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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.

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Friday, February 02, 2018

MATTHEW WILLIAMS: The Inkpen serpent circle

This never-before-seen footage of the Inkpen Serpent circle has been released and should now put pay to peoples claims that it could not be made by humans.

In collaboration with CirclemakersTV this was filmed on the night of creation using Night Vision equipment on the nearby hill.

Hope you enjoy.


6000speed version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkpZKu5lu5w

26 min long version at 300x speed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkuC9Q6ecNs

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS QUITE PLEASED THAT THE WEEKEND IS UPON US


The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
 
I really should have learnt by now not to judge proverbial books by their equally proverbial covers. But, like the vast majority of the human race, I haven’t. Back in the 1980s, I was vaguely aware of an Australian pop singer called Rick Springfield. He had a massive hit with a song called Jessie’s girl, which didn’t really impinge onto my radar very much. However, he has a DVD out on Gonzo, so I have always kept an eye on his activities. His records have always been decently produced and well crafted, although that particular brand of AOR has always left me cold. But each time he puts a record out, I check it out, just in case.
 
And bloody hell, I am so glad that I did. He has a new album out. It is called The Snake King and – bloody hell – it is an eye opener!
 
The news has been full of the fact that he recently admitted to having been suicidal, and – in the light of this – I suppose it’s not really surprising that this whole album is about God, death and self-doubt. The record has welcome echoes both of Nick Cave and mid-1960s Bob Dylan, with witty, though mordant, wordplay reminiscent of both. It is a super album, and, by anyone’s standards, the first classic release of 2018. As I said, you cannot judge a book, or a popsinger, by it’s, or his, cover.
 
ciaou....
 
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:
 
 
And if you fancy supporting us on Patreon:
 
But for now, here is the news:
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Man - Bananas
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
WHEN THE GREEN WOODS SCREAM
COMING THIS WEEKEND
BELGIAN GARDENING CLUB REVIEW
 
Gonzo Weekly #271
THE MARK HIS WORDS ISSUE
 
Gonzo Grande Fromage Rob Ayling talks frankly about his friendship with Fall leader Mark E. Smith who died this week, Alan concludes his surrealistic exposition featuring Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Nico and Alice Cooper amongst others, Neil explains all about Sharon Tandy, and Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind as well as going into the studio with The Space Pharaohs Arizona’s leading Hawkwind tribute band. And meanwhile, Jn talks about the end of the world!
 
Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive, but Mack Maloney is absent this week due to problems beyond our control. The columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo are on hiatus this week, but we do have the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have gone for a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have probably got hangovers and have decided to have a little rest, 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, Jack White, Erykah Badu, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart,Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Hugh Ramopolo Masekela, Preston Shannon, Terry Evans, Mario Guccio, James Walter Rodford, Derrick Coleman, Naomi Parker, Lari White Cannon, Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, Jeremy Inkel, Mark Edward Smith, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Rob Ayling, Alan Dearling, Gala Dali, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Jeff Fenholt, Sharon Tandy, Kev Rowland, Eigensinn, Empire, Engst, Enslaved, Entheos, Gnaw, Hangman, The Fright, In Search of Sun, In-Defilade, Hawkwind, Space Pharaohs, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, The Who, ELO, Pink Floyd, Neil Nixon, Bill Fay
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
Issue 269 (Narnia)
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!
 
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
 
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
 
* The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
 
* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
 
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
 
* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

GLEN AND COLIN FOR BHM STUDY GROUP

Dear friends,

About 17yrs ago when we started to change the CFZ from being a ‘boys club’ to being a properly codified research organisation, we decided to take a leaf out of the world of entomology. The amateur entomological society, for example, has both a Phasmid Study Group and a Mantid Study Group.

It has always mildly puzzled me how people who are interested in mystery cats, for example, are not necessarily interested in bigfoot or lake monsters, but that is the way of the world, and so we decided to start up special interest study groups of our own. The first two were the Big Cat Study Group and the BHM Study Group.

The BHM Study Group was run for many years by the late Paul Vella, but he was forced to give it up some years ago due to his declining health, and until now we had not found a replacement.

I am very happy to announce that long term CFZ stalwart Glen Vaudrey is taking over the role. As Glen is particularly interested in BHM in Britain and Europe, we have appointed Colin Schneider, who has many contacts within the US bigfoot community, as his deputy.

We look forward to great things from these two eminent researchers.


Good luck, chaps!

WHEN THE GREEN WOODS SCREAM

As many of you will know, the team behind the Centre for Fortean Zoology and Gonzo Weekly Magazine are also responsible for various other projects. These include a non-profit community record company called Wyrd, which specialises in putting out limited editions of peculiar little records that nobody else would be likely to touch with a metaphorical barge pole. And here we have news of the latest release!

After years of rumours, Xtul are finally releasing their first hardcopy EP. It is pretty much what you would expect from a band consisting of peculiar mutants, who live in a redoubt deep in the dank woodlands of North Cornwall. In The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis said that one should never trust something that used to be human, but isn’t now.

