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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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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

CARL MARSHALL: Waste Not Want Not!

We’re always hearing how we as humans are ruining the planet with our waste products. Whether it be plastic pollution or resource depletion, we are undoubtably destroying our planets viability to the extent that thousands of species of plants and animals are in serious and unprecedented danger of extinction.

So why then don’t we try to use some of our waste to benefit these unfortunate species?

Well, here is a fantastic example of how we can, rather than simply throwing out our unwanted products, actually use them to help make a difference – to actually benefit species! This fantastic environmental recycling idea was brought to my attention by my good friend Chloe Marie Bell. It’s so simple, rather than throwing out an unwanted teapot, with a little imagination, this unwanted item would make a fantastic birdbox for smaller bird species such as songbirds; the spout even making an effective drainage system.

An old boot would also work.

If we all take the time to think of alternate uses for our unwanted household items such as Chloe’s ‘teapot birdboxes’, we would effectively be helping wild animals, which in turn, would benefit the planet that we all call our home.

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.



THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS BACK TO THE FUTURE

The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
It is strange the way things are happening at the moment; Corinna is still unwell, but somehow - in a way I truly don't understand - despite the fac t that everything is pretty nasty at the moment, we are all still finding time and space to have fun, and we and Carl are still having more fun than one would have thought possible. Carl goes home tomorrow morning, and Corinna and I will be alone until Graham comes home next Wednesday. But Sarah the Housekeeper, David, Ross and Greg B-P have all offered to help, so the chickens and pigeons will be fed even if Corinna has to stay in bed. H0wever, your Prayers, thoughts and positive vibes are truly appreciated.
ER EDITOR SEZ: THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
You guys have been doing massive amounts of praying for Corinna. I believe that the outpouring of good vibes transmitted electronically, being a little like a Tibetan prayer flag. Find out more:
Blessed be.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO FILLOW MY DAY JOB
VALE DAVE KING
YES in Brum and retro-review
HAWKWIND REVIEW
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Maria Callas Live: Bi...
THE GONZO PRIVACY POLICY
And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
And, yes,
CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
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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:
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 #359/60
THE CRIMSON ISSUE
Richard says goodbye to the legendary Steve Hunter, Mad Iccy meets Kris Needs, Doug goes to see Oingo Boingo and The Tubes, Bart photographs Jon Anderson, John goes to San Francisco and he may or may not have had flowers in his hair, Alan has an addendum to OZORA, Jon listens to the newly refurbished Abbey Road, and mourns Steve Marriott, David goes to the Braddock Free Store, and Tony visits Downton Abbey.
Now THAT's what I call eclectic!
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit AND Merrell Fankhauser, there is a column 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 antichinuses who have lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are searching for 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 Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Keanu Reeves Paul Abdul, Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra, Steve Hackett, Diana Ross, David Stash, The Free Store, Bart Lancia, Jon Anderson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, The Merrell Fankhauser Show, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Gianni Lenoci, Jessye Norman, Michael James Ryan, Desmond "Dessie" O'Halloran, James Bromley Spicer, Karel Gott, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Bat McGrath, Omeofa "Mad Melon" Oghene, Richard Brunelle, Jim DeSalvo, Kimberley Dianne Shattuck, Brian Masters, Lawrence "Larry" E Junstrom, Glenmore Lloyd Brown, Ed Ackerson, Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris-Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Mad Iccy, Kris Needs, Doug Harr, Oingo Boingo, Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART), O.Z.O.R.A. Festival, Alan Dearling, Richard Foreman, Robert Hunter, John Brodie-Good, Marty Balin, Ace of Cups, Jack Traylor, Jefferson Starship, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Doobie Brothers, Kev Rowland, Greenrose Faire, Odin's Court, Twelfth Night, Tony Klinger, Downton Abbey, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Steve Marriott
And the last few issues are:
Issue 359-60 (Robert Hunter)
Issue 357-8 (King Crimson)
Issue 355-6 (Elfin Bow)
Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
Issue 345-6 (RDF)
Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
Issue 341-42 (America)
Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
Issue 337-38 (Zee)
Issue 335-36 (Raz)
Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
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 60 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?

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



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The new show - On The Track Xtra 26.3 (Sturgeons in Moscow and Yeti/Bear hair samples)



Well, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the third episode in our new series: On The Track Xtra! We hope that you enjoy it. I think the production values are ever improving and we are learning (slowly) all the bells and whistles which are now available via YouTube. I should - however - warn you that If you hear strange noises in the background of the segments which feature me doing a piece to camera, those are the filters of the two tanks in the office; one containing Clarence the walking catfish, and another containing a large and massively elusive leaf fish that we have been looking after for Max ever since he went off to university, something in the region of ten years ago. At least, I’ve always thought it was a leaf fish, and worse, have been telling everyone it’s a leaf fish for the last decade. However, when I looked her up today to try to display my academic chops by giving her Latin name, she doesn’t look like any of the leaf fish on Google. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles. This issue contains Max livestreaming from the Moskvarium in Moscow, and Carl and Richard discussing and me talking about the legacy of Heuvelmans and On the Track of Unknown Animals, Corinna doing Watcher of the Skies with Lilith, and a brief nod to Gef the Talking Mongoose of Cashen's Gap, and a snide dig at our present Prime Minister. I really miss doing the Weird Weekends each year, but with the health problems currently bedevilling the CFZ to restart them is impossible. But I truly hope that these shows have something of the taste of the mixture of hard science, weird shit and surreal odness that made the 17 Weird Weekends such a joy to be part of.

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

CFZ-USA


  • STRANGE CREATURE IN PENNSYLVANIA
  • WHAT WAS IN THE STORM DRAIN?
  • BABY TORTOISES ON GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
  • GEORGIA MAN'S BIGFOOT MUSEUM
  • MEDIEVAL WEREWOLVES
  • OAK ISLAND MYSTERY: ENCYCLOPEDIA PUBLISHED
  • BIGFOOT CLOSE ENCOUNTER
  • WOKEN BY LICKING HUMANOID
  • HUMANOID FORMED FROM RED LIQUID
  • ENCOUNTERS WITH STRANGE CREATURES
  • BIGFOOT IN TEXAS
  • MONSTER OF LAKE MANITOBA
  • UNUSUAL BIGFOOT STORIES
  • BIGFOOT IN OKLAHOMA
  • STRANGE BEASTS FOUND CARVED ON PICTISH STONES
  • DOGMAN IN THE BASEMENT
  • BIGFOOT UFO CONNECTION
  • SCARY VISITORS AT NIGHT
  • DO MONSTERS SHARE OUR PLANET?
  • HOW DARK CAN COUGARS GET?
  • LA MALACOSA - STRANGE ENTITY
  • CROW RIDES ON EAGLE
  • DOG ADOPTS FOX CUB
  • PALE HUMANOID IN CALIFORNIA
  • FOUR UFO ENCOUNTERS
  • THE CREATURE IN THE CAVE
  • TALL AND BLOND
  • LARGE WHITE FIGURE
  • YEREN OF CHINA
  • THE BLIND RACCOON
  • LAKE LABYNKYR MONSTER
  • PLUM ISLAND CONSPIRACY THEORIES
  • WAS THERE ONCE LIFE ON VENUS?


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  • THYLACINES IN THE NEWS





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    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1942 - During World War II, the British began a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein, Egypt.
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


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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)