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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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Saturday, February 28, 2015

GONZO WEEKLY #119

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.




THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN SETTLES IN

The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
 
I always like this time of the year; the winter is just about over and as spring begins, I usually get
enthused with energy and positive vibes and produce a lot more than I would at other times of the year. This is probably a good thing, because there always seems to be a whole lot more to be done at this time of year than there is at other times, but whether this is a chicken and egg situation I am never too sure. There are, however, all sorts of things in the pipeline both with Gonzo, The CFZ, Wyrd and every other thing that I use to fill my life up. I am planning to start a library and a Wildlife have enough to do).
 
But as far as I am concerned, the universe sets you challenges and if you rise to the occasion then your karma is immeasurably more positive than it would be if you didn’t. But this week, probably because of the young ladies upon whom I lavished my affections this week (two Stepsprogs and two Grandsprogs) I am feeling remarkably chipper, and positive enough to meet whatever the multiverse decides to throw in my direction. It probably won’t last, but I cannot remember feeling as happy as I do now in a long time.
 
 

The Gonzo Weekly #119
www.gonzoweekly.com
 
Eliza Carthy, Arthur Brown, Simon Phillips, Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Jon Anderson, Hawkwind and Yes fans had better look out!
 
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#119) will soon be available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Eliza Carthy on the front cover with an interview with her inside. Doug Harr reports on legendary drummer Simon Phillips, and we send Liz Lenten to a Desert Island. Neil Nixon reports on singing drug addicts, Wyrd goes acoustic and Xtul gets freakier than ever. Jon does some reporting from the field, and there are radio shows from Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea, although I have been assured that they will hit land again soon. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons trying to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty in making choices, 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!!!
 
This issue features: Wilko Johnson, Noel Gallagher, Paloma Faith, Bjork, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Arthur Brown, Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Bob Marley, Karnataka, Strange Fruit, Friday Night
Progressive,Leonard Nimoy, Warsaw Pakt, Hugh Hopper, Orlando Monday Allen, Dee Palmer, Badfinger, Ant-Bee, Billy Cobham, Tony Palmer, Homeostasis, Nolan Porter, Galahad, Mick Abrahams Band, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Protocol, Liz Lenten, Hawkwind, Yes, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Alan White, Joey Molland, Robben Ford, George Harrison, Xtul, Elvis, Justin Bieber, Marillion, Metallica,
Beatles, Spurious Transients, The Relationships, Rocket Scientists, The Brits, Chasing Violets, Pest, Eliwagar
 
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!
 
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
 

* 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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
 
* 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
From CFZ-USA:

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Saturday

ON THIS DAY IN 1854 - The Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group. 

And now the later news...

  • David Attenborough calls on Chinese president to e...
  • Tracking Wyoming’s big game herds

  • 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)

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Sasquatch Watch: Is Bigfoot Hiding in Arkansas?
    FOUKE, AR -- It's a creature with many names, Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and most notably known to people in Fouke, Arkansas, the Fouke Monster.

    The Paranormal Review Announces Amazing Bigfoot Footage
    They said it's one of the creepiest Bigfoot footage they've ever seen. When is it going to be released? We're not sure, but hopefully soon. We heard ...

    Bigfooters Spot Possible Bigfoot During TV News Broadcast
    Sasquatch hunters say they've possibly spotted Bigfoot in the news story. So Susanne brought the picture to experts in Fouke. [Update] The video is 

    Bigfoot Recorded by Kids in Treehouse
    Kids Terrified by Bigfoot, the Treehouse Footage . Paranormal Central: This one has been circulating for a while, but... bigfoot ...

    Possible Bigfoot Filmed Carrying a Deer [VIDEO]
    One turkey hunter claims to have filmed Bigfoot carrying a deer through the forest. Do you agree that it's truly the legendary Sasquatch?

    Bigfoot Scares the Crap out of Bow Hunter
    Bigfoot Scares Bow Hunter in tree stand on calm quiet evening, by pushing down large tree right beside him. Does Sasquatch Throw Rocks? Let's See 

    FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

    fda-finally-admits-chicken-meat-contains-cancer-causing
    After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It’s added to the chicken feed purposely!

    Even worse, the FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. So for the last sixty years, American consumers who eat conventional chicken have been consuming arsenic, a known cancer-causing chemical.

