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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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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



Expedition Bigfoot Presents Evening Lecture with Rodney Adams and Thomas Shay
Rodney and Thomas are with The Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization (KRBO)From the host.


But her idyllic life of pranking campers and squatching around the local golf course hits a bump in the fire road when Bigfoot hunters come to the ...

Multiple Bigfoot Sightings
The SCSO Sasquatch Org channel brings us this compilation of their "Best Of" reports. Check out this collection of some awesome sighting reports.


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 LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

CFZ-USA

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.


  • ARTICLE: We must try to save ‘Highland tiger’
  • NEWSLINK: India losing a tiger every three days
  • CARL WRITES: Dudley Zoo Snow Leopard Escape - 30/1...


  • NEWSLINK: Mountain lion found dead with burns afte...
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MANCOUNTS HIS BLESSINGS

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
    The house always seems oddly empty when Carl goes home. He has - once again - done an enormous amount of stuff, and with everything he and Sarah have brought to the feast (not to mention Graham's hard work) the house looks better than it has done for a long time. Thank you all very much. We are beginning to wind down as the end of the year approaches. But let me assure you that both sets of blogs will carry on each day and the magazine will come out basically as normal.
    Corinna is still in intermittent discomfort and some pain, but we are doing our best to manage it. Thank you all of you for your kindness and good wishes, and for contributing to my digital noosphere "prayer flags". I am convinced that they have done, and continue to, do a lot of good.
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Who knows where the ti...
    STEVE HILLAGE NEWS
    FAIRPORT CONVENTION REVEAL FIRST CROPREDY HEADER
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    PINK FAIRIES EN PASSANT
    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 #305/6
    THE JOKER ISSUE
    And so John goes to see John Fogerty and the Steve Miller Band, Jon muses about the JAMMS and the Toxteth Day of the Dead, Alan wanders about the South Coast of England with Gonzoid intent, Kev goes to see Sepultura and Death Angel in New
    Zealand, we critique a book about Gorillaz, and Carl and Geordie remember Dawn of the Dead. And Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind. And there's lots of other stuff as well.
    #Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury Sans Frontieres AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, and J Stone, BUT 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 stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
    This issue features:
    Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Toxteth Day of the Dead, Bill Drummond, Jimmy Cauty, Daisy Eris Campbell, Ken Worthington, John Shuttleworth, Morrissey, Prince, Bono, Kev Rowland, Sepultura, Death Angel, Blindfolded And Led To The Woods (BALTTW), Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Johnny Maddox, Malam Mamane Barka, Eddie C. Campbell, Lewis Frederick William Caddick, Edward Benton "Eddie" Reeves, Scott English, Chris Burroughs, Erik Raymond Lindmark, Harold "Devin" Lima, Trevor McNaughton, Edwin Calvin Newborn, Joseph Leon Williams, Harry Leslie Smith, Pete Shelley, The Fall, Tony Palmer, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Alan Dearling, The Dials, Necessary Animals, Ana Egge, The Satellites, John Brodie-Good, The Steve Miller Band, John Fogerty, Reformat, Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project, Perfect Beings, Rausch, Roch Lockyer, Takaaki, |Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson, Dawn of the Dead, Jon Downes, Coldharbour Diaries, C J Stone, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad and the Queen
    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 -  1792 - In Vienna, 22-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven received one of his first lessons in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Why alligators, wolves and mountain lions are turn...
  • 17 new brilliantly colored species of sea slugs de...
  • Latam Eco Review: Killing jaguars for arthritis cr...
  • How porpoise sounds helped researchers test acoust...

  • 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)

    Monday, December 10, 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.




    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: India losing a tiger every three days
  • CARL WRITES: Dudley Zoo Snow Leopard Escape - 30/1...
  • NEWSLINK: Mountain lion found dead with burns afte...


  • ARTICLE: Lions may disappear without urgent fundin...


