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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, May 05, 2015

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



The Real Story Behind The Loch Ness Monster Hoax
The myth of the Loch Ness Monster has always overshadowed any real evidence of its existence. And though many elaborate hoaxes have been ...

Could Earthquakes Have Given Rise to the Myth of the Loch Ness Monster?
In 2001 at the Earth System Processes meeting, Piccardi presented on a new, geological explanation for the myth of the Loch Ness Monster. From the 

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.


ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From CFZ-USA:

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: Officials trying to trap and relocate ca...
  • NEWSLINK: CALIFORNIA: Mountain lion roams woman's ...
  • NEWSLINK: Trio of young cougars put down


  • NEWSLINK: Rarest big cat on earth is making a come...
  • BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    The US government knows Bigfoot is Real! Jeff Meldrum and Todd Standing talk Sasquatch
    The U.S. government knows Bigfoot is Real! Jeff Meldrum and Todd Standing talk Sasquatch.


    Bigfoot Sightings 2015: Northern Arizona Bigfoot Sighting
    Bigfoot sightings 2015 has a new report from the Mogollon Rim area of Northern Arizona. The sighting of Bigfoot contains some very interesting ...

    Watch: South Idaho bigfoot sighting
    Dale Graham recounts the details of a bigfoot sighting from the remote spot where it happened. If the video doesn't play below, click here.

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS BACK IN THE SADDLE

    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    Seventeen years ago, Graham and I made a film in Mexico, and we both fell in love with the place. We have warm memories of the places and the people (except for one bunch of bent policemen who tried to shake us down for ten grand in permits). Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla,where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day.The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.
    Así que en nombre de mis amigos y colegas mexicanos, que todos tengan un feliz cinco de mayo.
    The Gonzo Weekly #128
    www.gonzoweekly.com
    Kingsmen, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Camel, Gong, Daevid Allen, The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, Gretchen Peters, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Ibeyi, Ringo Starr, Malachite, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#128) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has the greatest rock song of all time on the cover, a potted history of the Louie Louie story inside, together with a backstage look at the recent Drones for Daevid concert by Tracy from the Invisible Opera Company, the story of Camel and The Snow Goose by Doug Harr, new columnist Lee Walker on Gretchen Peters, Jon critiquing Ibeyi and Ringo Starr, as well as the new Lou Reed biography, the legendary Roy Weard starts a regular column.We send the lovely Babz from Malachite to a desert island, Neil Nixon reports on an even stranger album than usual, Wyrd gets down with the kids, Xtul gets even more peculiar, 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:
    Jack Ely, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, The Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr, Noel Gallagher, Black Sabbath, Marillion, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Keith Harris, Guy LeBlanc, Marty Napoleon,B.E.King,  Mick Abrahams & Sharon Watson, Tommy James, Hugh Hopper, Third Ear Band, WMWS, David Peel, Strawberry Alarm CLock, Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray, Tracy Austin, Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, Camel, Lee Walker, Gretchen Peters, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Malachite, Yes, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire, Steve Hackett, Billy Sherwood, Wyrd, Stargrace, Jaz Rogers, Peter Banks, Stephen Hawking, Zayn Malik, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Elvis, Yes, Lou Reed, Xtul, Ringo Starr, Ibeyi, Laurie Anderson, Nine Treasures


    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo126.html
    Issue 126 (Atkins-May Project cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo126.html
    Issue 125 (Mick Abrahams cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo125.html
    Issue 124 (Karnataka cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo124.html
    Issue 123 (Cream cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo123.html
    Issue 122 (Anthony Phillips cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo122.html
    Issue 121 (Annie Haslam cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo121.html
    Issue 120 (Frank Zappa cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo120.html
    Issue 119 (Eliza Carthy cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo119.html
    Issue 118 (Dave Brock cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo118.html
    Issue 117 (Daevid Allen cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo117.html
    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 1494 - Christopher Columbus sighted Jamaica on his second trip to the Western Hemisphere. He named the island Santa Gloria. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • Deadly Secret of Snake Venom - via Herp Digest
  • Climate change 'could make one in six species exti...
  • Ramblers injured by wire snares set in Peak Distri...
  • Singer Shania Twain becomes a Leopard Ambassador
  • Mammoth genomes provide recipe for creating Arctic...
  • The Republic of Congo and United Arab Emirates des...
  • Global decline of large herbivores may lead to an ...


  • Size matters for the goldenrod soldier beetle


  • 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, and as it is a Tuesday it is chosen by Jessica not me honest)