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, November 27, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Interview With Jonathan Brown, The Person Who Filmed This Thermal Footage In Washington

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

Over the weekend at the Sasquatch Summit and Washington, Olympic Project founder Derek Randles revealed one of the most impressive thermal footage of Bigfoot ever. Randles had already set out to do a thorough investigation of the location and from what we're hearing, more evidence will be made public as soon as they are ready. We contacted Jonathan Brown, the person who contacted the Olympic Project after filming a massive sasquatch observing him and his brother from 117 ft away. Here's our conversation with Jonathan about the footage and the on going investigation:

Shawn Evidence: Hi Jonathan. Really impressive footage. When did you film it?

Jonathan Brown: Thank you. It was taken 3-4 weeks ago.

Shawn Evidence: How many people were with you that day, if you don't mind me asking?

Jonathan Brown: During the picture and the video, my brother Joel Brown. My wife was at the site not long before.


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Last nitght I couldn't sleep, so Captain Frunobulax curled up on my lap and we read Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's absolutely sweinspiring The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier. Strangely, I had been talking to Richard Freeman earlier in the day, and he was vehement about how pretentious and unreadable it was. I must have a taste for the pretentious, however, (which doesn't surprise me overly, and I doubt will surprise anyone else very much) because I enjoyed every minute of it, and despite the fact that I pored over the pages, I am certain that I missed a few cultural references, which would be easy to do: This book references everything from W. Somerset Maugham's caricature of Aleister Crowley,  to Viz, and from the Billy Bunter stories to Bulldog Drummond. It is viciously funny, presenting a Gloriously Surreal (GS) alternative history of about 60 years in the life of our poor beleaguered nation. Totally essential.
It is funny how my literary journey of the past few months has all been sparked by reading John Higgs' biography of the KLF. That lead me on to reading 'Principia Discordia' and then 'Illuminatus!', which led me off onto a Robert Anton Wilson trip for a while. Then as a direct result of all this I bought an excellent new biography of Alan Moore, and I am now working my way through bits of Alan Moore that I had previously overlooked. And he certainly DOES know the score, perhaps more than I or anyone else had ever realised. So we are back to Defcon 1. What a surprise!
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
Today's Track of the Day is by Felix Pappalardihttp://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-gonzo-track-of-day-as-years-go.html Hero Worship: Cliff Martinez on Captain Beefhearthttp://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/11/hero-worship-cliff-martinez-on-captain.html
Alan White interviewhttp://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/11/alan-white-on-cruise-to-edge-rock-hall.html
Geoff Downes: back into orchestra with a PANIC ROOM singerhttp://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/11/geoff-downes-back-into-orchestra-with.html
Frank Zappa, “Improvised Concerto for Two Bicycles, Prerecorded Tape, and Instrumental Ensemble” (1963)http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/11/frank-zappa-improvised-concerto-for-two.html
*  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:
 *  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.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html 

* 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 54 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?


In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


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 read stories here which 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. 

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