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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, June 05, 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




Massive Bigfoot Filmed in New Mexico
Massive Bigfoot Filmed in New Mexico. A large bigfoot is raiding a garden in New Mexico, when investigators capture it on video on a nearby ridge.

Ohio Bigfoot Trackway
The Squatch Master finds a trackway that leads to a possible bigfoot hideout. Is anyone home when he gets there? watch and see.

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.



THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS DESPERATE

The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
Strangely unsettled weather today: it seems about to break into a thunderstorm, but never quite manages it. I suppose that one could say pretty much the same about the country at the moment. This would, I am sure, be a very interesting week from the point of view of a dispassionate spectator. But none of us are dispassionate spectators, and whatever happens there is stormy weather and unsettled seas ahead.
And now, here is the news:
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Warsaw Pakt plays Dog ...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
FRANK ZAPPA IN THE NEWS
San Francisco celebrates the 50th anniversary of t...
GASTANK REVIEW
Gonzo Magazine #237
THE INTO THE WOODS ISSUE
We go all Rashomon on you and publish two different reviews of Hawkwind’s triumphant return to The Roundhouse, Alan mans the Listening Post and Corinna hunts Lycanthropes in
Cornwall. Jon muses about Lightning, the Bay City Rollers and critiques the long awaited Roger Waters album, and Davey Curtis goes to see Dutch freakmusos My Baby!
And listen up Kiddies: It’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, and Strange Fruit, but Friday Night Progressive is having 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 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:
Elton John, Ringo Starr, Liam Gallagher, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Julian Dorio, Roger Waters, Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Brian May, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, John Noakes, Gregory LeNoir "Gregg" Allman, David Sidney George Lewiston, Martin Intalex, Mrs Raines, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, John Brodie-Good, Hawkwind, Graham Inglis, Alan Dearling, Snarky Puppy, Sleep, Electric Wizard, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Mike Vest and Bong, Blown Out, Spokes, Davey Curtis, My Baby, Kev Rowland, Ronny Whyte, The Room, Rozvitaus, Sectunefor, Richard Foreman, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Martin Springett, Bay City Rollers, The Monkees, Fall Out Boy, Lady Gaga, Alice Cooper, Sid Vicious, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Jimi Henrix, Neil Nixon, Bette Davis, Roger Waters
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
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)
Issue 227 (Chuck Berry)
Issue 225-6 (The Rites of Spring)
Issue 224 (Hibernal)
Issue 223 (Beatles)
Issue 222 (Cruise to the Edge)
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
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 - Monday/Tuesday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1873 Sultan Bargash bin Said under British pressure closes the infamous slave market of Zanzibar in modern day Tanzania
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • Fossil ‘Winged Serpent’ Is a New Species of Ancien...
  • Remains of Mini 'Komodo Dragon' Found in Greece - ...
  • Baby marmosets learn to ‘talk’ just like we do
  • Call to keep secrets on rare species draws relucta...
  • Earliest evidence for dog breeding found on remote...


  • 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.)