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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Friday, September 11, 2015

CFZ PUBLISHING: Animals & Men #54

The world's leading publishers of cryptozoology, forteana and fortean fiction, with over a hundred titles currently in print.

The latest post on the CFZ Publishing Group blog begins as follows:
Issue 54 of Animals & Men magazine can now be read, absolutely free, on the main Animals & Men page of this site...
Click here to read the whole article.

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:


Oregon legends of Bigfoot.
This is the story about an unreported Bigfoot sighting which occurred about 20 air miles SSE of Estacada, Oregon in the Mt. Hood National Forest ...

Bigfoot Sighting Had Man 'Absolutely Terrified'
A new Bigfoot video released by the Paranormal Review is interesting because it provides a full breakdown of the Bigfoot sighting. Unfortunately, the ...

Bigfoot Sightings 2015; An Interdimensional Creature
Bigfoot hunter Matthew “Dr. J” Johnson claims to know why it's been impossible to find hard evidence that would prove that the mysterious Sasquatch ...

Bigfoot “London footprints” declared a hoax
Back in February of 2012, we reported on a finding of a long Bigfoot footprint trail found in Eugene, Oregon. Bigfoot researcher, Cliff Barackman, ...

ZMA: Bigfoot County in Hastings: Saturday 9/12
Bigfoot County will be at the River Roadhouse in Hastings on Hudson, NY Saturday September 12th. The River Roadhouse 533 Warburton Avenue

Are Bigfoot And Canines Best Friends? (Video)
The Alabama Bigfoot Society discusses the numerous accounts of bigfoot and their relationship with dogs and other canine species. Do you think dog ...

Breakdown Of Goat Mountain Bigfoot (Video)
In this classic breakdown video, Phil takes a look at the images of the Goat Mountain bigfoot. Or was it bigfoot monster mystery? Apparently this bigfoot ...

The Patterson Bigfoot Film with High Quality Inserts.
This clip highlights the huge difference between the copies of the Patterson film and the original from which the inserts were taken. All filmwork by ...

We Are The Mighty
The Kontum Province of Vietnam, near the borders with Laos and Cambodia, there were many reports from U.S. troops on patrols of a strange, not ...

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

Northern Water Snake with Catfish or Tiny Loch Ness Monster?
This water snake stole the show for a moment yesterday. I saw a weird disturbance on the water and was following with my lens to see what it was, ...


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 - Friday/Saturday
There is lots more than usual today.
Imagine no hyperbole. I wonder if you can.
It was interesting that Lauren Oyler writing in Vice magazine says: "Yesterday marked the 44th anniversary of the release of John Lennon's goody-goody solo album Imagine, on which he softly bleats for world peace and borderless harmony. Described by Rolling Stone as Lennon's "greatest musical gift to the world," the song of the same name fantasizes about a mankind without qualities of evil and suffering, such as possessions, greed, hunger, and war. Perhaps a less ambitious dream would be of a world in which people are not as monstrous as John Lennon." She then goes on to describe a druggy philanderer who cheated on his wife and smacked his young son for bad table manners.
Oh bollocks. Context my dear, context. None of this is news. Writing in The Lives of John Lennon well over twenty tears ago Albert Goldman write all this and more, and the account written by his mistress May Pang would make your hair curl. Particularly when he was drunk he was a very nasty piece of work, which is something that he admitted. "That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace" he said.
As for smacking his son, it was fifty years ago, in a time where most people still believed in corporal punishment, and as for him having a 'God Complex' because he believed that because he was on a macrobiotic diet that smoking would not cause him to die of cancer, is one to condemn everyone who has non standard health fads? If so, then practically everyone that I know would have a 'God Complex' and I truly do not believe that I am surrounded by deities.
Yes Lennon was a violent twat at times, but a monster? No. Hitler, Stalin and The Moors Murderers were monsters. Jimmy Savile was a monster. Lennon was just a deeply flawed human being who wrote some marvellous and inspirational music.
But Imagine is utopian bollocks and always has been.
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Karnataka - The Storm
Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman to play at historic L...
PREVIEW: Barbara Dickson set for Floral Pavilion r...
Gonzo Weekly #146
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Bee and Flower, The Wombats, Joy Division, Fruits de Mer, Insect Ark, Pink Fairies John Martyn, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#146) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Dana Schechter from Bee and Flower  on the front cover together with an interview with her inside, Doug looks at ELP, Lee dances with The Wombats, Jon muses about Fruits de Mer Records and reviews a book about Ringo Starr, John looks at the legacy of the English Underground on YouTube including music by John Martyn and the Pink Fairies. Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. And there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the second of four Strange Harvest radio specials from the folk wot bring you Strange Fruit, and there is the latest episode of Canterbury Sans Frontières featuring Gong and Matching Mole. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and water opossums with something to lose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials planning to pray to St Anthony of Padua for an intercession, 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!!!
This issue features:
Fruits de Mer, The Beach Boys, Miley Cyrus, Meat Loaf, Prince, Alan Lomax, Brinsley Schwarz, Mega Dodo, Galahad, Lana del Rey, Barbara Dickson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Owens Boomer Castleman, Joy Beverley, Wes Craven, Rick Wakeman, Hugh Hopper, The Pirates, Ducks Deluxe, The Pirates, Wilko Johnson, Dr. John, Johnny Winter & Uncle John Turner,  Billy Cobham, Brand x, Pete Sears, Frank Zappa, Bee and Flower, Dana Schechter, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Lee Walker, The Wombats, John Brodie-Good, Caravan, Hawkwind, Gong, Pink Fairies, John Martyn, Roy Weard, Lemmy, Yes, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Bring me the Horizon, David Bowie, Neil Nixon, Les Baxter, Midvinterblot
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit…
* 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 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and a small kitten 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, 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, and the adventurous kitten?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Friday/Saturday

ON THIS DAY IN 1873 - The first practical typewriter was sold to customers. 
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  • 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)