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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, June 17, 2019

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.




LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

CFZ-USA

  • HAKAWAI - THE BIRD YOU DON'T SEE
  • BIGFOOT IN FLORIDA
  • DARK FLYING CREATURE
  • IS CORSICA CAT NEW SPECIES?
  • FREE WEREWOLF e-BOOK
  • SPIDER MAY MAKE INDUSTRY SAFER
  • BIGFOOT - BIG, BLACK, HAIRY
  • DINGONEK - CRYPTID OF KENYA
  • GREAT KOOLUNGA BUNYIP HUNT
  • HOVERING CREATURE IN TEXAS
  • WENDIGO IN TEXAS
  • BIGFOOT FOOTPRINT IN OKLAHOMA?
  • A SPEEDY BIGFOOT
  • MUSHROOM FAIRY RINGS
  • WHERE IS THE MORGANTOWN PYTHON?
  • BIGFOOT IN THE BACKYARD
  • SLEEP PARALYSIS ALIEN ENCOUNTER
  • BROWNIES - HOUSEHOLD SPRITES
  • RESEARCH INTO CHOCOLATE CAKE
  • CREATURE OF UMBOI ISLAND
  • FUNGAL INFECTION THREATENS KAKAPO
  • MEN IN BLACK
  • MONSTERS OF YUKON
  • TWO ENCOUNTERS WITH BIGFOOT
  • SCOOCUMS OF MOUNT ST HELENS
  • FOREIGN PARROTS INVADE UNITED STATES
  • BIGFOOT LIKES CANDY
  • PURSUED BY A SHAPESHIFTER
  • SIGHTING OF LOCH NESS MONSTER
  • LIGER BRED IN SOUTH CAROLINA
  • BLACK PANTHER IN AUSTRALIA
  • BIGFOOT SCRATCHING AT HER DOOR
  • KIDRICK SWAMP WHATSIT
  • IS THIS A BIGFOOT TOOTH?
  • INSECTS ENDANGERED
  • BEWARE OF RABID ANIMALS
  • BIGFOOT IN SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
  • OGOPOGO ON VIDEO?
  • LARGE SNAKE WITH FINS
  • PARANA CREATURE
  • ELASMOSAUR FOSSIL UNEARTHED IN ANTARCTICA
  • BIGFOOT ENTERS HOME
  • BIGFOOT SITS ON STUMP
  • DOG SAVES FAWN'S LIFE
  • UFO OVER CUBA
  • WINGED BEING OVER FALLS CITY
  • MORE ON THE WUHNAN TOADS
  • SASQUATCH PROBABILITIES EXAMINED
  • MICHIGAN MONSTER
  • MICHIGAN DOGMAN ENCOUNTERS
  • MOOSE IN NEW ZEALAND
  • IVANITSKY CREATURE
  • JAGUAR COLOR VARIANTS
  • FAIRY FOLKLORE
  • TEN LAKE MONSTERS
  • FOOTAGE OF CHAMP?
  • LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK/FOUKE MONSTER FESTIVAL

  • BLACK TIGERS
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS OVER THERE



    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/

    Today has been quite a jolly one here. Carl went home early this morning; Graham drove him into Bideford and plonked him on the bus, and he is now, I believe, well on his way to Stratford. Dear boy has worked incredibly hard this last week and I am very pleased with all we have achieved.

    I totally cocked up my dates, and the full moon was at about ten o’clock this morning, just when I was starting to do this week’s dictation with the lovely Olivia. Trying to dictate deathless prose when you are hallucinating and trying not to succumb to the song of Selene is quite a task, but we managed it somehow, and as I always do when the white Goddess recedes, I feel remarkably energised and ready to face the world. I am repeatedly told that there is no empirical evidence at all for Moonmadness, but I swear by the things that I hold dear that my whole life tends to be controlled by the moon, which makes me sound somewhat like Gussie Fink-Nottly talking about the effects of celestial bodies upon newts and jellyfish.

    And so, the great dance continues...

    Toodle-pip

    YER EDITOR SEZ: THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
    You guys recently did massive amounts of praying for Corinna, and she now appears to be cancer free. I am convinced that these two things are related, with the outpouring of good vibes transmitted electronically, being a little like a Tibetan prayer flag. Having used it once to such good effect - I want to try it on a larger scale. I am still trying to work out the details, so watch this space.

    Find out more:
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/p/a-prayer-flag-lung-ta-is-colourful.html

    Blessed be.

    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:

    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-gonzo-track-of-day-rachmaninoff.html
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Rachmaninoff - Prelude...
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_17.html
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/captain-beefheart-article.html
    CAPTAIN BEEFHEART ARTICLE
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/raz-german-review.html
    RAZ GERMAN REVIEW
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/cohen-marianne-for-sale-2.html
    COHEN: Marianne for Sale 2

    For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:

    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/p/privacy-policy-this-privacy-policy.html

    And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
    http://tinyurl.com/y7b9rlog
    And, yes,
    http://forteanzoology.blogspot.com/p/privacy-policy-this-privacy-policy.html

    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:

    UK
    http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/
    US
    http://www.gonzomultimedia.com

    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:

    Our webTV show:
    https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/posts/632561497117057
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/CFZ

    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
    https://gonzotesting.blogspot.com/2018/07/a-notion-of-shopkeepers.html
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. 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?

