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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, November 14, 2019

CFZ CANADA UPDATES

The Centre for Fortean Zoology was founded in the UK in 1992 - nearly 20 years ago. Over the past two decades it has expanded to become a truly global organisation. We opened our American office in 2001, our Australian office in 2009, and in 2011 - we were proud to welcome CFZ Canada, curated by Robin Bellamy to the CFZ global family.

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THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS MORE WORRIED THAN HE LETS ON

The Gonzo Daily: Thursday?Friday
There will be no blogs tomorrow, because tomorrow is the big one; it is the day that we go for the meeting with the Oncologist to find out the results of Corinna's Nuclear Scan. Corinna is still far less well than I would like, and we are both nervous about what will happen. We are both very touched by the messages of support that keep on coming in from friends, acquaintances and some complete strangers around the world. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated far more than you will ever know. Whatever happens tomorrolw, I will let you all know as soon as it can be managed.
YER EDITOR SEZ: THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
You guys have been doing massive amounts of praying for Corinna. I believe that the outpouring of good vibes transmitted electronically, being a little like a Tibetan prayer flag. Find out more:
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/p/a-prayer-flag-lung-…
Blessed be.
CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
Our webTV show:
https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/posts/632561497117057
And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/CFZ
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
https://gonzotesting.blogspot.com/…/a-notion-of-shopkeepers…
Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eleven whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
Gonzo Weekly #363/4
THE HOCUS POCUS ISSUE
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/
In this peculiarly harem scarem outing, we say goodbye to our friend and colleague John Brodie-Good, Alan goes to see Focus, Mad Iccy goes in search of Keith Richard's lost footwear, Doug watches Jesus Christ Superstar, Jon gets all weird while considering artificial life, there is more animal rescue with PAART, we visit Regency Romances, and the new Watchmen TV Show.
Now THAT's what I call eclectic!
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit AND Merrell Fankhauser, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and one from Mr Biffo, and one from C J Stone, and one from Neil Nixom but Roy Weard, is on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses who have lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are searching for their footwear, 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:
John Brodie Good, Steven Levy, Artificial Life, Hawkwind, The Beatles, Abbey Road, Rick Wakeman, Kenneth Womack, Marillion, Yes, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, The Merrell Fankhauser Radio Show, Mick Maloney's Mystery Hour, Gebriel Mary "Gay" Byrne, Leo Iorga, Jan Erik KongShaug, Paul Barrere, James Joseph Paulsen, Walter Franco, Nicholas P. Tosches, Timi Hansen, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Richard Stellar, Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Icarus Ruoff, Doug Harr, Jesus Christ Superstar, PAART, Alan Dearling, Focus, Kev Rowland, The Night Flight Orchestra, Not My Master, Various Artists, Arca Progjet, Babal, Bla Lotus, Tony Klinger, Mr Biffo, Digitiser, Beanus, Chris Stone, Martin Springett, Thom the World Poet, Georgette Heyer, Jane Aiken Hodge, Neil Nixon, Vincent Gallo
And the last few issues are:
Issue 359-60 (Robert Hunter)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-359-60.html
Issue 357-8 (King Crimson)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-357-8.html
Issue 355-6 (Elfin Bow)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-355-6.html
Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-353-4.html
Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CE…/gonzo-351-2-fvxuatzgf.html
Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-349-50.htm
Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-347-8.html
Issue 345-6 (RDF)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-345-6.html
Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-343-4.html
Issue 341-42 (America)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-339-40.html
Issue 337-38 (Zee)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-337-8.html
Issue 335-36 (Raz)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-335-6.html
Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-333-4.html
Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-331-2.html
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:
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
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.co.uk
* 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 60 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, 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 elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

THYLACINES IN THE NEWS


Earth lost a truly unique species when Benjamin, the last known thylacine — commonly called the Tasmanian tiger — died in captivity in early ...

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



Some People Are Claiming This Video Of An Unknown Creature Screaming Is Proof Of Bigfoot, But ...
A family in Ontario captured some peculiar screams in the woods and people are using it as evidence of Bigfoot's existence.
A brief history of Bigfoot sightings
The legend of Bigfoot has been a fun part of mainstream culture since the late 1950s when loggers discovered a trail of giant footprints in the woods.
A video posted by an Ontario hunter depicting mysterious and blood-curdling screams echoing from the woods have some enthusiasts convinced it ..

PATREON STUFF


Image result for patreonPart 999 of an ongoing series in which a sixty year old fat bloke in a wheelchair pretends he is young and hip and knoiws what the bloody hell he is talking about.

