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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 16, 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,aggregated ny Guin Palmer, curated by Glen Vaudrey and Nathan Jackson

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

  • YE EDITOR SPEAKS
  • RATS DRIVE TINY CARS
  • GOLDEN EAGLE TRIES TO CARRY OFF 8-YEAR OLD
  • BIGFOOT IN MEDOC MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
  • AMISAX - BEAST OF ESKIMO MYTH
  • MYSTERY MONOLITHS KEEP APPEARING
  • HUGE SNAKES IN CUBA
  • BLACK-EYED KIDS
  • BBC: Cobra bite Isle of Wight charity worker retu...
  • IS BIGFOOT A HYBRID?
  • BLUE BEES OF AUSTRALIA
  • HONEY BEES USING TOOLS
  • MYSTERY CREATURE OF RUSSIA
  • DID BIGFOOT STALK WITNESS?
  • BISON BACK ON ROSEBUD RESERVATION
  • 213 NEW SPECIES DISCOVERED IN 2020.
  • DOGMAN IN TEXAS
  • FOLKLORE IN ICELAND
  • THE WHITE DEER
  • PRAYING MANTIS MAN
  • CHAMP AND PORT HENRY
  • NEW WHALE SPECIES DISCOVERED?
  • BIGFOOT CLIMBS FENCE
  • MAN CONFRONTS BIGFOOT
  • SASQUATCH AT BANFF (ALBERTA)
  • LEGEND OF THE MAN-WOLF
  • ALIENS EXIST SAYS GENERAL
  • BORARO - HUMANOID OF COLOMBIA
  • KRAMPUS - CHRISTMAS FOLKLORE CREATURE
  • TWELFTH LOCH NESS MONSTER SIGHTING THIS YEAR
  • CFZ NEWSLETTER # 62
  • HUNTER ENCOUNTERS BIGFOOT
  • ARE THESE BIGFOOT VOCALS?
  • REPORTS OF ALIENS
  • ROACHDALE MONSTER
  • TIGER-DOG
  • ALMAS - THE FORGOTTEN ARCHIVES
  • WAYLAND SMITH
  • 8 THYLACINE SIGHTINGS
  • DWARF OF THE ALPS
  • DOES HOMO ERECTUS SURVIVE?
  • WHAT WAS THE WOOO-WOOO?
  • BULL CREEK SASQUATCH
  • PALE HUMANOID IN MASSACHUSETTS
  • BIGFOOT AND VERTIGO
  • MAB - ENGLISH FAIRY QUEEN
  • CHASED BY HUMANOID
  • ROCK USE BY BIGFOOT
  • SEA MONSTER 200' LONG
  • ILKLEY MOOR ALIEN PHOTOGRAPH
  • NEW DISCOVERIES ABOUT MEGALODON
  • STRANGE LIGHTS IN THE WOODS
  • BES CHEM
  • CREATURE IN MEXICO
  • CHRISTMAS: FEMALE GIFT GIVERS
  • BIG CAT IN HALIFAX, ENGLAND
  • BIGFOOT BOWHUNTER
  • BIGFOOT IN COLUMBIANA COUNTY
  • WHAT KILLED LOS GATOS GOATS?
  • SNOW QUEENS AND HAGS OF WINTER
  • BUNYIP OF BURRAWONG
  • CALIFORNIA'S TERRIFYING TURKEY
  • BLACK CRYPTID WOLF
  • THE DWAYYO
  • FOLLOWED BY A SEA MONSTER
  • OTHERWORLDLY BEINGS
  • GREAT LAKES MERMAN
  • MYSTERY BEAST IN ROCK ART
  • HOMO SAPIENS INTERBREEDING
  • ADOLF HITLER WINS ELECTION
  • NO EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS
  • BIGFOOT ON VANCOUVER ISLAND
  • THIRD BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER
  • BIGFOOT STORIES FROM SHE SQUATCHERS
  • THEY TOOK DOWN UTAH MONOLITH
  • FUTURE OF TAPANULI ORANG UTAN
  • KODIAK ISLAND SEA MONSTERS
  • PHYSICIST SAYS THERE IS NO DARK MATTER
  • PUCKWUDGIES IN ALABAMA
  • ALIEN ROBOT ATTACK
  • ROUGAROU OF THE BAYOUS
  • ANOTHER METAL MONOLITH
  • IDAHO BABY BIGFOOT VIDEO
  • GELATINOUS SEA ANIMAL DISCOVERED
  • DOGMAN NEAR TODD LAKE
  • CREATURE OF BOONVILLE
  • STIFF-LEGGED BEAR
  • MONSTERS OF ARKANSAS
  • VERY SCARY CRYPTID IN MICHIGAN
  • THE MYSTERIOUS CHUHAISTER
  • ANOTHER MYSTERY MONOLITH
  • IS THIS THE LOCH NESS MONSTER?
  • BIGFOOT IN MINNESOTA
  • MERMAID IN IRELAND
  • MYSTERY AFRICAN ANIMAL
  • FAUN - LEGENDARY CREATURE
  • WEE FOLK AND IRISH MYTHOLOGY
  • WHAT ARE ORBS OF LIGHT?
  • FILM ABOUT THE THUNDERBIRD
  • BIGFOOT IN THE MIDWEST
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN MIGHT BE OVER THERE

     The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday

    I am feeling particularly pleased with myself today, because the proof of my Hong Kong book has now been processed, and I have ordered a bunch for Christmas presents. Hopefully they will all arrive in time, but we are in such a weird place as a society at the moment, or better off.
    I’m also feeling pleased that I managed to finish the Christmas edition of the magazine on Monday, and it is now being proofread by Phil. On top of that I had a long and very cheerful conversation with one of my favourite British alternative cartoon dudes, Pete Loveday, yesterday evening. However on the distaff, the ongoing back or between Lilith and me for possession of whatever cake is in the house continues, and I am losing.
    Love and Peace
    From me and Lilith Tinkerbell the cat
    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 #419/20
    THE INSTANT KARMA 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 John Lennon, Brute Force, Double Agents Covidstuff, and oodles more...
    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 C.J Stone, but Mr Biffo, Tony Klinger 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 - 1653 - Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • BBC: Hundreds of volunteers are helping to map the...
  • BBC: Humpback whale snapped during New York City ...

  • 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)