomb-sniffing rats
KittyCam Catches Cats' Killer Side
Aspiring filmmakers turn lenses on Karelian bear d...

Not a quagga, but an unusual looking zebra:


A brief administrative notice. Ticketholders please report to the reception desk. We are not mailing out physical tickets this year, but worry not. We wrote a list of you all on the back of a beer mat somewhere...

Actually there is a very fine Microsoft Excel spreadsheet with you all on it.

If you want to camp, please email graham@cfz.org.uk. He is the camp co-ordinator.


Two new links for Frontiers of Anthropology,
both centering on the theme of Atlantis and Undersea volcanoes: