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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 30, 2018

CFZ MONTHLY NEWSLETTER #38

Dear Friends,

For those of you not in the know, at the beginning of each month we send out a newsletter to all members of the CFZ. The most recent (which went out a few minutes ago) included articles on OTT, a Staffordshire mystery cat, mystery monarch butterflies, some explanations, a mystery bear, a mystery turtle, Patreon, a new book on Scandinavian cryptozoology, my new novel and record, a new book on vampires, Notes and Queries etc.

The infrastructure of the Centre for Fortean Zoology has changed rapidly over the last few years and truthfully doesn’t look like its going to stop changing anytime soon.

The newsletter costs a quid a month (or the equivalent in your currency) and is delivered straight into your inbox by a plethora of tiny invisible elves, or email if your prefer it that way. You can sign up for it here: http://tinyurl.com/jtsq7ew

If you want to view a sample issue click here: http://tinyurl.com/pw7rw9l

On The Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep. 97 (Mystery martens, marine men, Evelyn's song activism etc)



Here we have the sixteenth episode of the relaunched webTV show by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, written and presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson, their families and other animals. This episode contains: • A brief note of explanation • Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros • Habitat degradation • Mystery martens • A pine marten in Warwickshire? • A job for Charlotte • Mysterious aquatic humanoids? Surely not • Environmental music • Evelyn's song • New environmental activism • Corinna finds something nasty in her soup • PRODUCT PLACEMENT - Animals & Men • Watcher of the skies • New and rediscovered: New frogfish • New and rediscovered: New batfish • New and rediscovered: New megophrys • New and rediscovered: New coral snake • New and rediscovered: The vampire anole • New and rediscovered: Brown anoles on Ascension island • New and rediscovered: New parachute gecko • Fair use • Coming next month • The Patreon campaign • The team says goodbye until next month You can support us, and help us make this show ever more bigger and better at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/CFZ

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 STAYS CLEAR OF EUPHEMISMS

The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
 
YER EDITOR SEZ:
 
And so we trundle on. The new episode of On the Track is now up. I have included it on all the blog notifications, because even though it is completely off topic, I usually get complaints from one or more Gonzofolk when I leave it out. The newsletter for December has also gone out; all this being spectacular considering that it is only just gone midday and I have a cold and am therefore feeling somewhat sorry for myself. As a result of this rhinovirus I am annoying the whole household by playing Kurt Weill too loud in the office. Graham is going away for a couple of days but this is entirely unrelated to my exploration of the music of the Weimar Republic.
 
Once again I am fluttering an Aescuplian prayer flag high above the noosphere but whereas she does not return to hospital until the end of February, my darling wife Corinna is still in intermittent discomfort and some pain, but we are doing our best to manage it. Please remember us in your thoughts and prayers, because I remain convinced that the massive outpouring ofgood vibes which have come in our direction since July, have been responsible for the cautiously positive aetiology of her illness so far.
 
Thank you all of you.
 
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Rachmaninoff - Piano ...
SPIRITS BURNING REVIEW
LEONARD COHEN AT SUNDANCE AND MORE
On The Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep. 97 (Mystery ...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
 
OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF FROM THE GONZOVERSE:
 
For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
 
 
And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
And, yes,
 
CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
 
UK
US
 
AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
 
Our webTV show:
 
And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
 
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
 
Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
 
I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
 
I do have good news to impart: Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States has been uploaded, and over at Gonzo the first volume of Kev Rowland's The Progressive Underground is also imminent. And at Fortean Fiction, my latest novel - 'Zen and Xenophobia' - vaguely a sequel to 2015's 'The Song of Panne' - is now available.
 
 
! would warn you that if you are of a nervous disposition, or easily offended, you will find parts of my novel both offensive and upsetting. There is sex, violence, drug abuse, occultism, pornography, firearms, politics, religion, and not a little sociology. But there is also love, kindness, faith, and redemption. And it's a cracking good yarn. Or I think so, at any rate. All I would say on the subject before bidding you farewell is Caveat Lector. And I'm not gonna explain what that means, because because if you don't know what that means then you probably shouldn't be reading the book in the first place.
 
AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
 
Gonzo Weekly #303/4
THE WE TOOK THE WRONG STEP YEARS AGO ISSUE
 
This is a very Hawkwind-centric issue: Graham talks about the latest tour, and John goes to see them at The Palladium. But we also have Richard Seizing Lambeth Bridge with Extinction Rebellion, Alan critiquing The Beatles reissued White Album, and interviewing Playground Theory, Carl and Geordie go searching for zombie locations, and Jon bumbles on about Digitiser the Show and a book that lifts the lid on the New Labour government of twenty years ago.
 
#Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, BUT C J Stone, AND Mr Biffo AND Neil Nixon, AND Roy Weard AND the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and rock wallabies who've blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with the relatively small macropods who are having electrical problems, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stickat. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
 
This issue features:
 
Digitiser, Paul Rose, Mr Biffo, Norm MacPherson, Martin Springett, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Cyril Pahinui, Alexander "Alec" Finn, Masahiro Sayama, Stan Lee, Evgeny Viktorovich Osin, Jens "Malle-Jens" Büchner, Al James, Luis Enrique Gatica Silva, Rasmus Berg, The Fall, Tony Palmer, Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Steve Bonino, Kev Rowland, Alan Dearling, Marcy Moo, Playground Theory, Extinction Rebellion, Richard Foreman, Blackheart Orchestra, Hawkwind, John Brodie-Good, The White Album, The Beatles, Norman Baker, Noshir Mody, Alien Weaponry, Octopus, Other Animal, Paradise Lost, PHI, Project:Patchworth, Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson,
The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, Stephan Speelman, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Coldharbour Diaries, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, The Catholic Orangemen of Togo,
Craig Murray
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Strangelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
 
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 59 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 -  1700 - 8,000 Swedish troops under King Charles XII defeated an army of at least 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. King Charles XII died on this day. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk



  • Tropical moths in the mountains are larger
  • Just how blind are bats? Color vision gene study e...
  • Snake names honor Darwin, fire god, Louisiana prof...
  • South American marsupials discovered to reach new ...


  • 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)

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    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.



    "NORMAL? WHAT'S NORMAL?" ASKS THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
     
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
     
    *  Mother and I are in the office with Archie. We are attempting to combine eating gingerbread with doing the blogs. I still have a cold and am feeling sorry for myself. My grasp of the concept of space-time is even more tenuous than usual.
    *  Graham and Corinna are in Bideford buying Thai yellow curry and sticky rice. However as I typed this I head them coming in through the front gate.
    *  Sarah is still doing her Mary Poppins impersonation in the kitchen. Spit Spot.
     
    I know that I said this yesterday, but it bears repeating, as I believe that the repetition of this news story acts a little bit like a prayer flag flying high above the noosphere: Corinna is still in intermittent discomfort and some pain but there will not be any more scans or tests until February, and in the meantime she is being massively brave. I cannot tell you how much I love and admire that woman. Please remember us in your thoughts and prayers, because I remain convinced that the massive outpouring of good vibes which have come in our direction since July, have been responsible for the cautiously positive aetiology of her illness so far.
     
    Thank you all of you.
     
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Elgar - Enigma Variati...
    Jon Anderson - Old Grey Whistle Test 1976 (Olias I...
    SOME LEONARD COHEN NEWS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    SPIRITS BURNING DUTCH REVIEW TRANSLATED
     
    OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF FROM THE GONZOVERSE:
     
    For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
     
     
    And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
    And, yes,
     
    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
     
    UK
    US
     
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
     
    Our webTV show:
     
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
     
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
     
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
     
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
     
    I do have good news to impart: Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States has been uploaded, and over at Gonzo the first volume of Kev Rowland's The Progressive Underground is also imminent. And at Fortean Fiction, my latest novel - 'Zen and Xenophobia' - vaguely a sequel to 2015's 'The Song of Panne' - is now available.
     
     
    ! would warn you that if you are of a nervous disposition, or easily offended, you will find parts of my novel both offensive and upsetting. There is sex, violence, drug abuse, occultism, pornography, firearms, politics, religion, and not a little sociology. But there is also love, kindness, faith, and redemption. And it's a cracking good yarn. Or I think so, at any rate. All I would say on the subject before bidding you farewell is Caveat Lector. And I'm not gonna explain what that means, because because if you don't know what that means then you probably shouldn't be reading the book in the first place.
     
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
     
    Gonzo Weekly #303/4
    THE WE TOOK THE WRONG STEP YEARS AGO ISSUE
     
    This is a very Hawkwind-centric issue: Graham talks about the latest tour, and John goes to see them at The Palladium. But we also have Richard Seizing Lambeth Bridge with Extinction Rebellion, Alan critiquing The Beatles reissued White Album, and interviewing Playground Theory, Carl and Geordie go searching for zombie locations, and Jon bumbles on about Digitiser the Show and a book that lifts the lid on the New Labour government of twenty years ago.
     
