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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, April 14, 2017

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Grassman all names for the legendary giant, ape-like creature that reportedly inhabits North America, including Ohio. Everyone ...

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.

  • SIGHTING/PHOTO: Elusive Arkansas mountain lion is ...
  • NEWSLINK: Will Congress Finally Step Up to Protect...

  • NEWSLINK: Mountain lion transient but making prese...
  • 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.

    HOORAY FOR THE GONZO BLOG DOO DAH MAN

    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
     
    Shostakovitch/Magazine/Thom/Rick Wakeman/Merrell Fankhauser
     
    I have, as many of you who are reading this, will know, spent a vast proportion of my life chasing, and trying to solve mysteries. But I have to say that this latest mystery to have come my way has got me well and truly stumped.
     
    And it is:
     
    WHERE THE BLOODY HELL DID I CATCH A COLD IN THE MIDDLE OF AN EXCEPTIONALLY BALMY APRIL?
     
    And now, here is the news:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Shostakovitch - Sympho...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    COMING THIS WEEKEND
    MERRELL FANKHAUSER IN THE NEWS
    Rick Wakeman "The Phantom of The Opera" Belgium re...
     
    Gonzo Magazine #229
    THE MERCURY GOES INTO RETROGRADE ISSUE
     
    I feel like one of those disaffected US Postal Workers who climb the water tower in the middle of the township and take potshots at starangers with a high powered assault rifle. But unfortunately my wife won't let me have a high powered assault rifle and there is no water tower so I will be having ice cream instead. However, first I have to tell you about the new issue of this remarkable little magazine of ours: Part Two of Jeremy’s EXCLUSIVE interview with Larry Wallis, Alan has arty hijinx in Lithuania, John looks forward to Record Store Day and other stuff, Richard profiles Warren Haynes, and Jon is wary of peculiar children...
     
    Groovy huh?
     
    It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, and Strange Fruit. 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:
     
    Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs, Ringo Starr, The Zombies, Eric Clapton, John Lydon, Roger Daltrey, Marillion, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Paul O'Neill, Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr.), Gilbert Baker, Brenda Jones, L.A. Dre (born Andre Bolton), Rosalie Hamlin,  Elyse Steinman, David Peel (born David Michael Rosario), Emmie Beckitt and Rick Wakeman, Supertramp, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Al Atkins, Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, Mary Hopkin, Jeremy Smith, Larry Wallis, Alan Dearling, Uzupis, Lithuania, UzBand, Hilltop Sheep, Muse, Kooky, A'Broken Leg, Aristokratai, Misko Gyventojai,  Deivis Nutautus, Bees (The Bites), John Brodie-Good, Record Store Day, Summer of Love, Linda Imperial Band, Jefferson Starship, 10cc, Richard Foreman, Warren Haynes, Kev Rowland, Pandora Snail, Aldaria, Aversions Crown, Battle Beast, Karda Estra, The Ed Palermo Big Band, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Mike Morsch, John Lennon, The Beatles, Roots Manuva, Snoop Dogg, AC/DC, Weird Al, Oasis
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 228 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
    Issue 227 (Chuck Berry)
    Issue 225-6 (The Rites of Spring)
    Issue 224 (Hibernal)
    Issue 223 (Beatles)
    Issue 222 (Cruise to the Edge)
    Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
    Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
    Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
     
     
    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.)