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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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Friday, August 22, 2014

RAINES EXPLAINS: Jon's Birthday




And Corinna writes..........

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



Bigfoot Thursday: Last Video Review, Hamilton, Ontario
Bigfoot Thursday returns one last time to review a video supposedly filmed by spelunkers of a Bigfoot sighting near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

The Paranormal Review Breaks Down One of TimberGiantBigfoot's Bigfoot Videos
World's Only 24/7 Bigfoot News Blog: Encouraging readers to draw their own conclusions from the evidence and arguments.

This Bigfoot Story from Oklahoma is One of the Most Amazing I've Read
Dennis Shamblin's accounts of encounters with bigfoot creatures while growing up and living in Oklahoma are amazing. According to him they are all ...

Juvenile Arkansas Bigfoot Photo Revisited
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
In October of 2009, a woman from Arkansas released this photo, that was reportedly taken by her trail camera. Is it a juvenile bigfoot, or something

Bigfoot Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, Nominates Matt Moneymaker
Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
Bigfoot makes a public appearance in support of ALS sufferers by doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He calls out the Yeti, the Lochness Monster, ...

HIP HIP HOORAY FOR THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

The Gonzo Daily - Friday
 
Today is my fifty fifth birthday, and I am overwhelmed with all the messages of love and kindness. Thank you to all of you. I sat down to write this about nine hours ago, and since then there has been a constant stream of telephone calls and visitors, all coming to help me celebrate 55 years on this planet. In those years I have learned many things, but the most important of them is that all you really need IS love, and that everything else is subservient to this. Everything I do in my writing, my music, my activism and even my science (such as it is) is aimed at bringing people together and breaking down the artificial barriers that we all put up between us. I was going to write a homily on the subject, but now I realise that you sweet dear people all know this already.
 
Many congratulations to my brother Richard on his promotion to Lt. Colonel (despite having an authority hating anarchist as a brother) and my niece Jessica for getting a mighty seven GCSEs (nearly twice what I got back in the day).
 
Gordon Giltrap promises runs and tales
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/08/gordon-giltrap-promises-runs-and-tales.html
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - All You Need is love
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/08/gonzo-track-of-day-beatles-all-you-need.html
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/08/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_22.html
Scots singer reveals uncle was killed in Battle of the Somme
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/08/scots-singer-reveals-uncle-was-killed.html
‘I don’t mean to sound like everyone’s dull’: Jon Davison admits Yes’ new Heaven and Earth is ‘easy listening’
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/08/i-dont-mean-to-sound-like-everyones.html
 

The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#91) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Stuart Nicholson from Galahad on the cover and an interview with him inside. We have Merrell Fankhauser's Palmdale concert in pictures, and the story of what happened when the Gonzo grande fromage visited the stage adaptation of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. Rick Wakeman fans will find a critique of the new box set critiqued by Doug Harr. There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, from Canterbury Sans Frontières 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 long nosed potoroos (OK, no weird little marsupials, 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!!!
 
A couple of links are missing, and the date for Tim and Jaki's show is wrong, but this is because we rushed it out to have it finished before the great and the good of Forteana descended on us for the Weird Weekend. I hope they will forgive me.
 

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?

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From CFZ-USA:

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.

  • NEWSLINK: Fisherman killed by tiger in Satkhira
  • US SIGHTING: Mountain lion spotted in Cold Spring?...
  • NEWSLINK: Tippi Hedren's big cat sanctuary threate...

  • NEWSLINK: New law blocks big cat selfies
  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE - FRIDAY

    ON THIS DAY IN 1959...
    Nothing of particular importance happened

  • Splat! Why Some Snakes Are Easy Roadkill
  • How lizards regenerate their tails: Researchers di...
  • New report reveals the horrifying extent of the il...
  • Analysis Of Moth Flight-Mechanics Could Result In ...
  • France fights back Asian hornet invader
  • Seals and sea lions likely spread tuberculosis to ...
  • Deep sea survey reveals thriving marine life off S...
  • Orb-weaving spiders living in urban areas may be l...
  • Summer stock take of snakes now underway in UK gar...
  • Monkey World rescues Maldives drugs raid slow lori...

  • Philippine tarsier: Genetic proof of a new variety...


  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)