    #Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, BUT C J Stone, AND Mr Biffo AND Neil Nixon, AND Roy Weard AND the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and rock wallabies who've blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with the relatively small macropods who are having electrical problems, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stickat. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
     
    This issue features:
     
    Digitiser, Paul Rose, Mr Biffo, Norm MacPherson, Martin Springett, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Cyril Pahinui, Alexander "Alec" Finn, Masahiro Sayama, Stan Lee, Evgeny Viktorovich Osin, Jens "Malle-Jens" Büchner, Al James, Luis Enrique Gatica Silva, Rasmus Berg, The Fall, Tony Palmer, Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Steve Bonino, Kev Rowland, Alan Dearling, Marcy Moo, Playground Theory, Extinction Rebellion, Richard Foreman, Blackheart Orchestra, Hawkwind, John Brodie-Good, The White Album, The Beatles, Norman Baker, Noshir Mody, Alien Weaponry, Octopus, Other Animal, Paradise Lost, PHI, Project:Patchworth, Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson,
    The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, Stephan Speelman, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Coldharbour Diaries, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, The Catholic Orangemen of Togo,
    Craig Murray
     
    And the last few issues are:
     
    Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
    Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
    Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
    Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
    Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
    Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
    Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
    Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
    Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
    Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
    Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
    Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
    Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
    Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
    Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
    Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
    Issue 286 (Monty Python)
    Issue 285 (ELP)
    Issue 284 (Strangelove)
    Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
    Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
    Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
    Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
     
    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 59 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?

    BIG CAT ROUND UP

    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.


  • NEWSLINK: BBC film crew step in to save the life o...
  • NEWSLINK: 3 lion cubs found dead near Gir, infight...
  • CARL WRITES: 16/11/18 - Coleford, Gloucestershire
  • CARL WRITES: Scottish Big Cats Explained
  • CARL WRITES: 20/10/18 - Sinclairston, Ayrshire


  • CARL WRITES: 22/10/18 - Lochnagar, Aberdeenshire
  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1929 - The first airplane flight over the South Pole was made by U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Letting nature take its course: Wolves in Yellowst...
  • After decades of rescuing stranded sea turtles, NO...
  • Antiguan Racers No Long World’s Rarest Snake - via...
  • Invasive species in an ecosystem harm native organ...
  • Winter ticks killing moose at alarmin


  • 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)

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Some are steadfast in their belief that Bigfoot, an enormous bipedal, ape-like creature, traverses the forests in secrecy, hoping that he will never be ...

    THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

    CFZ-USA


  • SEA MONSTERS
  • MERMAIDS
  • TEXAS BLACK PANTHER SIGHTINGS
  • JAGUAR-LION HYBRIDS
  • HOG-KILLING VARMINT
  • OGOPOGO - LAKE MONSTER OF CANADA
  • GIANT APE SIGHTING IN UK
  • OVERFISHING THREATENS SHARK'S EXISTENCE
  • DRIVER SEES WHITE BIGFOOT
  • BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERS IN TEXAS
  • CREATURE HUNTING DEER
  • NEW SPECIES OF POLAR WOLF
  • STOQUELER AND THE BUNYIP
  • WEE FOLK IN DETROIT
  • MYSTERY CREATURE IN SWEDISH FOREST
  • HOMO FLORESIENSIS AND ORANG PENDEK
  • WAS THIS BIGFOOT?
  • WEREWOLF OR DOGMAN?
  • NOCTURNAL VISITOR WITH TENTACLES
  • KAWUK - LARGE BIPEDAL LIZARD
  • BIRD GOD OF JAVA
  • UNUSUAL BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER
  • CRYPTOTOURISM: A NEW INDUSTRY
  • ELK HERDS IN SOUTH COLORADO DYING OFF
  • GIANTS AND DOGMEN
  • BIGFOOT IN THE CIVIL WAR
  • PATTERSON-GIMLIN FILM
  • BLACK WINGED HUMANOID
  • KHODUMODOMU
  • MERMAIDS OF AFRICA
  • SPECIES NAME FOR BIGFOOT
  • BERGMAN'S BEAR
  • BEST PLACES TO FIND BIGFOOT
  • BIGFOOT SEEN TWICE
  • SEARCH FOR BIGFOOT
  • WHAT WAS THE BEAST OF GÉVAUDAN?
  • MERMAIDS OF ZIMBABWE
  • BIZARRE CREATURE IN CANADA
  • IS THIS DOGMAN?
  • PTERODACTYL OVER OHIO
  • FACTS ABOUT TURKEYS
  • MONSTERS OF SASKATCHEWAN
  • BIZARRE BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER
  • BIGFOOT THROWS LOG AT HUNTER
  • JAGUAR CONSERVATION IN SURINAME
  • WERE-COYOTE ACCOUNT
  • PARDONING THE TURKEY
  • MYSTERY ANIMALS IN ILLINOIS
  • BALLS OF FIRE
  • TWO BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERS
  • THANKSGIVING BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERS
  • CHILDRESS SAYS WE'RE ALL RELATED TO BIGFOOT
  • NEW ISSUE OF ANIMALS & MEN
  • ALLEGED WEREWOLF IN MONTANA
  • DELANO FLYING CREATURE
  • TIKBALANG - STRANGE FILIPINO HUMANOID
  • WHAT MIGHT LIE INSIDE THE EARTH?
  • SEA CENTIPEDE
  • BIGFOOT IN THE U.K.
  • BIGFOOT TALKING
  • IS THIS BIGFOOT?
  • DOGMAN WITNESS
  • WINGED HUMANOID IN LOUISIANA
  • WHITE LION AUCTION
  • SKETCHES OF THE YOWIE
  • DEER-HEADED CREATURES IN THE FOREST
  • FIREWALKING DANCERS
  • FOUR "KNOWN" ALIEN SPECIES
  • NAMAZU - JAPANESE CATFISH
  • BIGFOOT ON VIDEO
  • FORT RUCKER BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER
  • MAN CLAIMS HE SHOT BIGFOOT


