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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, February 15, 2018

UMMMMMM

I don't know whether any of you ever read the Daily Express, but if you do you might have noticed the following article which is partly about me:
 
 
I would like to make a few comments:
 
1. This footage is NOT new; it first surfaced last spring
2. It was not uploaded by me, nor do I know who uploaded it
3. The figure in the video is certainly human, although whether or not claims that it is a member of an unknown tribe of pygmys are yet to be substantiated.
4. I have no idea whether or not it is a fake.
5. It most certainly does NOT show orang pendek.
6. Orang Pendek, which I most certainly believe does exist, is - in my opinion - likely to be an upright walking ape closely relatedto the known species of orang utan.
7. This sentance: "Cryptids also aim to prove that some animals, that are known to be extinct, are in fact still alive in small numbers." makes no sense at all. Cryptods are species of animals suspected not proven to exist.
 
But apart from that it is an excellent article.
 
ciaou....
 

THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




The Tasmanian Tiger, or thylacine, was a large, wolf-like marsupial known for its distinctive stripes and wide jaw. It went extinct on the mainland of Australia in the 1800s, and around the same time, the Tassie government put a bounty on the animals. Pretty soon it went extinct there, too. The last known ...

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH HEN HOPS

The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
 
I don't know whether any of you ever read the Daily Express, but if you do you might have noticed the following article which is partly about me:
 
 
I would like to make a few comments:
 
1. This footage is NOT new; it first surfaced last spring
2. It was not uploaded by me, nor do I know who uploaded it
3. The figure in the video is certainly human, although whether or not claims that it is a member of an unknown tribe of pygmys are yet to be substantiated.
4. I have no idea whether or not it is a fake.
5. It most certainly does NOT show orang pendek.
6. Orang Pendek, which I most certainly believe does exist, is - in my opinion - likely to be an upright walking ape closely relatedto the known species of orang utan.
7. This sentance: "Cryptids also aim to prove that some animals, that are known to be extinct, are in fact still alive in small numbers." makes no sense at all. Cryptods are species of animals suspected not proven to exist.
 
But apart from that it is an excellent article.
 
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:
 
HAWKWIND IN THE NEWS
FRANK ZAPPA NEWS
RICK SPRINGFIELD IN THE NEWS
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beach Boys - I Get...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
 
Gonzo Weekly #273
THE GRATEFUL DUDES ISSUE
 
In this ultimately groovy issue, John goes to see Live Dead ‘69, featuring various luminaries including Tom Constanten who was with the Grateful Dead during some of their classic years, Nick interviews Dee Dee Ramone’s widow, Alan interviews Dave Randall from Faithless, Jon muses on The Beatles’ White Album and goes back to Hong Kong. And yes, kiddos, there is oodles more!
 
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:
 
Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, The Beatles, Quincy Jones, Neil Young, Marillion, Queen + Adam Lambert, Robert Smith, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres,  Zeno Roth, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Dennis Edwards Jr., Moses Nakintije Ssekibogo, Charles John Mahoney, Mickey Jones, John Perry Barlow, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Alan Dearling, Dave Randall, John Brodie-Good, Grateful Dead, Live Dead69, Auburn Acoustic, Liz Lenton, Nick Redfern, Vera Ramone, Kev Rowland, The Black Noodle Project, The Kennedy Veil, Art Zoyd, Existence, King Goat, Troy Kingi, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Elvis, Grateful Dead, Paul McCartney, Happy Mondays
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 272 (George Butler)
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?

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



Minnesota's Most Recent Bigfoot Sightings
Bigfoot sightings happen everywhere, and Minnesota seems like it would be the perfect place for one! Here are the three most recent sightings in our state!


There are a lot of people in this country who claim to believe in the existence of Bigfoot. But one California woman believes so strongly in the beast that she's actually filed a lawsuit to prove it. Last March, Claudia Ackley of Crestline, California, was hiking with her two daughters through the woods near ...

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1758 - Mustard was advertised for the first time in America. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Humans take up too much space -- and it's affectin...
  • Swaths of Asia inhabited by surprisingly related '...
  • Weird: Naked Mole Rats Don't Die of Old Age

  • Think of honeybees as 'livestock,' not wildlife, a...

  • 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)