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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, September 29, 2016

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.


  • NEWSLINK: Big Cat Habitat adopts rare cross betwee...
  • NEWSLINK: Tango the tiger who starred in 1990s Ess...
  • 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 MIGHT BE OVER THERE, WE ARE HONESTLY NOT THAT SURE

    The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
    The GP changed my medication the other day with the result that I keep on falling asleep as my poor beleaguered Central Nervous System gets used to them. ADd to that the fact that I have been trying to finish Richie Unterberger’s excellent book on Beatles bootlegs so that I can review it for this week’s edition of Gonzo Weekly, and you will, I hope, understand why. Have been out if action for most of the day.
    On another subject, however. Two high profile members of the CFZ family have had a public falling out, and I have had several people ask me whether I can intervene. the answer, sadly, has to be no. I have known both parties for the past two decades, and consider them both close friends. On a personal level I want to keep things that way, and so - even if I had any moral right to intervene, I wouldn’t. On a professional level, what people do or say on Facebook is their own business and nothing to do with either me or the CFZ. Sorry chaps.
    And now for the news................
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mick Farren - I want a...
    Barbara Dickson Show (Part One)
    BADFINGER Joey Molland Rocks INDIE POWER!
    YES interview - Jon Davison June 3rd 2014
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
    buy my novel:
    buy my single:
    Gonzo Magazine #201
    The spirit of the blues is alive, well and living in the Northeast of England: we meet Auld Man’s  Baccie, Jon burbles about Deep Purple, Doug talks to Happy the Man drummer Michael Beck, Alan goes to Strummerville to discover the legacy of Clash guitarist Joe Strummer, and we discover the frightening dystopian world of G P Ching, and say goodbye to Bob the Mbuna cichlid.
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive. and 'cos there has just been a full moon Matthew at 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 thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. 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:
    Deep Purple, John Ellis, Datura4, The Embrooks, The Prophet Hens, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, David Bowie, Elton John,  Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury san Frontieres, John D Loudermilk, Jerry Corbetta, Carlos Walker, Martin Stephenson, Jeff Wayne/Radio Luxembourg, Dee Palmer, Arthur Brown, Rick Wakeman, Pink Fairies, Captain Beefheart, Joe Cocker, Rick Wakeman and Mario Fasciano, Rick Wakeman and Brian May, Barbara Dickson, Auld Man's Baccie, Michael Beck, Alan Dearling, Joe Strummer, Strummerville, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Hawklords, Xtul, G P Ching, The Beatles, The Who, Pink, Neil Nixon,
    Chinga Chavin
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    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 an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small 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 the infantile orange cat, and the adventurous kittens?

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF:




    Family catches Bigfoot on camera (Calgary Alberta Canada)
    Here's a dwarf bigfoot, dressed as a bear, tricked into walking on two legs by a crafty camper using a balloon as a lure: [MEDIA]

    Close Encounter With Huge Bigfoot In Washington
    If you saw the movie Prometheus with the gigantic humanoid aliens, my Bigfoot was about the same build. It was nothing but muscle and hair.

    Newer Post
    Think it's difficult to hoax bigfoot tracks. This video shows you how, and with some time you could easily perfect the method and fool most people.

    'Bigfoot' expert says creature highly likely present in Oklahoma. By Maureen Wurtz Wednesday, September 28th 2016 ...

    Nunivak Island Sasquatch
    A group of Alaskan hunters have the fright of their lives when a bigfoot tries to break into the lodge they are bunking down in for the night. This is the ...

    Bigfoot Encounters In Oklahoma
    Kurt Stanley Bigfoot researcher in Oklahoma has had some very interesting sightings. The Sasquatch encounters and research Kurt has done for 20 ...

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1988 - The space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the first manned space flight since the Challenger disaster. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Seek and you shall find: Bees remain excellent sea...
  • Zika Can Cause Birth Defects in Monkeys Too
  • Asian hornet has arrived in Britain, government co...
  • Norway plans to cull more than two-thirds of its w...
  • Creepy Cannibals: Squid Have No Qualms About Eatin...
  • Freshwater stingrays chew their food just like a g...


  • 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, September 28, 2016

    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

    From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
    From CFZ-USA:

    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.