  • INEBRIATED RACCOONS
  • THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




    Adelaide-based Thylacine Awareness Group founder Neil Waters believes it's perhaps the best proof yet that a mainland population of Tassie tigers ...

    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 GETS ON WITH IT

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
     
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
     
    Things are slowly toddling back to some semblance of normality, whatever that much maligned word means in my household. I finished editing OTT on my new computer last night, without (touch wood) any of the crapulence that surrounded the last two episodes on my old machine. This leads me to believe that whilst my old Win10 machine is OK to do magazine layouts upon it is beginning to be on the way out, and is just not up to the job of video editing.
     
    Corinna is still in intermittent discomfort and some pain but there will not be any more scans or tests until February, and in the meantime she is being massively brave. I cannot tell you how much I love and admire that woman. Please remember us in your thoughts and prayers, because I remain convinced that the massive outpouring of good vibes which have come in our direction since July, have been responsible for the cautiously positive aetiology of her illness so far.
     
    Thank you all of you.
     
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Freddie King - Have Y...
    SOME LEONARD COHEN NEWS
    SPIRITS BURNING GERMAN REVIEW TRANSLATED
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH CHRISTMAS SHOW
     
    OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF FROM THE GONZOVERSE:
     
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    UK
    US
     
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
     
    Our webTV show:
     
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
     
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
     
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
     
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
     
    I do have good news to impart: Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States has been uploaded, and over at Gonzo the first volume of Kev Rowland's The Progressive Underground is also imminent. And at Fortean Fiction, my latest novel - 'Zen and Xenophobia' - vaguely a sequel to 2015's 'The Song of Panne' - is now available.
     
     
    ! would warn you that if you are of a nervous disposition, or easily offended, you will find parts of my novel both offensive and upsetting. There is sex, violence, drug abuse, occultism, pornography, firearms, politics, religion, and not a little sociology. But there is also love, kindness, faith, and redemption. And it's a cracking good yarn. Or I think so, at any rate. All I would say on the subject before bidding you farewell is Caveat Lector. And I'm not gonna explain what that means, because because if you don't know what that means then you probably shouldn't be reading the book in the first place.
     
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
     
    Gonzo Weekly #303/4
    THE WE TOOK THE WRONG STEP YEARS AGO ISSUE
     
    This is a very Hawkwind-centric issue: Graham talks about the latest tour, and John goes to see them at The Palladium. But we also have Richard Seizing Lambeth Bridge with Extinction Rebellion, Alan critiquing The Beatles reissued White Album, and interviewing Playground Theory, Carl and Geordie go searching for zombie locations, and Jon bumbles on about Digitiser the Show and a book that lifts the lid on the New Labour government of twenty years ago.
     
