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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, February 10, 2017

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




Possible New Findings In Famous Bigfoot Footage
Bigfoot Tony posted this video preview of some new analysis on the Independence Day Bigfoot Footage. What has Tony discovered?


... we hear you cry? Well, use your imagination – sasquatch is another name for Bigfoot, and this particular beast is basically Bigfoot covered in weed.

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN TURNS AND TURNS

The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
 
Life is still chugging on in its peculiar trajectory. Graham is on his way to South Molton to get the courtesy car, and I feel like something written about by Kafka. The initials of Gregor Samsa are GS after all. As I write this I have just had the fifth call today about free gas boilers. I lost my temper, pressed two to speak to an advisor and screamed abuse at him until he put down the phone. I feel slightly better after having done so. But Lady Selene is wreaking havoc, and once again I think that I would rather be somewhere else.
 
And here is the news:
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Jefferson Starship - S...
Binky Womack review
COMING THIS WEEKEND
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
AL ATKINS UK REVIEW
 
Gonzo Magazine #220
THE "THERE'S A (PINK) FAIRY AT THE BOTTOM OF MY GARDEN" ISSUE
 
The first of a two part exclusive interview with the legendary Larry Wallis by Jeremy, Doug says Goodbye to the irreplaceable John Wetton, Richard goes to see Live Dead ‘69, John remembers Gary Duncan, and Jon looks at another Beatles book, and reveals a secret from his murky past, and there is more, lots more...
 
It’s all free!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive, (Strange Fruit is missing in action this week), and part two of Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins. 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:
 
Richard Freeman, Pet Shop Boys, Yoko Ono, James Blunt, Ozzy Osbourne, Adam Ant, Goldfrapp, George Michael, Elton John, Andy Summers, Ray Davies, Vera Lynn, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Roger "Deke" Leonard, John Kenneth Wetton, Ronnie Davis, Geoffrey James "Geoff" Nicholls, Benny Collins, Tom Edwards, Sir John Vincent Hurt, Mark Tighe, Elkin Ramirez, Robert Thomas "Bobby" Freeman, Gabriel Perrodin (aka Guitar Gable), James Laurence, Jack Mendelsohn, Absolute Elsewhere feat Bill Bruford, Al Atkins, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Atomic Rooster, Lord Buckley, Tony Ashton & Jon Lord, Adrian Legg, Jeremy Smith, Larry Wallis, The Pink Fairies, John Wetton, Alan Dearling, Mookx, John Brodie-Good, Gary Duncan, Richard Foreman, Tom Constanten, Mark Karan, Slick Aguilar, Grateful Dead, Kev Rowland, It Bites, Lana Avacada, Lannie Flowers, Lee Abraham/Steve Kingman, Little Tragedies, Liquid Shadow, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, The Beatles, Bruce Foxton, Toby Keith, Loretta Lynn, Lemmy, Nick Cave, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Neil Nixon, The Creatures
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
Issue 210 (Nico)
Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
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 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?

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES; A red alligator in Florida.



The other day I found a story in the Winnipeg Tribune,June 23rd 1962,of the captur of a red colured alligator deep in the swamps of Florida.Apparently stories had been going around of a large alligator, "red as beet(root)". One Ross Allen wanted it for his Reptile Institute of Silver Springs Fla and so he got his son,an expert alligator wrestler to procure the beast,which he did

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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