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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, August 31, 2017

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: The case of the washed ashore giant lizards. Or,what tales could be heard if dead lizards told tales?

I found this story (with a black and white photo) in the `The East Hampton Star`, a New York newspaper of April 23rd 1959, front page. The headline, in the top left hand corner of the page was `Police Baffled by Case of Dead Lizards.` The caption under the photo was `The Lizards are examined by Paul Rickenbach, Star reptile editor and house musician.`
 
" The Case of the Monster Lizards,opened by the discovery of  two dead giant reptiles on the beach at Two Mile Hollow Sunday morning, remains unsolved on the books of the East Hampton Village Police.It is a mystery which will thrill readers of Fu Manchu and bring morbid chuckles to Charles Addams fans. (Charles Addams was a dark-humoured cartoonist from whence the famous or should that be infamous Addams Family T.V series got its name.)
 
Dominick Grace of East Hampton made the grim discovery while strolling on the beach at about 9.30 Sunday morning. A wooden crate, with a mesh grille on one side, rested on the sands .Mr Grace peered into the combination coffin-raft; saw the two bodies; and hurried off to tell the police.
 
The police came ,and opened the crate, spilling the two corpses to the sand. One was about 6 1/2 feet long, the other about 7. Both were spotted with a thin pattern of green and yellow spots on a brownish background;had long,thin tails; and were sticking long forked tongues out at the investigators. Two metal feeding trays were inside the cage, which was marked " Made in Japan.." "Singa..."  and had other scribblings in oriental script. The curious gathered, and speculated. What tales could be heard if dead lizards told tales? 

Amateur naturalists consulted the encyclopedias and concluded that the beasts fit the description of the monitor lizard family of southern Asia . "They are all rapacious and some reach a length of ten feet", commented the dictionary.

Most observers agreed that they had been tossed overboard from some passing freighter. But why? Had they sickened, and died? Or had some sailor tired of their rapacity and given them the deep six 

A nautical expression indicating a water depth of 6 fathoms (36 feet, 10.97 metres) as measured by a sounding line; "deep six" acquired its idiomatic definition because something thrown overboard at or greater than this depth would be difficult, if not impossible, to recover. Marks on a sounding line were traditionally placed at 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15, 17, and 20 fathoms. The "leadsman" called out the depth as he read it off the line. If the depth was at a mark he would call "by the mark" followed by the number; if the depth was between two marks, he would call "by the deep" followed by the estimated number. Six fathoms would therefore be reported as "by the deep six". Wikipedia.)


...No inquest was held, and the police allowed benevolent citizens to remove the bodies for decent burials.The case remains open. (The lizards could have been Mangrove Monitors which have lived in Japan since the 1940s or the Malayan Monitor which is found in Singapore.) 

HOW MUCH IS THAT GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IN THE WINDOW?

The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
 
Yesterday's blog post was a perfect example of why one shouldn't try to write deathless prose when one is also eating Ice Cream. Although I stand by everything I said about Kevin Ayers, and I am glad to find out that Bob Rickard is a a fan, I totally miswrote what I wanted to say about the fab Gogol Bordello. What I meant to say was that their new elpee is their best for many years (since East Infection, actually), but whilst it is a great record it isn't actually the best album I have heard for years, or even all year. Sorry Eugene and co.
 
By the way, forgive me for banging on about this but on a personal level I would be very grateful if you could spread the word about our rebooted monthly webTV series after a break of nearly four years. I actually hadn't realised it had been so long, but - then again - my concepts of time and space are fairly abstract at the best of times.
 
 
But now, here is the news:
 
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Rick Wakeman & Steve Howe Of Yes Interviewed On Ol...
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART ON OGWT
RICK SPRINGFIELD NEWS
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Captain Beefheart & Th...
 
