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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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Saturday, February 08, 2014

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS HERE

The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
 
You really would not believe the power of the gale that is blowing outside. It is like being in the middle of some disaster movie's CGI special effects. After I finished the main work on the latest issue of Gonzo Weekly last night I sat down with a bottle of wine and enthusiastically made plans for a shopping trip this morning so I could get all sorts of low sugar delicacies from Lidl, and spend most of the weekend eating them as I catch up on my reading list.
 
No bloody way!
 
According to Google the Latin tag 'In Vino Veritas' means that people are more likely to speak the truth when they have had a few. That doesn't really apply to me. After I have been imbibing I am most likely to get wildly excited and make completely unrealistic plans that I either completely forget about or am mildly embarrassed by the next day. I feel that the tag should be reworded to read: "In Vino testibus se sententiae".
 
 
 
 
 
 
and - by the way - I screwed up yesterday's notifications, so here is yesterday's again
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/02/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_7.html
 
 
Apart from other things, you will be pleased to hear that Issue 64 of the Gonzo Weekly is imminent. This issue features Liz Lenten's scrapbook of thge tour they did with Jefferson Starship, an exclusive interview with Briudget Wishart about Spirits Burning, Hawkwind and all sorts of other things, new music from Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life, new music from Mike Davis and Lizzy Rowe, the new Small Faces compilation album, the Small School in Hartland, the legendary Roy Weard on why we make music, Clepsydra tour dates and more news, reviews, views, interviews and brindled gnus (OK, no specialised African antelopes 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 COMPLETELY FREE!!!
 
To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
http://eepurl.com/r-VTD

PS. If you are already a subscriber but think that you haven't been receiving your copies please check your spam filters. For some reason known only to the Gods of the internet, some e-mail programmes automatically count the magazine as 'spam' probably because it comes from a mass mailer. Either that or they are just jealous of our peerless content
 
*  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/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
 
* 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 54 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) 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 orange cat?

CRYPTOLINK: Hunter Films Possible Bigfoot From Blind

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

CRYPTOLINK: Listen To Sasquatch Ontario Talk To Bigfoot

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 



Our good friend Sasquatch Ontario has produced another unbelievable video of bigfoot evidence and a conversation with his bigfoot friend.

Read on...

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. 





TODAY'S 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 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: Ghost Cats Masters of stealth, they seld...
  • VIDEO: Big Cat Sightings in Exmoor National Park D...
  • VIDEO: World's BIGGEST CAT! The LIGER (a LION TIGE...
  • VIDEO: THE LATEST NEWS : Expert: Lions are 'powerf...
  • NEWSLINK: AZIRA AND HER 3 CUBS

  • UK SIGHTINGS: Evidence of British big cats discove...
  • CFZ PEOPLE: Richard Freeman is now an Uncle

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today
    http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

    On this day in 1914 Winsor McCay released his animation Gertie the Dinosaur. Gertie was the pioneer of animation techniques used by all animators until the advent of computer animation in the late '90s and is often called the first modern animation.
    And now the news:

  • US retreats from bid to overturn shark fin bans
  • Thirteen endangered iguanas seized at Heathrow
  • 'Severe reduction' in killer whale numbers during ...
  • TUI cancels all dolphinarium trips
  • Female mice prefer unfamiliar male songs: Females ...
  • The Oregon Chub Is The First Fish Ever Taken Off T...
  • More Than 400 Dead Dolphins Found On Peru Beaches ...


  • Darkness sharpens hearing in adult mice

  • And here's Gertie:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY40DHs9vc4