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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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Monday, November 30, 2015

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN SINGS HAPPILY

The Gonzo Daily - Monday
 
The 2015 butterfly season is now well and truly over. In fact, if you want to be nit picking about it, it isn't, because there will be occasional sightings of butterflies that have awoken early from hibernation throughout the winter months, but you know what I mean. This was far less spectacular year than previous years have been, but still there were items of interest, most notably the monarchs that turned up from May - October. Sadly, this is one of the species that people in the wedding industry release at weddings, so one cannot say for sure that any of them are genuine vagrants.
 
Surely this is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act? Even if it isn't, the symbolism of paying hundreds of pounds to release non native insects into a country where they cannot breed and will die slowly and unpleasantly, would seem to be highly inappropriate for what is meant to be a joyous occasion. I think that it is ostentatious, cruel and vulgar, and would like to see it banned. But what do I know? I am just a miserable old git with a bad attitude.
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Daevid Allen & The Mag...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
AUBURN – MIXED FEELINGS – CD REVIEWS
Clash founder Keith Levene to headline Manchester ...
Rick Wakeman Teams With 15-Year-Old For Christmas ...
 
Gonzo Weekly #158
www.gonzoweekly.com
 
Billy Sherwood, Rolling Stones, Carol Hodge, Crystal Grenade, Steve Ignorant, Dreadzone, Glyn Johns, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Mack Moloney, A J Smitrovich, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, and Yes fans had better look out!
 
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#158) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Billy Sherwood on the cover and an interview with him inside inside. Jon critiques a book by legendary sound man Glyn Johns, and muses on the Rolling Stones, we interview Carol Hodge, and Corinna sneers at some more tacky pop memorabilia. John talks about Dreadzone, 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, C J Stone does his, A J Smitrovich continues thumbing through his Dad's LPs, and Mr Biffo has more of his regular slices of insanity from the world of Digitiser 2000, and there is a radio show from Strange Fruit, one from Friday Night Progressive and another from Mack Moloney, and because it is the full moon there is a show from Canterbury sans Frontières. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antechinuses wanting poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who are slightly constipated, 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, Ringo Starr, Tom Jones, Elton John, Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne, Miley Cyrus,Julian Dorio, Eagles of Death Metal, Yoko Ono, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Keith Levene, David Bowie, Barbara Dickson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Cailyn Lloyd, Dave Kerzner, Astronomusic, Hox Vox, Vicki Harris, Christiane Helde, Joni Sunshine, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Herman George van Loenhout, Nola, Cynthia Robinson, Nucleus, The RAZ Band, Mark Murdock, Brand X, Alexis Korner, 13th Floor Elevators, Billy Sherwood, Carol Hodge, John Brodie-Good, Dreadzone, Marcus sims, Roy Weard, Mr Dad's LPs, A.J. Smitrovich, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Glyn Johns, Yes, Chris Squire, Steve Hackett, Steve Smith, Jon Anderson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Rick Wakeman, Emmie Beckitt, ELO, Prince, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne, Bowling for Soup, Neil Nixon, Black Box Recorder, Folkodia
 
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
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 young lady called Jessica. 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?

Sea monster sightings off Nova Scotia documented in free e-book

Whether you're a believer or not, there's no disputing some people claim to have seen sea monsters in and around Nova Scotia over the last several hundred years. 
In 2003, lobster fisherman Wallace Cartwright told CBC Radio's As It Happens about a sea serpent he saw while checking his traps south of the lighthouse at Point Aconi.
At first he thought it was a log on top of the water, and said he "noticed that the log had a head on it, and the head came out of the water."
He estimated it was six to eight metres long.
"It looked to me like it was a brown animal. It had a head like a — something shaped like a sea turtle. And it had a body on it like a snake, and the girth on the body would be something like about like the size of a five-gallon bucket."

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



Breaking news! They have discovered that the Loch Ness Monster does exist, but it's a mutant!
Breaking news! They have discovered that the Loch Ness Monster does exist, but it's a mutant!


As Gareth Williams, former Dean of Medicine at the University of Bristol, illustrates in this exhaustive history of the Loch Ness monster, things are not ...

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.


BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



Eerie Bigfoot Howls Recorded In Oklahoma
The YouTuber writes "Possible Bigfoot. NOT A JOKE. Listen to the origional (link below). Kayla Francis http://youtu.be/in-cu6xH2Rc Thanks for ...


Bigfoot Witness Interview Man Saw Red Glowing Eyes
In another of the Bigfoot Diaries video series, Mario talks about his bigfoot sighting lat at night when it crossed the road in front of him. He talks about ...


Is Wood Knocking A Universal Bigfoot Language?
People all across the United States report hearing these knocks while out searching for bigfoot, so is this some sort of global bigfoot language?

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.

Classic Breakdown Video Photograph Of A Black Panther
People all over the world, including the United States, report seeing large black cats from time to time. Usually calling them panthers, but there is no ...

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday

ON THIS DAY IN 1936 - London's famed Crystal Palace was destroyed in a fire. The structure had been constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • The Internet Is Losing Its Mind Over Alleged Sight...
  • Ancient snake skull found in Argentina could revea...
  • South Africa High Court rules to allow domestic rh...
  • Persian dwarf snake consists of six species, scien...
  • New, presumably tick-borne bacterium discovered in...

  • Cobwebs Hold Genetic Secrets About Spiders and The...


  • 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)