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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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Sunday, May 31, 2015

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 GGOOO HENNNN HOPPITY

The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.html
And for no real reason Sunday's notifications are done in rhyme
 
It's Sunday - it's that dreaded time
when I write a load of crap in rhyme
this week it's earlier for you
cos I'm off out to a barbecue
at Martin Eve and Marianne's
so come on everybody clap your hands
 
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_31.html
Eric Burdon Interview
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/eric-burdon-interview.html
Karnataka review]http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/karnataka-review_31.html
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Khmer Buddhist Hymn
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-gonzo-track-of-day-khmer-buddhist.html
GONZO WEEKLY #132
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/gonzo-weekly-132.html
 
The Gonzo Weekly #132
www.gonzoweekly.com
 
Daevid Allen, Gong, Blancmange, Grateful Dead, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
 
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#132) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Daevid Allen on the front cover together with a thirteen page account, written by the man himself, of one of his last excursions outside Australia. He sent it to us for the blog three years ago, and when I had posted it I promptly forgot all about it....until now. There is a look at Blancmange live with some excellent pictures by Doug, Jon examines a book about The Grateful Dead, and muses on an exciting new direction in music retail, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. Xtul shudders towards a climax, and there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and two from theose jolly nice chaps at Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses trying to snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty getting to sleep, 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:
David Crosby, Garry Johnson,Eric Clapton, Noel Gallagher, Steve Hackett, Genetics, Marillion, Edison's Children, System 7, Steve Hillage, Karnataka, Friday Night Progressive, Sam Zaman, Mick Abrahams & Sharon Watson, Tommy James, Hugh Hopper, Third Ear Band, WMWS, David Peel, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray,The Boomtown Rats, Midlake, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Yes, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Wyrd, Martin Eve, Xtul, Elvis, onkees, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards, FängörN
 

Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 131 (Boomtown Rats cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo130.html
Issue 130 (David Peel cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo130.html
Issue 129 (Clepsydra cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo129.html
Issue 128 (Louie Louie cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo128.html
Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo127.html
Issue 126 (Atkins-May Project cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo126.html
Issue 125 (Mick Abrahams cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo125.html
Issue 124 (Karnataka cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo124.html
Issue 123 (Cream cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo123.html
Issue 122 (Anthony Phillips cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo122.html
Issue 121 (Annie Haslam cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo121.html
Issue 120 (Frank Zappa cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo120.html
Issue 119 (Eliza Carthy cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo119.html
Issue 118 (Dave Brock cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo118.html
Issue 117 (Daevid Allen cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo117.html
 
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?

GONZO WEEKLY #132

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 - Sunday

ON THIS DAY IN 1859 - In London, Big Ben went into operation. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Texas hunter shoots endangered Namibian rhino for ...
  • Endangered saiga antelope mysteriously dying in va...
  • Mystery surrounds big cat sighting
  • California oil spill claims second sea lion despit...
  • Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes' quest for fire

  • How female mountain gorillas in Rwanda avoid inbre...

  • 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, May 29, 2015

    MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: An ox-like horse or a horse-like ox? The Ushi-uma, A mystery quadruped from early 20th century Japan

    Hi

    I came across this story from the English language Japan Times of October 8th 1928

    By Mock Joya for the Japan Times.

    Zoologists and others may probably say that there is no such animal, but on the island of Tanegashima, Kyushu, they are raising a creature called the Ushi-uma (ox-horse). This animal looks like a cross between an ox and a horse. But even in Tanegashima it is a rare and strange animal, there being only about twenty of these quadrupeds at present existing. This animal, however, is no illusion, and if anyone doubts its existence, he may visit the horse exhibit that will be soon opened at the Uyeno park,Tokyo, as specimens of this strange animal will be exhibited there by the Kagoshima prefecture authorities.

