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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, April 18, 2019

CRYPTOLINK: Akron pond monster

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. 


AKRON, Ohio — Does Akron have its own Loch Ness Monster? An Akron man is seeking answers after he shot video of what appears to be an animal ...

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 WAITING FOR THE MOON

The Gonzo Daily: Thursday/Friday
 
Well, the new video card arrived and has been installed, and so far the bloody thing has not crashed which is a good sign. This afternoon I got back to the hospital to have more stuff done to my foot, and tomorrow is a full moon somehow relating to an album by Nick Drake.
 
I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get you all
It's a pink moon
It's a pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon.
 
Toodle-pip
 
YER EDITOR SEZ:
THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
 
You guys out in readership land recently did massive amounts of praying for my wife Corinna. And that now - at least at the moment - she appears to be cancer free. I am convinced that these two things are related. A prayer flag (Lung ta) is a colourful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas, used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. I believe something similar happens with positive vibes transmitted electronically, and - having used it to such good effect with my dear wife's condition - I want to try it on a larger scale. I am still trying to work out the details, so watch this space.
 
Find out more:
 
 
Blessed be.
 
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Michael Bruce - Despe...
STEVE HOWE EN PASSANT
FAIRPORT CONVENTION ON TOUR
ALL ZAPPAS GREAT AND SMALL
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
 
For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
 
 
And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
And, yes,
 
CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
 
UK
US
 
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 eight 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 #333/34
THE WONDERFUL WORLD ISSUE
 
In a groovy globetrotting issue, John takes the hippie trail to Nepal, Alan visits Lindisfarne, Davey catches the Number 21 to Newcastle to see UFO, Jon raves about Connie Constance, and sneers at a particularly strange book by Lobsang Rampa, Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind and we send Bunty and Nikki to a completely hypothetical desert island.
 
Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit. AND there is a column from Kev Rowland, and one from C J Stone, and Roy Weard, BUT Neil Nixon, Mr Biffo, and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and rock wallabies who've blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with the relatively small macropods who are having electrical problems, 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:
 
Focus, The Specials, Les Claypool, Sean Lennon, Maverick Sabre, Connie Constance, Olivia McCarthy, Tony Klinger, The Beatles, Be Bop Deluxe, Michael Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Davey Curtis, UFO, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Lee Walker, Stephen Fitzpatrick, Audun Laading, Joe Flannery, Nipsey Hussle (ne Ermias Davidson Asghedom), Geoffrey John Harvey OAM, Simaro Massisya Lutumba Ndomanueno, Alberto Cortez, (ne José Alberto García Gallo), Richard Robert Elias, Kim English, Margaret Lewis Warwick, Billy Adams, James William Glaser, Shawn Smith, Davey J. Williams, Einar "Paster'n" Iversen, Tiger Merritt, David Farrant, Pink Fairies, Rick Wakeman, Comic Strip Presents, Iona, Essra Mohawk, Alan Dearling, The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, John Brodie-Good, Kathmandu, Nepal, Kev Rowland, Settke Your Scores, Shields, Skeletal Remains, The Slyde,Spiders, Stone Deaf, Stryper, Unprocessed, Nikki and Bunty, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, T. Lobsang Rampa,
Lama Mingyar Dondup
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
Issue 329-30 (Charlie X)
Issue 327-28 (Hawkwind)
Issue 325-26 (Gonzo)
Issue 323-24 (Irvine Welsh)
Issue 321-22 (Discordianism)
Issue 319-20 (Brix Smith)
Issue 317-18 (Christmas)
Issue 315-16 (Steve Miller)
Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Strangelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
 
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 59 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?

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




AN INVERNESS man has spotted the Loch Ness Monster "going at speed" across the famous loch - fifty years after his grandad's own sighting.

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




Bigfoot has been sighted again near Hart's Woods. Come hunt for clues to his new home, maybe even get a glimpse of this urban legend. This event ...

This Bigfoot Encounter Is Really Creepy
From the Bigfoot Case Files youtube channel comes an extra creepy bigfoot encounter story, where the witness says the bigfoot reminded them of a ...


NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday/Friday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1521 - Martin Luther confronted the emperor Charles V in the Diet of Worms and refused to retract his views that led to his excommunication. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • New species of stiletto snake capable of sideways ...
  • South African man escapes jaws of whale
  • Fossil teeth from Kenya solve ancient monkey myste...
  • Florida moves to ban anacondas, raccoon dogs, giga...
  • UN finds herpes killed millions of Iraqi carp

  • 43,380 acres declared under community protection i...


  • 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, April 17, 2019

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




    Boleskine House in Foyers on the banks of Loch Ness, Highlands, would prove to be ultimate ... said to have sent · What to do if you catch the Loch Ness monster: Get some DNA - but make sure you throw it back, official advice states.