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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, January 03, 2020

THE LAST WEEK AT CFZUSA

CFZ-USA


  • BABY WHITE RHINO GIVEN NAME
  • IGUANODON IN ASSAM
  • LAKE SHASTA MONSTER
  • BIGFOOT IN CALIFORNIA
  • CATAWBA RIVER MONSTER
  • FEN TIGER SIGHTINGS
  • BIGFOOT IN CONNECTICUT
  • MOTHMAN IS STILL ABOUT
  • BIGFOOT FILMS
  • ORIGIN OF THE GREEN MAN
  • WATCHED WHILE ASLEEP
  • INFESTED WITH GNOMES
  • DID LEIF ERICSON MEET BIGFOOT?
  • ROUGAROU - WEREWOLF OF LOUISIANA
  • ROPEN - FLYING CREATURE OF PAPUA-NEW GUINEA
  • LEGENDS OF THE SOUTH-EAST USA
  • ZOO ANIMALS SAVED IN AUSTRALIA
  • "EXPEDITION BIGFOOT" ON THE TRAIL
  • THREE-HEADED SEA MONSTER
  • RENDLESHAM UFO INCIDENT
  • CREEPY CREATURE IN WOODS
  • TREE-LIKE CREATURE
  • CREATURE OF THE FOREST
  • IARA - SOUTH AMERICAN MERMAID
  • SWAMP CREATURE - WHAT WAS IT?
  • HUGE BIGFOOT CLIMBS HILL
  • PINK ELEPHANT IN SOUTH AFRICA
  • LOCH NESS MONSTER ARTICLE
  • COW RAISED BY FAMILY OF DEER
  • GARGOYLE IN WISCONSIN
  • MOEHAU, THE BIGFOOT OF NEW ZEALAND
  • WAS THIS A PIXIE, ELF OR MALE FAIRY ENCOUNTER?
  • BLACK SHUCK OF EAST ANGLIA
  • STRONG TOAD
  • SWIFT PETER
  • WHAT WAS THE IVANITSKY CREATURE?
  • SHADOW PEOPLE OF MICHIGAN
  • HOW TREES COMMUNICATE
  • STRANGE PREHISTORIC APE
  • STRANGE SWOOPING CREATURE
  • BLACK-EYED KID ENCOUNTER
  • MAPINGUARI SIGHTING
  • BIGFOOT IN MINNESOTA
  • IS THE WENDIGO REAL?
  • AUSTRALIA'S TWO YOWIE GROUPS
  • DOG FESTIVAL IN NEPAL
  • BLACK RHINO BORN IN MICHIGAN ZOO
  • DOCTORS TO BE TAUGHT GHOST STUDIES
  • DOGMAN IN COLORADO
  • ANOTHER LOOK AT ORANG PENDEK
  • 14000 YEAR OLD BISON SCULPTURE
  • LEGEND OF THE SELKIES
  • HUMANOIDS IN FINLAND
  • ARE THESE BIGFOOT TRACES?
  • BIGFOOT THAT COULD TURN INVISIBLE
  • TERRIFYING TALE OF GHASTLY ENCOUNTER
  • ARE THERE LIVING DINOSAURS IN AFRICA?
  • MEN-IN-BLACK ON FILM
  • TOP UFO STORIES OF 2019
  • DOBHAR-CHU VIDEO REPORT



  • FROZEN II - CULTURE AND MYTHOLOGY LINKS
  • CFZ MONTHLY NEWSLETTER #52

    Dear Friends,

    For those of you not in the know, at the beginning of each month we send out a newsletter to all members of the CFZ. The most recent (which went out yesterday) included articles on OTT, changes at the CFZ, the way forward, luminous birds, remembering Mother, a strange creature,  Patreon, Richard Muirhead's new book, my new novel and record, a new book on vampires, Notes and Queries etc.

    The infrastructure of the Centre for Fortean Zoology has changed rapidly over the last few years and truthfully doesn’t look like its going to stop changing anytime soon.

    The newsletter costs a quid a month (or the equivalent in your currency) and is delivered straight into your inbox by a plethora of tiny invisible elves, or email if you prefer it that way.

    You can sign up for it here: http://tinyurl.com/jtsq7ew

    If you want to view a sample issue click here: http://tinyurl.com/pw7rw9l

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HIDES

    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
    We are now existing in a strange, twilight world, where I have never been before. It is a world of undertakers, funeral directors (not the same thing, as I discovered yesterday), medical certificates, death certificates and cremation certificates. I never realised it was all so complicated. No wonder some old people quietly decline to register their spouse's death: It is not, as the papers claim, so they can continue to fraudulently draw the aforementioned spouse's state pension. It is merely so they can avoid doing all the paperwork.
    Thank you to all of you who have sent kind words and prayers to us following Mother's death. They are very much appreciated. Please forgive us for keeping a low profile at the moment.
    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.
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/frownland-by-captai…
    Frownland by Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band: A...
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/frank-and-moon-zapp…
    Frank and Moon Zappa Late Night with David Letterm...
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/the-beatles-intervi…
    The Beatles interview in Dublin (1963)
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/thom-world-poet-dai…
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/gonzo-track-of-day-…
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: THE DEVIANTS: let's loot ...
    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 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 #369/70
    THE CHRISTMAS ISSUE
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/
    Dear Friends,
    This is another of those issues in which I have been overtaken by events. Corinna was unexpectedly and urgently admitted to hospital on Thursday afternoon, and subsequently has operations on both her kidneys. If her obs improve markedly she may be out on Monday but we are not counting on it.
    Her latest blood results show no change, but whether or not there should have been changes twelve hours after the operation I cannot comment. She appears to be in good spirits. Once again, thank you for all your kind comments and support I am going to try and keep the blogs and things going, and I hope that you will forgive me both for the lateness of this issue, and for the fact that the news pages, radio shows and the clickable links are missing.
    I will keep everyone posted about what is happening, and I would like to think that the next issue of this magazine will come out more or less on schedule
    Many of you have told me to forget about everything else but Corinna until she is out of hospital, but leaving things that need to be done is bad for my mental health, so I will work as much as I can, as much for my own sanity than for any other reason. But again thank you for all that you have done for us.
    Love and a Happy Christmas.
    Jon
    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:
    And the last few issues are:
    Issue 369-70 (Christmas)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-369-70.html
    Issue 367-8 (Register to Vote)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-367-8.html
    Issue 365-6 (Rick Wakeman)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-365-6.html
    Issue 363-4 (Focus)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-363-4.html
    Issue 361-2 (Martin Springett)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-361-2.html
    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 and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

    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.

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Friday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1496 - References in Leonardo da Vinci notebooks suggested that he tested his flying machine. The test didn't succeed and he didn't try to fly again for several years.
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • A Lesson for Ravens: Don’t Eat the Tortoises-Can f...
  • Thieves steal duffel bag, apparently unaware it's ...
  • Collecting polar bear footprints to map family tre...
  • Global wildlife trade higher than was thought
  • More than a quarter of UK mammals face extinction


  • 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)