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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Thursday, October 09, 2014

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

Aleister Crowley & the Loch Ness Monster video lecture
I have finally got a complete lecture of mine up on You Tube. The material is taken from the chapter Loch Ness Leviathan and t.


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.

  • NEWSLINK: Big Cat Rescue issued warning for leopar...
  • NEWSLINK: Leopard terror comes to an end, 14-year-...
  • US SIGHTINGS: Cougars sighted in Northern Wisconsi...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: VIDEO: East Lancs farmer dismisses '...
  • NEWSLINK: Vladimir Putin's rare Russian tiger emig...
  • US SIGHTINGS: Man finds big cat on car

  • NEWSLINK: Thiruvananthapuram Zoo tightens security...

    Logging Boss & Sons Chased off Mountain by Bigfoot
    1st of three Bigfoot sightings in 24 hours in the Ghost Town of Deadwood. See also: Loggers Harassed by Bigfoot in Ghost Town of Deadwood

    Dr. Melba 'Bigfoot DNA' Ketchum Now Has a YouTube Channel
    Can you believe it's been a year since Dr. Melba Ketchum unveiled her Bigfoot DNA study to the world? People paid attention to the groundbreaking ...

    Kitsap Sun
    Bigfoot enthusiasts converge in Yakima this weekend
    Not in the flesh, of course. But photographs, footprints and other possible evidence collected by Bigfoot investigators and enthusiasts will be on display ...

    Do You Think Bigfoot are from Another Planet?
    I can admit, there are some mysterious things going on when it comes to bigfoot. Such as the no picture thing. But bigfoot being an alien? What do you

    New Wisconsin Dogman Encounter
    When it comes to cryptids, the second most reported in the U.S. is the dogman, sometimes known as the werewolf. And when you're talking about the ...

    Bigfoot in Kentucky? Maybe, Maybe Not, But There's a Blog About It
    Now, Kentucky does have its share of creatures of folklore. The Sheepsquatch anyone? What about the Pope Lick Monster? Yes, they belong


    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 - Thursday
    What a day it has been! Corinna and I went into Bideford at an ungodly hour for the first part of my annual diabetic review. I hate having blood tests, but the nurse was very sweet and gentle, and it honestly didn't hurt. She then gave me the welcome, but totally unexpected news that I had lost over a stone in the last six months, before gently telling me off for not having quit smoking cigarettes. After a tiresome anabasis in Morrisons where I completely failed to do one of the important things that I was supposed to do (ie get a new photograph for my renewal form for my disabled parking permit), we came home. There was exciting news waiting for us. My dear acquired niece Jessica (the elder, for Weird Weekend goers, not the younger one) has been working for the past eight months on a cruise ship in the Caribbean and then the Mediterranean. They are so pleased with her work that she has been invited to sign on for another cruise next year on the flagship of the line, which will take her to the Far East. When I heard that she would be visiting my old home of Hong Kong I had to fight back the tears. I may not get there again, but to know that one of my extended family will be visiting the place that I still dream of every night, is a very emotional experience.
    There are also all sorts of things happening behind the scenes at Gonzo Weekly. I can't tell you yet, but our 100th issue next weekend is gonna be a corker! The issue coming out on Saturday is pretty damn good as well!
    Counting Crows, Richard Thompson, Hawkwind, Patrick Moraz, Elton John and Prince fans and all sorts of other people, had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#98) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
    It has Matt Malley on the cover, and features an interview with him in which he discusses his work with Counting Crows, Richard Thompson, Patrick Moraz, Emmitt Rhodes and more. Doug Harr goes to see Elton John, and Jon asks why so many people are pissed off with U2 and iTunes. The new albums by Prince, Leonard Cohen and Marianne Faithfull are critiqued and there are exclusive words and pictures from two separate Hawkwind shows. There are also new shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the massively talented Jaki and Tim are back with their submarine and Maisie the cow. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and doves making coos (OK, no musical members of the Columbinidae, 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!!!
    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!
    You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:

    *  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 infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1940 - John Lennon born

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  • Asian carp DNA found in southwestern Michigan

  • 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)