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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, December 18, 2019

THYLACINES IN THE NEWS



Is Australia's extinct thylacine — a striped, dog-like marsupial commonly known as the — not extinct after all? Recent alleged thylacine sightings ...

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HAS HIS FINGERS CROSSED

The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
Today has been a bit of a weird one: Corinna went into hospital for an endoscopy and a bunch of biopsies this morning. Amy Phillipson took her in atan unfeasibly awful hour. She is back now (by Graham power) and cannot eat or have anything but water until tomorrow morning. Poor girl is very woozy and very sore. In the meantime, my granddaughter Evelyn has also been ill meaning she misses her school play which is upsetting for her. But the inexorable march towards Christmas continues apace, and I am doing my best fo be festive but failing massvely. All Praise to the Blessed Ebenezer Scrooge!
However, the true meaning of Christmas isn't spending money you don't have on things you don't want in order to celebrate the birth of a Saviour you don't believe in. Anne-Marie from the Gonzo Office sent in a heartwarming story today about a Chippy in Cardiff staying open to give food to the homeless. https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/good-news-for-chang… So, from now until the end of what is euphemistically called the "Festive Season" I shall be posting stories like this whenever they come my way...
Peace.
YER 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.

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    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
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    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eleven 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 #367/8
    THE DEMOCRACY ISSUE
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    This peculiarly prescient issue features Alan at a Register to Vote gig in Todmorden, Jon discussing the unexpected result of his PIP application and the Toxteth Day of the Dead, Kev meets Tom Slatter, Graham describes the culmination of Hawkwind's 50th Anniversary Tour, and there is special news for fans of the late Robert Calvert.
    Now THAT's what I call eclectic!
    Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Canterbury sans Fronieres AND Merrell Fankhauser, but no sign of Srange Fruit this week, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and one from Mr Biffo, and one from C J Stone, and one from Neil Nixom but Roy Weard, is 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:
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    Issue 363-4 (Focus)
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    Issue 361-2 (Martin Springett)
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    Issue 359-60 (Robert Hunter)
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    Issue 355-6 (Elfin Bow)
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    Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
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    Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
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    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!
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    * 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

    Regular readers will know that in recent years we have migrated the two specialist Study Groups – Mystery Cats (curated by Carl Marshall and Olivia McCarthy) and Lake and Sea Monsters (curated by Sally Watts and Richard Muirhead) – to their own standalone blogs, although when there are postings, notifications of them can be found here on the main blog.


    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 LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

    CFZ-USA


  • MYTHOLOGY OF ELVES
  • GHOST OF H.P. LOVECRAFT
  • CRYPTID OWLS
  • SEA CREATURES WASHED UP IN 2018
  • FLYING REINDEER AND MAGIC MUSHROOMS
  • WHAT IS BIGFOOT?
  • BIGFOOT THEORY
  • AUSTRALIAN YOWIE
  • SWAMP MONSTER IN NEW JERSEY
  • DOBHARCHU: IN-DEPTH ARTICLE
  • CONSER LAKE CREATURE
  • SASQUATCH LANGUAGE
  • MONSTER OF LOCH MORAR
  • BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER AT NELSON LAKE
  • HUMANOIDS AND MEN IN BLACK
  • HUMANOID UFO WAVE
  • 1971 WINGED HUMANOID
  • AN INTELLIGENT GOOSE!
  • ICELANDERS AND ELVES
  • WAS THIS AN UPRIGHT WOLVERINE?
  • NO BLOG TODAY (SUNDAY)
  • STALLO - GHASTLY CREATURE OF THE NORTH
  • TROLLS OF NORTHERN MYTHOLOGY
  • SAVING CHRISTMAS TREES
  • INTERPRETING BIGFOOT AUDIO
  • BIGFOOT THROWING A TREE
  • ARE CROWS THE SMARTEST NON-PRIMATES?
  • ON THE THYLACINE'S TRAIL
  • HOW LONG IS EACH ANIMAL EXPECTED TO LIVE?
  • FLYING HUMANOID OF GORKI
  • WAS THIS MOTHMAN?
  • VOUIVRE - DRAGON OF FRANCE
  • WOLF WOMAN OF MOBILE
  • ARTICLES ON 9 MONSTERS/CRYPTIDS
  • RUSSIAN BIGFOOT HIT BY CAR
  • SVALBARD REINDEER POPULATION INCREASES
  • GRANDMOTHER ORCAS
  • HUMANOID OWL-LIKE CREATURE
  • REINDEER MYTHS AND LEGENDS
  • SCARY BEINGS AT CHRISTMAS
  • AMBIZE
  • MOKELE-MBEMBE
  • NEW SALAMANDER DISCOVERED
  • STARRY NIGHT TOAD REDISCOVERED
  • WINGED CREATURES OVER CHILE
  • SIGHTINGS OF THE MOA
  • SAVE THE WOLVES
  • NEWLY DISCOVERED WIDOW SPIDER
  • BIBLICAL DINOSAURS?
  • DOGMAN IN COLORADO
  • NEW SPIDER DISCOVERED
  • DOES THE RAKE REALLY EXIST?
  • LOCH NESS MONSTER: CLASSIC SIGHTINGS
  • PLESIOSAUR SIGHTING?
  • PIASA NOT A BIRD
  • VILLAGE OF THE MICE
  • NAOMI'S WEREWOLF DREAM
  • KEN GERHARD'S NEW BIGFOOT BOOK
  • IS IT BIGFOOT?
  • CHASED BY WHITE BIGFOOT
  • RED RIDING HOOD - THE OTHER VERSION
  • BREMEN TROLL BRIDGE


  • WAS BIGFOOT SHOT IN CHEST?
  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1865 - U.S. Secretary of State William Seward issued a statement verifying the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment abolished slavery with the declaration: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
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