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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, May 02, 2018

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THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




With the stripes of a tiger, the body shape of a dog and the pouch of a kangaroo, the Australian thylacine was a unique combination of animals. Unfortunately, humans drove it to extinction, and the last one perished in 1936. However, as gene technology advances and the science of “de-extinction” ...

Andrew Pask, a scientist from the University of Melbourne, was part of a team who worked for 10 years to discover all the genetic information of the thylacine. They did this with the help of a four-week-old thylacine joey that had been preserved in a liquid chemical when it died a long time ago. This joey is ...

'You would have to make a lot more changes to make the numbat DNA look like a thylacine but the technology for making those changes has gotten exponentially easier in the last five or so years because of the people who are doing the mammoth work,' Professor Pask said. The Tasmanian Tiger ...


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 GETS ON WITH IT

The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
 
Ummm my name is Jonathan and it has been two weeks since my last drink. Ummm that is totally true, but how long I shall keep it up for I don't know, but I am detoxing for a bit.
 
Graham is currently somewhere over the Atlantic on the way to Boston and then Phoenix, Arizona. he will be away for three weeks, and I am missing him already. Today is Andy the Druid's birthday,and we wish him all that he would wish himself. In other news.......ummm: there isn't any, except for me having finished Jon Dunn's wonderful book about British orchids; in which he sets himself the task of seeing every British orchid species in a single summer. I would recommend it to anyone.
 
Changing the subject completely, is there anyone reading this who has any experience in coding apps? Even more importantly, if you do, would you be prepared to lend your expertise to us for a few hours? Email me please at jon@eclipse.co.uk.
 
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: Al Atkins - Victim Of ...
Discography: Frank Zappa: Episode 4 – Them Or Us t...
LEONARD COHEN TRIBUTE CONCERT
YES NEWS
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
 
Gonzo Weekly #284
THE NO LOVE LIKE STRANGE LOVE ISSUE
 
In the week where things get stranger than strange, Doug interviews the mighty Strangelove, we interview Biff Vernon about a series of maritime art projects in Lincolnshire, John gives us a debriefing about Record Store Day 2018, Alan remembers the Necessaries, and Jon muses on Morrissey and remembers Anarchopunk LPs.
 
#Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit's Neil Nixon doing something rather naughty, AND Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Kev Rowlands AND the irrepressible Corinna, and Roy Weard, and C J Stone, tho' Mr Biffo are sadly absent this week. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and long nosed potoroos who have stood around waiting for other potoroos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have decided to stage a reading of the Samuel Beckett classic, 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:
 
Morrissey, Biff Vernon, Marcus Vergette, Time and Tide Bell, Nile Rodgers, Asia, Kate Bush, Prince, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham,  Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Paul Gray, Bob Dorough, Tim Bergling (aka Avicii), Ian Stuart Colman, Ramon Conchas, Robbee Mariano, Brian Henry Hooper, Inuka, Nabi Tajima, Rick Wakeman, Natural Gas, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Michael Bruce, Man, Doug Harr, Depeche Mode, Strangelove, Alan Dearling, Event Horizon, The Necessaries, John Brodie-Good, Record Store Day 2018, Kev Rowland, The Dark Element, Deluge Grander, Diable Swing Orchestra, Eden Shadow, Elaine Samuels & Kindred Spirit, Electric Wizard, Eye of Nix, Flames of Genesis, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Chris Stone, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Gary Miller, Steve Ignorant, Anarchopunk, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Neil Nixon, Peter Frampton,
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
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?

CFZ PEOPLE: Happy Birthday to Andy Phillipson

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NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



Last year, alleged sightings of the Loch Ness monster rose to eight - the highest number since 2000. In recent years, the most sightings were made in 1996 when 17 accounts were logged with the official register. More sightings were made in the 1930s and the 1960s, when sometimes more than 20 a ...
1933, Loch Ness Monster sighted. The newspaper Inverness Courier ran a story about a local couple that said they saw “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” The story of the “monster” (the Courier editor chose that name) became worldwide news when London reporters descended ...