Although we have had a Patreo account for two years now, I have never been very pleased with the way that we have run it. However, I have now started to take a leaf out of the book presented by my old friend Paul Rose, a.k.a. Mr Biffo, and I have made some changes.

There is now a basic level at $1 a month, which for those of you on this side of the Herring Pond is about 70p. For that you get access to Patreon only posts and videos and my eternal gratitude. I have also worked out how to do Patreon exclusive videos which is a step in the right direction. If you want to check us out go to:


C'mon in, the water's fine.

PS: I forgot to tell you, but there is a new Patreon only video I put up a day or two ago, and now I know how to do it, there will be a fair number...

BIG CAT ROUND UP

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.

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

ON THIS DAY IN -  1851 - Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" was first published in the U.S.
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • Mysterious Jurassic crocodile identified 250 years...
  • Badger cull in England extended to ‘unimaginable s...
  • Antibiotic resistance rising among dolphins, study...
  • Half of tigers rescued from Thai temple have died,...


  • 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)

    Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS TIRED

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
    Corinna is going out today with Graham to buy curtains. This is a particularly prosaic piecve of "news" but it is honestly the best that I can do today. Corinna is still far less well than I would like, and we are both nervous about what will happe3n on Friday when we go back to the Oncologist in order to find out the results of her nuclear scan. We are both very touched by the messages of support that keep on coming in from friends, acquaintances and some complete strangers around the world. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated far more than you will ever know.
    YER EDITOR SEZ: THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
    You guys have been doing massive amounts of praying for Corinna. I believe that the outpouring of good vibes transmitted electronically, being a little like a Tibetan prayer flag. Find out more:
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/p/a-prayer-flag-lung-…
    Blessed be.
    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
    Our webTV show:
    https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/posts/632561497117057
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/CFZ
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
    https://gonzotesting.blogspot.com/…/a-notion-of-shopkeepers…
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eleven whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
    Gonzo Weekly #363/4
    THE HOCUS POCUS ISSUE
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/
    In this peculiarly harem scarem outing, we say goodbye to our friend and colleague John Brodie-Good, Alan goes to see Focus, Mad Iccy goes in search of Keith Richard's lost footwear, Doug watches Jesus Christ Superstar, Jon gets all weird while considering artificial life, there is more animal rescue with PAART, we visit Regency Romances, and the new Watchmen TV Show.
    Now THAT's what I call eclectic!
    Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit AND Merrell Fankhauser, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and one from Mr Biffo, and one from C J Stone, and one from Neil Nixom but Roy Weard, is on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses who have lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are searching for their footwear, 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:
    John Brodie Good, Steven Levy, Artificial Life, Hawkwind, The Beatles, Abbey Road, Rick Wakeman, Kenneth Womack, Marillion, Yes, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, The Merrell Fankhauser Radio Show, Mick Maloney's Mystery Hour, Gebriel Mary "Gay" Byrne, Leo Iorga, Jan Erik KongShaug, Paul Barrere, James Joseph Paulsen, Walter Franco, Nicholas P. Tosches, Timi Hansen, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Richard Stellar, Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Icarus Ruoff, Doug Harr, Jesus Christ Superstar, PAART, Alan Dearling, Focus, Kev Rowland, The Night Flight Orchestra, Not My Master, Various Artists, Arca Progjet, Babal, Bla Lotus, Tony Klinger, Mr Biffo, Digitiser, Beanus, Chris Stone, Martin Springett, Thom the World Poet, Georgette Heyer, Jane Aiken Hodge, Neil Nixon, Vincent Gallo
    And the last few issues are:
    Issue 359-60 (Robert Hunter)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-359-60.html
    Issue 357-8 (King Crimson)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-357-8.html
    Issue 355-6 (Elfin Bow)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-355-6.html
    Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-353-4.html
    Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CE…/gonzo-351-2-fvxuatzgf.html
    Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-349-50.htm
    Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-347-8.html
    Issue 345-6 (RDF)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-345-6.html
    Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-343-4.html
    Issue 341-42 (America)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
    Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-339-40.html
    Issue 337-38 (Zee)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-337-8.html
    Issue 335-36 (Raz)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-335-6.html
    Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-333-4.html
    Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-331-2.html
    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:
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
    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.co.uk
    * 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 60 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, 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 elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Officers arrived and questioned a man who admitted to firing warning shots at a seven-foot tall 'Bigfoot' creature or bear who he said tried to open his ...
    The unsettling clip, according to cryptid researchers, could actually point to evidence that the mythical Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, could actually exist.

    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

    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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