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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, April 12, 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.

  • NEWSLINK: Six tigers from Madhya Pradesh to find n...
  • VIDEO: Porcupine takes on seven lions, with an inc...
  • ARTICLE: Stalking Big Cats: The Mountain Lion and ...
  • NEWSLINK: Wild boars kill six year-old tiger
  • PHOTO: Villagers In Spiti Valley First Captured A ...

  • PHOTO: Woman fights off ‘tiger’ with a stick, post..

  • THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




    The thylacine, a unique carnivorous marsupial that went extinct mainly due to hunting in Tasmania some 80 years ago, became the inspiration for a ritual that would honor the passage of creatures most people had never heard of. It's since become something of a mascot for RDLS, which has been held ...

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Myth comes to life at Bigfoot panel discussion
    04/12/2018. Nicolas Jozefczyk | a&e editor. The creature, the myth, the legend: Bigfoot took center stage at a riveting debate last Thursday, April 5. A resident assistant floor program, orchestrated by Carlee Shifko, an RA in Assumption Hall and PY1 pharmacy student, pitted two doctors of science against ...

    Southeast Texas Bigfoot Conference coming soon to... - Cryptid Chronicles
    Friday, April 20, at the Walker County Fairgrounds in Huntsville, and feature many speakers on Saturday, April 21. Included are: M.K. Davis, who will talk about “Differences between the true Bigfoot and Sasquatch.” Ken Gerhard, a field investigator for the Centre for Fortean Zoology, who will speak on ...

    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.





    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN SINGS

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
     
    I felt bloody awful yesterday, and passed out in the middle of critiquing the latest OTT with Graham and Charlotte, I apologise for that, my dears.. Luckily I was relatively compos mentis when we received a visit from my distant cousin Peter and his family all the way from Canada. I am back on the horse today though. No, I rephrase that. I am back in the saddle today. Otherwise I expect everyone will read all sorts of inferences that aren't there...
     
    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:
     
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    BILL BRUFORD AT UB
    YES FEATURING ARW WORLD TOUR
    RIGHT ON RICK
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Berlioz - Symphonie fa...
     
    Gonzo Weekly #281
    THE LET THERE BE DRUMS ISSUE
     
    Doug goes to see Carl Palmer with the ELP Legacy, and is happy to say that the percussional wunderkind of half a century ago still has what it takes, Alan and Phil give an encyclopaedic overview of ladies who have sung the blues, Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind, and Jon brings us up to date with a follow up on last week's article about Steve Andrews.
     
    #Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, BUT Friday Night Progressive is on hiatus this week, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Kev Rowlands, C J Stone, and Mr Biffo AND the irrepressible Corinna, although Roy Weard is sady absent this week. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have stood around in twos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have paired up under last weekend's blue moon, 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:
     
    Steve Andrews, Sheffield tree-felling, Beatles, Jay-Z, Tony Banks, David Bowie, Morrissey, Mark 'E' Everett, Bob Dylan, Elton John, #200Fish, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Kenny O'Dell, Caleb Scofield, Lívia Rév, Sabahudin Kurt, Brendon Whitney, Michael Tree, Frode Magnus Viken, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Audrey Morris, Ahmed Janka Nabay, Barbro Margareta Svensson (Lill-Babs), Walter Frederick George Williams (Bill Maynard), Mike Harrison, Philip Ballantyne Kerr, Rick Wakeman, Natural Gas, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Michael Bruce, Man,  Doug  Harr, Carl Palmer, ELP Legacy, Alan Dearling, Phil Bayliss, Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading, Big Mama Thornton, Memphis Minnie, Odetta, Angela Y. Davis, Kev Rowland, Seconds Before Landing, Sound Storm, Squealer, Starsabout, Sulphatketamine, Taproban, Tonochrome, Weend'o, Mr Biffo, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, G.T. Reels, Elvis, The Who, Syd Barrett, Jimi Hendrix, Fornicating Female Freaks, Dr John
     
    And the last few issues are:
     
    Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
    Issue 279 (Biffo)
    Issue 278 (The Beatles)
    Issue 277 (Auld Man's Baccie)
    Issue 276 (Dukes of the Orient)
    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: Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1204 - The Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


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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)