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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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Sunday, September 11, 2016

HARTLAND WILDLIFE RESCUE: A pigeon that lost the race

Our friend Beth does a remarkable job rescuing and rehabilitating animals and often tells us stories of her successes and her failures. And, what is particularly wonderful in these decadent days, she doesn't ask or receive a penny for what she does.

I don't know why I didn't think about this years ago, but we shall be cross posting some of her animal stories from her Facebook page so her activities can reach a wider audience.

If, by the way, you would like to help us help her do what she does, you can click here.

Beth writes: "A few months ago my friend Sarah was driving behind a van when to her horror it ran over a racing pigeon!! She stopped and picked her up, cared for her and then brought her to me. This pigeon had a broken foot, but adapted very well hopping around on one..... However, that broken foot has now healed (she is the one on the left of photo) and a few weeks ago she hatched out a baby whooooo!!!! Her boyfriend is the brown and white pigeon on the right. Rightly or wrongly, I could release her now to be honest,........ but if she flies back to where she came from she will only be killed. So she is safer here, but she is happy with her family and she is a little darling". <3 span="">






GONZO WEEKLY #199

Gonzo Magazine #199
In this magnificently groovy issue Doug goes to see the latest incarnation of Yes and is very impressed, Alan, Jon and Tim bid farewell to the Marmite-like Richard Neville, and John waxes lyrical about Linda Imperial. And Alan goes to a folkie pub and visits Graham Keen’s exhibition 1966 and All That, and interviews the man himself. Jon, on the other hand, finishes Miss Peregrine's peculiar trilogy.
Good ‘ere innit?
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive takes a week off. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. 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:
Al Stewart, Charles Manson, Mike Love, Dennis Wilson, George Harrison, Pink Floyd, Prince, John Lennon, Mark David Chapman, Gregg Kofi Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Ozzy Osbourne, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Dwane "Hoot" Hester, Gene Wilder, Martin Stephenson, Jeff Wayne/Radio Luxembourg, Dee Palmer, Arthur Brown, Rick Wakeman, Pink Fairies, Captain Beefheart, Joe Cocker, Rick Wakeman and Mario Fasciano, Rick Wakeman and Brian May, Barbara Dickson, Alan Dearling, Steve Ignorant, Perfume, Gilli Smyth, Weird Weekend 2016, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Paul Rudolph, Bob Calvert, Xtul, The Monkees, Judas Priest, The Doors, The Beatles, Neil Nixon, David Cassidy                                                  
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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.

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From CFZ-USA:

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 MIGHT WELL BE

The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
And for no real reason Sunday's notifications are done in rhyme
 
Today I've been basically on furlough
(last night I drank a lot of merlot,
and I spent all day asleep with the dogs,
only getting up to write the blogs)
But I have some great news for you
my granddaughter can count to two
and just in case you think I'm crackers
it's stuff like that which really matters
 
love on ya J
 
Phil Collins & John Goodsall: The Complete Boffomu...
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Prataha Smaran Mantra ...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #181
GONZO WEEKLY #199
 
Gonzo Magazine #199
 
In this magnificently groovy issue Doug goes to see the latest incarnation of Yes and is very impressed, Alan, Jon and Tim bid farewell to the Marmite-like Richard Neville, and John waxes lyrical about Linda Imperial. And Alan goes to a folkie pub and visits Graham Keen’s exhibition 1966 and All That, and interviews the man himself. Jon, on the other hand, finishes Miss Peregrine's peculiar trilogy.
 
Good ‘ere innit?
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive takes a week off. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. 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:
Richard Neville, Stevie Nicks, David Bowie, Iman, Loretta Lynn, Price, The Revolution, Nico, Velvet Underground, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Clifford Curry Jnr., Gerald E. "Jerry" Heller, Fred Hellerman, Martin Stephenson, Jeff Wayne/Radio Luxembourg, Dee Palmer, Arthur Brown, Rick Wakeman, Pink Fairies, Captain Beefheart, Joe Cocker, Rick Wakeman and Mario Fasciano, Rick Wakeman and Brian May, Barbara Dickson, Yes, Tim Rundall, John Brodie-Good, Linda Imperial Band, Alan Dearling, Graham Keen, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, The Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Sheila Chandra and the Ganges Orchestra
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
 
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.
 

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Sunday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1499 - French forces took over Milan, Italy. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Moth takes advantage of defensive compounds in Phy...
  • Snapping Turtle killed by exploding M-80 firecrack...
  • In the ocean, clever camouflage beats super sight
  • The cave bear: A vegan gone extinct
  • Monster slugs are attacking birds in Europe


  • 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)