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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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Monday, March 09, 2015

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From CFZ-USA:

THE WEIRD WEEKEND PUBLICITY MACHINE FINALLY JUDDERS INTO ACTION FOR 2015


The Weird Weekend website is now updates with details of this year's event. Check it out at www.weirdweekend.org

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.

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN EMULATES JOHNNY KIDD

The Gonzo Daily - Monday
 
I am sorry that the blogs are later than usual today, but I had a doctor's appointment. It appears that I am showing the early signs of what may be Parkinson's Disease. My father had it, and I believe that my grandfather had it, so it is logical that I may be susceptible. I have been referred to a neurologist, and I have no intention of panicking until I have to. In the meantime, I think I may have to record a cover version of this:
 
 
In more cheerful news, yesterday we finally upgraded the Weird Weekend site with the details of this year's event. Tickets are now on sale and a provisional programme has also been posted. Check out www.weirdweekend.org.
 
 
The Gonzo Weekly #120
www.gonzoweekly.com
 
Frank Zappa, Ant-Bee, Rick Wakeman, Hawkwind, Daevid Allen, Jon Anderson, Spurious Transients and Yes fans had better look out!
 
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#120) is longer than ever at 96 pages and is be available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Frank Zappa on the front cover with an interview with Billy James about his relationship with FZ inside. Despite the fact that I said I would never do a themed issue of this magazine, we carry on the Frank Zappa theme with looks at biographies of the man, a critique of the new documentary DVD featuring FZ from 1969-1973, and exclusive experpts from the new Frank Zappa book out on Gonzo. But its not all FZ this issue. Graham goes to see Hawkwind in Warrington with exclusive words and pix, Doug Harr reports on Rick Wakeman's King Arthur reissues, and we send Gavin from Spurious Transients to a Desert Island. Neil Nixon reports on an even stgranger album than usual, Wyrd goes acoustic and Xtul gets freakier than ever. 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: Frank Zappa, Jack White, Don McLean, Joan Baez, Passenger, Matt Johnson, Paul McCartney, Daevid Allen, Gong, Marillion, Ian Mosley, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Patrick Whitefield, Jim McCann, Wilhelm Rottger, Tommy James, Mick Abrahams, Firemerchants, Dee Palmer, Atkins May Project, Wagner, Hawkwind, Karnataka, Paul Buff, Frank Zappa, Charli XCX, Garth Brooks, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ed Sheeran, Billy James, Gavin Lloyd Wilson, Spurious Transients, Focus, Hawkwind, Yes, Peter Banks, Alan White, Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Bill Bruford, Tony Kaye, Xtul, Mamma cass Eliot, Elvis, Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, 1D,  Lady Gaga, Neil Nixon, Todd Rundgren, Nosdrama, Riverland, Children of Bodom, Jaldaboath
 

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?

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




Does Bigfoot Live In a Group?
The occasional dog that will go up to a bigfoot is in danger of being killed, ... Does anyone really have a basis for which to speak fact about bigfoot?

Bigfoot Screams In Yosemite Comparison - Can You Identify These Calls?
ParaBreakdown makes a comparison of two different recording of possible bigfoot calls. They do sound pretty similar. Can you identify these sounds?

Bigfoot in the Adirondacks
Bigfoot in the Adirondacks. Back in the late 1970s, my parents purchased an old farmhouse that was built in 1880 in a town called South Kortright, NY

RMSO Takes a Closer Look At The the Yellowstone Bigfoot Debunking Claims
The RMSO still aren't convinced that the Yellowstone Bigfoot footage has been debunked. Kelly Shaw explains: “If they aren't Bigfoot, then show me ...

I Cannot Explains This PEI Bigfoot Sighting (Video)
... ran across the clearing and then disappeared into the woods. Bigfoot sighting in Prince Edward Island, east coast of Canada,” wrote the witness.

Bigfoot or Bear? I'm so confused!
Can you help identify this animal from the picture shown here? It is unclear if this is an unverified picture of a “Bigfoot.” It was recently discovered on

Check Out This Bigfoot Sighting Report From A Famous Sighting Area
YouTube user Prehistoric Bone Hunter talks about an amazing bigfoot sighting he had while researching in North Carolina. The interesting thing is it ...

BIGFOOT? I saw and smelled it too!
Sad to say there is a real BIGFOOT in Watertown New York. So how do we get the States foot out of our backside? Its up in there really deep. I smell

Human-Bigfoot Hybrid
No doubt some of you have seen this video before, but I still enjoy studying it. The story is the man's mother was abducted and repeatedly raped by a ...

Paranormal sightings: Bigfoot spotted in Kent
Paranormal sightings: Bigfoot spotted in Kent. Bigfoot. Maria Chiorando Monday, March 9, 2015 1:21 PM. And more of the county's paranormal ... 

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 - Monday

ON THIS DAY IN 1796 - Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais were married. They were divorced in 1809. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Are tasty blue crabs creeping North?
  • Vietnam: Officials try to trace 'mystery amphibian...
  • Wild boars arrive in Istanbul due to loss of habit...
  • Wildlife pushed back as city encroaches on Nairobi...
  • New tool aids US conservation, management of whale...

  • New monkey species discovered in the Amazon Rainfo...

  • 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)