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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, February 24, 2017

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From CFZ-USA:

CRYPTOLINK: Skeleton of eight foot ‘serpent’ washes up in Cornwall (The return of Morgawr? Or another pilot whale?)

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. 

(Picture: Chris Crane/SWNS) A mysterious 8ft creature has been washed up on a beach - leading people to believe that it could be a Cornish mythical SEA SERPENT. Shocked Chris Crane, 61, was walking on the quiet shore of Charlestown, Cornwall, with wife Amanda, 59, when they saw a large black figure in the distance. See story SWSERPENT. The baffled couple got closer and realised it was a skeleton - but between them could not work out what creature it was. Mr Crane, who runs a Bed and Breakfast, took pictures and posted them on Twitter - and some people suggested it could be the mythical creature MORGAWR.A ‘serpent’ carcass has stunned walkers who found it washed up on a beach.

The eight foot skeleton has mostly rotted away, but the shape of its body, which bulges out towards the back, is still visible.

Read on...

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




Bigfoot: Human or Ape?
Thomas Steenburg, veteran bigfoot researcher, weighs in with his opinion on if bigfoot is human or ape. One of the most heavily debated topics ...

Man Claims Photo Shows A Bigfoot Producing An "Orb"
Jerry Cline posted this photo of what he claims "clearly" shows a juvenile bigfoot producing an orb. Do you see it?

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

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.



TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS


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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  • WOOHOOO SAYS THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
     
    Pink Fairies/Steve Hackett/John Shuttleworth
     
    Yesterday we trundled off to Bideford to get the dressing on my ankle changed, and then I spent far too much money in Morrisons. Weirdly for a supermarket, they were playing music that I actually liked including T Rex and The Beach Boys, which combined with the disorientation that I always get in a sodding great barn full of harsh lighting and hundreds of people all talking at once, combined to produce a peculiar psychedelic effect. I am very tempted to go into Morrisons and sit there for a couple of hours with a digital recorder and see if I can get the basis for a record which would end up sounding like a cross between Throbbing Gristle and Brian Eno. Maybe i could call it 'Music for Consumers'.
     
    And here is the news:
     
    COMING THIS WEEKEND
    JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH: Live Review
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    Gonzo Magazine #222
    THE LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE ISSUE
     
    In a Gonzo Exclusive, Doug reports from the High Seas, about Cruise to the Edge, Richard reviews Phil Lesh, John eulogises Gary Duncan, whilst Jeremy goes to see Spizz and The Rezillos, and Jon muses on Pet Shop Boys, Neil Young and Ladybird Books for grown-ups. And oodles more, my little cupcakes...
     
    Groovy huh?
    It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive is having a well deserved week off, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and Canterbury Sans Frontieres. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
     
    Neil Young, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Glenn Hughes, Justin Trudeau, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Alan Francis Simpson, Barbara Carroll, Damian Davey, Alwin Lopez Jarreau, Packy, Trish Doan, Tony Särkkä, Tony Davis, Supertramp, Tony Ashton with Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Faeries, Cruise to the Edge 2017, Alan Dearling, Mother's Little Helper, Jeremy Smith, The Rezillos, Spizzenergi, The Tuts, John Brodie-Good, Gary Duncan, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Richard Foreman, Phil Lesh, Kev Rowland, Nemezis, Nick Magnus, Soul Secret, Solstice, Trioxyde, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Who, The Alarm, Queen, Justin Bieber, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pet Shop Boys
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
    Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
    Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
    Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
    Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
    Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
    Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
    Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
    Issue 210 (Nico)
    Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
    Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
    Issue 207 (Tibet)
    Issue 206 (Raz)
    Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
    Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
    Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
    Issue 202 (Gong)
    Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
    Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
     
     
    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?

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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.)