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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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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CRYPTOLINK: Jersey Devil spotted in, yep, New Jersey

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. 



As legendary creatures go, you have your A-listers like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, your mythical stock characters like dragons, griffins, werewolves, mermaids and so forth, and then your regional curiosities like Chupacabras. Somewhere far below all of those you have New Jersey’s own local legend: The Jersey Devil.
Rumored to be a bat-winged creature with cloven hooves prone to stealing livestock and basically creeping everybody out, the Devil has long cursed the Pine Barrens region of southern New Jersey and lent unholy powers to its hockey teams.

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS TIRED

The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
I am in one of those irritatingly bright eyed and bushy tailed moods today, probably because I went to bed early last night taking a Zopiclone for good measure. I don’t like taking sleeping pills, but I wanted to make sure that I was well off in the arms of Morpheus before the canine invasion. My subterfuge worked perfectly, and Jessica and I are going see how much we can achieve today…
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: THE RAZ BAND - What Lo...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Barbara Dickson and Anthony Toner set for Theatre ...
Dweezil Zappa honors father Frank’s legacy with a ...
N.W.A., Cheap Trick, Yes, Smiths, Steve Miller
Gonzo Weekly #151
www.gonzoweekly.com
Mountain, Corky Laing,Steven Wilson, West Coast psychedelia, Dennis Wilson, Frank Zappa, Santana, Joy Division, anarchopunk, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#151) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Corky Laing on the front cover together with an interview with the legendary Mountain sticksman inside, Doug goes to see Steven Wilson at the Royal Albert Hall, Jon muses on the mystickal aspects of Joy Division, interviews Carl "Blue" Wise, and hears the latest music news from Nashville. We review a delightful book about the philosophy of punk, and Xtul are back in the deep woods. Neil unearths a hidden gem, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. We welcome new columnist Mr Biffo with regular slices of insanity from the world of Digitiser 2000, and there is a radio show from Strange Fruit and another from our latest addition to the team Mack Moloney. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons wanting a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who stayed up too late last night, 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:
Genesis P. Orridge, Bill Drummond, Joy Division, Dennis Dunaway, Alice Cooper Band, Madonna, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Rod Stewart, Glen Hughes, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, Adam Lambert, David Bowie, System 7, Steve Hillage, Miquette Giraudy, Strange Fruit, Adelaide Gail Zappa, Joseph "Smokey" Johnson, Billy Joe Royal, David Samuel Pike, Coleridge George Emerson Goode, Denis Winston Healey, CH, MBE, PC, Brand X, The Raz Band, Johnny Winter, Alexis Korner, 13th Floor Elevators, Nucleus, Spirits Burning, The Pirates, Corky Laing, Steven Wilson, Carl "Blue" Wise, John Brodie-Good, Frank Zappa, It's a Beautiful Day, Doobie Brothers, Santana, Dennis Wilson, Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Robbie Williams, Rolling Stones, Spice Girls, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, John Lennon, Jackson Five, Yes, Alan White, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Jon Anderson, Jean Luc Ponty, Jon Davison, The Foo Fighters, Neil Nixon, Captain Beefheart, Sylvatica
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
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:
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
* 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 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and a small kitten totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, 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, and the adventurous kitten?

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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  • 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.


    MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: An American monkey.

    I found this about 6 weeks ago, from the Rhode-Island Republican of October 3rd, 1801

    Harrisburgh Sept 7. A singular non-descript animal has since a few weeks several times made its appearance, near Northumberland town,in this state, which has been the subject of much speculative enquiry in these parts. The extraordinary formation of this wonderful creature, as represented by a number of respectable inhabitants of that place, who have seen it, is certainly astonishing to everyone, particularly so to those acquainted with natural history, and furnishes the mind with a variety of conjectures, some of which perhaps not very favourable to the human species. It is said to be about five feet in height, and moves erect; it has a more perfect human face than any other animal of the brute creation hitherto spoken of. The head is crowned with hair, which falls regular over the forehead, near to the eye brows;its neck and breast are bare, but downwards it is covered entirely with hair of a reddish cast. Its arms and hands appear perfect like those of a man, excepting the nails, which are similar to claws of beasts; but the feet appear perfect. It has a very long tail, which it winds round its body when running. An attempt was made to catch it a short time since,by three gentlemen on horseback,one of whom was near enough to strike it with the lash of his whip, but taking down a steep hill, the gentlemen were obliged to dismount to pursue it, when it made its escape. We hear a thousand dollars is offered for this animal alive. (1)


    1. Rhode-Island Republican  Oct 3rd 1801.

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



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    ON THIS DAY IN 1066 - The Battle of Hastings occurred in England. The Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated King Harold II of England. 
    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)