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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Monday, July 07, 2014

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...



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. 


The Gonzo Daily - Monday
On Saturday Saskia opened me another Facebook account as Gonzo Jon, and much to my amazement, within an hour dozens of people had friended me. I should warn you that this account is purely so I can get someone else (Saskia, Lizzy or Graham) to do the notifications for the weekly magazine if I am not around. I am expecting my first grandchild in September, and will be away for some time, so I am trying to set up a mechanism so I can still have my daily and weekly posts as simple as possible. So please DON'T write to me on the Gonzo Jon account. I will hardly ever use it....
I do have some bad news I am afraid; a small predator, either a rat or a weasel (I suspect the former) dug into the aviary on Saturday night and killed the three remaining quail. I am upset, but apart from getting Graham to repair the holes and make the aviaries as secure as possible there is very little that I can do about it.
There are lots of other things as well, most of which I can't talk about, but my heart is playing up again for the first time in several years, probably as a result of all the trials and tribulations of the past few weeks. I expect that it will calm down, as said stresses and strains do, but watch this space.
Most peculiar mama
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#85) is here to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Raoni Metuktire aka Chief Raoni and Clearlight on the front cover and features an interview with Cyrille Verdeaux in which he discusses his work with this legendary eco-warrior and Amerindian chief. Merrell Fankhauser recounts an odd story about John Lennon and UFOs. There is an interview with Paul May about the forthcoming Atkins/May Project album, Doug Harr visits Queen in San Jose, and Rosie Curtis goes to a cosplay convention, whilst Jon muses about The Happy Mondays. There are also new shows from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and newts in shoes (OK, no unlikely shod caudata, 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 list of artists featured is: Jack White, Yes, Jon Anderson, Jon Davison, Robert Plant, Dave Grohl, Greg Allman, Bob Dylan, Ian Gillan, Daevid Allen, Clepsydra, Michael des Barres, Merrell Fankhauser, Arthur Brown, Spirit Thom, Galahad, The Who, Marillion, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Annik Honore, Dermot Healy, Josephine Pullein-Thompson, Wayne Henderson, Andre Popp, Erik Norlander, Lana Lane, Hugh Hopper, Mick Abrahams, Martin Guitars, Cyrille Verdeaux, Clearlight, Paul May, Rosie Curtis, Queen, Happy Mondays, Hawkwind, Scott Walker, Beatles, 1D, Cher, Iggy Pop, Weird Weekend, Joanne Hogg & Frank Van Essex, Lava Engine, Ancillotti, Blaze, Subway to Sally
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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!
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*  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.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?


Check out those references
That's how many confirmed Bigfoot hair samples resulted after testing by researchers at Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology.

Bigfoot, Yeti: Meet Science
Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti. Cultures all over the world have names for elusive ape-like animals. But scientists don't really have a name for these 

Sorry Bigfoot Truthers: Yetis Aren't Real
A new Oxford study shows most 'yeti' evidence is human, bear, or raccoon, among other mammals. But this probably won't stop Bigfoot hunters

Still no evidence of Bigfoot, but a new species may have been discovered
Thirty genetic tests were done: Still no DNA evidence of Bigfoot, yeti or Sasquatch.

Bigfoot Picture From California
BB:Here we go again, another bigfoot picture, like most and not much detail. As always you be the judge! Watch Now: Bigfoot Caught On Trail Cam 

Bigfoot & Sasquatch Encounters Across America – Documentary!
As the title suggest, an interesting and informative full length documentary on the mysterious but often reported instances of large, hairy hominids!

Bigfoot Photographed While Fishing In Virginia
Bigfoot Photographed While Fishing In Virginia. Is this creature the elusive Sasquatch and is it actually fishing? The story in the video drags a little, but ...

KARL SHUKER: Bird-Headed Fish-Men and Pig-Riding Man-Beasts

Karl Shuker unveils some more intriguing artwork of potential zoomythological and cryptozoological significance from the Central African Republic.

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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1919 the actor John Pertwee was born. Pertwee is perhaps best known for playing the nightmarish homunculus Worzel Gummidge, a fearsome scarecrow possessed of a soul and several interchangeable heads.
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  • The stuff of nightmares (if his head has been removed how is he still talking???) :