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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, November 03, 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.



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 CLOSE TO THE EDGE

The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
 
And so we come to the end of another week. And – as per bloody usual – it has been a week jam-packed with jollity and… ummm not so jollity.
 
My dear Olivia was not very well earlier in the week, which is why I am sitting in her amanuensis chair taking dictations on this jolly Friday morning. Our Lady Selene is high in the sky at the moment, which means that there is not much to choose between me and the orange cat for functional life skills, but one does ones best to carry on.
One piece of sad, but not altogether unexpected, news is that when Graham went to feed the birds in the top aviary yesterday, he found the cock Lady Amherst’s pheasant, who had been living there for the past ten years, dead in his shelter. He was very old, having bucked the trend for pheasant longevity by several years, and had been getting more and more decrepit over the last 12 months. However, I am very glad that he died in his own house. Rather than spending his final hours crammed into a cat basket and driven down a bumpy road to Bradworthy, having to sit in a crowded waiting room in which the other animals – mostly dogs and cats – would be giving off sounds and smells; undoubtedly terrifying for him, before being taken into a room that smells of chemicals and given a lethal injection.
 
He was a bad tempered bugger, especially towards visiting males of any species. And especially in the breeding season, he would get very aggressive towards Graham when he went in to feed him or clean the aviary out. In the end he resorted to carrying a broom with which to fend him off. However, when it came to the female of the human race, it was an entirely different story. Any girl or woman of child bearing age who walked past the aviary during the pheasant breeding season would be rewarded by an impressive display of strutting and cooing, as the pheasant marched up and down with his chest out, obviously doing his best to persuade the female visitor to be the mother of the chicks. He was certainly a character amongst gallinaceous fowl, and although he lived a long and pugnacious life without any major illnesses or injuries, he will be very sadly missed.
 
Forgive me for always banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for as many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
 
 
But now, here is the news:
 
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Crazy World of Arthur ...
RICK WAKEMAN NEWS
LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS
HAWKWIND NEWS
 
Gonzo Weekly #258
THE ALL HALLOWS ISSUE
 
In a sort of Samhain issue we talk to Neil Nixon and unlock the secrets of The Devil’s Jukebox, and Biffo launches the Trojan Arse Project. Alan investigates John and Yoko’s conceptual country of Nutopia, and waxes lyrical about Phaselock whereas Jon is reading Ransom Riggs and the immortal Robert Anton Wilson and expanding his own reality tunnels.
 
Wooooot!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Harvest 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 long nosed potoroos who have done lots of poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been at the laxatives, 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:
 
Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Marillion, Genesis P-orridge, Morrissey, Jonny Greenwood, Ian Gillan, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Larry Ray (Larry Ray Piekutowski), Alberto Nelson Sanchez, Scott Mitchell Putesky, Martin Eric Ain (Martin Stricker), Boris Karl Lennart Lindqvist, Eamonn Campbell, Philip Paul Miller, Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr., Mary Hopkins, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Neil Nixon, Owen Wilson, Alan Dearling, Nutopia, Kev Rowland, Monster Magnet, Quiet Riot, Ric Sanders, Rafaelsenra, Quantum Fantay, Carol Albert, Jonathan McGowan, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard,  Bob Hedger and Pascal Vaucel, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Ransom Riggs, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Status Quo, Lionel Richie, David Bowie, Roky Erickson and the Aliens
 
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
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 - Friday/Saturday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1507 - Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the Mona Lisa. 
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  • 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.