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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, January 28, 2016

CFZ SUFFOLK: Updates from Matt Salusbury

Wickham Market expedition - following up on last week's melanistic
leopard sighting there
http://mattsalusbury.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/wickham-market-expedition-following-up.html

North Suffolk CCTV footage does not show big cat after all
http://mattsalusbury.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/north-suffolk-mystery-mutant-moggy.html

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: South Africa Gives Leopards a One-Year B...
  • NEWSLINK: 27-pound bobcat killed near Temple
  • 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 IS MILDLY BAD TEMPERED. BUT WHAT'S NEW?

    The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
     
    And so 2016 continues to carve a bloody swathe through my particular version of reality. The latest blow is that my intern has decided to leave for family reasons. I feel for the poor child and hope she comes back soon. Everyone I know seems to be having a shitty year, but there is one very definite upside. The music of 2016 is shaping up very nicely indeed. If you look back at the music magazines of forty or fifty years ago, each month, and sometimes each week saw the release of a classic album. And this is something that has been sadly absent in recent years. Suede have made a remarkable new record, twenty years after their last really groundbreaking album. Their first two albums were monumental, but before the release of the second album Dog Man Star in 1995, guitarist Bernard Butler walked out. This new album is the best album that they have ever made without him, is probably as good as their debut and even rivals DMS.
     
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Keith Christmas - Rob...
    Yes, “South Side of the Sky” from Fragile (1971): ...
    New Frank Zappa Doc Wows at Sundance 2016
    Mountain drummer Corky to open UK tour in Southamp...
     
     
    Gonzo Weekly #166
    www.gonzoweekly.com
     
    Don Falcone, Spirits Burning, Mack Maloney, Ekat Bork, Beatles, Miles, Zapple, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Eagles, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard,  Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
     
    Don Falcone from Spirits Burning is on the front cover together with an exclusive interview with him inside. There is a feature on the extraordinary Ekat Bork, and Doug and John say goodbye to Glenn Frey. We examine Miles' first hand account of the rise and fall of Zapple Records, Corinna unearths a picture of some gorgeous Kiss groupies, and Jopn muses about our relationship with dead celebrities. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury sans Frontieres, and Mack Moloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo and the irrepressable Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
     
    David Bowie, Lemmy, Freddie Mercury, Frank Zappa, Lenny Kravitz, Elton John, Don McLean, Steve Ignorant, Slice of Life,Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath, Steve Hackett, Strange Fruit,
    Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Glenn Lewis Frey, Andrew Johnson, Clarence Henry Reid (Blowfly), Mic Gillette, Terence Dale "Buffin" Griffin, Gary Alexander Loizzo, Pete Huttlinger, Lee Abramson, The Pirates, Freddie King, Denny Laine, The Selecter, Galahad, Wild Man Fischer, Rick Wakeman, Don Falcone, Spirits Burning, John Brodie-Good, Paul Whitrow, Ekat Bork, Roy Weard, A
    J Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, The Beatles, Pete Sears, Elvis, Herman's Hermits, Michael Jackson, Kiss, Handel, Maria Malibran, Stephen Fry, Boards of Canada, Celtibeerian
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 165 (David Bowie)
    Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
    Issue 163 (Lemmy)
    Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
    Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
    Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
    Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
    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.co.uk
     
    * 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?

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    The Bigfoot Diaries: Bob Gimlin Had a Gun
    Bob Gimlin decides not to shoot the Bigfoot known as Patty at Bluff Creek, California in 1967.


    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1521 - The Diet of Worms began, at which Protestant reformer Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic church. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • U.S. Pours Millions Into Fighting Poachers in Sout...
  • A Reprieve for Fungus-Battered Frogs - via Herp Di...
  • Lizards camouflage themselves by choosing rocks th...
  • Zebras’ stripes not for camouflage, study finds

  • 'Behemoth' Daddy Longlegs Discovered in Oregon
  • 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)