    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:

    Gonzo Weekly #341/2
    THE HORSE WITH NO NAME ISSUE
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/

    In this peculiar issue we meet the legendary America as they release a box set Live at the Palladium, Alan goes crazy in Lithuania, John goes to see the Sun Ra Arkestra and Chris Botti, Jeremy goes to see Sylfest and Peter Perrett, Jon is concerned about the Green Party backlash, and Graham talks about the Technicians of Spaceship Hawkwind (TOSH).

    Hail Eris!

    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit there is a columns from Kev Rowland, but Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and potoroos who are fallen for a ruse (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are easily obfuscated, 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:

    Green Party, Paris Jackson, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Glastonbury 2019, Marillion, Morrissey, Lincolnshire Time and Tide Bell, Biff Vernon, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, José Gabriel de Souza Diniz, Jaroslav Erik Fric, Jake Black, John Gary Williams, Pier Borha, Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson, Paddy Fahey (or Fahy), Ðelo Jusic (born Ðevalhudin Jusic), Tony "Little Sun" Glover (born Dave Glover), Willie Lee Ford Jr., Lawrence “Lo” Leathers, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, Greg Kofi Brown, Norma Waterson feat. Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Danny Thompson and Eliza Carthy, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Mitchell Trio inc John Denver, America, Alan Dearling, Lithuania, Uzupis Independence, Thomas Freer, Munich Pub Choir, Romas Viciauskas, Brayden Drevlow, Lucid Electric Feel, John Brodie-Good, Chris Botti, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Jeremy Smith, Sylfest, Peter Perrett, Kev Rowland, Follow the Cipher, The Glenn Crytzer, Graveyard, Gyre, Hatred Reigns, Ihsahn, Jean Beauvoir, Tony Klinger, Beverly Hills, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Veep, Armando Iannucci


    And the last few issues are:

    Issue 341-42 (Kev Rowland)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
    Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-339-40.html
    Issue 337-38 (Zee)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-337-8.html
    Issue 335-36 (Raz)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-335-6.html
    Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-333-4.html
    Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-331-2.html
    Issue 329-30 (Charlie X)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-329-30.html
    Issue 327-28 (Hawkwind)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-327-8.html
    Issue 325-26 (Gonzo)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-325-5.html
    Issue 323-24 (Irvine Welsh)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-323-4.html
    Issue 321-22 (Discordianism)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-321-2.html
    Issue 319-20 (Brix Smith)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-319-20.html
    Issue 317-18 (Christmas)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-317-18.html
    Issue 315-16 (Steve Miller)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-315-16.html
    Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-313-14.html
    Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-310-11.html
    Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-309-10.html
    Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-307-8.html
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-305-6.html
    Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-303-4.html
    Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-301-2.html
    Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-299-30.html
    Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo297.html
    Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo297.html
    Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo295-6.html
    Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo294.html
    Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo293.html
    Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo292.html
    Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo291.html
    Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo290.html
    Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo289.html
    Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo288.html
    Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo287.html
    Issue 286 (Monty Python)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo286.html
    Issue 285 (ELP)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo285.html
    Issue 284 (Strangelove)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo284.html
    Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo283.html
    Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo282.html
    Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo281.html
    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:
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/

    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 59 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, 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 elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

    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.


    LAKE AND SEA MONSTER NEWS

    The hunt for Lake and Sea Monsters is probably the most iconic branch of Cryptozoology. Following our successful Mystery Cat and BHM Study Groups, we feel that these sightings should also be archived and published in a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. Curated by Sally Watts and Richard Muirhead.



    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF


    The FBI Reveals Results of Bigfoot Hair Tests 40 Years Later
    At the time, Byrne was the director of the Bigfoot Information Center and Exhibition in The Dalles, Oregon. He got the tip from two biologists working for ...


    "This is kind of the granddaddy of the Bigfoot films, a piece of cinematic history," said Mark Rapp, who came all the way from Pittsburg, Pa., to see the ...


    A North Carolina woman posted photos on Facebook early Saturday of what she says is a Bigfoot creature she leaves candy for on her wooded land.
    Woman reports sightings of Bigfoot at her home

    Woman reports sightings of Bigfoot at her home. Posted on Saturday, 15 June, 2019. Is there something wandering the forests of North America ?

    NC woman says photo shows Bigfoot creature in her woods | The State
    Bigfoot loves candy, says NC woman who left treats for beast and claims to have photos Has Bigfoot been spotted in NC? One resident says he caught ...

    Bigfoot Sighting Near Gore, Oklahoma
    Sample rendition of Bigfoot sighting Near Gore, OklahomaThe following Bigfoot sighting was reported to me by a man named Pharoah Akhenaten.


    Kristy DeGuire, engineer with DG2 Design, presented concept drawings of the planned park, dubbed Bigfoot Plaza, at the June 11 Pacific Tourism ..

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday/Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1155 - Frederick I Barbarossa was crowned emperor of Rome. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Insects have ‘no place to hide’ from climate chang...
  • How the lion lost its strength: big cats’ survival...
  • Expert explains key role of frogs in healthy ecosy...

  • WWF sounds alarm after 48 lbs of plastic found in ...

  • 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)