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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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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CFZ PEOPLE: Lily Wadham

Happy Birthday, Lily

xxxxx



ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From CFZ-USA:

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF:



'I Saw Bigfoot', says Police Officer
FRESNO, Calif -- A retired police officer claims he saw 'Bigfoot' when camping with his family east of Fresno County. John, who says he has been a ...

A Bigfoot Was Shaking Trees Behind Les Stroud On Alaska Episode
A Bigfoot Was Shaking Trees Behind Les Stroud On Alaska Episode posted by ... He ranked the possible Bigfoot encounter as #6 on his top 10 list of ...

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: Consett 'cat dowser' claims his supernat...
  • NEWSLINK: Panic after 'leopard spotted' in Mulund ...


  • NEWSLINK: Tigers to get bigger enclosure in Sanjay...
  • FORTEAN BIRDS 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.


    "HO FOR THE HENS!" INTONES THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    Today is a weird day. Despite what those in power over us claim, the green shoots of recovery do not seem to be sprouting in the CFZ garden. Sadly also the costs of all sorts of things to do with manufacturing books have gone up, from postage to handling and although we are not a business, and despise the profit motive, we don't actually want to LOSE money so are forced to pass these costs on to our authors which is causing rumblings of discontent in some quarters. These rumblings are quite understandable, but there is nothing we can do about it, honest. I was also approached this morning by a local college about taking on a young nephew of mine as an apprentice. I would be happy to do this, but because he is over 19, it turns out that I have to pay twelve hundred quid for the privelige. It is getting harder and harder to be an anti-capitalist every day.
    Several people in my extended family have big problems at the moment; no names, no packdrill, but in the last twenty four hours I have been talking to one young lady who is seriously physically ill, another who - after therapy - is going through absolutely vile pieces of realisation about her past, and another young person who is going through a complex period of re-evaluation. Join me in sending love and healing vibes to them all.
    The Gonzo Weekly #113
    www.gonzoweekly.com
    Rick Wakeman, Jethro Tull, Renaissance, John Lennon, Jon Anderson, Yes, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out!
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#113) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Rick Wakeman on the front cover and everything you will want to know about his new tour, Jon reviews a book which wonders what would have happened if John Lennon had left the Beatles back in 1960, we send Richard Stellar to a desert island, givce you the new Renaissance tour dates, and there are shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antyichinuses looking for clues (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials playing at being Sherlock Holmes, 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!
    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?

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  • 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)