  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN SINGS

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
    Once again we are hitting the ground running with all sorts of things being done, being planned to be done, being scheduled to be done and being talked about before being done. Graham is on the roof, Carl is clearing the paths, Corinna is about her affairs, and Mother is singing 'If you were the only Girl in the World' to Archie. Corinna is still in intermittent discomfort and some pain, but we are doing our best to manage it. I truly believe that the outpouring of kindness and positive vibes which has come our way since she became ill back in July is the main reason that the aetiology of her condition has changed for the better over the past six months.Thank you all of you.
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Renée Fleming: Casta ...
    Charles Hazlewood - about Purcell
    Arthur Brown - Fire | The Story Behind The Song | ...
    Frank Zappa explains the decline of the music busi...
    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 #305/6
    THE JOKER ISSUE
    And so John goes to see John Fogerty and the Steve Miller Band, Jon muses about the JAMMS and the Toxteth Day of the Dead, Alan wanders about the South Coast of England with Gonzoid intent, Kev goes to see Sepultura and Death Angel in New
    Zealand, we critique a book about Gorillaz, and Carl and Geordie remember Dawn of the Dead. And Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind. And there's lots of other stuff as well.
    #Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury Sans Frontieres AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, and J Stone, BUT 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 stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
    This issue features:
    Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Toxteth Day of the Dead, Bill Drummond, Jimmy Cauty, Daisy Eris Campbell, Ken Worthington, John Shuttleworth, Morrissey, Prince, Bono, Kev Rowland, Sepultura, Death Angel, Blindfolded And Led To The Woods (BALTTW), Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Johnny Maddox, Malam Mamane Barka, Eddie C. Campbell, Lewis Frederick William Caddick, Edward Benton "Eddie" Reeves, Scott English, Chris Burroughs, Erik Raymond Lindmark, Harold "Devin" Lima, Trevor McNaughton, Edwin Calvin Newborn, Joseph Leon Williams, Harry Leslie Smith, Pete Shelley, The Fall, Tony Palmer, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Alan Dearling, The Dials, Necessary Animals, Ana Egge, The Satellites, John Brodie-Good, The Steve Miller Band, John Fogerty, Reformat, Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project, Perfect Beings, Rausch, Roch Lockyer, Takaaki, |Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson, Dawn of the Dead, Jon Downes, Coldharbour Diaries, C J Stone, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad and the Queen
    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?

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Bigfoot Captured On Video In Ohio
    The SquatchMaster captured video of what appears to be a bigfoot walking through the Ohio woods. It keeps its distance, but is definitely on two legs, ...

    The Bigfoot Of Hiouchi
    From PacWest Bigfoot. My wife and I wanted to get away that Christmas, it was the last one where it would be just the two of us, we had just found out ...



    The Barmanou smells like rotting garbage. Supposedly, it makes inhuman, guttural sounds, (like a death metal vocalist) and sometimes it wears skins.


    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday/Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1965 - The Grateful Dead played their first concert. The show took place at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk



  • Pacific island to introduce world-first 'reef-toxi...
  • Sighting of sperm whales in Arctic a sign of chang...
  • Bear-human conflict risks pinpointed amid resurgen...
  • Savanna fires, a boon to grazers, cast rhinos into...


  • 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)

    Sunday, December 09, 2018

    Gonzo Weekly #305/6

    Gonzo Weekly #305/6
    THE JOKER ISSUE
    And so John goes to see John Fogerty and the Steve Miller Band, Jon muses about the JAMMS and the Toxteth Day of the Dead, Alan wanders about the South Coast of England with Gonzoid intent, Kev goes to see Sepultura and Death Angel in New Zealand, we critique a book about Gorillaz, and Carl and Geordie remember Dawn of the Dead. And Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind. And there's lots of other stuff as well.
    #Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury Sans Frontieres AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, and J Stone, BUT 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 stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
    This issue features:
    Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Toxteth Day of the Dead, Bill Drummond, Jimmy Cauty, Daisy Eris Campbell, Ken Worthington, John Shuttleworth, Morrissey, Prince, Bono, Kev Rowland, Sepultura, Death Angel, Blindfolded And Led To The Woods (BALTTW), Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Johnny Maddox, Malam Mamane Barka, Eddie C. Campbell, Lewis Frederick William Caddick, Edward Benton "Eddie" Reeves, Scott English, Chris Burroughs, Erik Raymond Lindmark, Harold "Devin" Lima, Trevor McNaughton, Edwin Calvin Newborn, Joseph Leon Williams, Harry Leslie Smith, Pete Shelley, The Fall, Tony Palmer, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Alan Dearling, The Dials, Necessary Animals, Ana Egge, The Satellites, John Brodie-Good, The Steve Miller Band, John Fogerty, Reformat, Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project, Perfect Beings, Rausch, Roch Lockyer, Takaaki, |Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson, Dawn of the Dead, Jon Downes, Coldharbour Diaries, C J Stone, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad and the Queen
    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?

