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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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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN DOES HIS BIT

 The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday

Carl has managed to make the hedge outside my bedroom window look half decent for the first time in years. He is now going to be wrestling with the lawn. Graham is doing something arcane with the broadband extensions which are now surplus to requirements, and is also sorting my council tax, and pretty soon the whole place will smell of bleach. That is spring cleaning for you.
The latest episode of On the Track, is outperforming last week’s episode by about 30%. It features the Fortean Film Festival, giant turtles in Vietnam, and an update on our various investigations in Essex. I also attempt to sing a song by The Clash accompanied by a glockenspiel. You couldn’t make this shit up.
So if you want to attend a visual entertainment consisting of hard science interspersed with us dicking about in an increasingly surreal manner, check it out:
‘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. You can find out more and buy it signed from the link below:
When Prog and Power Unite interview with Ian Jones...
BARBARA DICKSON - 2020 INTERVIEW (Stage Fright, Ca...
Jon Anderson remembers King Crimson
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth...
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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 #437/8
THE YES IN CASE 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 Yes, Pete Loveday, Covid dystopias, Mick Swagger, ambient music, Captain Beefheart,
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, and C.J Stone, but 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?

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.

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG


  • TWO NEW CRAB SPECIES DISCOVERED
  • 10 FAIRY ENCOUNTERS
  • NAVY PROFESSIONAL ENCOUNTERS BIGFOOT
  • BADIGUI
  • ABUQARN
  • NEW BOOK ON WATERY EVOLUTION
  • ON THE TRACK # 123 NOW AVAILABLE
  • IS INDRID COLD BACK?
  • ALIEN LIVING IN HUMAN BODY?
  • WAHEELA - LEGENDARY WHITE WOLF
  • TEENAGER'S BIGFOOT SIGHTING
  • MAN's 30-YEAR WEREWOLF HUNT
  • GIANT CANADIAN SPIDER-BAT
  • DO DINOSAURS STILL SURVIVE?
  • BOWNESSIE - ENGLISH LAKE MONSTER
  • NAHUELITO - A PLESIOSAUR?
  • CRYPTIDS AND THE UNEXPLAINED
  • OTHER DIMENSIONS
  • SURPRISE AT SURPRISE LAKE
  • SCRATCH MONSTER OF INDIA
  • YAY-HO: MONKEY-LIKE CREATURE OF ANDROS
  • SEABURY'S SEA SERPENT
  • MAN VERSUS WILD ANIMAL
  • David Paulides - UNUSUAL FACTS
  • BIGFOOT IN ALASKA
  • MONKEYS ON THE LOOSE
  • YAQUINA BAY MONSTER
  • MONSTER OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN
  • DISAPPEARING HUMANOID
  • LEOPARD/CHEETAH HUMANOID
  • 6th SIGHTING OF LOCH NESS MONSTER 2021
  • THREE-EYED HORRIFIC CREATURE
  • ARE "SEA MONSTER SIGHTINGS" SOMETIMES WHALE ERECTI...
  • 1897 UFO LANDING IN PENNSYLVANIA
  • APRIL 8th 2021
  • April 7th, 2021
  • PARK COUNTY BIGFOOT
  • DID DRAGONS REALLY EXIST?
  • BIGFOOT HABITUATION AND A CLOSE ENCOUNTER
  • ALTAMA-HA-HA
  • A VERY STRANGE VANISHING CASE
  • GOODRA
  • QUEST FOR THE PINK-HEADED DUCK
  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1793 - A royalist rebellion in Santo Domingo was crushed by French republican troops.

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • BBC: Gorillas may ‘communicate’ size through chest...
  • Saving Sumatran Tigers
  • BBC: Prehistoric human bones in Guernsey discovere...

  • 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, April 12, 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.

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HOPS

     The Gonzo Daily: Monday

    Answer another working week begins. Graham is out shopping, Carl is trimming the hedge outside my bedroom window for the first time in about five years, and I am in here writing deathless prose and listening to George Harrison‘s 1976 album 33 and 1/3 for the first time in years, and realising that although it is quite pleasant, it is nowhere near as good as the ones that came before or after.
    The latest episode of On the Track, is outperforming last week’s episode by about 30%. It features the Fortean Film Festival, giant turtles in Vietnam, and an update on our various investigations in Essex. I also attempt to sing a song by The Clash accompanied by a glockenspiel. You couldn’t make this shit up.
    So if you want to attend a visual entertainment consisting of hard science interspersed with us dicking about in an increasingly surreal manner, check it out:
    I would like to say thank you to everybody who has bought my new book. 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. 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...
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    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 #437/8
    THE YES IN CASE 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 Yes, Pete Loveday, Covid dystopias, Mick Swagger, ambient music, Captain Beefheart,
    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, and C.J Stone, but 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?