    There are many doubts as to the real nature of this animal, and  scientists have not yet agreed on the status of the Ushi-uma, though they have already made long studies of it. Of course all know that no cross between a horse and an ox is possible. But it is not known whether the Ushi-uma is a kind of horse that looks like an ox, or an ox with some of the characteristics of a horse. But because the animal retains the characteristics of the two different animals, it has been called the Ushi-uma.

    Ushi-uma looks like a horse,and is only much smaller than the ordinary Japanese ponies. Its general appearance gives one the impression that it is a kind of horse, but it has no main. It has a coat of short, black and glossy fur. Around its mouth, it has tassels of long white hair just like camels have. These tassels make it look very comical. Its tail is not like that of a horse, but it is more like an ox tail, being narrow and long. The animal is quite timid but tame..

    In the island of Tanegashima where this animal is being raised, it is commonly believed that the Ushi-uma is really a cross between an ox and a horse. But of course, that belief has no foundation, and it is believed so simply because the animal is given such a compound name.

    It is certainly a rare and strange creature, possessing characteristics of both an ox and a  horse. It will be the first opportunity for the Tokyo people to see this strange animal of Tanegashima at the coming horse exhibit where the Ushi-uma will be a curious but strong drawing card. (1)

    Richard Freeman mentions the Ushi-Oni in his The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia , a kind of ox demon, a bull`s  head, carnivore`s teeth and the body of a spider (2)


    1. The Japan Times 8/10/1928
    2. R.Freeman. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia page  357

    CARL MARSHALL: Gynandromorph butterfly from Stratford Butterfly farm.

    Hi Jon,

    A gynandromorph is an organism that contains both male and female characteristics. The term gynandromorph, from Greek "gyne" female and "andro" male, is mainly used in the field of entomology - the scientific study of insects. 

    These characteristics  can be seen in the butterfly below where both male and female characteristics can be seen physically because of the sexual dimorphism butterflies display. Cases of gynandromorphism have also been reported in crustaceans, especially lobsters, sometimes crabs and even in birds. A clear example in birds is the gynandromorphic zebra finch. These birds have lateralised brain structures in the face of a common steroid signal, providing strong evidence for for a non-hormonal primary sex mechanism regulating brain differentiation.

    A gynandromorph can have bilateral asymmetry, one side female and one side male (as seen below) or they can be mosiac, a case in which the two sexes are not so clearly defined. 

    Bilateral asymmetry arises very early in development, typically when the organism has between 8 and 64 cells, later the gynandromorph is mosiac.

    The cause of this mutation is typically, but not always, an event in mitosis during early development. While the organism is only a few cells large, one of the dividing cells does not split its sex chromosomes typically. This leads to one of the two cells having sex chromosomes that cause male development and the other cell having chromosomes  that cause female development.

    For example, an XY cell undergoing mitosis duplicates its chromosomes, becoming XXYY. Usually this cell would divide into two XY cells, but in rare occasions the cell may divide into an X cell and an XYY cell. If this happens early in development, then a large portion of the cells are X and a large portion are XYY, Since X and XYY dictate different sexes, the organism has tissue that is male and tissue that is female.

    In his autobiography, Speak, Memory, the writer and lepidopterist  Vladimir Nabokov describes a gynandromorph butterfly, male on one side, female on the other that he caught in his youth on his family's Russian estate.     

    Gynandromporphic butterflies such as this are unfortunately non-viable - note the kink in the abdomen (half male, half female) of this  specimen.  

    In my 8 years as a professional entomologist at Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm I have still not been fortunate enough to witness a gynandromorphic specimen in the flesh this perhaps testifies to the extreme rarity of this bizarre mutation.  About a month ago we sent about 500 south American pupae to the Vannes Butterfly Farm in France and a few days ago we received these photographs from them of a superb gyandromorphic Queen Swallowtail Papilio androgeus

    How I wish this individual had emerged with us as we've had only four gyandromorphic specimens successfully develop in the last thirty years as they are an extremely rare, nonviable mutation.

    Hope you enjoy


    Carl.

