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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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Friday, September 07, 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.


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.




BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF





A Canadian court has dismissed a Bigfoot-believer's lawsuit claiming British Columbia failed in its duty to recognise that sasquatches exist.


In 1969 there was an encounter in Oroville “where Ed Saville and Eldon Butler reported to the local newspaper that they had seen an 8-foot-tall bigfoot ...


MARION, N.C. (WLOS) — A new kind of event is coming to McDowell County this Saturday. The Bigfoot Festival is set to take place from noon until ...

THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




With the passing of the world's last known captive thylacine in Hobart's Domain Zoo on September 7, 1936, the era of certainty ended and that of ...

An amateur naturalist has bought what he hoped were authentic Tasmanian Tiger hairs in a UK auction, and it turns out they were! Colin Veitch ...

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN DOES HIS BIT

The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
 
YER EDITOR SEZ:
 
Graham is taking Corinna to Barnstaple for her CT Scan today, whilst I stay home with Mother and the dogs. I dearly wish it could be the other way round, but I can no longer drive in towns. Poddling along back lanes at 30mph is about all I can manage. Today's scan is likely to be the most important, and possibly the definitive one, so 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...
 
I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold four whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. I think that my video featuring Charlotte in a monster mask, and a very credible Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros Tribute Act in the shape of Andy the Druid, both brandishing axes in a miasma of pink and grey smoke may have been responsible. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc in just over 48,000 years. That is very impressive I think...
 
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 continues to be 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:
 
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: America - A Horse With...
Shostakovich Against Stalin
FOR THOSE OF YOU KIND ENOUGH TO BE INTERESTED IN W...
NEWS FROM YES feat. ARW
 
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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?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Friday/Saturday

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