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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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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...