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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, March 24, 2015

CFZ PEOPLE: David Braund-Phillips



Happy Birthday dear boy

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.

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    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Video Breakdown Revisited of Incredible Bigfoot Footage
    ... take a look at the breakdown Phil Poling of Parabreakdown did on that same footage. What does he think about this “Incredible Bigfoot Footage

    I Killed Bigfoot A Conversation With Justin Smeja Full Movie
    hoaxer or not https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOowrmT4Bk0.

    SHOCKING! Hunter Witnesses Bigfoot Mating In British Columbia
    ... and Messaging click now! (Before It's News). The Fortean Slip Bedtime Stories 17 Grizzly bear hunter witnesses bigfoot mating in British Columbia.

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN SNIFFS PEEVISHLY

    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    Hooray for Tuesday. The Middle Aged malcontents who populate my abode are joined by a bevy of young people, who bustle about the place cheerily and get things done. There are girls everywhere you look. There are only three, but the amount of chatter that they produce is exponentially huge. Today is spring cleaning day in the office, and Jessica is attacking piles of fossilised filth with a dustpan, a broom and a positive attitude. I can now hear in one ear for the first time in weeks so the sounds of Louis Jordan are resounding through the house, and I am being terribly annoying. Does anyone know where I put my copy of Adobe Acrobat #9?
    The Gonzo Weekly #122
    www.gonzoweekly.com
    Anthony Phillips, Genesis, Hunkley's Heroes, Nick Lowe, Andy Fairweather-Low, Paul Carrick, Graham Parker, Suggs McPherson, Robert Calvert, Nax Blake Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#122) is another bumper one at 90 pages and is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Anthony Phillips on the cover, and an article and interview with him inside. Roy Weard reports on a very special benefit concert in aid of ailing Wings and Grease Band guitarist Henry McCullough, and we send an insect geneticist to a desert island. Neil Nixon reports on an even stranger album than usual, Wyrd goes avant garde 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:
    Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Spandau Ballet, Ronnie Wood, Kanye West, Cream, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, 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, Albert Maysles, Andy Fraser, Anthony Phillips, Hinkley's Heroes, Roy Weard,Henry McCulloch, Tony O'Mally, Graham Parker, Don Mescall, Suggs McPherson, Nick Lowe, Andy Fairweather-Low,Paul Carrick Hawkwind, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Wally, Geoff Downes, Chris Squire, Neil Nixon, Osbournes, 1D, Beatles, Nirvana, Alarm Will Sound, Golden Resurrection, Indicco, Martolea

    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?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1906 - The "Census of the British Empire" revealed that England ruled 1/5 of the world. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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