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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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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking.


THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN DISLIKES THE BANKERS

The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
So why is tomorrow's blog posts going up this evening? Wehave had a very surreal day culminating in Graham taking a chainsaw apart in the sitting room whilst Mother looks on in interest. Graham needs access to my computers tomorrow morning and we are filming in the afternoon, so by doing the blogs early I can havce a bit of respite...
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:
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Dmitri Shostakovich - ...
IAIN MATTHEWS NEWS
LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS AGAIN
BILL BRUFORD NEWS
Gonzo Weekly #272
THE GUDBUY T'GEORGE ISSUE
In this poignant issue, Tim bids a fond farewell to his friend George Butler of the Pink Fairies who died this week, John investigates Op Art, Richard writes about Mickey Hart, late of the Grateful Dead, Graham about Hawkwind, the saga of Xtul comes to an end for now, and Jon feels blessed by the comfort of strangers.
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND Mack Maloney. TheRE ARE 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 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:
George Harrison, Phillip Glass, Jon Anderson, Prince, Elton John, Joey Molland, John Payne, Dukes of the Orient, Erik Norlander, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Asmund Bjorken, Eddie Shaw, Heinz Jakob "Coco" Schumann, Grant Fell, Neil Harris, Reese Francis "Buzz"  Clifford III, Floyd Miles, David Holland, Hannah Hauxwell, George Butler, Barbara Dixon, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Tim Rundall, John Brodie-Good, Bridget Riley, Jim Lambie, Victor Vasarely, Richard Foreman, Mickey Hart, Kev Rowland, Isenordal, Jason Paul Curtis, Jeff Dingler, Jessica Wolff, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, John Lennon, Elvis, Cream,
Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd
And the last few issues are:
Issue 271 (Mark E Smith)
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?

BHM STUDY GROUP UPDATES

There is some confusion following my announcement last week that Glen Vaudrey and Colin Schneider are now running the CFZ BHM Study Group. One commentator posted that she was very pleased that the CFZ were now studying such things.

The CFZ have always studied such things and there has been a BHM Study Group since 2002. It has, however, been in abeyance for a few years due to the illness and subsequent death of the original coordinator. The group is not just studying either British phenomena or zooform phenomena. The idea is to act as a clearing house and to promote research – using the scientific method – into all BHM phenomena, whether it be physical or parapsychological in origin.

I would urge everyone who is interested in joining in such research to get in touch with Glen or Colin, or – conversely – with me, and I will pass your messages on.

Good luck chaps and chapesses.

POWLERS PIECE CARCASS UPDATES

Just to keep you all updated, on the 12th of January this year, Graham, Charlotte and I took a party of journalists and videogame executives to two locations in North Devon, where there have been a string of sightings of alleged big cats over the last few years. At the second of these, a dismembered sheep skeleton was found by Mike Levaggi of Hope and Glory Publicity. The skeleton has been examined by Charlotte, and by Carl Marshall. These two preliminary examinations have yielded the following results:

  •  The skeleton appears to be of an elderly sheep, as seen by the wear on its teeth. In our opinion, is would have been too large to have been carried off by a fox. 
  •   If the predator had been a domestic dog, the animal would have been torn apart in situ
  • There is no sign that either primary or secondary predation by a badger has taken place. There is not enough damage to the bones to suggest this.
  • There are no signs of human interference; cut marks from a hatchet or knife. Therefore, we can conclude it was not butchered. The fact that the skeleton was found in a small thicket adjoining a road, at least a quarter of a mile from the nearest sheep, would confirm this.
  • There are bite marks on the skeleton at various points. These have been photographed and sent to Lars Thomas for his instructions as to what we do next.
  • The muzzle of the skull was damaged and it appears to have been done in a similar fashion to other skulls supposedly of creatures killed by big cats, who have clamped their jaws over the muzzle of their victim in order to subdue it by suffocation.
  • Graham and Carl have deployed a trail cam inside the thicket. The thicket is apparently part of a well-used animal road-crossing track, and it will be interesting to find out what animals habitually use this path.
  • None of this evidence is conclusive, but it is interesting and does support the hypothesis that there is at least one non-native predator at large in the Powler’s Piece area of North Devon.


CARL AND OLIVIA FOR THE MYSTERY CAT STUDY GROUP

As you may have noticed, we are in the middle of the biggest shake up that the CFZ has had in some years. 

Last week, I announced that Glen Vaudrey and Colin Schneider are taking over the CFZ BHM study group. Now, it is the turn of our other dedicated study group: the Mystery Cat Study Group. 

This was the first of our study groups, but none of the people that have been in charge of it have ever worked out the way that I have hoped. 

However, I am pleased to announce that – effective immediately – Carl Marshall is taking over the study group. Olivia, who has been running the big cat news aggregator for the last 18 months will carry on doing so, and will basically be helping Carl make the CFZ Big Cat Study Group an outfit to be reckoned with!


Good luck chaps!

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