Gonzo Weekly #249
THE ON THE RAZ WITH BILL ISSUE
 
We unpack Bill Bruford’s box and investigate the contents, we visit The Raz Band featuring Joe Vitale and Joey Molland in the studio, Alan introduces us to Gypsy Dave Smith, Alan Finlan and Startled Monkeys, we drop the legendary UFO author Nick Redfern on a desert isle, and review this week’s return of the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu
 
Yup, and it’s all free!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses attracting a chorus of boos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become unpopular for some reason, 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:
 
Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, Robert Plant, Cyreez Lewis, Skunk Anansie, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Iman, Prince, Carine Roitfeld, Billy Joel, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, John Laird Abercrombie, Jerry Lewis, Albert Austin "Sonny" Burgess, Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE, Brian Wilson Aldiss OBE, Rick Wakeman, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Third Ear Band, Atomic Rooster, Bill Bruford, The RAZ Band, Alan Dearling, Gypsy Dave, Alan Finlan and Startled Monkeys, Kev Rowland, All Out War, BLK Ops/Cave Bastard, Child Bite, Syk, Chris Pasin and Friends, Warbeast, Empire, Aenaon, Nick Redfern, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Mal Evans, Janis Joplin, Daniel O'Donnell, Robertson’s, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Wilson Pickett, Duran Duran, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
 
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 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown 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 Archie and the Cats?

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




The same western North Carolina group that recently reported a Bigfoot sighting in McDowell County is now planning a Bigfoot Festival in Marion.

11-Year-Old Boy Records Bigfoot In His Backyard
Footage of a Bigfoot was captured by a boy of 11 years in his backyard, and it has remained one of the best sightings of Bigfoot to date. The exact ...
Catching Bigfoot On Thermal Camera Traps
Catching Bigfoot On Thermal Camera Traps. The WASRT get some amazing aerial footage of their research location via their drone, and set up their ...
Is This The Ultimate Bigfoot Trap?
A pile of swedish fish, jolly ranchers, and a camera left out in the open right next to it. Is this the combination that will solve the mystery once and for all ...

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1056 Byzantine Empress Theodora becomes ill, dying suddenly a few days later, without children to succeed the throne, ending the Macedonian dynasty
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Ocean channel in Bahamas marks genetic divide in B...
  • Chimps Can Play Rock-Paper-Scissors at 4-Year-Old ...
  • Freeze-dried dung gives clue to Asian elephant str...
  • Predators preserve existing animal species

  • Popular sungazer lizards under threat from poachin...


  • 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.

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    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: Teen tells judge he bought tiger cub on ...
  • PHOTOS: Lions go wild when they see their ‘godmoth...

  • ARTICLE: Tracking the Elusive Snow Leopard in Indi...
  • 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.





    WHY DID THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN CROSS THE ROAD?

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
     
    Oh Wot a Dream it Was! I am currently annoying everyone within hearing distance by playing Kevin Ayers and Gogol Bordello in quick succession. Kevin Ayers was a remarkable talent. John Peel famously wrote: "Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it." Gogol Bordello however: Their new album is the best thing that I have heard for years, but - peculiarly - Mother (who usually likes and listens to anything) has taken an unaccountable dislike to it, and makes a fuss every time I play it. Jimi Hendrix may have extolled the virtues of Electric Ladyland, but Old Ladyland is much weirder.
     
    By the way, forgive me for banging on about this but on a personal level I would be very grateful if you could spread the word about our rebooted monthly webTV series after a break of nearly four years. I actually hadn't realised it had been so long, but - then again - my concepts of time and space are fairly abstract at the best of times.
     
     
    But now, here is the news:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Captain Beefheart & Th...
    YES feat ARW IN THE NEWS
    BILL BRUFORD IN THE NEWS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    PETER HAMMILL NEWS
     
    Gonzo Weekly #249
    THE ON THE RAZ WITH BILL ISSUE
     
    We unpack Bill Bruford’s box and investigate the contents, we visit The Raz Band featuring Joe Vitale and Joey Molland in the studio, Alan introduces us to Gypsy Dave Smith, Alan Finlan and Startled Monkeys, we drop the legendary UFO author Nick Redfern on a desert isle, and review this week’s return of the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu
     
