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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, September 25, 2020

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 on the main blog.

Now, we are doing the same for the BHM Study Group, curated by Glen Vaudrey and Nathan Jackson

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

CFZ-USA

  • AQUATIC APE THEORY AND MERMAIDS
  • BIGFOOT IN ONTARIO
  • ARE THESE BIGFOOT HOWLS?
  • BIGFOOT ACTIVITY ON VIDEO
  • HUGE RAT IN MEXICO CITY
  • WAS THIS A SHAPESHIFTER?
  • BRINGING BACK THE MAMMOTH
  • ARE THERE BLACK PUMAS?
  • WEREWOLF OF QUEBEC
  • UNHCEGILA AND HAIETLIK
  • MONGOLIAN DEATH-WORM: ANOTHER LOOK
  • DID NESSIE ESCAPE INTO NORTH SEA?
  • BEAR LAKE MONSTER
  • ON THE TRACK #116
  • BIGFOOT IN VERGAS, MINNESOTA
  • BIGFOOT FAMILY COMMUNICATES
  • BLACK-EYED KIDS
  • MEDIEVAL FAIRIES
  • WATER BULLS AND WATER COWS
  • AMERICAN LION CHRONOLOGY
  • ATHOL MONSTER
  • MAN CLAIMS TO HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED BIGFOOT
  • BIGFOOT NEAR HARRISON LAKE
  • BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERS
  • ARTRELLIA - MYSTERY CREATURE OF NEW GUINEA
  • DAVENPORT DEMON
  • MYTHICAL ANIMALS OF NEW ZEALAND
  • FAIRIES STILL BEING SEEN
  • BIGFOOT SIGHTING IN CANADA
  • WEREWOLVES IN EUROPE
  • MOTHMAN NEWS STORY
  • BEES BOOST CROPS
  • BIGFOOT LANGUAGE
  • VOCALIZATIONS OF BIGFOOT
  • INSECT FAIRY
  • RACCOON MAN IN MISSOURI
  • TALL, THIN AND BLACK
  • THING IN THE TREE
  • CADBOROSAURUS - CRYPTID OF THE PACIFIC
  • BIGFOOT IN NORTH CAROLINA
  • OCTOPUS DWARVES
  • MONSTROUS HUMANOID OF SPAIN
  • STRANGE OBJECT IN POLISH FOREST
  • SOMETHING ON THE TRAIL
  • WELS CATFISH
  • FAIRY INTERACTION
  • SHORT-FACED BEAR
  • GIANT SHARKS AND MEGALODONS
  • MONSTER BIRD IN ENGLAND
  • GARGOYLES OF CHILE
  • WILDMAN OF HUBEI PROVINCE
  • BIGFOOT FLINGS A ROCK
  • CHUPACABRA EXHIBIT AT SAN ANTONIO ZOO
  • SPANISH BLACK PANTHER
  • STRANGE BONY CREATURE
  • SMALL BLACK HUMANOID
  • FLORIDA SEA MONSTERS
  • BLACK COUGARS - THEIR EXISTENCE
  • BIGFOOT (?) CHASES DEER
  • SIGHTINGS OF MOKELE-MBEMBE
  • HUMANS AND SPECIES LOSS
  • CRYPTID CANIDS OF NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA
  • NEW GUINEA - ALIEN BIG CAT
  • WILDFIRE ARCHAEOLOGY
  • SASQUATCH (PLURAL) IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  • BIRDS FALLING OUT OF SKY
  • WAS SEA LION IN LOCH NESS?
  • 1965 SEA SERPENT SIGHTING
  • TWO BIGFOOT CROSS RIVER
  • MYSTERY CANID IN TEXAS
  • MARTIAN FOUR-LEGGED CREATURE
  • BIG CAT FOLLOWS COUPLE IN ENGLAND
  • GRANADA PANTHER PHOTOGRAPHED
  • ANIMALS AND NATURE SPIRITS
  • GRAN BESTIA
  • FATHER-OF-ALL-TURTLES
  • WHITE BIGFOOT FED BY HUMAN
  • BIGFOOT SEEN MATING
  • 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.

    IT IS MAGAZINE DAY SAYS THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN



    Friday is Magazine day this week, and everything is vaguely going to plan. I have also had a visit from the District Nurse who has changed the dressings on my left leg, and told me that my right foot has now healed completely, which is good news. What else is there to tell you? Not a lot!
    If you wish to remember Corinna in a formal sense, Donations to North Devon Hospice, please. They were absolutely wonderful to us all, and I cannot praise them highly enough; they deserve everything we can give them. I will certainly be doing something from the CFZ for them soon.
    Many thanks to all of you who have written to me offering condolences and kindness. I am totally overwhelmed by your love and friendship. I will write back to you all, but my emotions are too raw at the moment.
    But we do have a new episode of OTT
    And a new edition of A&M for you
    Like Marge Simpson, I never really knew what it meant, but keep on trucking!
    The Gonzo Books site is now pretty well done, 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:
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO SQUINT
    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 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 #407/8
    THE KISSING THE SKY ISSUE
    This magazine continues to go off on strange tangents that I never expect, but I am very happy to see it do so. What is in this week? Ooooh lots of things. Such as The psychogeography of the death of Jimi Hendrix, Mother Gong, Elegant Simplicity, Hawkwind, Bill and Ted and oodles more, animal rescue with PAART, Reminiscences from Tony Klinger, and other stuff of interest.
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and the Real Music Club, AND Strange Fruit, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and one from Tony Klinger, and C.J Stone, but Mr Biffo, and Neil Nixon, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and dibblers 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 405-6 (Corinna)
    Issue 403-4 (Covid Conspiracies)
    Issue 401-2 (The Westway)
    Issue 399-40 (Kosmik Ken)
    Issue 397-8 (Liz Lenten)
    Issue 395-6 (Diane Warren/Sharon Farber)
    Issue 393-4 (Daria Kulesh)
    Issue 391-2 (Little Richard)
    Issue 389-90 (Ian Anderson)
    Issue 387-8 (A Guy called Gerald)
    Issue 385-6 (Tony Henderson)
    Issue 383-4 (London Remixed)
    ">Issue 381-2 (Greta)
    Issue 379-80 (Andrew Weatherall)
    Issue 377-8 (The Future)
    Issue 375-6 (Big Sean)
    Issue 373-4 (End of the World)
    Issue 371-2 (New Year)
    Issue 369-70 (Christmas)
    Issue 367-8 (Register to Vote)
    Issue 365-6 (Rick Wakeman)
    Issue 363-4 (Focus)
    Issue 361-2 (Martin Springett)
    Issue 359-60 (Robert Hunter)
    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 a recently widowed old hippy of 61 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 a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Friday/Saturday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1492 - The crew of the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus' ships, mistakenly thought that they had spotted land.

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


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  • San Antonio Zoo unveils new Chupacabra exhibit
  • NOVATAXA: A New Gecko Species (Squamata: Eublephar...

  • 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)