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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, March 14, 2018

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

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  • BIGFOOT USES TELEPATHY
  • SOME ASIAN CRYPTIDS
  • HOW LONG DID THYLACOLEO SURVIVE?
  • TROLLS ON THE ROAD
  • UNICORN ENCOUNTERS
  • SHOCKING MERMAID HOAX
  • CHASED BY GIGANTIC BAT
  • ARE THESE ALIEN REMAINS?
  • TIBETANS HAVE STRANGE GENE
  • HUNTER COULD NOT KILL BIGFOOT
  • WALKER LAKE MONSTERS
  • DRONE IN LOCH NESS MONSTER HUNT
  • HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY A WEREWOLF?
  • IS THERE A SEA MONSTER OFF WALES?
  • IN PURSUIT OF BIGFOOT
  • IS BIGFOOT GIGANTOPITHECUS?
  • MYSTERY FISH ON AUSTRALIAN BEACH
  • BONNACON - LEGENDARY CREATURE
  • LAKE MONSTER IN VERMONT?
  • A BIGFOOT PROBLEM
  • IRISH BIGFOOT IN SPERRIN MOUNTAINS
  • ARE THERE CRYPTIDS IN THE BIBLE?
  • SMALL HAIRY BEINGS
  • STRANGE BEINGS OF LUDCHURCH
  • ALIEN ABDUCTION/UFO IN CONNECTICUT
  • DIMINUTIVE HUMANOID REPORTED FROM SUMATRA
  • SINGING FISH
  • DOES MEGALANIA SURVIVE?
  • MYSTERY ANIMAL REMAINS DISCOVERED
  • FAIRIES ON SKYE
  • DOGMAN OR WEREWOLF?
  • WOMAN HAS BIGFOOT EXPERIENCE
  • WHITE DOBBIE - PARANORMAL HARE
  • LEGEND OF THE DOVER DEMON
  • CREATURE LOOKS LIKE ELEPHANT'S TRUNK
  • TIGERS - HOW MANY SUBSPECIES?
  • DEFEAT OF MONSTER FROG
  • NATURE OF SASQUATCH
  • DOGMAN: DIFFERENT KINDS
  • VAQUITA PORPOISE UNDER THREAT
  • USO OFF KEY WEST
  • UNKNOWN ANIMAL SLAYS GEESE
  • IS AN ALIEN BURIED IN TEXAS?
  • MYSTERIOUS BLACK FIGURE WITH WHITE EYES

  • GIANT RAIL OF MAURITIUS
  • 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.

  • NEWSLINK: Protecting tigers could be beneficial fo...
  • VIDEO: Zoo Keeper Mauled And Eaten Alive By Tiger ...
  • NEWSLINK: Tipeshwar emerging a tiger haven
  • NEWSLINK: Tiger deaths: Lab reports confirm big ca...

  • ARTICLE: A walk on the wild side
  • 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.





    GOODNESS ME IT'S THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
     
    Ummmmmmmmm. For some reason The ballad of Reading Gaol is going round my head today...
     
    He walked amongst the Trial Men
      In a suit of shabby grey;
    A cricket cap was on his head,
      And his step seemed light and gay;
    But I never saw a man who looked
      So wistfully at the day.
     
    I never saw a man who looked
      With such a wistful eye
    Upon that little tent of blue
      Which prisoners call the sky,
    And at every drifting cloud that went
      With sails of silver by.
     
    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:
     
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore seems to be in order: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
     
    buy my novel:
    buy the record by the main protagonist of the novel who isn't me in an elephant mask, honest:
    buy my single:
     
    But for now, here is the news:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Captain Beefheart Upon...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Frank Zappa - Interview - 12/8/1984 - unknown (Off...
    CORKY LAING SURPRISE
     
    Gonzo Weekly #277
    THE CAN BLUE MEN SING THE WHITES? ISSUE
     
    We visit the Northeast of England to meet Davey and Nick from Auld Man's Baccie, Alan finds DakhaBrakha, an insane ensemble from The Ukraine, Doug starts to explore Split Enz and the Finn brothers, Neil looks at New Zealand psychedelia, and Mr Biffo pitches a new TV show.
     
    Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Kev Rowlands, Roy Weard, C J Stone, and 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:
     
    Eric Burdon, Silver Fox Cafe, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, The Mind Map, Motorhead, Jeff Beck, Robert Smith's Meltdown, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, NME, Jeff St John, Trevor Graham Baylis CBE, John Charles Kenneth Gardestad, Brandon Dean Jenkins, Ronald Lawrence Victor Prophet, Bill Burkette, Alexander Buchanan, Patrick Doyle, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Billion Dollar Babies, Rick Wakeman, Tangerine Dream, Auld Man's Baccie, David Curtis, Nick Phillips, Doug Harr, Split Enz, Alan Dearling, DakhaBrakha, Neil Arnold, New Zealand Psychedelia, Kev Rowland, Toothgrinder, Trepaneringsritualen, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Until the Sky Dies, Veni Vidi, We Came as Romans, Wildness, World War Me, The Adicts, Apartment 213, Mr Biffo, Digitiser The Show, Roy Weard, CJ Stone, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, ElectricNick, The Beatles, The Wonder Years.
     
    And the last few issues are:
     
    Issue 275 (Martin Gordon)
    Issue 274 (Steve Took)
    Issue 273 (Live Dead 69)
    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)
     
    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?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1489 - Catherine Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, sold her kingdom to Venice. She was the last of the Lusignan dynasty. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • Playing both ends: Amphibian adapted to varied evo...
  • Domestic goat dating back to the Neolithic Corded ...
  • Kansas DWPT to conduct five-year review of imperil...
  • First video of 'dumbo' octopod hatchling shows tha...


  • Biodiversity loss raises risk of 'extinction casca...


  • 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)