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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 07, 2016

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.






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.

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  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN MARSHALLS HIS FORCES

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
    I am in a remarkably good mood today, and I am not really sure why. It doesn't happen that often so I had better make the best of it. So, I am quaffing coffee and playing an ungodly mix of Luke Kelly and Warren Zevon far louder than I would have been able to if I had neighbours. Oh the joys of living in a detached house! I have even trimmed my beard so I do longer look like some weird terrorist in a cave somewhere. Pity that!
    And now for the news................
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Leonard Cohen - Hallel...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Pink Fairies. the snake / city kids
    Rick Wakeman-OGWT interview from 4/4/75
    Roundup Interview (1964) - The Beatles
    Gonzo Magazine #207
    In this extraordinary issue, Alan goes to Tibet and discusses this much misunderstood country and its spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Doug goes to see Alice Cooper and Jon waxes lyrical on The Divine Comedy and Mike Love of The Beach Boys.
    Fun Fun Fun for all the family!
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, but Friday Night Progressive takes a break this week. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. Xtul and Neil Nixon also take rainchecks this week. 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:
    The Divine Comedy, Spirits Burning, Clearlight, Gong, Roger Daltrey, Prince, Paul McCartney, Marillion, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Claude "Curly" Putman, Jr., Robert Coull "Bobby" Wellins, Molly Rose, Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, ARW, The Pink Fairies, Alice Cooper, Alan Dearling, Tibet, The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, The Gardening Club, Mike Love, The Beach Boys, One Direction, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Sting, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Manson
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
    Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
    Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
    Issue 202 (Gong)
    Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
    Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
    Issue 199 (Yes)
    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.
    * 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 57 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?

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF:



    Huge Foot Impression Caught On Video In Active Area
    A big thanks to Dr Osun , For helping me win lotto at first i didn't believe Him. My Name is Joyce, i was among the poor but now i am a million dollars ...


    Woman Gets Knocked Down By Bigfoot
    A group goes fishing when something starts throwing rocks at them. That rock throwing would turn into much, much more.


    Bigfoot Sighting At Dead End Stream
    Jonathan Odom investigates an area of a recent bigfoot sighting by a friend of his, at a location called dead end stream. Check it out: ...

    Bigfoot Outlaw Radio: Surrounded By Bigfoot!
    Bear is back and has a story to tell! In this episode we are joined by the newest Bigfoot Outlaws who just got back from an outing. They had a heck of a ...


    Man Takes Video Of Something He Can't Explain
    This follow up video really puts things into perspective. This guy videoed something outside his window one night that he couldn't explain. The next ...


    Bigfoot Leaves A Disgusting Gift Behind
    In this bigfoot encounter story, the sasquatch left behind dead mice wrapped in bundles of grass. The witness compared them to little mummies. Weird.


    Bigfoot Road Sighting In Salt Fork State Park
    Ohio Bigfoot Hunter Tim Stover takes a look at an area in Salt Fork State Park where a bigfoot sighting took place years ago.




    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Monday/Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1665 - "The London Gazette" was first published. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


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  • Rare fin whale stranding in Norfolk puzzles scient...
  • Mystery beast in ice age cave art revealed as cow-...
  • Is it right to kill millions of animals if it prot...


  • 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.)