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Watch: Bigfoot sighting – Sierra Nevada Mountains
    Tom writes "Russ from Santa Clara, CA recounts his bigfoot sighting. He backpacked with two friends to the Cottonwood Lakes Basin in the Golden ...

    Arkansas Bigfoot Witness Explains What Happened
    Something is going on in Arkansas that has this guy all stirred up. The Searching For Bigfoot Team arrives on location and talk to the witness about ...

    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.

  • NEWSLINK: Natrona County woman finds mountain lion...
  • NEWSLINK: North Shore cougar sightings prompt warn...
  • NEWSLINK: Wildlife officials find no sign of mount...

  • NEWSLINK:Radio collar help to study tiger behaviou...
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN TRIES TO DO THE RIGHT THING

    The Gonzo Daily - Friday/Saturday
     
    Those jolly nice folks at Fruits De Mer Records sent me a present this morning - a CD promo of what Rough Trade describe as: "Fruits De Mer's most lavish and impressive release yet. 4 LP set - 600 copies on coloured vinyl. Eight side-long excursions into 60s / 70s psychedelia, progressive rock, jazz-rock and Krautrock. 18 months in the making with exclusive covers of Pink Floyd, Aphrodite's Child, The Byrds, Yes, Donna Summer etc by Sendelica, The Bevis Frond, Arcade Messiah, The Soft Bombs, Wreaths, The Luck Of Eden Hall, Superfjord and Julie's Haircut". I am listening to it now and it is a suitably wacky excursion into the soundscapes of my mind, to ensure it a place on my playlist for ages to come.
     
     
    The Gonzo Weekly #131
    www.gonzoweekly.com
     
    Boomtown Rats, Midlake, Beatles, George Harrison, Apple Scruffs, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
     
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#131) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has The Boomtown Rats on the front cover together with some exciting news about a hitherto lost video from 1978 inside. There is a look at Midlake by Doug, Jon examines a book by one of the Apple Scruffs, and discovers the sad story behind it, and talks about a very peculiar week dogged by Mercury Retrograde, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. Xtul gets even more peculiar, and there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive. 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:
    David Crosby, Garry Johnson,Eric Clapton, Noel Gallagher, Steve Hackett, Genetics, Marillion, Edison's Children, System 7, Steve Hillage, Karnataka, Friday Night Progressive, Sam Zaman, Mick Abrahams & Sharon Watson, Tommy James, Hugh Hopper, Third Ear Band, WMWS, David Peel, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray,The Boomtown Rats, Midlake, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Yes, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Wyrd, Martin Eve, Xtul, Elvis, onkees, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards, FängörN
     

    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     

    Issue 130 (David Peel cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo130.html
    Issue 129 (Clepsydra cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo129.html
    Issue 128 (Louie Louie cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo128.html
    Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo127.html
    Issue 126 (Atkins-May Project cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo126.html
    Issue 125 (Mick Abrahams cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo125.html
    Issue 124 (Karnataka cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo124.html
    Issue 123 (Cream cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo123.html
    Issue 122 (Anthony Phillips cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo122.html
    Issue 121 (Annie Haslam cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo121.html
    Issue 120 (Frank Zappa cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo120.html
    Issue 119 (Eliza Carthy cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo119.html
    Issue 118 (Dave Brock cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo118.html
    Issue 117 (Daevid Allen cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo117.html
     
    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/Saturday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1660 - Charles II was restored to the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealt
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • From worker to queen at the drop of a gene
  • 'Loud wakeup call' over critically endangered dolp...
  • Galápagos Islands volcanic eruption could threaten...
  • Animal welfare threat as Japan makes plans for dol...

  • Who is the world’s wildlife favourite airline?

  • 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, May 28, 2015

    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.

