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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, July 31, 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.

  • VIDEO: Confused mountain lion jumps through apartm...
  • NEWSLINK: Boost for Dudley Zoo's snow leopards
  • NEWSLINK: Wynnewood zoo to take in big cats

  • NEWSLINK: MP forest officers in blame game over ti...
  • BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF





    Footage has emerged claiming Big Foot could have been in a woodland near Lincoln. ... He believes that the damage has been caused by Big Foot.



    The actor revealed he has communicated with a ghost just weeks after "confirming" he had an actual encounter with the likely-fake beast Bigfoot.

    Marine Mom Spots Bigfoot
    A Marine Mom joins the SoCal Sasquatch Organization on youtube and talks about the different bigfoot encounters she's had wtih her son. 

    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.


    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS HIDING

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
     
    And so the Gonzo Blog doo-dah man returns from his pleasurable little anabasis, reasonably fired up and ready to go. The first job of the week is to continue transforming the conservatory (which last week was our spare bedroom) into Corinna's new office and sanctum sanctorum. God knows she needs one.
     
    But now, here is the news:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: O'er The Water Tae Ch...
    Arthur Brown In-studio on Jonesy's Jukebox
    Tramshed's Interzone - Dave Brock from Hawkwind
    RICK WAKEMAN IN THE NEWS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
     
     
    Gonzo Weekly #244/5
    THE SUMMERTIME SPECIAL DOUBLE BUMPER HOLIDAY ISSUE
     
    Herewith the Gonzo Magazine summer bumper holiday special thing featuring Jon and Neil talking about The Beatles, fifty years after their greatest year, Jon interviewing Tim Bowness, John B-G watching It’s a Beautiful Day, Gregg from Paradise 9 on a desert island, Alan on Pirate Radio, and lots of Female Dr Who bilge, plus news, reviews, radio shows and self opinionated
    columnists...
     
    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 numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
     
    Dr Who, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Loretta Lynn, Adam Ant, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Martin Landau, George Andrew Romero, David Zablidowsky, Graham Wood, Roland Cazimero, Chester Charles Bennington, Edwin Mahi?ai (Mahi) Copp Beamer, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Tim Bowness, Neil Nixon, The Beatles, Alan Dearling, Pirate Radio, Paul Harris, Phil Bayliss, Wickham Festival, John Brodie-Good, Summer of Love, The Liberators, David Laflamme, It's A Beautiful Day, Kev Rowland, Warner Drive, Wilderness Dream, Bloody Hammers, Da Vinci, Gateway to Hell, Intrcptr, Laces Out, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Dialeto, Dusan Jevtovic, Gregg McKella, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Milda Harris, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, John Lennon,Disney Camp Rock, One Direction, Keir Dullea
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    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 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 - 1498 - Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, arrived at the island of Trinidad. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Spiders lure bees for dinner by making flowers loo...
  • Ancient species of ‘supercroc’ had serrated, T. Re...
  • A twist in the tail: Flying fish give clues to 'ta...
  • Elephant seals recognize each other by the rhythm ...
  • A wolf's howl in miniature: Researchers discover m...
  • Male fish mutating into females because of waste c...
  • Six of the secretive cats could be released in Nor...
  • In the egg, American bullfrogs learn how to avoid ...
  • Changes in conservation planning can benefit vulne...
  • Green anoles, friends from our childhood, are frie...
  • Students in the US Help Scientists Save Frogs at L...
  • Pandas could be wiped out just as conservationists...
  • Protected wildlife allegedly killed on Peak Distri...
  • Mysterious Sea Creatures Surface in 'Big Pacific'
  • Reptile skin grown in lab could help save endanger...
  • Hot dogs: Is climate change impacting populations ...
  • Study suggests climate change may kill off the aar...
  • Bobcat in Anthem attack tests positive for rabies​...
  • Hedgehogs at risk from food scarcity, habitat loss...
  • Seven right whales found dead in 'devastating' blo...
  • Hot imagery of wintering bats suggests group behav...

  • Whale attack simulations reveal prey escape strate...


  • 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.