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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, June 25, 2015

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.

NEWSLINK: Why Did Lion Kill Tourist in South Afric...

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



'Little Bigfoot' known for stealing apples in Columbia: Monsters of Pennsylvania
A creature that seems more myth than mystery, and sounds like a miniature Bigfoot, will be the centerpiece of the Albatwitch Festival from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bigfoot video and investigation which led to the Patterson Gimlin Bigfoot Film in 1967
The Patterson Gimlin Bigfoot video is the most well known video of Bigfoot in history but a previous video of a Bigfoot tracks may be the reason

2015 Kentucky Bigfoot Expedition
Come participate on a two-night camping trip in the mysterious and sacred Frazier Land! This is without a doubt one of the prime Bigfoot hot spots 

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN LETS HIS FREAK FLAG FLY

The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
 
I am inundated with teenagers today. OK, there are just three, but when Jess and Tammy start chattering, and talking faster and faster and in a more and more high pitched tone, it is like being surrounded by a flock of beautiful, but flighty, chattering passerines, probably of the famiily Leiothrichidae.
 
And now for the blogs.
 
 
The Gonzo Weekly #135
www.gonzoweekly.com
 
Friday Night Progressive, M Destiny, Alan Parsons, Michael Chapman, Bridget St John, Joy Division, Mumford and Sons,John Cale, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
 
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#135) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has M Destiny of Friday Night Progressive on the front cover together with an exclusive interview with him on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the show. There is an exclusive look at Alan Parsons live by Doug, and live reviews of Bridget St John and Michael Chapman by John, Jon examines a book by Rick Buckler, one time drummer of The Jam, and has a mild rant about Paul Weller whilst urging caution about the generation gap, 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 those jolly nice chaps at Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers in high heeled shoes (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty in fashionable footwear, 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:
 

Bob Geldof, Neil Young, Robert Plant, Deen Castronovo, Florence and the Machine, Damon Albarn, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Tommy James, Pussy Riot, Galahad, Pink Fairies, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Sarah Streeter, John Boudreaux, Samuel McClain, Merrell Fankhauser, Hugh Hopper, Tommy James, Inner City Unit, Mick Abrahams and Guests, Pete Sears, Barbara Dickson, M Destiny, AlanParsons, Lee Walker, Joy Division, Mumford & Sons, John Brodie Good, Michael Chapman & Bridget St John, Roy
Weard, Hawkwind, Richard Muirhead, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire, Wyrd, The Jam, Rick Buckler, Xtul, Cher, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Barbra Streisand, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dorothy Ashby, Neil Nixon, Tyr
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 134 (John Shuttleworth cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo134.html
Issue 133 (Liz Lenten cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo133.html
Issue 132 (Daevid in Brazil cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo132.html
Issue 131 (Boomtown Rats cover)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo131.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?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

ON THIS DAY IN 1959 - Chuck Berry's "Memphis" was released. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Survival of the Feces: Why Some Caterpillars Look ...
  • Tiny Dracula ants hunting underground in Madagasca...
  • Wild beaver gives birth in England
  • Bass swimming muscles pull double-duty, study find...
  • Alien-Like Worm Invades US

  • Island rodents take on nightmarish proportions

  • 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)