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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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Friday, April 22, 2016

CFZ "PEOPLE": Poppy McGregor (1999-2016)


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:

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



Huffington Post
In this age of selfies, it's tough to be the Loch Ness Monster. Show yourself to a few tourists, and they never get a good shot. Fortunately, someone did ...




Danbury News Times
1934: Daily Mail publishes amateur photo allegedly showing Loch Ness Monster. (It is eventually revealed to be a hoax). 1956: "Heartbreak Hotel" ...

CRYPTOLINK: Thylacines in the news

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. 

dailytelegraph.com.au
The Joan's 2016 Brave New Work season opener tells the story of the mythical thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), declared extinct in 1986. Saturday's ...
Google Plus Facebook Twitter Flag as irrelevant
The Border Mail
They Saw A Thylacine tells the stories of Alison Reid (played by Justine Campbell) – the daughter of the last curator at Beaumaris Zoo and Beatrice ...

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



Bigfoot Sighting Had Man 'Absolutely Terrified'
A new Bigfoot video released by the Paranormal Review is interesting because it provides a full breakdown of the Bigfoot sighting. Unfortunately, the ...

The REAL Reason Bigfoot Hasn't Been Discovered
The REAL Reason Bigfoot Hasn't Been Discovered posted by Utah Sasquatch. Share on Facebook. Wednesday, April 20, 2016. via YouTube Capture ...

The 10-year-old from New Plymouth has just released a book, Bigfoot: A Guide To Going Bigfooting, and $1 from every copy sold goes towards the ...

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN SAYS GOODBYE TO POPPY

The Gonzo Daily - Friday/Saturday
 
And so a weird and unsettling week lurches, eventually (I hope) to its climax. Late this afternoon my darling elder stepdaughter Shoshannah took a break from her studies to go to the shop for a chocolate sortie. A few minutes later she returned, and she found Poppy McGregor, aka The Brown Cat, a few months short of her seventeenth birthday in obvious pain. It appears that she had been hit by a car.
 
Shosh, who, as I know that many of you are aware, is a vet (which for our chums across the pond means that she works as an animal doctor, not that she saw military service in Vietnam) and saw immediately that there was nothing that could be done, so she and Corinna took her to the vet in Stratton to be put to sleep.
 
The is a line in my favourite book A Stranger in a Strange Land by catlover Robert Heinlein in which the main protagonist (Michael Valentine Smith) asked the secondary protagonist (Jubal Harshaw) about the biological reason for grief. I had been planning to write about this following Prince’s death yesterday. I had been planning to muse on why the death of a bloke half a world away, who I had never met, with whom I had never communicated, and whom - I am sure - didn’t know that I exist, mattered to me. Then today came the death of a small brown furry “person”who tolerated my presence on occasion, but sometimes hissed at me and once or twice even bit me. And my heart is very heavy, my world will never be the same again, and I am no further answering the Man from Mars’ question.
 
Who shall tell the lady's grief
When her Cat was past relief?
Who shall number the hot tears
Shed o'er her, beloved for years?
Who shall say the dark dismay
Which her dying caused that day?
 
Come, ye Muses, one and all,
Come obedient to my call.
Come and mourn, with tuneful breath,
Each one for a separate death;
And while you in numbers sigh,
I will sing her elegy.
 
                  Christina Rossetti
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Sunshine Day - OSIBIS...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Wild Man Fischer An Evening With Wild Man Fischer
THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Prince
COMING THIS WEEKEND
 
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
 
buy my novel:
buy my single:
buy tickets to the Weird Weekend:
 
Gonzo Magazine #178
 
Viv Stanshall, Mike Livesley, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, Fred Frith, Armando Gallo, French-Frith-Kaiser-Thompson, Ra ra riot, Arthur Brown, C S Lewis, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Astor Piazzolla, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
 
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End is on the front cover, there is an interview with Mike Livesley who is the mastermind of the latest revival inside, together with Alan's notstalgic look at the original mastermind, Viv Stanshall. Doug raves about Ra Ra Riot, whilst John goes to see Arthur Brown. Jon goes all South American whilst Alan muses on French-Frith-Kaiser-Thompson, and interviews the legendary Fred Frith. We send legendary rock and roll photojournalist Armando Gallo to a desert island,  review a book about C S Lewis, and there are radio shows from Strange Fruit and Mack Maloney, as well as the return of Friday Night Progressive, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna who this week has Elvis in her sights (uh huh huh). 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:
Alfredo Zitarrosa, Astor Piazzolla, The Who, Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, Alan Dearling, Tony Hawk, Led Zeppelin, John Ellis, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Robbie Brennan, Anthony Schmaltz "Tony" Conrad, Earl Solomon Burroughs (Jack Hammer), Captain Beefheart, Brand X, Osibisa, Pink Fairies, Gram Parson's The International Submarine Band, Gib Guilbeau, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Sons of Fred, Percy Jones, Norman Wisdom featuring Rick Wakeman, Viv Stanshall, Michael Livesley, Ra Ra Riot, French Frith Kaiser Thompson, Roy Weard, John Brodie-Good, Arthur Brown, Mr Biffo, Armando Gallo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Walter Hooper, C S Lewis, George Michael, Sex Pistols, Beethoven, Johnny Rotten, Neil Nixon, Paul Buchanan, Folkstone
 
                                                                                    
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
Issue 172 (4th Eden)
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
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)
 
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 two small kittens, one 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. 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 kittens?

CFZ IN THE NEWS

Tasmanian tigersIt had been considered extinct for nearly 80 years, but the Tasmanian tiger has been declared alive and kicking by an intrepid group of British naturalists.
A team of investigators from the Centre for Fortean Zoology, which operates from a small farmhouse in north Devon, is currently in Tasmania hunting down clues to prove the thylacine, commonly known as the Tassie tiger, still exists.
The group claims to have gathered compelling evidence of the thylacine’s presence in remote parts of Tasmania’s north-west, despite the last known animal dying in Hobart Zoo on 7 September 1936.
The Centre for Fortean Zoology said it has talked to several “highly credible” witnesses of the thylacine and has found animal faeces that could belong to the beast. The droppings have been preserved in alcohol and are being sent awayfor DNA analysis.

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Friday/Saturday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1500 - Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil. 
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