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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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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CFZ MONTHLY NEWSLETTER #9



Dear Friends,

For those of you not in the know, at the beginning of each month we send out a newsletter to all members of the CFZ. The most recent (which went out last night) included articles on octopi attacking humans, out of place British butterflies in 2016, the Idaho bigfoot hoax, Notes and Queries etc.

The infrastructure of the Centre for Fortean Zoology has changed rapidly over the last few years and truthfully doesn’t look like its going to stop changing anytime soon. The newsletter costs a quid a month (or the equivalent in your currency) and is delivered straight into your inbox by a plethora of tiny invisible elves, or email if your prefer it that way. You can sign up for it here: http://tinyurl.com/jz66jgh

If you want to view a sample issue click here: http://tinyurl.com/pw7rw9l

 

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



ECBRO Research Notes & Show Promo
In this video, Daniel Benoit of the the East Coast Researchers Organization (ECBRO) discusses some of his team's research notes. He also talks ...

When will they admit that there is no Bigfoot?
Saw one of the Bigfoot hunters on TV just now making yet another unconfirmed claim. What will it take for them to admit Bigfoot is extinct or never was?

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: Rare wild cat, found in Oman, shifted to...
  • NEWSLINK: Man mauled to death by tiger in Kanha Re...
  • 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 IN MENS SANO CORPORE WHATSIT

    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
     
    Yesterday was a hardworking and very nice day during which Chloe and I achieved a lot. Today is shaping up to be less so for no particular reason. Sometimes it just works out like that. Tomorrow we go away leaving the CFZ, Gonzo Weekly, and Casa Downes in the tender care of Graham and the dogs.
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Ian Boddy. David Wrigh...
    YES - Interviews 1984
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    ME1 TV Talks To... Billy Cobham
    Arthur Brown interview @ HRH Prog Festival 2013
     
    And now I am on the want again. It is time, once again, for me to remind you all about this year's Weird Weekend featuring our very own Steve Ignorant, sponsored by our very own Erik Norlander, compèred by me and the return of  Nuneaton's Mr Entertainment, Barry Tadcaster with his pal Orang Pendek, and featuring a whole cornucopia of high strangeness and cerebral silliness. It would make me very happy if I could sell some more tickets..
     
    find out all about the Weird Weekend
    buy tickets to the Weird Weekend:
     
    And now the news:
     
    Barbara Dickson Life Story Interview - Caravan / T...
    Billy Cobham Interview
    Arthur Brown Interview
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Cuckoo Song (Sume...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
     
    Gonzo Magazine #187-8
     
    This weekend you are going to get a bumper issue - The Gonzo Summer Special with a mixture of old and new stuff for your delight and amazement! We interview Bridget Wishart and Ian Jones from Karnataka, Alan goes to see Neil Young, Erik Norlander's new album, John B-G goes on a pilgrimage to the West Coast of America, Doug
    eulogises Security Project, Orrin talks about German psychedelic folk, we send the legendary John Hughes to a desert island, Jon reviews a book by and about Frederick Forsyth and burbles on about British comics, we interview Karnataka about a very special concert, while Corinna talks about shopping with mother. Just another day chez Gonzo.
     
    And there  are radio shows from Strange Fruit, and Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside 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:
    Karnataka, Gorillaz, Erik Norlander, Lana Lane, Ringo Starr, All-Starrs,Cliff Richard, Morrissey, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour,Helen Joanne "Jo" Cox, Henry Campbell Liken McCullough, Lincoln Wayne "Chips" Moman, Robert Allen "Bobby" Curtola, CM, Tom Leppard, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Brand X, Third Ear Band, Captain Beefheart, Jim Jones, Gram Parsons, Mick Abrahams, Barbara Dickson, Bridget Wishart, Spirits Burning, Peter Gabriel, Alan Dearling, Neil Young, John Brodie-Good, Paul Kantner, The Jungle Book, Roy Weard, Orrin Hare, Krautfolk, Mr Biffo, Xtul, Hawkwind, John Hughes,Frederick Forsyth, Marc Bolan, Elvis, Mitch Mitchell, Robert Johnson, Ginger Spice, Neil Nixon, Robert Calvert
                                                                                       
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 186 (Beatles)
    Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
    Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
    Issue 183 (Daevid Allen)
    Issue 182 (Wally)
    Issue 181 (Beatles)
    Issue 180 (Beltane)
    Issue 179 (Gregg Kofi Brown)
    Issue 178 (Viv Stanshall)
    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)
     
    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?

    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

    News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

    From CFZ Australia:
    From CFZ-USA:

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1404 - Owain Glyndwr established a Welsh Parliament at Machynlleth and was crowned Prince of Wales. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Sunflower pollen protects bees from parasites
  • Cats seem to grasp the laws of physics

  • Scientists find first rodent with a menstrual cycl...


  • 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)