    THE HOPPING HEN....ER HOPS

    The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
    And for no real reason Sunday's notifications are done in rhyme
     
    It's Sunday so again its time
    to do the daily blogs in rhyme:
     
    Something that gives me jolly smiles
    Carl has done the landing tiles,
    and the crappy carpet has gone away
    to the Council Dump, we shout HOORAY
    and Carl and Graham have done the stairs
    which have been carpeted neatly for the first time in years
    Last night Carl and me truly had a corker
    as I drank gin and introduced him to Scott Walker
     
    Slainte
     
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
     
    ZAPPA FAMILY NEWS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Lo He Comes With Cloud...
    Gonzo Weekly #305/6
    PLAYLIST: 30 -09-2018 – SHOW 278 – The Road to Ut...
     
     
    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:
     
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
     
    Gonzo Weekly #305/6
    THE JOKER ISSUE
     
    And so John goes to see John Fogerty and the Steve Miller Band, Jon muses about the JAMMS and the Toxteth Day of the Dead, Alan wanders about the South Coast of England with Gonzoid intent, Kev goes to see Sepultura and Death Angel in New
    Zealand, we critique a book about Gorillaz, and Carl and Geordie remember Dawn of the Dead. And Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind. And there's lots of other stuff as well.
     
    #Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury Sans Frontieres AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, and J Stone, BUT 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 stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
     
    This issue features:
     
    Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Toxteth Day of the Dead, Bill Drummond, Jimmy Cauty, Daisy Eris Campbell, Ken Worthington, John Shuttleworth, Morrissey, Prince, Bono, Kev Rowland, Sepultura, Death Angel, Blindfolded And Led To The Woods (BALTTW), Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Johnny Maddox, Malam Mamane Barka, Eddie C. Campbell, Lewis Frederick William Caddick, Edward Benton "Eddie" Reeves, Scott English, Chris Burroughs, Erik Raymond Lindmark, Harold "Devin" Lima, Trevor McNaughton, Edwin Calvin Newborn, Joseph Leon Williams, Harry Leslie Smith, Pete Shelley, The Fall, Tony Palmer, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Alan Dearling, The Dials, Necessary Animals, Ana Egge, The Satellites, John Brodie-Good, The Steve Miller Band, John Fogerty, Reformat, Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project, Perfect Beings, Rausch, Roch Lockyer, Takaaki, |Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson, Dawn of the Dead, Jon Downes, Coldharbour Diaries, C J Stone, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad and the Queen
     
    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: Sunday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1783 - The first executions at Newgate Prison took place. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk



  • Frequent inbreeding may have caused skeletal abnor...
  • Discovering Caiman, Callampa and Kecho – via Herp ...
  • Identifying a piranha by its bark
  • Caterpillar, fungus in cahoots to threaten fruit, ...
  • 'Male' Octopus Hatches 10,000 Teensy Babies in Sur...


  • 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)

    Friday, December 07, 2018

    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.

  • ARTICLE: Lions may disappear without urgent fundin...
  • SIGHTING? UK: Is this footage of a panther prowlin...
  • NEWSLINK: Horror as tiger farm uncovered in heart ...
  • NEWSLINK: Pirates are killing Bengal tigers
  • CARL WRITES: 10/11/18 - Grindleford, Derbyshire

  • CARL WRITES: 23/10/18 - Hatfield House, Hertfordsh...

  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HOPSED THE STAIRS WILL BE DONE SOON

    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
     
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
     
    And so another part of my past has gone! Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks has died, and my heart is surprisingly heavy, considering her was a pop musician I never actually met. But his music was an integral part of my life during my late teens, and songs like "Everybpdy's Happy Nowadays" made unhappy times happier. Carl arrived yesterday evening, and when he has finished sanitising the crow (and no, that is not a euphemism) he and Graham will be doing the stairs! Huzzah!
     
    Forgive me for repeating myself, but I truly believe that this the good wishes of people all around the world are doing positive things for Corinna's condition. She 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.
     
    Thank you all of you.
     
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
     
    NEVER FORGET CAPTAIN BEEFHEART
    DEAN FORD NEWS
    Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley dies aged 63 – vid...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Buzzcocks - Everybody'...
     
    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?