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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, July 22, 2020

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 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
  • SUMMA FAERYOLOGICA
  • ENGKANTO SUPERHUMAN BEING
  • TALL, LANKY CREATURE
  • ALIEN OUTSIDE WINDOW
  • CHUPACABRA
  • TOP 5 IRISH CRYPTIDS
  • MAROZI - A SPOTTED LION?
  • HORRIFYING STORY
  • SELJORD LAKE MONSTER
  • ALKALI LAKE MONSTER
  • SIGHTING OF BIGFOOT IN TEXAS
  • WHAT IS THE KAIWAKA CAT?
  • IRISH MERMAID ENCOUNTER
  • FAIRY LIGHTS SEEN BY SCHOLAR
  • CHARACTERISTICS OF BIGFOOT
  • INDUS UNICORN
  • FIREWORKS WATCHED BY UFO
  • SCARY ENCOUNTERS
  • WORLD'S LARGEST CAMEL HOSPITAL
  • GIANT ANIMALS
  • KUR - MONSTER OF SUMERIAN MYTHOLOGY
  • AMARU - CREATURE OF THE ANDES
  • KHYAH - HOMESPRITE OF NEPAL
  • BIGFOOT IN OKLAHOMA
  • GIANT MUMMIFIED FINGER
  • THE GREAT LEECH
  • SKINWALKER IN ARIZONA AND UTAH
  • TAILED MEN
  • UNDERWATER VIDEO: IS THIS OGOPOGO?
  • WAS THIS A BOGGART?
  • TERRIFYING CREATURE ON PORTHLEVEN BEACH
  • FAERIE DEER AND FAERIE COWS
  • ROAD-CROSSING BIGFOOT?
  • HUMANOID IN WISCONSIN
  • FISHMEN AND PIG-RIDERS
  • GUANCAISHOU
  • QUESTION REGARDING RAKE TYPE CREATURES
  • WHAT LURKED IN THE FISHTANK?
  • SKINWALKER RANCH: CATTLE MUTILATION
  • CRYPTOZOOLOGY AND BIGFOOT
  • ALMAS: SURVIVING NEANDERTHAL?
  • MYSTERIOUS CREATURES IN ROCK PAINTINGS
  • MILL RACE MONSTER
  • NEW GIANT ISOPOD DISCOVERED
  • GORILLA SANCTUARY IN DANGER
  • JERSEY DEVIL-LIKE CREATURE
  • NO BEARS IN AFRICA
  • BIZARRE HUMANOID AT VANDERCOOK LAKE
  • MERMAN SEEN OFF FRANCE
  • CARNIVAL CRUISE MONSTER
  • AFRICAN DINOSAURS
  • HYBRID FISH ACCIDENTALLY PRODUCED
  • MANANANGAL AND WAK WAK
  • ALIEN-LIKE CREATURE
  • ANIMALS & MEN #70 - FURTHER INFORMATION
  • WHAT WAS THE GOUROCK SEA MONSTER?
  • PASCAGOULA UFO TAPES
  • TOM BOMBADIL
  • TEXAS BIGFOOT CONFERENCE
  • ANIMALS AND MEN # 70
  • MICHIGAN MONSTERS
  • ALABAMA WHITE THANG
  • TURTLES AND LAKE MONSTERS
  • BIGFOOT IN HOMOCHITTO NATIONAL FOREST
  • FIVE ANIMALS WRONGLY THOUGHT EXTINCT
  • BISON TO BE INTRODUCED INTO BRITAIN
  • FLYING HUMANOIDS IN NEW JERSEY
  • MAINE: POSSIBLE BIGFOOT TRACKS
  • BIGFOOT ATTACK IN ALABAMA
  • FLAPLESS FLYING
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN WEARS A HAT OF HIS OWN DEVISING



    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.html

    Well, I don’t think today is going to go down in history as one of my favourite days to look back upon. Nothing serious has gone wrong, but there has been a whole string of minor annoyances which – as I’m sure that you know – do tend to stack up out of all proportion. Yesterday was our wedding anniversary and we spent a quiet day together. As I dictate this deathless prose on my iPad, we are waiting for a visit from the doctor. Then, after that, I will get back in the office and continue wrestling with all the annoying things and people who have beset me so far today.

    But we do have a new episode of OTT
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjEdeC5mZ8U
    And a new edition of A&M for you
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/animals-men-70.html

    Like Marge Simpson, I never really knew what it meant, but keep on trucking!

    https://baboon.wixsite.com/website-1

    Like so much else in our uncertain world, you might have thought that the new Gonzo Web Radio website was never going to arrive. Well, there were times that I felt the same way. However, I’m happy to say that a beta version of it is now available for your perusal. It is even optimised to work on both computers and phones. Check it out at the address above, and let me know what you think in the comments.

    The eagle-eyed amongst you will probably have noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder. The Gonzo Books site is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it ay www.gonzopublishers.com and there is also a new CFZ Publcations website at https://baboon.wixsite.com/website then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:

    "These links do not work,
    now but they will do so soon,
    we apologise"

    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-ta-is-colourful.html

    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO SQUINT

    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2020/07/wakeman-ace-review.html
    WAKEMAN ACE REVIEW
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2020/07/leonard-cohen-en-passant.html
    LEONARD COHEN EN PASSANT
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2020/07/steve-howe-without-yes.html
    STEVE HOWE: Without Yes
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2020/07/jon-anderson-interview.html
    JON ANDERSON INTERVIEW
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2020/07/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_22.html
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2020/07/gonzo-track-of-day-kevin-ayers.html
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: KEVIN AYERS • Supersalesman


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

    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 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 #395/6
    THE GUDBUY TO KEN ISSUE
    www.gonzoweekly.com

    In yet another singularly non-standard issue we discuss what is going to happen next? Is the new normal anything like the old normal? Are we facing Utopia or Dystopia? We say a fond goodbye to the legendary Kosmik Ken, doyen of so much of the British festie scene, look at some new releases, and a forthcoming release by the Hawkwind Light Orchestra, visit the Mad Gasser of Mattoon, and Lee Martin, a NZ songstrel. And there is more...

    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and because it was full moon recently Canterbury sans Frontieres, and the Real Music Cloub, but no sign of Strange Fruit this week, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and one from Tony Klinger but Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon, C J Stone, PAART and Roy Weard, are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and di8bblers who have got the blues (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are listening to the new Bob Dylan album, 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!!!

    ..And the last few issues are:

    Issue 399-40 (Kosmik Ken)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-399-40.html
    Issue 397-8 (Liz Lenten)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-397-8.html
    Issue 395-6 (Diane Warren/Sharon Farber)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-395-6.html
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-395-6.html
    Issue 393-4 (Daria Kulesh)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-393-4.html
    Issue 391-2 (Little Richard)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-391-2.html
    Issue 389-90 (Ian Anderson)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-389-90.html
    Issue 387-8 (A Guy called Gerald)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-387-8.html
    Issue 385-6 (Tony Henderson)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-385-6.html
    Issue 383-4 (London Remixed)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-383-4.html
    ">Issue 381-2 (Greta)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-381-2.html
    Issue 379-80 (Andrew Weatherall)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-379-80.html
    Issue 377-8 (The Future)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-377-8.html
    Issue 375-6 (Big Sean)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-375-6.html
    Issue 373-4 (End of the World)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-373-4.html
    Issue 371-2 (New Year)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-371-2.html
    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

    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?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1376 - The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date.

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • Catastrophic disease events in marine mammals most...
  • Shhhh, the whales are resting
  • First egg from Antarctica is big and might belong ...

  • 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)