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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, October 24, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: Crabzilla Strikes Back: Thrilling New Pictures Of The 50-Foot Monster Crab Emerge

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. 

Crabzilla
It would appear that it is not quite safe to go back in the waters of Whitstable just yet because Crabzilla is back, and this time he means business.
Or at least that’s what the new image of the giant crab which has made an appearance on the Weird Whitstable website would seem to suggest.

Read on...


Friday Friday - Wasasquatch - Bigfoot Band

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



Unseen infrared image of Loch Ness Monster Nessie to be revealed at Paranormal Festival
LEADING paranormal investigator Jonathan Bright will travel from his home in Greece to Scotland to deliver his views on an intriguing image he

THE CRYPTODANE: Goodness, gracious, great balls of... hair?

In the beginning of September I was contacted by a biologist from Skørping, a town in Northern Denmark, and she had a problem. She herself had been contacted by locals, who had found a number of rather strange flimsy balls of what at first looked like some sort of plant-fibres. All of them had been found in hay-bales when people had broken them apart to put in their stables and on, and now they were quite anxious to know what they were dealing with. 

There was in fact no lack of suggestions as to the actual nature of these weird balls: mouse nests, some sort of insect nests, algal balls, you name it. The only thing lacking was somebody suggesting they were of extraterrestrial origin. But none of the suggestions really fitted the bill, or indeed the ball. The balls were between 5 and 10 centimetres in length, too big for insects and too small for rodents of any kind, and besides that they had no defined internal hollow, as one would expect for any kind of nest, so what on earth??

Read on...

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.



THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS SOUSED

The Gonzo Daily - Friday
 
After a break of some months caused by life getting in the way, I resumed work on Volume Two of George Eberhart's classic 'Mysterious Creatures' yesterday. It is an enormous undertaking, and Andrea and I will be continuing with it this afternoon. In the meantime, this weekend's Gonzo Weekly continues apace and looks like it will be a good 'un! The debate about the new Scott Walker/Sunn o))) album continues apace. Max and I love it whilst Corinna thinks it is just a depressing din. C'mon guys. What do YOU think?
 
 
 
Jon Anderson, Matt Malley, Yes, Hawkwind, Genesis and Tommy James & The Shondells fans had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#100) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
 
It has Jon Anderson on the cover, and features an interview with Matt Malley about his collaboration with Jon Anderson on a charity single released today. But there's more! Doug Harr rewrites the screenplay for the controversial new Genesis documentary, we send the editor to a Desert Island, Davey Curtis was at Hawkeaster and was just about sober enough to write some of it down (but took loads of pics), and Jon asks whether music has to be age appropriate. We also learn about Tommy James and the Mafia. There are also new shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the massively talented Jaki and Tim are back with their submarine and Maisie the cow. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and doves making coos (OK, no musical members of the Columbinidae, 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 yes, Happy Birthday to us!
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
 

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/
 

*  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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 infantile orange cat?

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



The Search for Bigfoot in Kentucky on the News
Bigfoot is back in the news. This time it's LEX News in Kentucky that covers the story of an English teacher with an interest in Bigfoot. He has authored

Southwest Virginia Today
Bigfoot hunter returns to Big Walker Saturday
Although fascinated by Bigfoot, Davis never expected to encounter one on the East Coast because all American reports had come from the Pacific ...

Man says he's spotted Bigfoot five times
times! wdbj7 New River Valley reporter Orlando Salinas drove to Wythe County and met up with this real Bigfoot hunter. (grandpa larry davis, bigfoot 

SFGate (blog)
Visiting the Bigfoot Discovery Museum (Seriously.)
The next time you find yourself in Felton, Calif., do yourself a favor and swing by the Bigfoot Discovery Museum. The two-room Mecca for Sasquatch ...

New York Bigfoot advocate wants the critter on the endangered species list
It's been a while since we had a nonsensical Bigfoot story. I know, I know. "Aren't they all?" Endangered - seriously at risk of extinction. Bigfoot - not

East Texan Will Have A One-Hour Special on Bigfoot Friday Night
There's no doubt in Bobby Hamilton's mind that Bigfoot is real, and proving that is just a matter of finding one and turning over the evidence. Hamilton

Hallsville resident promotes film at Jefferson Bigfoot conference
Travis Driver, Jon Bonzor, David Ford and Mike Hall pose at the Original Texas Bigfoot Conference in Jefferson to promote their Bigfoot film, ...