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, December 19, 2013


Stealth ... On the trail of the Burrawang Bunyip.Hi Jon

While Boy Freeman has been tiger-hunting, I’ve been bunyip-hunting.





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. 

So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

DALE DRINNON: Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar and Willow, Benny's Blogs

I have had two of my blog entries that had been prepared in advance completely wiped by Blogger today, and I don't know if I can get either one of them back again. So I am stopping there and only going by the links which were previously published last night


The Gonzo Daily - Thursday

This morning started impressively with a seasonal telephone call from Colonel John Blashford-Snell who as well as doing the festive thing wanted to talk about the possibility of surviving ground sloths in South America. I can truly think of much worse ways of starting the day. As always I have been putting it off as long as I can, but either this afternoon or tomorrow (or both), Mother and Graham and I are going Christmas shopping. It is something I very much hate doing, and each year I plan to do all my shopping indoors online, but never quite manage it. Bah Humbug!

Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet

*  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.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

* 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 54 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon, which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. 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 the orange cat?


Cockerels pose as movie stars for calendar
Roosters are given a Hollywood makeover by the Happy Egg Co for its poultry farm calendar (Picture: PA)
A dozen cockerels have become unlikely pin-ups.
The preening poultry feature in a calendar recreating famous Hollywood moments.
That’s hen-tertainment... cockerels pose as movie stars for calendar
The Usual Suspects gets a rooster makeover (Picture: PA)
One copies John Travolta’s dance moves in Saturday Night Fever while others give James Bond, Batman and crime drama The Usual Suspects a rooster makeover.
The scenes were shot by fashion photographer Dan Kennedy for the Happy Egg Co.
That’s hen-tertainment... cockerels pose as movie stars for calendar
Saturday Night Fever chicken-style (Picture: PA)
Marketing director Steve Horton said: ‘Since we can’t have real cockerels on our farms, it’s great to offer our broods some pin-ups.’
It will be sent to all the British company’s producers.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today