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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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Thursday, June 05, 2014

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



Stolen ornament stash baffles police
Police discover Loch Ness Monster, Romeo and Juliet and giant horse's head among ornament stash 'dumped' in garden. Comments; Email; Print.

Google Maps' new transport options: A dragon, the Loch Ness Monster and a royal carriage
When you launch Google Maps and plan a route, you'll usually see a few different transportation options. Walking, driving, taking the bus, train or tube 

Loch Ness village is a 'hidden gem' for tourists
Visitors from all over the world beat a path to Loch Ness in the hope of glimpsing the secretive monster. But yesterday a well known travel guide ...


THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS FULL OF THE JOYS OF SPRING EVN THOUGH SPRING HAS COME AND GONE

The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
Another beautiful day; Mark is outside mowing the lawn and Graham is preparing the wood for the hedgehog enclosure. Todat is the day I strart working out the contents of this weekend's Gonzo Weekly, and I have to admit that I have absolutely no idea what is going to be in it.

The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly is here, and available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Don Falcone from the mighty Spirits Burning on the front cover abd features an interview with the man himself by Dou Harr, an interview with Patrick Campbell-Lyons of the original Nirvana by me, a special dedication from Patrick to Twink, what happened when Erik Borlander met Corky Laing, and Keith Levene in Prague.
There are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich, from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and high heeled shoes (OK, no specialist footwear, 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!!!
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
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?

Secret badger gassing trials

stopthecullCampaign to Stop the Cull

There was public outrage last year when the government would not rule out gassing as a way to kill badgers. Following the failed pilot culls Defra confirmed that it had commissioned ‘desk research’ into this method of killing badgers. It has now been revealed through a Freedom of Information request from our friends at Humane Society International, that this threat has become even more real.

The government has now started field trials into the gassing of badger setts although no badgers or other animals have yet been involved in the tests.

The gassing of badgers was rightly banned nearly three decades ago in England. We are determined that the failure of the pilot culls must not be used as an excuse to use cruel methods of killing badgers in order to meet targets.

Take urgent action for badgers now!

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 SIGHTINGS: Exeter Express and Echo published Wo...
  • NEWSLINK: Straying Big Cats Worry Villagers on For...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Wolverine among 20 'big cat' sightin...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Police receive reports of a


  • NEWSLINK: Leopard rings in weekend with TV in bed,...
  • 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. 





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