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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, September 03, 2018

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.

  • SIGHTING? UK: 'I drove alongside a puma in Tatenhi...
  • PHOTO: Trail camera captures perfectly timed photo...
  • SIGHTING? UK: ‘Huge beast Puma’ spotted in Sheffie...
  • NEWSLINK: Leopard's body found at Brahmpuri Colony...
  • CARL WRITES: Examination of BetaFlight YouTube vid...
  • BetaFlight 3.0.0 Testing + Big Cat Sighting

  • NEWSLINK: Forest Department bans picnic in Mendora...
  • 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 COLDHARBOUR DIARIES: Jon feels like Madonna

    I have just released a digital album, and—partly as an experiment to see if what people say about the current state of the music industry—and partly to stoke my massive ego, I am actually trying to promote it for a change, but sharing my experiences with you guys in readershipland...

    https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases

    I know how Madonna feels now, as her royalties come pouring in. I have now sold TWO copies of my new record....

    Read on...
    https://wyrdsounds.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-coldharbour-diaries-jon-feels-like.html

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS SELF AWARE

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
    And so another week dawns, and I am feeling surprisingly pleased with myself. Work begins on the new issue of Animals & Men, and on all sorts of other jolly things. The long awaited (OK, by Kev and Steve Rider and probably nobody else) sequel to 'The Song of Panne' is nearly ready to be released, and we have stuffed marrow for tea. Life doesn't really get much better than that!
    I know how Madonna feels now, as her royalties come pouring in. I have now sold TWO copies of my new record, 'Coldharbour', and I am remarkably pleased with myself. For years I have just put my new music up on Spotify and basically forgotten it. Now, just for fun, I am playing the promotion game (and hoping that whatever I learn from these PR games will assist me in my day jobs with the CFZ and Gonzo). I have even started an EPK for anyone who wants to review the record. Please email me on jon@eclipse.co.uk if that is the case, and please be nice. My ego is far too fragile for the sort of criticism that some reviewers dish out. 
    Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
    Corinna is pain free, and although she has intermittent discomfort is doing rather well. There is no further news from the hospital except for the fact that she needs more tests, and so the waiting game continues. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. I am convinced that the barrage of love and blessings you have sent us so far has borne remarkable results...
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
    Benjamin Britten interview, 1968
    "WE'RE THE ENGLISH N*GGERS": Eric Burdon Explains ...
    WONDROUS STORIES FROM YES, YES AND UMMMM YES
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:   Man 'Day and Night' ...
    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:
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    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
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    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
    Our webTV show:
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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 #301-2
    THE PEACE AND LOVE ISSUE
    In another fantastically fab issue, Richard meets Ringo Starr and goes into Therapy, Jon examines the autobiography of Cosey from Throbbing Gristle, John goes analogue, Doug goes to see Erasure, and Chris and Graham independently mention Eric Clapton, Alan gets the blues from Toby Mottershead, Raz goes to see Yes feat. ARW, Graham muses on Hawkwind and Arthur Brown, and Jon gets all apocalyptic and then releases an album.
    #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 and the irrepressible Corinna AND Mr Biffo are back on board.  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:
    Ken Worthington, John Shuttleworth, Apple Records, Ed Sheeran, Aretha Franklin, Neil Young, Daryl Hannah, Michael Jackson, Michael Raz Rescigno, YES featuring Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman, Bart Lancia, Peter Gabriel, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Lindsay Keith Kemp, Anthony Toby Hiller, Marvin Neil Simon, Edward Calhoun King, Leslie Carswell Johnson, Spencer Patrick Jones, Turgut Berkes, Khaira Arby, Jack Constanzo, Danny Pearson, Jill Janus, Collins Leysath "DJ Ready Red", Kyle Pavone, Elliot "Ellie" Mannette, Rick Wakeman, Michael Bruce, Natural Gas, Richard Stellar, Ringo Starr, Doug Harr, Erasure, Alan Dearling, Toby Mottershead, The Barrels Ale House, John Brodie Good, sound systems, Analogue, Stephen Fearing, Kev Rowland, Arena, Black Foxxes, Black Moth, Bob Arthurs & Steve Lamattina, The Bonnevilles, Bulletboys,Crosson, Roo, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Chris Stone, Eric Clapton, Hawkwind, Arthur Brown, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Carlos Santana, Elvis, Neil Nixon, Diamanda Galas.
    And the last few issues are:
    Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
    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?

    THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

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  • REPTILIAN IN RUSSIA
  • BIGFOOT OF MALAYSIA
  • 3 DIFFERENT CREATURES IN BRAZIL
  • FURRY HUMANOID ON ALL FOURS
  • DOGMAN ON LONG ISLAND
  • FILES ON BIGFOOT
  • DID THIS MAN SEE THE LOCH NESS MONSTER?
  • SAVING THE BUFFALO
  • WHAT IS THIS?
  • A SEA SERPENT EXPLANATION
  • BIGFOOT - MYTHOLOGICAL BACKGROUND
  • DOGMAN IN SWEDEN
  • DOGMAN IN BRAZIL
  • UNIDENTIFIED ANIMAL IN NORTH AMERICA
  • STRANGE HOUND IN SOUTH AFRICA
  • SCARY BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER IN OREGON
  • CLIMATE CHANGE AND ECOSYSTEMS
  • CFZ MEMBERS' NEWSLETTER
  • SKUNK APE SIGHTINGS
  • LARGE MONITOR CAUSES FEAR IN FLORIDA
  • GOATMAN OF LAKE ELMORE
  • JUBOKKO - JAPANESE VAMPIRE TREE
  • OZARK BIGFOOT STORIES RECORDED
  • YOWIE IN ORMEAU
  • GROVER KRANTZ BIGFOOT PRESENTATION
  • INTERNATIONAL BIGFOOT CONFERENCE
  • STILL ON THE PROWL
  • BIRD DIVERSITY IN THE AMAZON REGION
  • CAN CRYPTOZOOLOGY HELP CONSERVATION?
  • AN EXTRAORDINARY STORY
  • GENE-EDITING ON DOGS
  • WHY ARE DOGS FRIENDLY?
  • FAIRIES AND EVANS-WENTZ
  • WERE SASQUATCH AND DOGMAN ENGINEERED?
  • GIANT TURTLES IN U.S. RIVERS
  • SKUNK APE CROSSES ROAD
  • IS THIS A BABY BIGFOOT?
  • TRINITY RIVER MONSTER
  • CHUPACABRA IN 2017
  • GARGOLA ACTIVE IN PUERTO RICO
  • MOON A VENUSIAN COLONY - PART 3
  • POLAND: HUGE PYTHON ESCAPES
  • JONATHAN DOWNES MAKES DIGITAL ALBUM
  • DOES AIR POLLUTION CAUSE DIMINISHING INTELLIGENCE?...
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  • INDRID COLD AND THE MOTHMAN LEGEND
  • ROPEN - IS IT A PTEROSAUR?
  • BIGFOOT SIGHTING AT HOTSPOT
  • BIGFOOT IN TEXAS
  • BIGFOOT IN OKLAHOMA
  • ENCOUNTER WITH THE YEREN
  • MOON COLONIZED BY VENUSIANS - PART 2
  • TALKING ROOSTER
  • BIGFOOT/UFO ABDUCTION
  • CAPTURED BY LITTLE PEOPLE
  • SKOGSRĂ… AND OTHER CREATURES
  • BIZARRE FLYING CREATURE
  • WAS MERMAID VIDEOED IN PUERTO RICO?
  • BAHAMA NUTHATCH NOT EXTINCT
  • STRANGE CREATURE - BIRD? TURTLE? FISH?
  • WHAT WERE THE GREEN FIREBALLS?
  • HUMANOID WITH ANTLERS
  • LOCALS SPEAK ABOUT MOTHMAN
  • MAN RAISED BY WOLVES
  • TWO MONSTER PHOTOGRAPHS
  • FIVE ALIEN TYPES
  • BEAST OF BELARUS
  • LOOKING FOR A HOME
  • DID VENUSIANS COLONIZE THE MOON?
  • BIGFOOT AND INFRASOUND
  • NIGHTJAR AND CHUPACABRA
  • SHADOW CREATURE OF TEXAS
  • CANINE-HYBRIDS
  • DID AMAZONS EXIST?
  • CHURCH GRIM/KIRKGRIM
  • BIGFOOT IN MICHAUX STATE FOREST
  • BIGFOOTIN THE WILDFIRES
  • BIGFOOT TOSSES A TREE
  • YEREN - CHINA'S BIGFOOT
  • HYBRID PYTHONS IN FLORIDA
  • OUTSIZE SPIDER IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
  • HAS A HUMAN CROSSED WITH AN ORANG UTAN?
  • DOGMAN IN PENNSYLVANIA
  • GNOMES, IMPS AND TOMMYKNOCKERS
  • DOGMEN, WOMEN-IN-BLACK (AND THEIR MALE COUNTERPART...
  • ARGENTINA: STRANGE CATTLE MUTILATION
  • A MEETING WITH YOWIE



  • PORTLAND CRYPTOZOOLOGY CONFERENCE
  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday/Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN -   1189 - England's King Richard I was crowned in Westminster. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • Primates adjust grooming to their social environme...
  • The first endemic Baltic Sea fish species received...
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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)