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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, May 05, 2017

BUENO CINCO DE MAYO

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




He's one of those guys that looks behind the biology of these myths, like the Loch Ness monster. It was a very innocent conversation, it was just like, ...

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.

  • NEWSLINK: Paralysed and starving, 18-month-old tig...
  • VIDEO/SIGHTING, UK: Stunned mum spots wild ‘black ...

  • VIDEO: Amazing Video Reveals The Secret Life of Wy...
  • 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.



    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Fishermen in Louisiana Capture a Huge Bigfoot Watching Them Through the Trees
    But one monster stands out above the rest – Bigfoot! There are so many sightings of these hairy giants in the Bluegrass State that it has come to be ...

    Juvenile Bigfoot Filmed Near Old Car
    While hiking off trail in N/E Ont. I spot the sun reflecting off an old car wreck. When investigating I pan around to film if I am being watched.

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN SINGS

    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
     
    Party Politics in the United Kingdom has always been one of my favourite spectator sports, but recently it has become even more gripping, and never more so than last night and today. Living in interesting times? I should coco. Humour is the best weapon in our arsenal, so lets all make jokes as the ship goes down.
     
    And now, here is the news:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Pink Fairies - Walk Do...
    LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Frank Zappa - Lost Interview - Problems with Democ...
    Frank Zappa - Lost Interview - Message to the Futu...
     
    Gonzo Magazine #232
    THE COR BABY THAT'S REALLY STRANGE AND WEARD ISSUE
     
    And so, in this week's peculiar issue, We interview Roy Weard about his remarkable new album, Alan discusses rhythms of the world, John waxes lyrical about Moonalice and we send the legendary Richard Strange to a desert island. Graham explains the latest twists and turns in the saga of Hawkwind and Jon discovers that Every Record tells a Story! and learns about the horrific world of Internet Vigilantes.
     
    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:
     
    Frank Zappa, Every Record Tells A Story, Deep Purple, Don Airey, Queen + Adam Lambert, Elton John, The Kills, Gruff Rhys, Clinic, Nadine Shah, Fat White Family & Wild Beasts, John Cale, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Michael Jackson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Leo Baxendale, Frank Dostal, Calep H. Emphrey Jr., Robert Maynard Pirsig, Emmie Beckitt and Rick Wakeman, Supertramp, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Al Atkins, Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, Mary Hopkin, Alan Dearling, Marco Faddo, Trilok Gurtu, Jan Garbarek Group, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Grateful Dead, Rhythm Devils, Brian Jones, Denis Kigongo, UzBand, David Byrne, John Brodie-Good, Moonalice & Doobie Decibel System, Kev Rowland, Solitary, Ape Shifter, Artemiy Artemiev & Karda, Axel Rudi Pell, Barock Project, Richard "Kid" Strange, Doctors of Madness, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Beatles, Cocteau Twins, Franz Ferdinand, The Who, Pink Floyd, Neil Nixon, Cut Chemist, Gorillaz
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (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?

    POLLING DAY DICKING ABOUT

    They really should not have a sign telling people not to take photographs of themselves while in the polling station. It is only a challenge to people like me and Graham....


    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Friday/Saturday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1494 - Christopher Columbus sighted Jamaica on his second trip to the Western Hemisphere. He named the island Santa Gloria. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


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  • Tarantulas use their lateral eyes to calculate dis...
  • Recovering species must be celebrated or we risk r...
  • Genetic evidence points to nocturnal early mammals...
  • Sea Urchins Launch Their Weird Mobile Jaws to Scar...


  • 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.)