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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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Thursday, January 18, 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.

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




The family who filmed the footage had been out for a walk in the wilderness when they caught sight of what they believe was the mysterious Bigfoot. The clip, filmed on January 5, was titled: "Remarkable footage shows a huge Bigfoot walking through the Canadian wilderness." The video was captured ...

Bigfoot in Utah
Brenton writes “Margoirie went on a camping trip and had a scary night with a Sasquatch. This was in the Mountains of Utah at the highest peak where the adventure takes place. The Bigfoot seemed to toy with her all night coming and going.” ...

Sexual assault by Bigfoot
I visited that dude in the hospital. I asked him, "Did it hurt?" He yells at me, "Did it Hurt? Did it Hurt? Of course it hurt. He doesn't call, he doesn't text...nothing!" Chew is offline, Back To The Top. Chew. View Public Profile · Find More Posts by Chew. Old Today, 08:38 PM. Mohawkman. Six Point

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - After more than 20 years researching Bigfoot, an Idaho State University professor is featured in a new Netflix documentary about Sasquatch. It documents a trip Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum took, where he might have caught sight of the creature. "I'm quite convinced that there's ...

The clip was titled: "Remarkable footage shows a huge Bigfoot walking through the Canadian wilderness." One comment read: “You would be ignorant to say there is or isn't a Bigfoot. We discover new species all the time. “I need to see to believe myself, but you can't say no.” And another added: “That ...

“Many people think Bigfoot is a myth because there is not enough physical proof of their existence,” Kelly Lapseritis said. “There is plenty of evidence that has been gathered over the last few decades such as tracks, hair, feces, photos, DNA tests and even bodies but great measures have been made to ..
The Winterfest will also give people a chance to show off their bigfoot calls. The person who gives the best sasquatch call wins a prize. Another exciting event that people can take part in that Saturday will be what Winterfest officials caledd a “nearly world-famous event.” That event would be outhouse ...

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN BEHIND A MASK

The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
Today sees a new video from Canada which - it has been claimed - shows "Bigfoot" ambling about. Bizarrely there are aspects to its movement which are reminiscent of the "thing" I saw in Bolam forest, Northumberland, back in January 2003 - a decade and a half ago.
I think the video is interesting but hardly conclusive. Glen Vaudrey points out: "...one odd thing they see it before it sees them, very odd behaviour for a wild animal. Still saying that at least it is in the right part of the world!" Corinna, however writes: "My first thought was bear with its back to the sun, hence the golden gleam.  Looks like it is standing on hind legs It has that bear look about it when it moves - the fat rippling under the fur as it moves"
Forgive me for always banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for as many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
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But for now, here is the news:
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  TOMMY JAMES & THE SHO...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
RICK SPRINGFIELD NEWS
FRANK WASN'T BANNED FROM THE ROXY
EXTREMES OST REVIEW
Gonzo Weekly #269
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE PROG MUSICIAN ISSUE
We talk to Martin Springett of The Gardening Club about his friendship with legendary Narnia and Lord of the Rings llustrator Pauline Baynes, John reveals his latest reading, Jon takes a look at reverse racism and critiques Stephen Clarke 1980’s enthralling autobiography, and Alan provides his own listening post, plus first Hawkwind news of the year. Good ‘ere innit.
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney AND Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who are not good at household electrics, 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:
Paul McCartney, Motorhead, Lemmy, Jack White, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Raymond Thomas, Nico, Mark John Hough (aka Buster Stiggs), Christopher Andrew Tsangarides, Edward Allan Clarke (aka "Fast" Eddie Clarke), Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Martin Springett, Alan Dearling, Alice Coltrane, Buffy Sainte-Marie, LCD Soundsystem, Binker and Moses, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kamaniu Silelis, Rasa Serra, Baba Zula, Kefaya, Eddy Grant, The Future Shape of Sound, Robert Plant, La Femme, Omar Souleyman, Pumarosa, Oumou Sangare, Tamikrest, Michael Chapman, Ehud Banai, Can, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, John Brodie-Good, Kev Rowland, 36 Crazyfists, The Walking Dead, Whitewater, With the Dead, Wobbler, Zud, Aosoth V, Fallout Frenzy, b.o.s.c.h., Hawkwind, Xtul, Stephen Clarke, Queen, Lemmy, David Bowie, 2PAC, Coldplay, Explosions in the Sky
And the last few issues are:
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
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!
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SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
* The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

THYLACINES IN THE NEWS





The Tasmanian tiger, also known as the thylacine, has survived in the island state of Tasmania until the 20th century. "For many years, scientists have been unsure exactly when thylacines and devils went extinct on the mainland -- a recent age for devil extinction (500 years before present) has recently .

When devils and thylacines went extinct
We've just published an analysis of new radiocarbon dates showing that thylacines (Tasmanian 'tigers', Thylacinus cynocephalus) and Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisi) went extinct on the Australian mainland at the same time — some 3200 years ago. For many years, we've been uncertain about ...

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1778 - English navigator Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he called the "Sandwich Islands." 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Are Santa's Reindeer Males?
  • Jaguar conservation depends on neighbors' attitude...
  • Florida Moves to Control Booming Iguana Population...


  • 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).