    Yup, and it’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses attracting a chorus of boos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become unpopular for some reason, 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:
     
    Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, Robert Plant, Cyreez Lewis, Skunk Anansie, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Iman, Prince, Carine Roitfeld, Billy Joel, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, John Laird Abercrombie, Jerry Lewis, Albert Austin "Sonny" Burgess, Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE, Brian Wilson Aldiss OBE, Rick Wakeman, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Third Ear Band, Atomic Rooster, Bill Bruford, The RAZ Band, Alan Dearling, Gypsy Dave, Alan Finlan and Startled Monkeys, Kev Rowland, All Out War, BLK Ops/Cave Bastard, Child Bite, Syk, Chris Pasin and Friends, Warbeast, Empire, Aenaon, Nick Redfern, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Mal Evans, Janis Joplin, Daniel O'Donnell, Robertson’s, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Wilson Pickett, Duran Duran, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    Issue 243 (Galahad)
    Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
    Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 236 (Manchester)
    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
     
    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 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown 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 Archie and the Cats?

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Video Commentary of Bigfoot Drowning Deer
    Parabreakdown takes a look at the recently gone viral video of a deer reportedly being drown by a bigfoot in the southern United States. There is


    The Quest for Bigfoot
    The Patterson–Gimlin film is a famous American short motion picture of an unidentified subject which the filmmakers have said was a Bigfoot.

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



    Is that the loch ness monster in Houston?
    Post with 22 votes and 484 views. Shared by yourmomiswatchingthinkbeforeyoupost. Is that the loch ness monster in Houston?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1146 - European leaders outlawed the crossbow. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Cenozoic carnivore from Turkey may have evolved wi...
  • Comparing the jaws of porcupine fish reveals three...
  • Ancient species of giant sloth discovered in Mexic...

  • SeaWorld's matriarch 42-year-old killer whale is e...

  • 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.

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Does Bigfoot live in Southeast Minnesota?
    The first Bigfoot sighting occurred in the early 1960s. Since then there have been countless Bigfoot sightings, movies, books, museums and tourist ...


    Video: New Hampshire woman finds Bigfoot staring at her through window, sketches
    I asked my wife to draw what she saw looking in the window at her after I went out in the woods looking for Sasquatch while visiting family in NH.

    Monday, August 28, 2017

    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.

  • ARTICLE: Tracking the Elusive Snow Leopard in Indi...
  • NEWSLINK: Zookeeper-governor candidate feuds with ...
  • NEWSLINK: Two pumas rescued from Argentina zoo fin...
  • NEWSLINK: Forest department to set up camera trap ...

  • NEWSLINK: Rare Sumatran tigers return to Sydney as...
  • THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

