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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, March 09, 2021

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG



  • IS THERE A MYSTERY GHARIAL IN AUSTRALIA?
  • CHIMPANZEE WAR
  • CREATURE IN THE TREE
  • BIGFOOT IN OREGON
  • BIGFOOT EVIDENCE?
  • TAPES OF THE LITTLE FOLK
  • SHU-FISH
  • OPOSSUM MORPHS INTO HUMANOID
  • YUNWI TSUNSDI: ACT OF KINDNESS
  • WHAT CREATURE WAS IN THE VENTILATOR?
  • BIZARRE CREATURE IN PENNSYLVANIA
  • BIGFOOT IN TEXAS
  • BIGFOOT SIGHTING IN KENTUCKY
  • IS THIS BIGFOOT DNA?
  • MYSTERY BLACK ANIMAL IN MISSOURI
  • WINGED HUMANOID IN DEVON
  • HUMANOID FOOTPRINTS FOUND IN CRETE
  • VIDEO ABOUT BUNYIP
  • NIMBINJEE - SMALL HAIRY HUMANOID
  • BIGFOOT AND THE PARANORMAL
  • HAIRY HUMANOIDS IN BRAZIL
  • YOWIE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
  • BOUNTY FOR BIGFOOT CAPTURE
  • COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF BIG CAT SIGHTINGS IN CHESHIR...
  • REMAINS OF UNKNOWN SPECIES
  • A MYSTERY LIZARD
  • SASQUATCHES AT SANDPOINT
  • WHAT IS THE NANDI BEAR?
  • DISGRACEFUL WOLF HUNT IN WISCONSIN
  • SHOULD SCIENTISTS TAKE UFOs, GHOSTS, SERIOUSLY?
  • GLAISTIG
  • CAN SUMATRAN RHINO BE SAVED?
  • HUGE SEA BEAST WASHED ASHORE IN WALES
  • DOGMAN IN POINT PLEASANT
  • WHITE GIANTS IN AMERICA
  • QUEENSLAND TIGER
  • THE THING UNDER THE BED
  • WORLD'S OLDEST KNOWN BIRD HATCHES CHICK
  • URBAN BIGFOOT
  • CHUPACABRAS ACTIVE IN MEXICO?
  • ALIEN ABDUCTION IN MANITOBA
  • OGOPOGO ON VIDEO?
  • IS THERE REALLY A BIGFOOT?
  • BIGFOOT IN IDAHO 1902
  • YOWIE SIGHTINGS: A VIDEO ABOUT THIS SUBJECT
  • GIANT HUMANOID
  • LAKE AND SEA MONSTERS
  • CANADIAN CANAL MONSTER
  • 140,000 SPECIES OF VIRUS FOUND IN HUMAN GUT
  • BIG CAT REPORTED IN ENGLAND
  • BLACK HUMANOID IN PENNSYLVANIA
  • MAGNETIC POLE REVERSAL
  • BIGFOOT IN YUKON
  • WOLF IN YOSEMITE
  • FROG REDISCOVERED
  • TWO FELINE HYBRIDS
  • BEAST OF GEVAUDAN
  • QUEST FOR THE THYLACINE
  • SMALL HUMANOID PHOTOGRAPHED
  • REPORTED INCIDENTS OF FAE, ELVES AND LEPRECHAUNS
  • HOW DID SIRENS BECOME MERMAIDS?
  • WAS MONSTER KILLED IN SENECA LAKE?
  • BIGFOOT ATTACKS TEENAGER
  • STRANGE MONKEY
  • MICHIGAN MONSTERS
  • WAS IT A BABY THYLACINE?
  • BIGFOOT HIT BY CAR
  • OUR GALAXY MAY BE TEEMING WITH LIFE
  • Monday, March 08, 2021

    BIG CAT ROUND UP

    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 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.

