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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, August 06, 2014

CFZ PEOPLE: Lars Thomas

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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  • VIDEO: Walking with Lions, and Swimming with Tiger.

  • 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.




    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF





    The Fortean Slip Webcast: What's The BF Deal?
    We recently reported on the Ed Waterman (BF Deal) Bigfoot Hoax. Ed had been trying to pass off blurry stumps as Bigfoot for awhile now but his photo ...

    Listing of Bigfoot Sightings in Alaska
    ... FINDING BIGFOOT: Bigfoot's Handprint? Finding Bigfoot: Major Sighting During Intense Night Investigation. Tagged in Listing of Bigfoot Sightings in ...
    The Creature Under The Log, Is it Bigfoot? Is it something else?
    This journal The Bigfoot Field Journal: The written and photographic record of an amateur Bigfoot researcher contains photographs of scientifically ...
    Couple Video Possible Bigfoot Along the Red River in Louisiana
    From the audio they seem to be shocked at what's going on and believe they are looking at a bigfoot. We believe there might be a more common ...
    August
    We went to investigate the area but the subject was long gone by the time we traversed the thick under growth. What was it? Bigfoot? Something else?
    Aug 06
    To document Bigfoot reports and encounters and the history of bigfoot in ... I had a face-to-face encounter a with Bigfoot in the summer of 1992 in ...

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN EMULATES THE OOZELUM BIRD

    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
     
    A slightly cut down set of blogs today. For some reason Blogger is only intermittently working. Ronan telephoned earlier reporting the same problem. So forgive us, boys and girls: Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible...
     
     
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#89) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has the legendary Judy Dyble on the cover and an interview with her inside. It has an interview with Oliver Kersbergen from Sleepyard, and an interview with Lou Stein, the director of the theatrical adaptation of Hunter Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. It also includes our second exclusive extract from the new Waterboys biography by Ian Abrahams. Jethro Tull fans will find a critique of the new box set of 'Passion Play', critiqued by Doug Harr. There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny (hopefully fully recovered from his recent illness) a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and tree kangaroos (OK, no arboreal macropoda, 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
     
    As well as the Gonzo Weekly, there is a daily service called - wait for it - The Gonzo Daily, and you can subscribe for free HERE:
    http://eepurl.com/OvPez
     

    *  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?

    CFZ PEOPLE: Paul Rose aka Mr Biffo (YESTERDAY)

    KARL SHUKER: Animal Grief and Mourning


    Do creatures other than ourselves grieve and mourn? Karl Shuker investigates the remarkable world of animal emotions.

    Read on...

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