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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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Sunday, March 23, 2014

CFZ IN THE NEWS: Thylacine hunter Mike Williams confident technology will provide evidence of living tiger

Tasmanian tiger hunter Michael Williams wants drivers to invest in car crash-test cameras
Tasmanian tiger hunter Michael Williams wants drivers to invest in car crash-test cameras to help him find evidence the thylacine is alive and well in Tasmania. Source: News Corp Australia
TASMANIAN tiger hunter Mike Williams is confident evidence of a living thylacine will emerge sooner rather than later because of the growing popularity of crash cameras in cars.
Mr Williams, who led an international team of naturalists searching for the thylacine last year, has urged Tasmanian motorists to invest in the technology.
“If you live in an area where you think thylacines have been seen, then crash-test cameras are the go,” Mr Williams said.
Mr Williams, who is from New South Wales, has returned to Tasmania to gather more thylacine information and is cruising around the North-East and North-West with one of the digital video cameras attached to his car.
He is interviewing about a dozen people who say they have seen the thylacine, including farmers, trappers and motorists.
Mr Williams is also going over archival evidence and camping in areas where thylacines are likely to be, looking for evidence in situ.
“I believe they are still out there,” he said.
He said Tasmanian trappers had provided him with extremely reliable accounts of seeing multiple thylacines in the mid-1980s.
Many other sightings have been from motorists driving around the bush at dusk and night, including one from only 16 months ago.

CFZ PEOPLE: Shoshannah Hughes

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GONZO WEEKLY #70

The new issue of Gonzo Weekly, in a swish new format, is here. It has interviews with Tim Blake, Craig High from the Psychedelic Warlords, Cyrille Verdeaux goes native, plus Acid Mothers Temple, Joey Molland rembers working with John, George and Ringo, Mice on Stilts, Steve Hillage and more news, reviews, views, interviews and and London Zoos (OK, no metropolitan menageries, 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!!! We are also relaunching with a brand new layout and format for our 70th issue. We hope that you like it.
Links to all back issues can be found at http://www.gonzoweekly.com.

To make sure that you don't miss your copy of this and future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
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Read the last issue here
http://forteanzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/gonzo-weekly-69.html

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PPS: WARNING: If you are If you are a subscriber using Outlook, Hotmail or Outlook Express, some previous issues of the magazine may come out with formatting errors. I have been mucking around with this for hours trying to fix it to no avail. If you have problems reading it, please use this online version.

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. 

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    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 Evidence: Game: Sasquatch vs. Yeti in Epic Deathmatch
    The concept of the game is pretty simple. Pick a side, either Yeti or Sasquatch, and defend your treehouse from the onslaught of the enemy. You have 

    Bigfoot Evidence: Check out this intense trailer for Bigfoot Wars - Bigfoot Evidence - Blogger
    I know at least 3 experts who say otherwise including Bill Munns who says he can't replicate them with today's materials and his lack of talent. Got suit

    Bigfoot Evidence: Watch This Epic Canadian Bigfoot Prank Video
    A lot of people think bigfoot is a funny subject. Until they see one. Check out this hilarious bigfoot prank video from Canada: 

    Bigfoot Evidence: Watch This Strange Bigfoot Video
    I've seen a lot of bigfoot videos in my time, but this one has won the prize as the strangest one of them all. I assume this was from some sort of ...

    Bigfoot Evidence: Yowie (Australian Bigfoot) Tears Down Woman's Fence In Acacia Hills
    Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
    In the middle of the night, Katrina was woken by a horrific noise coming from the paddock on her property at Acacia Hills. Alone, she rushed outside ...

    Bigfoot News: Wyoming Night Watchman Tells Story of Amazing Yeti Sighting
    “A light snow was coming down and behind building 6, I saw something that made me freeze in my tracks. It was Bigfoot and he was doing something 

    Bigfoot Evidence: Watch This Private Bigfoot Concert For John Green
    This is an awesome piece of candid bigfoot history. Tom Yamarone and Paul Graves put on a private concert for John Green and his wife Jean at their ...

    2014 March 22 > Bigfoot Buzz
    Report # 40020 (Class A) Submitted by witness on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Man has a close daytime encounter with a probable Bigfoot family ...

    Elliston prepares for annual bigfoot hunt
    It's exactly what it sounds like: A man dressed up in a Bigfoot costume hides in the woods while hundreds of people stumble through the dark to find

    Bigfoot Evidence: Watch This Worst Bigfoot Prank Ever
    The set up is this: Guy pretends to have bigfoot sighting outside, and tells his roommate about it to freak him out. The reality is they are clearly acting 

    Good Bigfoot video analysis - Muffwiggler
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    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS TIRED

    The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
     
    It's Sunday, I'm completely wired
    I's been a long week and I'm terribly tired,
    but as I do each week I find the time
    to do my Sunday blogs in rhyme
     
    I don't need to consult my year planner
    to know that my darling Shoshannah
    my dearest older stepdaughter
    has her birthday today just like she aught-ter
     
    So happy birthday Shoshy dear
    and as you face another year
    know that your stepdad isn't too clever
    but that he loves you more than ever
     
    This afternoon I'll take it as read
    I'll take Prudence and Archie and retire to bed
    but before I go and cuddle dogs
    have a gander at the Sunday blogs...
     
    ‘You needed to be original’: Greg Lake compares this era to the one that sparked King Crimson
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/03/you-needed-to-be-original-greg-lake.html
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The new issue of Gonzo Weekly, in a swish new format, is here. It has interviews with Tim Blake, Craig High from the Psychedelic Warlords, Cyrille Verdeaux goes native, plus Acid Mothers Temple, Joey Molland remembers working with John, George and Ringo, Mice on Stilts, Steve Hillage and more news, reviews, views, interviews and and London Zoos (OK, no metropolitan menageries, 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!!! We are also relaunching with a brand new layout and format for our 70th issue. We hope that you like it.
     
    You can read it, and find links to all back issues at http://www.gonzoweekly.com./
     
    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of this and 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
     
    PPS: WARNING: If you are If you are a subscriber using Outlook, Hotmail or Outlook Express, some previous issues of the magazine may come out with formatting errors.
     
    *  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: http://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 an orange kitten 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 orange kitten?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

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

    On this day in 1857 Elisha Otis installed the worlds first safety elevator in New York.
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  • FACT: The company Otis founded has their UK headquarters in Reading and answer calls to them with “Hello, Otis Reading.”. If they don't use the following track as their hold music I might have to write a strongly worded letter to my local MP containing the words “What are YOU going to do about it?”:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCmUhYSr-e4