It was on this day 85 years ago, May 2, 1933, that an extraordinary story appeared in The Inverness Courier newspaper and began a global phenomenon. Aldie Mackay, a hotel manager, and her husband were driving past Loch Ness on a sunny, cool and calm afternoon in April 1933 when they saw ...

CFZ MONTHLY NEWSLETTER #31

Dear Friends,

For those of you not in the know, at the beginning of each month we send out a newsletter to all members of the CFZ. The most recent (which went out a few minutes ago) included articles on OTT, mystery butterfly species, a plea for tolerance, a mystery shark, a "four legged snake", enormous mudpuppies,  Patreon, a new book on vampires, Notes and Queries etc
The infrastructure of the Centre for Fortean Zoology has changed rapidly over the last few years and truthfully doesn’t look like its going to stop changing anytime soon.

The newsletter costs a quid a month (or the equivalent in your currency) and is delivered straight into your inbox by a plethora of tiny invisible elves, or email if your prefer it that way. You can sign up for it here: http://tinyurl.com/jtsq7ew

If you want to view a sample issue click here: http://tinyurl.com/pw7rw9l

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

CFZ-USA


  • BAT-DRAGON OF WISCONSIN
  • AKKOROKAMUI - JAPAN'S SQUIDMAN
  • CRAWLING HUMANOID IN TEXAS
  • SAYTOECHIN - CRYPTID OF THE YUKON
  • THE HANDS OF BIGFOOT
  • DRAGONS OF WALES
  • EARLY TALES OF BIGFOOT
  • BIGFOOT IN ENGLAND
  • EXMOOR BEARS
  • ARE ALIENS INSIDE THE MOON?
  • WHO LIVES IN THE STORM DRAINS?
  • THE KABANDHA
  • DOGMAN ON THE FARM
  • ALABAMA WHITE HUMANOID
  • GIANT WINGED MAN
  • STRANGE CREATURE IN TEXAS
  • MAN-IN-BLACK - WITHOUT FACE
  • THYLACINE - AUSTRALIA'S CRYPTID
  • CAN DOGMEN USE TELEPATHY?
  • BOB GIMLIN AND BIGFOOT
  • BAT-WINGED HUMANOID
  • DIMINUTIVE HUMANOID NEAR BOSTON
  • BIGFOOT URINATES ON CAMPERS
  • SELF-DESTRUCTIVE ANIMAL SPECIES
  • BIGFOOT OF SIBERIA
  • LOVELAND FROGMAN
  • WHITE BIGFOOT IN ILLINOIS
  • DEAD MYSTERY CREATURE IN LIVERPOOL
  • BIGFOOT IN KENTUCKY?
  • SLAVIC WOODLAND FAIRIES
  • RATATOSKR - NORSE MYTHICAL SQUIRREL
  • TARASQUE - DRAGON OF PROVENCE
  • PENNSYLVANIA BIGFOOT PROJECT
  • BIGFOOT IN NEW JERSEY
  • UNKNOWN AUSTRALIAN SPECIES
  • BIGFOOT SPIES FROM BEHIND ROCK
  • LAKE TOTA MONSTER
  • THREE HUMANOID BEINGS
  • LONG-NECKED SEAL
  • BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERS
  • BERWICK SEA MONSTER
  • BIGFOOT MAY BE OUT THERE
  • NEW BIRD-OF-PARADISE DISCOVERED
  • AUTOMOBILE IN 1742.
  • FLYING HUMANOID IN BRAZIL


  • VIDEO OF STRANGE MUTANT FISH
  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1670 - The Hudson Bay Company was founded by England's King Charles II. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Space muscles study to use tiny worms
  • Race for Mexico's 'cocaine of the sea' pushes two ...
  • King cobras in Thailand: why some villagers worshi...
  • Israeli Parks authority: Beached sea turtles likel...

  • Diving deep into the blue whale genome reveals the...

  • 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)