    Until this new study, both the poultry industry and the FDA denied that arsenic fed to chickens ended up in their meat. The fairy-tale excuse story we’ve all been fed for sixty years is that “the arsenic is excreted in the chicken feces.” There’s no scientific basis for making such a claim, it’s simply what the poultry industry wanted everybody to believe.

    Now the evidence is so undeniable that the manufacturer of the chicken feed product known as Roxarsone has decided to pull the product off the shelves. Interestingly enough, the manufacturer that has been putting arsenic in the chicken feed for all these years is Pfizer — the very same company that makes vaccines containing chemical adjuvants that are injected into children.

    Read on...

    CFZ IN THE NEWS: Tasmanian tiger trackers return to island state for new expedition

    International Tasmanian tiger buffs, from left, Tony Healy, Chris Clark, Michael Williams

    International Tasmanian tiger buffs, from left, Tony Healy, Chris Clark, Michael Williams, Rebecca Lang and Lars Thomas have travelled to the island state in a continuing quest for proof that the fabled creature still exists. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN
    AN international team of Tasmanian tigers trackers is back in the island state for another expedition to find the fabled creature.
    The group of naturalists, headed by Mike Williams, returned last week to search for the thylacine, which was officially declared extinct in the early 1980s.
    The last captive thylacine died in Hobart Zoo in 1936.
    Joining Mr Williams on his latest six-week search will be zoologists and thylacine hunters from Britain and Denmark.
    The expedition is being run by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, based in the UK and Australia, which investigates “mystery animals” considered rare, extinct or undiscovered.
    It will be the group’s second expedition after travelling south in October 2013.
    But Mr Williams, from New South Wales, has personally been searching for the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times for more than a decade
    A stuffed Tasmanian tiger at the QVMAG in Launceston.
    A stuffed Tasmanian tiger at the QVMAG in Launceston.
    “If someone said to me when I first started that 10 years on we would still be getting tips — our last one was a year ago — I wouldn’t have believed you,” he said.
    “With the increase of people using crash (dashboard-mounted) cameras, we believe a local using one might be a good chance of stumbling across a thylacine while driving.”
    The five-person team arrived in the state last week and has already been following up tips and speaking to people who claim they spotted the animal in the state’s north.
    They will explore areas around northern Tasmania for about four weeks before shifting their focus to the state’s isolated south-west.
    “Tasmania is recognised as one of the most biologically rich places on the planet, so it makes sense that the Tasmanian tiger could survive in remote parts of the state,” Mr Williams said.

    FORTEAN ART TERRORISM: The latest from Xtul

    The next three days were quite possibly the longest, and the most emotionally charged of my adult life. I have no biological children of my own, but after getting together with Corinna in the spring of 2005 I soon began to love her two daughter a if they were my own. By the time that we got married two and a bit years later, I was thinking of them AS my own, and to be honest I don't think that I could love either of them any more than I do, even if they had been my own flesh and blood.

    Although I was terribly excited at the prospect of becoming a grandfather for the first time, I was also acutely conscious of the fact that I was the only person in the family who had a qualification in any of the medical sciences, and as my nursing qualification was to look after handicapped people, the only obstetrics that I knew anything about we abnormal ones, and although I tried to continually remind myself that the human race had been successfully giving birth for hundreds of thousands of years with a fair amount of success, I was only too aware of what could go wrong. The text from Aaron which had cheered and encouraged the others, had done the complete opposite to me, and I was frankly terrified. However I didn't want anyone else to know that so I kept my own council, and went outside for as many cigarettes as I truthfully thought that I could get away with.

    Just outside the main entrance of the hospital was a huge, stainless steel doughnut shaped sculpture. There was an engraved brass plaque below it explaining what it was meant to symbolise, but it was so encrusted with pigeon shit as to be illegible. I assume that because it was positioned outside the main entrance to that part of the hospital which housed the Maternity Wing, that the huge doughnut was meant to symbolise the female reproductive tract, but even to my mind that seemed a little crass, and laid it open to all sorts of amusing nomenclature of which the Latin Cloaca Maxima was the least offensive.

    Read on...

    WYRD: REFLEKTIONS - An evening of acoustic music in aid of the Small School in Hartland.

    WyrdAfter a mildly depressing silence there is news from the wonderful world of Wyrd. Martin "4th Eden" Eve has been engrossed in his new project: Organik Reflektion that is exploring the sonic possibilities in field recordings or founds sounds, and will eventually culminate in an EP.

    In the meantime, however, this has spawned REFLEKTIONS: An evening of acoustic music in aid of the Small School in Hartland.