    #Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, BUT C J Stone, AND Mr Biffo AND Neil Nixon, AND Roy Weard AND the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and rock wallabies who've blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with the relatively small macropods who are having electrical problems, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stickat. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
     
    This issue features:
     
    Digitiser, Paul Rose, Mr Biffo, Norm MacPherson, Martin Springett, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Cyril Pahinui, Alexander "Alec" Finn, Masahiro Sayama, Stan Lee, Evgeny Viktorovich Osin, Jens "Malle-Jens" Büchner, Al James, Luis Enrique Gatica Silva, Rasmus Berg, The Fall, Tony Palmer, Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Steve Bonino, Kev Rowland, Alan Dearling, Marcy Moo, Playground Theory, Extinction Rebellion, Richard Foreman, Blackheart Orchestra, Hawkwind, John Brodie-Good, The White Album, The Beatles, Norman Baker, Noshir Mody, Alien Weaponry, Octopus, Other Animal, Paradise Lost, PHI, Project:Patchworth, Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson,
    The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, Stephan Speelman, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Coldharbour Diaries, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, The Catholic Orangemen of Togo,
    Craig Murray
     
    And the last few issues are:
     
    Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
    Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
    Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
    Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
    Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
    Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
    Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
    Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
    Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
    Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
    Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
    Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
    Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
    Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
    Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
    Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
    Issue 286 (Monty Python)
    Issue 285 (ELP)
    Issue 284 (Strangelove)
    Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
    Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
    Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
    Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
     
    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 59 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 -  1757 - English poet, painter and engraver William Blake was born. Two of his best known works are "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience." 
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    Monday, November 26, 2018

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
     
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
     
    We went to the hospital on Friday, and everything is in abeyance for a while. Corinna is still in intermittent discomfort and some pain. There will not be any more scans or tests until February, and in the meantime she is being massively brave. I cannot tell you how much I love and admire that woman. Please remember us in your thoughts and prayers.
     
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
     
     
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    KEITH CHRISTMAS NEWS
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Barbara Dickson - Ans...
    SCHOOL OF ROCK WITH DWEEZIL
    MORE LEONARD COHEN NEWS
     
    OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF FROM THE GONZOVERSE:
     
    For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
     
     
    And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
    And, yes,
     
    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
     
    UK
    US
     
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
     
    Our webTV show:
     
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
     
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
     
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
     
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
     
    I do have good news to impart: Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States has been uploaded, and over at Gonzo the first volume of Kev Rowland's The Progressive Underground is also imminent. And at Fortean Fiction, my latest novel - 'Zen and Xenophobia' - vaguely a sequel to 2015's 'The Song of Panne' - is now available.
     
     
    ! would warn you that if you are of a nervous disposition, or easily offended, you will find parts of my novel both offensive and upsetting. There is sex, violence, drug abuse, occultism, pornography, firearms, politics, religion, and not a little sociology. But there is also love, kindness, faith, and redemption. And it's a cracking good yarn. Or I think so, at any rate. All I would say on the subject before bidding you farewell is Caveat Lector. And I'm not gonna explain what that means, because because if you don't know what that means then you probably shouldn't be reading the book in the first place.
     
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
     
    Gonzo Weekly #303/4
    THE WE TOOK THE WRONG STEP YEARS AGO ISSUE
     
    This is a very Hawkwind-centric issue: Graham talks about the latest tour, and John goes to see them at The Palladium. But we also have Richard Seizing Lambeth Bridge with Extinction Rebellion, Alan critiquing The Beatles reissued White Album, and interviewing Playground Theory, Carl and Geordie go searching for zombie locations, and Jon bumbles on about Digitiser the Show and a book that lifts the lid on the New Labour government of twenty years ago.
     
    #Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, BUT C J Stone, AND Mr Biffo AND Neil Nixon, AND Roy Weard AND the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and rock wallabies who've blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with the relatively small macropods who are having electrical problems, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stickat. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
     
    This issue features:
     
    Digitiser, Paul Rose, Mr Biffo, Norm MacPherson, Martin Springett, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Cyril Pahinui, Alexander "Alec" Finn, Masahiro Sayama, Stan Lee, Evgeny Viktorovich Osin, Jens "Malle-Jens" Büchner, Al James, Luis Enrique Gatica Silva, Rasmus Berg, The Fall, Tony Palmer, Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Steve Bonino, Kev Rowland, Alan Dearling, Marcy Moo, Playground Theory, Extinction Rebellion, Richard Foreman, Blackheart Orchestra, Hawkwind, John Brodie-Good, The White Album, The Beatles, Norman Baker, Noshir Mody, Alien Weaponry, Octopus, Other Animal, Paradise Lost, PHI, Project:Patchworth, Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson,
    The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, Stephan Speelman, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Coldharbour Diaries, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, The Catholic Orangemen of Togo,
    Craig Murray
     
    And the last few issues are:
     
    Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
    Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
    Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
    Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
    Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
    Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
    Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
    Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
    Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
    Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
    Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
    Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
    Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
    Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
    Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
    Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
    Issue 286 (Monty Python)
    Issue 285 (ELP)
    Issue 284 (Strangelove)
    Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
    Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
    Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
    Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
     
    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 59 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?

    BIG CAT ROUND UP

    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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