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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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Monday, May 26, 2014

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. 

  • UK SIGHTING: Western Morning News published 20 'bi...
  • NEWSLINK: Get a close up of the majestic big cat a...
  • AUSTRALIA SIGHTING: Yowiehunters Forum • View topi...
  • US SIGHTINGS: Ledger Inquirer: Could that have bee...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Police receive reports of a 'big cat...

  • NEWSLINK: Sauress : Dramatic video Indian villager...
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS TIRED

    The Gonzo Daily - Monday
    www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.html
     
    It has been a strange few days. On Friday and Saturday I was up until stupid o'clock doing first the magazine, and second recording. On Saturday my dear nephew also turned up to see me and wine was drunk. Earlier that evening I also tried absinthe for the first time, and I am afraid that I was not impressed. I had no psychoactive effects apart from feeling mildly nauseous, and actually thought that it was rather nasty. But thank you to martin Eve for bringing it down. I always like to try new experiences even if they are ones that I do not think that I will want to repeat. I am taking the rest of today off, and hopefully tomorrow will dawn bright and fair, and there will be another jolly week ahead of us.
     
    Grace Slick's Festival Memories: Fearing Orgies and Getting Lit
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/05/grace-slicks-festival-memories-fearing.html
     
     
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Clepsydra - Travel of Dream part 1-2-3
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/05/gonzo-track-of-day-clepsydra-travel-of.html
     
     
     
    ‘We had to really rethink some things’: Justin Hayward and Patrick Moraz on the Moody Blues’ influential ‘Gemini Dream’
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/05/we-had-to-really-rethink-some-things.html
     
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly, can be read at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Steve Ignorant (late of Crass) on the cover and features exclusive interviews with the man himself, Ken Pustelnik (late of The Groundhogs), exclusive live accounts of The Pink Fairies triumphant return, and Clepsydra's appearance at Rosfest, and a poignant article by Richard Stellar entitled The Inspiration of a Holocaust Survivor and Hero about how the story of Curt Lowens inspired composer Sharon Farber. There are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich (this week they are in their submarine off the coast of Australia with special guest Lyn Paul) from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and Victorian flues (OK, no 19th Century heating ducts, 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!!!
     
    The full list of artists in #79 is Yes, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Billy Sherwood, Jon Davison, Steve Ignorant, Ken Pustelnik, The Pink Fairies, Led Zeppelin, Sir Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, The Beach Boys, Mick Harvey, Judge Smith, Michael des Barres, Merrell Fankhauser, Galahad, Auburn, Liz Lenten, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Wise Williams, Barbara Dickson, Keith Levene, Marianne Faithfull, Grace Slick, Transatlantic, Sub Reality Sandwich, Friday Night Progressive, Jean Philippe Rykiel, Joey Molland, David Jackson & Rene van Commenee, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Clearlight, Planet Earth Rock ‘n’ Roll Orchestra, Kevin Ayers and the Whole World, Tumblewild, Hollis Brown, PFM, Richard Stellar, Clepsydra, Marie Osmond, Donny Osmond, Carlos Santana, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Elvis Presley, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Lives & Times, Twelfth Night, Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows
     
     
    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!
     
    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
     
     
    *  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 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?

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Bigfoot Encounter In Norway - Enhanced Video | Bigfoot Research News
    This is an enhanced version of the Bigfoot Encounter in Norway video that was posted a couple days ago. The video is slowed down and some light is

    Bigfoot News | Bigfoot Lunch Club: Fred Saluga
    There was a strong UFO theme at the Bigfoot Day gathering in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Fred Saluga (pictured above) categorizes Bigfoot enthusiasts .

    Video: Watch 'Bigfoot' Arise From Grass In Norwegian Meadow | Paranormal - Before It's News
    {C}. Bigfoot may have relocated from the United States to Norway, if this incredible video is anything to go by. The 19-second clip, uploaded to 

    Bigfoot News | Bigfoot Lunch Club: WCJB-TV
    Florida has it's own version of Bigfoot, known as the Skunk Ape, thought to be a distinct separate species from the Sasquatch. In a recent news ...

    New Footage: This Bigfoot Sighting From Washington Looks Legit
    I am not fully convinced. Too short of glimpses and starts out, out of focus. Also what was he videoing before the form showed up? Or was this his.

    Bigfoot Hunters | TODAY IN BIGFOOT HISTORY! - WordPress.com
    TODAY IN BIGFOOT HISTORY! 1945, Kabetogama State Forest, Minnesota: Man Disappears Hunting Bigfoot. After several weeks where dogs went ...
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    FRIGHTENING STATISTICS

    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. 






    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

    From CFZ-USA:

    WALLY THE COMEDY RHINOCEROS: Yesterday's News Today

    Oll is away so for today Yesterday's News Today is done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand-up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

    Q How can you tell that a rhinoceros has been in your fridge?

    A By the footprints in the custard. 

    Ha Ha! That was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha!

    Now for the news....

  • Alarming rise in Black Spotted Turtle trade across...
  • Bottom trawling causes long-term damage to sea bed...
  • Mind alteration device makes flies sing and dance
  • Zoological Society of London creates online game t...
  • Cats and dogs to be tested for mysterious Mers inf...
  • Are Mermaids Real?
  • Dancing Bees Show Researchers The Way To The Best ...

  • Mice with 'mohawks' help scientists link autism to...
  • And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: