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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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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG


  • WERE DEAD BIGFOOT AT MOUNT ST HELENS?
  • LAKE PEPIN MONSTER
  • MONSTER SPIDER OF UKRAINE
  • BIGFOOT IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK?
  • BIGFOOT IN MISSISSIPPI?
  • COULD THESE DINOSAURS TALK?
  • DO ANIMALS LAUGH?
  • WERE CATTLE ABDUCTED AND MUTILATED?
  • BIGFOOT AND WODEWOSE
  • WAS THIS A THUNDERBIRD?
  • WERE THESE SEA SERPENT REMAINS?
  • WHAT WAS THE GONDI?
  • ANOTHER OWLMAN IN BRITAIN
  • FAIRY ENCOUNTERS
  • WAS THIS BIGFOOT?
  • HUMANOID REPORTS FROM 1978
  • LARGE GLOWING EYES
  • IT'S BEEN FOUND
  • MICHIO KAKU AND PARALLEL UNIVERSES
  • LIZARDMAN OF BISHOPSVILLE
  • MAINE'S SPECTER MOOSE
  • NAMORODO
  • PROCTOR VALLEY PARANORMAL
  • DID WOMAN HAVE 48 ALIEN HYBRID CHILDREN?
  • NEW SPECIES OF WATER BEAR (NOT A BEAR, BY THE WAY)
  • HUNT FOR MOKELE-MBEMBE
  • ON THE TRACK #128
  • BLACK DOG OF THE BLUE RIDGE
  • ALBINO PANDA PHOTOGRAPH
  • BAKANGA - MYSTERY CAT
  • CRITTER OF BALD MOUNTAIN
  • LAGARFLJOT WORM
  • ANDEAN WOLF - SOUTH AMERICAN CRYPTID
  • DID HIKER SEE OGOPOGO?
  • BIGFOOT VIDEOS FROM OREGON
  • IDAHO HUNTERS AND BIGFOOT
  • MYSTERY OF THE THYLACINE
  • MOTHMAN AT O'HARE AIRPORT: ANOTHER REPORT
  • BUNNY, THE COMMUNICATING DOG
  • COMEGOLLOS - PUERTO RICO'S BIGFOOT
  • MYSTERIES OF LAKE BAIKAL
  • BIGFOOT WEARING CLOTHES
  • UFO FORMATION OVER SALT LAKE CITY
  • STRANGE BEINGS ON BEN NEVIS
  • CUELEBRE
  • YIBIMIN - JAPANESE YOKAI
  • RO BEAST
  • SMALL HAIRY HUMANOID OF AUSTRALIA
  • DOGMAN IN CANADA
  • BEGINNINGS OF CRYPTOZOOLOGY
  • JUMPING WORM HAS SPREAD TO 15 STATES
  • BEAST OF BILLIWHACK
  • WHAT IS A GOLEM?
  • 2021 FIRST UK CROP CIRCLE
  • TEXAN TIGER
  • VERY UNUSUAL ABDUCTION REPORT
  • CENTAUR SIGHTINGS
  • SASQUATCH IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  • BENEATH LAKE SUPERIOR
  • TWO DRAGONS CALLED DRAC
  • POTTSGROVE CREATURE
  • MONSTERS OF WORLD WAR I
  • TIGER ON THE LOOSE IN TEXAS
  • FLYING HUMANOID IN GUATEMALA
  • HONEY FROM A COFFIN
  • AN ARMY OF CLONES
  • Monday, May 17, 2021

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS LIVING IN THE PAST

     The Gonzo Daily: Monday

    Today is somewhat of a curate’s egg of a day. All sorts of things have gone wrong, and although none of them are particularly serious, they are enough to annoy me. Carl is bleaching the outside walls of the house, and has spent the last few days transferring the CFZ Museum to what used to be my office. It looks splendid. Graham is just parcelling up a camera to be sent to Richard who is going to the Lake District in search of giant eels. I, for various reasons, am in an appallingly bad mood and I am trying to get over it with very little success. All I want to do at the moment is go on a blood fuelled killing spree or alternatively eat some chocolate and sulk, whichever is easier.
    The new episode of On the Track features a Giant Sturgeon in Detroit; a Homage to Hergé in which I die in a mystery fireball conflagration and an interview with Richard Muirhead celebrating ten years of 'Flying Snake'. So, if you want to attend a visual entertainment consisting of hard science and a smattering of weird shit, interspersed with us dicking about in an increasingly surreal manner, check the latest episode out:
    My book ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is the story of my early life in Hong Kong, and how I first became interested in Natural History, and more specifically cryptozoology, and there are several very little known cryptozoological mysteries discussed therein. It is very much like a darker analog of Gerald Durrell’s memoirs of his childhood in Greece, and I would’ve called it “My Family and other Sociopaths” if it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t want to be sued either by Durrell’s estate, or my family. You can find out more and buy it signed from the link below:
    C’mon, make a curmudgeonly old bugger happy.
    AND HERE'S TODAY'S NEWS
    The Beatles: Get Back - A Sneak Peek from Peter Ja...
    Tracey MacLeod plus the guitar Nick Lowe gave her ...
    Zappastuff
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Who Knows Where The Time ...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    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 #441/2
    THE RICK-Y-UKEY 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 Paul McCartney, the sound of the Westway, the ‘Summer of Our Discontent’, Motman and Micall Parknsun, Rick Wakeman, Alan’s New Music, Fake News and 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?

    THYLACINES IN THE NEWS

     

    The ongoing mystery of the Tasmanian tiger
    Whether you're looking for a Tasmanian tiger, thylacine, Tasmanian wolf, ... Over the past decades, there have been multiple sightings of thylacines, ...

    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.

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1540 - Afghan chief Sher Khan defeated Mongul Emperor Humayun at Kanauj.

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • Shark petition
  • The bears of Europe

  • 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)

    Sunday, May 16, 2021

    Giant Sturgeon in Detroit; Homage to Hergé; Ten years of 'Flying Snake' (OTT #128)


    And once again we have a jolly nice episode of the weekly Web TV show from the Centre for Fortean Zoology for you. It features: - A homage to Hergé - Yay for Professor Tarragon - Jon dies in a fiery explosion - A giant sturgeon in the Detroit River - Ten years of ‘Flying Snake’ - Richard Muirhead interview * If you want to contact Richard Muirhead and find out more about his magazine email him here: richardmuirhead66@outlook.com * You can buy the collected first volume of Flying Snake here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flying-Snake-One-Richard-Muirhead/dp/1909488585/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Flying+snake+Muirhead&qid=1620995547&sr=8-1 * You can find Jon’s novel about the Somerset levels here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/BLACKDOWN-MYSTERY-Jonathan-Downes/dp/1905723008/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1620995642&sr=8-1