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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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Thursday, October 31, 2019

THYLACINES IN THE NEWS



A former zoo in Hobart once home to Tasmanian devils and thylacines has come up for sale and could be yours for a price of about $4 million to $6 ...

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

  • LOCH NESS: Boy, 5, battling leukaemia gets to 'see...
  • LOCH NESS: en passant
  • SEA SERPENTS EN PASSANT

  • CECIL THE SERPENT
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN WAITS

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
    Graham is home, and took Corinna into hospital this morning. She will be having the operation on her kidney imminently
    she may be home tonight, but we don't know for sure because she is so thin and underweight. I am in a very weird place at the moment, but am OK and trying to get on with stuff as if it were a normal day. I have even got the new episode of On the Track out early:
    I would like to thank all of you who have messaged or emailed or phoned me with messages of support. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated far more than you will ever know.
    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:
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/p/a-prayer-flag-lung-…
    Blessed be.
    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
    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/…/a-notion-of-shopkeepers…
    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 #361/2
    THE GARDENING ISSUE
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/
    In this peculiarly horticultural issue, Kev meets the legendary Martin Springhett of the Gardening Club, Doug critiques the King of the Wild Frontier, Adam Ant, Alan talks Tau, Steve investigates the music scene in Portugal, there is more animal rescue with PAART, Jeremy talks about Jim Bob and Alice Cooper, and Jon gets all paranoid and Kafkaesque.
    Now THAT's what I call eclectic!
    Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Canterbury sans Frontieres 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:
    Extinction Rebellion, Leonard Cohen, PETA, Paul McCartney, Elton John, John Lennon, Gentle Giant, The Who, Tommy, Ginger Baker, Kofi Baker, Iggy Pop, Kevin Rowland, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Stevie Wonder, Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Mac, Ronnie Wood, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, The Merrell Fankhauser Radio Show, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Peter Hobbs, Garry Koehler, Milcho Leviev, Dr. Kadri Gopalnath, Malcolm "Molly" Duncan, Steve Douglas Cash, Choi Jin-ri, Jay Frank, Kenny Dixon, George Chambers, Humberto Vicente Castagna, Hossein Dehlavi, Márta Kurtág (née Márta Kinsker, often Marta Kurtag, Raymond Santos, Michael Flaksman, Raymond John Leppard CBE, Hans (Johannes Wolfgang) Zender, Rolando Panerai, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris-Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Kev Rowland, Martin Springett, Steve Andrews, Music of Portugal, Piece of Cake, Captain Boy, Marinho, Time for T, Museum Museum, Rope Walkers, Carrie Tree, Doug Harr, Adam Ant, PAART, Alan Dearling, Tau, Alice Ancient, The Butterfly Wheel, Jeremy Smith, Tim Rundall, Ferocious Dog, Jim Bob, Fruitbat, Alice Cooper, The Stranglers, MC50, Mark Wingfield, Blind Justice, Barros, Axegrinder, Yagull, Michael-Alan Taylor, Tony Klinger, The Baader Meinhof Complex, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Thom the World Poet
    And the last few issues are:
    Issue 359-60 (Robert Hunter)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-359-60.html
    Issue 357-8 (King Crimson)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-357-8.html
    Issue 355-6 (Elfin Bow)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-355-6.html
    Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-353-4.html
    Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CE…/gonzo-351-2-fvxuatzgf.html
    Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-349-50.htm
    Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-347-8.html
    Issue 345-6 (RDF)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-345-6.html
    Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-343-4.html
    Issue 341-42 (America)
    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
    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 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?

    On the Track (of Unknown Animals) Episode 108 (Loch Ness, French black panther, Dodo, tarsiers)



    Here we have the twenty-seventh episode of the relaunched webTV show by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, written and presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson, their families and other animals. This is the second episode of a new look OTT; we will try to keep the montly episodes to half an hour, but in between the swcheduled episodes will be others - OTTXtra. So hold on, its gonna be a bumpy ride. And so far the bumpy ride seems to be a success: viewing figures are noticeably up, and the reactions we are getting seem very positive. This episode contains: • A wish fulfilment fantasy • Supporting Greta • Loch Ness: Eoin O' Faodhagain does it again • Loch Ness: We meet the Prime Minister (sort of) • The Mystery of the French black panther • The Mystery of the French black panther part two • The Marshall Family at the NHM • Watcher of the skies...with comedy results ......The tragedy of the dodo ......Could the dodo have survived? • New and rediscovered: - New and rediscovered: a new tarsier - New and rediscovered: what are tarsiers - New and rediscovered: tarsier folklore - New and rediscovered: tarsiers in cryptozoology _New and rediscovered: The Yara-ma-yha-who • Fair use • Coming next month • Changes at OTT • Updates on Corinna and Mother • The team says goodbye until next month _________________________________ Some useful contacts: CFZ Website www.cfz.org.uk CFZ Patreon https://www.patreon.com/CFZ OTT on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/ Jon on Twitter @cfzjon CFZ Blog Network https://forteanzoology.blogspot.co.uk/ CFZ Publications http://cfzresources.com/publishing/ CFZtv https://www.youtube.com/user/cfztv CFZ Next Generation Initiative https://www.facebook.com/groups/29796...

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    'Hidden Ohio' map points out hauntings, Bigfoot sightings, 'crybaby lanes'
    Dressed in his “Bigfoot” T-shirt, Craig said his interest in the paranormal began as a child when he watched “In Search Of” with Leonard Nimoy, and ...
    Bigfoot spotted at Seattle-Tacoma Int'l Airport
    We spotted this collection of Bigfoot souvenirs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport recently. Note the small string of lights wrapping one of the ...
    Speaking of the mountains, North Carolina has its fair share of Bigfoot sightings. A man claimed to have seen one as recently as August in McDowell ...

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1517 - Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace Church. The event marked the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk
  • Scientists: Why we should appreciate wasps
  • Bonobo moms play an active role in helping their s...
  • Japanese man prepares for landmark case against do...
  • India's 'Tiger state' reports at least 11 rare cub...
  • Raw ivory sales: Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia ca...


  • 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)