    Read on...

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




    Staged 'Loch Ness Monster Attacks'

    • Category : Comedy & Entertainment



    Loch Ness Monster Attack by JustPranks

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS HOME AGAIN


    The Gonzo Daily - Friday
    www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.html
    We returned last night and while Mother and Corinna did their own inimitable things, I settled into the office and transferred all the stuff I had written this week into the magazine template, and am feeling rather pleased with myself that despite having been away all week, roughly the same amount of work as usual has been copmpleted on the magazine. I would like to proffer big thanks to Graham who did a wonderful job while I was away. He is off on HIS travels tomorrow as it is his turn to pick up a hire car and travel across country..to see his mother.
    The Gonzo Weekly #118
    www.gonzoweekly.com
    Hawkwind, Tempest, Eliza Carthy, Daevid Allen, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
    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!
    You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/

    * 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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
    * 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Friday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1896 - The "Charlotte Observer" published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm. 

  • Evolution 'favours bigger sea creatures'
  • 'Five-legged sheep' Quinto gives birth to twins in...

  • 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)

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    CRYPTOLINK: 20-stone catfish caught with fishing rod

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

    Enormous 20-stone catfish caught with fishing rod in Italy after 40-minute boat battle 

     Dino Ferrari told GrindTV that he and his brother, Dario, lured it in with artificial bait and then battled the giant fish from their small boat for 40 minutes on Thursday.

    The wels catfish, which was set free, could be one of the largest ever caught.

    After staying in the water to weigh and measure the specimen, which is one of the largest ever caught, they released it back into the river to swim another day.

    Read on...

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS DUE TO RETURN

    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.html

    Graham's on the last lap of blog cover, as Jon and Corinna are due to return today.

    The electricity supply around here has been stable, the last 24 hours... what a surprise!  Actually, what did surprise me the other day was to find out that power cuts aren't anything to do with the regional electricity company. These days, all they do is read the meter and charge you for what you've used, and they have no other means of even finding out who's receiving power and who isn't. No, it's the distribution network that is in charge of the supply side of things.

    So it's the same set-up as with the UK's railway 'system' then. Fragmented.

    Anyway, on to the site updates... and an apology for omitting to include Track of the Day in yesterday's notifications:

    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Gong - I Never Glid Before - Live 1973
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-gonzo-track-of-day-gong-i-never.html


    And today's updates are:


    Anthony Phillips Interview 2010
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/anthony-phillips-interview-2010.html
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_26.html
    Eric Burdon - Interview 2010
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/eric-burdon-interview-2010.html
    Jonathan Clarke interviews Stephan Stills
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/jonathan-clarke-interviews-stephan.html
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: John Lennon - Instant Karma
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-gonzo-track-of-day-john-lennon_26.html


    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: Rarest Big Cat on Earth Starting to Make a Comeback 

    UK SHROPSHIRE: Shropshire big cat sightings are unlikely, says wildlife expert 

    NEWSLINK: A skier in Utah has filmed their apparent brush with a cougar on the slopes – but is it all a hoax?




    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Bigfoot Gets Real


    This is a scene from a trailer for a new, indie Bigfoot movie in the making, Primal Rage: The Legend of Oh-Mah. It’s “a love project” of director Patrick Magee...

    Viral video allegedly shows Bigfoot in Yellowstone

    Is it someone on snowshoes? A cross-country skier, perhaps? Or is it proof of Bigfoot as some enthusiasts are saying?

    Does Sasquatch Throw Rocks?


    Author Thomas Steenburg answers the question of whether or not sasquatches throw rocks. The behavior has been reported numerous times during alleged encounters.

    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.


    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1955 - Billboard magazine reported that the 45 rpm single was outselling the 'wax' 78 rpm format for the first time.

    That's a bit of a technological landmark... but it's funny to think that today's computer disk drives aren't so very different to the 78 rpm records. They are both random access spinning disks.


    And now the later news...


    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)


    Hoaxwind perform a cover of Hawkwind's "Brainstorm" - (Dec 2011 Shepherd's Bush)

    Actually, if anyone can whistle along to this, then I'll be rather surprised...

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS MISSING ALL THE POWER-CUTS


    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.html

    Graham's still on the blogging trail, in the absence of Jon and Corinna.

