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, February 13, 2017

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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



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.

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: Further stories of unusual Hong Kong animals Part One

In June 2014 and February 2017 I posted a question on the `Hong Kong Was,Is and Forever Will Be My Home!` Facebook group and the `I Grew Up in Hong Kong in the 1970s-80s` group asking members to reply to my query as to anomalous animals/cryptids that they had had experience of. This blog is a summary of the most interesting observations.None or very little of this information has been shared in public before.The February 2017 responses will appear in part 2 of this

1. June 2014.

Andrew Garrett. Big land crab on Mt Butler, near the Cable & Wireless station in 1988.

Joy Aitman Apes ( N.B. as opposed to monkeys?) lived on slope behind Fairmount Gardens on Conduit Rd in the 1980s. Used to perch on nullah.

Rob Milnes. Rumours of occasional tigers swimming to Mai Po marshes ( `70s-80s?). Hushed up by Ag and Fish Department to avoid a hunt.

Sarah Lang-Heath. Black panther Sek-Kong. Well along catchment road.1982-85.

Lynn Spencer O`Donnell. Large albino cobra (this is the only albino cobra in the wild in HK I have heard of.) Pack of all pedigree feral dogs abandoned on Peak.
Type of fish that only lived in hot water ,outflow from Aberdeen power station.

Jaime Stirling. Escaped gorilla or baboon from Botanical Gardens.

Anne Ozoro. Tigers during 1941-45 War ate dead refugees.(And they were in plentiful supply - R!)

Same contributor - Her father shot a strange duck at Mai Po like a grebe. Stuffed, it looked like a duck but flatter feet almost 1/2 size of body.(I am following this
one up.)

Dave Clark. Massive boa swam across Silvermine Bay,Lantau and ate a quadruped.

Paul Corser Tiger paw faked in Sai Kung (1988?)All paws were front left!.

Jennifer Bowskill. Small black cat-like creatures in tress on Peak, 1960s-70s.Two tigers in Kowloon, 1990s.

Normie Webb. "Growler monkeys" left by Japanese during World War 2.Growler monkeys are not usual natives of Hong Kong.

To be continued....


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The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
TODAY FEATURING: Brand X, Binky Womack, Hawkwind, Pink Fairies
And so, another week begins! Have you ever had one of those days that you really wish that you hadn’t got out of bed? Nothing particularly crapulent has happened, but there has been a stream of small irritations, and I'm really not in the mood for any of them but, that's life I suppose. Moaning about it isn't going to get us anywhere, so I shall stop, and just get on with it!
And here is the news:
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Gonzo Magazine #221
In this week’s issue Jeremy says goodbye to the legendary Deke Leonard, Doug goes to see Adam Ant, Alan reminisces about Runrig and other heroes of Scottish Rock and Roll with Ivor Johnston,Christopher goes to see Julian Cope, Jeremy goes to see Black Sabbath, and Martin Springett enthuses to Jon about A Series of Unfortunate Events. Plus Hawkwind, The Gardening Club, and all sorts of other things. Good huh?
Groovy huh?
It’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, and Strange Fruitwhereas Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins will be back next week. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Lemony Snicket, Black Sabbath, David Cassidy, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Davies, Roundhouse, Sigur Rós, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Svend Asmussen, Emmett Peter "Sonny" Geraci, Steve Lang, Noel Bartholomew Simms, Robert, Dahlqyist, Ritchie Yorke, David Axelrod, Granddad, Supertramp, Tony Ashton and Friends, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, The Pink Fairies, Jeremy Smith, Deke Leonard, Adam Ant, Alan Dearling, Ivor Johnston, Christopher Johnson, Julia Cope, Kev Rowland, Loonypark, Mindfields, Moonrise, Moloken, Ophidian Forest, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Roy Weard, Xtul, Martin Springett, Grateful Dead, Brian Jones, Beatles, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Elvis, Quentin Crisp
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
Issue 210 (Nico)
Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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 - 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.co.uk
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* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 57 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown kittens, one 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. 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 Archie and the Cats?


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