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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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Thursday, May 13, 2021

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN SKIPS AND HOPS

 The Gonzo Daily: Thursday

http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.htmL I had my second inoculation yesterday and I am currently waiting for the tiny robot Bill Gates to burst through my chest in a fountain of gore. I feel bloody awful, and I am doing as little as I can get away with before I go back to bed. The latest episode of On the Track features a piece on reality tunnels, the rescue of a slowworm, and a feline addition to the Nazca lines in Peru. There is also a loquacious and vaguely sagacious chicken. You truly couldn’t make this stuff up. If you want to attend a visual entertainment consisting of hard science and a smattering of weird shit, interspersed with us dicking about in an increasingly surreal manner, check the latest episode out: https://youtu.be/GIADtwLQayw My book ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is the story of my early life in Hong Kong, and how I first became interested in Natural History, and more specifically cryptozoology, and there are several very little known cryptozoological mysteries discussed therein. It is very much like a darker analog of Gerald Durrell’s memoirs of his childhood in Greece, and I would’ve called it “My Family and other Sociopaths” if it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t want to be sued either by Durrell’s estate, or my family. You can find out more and buy it signed from the link below: https://forteanzoology.blogspot.com/2021/01/jon-s-book-about-hong-kong.html C’mon, make a curmudgeonly old bugger happy. AND HERE'S TODAY'S NEWS https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2021/05/yes-featuring-anderson-rabin-and.html Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman - Exclus... https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2021/05/phil-spector-beatles-let-it-be-049.html PHIL SPECTOR & the BEATLES Let It Be | #049 https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2021/05/dave-brock-looks-forward-to-getting.html Dave Brock looks forward to getting back on the road https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2021/05/gonzo-track-of-day-rick-wakemans.html GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Rick Wakeman's awesome pi... https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2021/05/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_13.html THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS: Our webTV show: https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/posts/632561497117057 And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/CFZ And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order: https://gonzotesting.blogspot.com/2018/07/a-notion-of-shopkeepers.html Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eleven whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I? AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE: Gonzo Weekly #441/2 THE RICK-Y-UKEY ISSUE www.gonzoweekly.com This magazine continues to go off on strange tangents that I never expect, but I am very happy to see it do so. What is in this week? Ooooh lots of things. Such as Paul McCartney, the sound of the Westway, the ‘Summer of Our Discontent’, Motman and Micall Parknsun, Rick Wakeman, Alan’s New Music, Fake News and more.... And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and the Real Music Club, AND Strange Fruit, and Mr Biffo, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and C.J Stone, but Mr Biffo, Tony Klinger and Neil Nixon, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and dibblers who have got the blues (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are listening to the new Bob Dylan album, 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!!! ..And the last few issues are: Issue 441-2 (Rick Wakeman) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-441-2.html Issue 439-40 (Prince Phillip) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-439-40.html Issue 437-8 (Yes) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-437-8.html Issue 435-36 (Hawkwind) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-435-6.html Issue 433-34 (Freda Payne) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-433-4.html Issue 431-32 (Kosheen) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-431-2.html Issue 429-30 (Ocean Aid) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-429-30.html Issue 427-8 (2021 ia Bosch) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-427-8.html Issue 425-6 (Paul McCartney) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-425-6.html Issue 423-4 (KLF) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-423-4.html Issue 421-22 (Christmas) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-421-2-pb.html Issue 419-20 (John Lennon) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-419-20-pb.html Issue 417-8 (gIG) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-417-8.html Issue 415-16 (Phideaux) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-415-16.html Issue 413-14 (Rick Wakeman) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-413-14.html Issue 411-12 (Extinction Rebellion) https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-4011-12.html Issue 409-10 (Covid) 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: http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/ 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 a recently widowed old hippy of 61 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, 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 a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

BIG CAT ROUND UP

 

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 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.

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1779 - The War of Bavarian Succession ended.

And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • BBC: Nuneaton: Invasion of cows causes train delays
  • BBC: Horsey beach release for injured Norfolk seal...

  • 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)

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    HO HO HO DAYS THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