As Xtul consists of a man in a wheelchair with the head of an elephant, a little girl with goat’s legs and the statuesque woman with the face of a skull, (and most definitely does NOT include Jon Downes, although he will admit to having produced it and having played guitar on a couple of tracks) you probably shouldn’t trust this lot.

Read on...

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

CFZ-USA

  • GHOSTLY LOOKING BEING ON SECURITY CAMERA
  • TWO NEW BATS DISCOVERED
  • SLENDERMAN
  • NATURE OF SASQUATCH
  • CRYPTID HUNTERS SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS
  • MANTIS-LIKE CREATURES
  • THE TREE THAT EATS COWS
  • ELEPHANTIGER
  • STRANGE PHENOMENA AT DOVE CREEK CAMP
  • WHAT WAS THE MER-COCK?
  • SKUNK APE TERRITOTY
  • WHAT IS BIGFOOT?
  • SASQUATCH ON LICENSE PLATES?
  • £50,000 FOR A CRYPTID
  • AUGUST 2017: FOUR BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS
  • KILLER-WHALE WITH UNUSUAL TALENTS
  • YOWIE SIGHTING 2007
  • WATER HORSE (EACH UISGE) ON ISLE OF MULL
  • BEAST OF BRAY ROAD
  • DID HIKER PHOTOGRAPH BIGFOOT?
  • UFOs AND FLASHING LIGHTS
  • DISEASE IS KILLING SNAKES
  • MUTATING INTO NEW SPECIES?
  • BIGFOOT IN ENGLAND?
  • HIDING FROM BIGFOOT
  • AN OHIO DOGMAN
  • BLACK ANNIS
  • STRANGE CAR JOURNEY
  • BIGFOOT AND MUSIC
  • CUELÉBRE: SERPENT-DRAGON
  • COULD LIZARD MEN EXIST?
  • QIQION/QIQIRN
  • BIGFOOT IN FERDINAND STATE FOREST
  • BIGFOOT IN OKLAHOMA
  • BIGFOOT IN YELLOWSTONE CANYON
  • EACH UISGE - THE WATER HORSE
  • MERMAID REPORT FROM DENMARK
  • STRANGE CREATURE OVER WILMINGTON
  • SECOND SQUATCH FEST
  • 10 REPTILIAN HUMANOIDS
  • APE-MEN OF CANADA
  • MINOTAUR - TERROR OF CRETE
  • CALIFORNIA BIGFOOT AND LAWSUIT
  • BIGFOOT SEEN BY FISHERMAN
  • THE WILD HUNT IN ENGLAND
  • STRANGE HOWLS - IS IT A BIGFOOT?
  • VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT - DECODED?
  • RELIGION AND SCIENCE - FRIENDS NOT ENEMIES
  • ARE THERE GIANTS IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS?
  • MONSTER OF MONTEREY BAY
  • DID BIGFOOT VANDALIZE A WINNEBAGO?
  • MOMO - MONSTER OF MISSOURI
  • JAPANESE RIVER MONSTERS
  • WEIRD EXPERIENCE IN ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • VISITS FROM MEN-IN-BLACK
  • BATTLE WITH BIGFOOT
  • TWELVE CRYPTIDS
  • CRESCENT LAKE MONSTER
  • MITLA - CRYPTID OF BOLIVIA
  • CRYPTID MONSTERS OF ARIZONA
  • FIGHT BETWEEN TWO BIGFOOT
  • DOGMAN OF LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES
  • DOES BIGFOOT EXIST?
  • LITTLE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN AND EUROPE
  • DISAPPEARANCE OF LAKE MONSTER PHOTOS?
  • JAWBONE SHOWS HUMANS EVOLVED EARLIER
  • OWL-WITCHES AND WEREWOLVES
  • BOGGARTS OF LANCASHIRE
  • CAMELS EJECTED FROM BEAUTY CONTEST
  • MONKEYS CLONED IN CHINA
  • CANADIAN HUMANOID ENCOUNTER WAVE
  • ATTACKS BY BIGFOOT
  • COULD GIANTS EXIST?
  • ARE MERMAIDS MYTHICAL?
  • NEW SPECIES OF BEETLE
  • CHUPACABRAS - TRUE OR FALSE?
  • MONSTER OF PAPUA-NEW GUINEA
  • BIGFOOT NEAR BORING
  • WATER CREATURES OF FINNISH FOLKLORE
  • ARE THOUSANDS DISAPPEARING FROM NATIONAL PARKS?
  • HAVE MAMMOTHS BEEN SIGHTED?
  • UFOs AND THE MULTIVERSE
  • ACCOUNT OF ALIEN ABDUCTION
  • XUDELE - NATIVE AMERICAN DOGMAN

  • TSEMAUS - FOLKLORE CREATURE
  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Friday/Saturday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1536 - The Argentine city of Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • New species discovered in Malaysian rainforest dur...
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  • New discovery, more bees mark Michigan's first, fu...
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  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day).