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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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Monday, July 23, 2018

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.




BIG CAT ROUND UP

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.

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    RIDING HIGH WITH THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
     
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
     
    Richard came up yesterday and told us all his adventures. Much to his and my excitement, we found that the camera trap pictures included one of a bear, as well as two jackals, and some wild boar. I always enjoy it when he visits. Sadly, because of his work commitments, that is not very often these days. Saturday was Corinna's and my 11th wedding anniversary (I am not sure whether those two words should be capitalised) and I truly don't know where the last decade and a bit has gone...
     
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
     
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    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
     
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
     
    Gonzo Weekly #295-6
    THE BANISHING THE SUMMERTIME BLUES BUMPER ISSUE
     
    In this remarkably eclectic issue, Kev interviews the  legendary Robert Berry about 3, his  relationship with Keith Emerson and more. Alan goes to Holmesfest, Richard goes to the New Forest Folk Festival, and John goes to The Moon. Doug investigates Depeche Mode, Jon asks why YouTube is so cruel, and wonders whether Joan Aiken was the mother of Steampunk, and questions whether anyone will get his Dornford Yates joke... YOU CANNOT GET MUCH MORE ECLECTIC THAN THAT!
     
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    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from all sorts of folk including Kev Rowlands, the irrepressible Corinna, Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, and Mr Biffo. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and red kangaroos who've lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with the largest extant macropods who are in a quandry with regards their footwear, 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:
     
    The Countryside Alliance, Alice Cooper, Paul McCartney, Gorillaz, Fish, Suede, Paul Simon, Pussy Riot, Paul Weller, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Theryl DeClouet, Stanley Jospeh Lewis, Ponty Bone, K Rani, David Clive King, Carl Stefan Demert, Stuart Oliver Knussen, CBE, Brett Hoffman, Garry Lowe, Hayley Stephens, Depeche Mode, Vlatko Ilievski, Vince Martin, Francois Budet, James Edward Malloy, Adrian Cronauer, Saman Kunan, Rick Wakeman, Michael Bruce, Natural Gas, Kev Rowland, Robert Berry, Keith Emerson, Jethro Tull, Alan Dearling, Holmesfest, Dripp, Loco Bee, Lifeline, Ariel Posen, Chloe Wightman, Oliver Payn, Sarah Howells, Dean James and the Black Dogs, Bryde, Bwani Junction, Richard Foreman, New Forest Folk Festival, Gilmore and Roberts, Green Diesel,  Edwina Hayes, Ward Thomas, Burgess, Nicol and Kemp, Southampton Ukelele Jam, Winter Wilson, Hunter Muskett, Coco and the Butterfields, Reg Meuross, Julie Felix, TRADarrr, Matt Black, Tenderlore, Chris Leslie, The Gerry Colvin Band, Dean Friedman, Little Johnny England, Feast of Fiddles, John Brodie-Good, Museum of the Moon, Mancunian Candidate, Maverick, UPF, Universe Infinity, Unruly Child, Vantomme, Vespero, Zero for Conduct, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Chris Stone, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Joan Aiken, Elvis, Allman Brothers, Muse, Neil Nixon, Billy Fury
     
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    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?

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