     The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday

    Carl arrived yesterday evening after a series of bizarre misadventures; he was only three days late. I have all sorts of interesting things in the pipeline for today. We are doing fun stuff in the afternoon, dull stuff before that, I have my second inoculation this evening, and hopefully before I turn into a clone of Bill Gates I will be interviewing Mike Tiano about his new album. All good fun.
    The latest episode of On the Track features a piece on reality tunnels, the rescue of a slowworm, and a feline addition to the Nazca lines in Peru. There is also a loquacious and vaguely sagacious chicken. You truly couldn’t make this stuff up.
    If you want to attend a visual entertainment consisting of hard science and a smattering of weird shit, interspersed with us dicking about in an increasingly surreal manner, check the latest episode out:
    My book ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is the story of my early life in Hong Kong, and how I first became interested in Natural History, and more specifically cryptozoology, and there are several very little known cryptozoological mysteries discussed therein. It is very much like a darker analog of Gerald Durrell’s memoirs of his childhood in Greece, and I would’ve called it “My Family and other Sociopaths” if it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t want to be sued either by Durrell’s estate, or my family. You can find out more and buy it signed from the link below:
    C’mon, make a curmudgeonly old bugger happy.
    AND HERE'S TODAY'S NEWS
    Interview with Hawkwind HRH Prog 2018
    Jon Anderson Talks About Getting Kicked Out Of Yes...
    Sharing Scottish Memories - With Barbara Dickson
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - Rain
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
    Our webTV show:
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eleven whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
    Gonzo Weekly #441/2
    THE RICK-Y-UKEY ISSUE
    This magazine continues to go off on strange tangents that I never expect, but I am very happy to see it do so. What is in this week? Ooooh lots of things. Such as Paul McCartney, the sound of the Westway, the ‘Summer of Our Discontent’, Motman and Micall Parknsun, Rick Wakeman, Alan’s New Music, Fake News and more....
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and the Real Music Club, AND Strange Fruit, and Mr Biffo, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and C.J Stone, but Mr Biffo, Tony Klinger and Neil Nixon, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and dibblers who have got the blues (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are listening to the new Bob Dylan album, 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!!!
    ..And the last few issues are:
    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 a recently widowed old hippy of 61 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, 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 a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

    THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG


  • PALE CRAWLER IN AUSTRALIA
  • AMBISIANGULO
  • WHAT IS A FEIHU?
  • BIZARRE CREATURE OF JAPANESE LORE
  • DID WOMAN DISCOVER HUMANOID FOOTPRINTS?
  • WAS THIS A BIGFOOT HOUSE?
  • JUDACULLA ROCK/CHEROKEE GIANT
  • HUMANOID MYSTERY ENCOUNTER
  • A bizarre rant from Donald Trump
  • SANDWALKER
  • NATIVE AMERICAN LINKS TO BIGFOOT
  • MAPINGUARI - IS IT REAL?
  • WULVER
  • WAS THIS A GNOME?
  • MONSTER TURTLE IN 19th CENTURY AUSTRALIA
  • UNUSUAL HOMINID AND ANIMAL REMAINS
  • NEW HUMANOID INCIDENTS
  • ARE CHILDREN TAKEN BY UNKNOWN CREATURES?
  • WOULD ALIENS LOOK LIKE US?
  • ON THE TRACK #127
  • BIGFOOT CARRIED GARBAGE CAN
  • THUNDERBIRD SIGHTINGS FROM CANOES?
  • ARCTIC DINOSAUR?
  • STRANGE SEA BEAST DISCOVERED
  • FOSSIL GIVES NEW CLUE TO EVOLUTION
  • HEAD OF A BEAR
  • STRANGE HUMANOID
  • BEAST OF BRASSKNOCKER HILL
  • PENNSYLVANIA BIGFOOT
  • NEW DEEPWATER SNAPPER DISCOVERED
  • NEW INSECTIVORE DISCOVERED IN INDIA
  • BIGFOOT FOOTAGE
  • ANIMALS PREDICTING DISASTERS
  • NEW SPECIES OF ANT
  • UFO ABDUCTION
  • RENDLESHAM PHOTOS?
  • TUSKED APE
  • SEA SERPENT OFF BORNEO
  • 5 REPORTS OF STRANGE CREATURES
  • IS FUNGUS GROWING ON MARS?
  • LONE PINE MOUNTAIN DEVIL
  • MYSTERY SEA CREATURE
  • ZANKALLALA - TERRIFYING CREATURE
  • HORRIFYING ALIEN ENCOUNTER
  • IS IT ALWAYS BIGFOOT?
  • WOMAN-HEADED DOG
  • EMELA NTOUKA
  • SEA MONSTERS
  • FOUR-EYED BEAST
  • FLAT ABYSSAL FISH
  • BRITISH BLACK PANTHER
  • PREHISTORIC TURTLE
  • WAS BIGFOOT SEEN IN WOODS?
  • SKINWALKER RANCH
  • NEW YORK BIGFOOT SIGHTING
  • NEW ENGLAND WEREWOLF LEGEND
  • DOCUMENTARY ON ICELANDIC HULDUFOLK
  • NEW PREHISTORIC SABRETOOTH CAT
  • TINY HUMANOID IN ENGLAND
  • HOW AGGRESSIVE IS BIGFOOT?
  • MYSTERY BEAST OF CONNECTICUT
  • FOUR-LEGGED HUMANOIDS
  • IS THIS A RENDELSHAM UFO PHOTO?
  • LAB-GROWN EMBRYOS/HUMAN-MONKEY HYBRIDS
  • SHUTTLE BUS DRIVER SEES OWL HUMANOID
  • BIG CAT ROUND UP

     

    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 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.

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1588 - King Henry III fled Paris after Henry of Guise triumphantly entered the city.

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • BBC: Kittiwakes: RSPB in netting call over 'heartb...
  • Animal rescuers use mother duck YouTube video to s...
  • China mystery animal box craze causes outrage

  • 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)