    CFZ-USA


  • PONIK - LAKE MONSTER OF QUÉBEC
  • THE MOOMINS ARE EATING
  • ENCOUNTERS WITH DOGMAN
  • SMALL BIGFOOT GROUP
  • ANOTHER CHICAGO MOTHMAN SIGHTING
  • BIGFOOT BELIEF
  • HAUNTING AND BIGFOOT
  • REVIEW OF BOOK ON YETI
  • SEA OTTERS AND BIGFOOT SURVIVAL
  • SEA-MONSTERS OF CANADA
  • LEGENDARY GIANT SNAKE
  • APEMAN OF PAPUA-NEW GUINEA
  • MUTI-COLORED BIGFOOT
  • NEW SPECIES OF SALAMANDER
  • DODO DATA
  • ALASKAN MYSTERY HUMANOID
  • GIMLIN TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
  • DANGER TO DEEP SEA ECOSYSTEMS
  • SLUDGE MAN
  • MEN-IN-BLACK AND DISINFORMATION
  • CYCLOPS MYTH: IS THIS THE ORIGIN?
  • STRANGE SHRUB CREATURE IN PERU
  • BIGFOOT RESEMBLING CHIMP
  • SHADOWY BEING IN CHICAGO
  • UNKNOWN HUMAN MICROBES
  • BIGFOOT RESEARCH WITH GAME CAMERAS
  • WALKER LAKE MONSTER
  • AO AO
  • DRAGONS OF SOMERSET
  • SADDLE LAKE MONSTER
  • WERE THESE ALIEN ABDUCTEES?
  • BIGFOOT: SCARY MEETINGS
  • CHICAGO MOTHMAN REPORTED AGAIN
  • WERE RUSSIAN SOLDIERS TURNED INTO STONE BY ALIENS?...
  • BIGFOOT FESTIVAL McDOWELL COUNTY
  • GIANT OCTOPUS YOKAI
  • NORWEGIAN LAKE MONSTER
  • SHADOW PEOPLE
  • ENCOUNTERS WITH REPTILIANS
  • BLACK FOX AND TRUCK DRIVER
  • BIGFOOT IN MICHIGAN
  • THE ANATOMY OF BIGFOOT
  • WOODLAND PARANORMAL CREATURES
  • IS CRYPTOZOOLOGY A PSEUDOSCIENCE?
  • NEW BAT SPECIES
  • CHUPACABRA IN MEXICO
  • MYSTERY APE OF LONG AGO
  • TRENTI - SPANISH DIMINUTIVE BEING
  • WOMAN CLAIMED ALIEN ENCOUNTERK
  • FAIRY LIFESTYLE
  • HUMAN PREGNANCY AND PETS
  • LOWDOWN ON BIGFOOT
  • DOGMAN HIT BY CAR
  • FAKE WEREWOLF PICTURES


  • INSECTOID ON THE WATCH
  • ITS BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY FOR THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
    And so, another week dawns. It is, however, a bank holiday here in the UK so I am taking things a little easier than usual, whatever that means! For those of you who are interested in the comings and goings of British butterflies, there was some exciting news in my inbox today; sightings of two extremely rare species on the south coast! Long tailed blues have been seen in both Kent and Sussex this month. You may remember me getting massively excited about them a few years ago, when, for the first time since the 1940s, they arrived on our shores in relatively large numbers and even bred for a few months.
    The other rare butterfly is the Queen of Spain fritillary, a species which Patrick Barkham has hypothesised will become the next bona fide British resident. The last few years have been disappointing ones, as far as out of place butterflies are concerned, and so these latest reports are particularly welcome.
    On a personal level I would be very grateful if you could spread the word about our rebooted monthly webTV series after a break of nearly four years. I actually hadn't realised it had been so long, but - then again - my concepts of time and space are fairly abstract at the best of times.
    But now, here is the news:
    Kevin Ayers - 14 Hour Technicolor Dream Documentar...
    YES IN THE NEWS
    LEONARD COHEN IN CO. DURHAM (ALMOST)
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Third Ear Band - Stone...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Gonzo Weekly #249
    THE ON THE RAZ WITH BILL ISSUE
    We unpack Bill Bruford’s box and investigate the contents, we visit The Raz Band featuring Joe Vitale and Joey Molland in the studio, Alan introduces us to Gypsy Dave Smith, Alan Finlan and Startled Monkeys, we drop the legendary UFO author Nick Redfern on a desert isle, and review this week’s return of the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu
    Yup, and it’s all free!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses attracting a chorus of boos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become unpopular for some reason, 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:
    Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, Robert Plant, Cyreez Lewis, Skunk Anansie, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Iman, Prince, Carine Roitfeld, Billy Joel, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, John Laird Abercrombie, Jerry Lewis, Albert Austin "Sonny" Burgess, Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE, Brian Wilson Aldiss OBE, Rick Wakeman, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Third Ear Band, Atomic Rooster, Bill Bruford, The RAZ Band, Alan Dearling, Gypsy Dave, Alan Finlan and Startled Monkeys, Kev Rowland, All Out War, BLK Ops/Cave Bastard, Child Bite, Syk, Chris Pasin and Friends, Warbeast, Empire, Aenaon, Nick Redfern, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Mal Evans, Janis Joplin, Daniel O'Donnell, Robertson’s, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Wilson Pickett, Duran Duran, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    Issue 243 (Galahad)
    Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
    Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 236 (Manchester)
    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
    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 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown 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 Archie and the Cats?

