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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, March 12, 2015

CFZ PEOPLE: Mary Downes (1922-2002)



The Mother by Robert William Service
There will be a singing in your heart,
There will be a rapture in your eyes;
You will be a woman set apart,
You will be so wonderful and wise.
You will sleep, and when from dreams you start,
As of one that wakes in Paradise,
There will be a singing in your heart,
There will be a rapture in your eyes.

There will be a moaning in your heart,
There will be an anguish in your eyes;
You will see your dearest ones depart,
You will hear their quivering good-byes.
Yours will be the heart-ache and the smart,
Tears that scald and lonely sacrifice;
There will be a moaning in your heart,
There will be an anguish in your eyes.

There will come a glory in your eyes,
There will come a peace within your heart;
Sitting 'neath the quiet evening skies,
Time will dry the tear and dull the smart.
You will know that you have played your part;
Yours shall be the love that never dies:
You, with Heaven's peace within your heart,
You, with God's own glory in your eyes.

CFZ PEOPLE: Rebecca Lang


Happy Birthday honey

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




Anyone see this Lie Detector Show of Bob "Bigfoot" Heironimus?
I'd like to see that fat cluck on a stage face to face with Gimlin and then rehash his side of the story. I'll bet Bob could pass a lie detector too and ...

Green Mountain Outlook
In search of the North Country's Sasquatch
#According to the Skeptic's Dictionary, “The scientific community discounts the existence of Bigfoot, as there is no evidence supporting the survival of ...

Man Kidnapped By Bigfoot Speaks Out
Albert Ostman talking about how he was kidnapped in 1924 by a family of Bigfoot on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Read more: http://bit.ly/ ...

Dreams of Bigfoot
I mean, the Pacific Northwest is where I most expect to see Bigfoot. If I were to become a Bigfoot hunter, that's where I would start. The other surprise 

Kipp Morill Tears Into Justin Smeja's Bigfoot Kill Story (Video)
This clip from Rictor Riolo's Bigfoot Nation Part 2 shows a tense moment between Kipp and Justin during last summer's Sierra Kills Expedition.

Naked man who claimed he was bigfoot 'and from a family of sasquatch' is jailed for ten years after ...
A naked man who claimed he was 'from a family of sasquatch' has been jailed for ten years after attacking an armed hunter in the woods.

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 REFLECTIVE

The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
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Today is a bittersweet one for me. Thirteen years ago this morning my Father rang me to tell me that my Mother had died. It was not unexpected, she had been very ill, but it remains one of the big milestones in my life. Over to Stephenson:
 
You too, my mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The little feet along the floor.
 
And to change the subject completely, can you all please go to http://indi.com/t/455BD39B and vote for Mike Davis in the Indi Song Contest. He is an old friend of us all as well as being damn good (and I both produced and played guitar on the record)
 
 
The Gonzo Weekly #120
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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 will soon 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 excerpts 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 stranger 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:
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* 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 - Thursday

ON THIS DAY IN 1609 - The Bermuda Islands became an English colony. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Concept of hibernation challenged: Bat species is ...
  • Crystal amaze: how a chameleon changes colour reve...
  • Snow leopards recorded in Tianshan mountains after...
  • Stranded 500-lb leatherback sea turtle rescued in ...

  • Move over Mozart: Study shows cats prefer their ow...


  • 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)