    UK SIGHTINGS: Mystery surrounds big cat sighting

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN GETS TECHNICAL

    The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
     
    Julia the Psychic went on her way yesterday, and we hope we will see her again soon. The house will be full of teenage and nearly teenage girls today as all things being equal we shall have Jessica, Tammy and Charlotte all doing their thing here. Poor Jess will be in the office all day, whilst Tammy and Charlotte will be changing the substrate in the tortoises and the hedgehogs. While this is happening, Graham will be replacing the roof of the museum, and Danny will be doing arcane stuff in the garden. Meanwhile I shall write deathless prose and play with the kitten. Sorted.
     
     
    The Gonzo Weekly #131
    www.gonzoweekly.com
     
    Boomtown Rats, Midlake, Beatles, George Harrison, Apple Scruffs, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
     
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#131) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has The Boomtown Rats on the front cover together with some exciting news about a hitherto lost video from 1978 inside. There is a look at Midlake by Doug, Jon examines a book by one of the Apple Scruffs, and discovers the sad story behind it, and talks about a very peculiar week dogged by Mercury Retrograde, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. Xtul gets even more peculiar, and there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive. 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:
    David Crosby, Garry Johnson,Eric Clapton, Noel Gallagher, Steve Hackett, Genetics, Marillion, Edison's Children, System 7, Steve Hillage, Karnataka, Friday Night Progressive, Sam Zaman, Mick Abrahams & Sharon Watson, Tommy James, Hugh Hopper, Third Ear Band, WMWS, David Peel, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray,The Boomtown Rats, Midlake, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Yes, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Wyrd, Martin Eve, Xtul, Elvis, onkees, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards, FängörN
     

    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     

    Issue 130 (David Peel cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo130.html
    Issue 129 (Clepsydra cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo129.html
    Issue 128 (Louie Louie cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo128.html
    Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo127.html
    Issue 126 (Atkins-May Project cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo126.html
    Issue 125 (Mick Abrahams cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo125.html
    Issue 124 (Karnataka cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo124.html
    Issue 123 (Cream cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo123.html
    Issue 122 (Anthony Phillips cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo122.html
    Issue 121 (Annie Haslam cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo121.html
    Issue 120 (Frank Zappa cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo120.html
    Issue 119 (Eliza Carthy cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo119.html
    Issue 118 (Dave Brock cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo118.html
    Issue 117 (Daevid Allen cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo117.html
     
    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?

    CARL MARSHALL: A First For Warwickshire?

    Grey Seal in Alcester.

    In Late January, The Wildlife Trusts received a couple of reports of a Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus in the River Arrow at Alcester with one observer seeing the Seal feeding on fish in the river.

    Apparently, in November, [2014] Claire Ramos, a local resident noticed a "very heavy trail through the grass on the river bank, with scales/bones, flesh, evidence of something large taking fish. The trail was at least a foot wide for about 10 foot distance".

    One other resident on the same street also reported the sighting but their have been no observations since. 


    A photograph exists taken by Claire Ramos and can be viewed at www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1805 - Napoleon was crowned in Milan, Italy. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Top 10 new species for 2015 announced
  • Charity joins the national fight to rescue red squ...
  • Many Americans Support Equal Rights for Animals
  • Lowly 'new girl' chimps form stronger female bonds...

  • Enable Big Cats to Thrive, End Extinction Fears

  • 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)

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Fox calls mistaken for Bigfoot screams in the woods?
    I was surfing youtube and I ran across this video. I few of those "Screams" in that video sound eerily similar to some of the "Bigfoot screams" that have ...

    Bigfoot Sightings 2015: White Mountain Apache Nation Bigfoot Reports
    Bigfoot sightings 2015 has a new and very interesting report from the White Mountain Apache Nation in Arizona. The tribe claims that the creature

    Bigfoot Sightings 2015: White Mountain Apache Nation Bigfoot Reports
    Bigfoot sightings 2015 has a new and very interesting report from the White Mountain Apache Nation in Arizona. The tribe claims that the creature

    Bigfoot Sightings 2015: White Mountain Apache Nation Bigfoot Reports
    Bigfoot sightings 2015 has a new and very interesting report from the White Mountain Apache Nation in Arizona. The tribe claims that the creature