    Perhaps it's just as well Jon's not around, really. Yesterday I commented on the hindrance of three power outages that occurred on Monday. Well, shortly after making that remark, Tuesday saw a further SIX outages. The fourth happened while I was up at our local shop, and after the power came back on, I had to wait while the electronic tills recovered and reconnected to the internet. As I keyed in the security number for my bank card, I commented that I'd better hurry up before the electricity glitched off again.

    As it was, it was on my way home that all the street lights and illuminated house windows went dark. Phoning up the power distribution people, I was told a digger (backhoe) had taken out a cable, and various attempts at re-routing the supply were being made.

    And today? Well, we've just had THREE outages so far. So I'll press on with the site updates while I'm able to! - 



    And a reminder that the latest Gonzo Weekly (#118) is at
    www.gonzoweekly.com

    Hawkwind, Tempest, Eliza Carthy, Daevid Allen, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!

    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




    A new clip for the UK release of Eduardo S├ínchez’s Exists gives a glimpse of a particular incarnation of the cryotozoological beastie that isn’t to be trifled with.
    The film will be hitting UK DVD on April 6 courtesy of Entertainment One.
    Synopsis:
    When a group of friends head into the remote Texas woods for a weekend of non-stop partying, their car hits a huge mysterious animal, which quickly disappears back into the darkness. But as the gang arrives at an isolated cabin, one of them realizes that the woods are home to a bloodthirsty Bigfoot, and it’s only a matter of time before he seeks them out. Soon enough, their weekend trip turns into a terrifying ordeal of survival of the fittest…
    (MORE)

    CRYPTOLINK: Chupacabra: a legend or real-life monster?

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 


    Read on...


    Chupacabra: a legend or real-life monster? - KOB4  T V (New Mexico) takes a look
    If your ears perk up when you hear the word 'chupacabra', you're not alone. KOB sat down with a New Mexico researcher who claims to know why chupacabra sighting are on the rise and why more bodies than ever are being found.
    Ben Radford is that man – a local investigator and writer, and the author of 'Tracking the Chupacabra.'
    He's fascinated with the people's fascination with chupacabras and has spent years wondering if they are real.
    "When people say skeptics are debunkers – that's mean, evil and gloomy. I would love to find chupacabra; I would love to find Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster," Radford said. "If they're out there, I want to be the first person to poke at it and sniff it."
    His research is already poking holes in parts of the story.

    (more)

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




    This Catfish is So Huge, They Thought it Was the Loch Ness Monster

    While casting for catfish, this guys snags a huge fish that's nearly the size of the Loch Ness Monster.


    Loch Ness lifeboat launch £1m appeal to build bigger station

    Monster run at Loch Ness for Kerry-Liam. On Sunday, Girvan based Masters runner Kerry-Liam Wilson secured another excellent run in Inverness with....


    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1836 - Samuel Colt patented his design for a hand gun with its ammunition located in a revolving cylinder.

    And now the later news...


    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)

    Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne (with a rather bizarre promotional film)

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN'S DEPUTY IS EATING EGGS


    Graham's still on bloggy duties, as Jon and Corinna are away at present.
      
    The problems of living in such a rural area were highlighted again yesterday, with a series of electricity supply interruptions during thunderstorms. It's possible for power companies to make their networks less prone to surges caused by lightning, but probably such systems are applied to towns and cities first, and rural areas later - or not at all.
      
    Meanwhile, on the nutrition front (and as I speculated yesterday) I have indeed preserved my supply of casserole by having egg sandwiches for breakfast!
     
    And today's musical menu on the Gonzo Blog is:
     
     


    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    One exercise saw a person unleashed in a popular Edinburgh attraction dressed in a gorilla suit as part of a study to see how people react to so-called bigfoot sightings.

    SEABURY BLAIR JR. - Just another outdoorsman hoping to find Sasquatch
    I cannot explain why I didn't see the video of the bigfoot hanging out with the buffalo at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park two weeks ago....

    Bigfoot Hunting
    WOW Screen Shots of possible Bigfoot from Bear Wallow.


    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.



    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.


    Orlando Sentinel

    Lions, tigers, cougars moving to Osceola in Florida

    Big cats such as this white bengal tiger will soon be moving to a new  Reserve, a non-profit dedicated to protecting wild cats

    Mountain Lion Sighted in San Francisco's San Mateo County

    The big cat walked down a hill off the street and into the trees, emergency officials said.

     Big cat spotted in Tamil Nadu (Southern India)

    Forest officials reportedly spotted a tiger near the Muthumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu on Sunday.