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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Sunday, June 01, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: From Pond to Page, the Story of A Magical Summer Resident

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. 

A familiar silhouette appeared in Farm Pond in Oak Bluffs last weekend.
With an arrival as reliable as that of backyard barbeques and beach days, Vanessa the green sea serpent resumed her post in the shallow pond off Beach road, where she basks in the sun from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is Vanessa’s thirtieth year at Farm Pond. In the past three decades, she has had babies (the Gazette sponsored two naming contests), nearly drowned in Hurricane Bob, and posed for countless photos. And this summer, she has a book.

Amelie Loyot, sea serpent caretaker and author of Vanessa: The Sea Serpent of Martha's Vineyard. — Ivy Ashe
“It’s time for her story to get out,” said Amelie Loyot, who is Vanessa’s primary caretaker and the niece of Vanessa’s creator Mindy Kendall. Mrs. Kendall “wanted to do something magical for the kids of the Island” back in the summer of 1984. From that impetus came Vanessa, who is “distantly related to Nessie in Loch Ness,” Mrs. Loyot said. She’s also distant cousins with Champ, from Lake Champlain in Vermont.
The Vanessa of the pond is a floating wooden sculpture with glistening scales and, on occasion, a festive tail flying in the breeze. Every few years, a baby sea serpent floats behind her. One year, the baby was kidnapped and had to be rescued by Bob Duarte, the Oak Bluffs police chief at the time.

But Vanessa is also a jumping-off point for the vivid imaginations of youngsters. From Mrs. Loyot’s house off Farm Pond, she can hear exactly how Vanessa sparks creativity.

“People on the bike path—I can hear them talking, and the kids [say] ‘Oh, mom, It’s a sea monster! I wonder what its name is!’” she said. And so her book, Vanessa: The Sea Serpent of Martha’s Vineyard, bridges the two incarnations of the Farm Pond summer resident.

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10 Utterly Bizarre Bigfoot Theories that May Be True!
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CRYPTOLINK: Did elusive chupacabra attack farmer's cows? (How many times do we have to tell these people that this is NOT a chupacabras)

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. 

RED SPRINGS — After the disappearance of two goats, evidence of attacks on his cows and some mysterious late-night howls, James Newton believes he has found the culprit — the chupacabra, a creature many experts don’t believe exists.

Newton, who owns a farm with his wife, Vanessa, on Dixie Road, had been noticing unusual happenings since taking over the land more than a year ago, including the unexplained loss of two goats in December, and discovering his cows with bloody ears that he believes were evidence of a creature trying to bite the animals.

On Monday morning, Newton said his wife alerted him to what she described as “the ugliest animal you’d ever seen” behind their house.

The creature, which they believe may have been killed by the couple’s German shepherd, was 2-feet long, had short, dark gray hair, a lon,g thin tail, protruding teeth and — according to Newton — an uncanny resemblance to a creature popularly known as a chupacabra.

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The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
It's Sunday again, and don't I know it?
Its the day I pretend to be a poet
and clear my desk and make the time
to write my Sunday blogs in rhyme
I know my rhymes are often pungent
and I'm only being self indulgent
and I really should have had enough
but it amuses me to do this stuff
I have a busy day you know
Mike Davis is in the studio
and I have to go and fuss the dogs
but first of all c'mon read the blogs
Chad Smith talks Will Ferrell Drum Off and sparring with Ginger Baker
Old music: Captain Beefheart – My Head Is My Only House unless it rains
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
Something Else! sneak peek: Yes, “Believe Again” from the new album
Gonzo Weekly #80

The new issue of Gonzo Weekly is here and available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Don Falcone from the mighty Spirits Burning on the front cover and features an interview with the man himself by Doug Harr, an interview with Patrick Campbell-Lyons of the original Nirvana by me, a special dedication from Patrick to Twink, what happened when Erik Norlander met Corky Laing, and Keith Levene in Prague.
There are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich, from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and high heeled shoes (OK, no specialist footwear, 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!!!
The full ist of artists featured in this issue is: Yes, Patrick Moraz, Rick Wakeman, Queen, Brian May, Led Zeppelin, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Outkast, Carlos Santana, Don Henley, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Erik Norlander, Corky Laing, Michael des Barres, Iona,  Galahad, Sex Gang Children, Acid Mothers Temple, Karnataka,  Keith Levene, Strange Fruit, Sub Reality Sandwich, Friday Night Progressive, Marillion, Steve Rothery, Maya Angelou, Herb Jeffries, Jean Philippe Rykiel, Joey Molland, David Jackson and Rene van Commenee, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Clearlight, Plant Earth Rock ‘n’ Roll Orchestra, Kevin Ayers and The Whole World, Patrick Campbell-Lyons, Spirits Burning and Bridget Wishart, Steve Ignorant, Crass, Penny Rimbaud, Anarcho-Punk, Pam Windo, Hawkwind, Pagan Fruit, Arthur Brown, Beatles, Elvis Presley, Jedward, One Direction, Weird Weekend, Visions Project, Seventy One Sunset, Jump, Svartsot

Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
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!
To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe

*  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: http://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 an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?


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 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. 


What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with Cryptozoology?

Well, everything actually!

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. 


Oll is away so for today Yesterday's News Today is done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand-up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

q  What do you get when you cross a helicopter with a rhino? 

a  Helifino!

Ha Ha! That was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha!

Now for the news....

And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: