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 18, 2015

THE CRYPTODANE: The days of the jackal

The first day of the jackal was the 6th. of June 2015, when a driver passing the town of Karup in Western Denmark noticed what he thought was a strange looking dog lying at the edge of the road. Intrigued the man stopped for a closer look only to ascertain two things – the animal was dead, but only recently so, and it was indeed a very strange looking dog, about fox-like in stature, but a bit bigger. The man considered leaving the animal to the crows, but on a whiM decided to put it in the boot of his car and take it away with him.


The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
Denmark has been on the forefront of cryptozoological news in recent years. It was only a couple of years ago that it was confirmed that the gray wolf had returned to the country for the first time in several hundred years. Now it appears that an even more exotic canid has arrived in the small Scandinavian country. Our old friend Lars Thomas tells the story of Denmark's first known golden jackal http://tinyurl.com/qaf5b8e.

The interesting thing about the golden jackal is that although it is native to southeastern and central Europe, Asia Minor, the Middle East, and South Asia. genetic studies published in 2015 revealed that six supposed golden jackal subspecies living in Africa were members of a separate species, Canis anthus, reducing the number of actual golden jackal subspecies to seven. The nearest known population, as far as I am able to ascertain is in the Czech Republic, but as the gray wolf has expanded its range massively in recent years, and as the lines between wolf and jackal are becoming increasingly blurred, this new development is an exciting one.

I had a long chat with a old and dear friend last night. I know that he sometimes reads my daily blatherings, and I would just like him to know that we are all rooting for him , and we have his corner because – although the silly bugger doesn't realise it – a lot of people actually love him very much.

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Gonzo Weekly #156
Rick Wakeman, Emmy Beckitt, Led Zeppelin, Steve Ignorant, Daniel Roberson, Corky Laing, Mountain, Lee Brilleaux, Dr Feelgood, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Mack Moloney, A J Smitrovich, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#156) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Rick Wakeman and Emmie Beckitt on the cover and news on their remarkable new collaboration inside. Doug writes about Led Zeppelin,Jon critiques a fascinating new Biography of Lee Brilleaux from Dr Feelgood, we meet the man who painted Steve Ignorant, and Corinna sneers at some more tacky pop memorabilia. Xtul are back in the deep woods. Neil unearths a hidden gem, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column, C J Stone does his, A J Smitrovich continues thumbing through his Dad's LPs, and Mr Biffo has more of his regular slices of insanity from the world of Digitiser 2000, and there is a radio show from Strange Fruit, one from Friday Night Progressive and another from Mack Moloney. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antechinuses wanting poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who are slightly constipated, 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:
Gong, Daevid Allen, Queen, Blur, U2, Larry Mullen, Elton John, Motley Crue, Tommy Lee, Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life, John Lennon, Corky Laing, Mountain, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Phil Taylor, Andrew "Andy" White, Helmit Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt, Allen Toussaint, Charlie Dick, Edward "Fast Eddie" Hoh, Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, Brandon Carlise, Chuck Pyle,  Nucleus, The RAZ Band, Mark Murdock, Brand X, Alexis Korner, 13th Floor Elevators Emmie Beckitt, Rick Wakeman, Led Zeppelin, Daniel Roberson, Davey Curtis, Roy Weard,  My Dad's LPs, A.J. Smitrovich, Mr Biffo,  Donald Trump, Hawkwind, Xtul, Lee  Brilleaux, Dr Feelgood, Pink Floyd, Tom Jones, The Beatles, U2, Kylie Minogue, Frank Zappa, Morrissey, The Smiths, Yes, Steve Hackett, Elton John, Tommie Phillips,  AndersonPonty Band, Billy Sherwood, Tony
Kae, Chris Squire, Neil Nixon, Sir John Betjeman, Netherfell
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
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:
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
* 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 young lady called Jessica. 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?


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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.

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  • NEWSLINK: Three injured in leopard attack


    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.

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    Is the Loch Ness real or just a clever marketing idea to boost tourism? It is certainly ... Around 1000 people are convinced they have seen the monster.

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1477 - William Caxton produced "Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres," which was the first book to be printed in England. 
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