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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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Monday, February 20, 2017

ADMIN NOTICE


For some weeks I have been getting increasingly worried that significant chunks of my emails have seemed to be going astray. Last Monday, for example, Chloe and I wrote 52 e-mails, and only two people actually replied. This put me in a difficult situation. If I was to write to all the people that I suspected had not been receiving my e-mails, it could well be interpreted as me accusing them of being ill-mannered enough to ignore my emails, and I most certainly didn't want to do this. I still remember a day, back when e-mail was still a new experience to me, when - upon not receiving a reply to an urgent e-mail - I wrote again, only to be told that the bloke I was writing to's wife had just died of brain cancer.
 
Then along comes my knight in shining armour, in the shape of my good friend. noted Danish zoologist, Lars Thomas. It seemed that somehow my gmail account (which I had never used, and which only existed to get into my GoogleDrive) had become active, and about a third of the emails sent to me were ending up there. This has now been fixed.
 
Thanks Lars.
 

If I have not replied to an email that you sent me, or if I have been pestering you for an answer to an e-mail that you sent me, please forgive me. I hope to have worked through the backlog by the end of the day.

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




A MYSTERIOUS set of two-foot long footprints have prompted speculation that Bigfoot may be on the loose. The half-mile stretch of intriguing tracks ...

Washington Considers Bill Making Bigfoot Its State Cryptid
A Washington state senator proposed a bill to make Bigfoot its official state cryptid.

Bigfoot Encounter In Ada, Oklahoma
From the Bigfoot Dogman Research Project youtube channel: Chapter 1 of our guest narration featuring a story out of Ada, Oklahoma. Horror narrator ...

Bigfoot Tracks In The Ohio Snow
Bigfoot Tracks In The Ohio Snow. Tim Stover takes off into the fresh snow to check for signs of bigfoot moving around.


My Scariest Bigfoot Encounter
The Squatch Master relates a story of his scariest bigfoot encounter that happened in the same area where he spotted a young one hiding in the ...


Are These Strange Bigfoot Stories True?
Made up stories, over-active imaginations, or truth? Some things you hear in the bigfoot world seem out of the realm of possibility. But then again, so is ...

Yep!
Bigfoot seems to be everywhere, even Nebraska. Check out this news report about some of the activity being reported.




Sunday, February 19, 2017

THE GONZOHEN

The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
And for no real reason Sunday's notifications are done in rhyme
 
In my office with Prudence and the Pet Shop Boys
I need to thank my good mate Lars
'cos for weeks I have made a doleful noise
about a problem that's consumed me for many hours
a bunch of my emails had gone off track
from and to important folks
but Lars (as always) watching my back
(he really is the best of blokes)
found they were in a spare account
one I never ever use
there were a bloody huge amount
and Jonathan nearly blew a fuse
But the permissions are all now back in place
and it seems to work now as it ought
`cos Lars has solved this difficult case
and it's not as worrying as I thought
 
Slainte
 
Beatles VERY RARE Interview - 1968 - John and Paul...
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Bhaja Govindam -- San...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
GONZO WEEKLY #222
PLAYLIST: SF197a
 
 
Gonzo Magazine #222
THE LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE ISSUE
 
In a Gonzo Exclusive, Doug reports from the High Seas, about Cruise to the Edge, Richard reviews Phil Lesh, John eulogises Gary Duncan, whilst Jeremy goes to see Spizz and The Rezillos, and Jon muses on Pet Shop Boys, Neil Young and Ladybird Books for grown-ups. And oodles more, my little cupcakes...
 
Groovy huh?
It’s all free!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive is having a well deserved week off, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and Canterbury Sans Frontieres. 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:
 
Neil Young, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Glenn Hughes, Justin Trudeau, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Alan Francis Simpson, Barbara Carroll, Damian Davey, Alwin Lopez Jarreau, Packy, Trish Doan, Tony Särkkä, Tony Davis, Supertramp, Tony Ashton with Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Faeries, Cruise to the Edge 2017, Alan Dearling, Mother's Little Helper, Jeremy Smith, The Rezillos, Spizzenergi, The Tuts, John Brodie-Good, Gary Duncan, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Richard Foreman, Phil Lesh, Kev Rowland, Nemezis, Nick Magnus, Soul Secret, Solstice, Trioxyde, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Who, The Alarm, Queen, Justin Bieber, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pet Shop Boys
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
Issue 210 (Nico)
Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
 
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?