    Bigfoot Sightings 2015: White Mountain Apache Nation Bigfoot Reports
    Bigfoot sightings 2015 has a new and very interesting report from the White Mountain Apache Nation in Arizona. The tribe claims that the creature

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



    Read about the magic and theatre of Doc Shiels
    ... claimed to be able use psychic powers to locate and raise monsters. ... the Loch Ness Monster which have been reproduced countless times since.=

    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: Panther killer wanted by state, feds
  • NEWSLINK: Kapata lifts ban on hunting big cats
  • NEWSLINK: Vietnamese man arrested in Russia with b...

  • NEWSLINK: Zambia begins hunting of big cats again
  • 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 IS HARRASSED

    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    Life continues as smoothly as it can do when you have a highly anarchic five week old kitten rampaging about the house. I thought that I was an anarchist until I met little Squeaky Biscuit. OK That will probably not be her proper name when she grows up, but at the moment it is massively appropriate. Things are still a little awry after the recent computer crash, but we have managed to restore most of what we were working on from backed up versions, and have just invested in the new Google Drive for Work cloud storage thingy (which would never have been feasible before we got fast broadband) and I sincerely hope that this means that that particular drama shall never happen again.
    The Gonzo Weekly #131
    www.gonzoweekly.com
    Boomtown Rats, Midlake, Beatles, George Harrison, Apple Scruffs, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#131) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has The Boomtown Rats on the front cover together with some exciting news about a hitherto lost video from 1978 inside. There is a look at Midlake by Doug, Jon examines a book by one of the Apple Scruffs, and discovers the sad story behind it, and talks about a very peculiar week dogged by Mercury Retrograde, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. Xtul gets even more peculiar, and there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive. 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:
    David Crosby, Garry Johnson,Eric Clapton, Noel Gallagher, Steve Hackett, Genetics, Marillion, Edison's Children, System 7, Steve Hillage, Karnataka, Friday Night Progressive, Sam Zaman, Mick Abrahams & Sharon Watson, Tommy James, Hugh Hopper, Third Ear Band, WMWS, David Peel, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray,The Boomtown Rats, Midlake, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Yes, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Wyrd, Martin Eve, Xtul, Elvis, onkees, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards, FängörN

    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:

    Issue 130 (David Peel cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo130.html
    Issue 129 (Clepsydra cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo129.html
    Issue 128 (Louie Louie cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo128.html
    Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo127.html
    Issue 126 (Atkins-May Project cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo126.html
    Issue 125 (Mick Abrahams cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo125.html
    Issue 124 (Karnataka cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo124.html
    Issue 123 (Cream cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo123.html
    Issue 122 (Anthony Phillips cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo122.html
    Issue 121 (Annie Haslam cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo121.html
    Issue 120 (Frank Zappa cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo120.html
    Issue 119 (Eliza Carthy cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo119.html
    Issue 118 (Dave Brock cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo118.html
    Issue 117 (Daevid Allen cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo117.html
    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 - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1647 - Alse Young (Achsah Young or Alice Young), a resident of Windsor, CT, was executed for being a "witch." It was the first recorded American execution of a "witch." 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • UK among worst in wildlife league
  • Agreements working to stop beef ranches destroying...
  • DNA hints at earlier dog evolution
  • How spiders create the sounds of love
  • Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans

  • Deepwater Horizon oil spill contributed to high nu...


  • 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)

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Watch: 1975 classic…Bigfoot The Mysterious Monster
    The film investigated not only the possibility of Bigfoot's existence but also of the Loch Ness Monster and the Yeti (the Abominable Snowman).

    Bigfoot Sasquatch Sighting near Ashigan Lake posted by Legendary Creatures
    Bigfoot Sasquatch Sighting near Ashigan Lake posted by Legendary Creatures. Share on Facebook. Monday, May 25, 2015. Ashigan Lake, Ely, MN.