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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, October 07, 2020

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 Richard Freeman and Richard Muirhead


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  • 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

    THYLACINES IN THE NEWS

     

    It resembled a large dog, and both the males and females had pouches. The thylacine's pouch faced towards the back of the body, but only the female ...

    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

  • LAKE TAVELSTON MONSTER
  • FINNGALKN
  • BLACK PANTHERS IN AMERICA
  • TASMANIAN DEVILS REINTRODUCED
  • THE TUNNEL MONSTER
  • VAN METER MONSTERS
  • SKUNK APE IN FLORIDA
  • BIGFOOT ON COLORADO MOUNTAINS
  • GREEN EYED CRYPTID
  • ARE THESE BIGFOOT HOWLS?
  • NTAMBO WA LUY
  • ARE UFOs ANIMALS?
  • CANADIAN "ALLIGATOR"
  • MANELESS LIONS
  • WAS GIANT KILLED BY SNAKE?
  • APPEARANCE OF DINOSAURS
  • HOMO FLORESIENSIS: RESEARCHERS' PUZZLE
  • BARMANOU: BIGFOOT OF PAKISTAN
  • HUGE OBJECT IN LOCH NESS DETECTED BY SONAR
  • MYTHICAL REPTILES OF PATAGONIA
  • CHELEP - IT RESEMBLES A MONKEY
  • BERBALANGS - THEY LOOK LIKE HUMANS
  • NEW FAMILY OF BONY FISH DISCOVERED
  • NEW AND REDISCOVERED ANIMALS
  • HONEY BEES ON THE INCREASE
  • ORIGIN OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
  • BIGFOOT IN INDIANA - PRESUMABLY
  • WANJILANKO: IS IT A SABERTOOTH?
  • MONSTER FISH IN ENGLAND
  • IS NESSIE A GIANT EEL?
  • IS THE LOCH NESS MONSTER PARANORMAL?
  • CRYPTIDS IN KENTUCKY
  • ELVES IN SOUTH AMERICA
  • THE EGG PEOPLE
  • MONSTER(S) OF TIANCHI LAKE
  • WAS THIS A BIGFOOT?
  • AUSTRALIAN MYSTERY ANIMALS
  • FAERIE FOLK OF UTAH
  • NEW BOOK BY DAVID WEATHERLY
  • KIWAKWA
  • BURNING AMAZON AND BIODIVERSITY
  • BIGFOOT AT THE CAMPSITE
  • CATTLE MUTILATIONS
  • RARE MENTAL ILLNESSES
  • O'HARE PHENOMENA
  • SEVERAL FAERIE ENCOUNTERS
  • FIRST RECORDED IMAGE OF DODO
  • SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR BIGFOOT
  • 41 BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERS
  • ARE THESE CAVES BIGFOOT LAIRS?
  • CRYPTIDS OF NORTH AMERICA
  • DID A TREE RUN AWAY?
  • "BLACK GOBLIN" IN LIVING ROOM
  • NEW ENGLAND CRYPTIDS
  • BIG CATS OF DARTMOOR
  • WAS THIS MEGALODON?
  • SELF-SEGMENTING VISCERA SUCKER
  • WEIRD CREATURE UNDER ANTARCTICA
  • NEW BOOKS ON IRISH LAKE MONSTERS
  • MULTIPLE NESSIE SIGHTINGS
  • BIGFOOT THROWS BOULDERS
  • FOUL-MOUTHED FOWLS
  • FIFTY YEARS ADRIFT WITH THE GONZO BLOG DOO DAH MAN



    And so it comes to that time of the day again when I try to take a leaf out of the book practiced by so many members of my family and preach a sermon. Because I realised late last night that this is what my daily blog posts essentially are. They are somewhere between a sermon and a diary, and I feel quite uncomfortable about the former. So, boys and girls, if I get onto my soapbox too often, And even worse climb into my home-made pulpit, please tell me to stop because that is what my late wife would’ve done.
    My text for today, brethren, is Gweilo by the late Martin Booth. I have just finished re-reading it after Richard Muirhead gave me a copy for my birthday. It tells the story of a boy growing up in the same part of Hong Kong where I grew up 10 years later. And my book on the subject will hopefully be out for Christmas. But having read Martin’s book I am increasingly worried. Compare to him I am no great shakes as a writer, and although comparisons are odious, my book is bound to be compared to his, and I know which work of literature is going to come off worse.
    On a totally different subject, is there anybody out there who has one or more WebCams that they’re not using? With social distancing still very much on the radar, I want to expand the range of what we are doing with On the Track….
    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"
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO SQUINT
    Arthur Brown In-studio on Jonesy's Jukebox
    FRANK ZAPPA: Sheik Yerbouti redux
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    JOHN LENNON: A slightly snarky look at the new com...
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Atomic Rooster-Tomorrow N...
    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 #409/10
    THE COVID CONVERSATIONS 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 Flaming Lips, COVID Conversations, Fiona Apple and Auburn’s Liz Lenten, David Essex, Yusuf/Cat Stevens 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, and Mr Biffo, 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:
    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: Wednesday

      ON THIS DAY IN - 1989 - In Budapest, Hungary's Communist Party renounced Marxism in favor of democratic socialism.

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


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  • 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)