GONZO WEEKLY #222

Gonzo Magazine #222
THE LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE ISSUE
In a Gonzo Exclusive, Doug reports from the High Seas, about Cruise to the Edge, Richard reviews Phil Lesh, John eulogises Gary Duncan, whilst Jeremy goes to see Spizz and The Rezillos, and Jon muses on Pet Shop Boys, Neil Young and Ladybird Books for grown-ups. And oodles more, my little cupcakes...
Groovy huh?
It’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive is having a well deserved week off, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and Canterbury Sans Frontieres. 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:
Neil Young, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Glenn Hughes, Justin Trudeau, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Alan Francis Simpson, Barbara Carroll, Damian Davey, Alwin Lopez Jarreau, Packy, Trish Doan, Tony Särkkä, Tony Davis, Supertramp, Tony Ashton with Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Faeries, Cruise to the Edge 2017, Alan Dearling, Mother's Little Helper, Jeremy Smith, The Rezillos, Spizzenergi, The Tuts, John Brodie-Good, Gary Duncan, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Richard Foreman, Phil Lesh, Kev Rowland, Nemezis, Nick Magnus, Soul Secret, Solstice, Trioxyde, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Who, The Alarm, Queen, Justin Bieber, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pet Shop Boys
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
Issue 210 (Nico)
Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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?

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From CFZ-USA:

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Sunday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1942 - Approximately 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Pregnant fossil shows bird and crocodile ancestors...
  • Winter migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico ...
  • Sound of crickets 'could become a thing of the pas...
  • Orange-Hued Alligator Spotted in South Carolina
  • Squid Survives Ocean's 'Twilight Zone' Thanks to I...
  • Data on blue whales off California helps protect t...


  • 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.)

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HAS FRIDAY ON HIS MIND

    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
     
    VDGG/Al Stewart/Rick Wakeman
     
    But it is a Friday!! I can hear throngs of you shouting that somewhere in my imagination. Yes, I am doing the Fri/Sat blogs a day early cos my darling elder stepdaughter is coming here for the weekend and I wanna make sure that I have cleared my desk by the time she arrives. I have also been given a bottle of Dutch Bourbon, and I have pland to investigate it thisa weekend. So the decks must be well and truly cleared.
     
    And here is the news:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Al Stewart - Shah Of S...
    Peter Hammill interview 1978
    Dan Wooding interviews rock keyboard legend, Rick ...
    COMING THIS WEEKEND
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
     
    Gonzo Magazine #221
    THE MOONMADNESS ISSUE
     
    In this week’s issue Jeremy says goodbye to the legendary Deke Leonard, Doug goes to see Adam Ant, Alan reminisces about Runrig and other heroes of Scottish Rock and Roll with Ivor Johnston,Christopher goes to see Julian Cope, Jeremy goes to see Black Sabbath, and Martin Springett enthuses to Jon about A Series of Unfortunate Events. Plus Hawkwind, The Gardening Club, and all sorts of other things. Good huh?
     
    Groovy huh?
    It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, and Strange Fruitwhereas Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins will be back next week. 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:
     
    Lemony Snicket, Black Sabbath, David Cassidy, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Davies, Roundhouse, Sigur Rós, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Svend Asmussen, Emmett Peter "Sonny" Geraci, Steve Lang, Noel Bartholomew Simms, Robert, Dahlqyist, Ritchie Yorke, David Axelrod, Granddad, Supertramp, Tony Ashton and Friends, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, The Pink Fairies, Jeremy Smith, Deke Leonard, Adam Ant, Alan Dearling, Ivor Johnston, Christopher Johnson, Julia Cope, Kev Rowland, Loonypark, Mindfields, Moonrise, Moloken, Ophidian Forest, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Roy Weard, Xtul, Martin Springett, Grateful Dead, Brian Jones, Beatles, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Elvis, Quentin Crisp
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
    Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
    Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
    Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
    Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
    Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
    Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
    Issue 210 (Nico)
    Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
    Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
    Issue 207 (Tibet)
    Issue 206 (Raz)
    Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
    Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
    Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
    Issue 202 (Gong)
    Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
    Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
    Issue 199 (Yes)
    Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
    Issue 196 (Paul May)
    Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
    Issue 194 (Auburn)
    Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
    Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
    Issue 191 (Karnataka)
    Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
    Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
    Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
    Issue 186 (Beatles)
    Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
    Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
     
    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?