    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.





    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Monday/Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1619 - Ferdinand II was elected Holy Roman Emperor. His policy of "One church, one king" was his way of trying to outlaw Protestantism. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • How urban seasnakes lost their stripes


  • 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.

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Bigfoot legend to speak at international conference in Kennewick ... A Yakima native, Gimlin traveled to California in 1967 to hunt for Bigfoot with his ...

    Gonzo Weekly #249

    Gonzo Weekly #249
    THE ON THE RAZ WITH BILL ISSUE
    We unpack Bill Bruford’s box and investigate the contents, we visit The Raz Band featuring Joe Vitale and Joey Molland in the studio, Alan introduces us to Gypsy Dave Smith, Alan Finlan and Startled Monkeys, we drop the legendary UFO author Nick Redfern on a desert isle, and review this week’s return of the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu

    Yup, and it’s all free!

    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses attracting a chorus of boos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become unpopular for some reason, 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:

    Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, Robert Plant, Cyreez Lewis, Skunk Anansie, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Iman, Prince, Carine Roitfeld, Billy Joel, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, John Laird Abercrombie, Jerry Lewis, Albert Austin "Sonny" Burgess, Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE, Brian Wilson Aldiss OBE, Rick Wakeman, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Third Ear Band, Atomic Rooster, Bill Bruford, The RAZ Band, Alan Dearling, Gypsy Dave, Alan Finlan and Startled Monkeys, Kev Rowland, All Out War, BLK Ops/Cave Bastard, Child Bite, Syk, Chris Pasin and Friends, Warbeast, Empire, Aenaon, Nick Redfern, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Mal Evans, Janis Joplin, Daniel O'Donnell, Robertson’s, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Wilson Pickett, Duran Duran, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu

    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    Issue 243 (Galahad)
    Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
    Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 236 (Manchester)
    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
    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 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown 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 Archie and the Cats?

    HO HO HO IT'S GONZO (FOR THE CHICKENS)

    The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
    And for no real reason Sunday's notifications are done in rhyme
     
    It's Sunday, it's been an astounding week
    in the life of this particular freak
    but now I've done the Sunday blogs
    I'm off to play games with the dogs
     
    Check this out:
     
    But now, here is the news:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Islamic Chanted Praye...
    YES FEATURING ARW
    Gonzo Weekly #249
    PLAYLIST: SF 225 – 10 SEPT 2017 – SILHOUETTES AND ...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
     
    Gonzo Weekly #249
    THE ON THE RAZ WITH BILL ISSUE
     
    We unpack Bill Bruford’s box and investigate the contents, we visit The Raz Band featuring Joe Vitale and Joey Molland in the studio, Alan introduces us to Gypsy Dave Smith, Alan Finlan and Startled Monkeys, we drop the legendary UFO author Nick Redfern on a desert isle, and review this week’s return of the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu
     
    Yup, and it’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses attracting a chorus of boos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become unpopular for some reason, 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:
     
    Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, Robert Plant, Cyreez Lewis, Skunk Anansie, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Iman, Prince, Carine Roitfeld, Billy Joel, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, John Laird Abercrombie, Jerry Lewis, Albert Austin "Sonny" Burgess, Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE, Brian Wilson Aldiss OBE, Rick Wakeman, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Third Ear Band, Atomic Rooster, Bill Bruford, The RAZ Band, Alan Dearling, Gypsy Dave, Alan Finlan and Startled Monkeys, Kev Rowland, All Out War, BLK Ops/Cave Bastard, Child Bite, Syk, Chris Pasin and Friends, Warbeast, Empire, Aenaon, Nick Redfern, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Mal Evans, Janis Joplin, Daniel O'Donnell, Robertson’s, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Wilson Pickett, Duran Duran, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    Issue 243 (Galahad)
    Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
    Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 236 (Manchester)
    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
     
    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 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown 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 Archie and the Cats?