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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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Sunday, August 26, 2018

CRYPTOLINK: Yeren story

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 


It was nearly 40 years ago, but Yuan Yuhao remembers his brush with “China's answer to Bigfoot” like it was yesterday. “It was about 3 o'clock in the ...

CFZ MONTHLY NEWSLETTER #35

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, modern oarfish folklore, a crocodile in Plymouth back in 1933, a cannibal rooster, the identity of a South American ape girl, 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

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THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN MIGHT

The Gonzo Daily: Sunday
 
YER EDITOR SEZ:
 
I know that it is custom and practise for me to present the Sunday blogs in the form of bad poetry, but in the light of current events in my life, I truly cannot bring myself to. Corinna tells me that she feels perfectly normal today, and she certainly doesn't look ill. Let us all pray that when we get the test results back this week, the diagnosis (and therefore the subsequent prognosis) is better than we have feared. Thank you all for your kindness and good wishes. They are truly welcome, and - without hyperbole - awe inspiring.
 
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
 
KEN WORTHINGTON WRITES
YES FEATURING ARW IN THE NEWS
BLODYN PIG IN PROG
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  GREGORIAN CHANTS by A...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
 
OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF FROM THE GONZOVERSE:
 
For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
 
And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
And, yes,
 
CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
 
UK
US
 
AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
 
Our webTV show:
 
And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
 
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 #299/300
THE RESPECT IS DUE ISSUE
 
In another fun packed and spectacularly Gonzoesque issue, Doug goes to see Bow wow wow and ABC and Belinda Carlisle and more at Retro Futura, Alan loves Courtney Barnett's new album, and looks at the return of the Necessary Animals, Jon bitches
about Fake News and praises snarky online book critiquing, Graham examines a Hawkwind rarity that isn't and there is poetry
from Thom and Josephine Dunn.
 
#Hail Eris!
 
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, Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard BUT the irrepressible Corinna AND Mr Biffo are on hiatus.  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:
 
John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Alice Cooper, Richard Thompson, Caravan, Curved Air, ULU, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, Joy Division, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Linda Mkhize, Jose Carlos Almenar Otero, Majid Al-Majid, Jett McKee (Scepaz), Navid Izadi, Randall Desmond Archibald, Aretha Louise Franklin, Rick Wakeman, Michael Bruce, Natural Gas, Doug Harr, Alan Dearling, Courtney Barnett, Josephine Dunn, Kev Rowland, Acherontas, Alight, The Amorettes, Andrew Neu, Auri, Axel Rudi Pell, Agnostic Front, Hell to Pay, Necessary Animals, Stephen Clarke 1980, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Ana Mardoll, Neil Nixon, Charlotte Gainsbourg
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Straqngelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
 
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: Sunday

ON THIS DAY IN -   55 B.C. - Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • Protecting oceans in Patagonia for a more sustaina...
  • Black hairstreaks found miles from their heartland...
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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)