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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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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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.

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



Bigfoot Enthusiast Shares Story Of Up Close Encounter At Camp
We love these videos by Barb and Gabby. Even though we think Barb may do a bit more of the work than Gabby. During their latest expedition

Is Bigfoot a Neanderthal?
ThinkerThunker writes “Is this proof? Body ratios don't lie and can't be faked. Watch along as I compare Bigfoot, Man and Neanderthal.” ...

If I were a squatch, I would totally be curious when I hear this...
We've seen Bobo and the guys on Finding Bigfoot try to lure Bigfoot with music, but this soothing method definitely the most relaxed way to do it.

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN BIDS FAREWELL TO A FISH

The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
After a break of 25 years an old friend of mine - Alex Clifford - has just got in touch with me for the first time. It is a great joy to have him back in my life. In sadder news, Roo - another old friend of mine - has just had a stroke. The universe giveth and the universe taketh away. In other news, one - maybe two - large tortoiseshells have been seen in southern England, over half a century after they were supposed to have become extinct here, and Corinna returned home last night with a rescued corn snake. She is much worse than me for acquiring animals!
The Gonzo Weekly #136
www.gonzoweekly.com
Neil Nixon, Strange Fruit, weird records, Roger Chapman, Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, The Clash, Captain Beefheart, Grateful Dead, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#136) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Neil Nixon, author of '500 Albums you won't believe until you hear them' on the front cover together with an exclusive interview with him inside. There is an exclusive look at Steven Wilson live by Doug, and an overview of why the Grateful Dead are so important by John to coincide with the 50th Anniversary shows this coming week, Jon examines a book about the dark side of the Internet, and muses about Captain Beefheart, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. Xtul reveals a bit more of the backstory, and there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and one from those jolly nice chaps at Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and spotted quolls with nothing to lose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials in a devil may care mood, 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:
Captain Beefheart, Yes, Oasis, Courtney Love, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Richard Hawley, Dalai Lama, Galahad, Vab Morrison, System 7, Spirits Burning, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Patrick MacNee, James Horner, Merrell Fankhauser, Hugh Hopper, Tommy James, Inner City Unit, Mick Abrahams and Guests, Pete Sears, Barbara Dickson,Neil Nixon, Steven Wilson, Lee Walker, The clash, John Brodie-Good, The Grateful Dead, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Motorhead, Lemmy, M Destiny, Yes, Chris Squire, Xtul, Ed Askew, Elvis Presley, Spice Girls, Hanson, Neil Diamond, Donny Osmond, Beatles, Noel Gallagher, Black Magic Fools
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo135.html
Issue 134 (John Shuttleworth cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo134.html
Issue 133 (Liz Lenten cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo133.html
Issue 132 (Daevid in Brazil cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo132.html
Issue 131 (Boomtown Rats cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo131.html
Issue 130 (David Peel cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo130.html
Issue 129 (Clepsydra cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo129.html
Issue 128 (Louie Louie cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo128.html
Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo127.html
Issue 126 (Atkins-May Project cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo126.html
Issue 125 (Mick Abrahams cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo125.html
Issue 124 (Karnataka cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo124.html
Issue 123 (Cream cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo123.html
Issue 122 (Anthony Phillips cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo122.html
Issue 121 (Annie Haslam cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo121.html
Issue 120 (Frank Zappa cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo120.html
Issue 119 (Eliza Carthy cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo119.html
Issue 118 (Dave Brock cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo118.html
Issue 117 (Daevid Allen cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo117.html
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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
* 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?

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From CFZ-USA:

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Tuesday

ON THIS DAY IN 1859 - Charles Blondin became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Extinction Up Close: A Rare Turtle Under Assault f...
  • DPaW shells out for Sea turtle transmitters - via ...
  • Invasive mussels: Stowaways on transported boats
  • More endangered pygmy sloths in Panama than previo...
  • Call for more protection for seagrass meadows

  • Waging war on Australia's nastiest parasite: Scien...

  • 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)

    Monday, June 29, 2015

    MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES:Octopus behaving badly

    Hi y`all

    Found the following story in the Olympia Daily Recorder (Washington) of December 30th 1907

    FISHERMAN CHOKED BY GIANT OCTOPUS

    While fishing in the Narrows near Tacoma on Friday, Edward Clow narrowly escaped being choked to death in the embrace being choked to death in the embrace of a huge octopus. It was only by heroic effort on the part of Clow`s two companions that the devil fish was killed. The octopus took Clow`s line and gave a tremendous jerk. The fishermen, thinking he had a fine catch, brought the deep sea monster up. In its grasp it had a large stone. Dropping this as it was brought into the boat it seized Clow and would have choked him to death had the other two men not killed it with their oars/

    The queer creature was taken to a fish market and later sold to the proprietor of  a Japanese boarding house, who will serve it to his guests on New Year`s day, devilfish being considered a great delicacy. It weighed ninety pounds, had eight arms and measured twenty feet from tip to tip.