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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, June 09, 2015

CRYPTOLINK: Super-rare black fox is spotted for a second time in the same UK city (Via Mike Playfair)

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.






A black fox that was spotted in a Lancashire graveyard in 2008
Hello! A black fox like this one was sighted in the Walsgrave area of Coventry
One of the rarest animals in Britain, a black fox, has been spotted for the second time - but was too fast to be caught on camera. First time around, one of the elusive animals was seen in Coventry by Wendy Hier. And now another of the rare creatures – which has a distinctive white-tipped tail – has been sighted in the Walsgrave area of the city.

Sandra Watts, who lives in the area, said: “We’ve had one around here for the last two years to my knowledge..

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




    Is This The Most Impressive Bigfoot Footage Ever? (Video)
    If this isn't up there with Patty, then it's probably one of the most impressive footage out there. BFE reader Ronald Von Beringe, the Naturalist sent in ...

    Bigfoot hunting here in the Tri-State If it's out there, they want to find it
    Photo by Bill SturdivantMembers of the legendary Searching for Bigfoot Team TJ Biscardi, Doyle Halcomb, and Larry Woody team up with Neal 

    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 KEEPS HIS OWN COUNCIL

    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    On Tuesday when the kids are due I always try and get up early so that I can get the blogs done before they arrive. Both of them are fast becoming indispensable, and I am glad to say that we shall be employing Jessica when she leaves college in a few weeks. I wish we could employ Danny for more than a day or so a week, but unless someone gives us unexpected amounts of largesse, we shall not be able to do this. I want to say a big thank you to Ronan Coghlan and Andrew May for all the hard work they has done pimping the new online edition of Animals & Men.
    The old print editions used to have about 250 readers, so I was pleased that A&M52 had 750. But the latest issue has had over 3,800 readers which is totally awesome. Well done chaps.
    The Gonzo Weekly #133
    www.gonzoweekly.com
    Liz Lenten, Auburn, Led Zeppelin, Steve Ignorant, Robert Plant, Bevis Frond, Roger Waters, David Bowie, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#133) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Liz Lenten on the front cover together with an exclusive interview with her inside with news about the new Auburn album. There is a look at Robert Plant live with some excellent pictures by Doug, Jon examines a book about David Bowie, and muses on Fox Hunting and Roger Waters, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. Xtul reveals a bit of the backstory, and there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and one from theose jolly nice chaps at Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons looking for booze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty in the offie, 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:
    Roger Waters, Woody Woodmansey, Tony Iommi, Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, BPI, Steve Ignorant, Paranoid Visions, Nik Kershaw, Go West, T'Pau, Arthur Brown, Steve Hackett, Djabe, Joey Molland, Ladies First, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Micheal (Slim) Richey, Charles Kennedy, Jean Richie, Merrell Fankhauser, Hugh Hopper, Tommy James, Inner City Unit, Mick Abrahams and Guests, Pete Sears, Barbara Dickson, Liz Lenten, Auburn, Robert Plant, John Haylock, Bevis Frond, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Yes, Steve Howe, Toto, Geoff Downes, Chris Squire, Wyrd, David Bowie, Xtul, Neil Nixon, Bob Anthony, Cher, Freddie Mercury, The Beatles, The Monkees, Sid Vicious, Donny & Marie Osmond,
    Adorned Brood
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 131 (Boomtown Rats cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo130.html
    Issue 130 (David Peel cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo130.html
    Issue 129 (Clepsydra cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo129.html
    Issue 128 (Louie Louie cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo128.html
    Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo127.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?

    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

    From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
    From CFZ-USA:

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1534 - Jacques Cartier became the first to sail into the river he named Saint Lawrence. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • 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)