    A HAPPY MONDAY FOR THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

     The Gonzo Daily: Monday

    I stayed up very late last night so I could watch the infamous interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Louis. The interview was actually with Oprah not Louis but you know what I mean. H and M were actually nowhere near as annoying as I thought they would be, and it will be interesting to see how events unfold in the next few weeks.
    I want to reassure everybody who has been missing regular updates to On the Track, That it will be back very soon. Louis and I have been taking a hatchet to the format and the technology. And we haven’t come to blows once. I have always refused to do things to the show with the sole intention of fitting in with contemporary formats, but I was both appalled and embarrassed when Louis explained to me that this policy, especially the fact that we weren’t broadcasting in 1080p was actually acting against us as far as the YouTube algorithms are concerned. So we have a bright shiny new camera and a wallage of new software with the intention of making OTT into a bright shiny beast for our brave new world.
    I’m also pleased to announce that the second mail out of copies of my latest book has now taken place. I do apologise for everyone who had to wait a couple of weeks. And whilst on the subject, I would like to say thank you to everybody who has bought it. For those who are unaware, ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is the story of my early life in Hong Kong, and how I first became interested in Natural History, and more specifically cryptozoology, and there are several very little known cryptozoological mysteries discussed therein. It is very much like a darker analog of Gerald Durrell’s memoirs of his childhood in Greece, and I would’ve called it “My Family and other Sociopaths” if it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t want to be sued either by Durrell’s estate, or my family. I sincerely hope that none of them are reading this blog post.
    You can find out more and buy it signed from the link below:
    C’mon, make an elderly hippy and his little dog a happy (occasionally sappy) chappy and a waggy yappy (seldom snappy, occasionally crappy)…
    AND TODAY'S NEWS...
    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 eleven 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 #431/2
    THE CELTIC LADIES ISSUE
    This magazine continues to go off on strange tangents that I never expect, but I am very happy to see it do so. What is in this week? Ooooh lots of things. Such as Sian Evans from Kosheen, Niamh the Prog Nerd, Gardening Club, KLF, Aldous Huxley, John Higgs, Covid Communications, Tor Rubble from Dr Splink, Cut Beetlez and more....
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and the Real Music Club, AND Strange Fruit, and Mr Biffo, there is a column from Kev Rowland, but C.J Stone, Mr Biffo, Tony Klinger and Neil Nixon, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and dibblers who have got the blues (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are listening to the new Bob Dylan album, 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 the last few issues are:
    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 a recently widowed old hippy of 61 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, 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 a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF

    Regular readers will know that in recent years we have migrated the two specialist Study Groups – Mystery Cats (curated by Carl Marshall and Olivia McCarthy) and Lake and Sea Monsters (curated by Sally Watts and Richard Muirhead) – to their own standalone blogs, although when there are postings, notifications of them can be found on the main blog.


    Now, we are doing the same for the BHM Study Group,aggregated ny Guin Palmer, curated by Glen Vaudrey and Nathan Jackson

    THYLACINES IN THE NEWS

     

    How Kerry Packer put up a $1.25million reward for the capture of a Tasmanian tiger - and the ...
    'I think it's probably the closest thing that we now have to a Loch Ness monster.' While Linnell received photographs purportedly of Tasmanian tigers in ...
    Catching a thylacineby the tale after decades of waging war of the Tasmanian tiger
    Thylacine hunter Neil Waters claims to have captured photographs of a family of three thylacines in the state's North-East says he is getting the photos ...

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday

      ON THIS DAY IN - 1702 - England's Queen Anne took the throne upon the death of King William III.

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • WILD JUSTICE NEWSLETTER #52
  • WILD JUSTICE UPDATE
  • Bee rediscovered in Australia

  • 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)

    Sunday, March 07, 2021

    HENS HOO HOPP

     The Gonzo Daily: Sunday

    And so Graham seems to have recovered from his Covid jabs. Unlike the gloomy prognostications of some of my extended family I am pleased to admit that he has not grown gills or turned into a doppelgänger of Bill Gates. Louis and I have been taking a hatchet to the format of On the Track, with the intention of making it into a bright shiny beast for our brave new world. And we haven’t come to blows ones. However, for people who have been waiting for the show to return, I do assure you it will be very soon.
    I’m also pleased to announce that the second mail out of copies of my latest book has now taken place. I do apologise for everyone who had to wait a couple of weeks. And whilst on the subject, I would like to say thank you to everybody who has bought it. For those who are unaware, ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is the story of my early life in Hong Kong, and how I first became interested in Natural History, and more specifically cryptozoology, and there are several very little known cryptozoological mysteries discussed therein. It is very much like a darker analog of Gerald Durrell’s memoirs of his childhood in Greece, and I would’ve called it “My Family and other Sociopaths” if it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t want to be sued either by Durrell’s estate, or my family. I sincerely hope that none of them are reading this blog post.
    You can find out more and buy it signed from the link below:
    C’mon, make an elderly hippy and his little dog a happy (occasionally sappy) chappy and a waggy yappy (seldom snappy, occasionally crappy)…
    AND TODAY'S NEWS...
    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 eleven 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 #431/2
    THE CELTIC LADIES ISSUE
    This magazine continues to go off on strange tangents that I never expect, but I am very happy to see it do so. What is in this week? Ooooh lots of things. Such as Sian Evans from Kosheen, Niamh the Prog Nerd, Gardening Club, KLF, Aldous Huxley, John Higgs, Covid Communications, Tor Rubble from Dr Splink, Cut Beetlez and more....
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and the Real Music Club, AND Strange Fruit, and Mr Biffo, there is a column from Kev Rowland, but C.J Stone, Mr Biffo, Tony Klinger and Neil Nixon, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and dibblers who have got the blues (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are listening to the new Bob Dylan album, 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 the last few issues are:
    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 a recently widowed old hippy of 61 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, 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 a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?