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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, September 18, 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.


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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  • BACK TO THE BASICS WITH THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
    Over the weekend we developed a problem with our monthly webTV show On the Track. Ever since Episode Two we have used a section of one of my favourite songs - Strangely Strange but Oddly Normal by Dr Strangely Strange - as the end music. Back in 2009, when we went to see Dr Strangely Strange play in London for the first time for a very long time I asked Tim Goulding if it was OK for us to do this, and he smiled and nodded cheerfully, saying yes as long as they were credited and it was a not for profit video. I agreed happily.
    However, last week Louis and Olivia both told me that the video would not play on their mobiles, and I did a bit of investigation. The copyright for Dr SS is now - apparently- administered by UMG who are not pleased with us, and as a result YouTube put sanctions on the video as follows:
    *  Ads might appear on your video.
    *  Copyrighted content was found in your video.
    *  The claimant is allowing their content to be used in your YouTube video. However, ads might appear on it.
    *  VIEWING RESTRICTIONS
    *  Unavailable on some devices
    Now, I am perfectly aware that an ad hoc conversation after a gig between two hippies, one of whom - at least - was a little worse for wear, does not count as a legally binding agreement, so I am not going to even attempt to challenge the ruling. Instead I have uploaded a new version of the latest one with the fadeout music being 'When the Green Woods Scream' by Xtul.
    You can can see it here:
    And you can see the previous episode here:
    The video quality is not quite as good as the original, but as it is intended for a very small screen I don't suppose it matters. The original versions remain up, for those of you watching on a computer. All future episodes will have entirely original music, so I don't expect there to be any more problems.
    But now, here is the news:
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: 2011 Violent Oppositio...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Handel - Sarabande in D minor (wonderful live vers...
    Lemmy Kilmister About His Old Band Hawkwind
    HUGH HOPPER ARTICLE
    Gonzo Weekly #252
    THE STRANGEFOLK ISSUE
    In which Kev Rowland returns to dear old Blighty, goes to Cropredy, meets Richard Thompson, watches Fairport Convention and friends, pays a visit to Stu Nicholson in hospital, and more. Jeremy examines The Flaming Groovies new album, Alan reads Sammy Stein, and Jon grieves for an old friend...
    And is there more? You can bet your pondohs there is. And it is all free/buckshee/gratis
    Wooooot!
    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 common planigales who have cooked some stews (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been sulinarily creative, 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:
    Syd Henley, Ringo Starr, Brian May, Mick Fleetwood, Yes, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The Damned, Stick Men, Alive and Dangerous, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Grant Hart, Basi, Riem de Wolff, Jessi Zazu, Virgil Howe, Troy Gentry, Josh Schwartz, Don Williams, Sir Peter Reginald Frederick Hall CBE, Mary Hopkin, Endangered Species, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Kev Rowland, Cropredy Festival, Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Clive Nolan, Pendragon, Stu Nicholson, Galahad, Show of Hands, The Trevor Horn Band,The Divine Comedy,Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Gerry Colvin Band, Quill, Gigspanner Big Band, CC Smugglers, Pierce Brothers, Petula Clark, Morris On, Judy Dyble & The Band of Perfect Strangers, Plainsong, Cats in Space, Marillion, Dougie MacLean, Mark Colton, Credo,  Alan Dearling, All That's Jazz, Sammy Stein, Jeremy Smith, Flamin' Groovies, The Emerald Dawn, End of Green, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant, Neil Nixon, Bob Dylan
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
    Issue 250 (Jamms)
    Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
    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?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Monday/Tuesday

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