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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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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES:Some more mystery animals of Hong Kong Part 2

This is the second part of a blog on mystery animals in Hong Kong ,the data being collected over the last 3 years.I continue with the `I Grew up in Hong Kong in the 1970s/80s` Facebook group responses to my query:
  • Jennifer Bowskill. Small cat-like animals in tree tops on the Peak. Big black cats and monkeys killed and removed on Peak "a long time ago" due to building.According to Lee Gardens owner. 
  • Joy Gomez. Tiger sighting 1986-87 at Hong Kong Island School campus.
  • Arthur Hacker. Japs let out for "shits and giggles" during their 1941-45 occupation all Hong Kong zoo animals.
  • On the `Hong Kong Was,Is and Forever will be my Home!` Facebook group 2014 (?) (Now this is interesting) Beanie Culley : Black sea horse with white spots - in a bucket ,Tai Tam Male. Eighteen inches long if tail uncurled.
  • South China Morning Post Facebook group (Date unknown,maybe 2014.) Wild boar,Old Peak Rd, HK Island.
  • Apes, 3-4ft high. Red squirrel. There are dark brown squirrels in HK, not red.
  • Pipers Hill Bob cat (= lynx?) This is north of Kowloon.
  • Anne Ozaris 300 yr old turtle,Sai Kung area 1960s.
  • Laurence Tsui Large lizards like Komodo dragons,New Territories. Could these have been large monitor lizards?


The final part of this blog,part 3,will appear in a week or two

CRYPTOLINK: Half-Eaten Shark Washes up on Florida Beach

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

A partly-eaten shark was found in Volusia County, Florida.
Last year, VOA Learning English wrote about a strange “Ice Monster” ... rope in a river was actually a monster, like the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

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



Does Bigfoot Have a Soul? A Radio Host's Audience Ponders
When the C.I.A. released hundreds of thousands of declassified files online in January, the contents probably seemed far-fetched to most people.

Jeff Stewart - Bigfoot Expert
Is Bigfoot real Are we close to catching one How close has Jeff gotten We'll ask a real live Bigfoot expert what's real and what's folklore.

Footprints in the Snow: The Curious Case of the Sunnyslope Sasquatch
The Yakima Herald reports that the set of prints were found by Rock Island resident Roy Bianchi, who describes himself as a Bigfoot “believer.

It's Not Always About Bigfoot
The Sawdust Team tries to get a fire going at one of their satellite camps out in their bigfoot research area. Watch the masters at work.


ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From CFZ-USA:

COMPUTERS ARE THE WORK OF THE DEVIL; ACCORDING TO THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
 
Zappa/Yes/Leonard Cohen
 
It has been a tumultuous few days, including (in no particular order): Graham flying to Arizona, Lars fixing my emails, a friend being declared cancer free at the end of his chemo, another friend's wife leaving him, an emergency phonecall from a local seat of learning about a sick axolotl.........and me still having given up smoking.
 
And here is the news:
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - Words Of...
LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS
YES STORIES
Drummer Terry Bozzio talks Zappa, Beefheart, and t...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
 
Gonzo Magazine #222
THE LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE ISSUE
 
In a Gonzo Exclusive, Doug reports from the High Seas, about Cruise to the Edge, Richard reviews Phil Lesh, John eulogises Gary Duncan, whilst Jeremy goes to see Spizz and The Rezillos, and Jon muses on Pet Shop Boys, Neil Young and Ladybird Books for grown-ups. And oodles more, my little cupcakes...
 
Groovy huh?
It’s all free!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive is having a well deserved week off, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and Canterbury Sans Frontieres. 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:
 
Neil Young, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Glenn Hughes, Justin Trudeau, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Alan Francis Simpson, Barbara Carroll, Damian Davey, Alwin Lopez Jarreau, Packy, Trish Doan, Tony Särkkä, Tony Davis, Supertramp, Tony Ashton with Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Faeries, Cruise to the Edge 2017, Alan Dearling, Mother's Little Helper, Jeremy Smith, The Rezillos, Spizzenergi, The Tuts, John Brodie-Good, Gary Duncan, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Richard Foreman, Phil Lesh, Kev Rowland, Nemezis, Nick Magnus, Soul Secret, Solstice, Trioxyde, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Who, The Alarm, Queen, Justin Bieber, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pet Shop Boys
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
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?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1630 - Quadequine introduced popcorn to English colonists at their first Thanksgiving dinner. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Monkey fights help explain tipping points in anima...
  • Environmentalists warn of bumblebee's extinction a...
  • Orangutan squeaks reveal language evolution, says ...
  • Bolivia begins fumigation against locust plague


  • 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.)