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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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Monday, February 25, 2019

THYLACINES IN THE NEWS





TASMANIAN tigers may still be hiding in the shadows, but a rare thylacine artefact has been unearthed at a London auction and is returning home.


Visitors to the National Museum of Australia can now view a newly acquired rare skin of the extinct Tasmanian tiger or thylacine. The Museum ...

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.



THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN KEEPS ON KEEPING ON

The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
YER EDITOR SEZ:
Now the sword of Damocles that has been hanging over us for the last seven months is at least partly gone, we can start to get on with our lives again. And as this week I have to do an issue of the magazine, and an episode of OTT, I had better get on with it.
THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
Although we were overjoyed to be able to share the positive news about Corinna's health with you all yesterday, the secondary health problems which have plagued Corinna since her original surgical procedure are still there; she is still on medication and in varying degrees of intermittent discomfort, and - we feel that - it is likely that she will not be returning to her normal state of health and efficiency for several more months. But we are marching on the right road.
A prayer flag (Lung ta) is a colourful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all. By hanging flags in high places the Lung ta will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings. As wind passes over the surface of the flags, which are sensitive to the slightest movement of the wind, the air is purified and sanctified by the mantras.
I believe something similar happens with positive vibes transmitted electronically. And so, please forgive me when I write about Corinna's health problems every day, but I am convinced that these electronic Lung ta and the resulting torrent of good vibes that has been the major contributory factor to the aetiology of her illness so far.
Blessed be.
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Reflections Of My Lif...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
RICK WAKEMAN IN THE NEWS
BARBARA DICKSON AT WESTON
WONDROUS STORIES FROM YES
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And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight 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?
I do have good news to impart: Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States has been uploaded, and over at Gonzo the first volume of Kev Rowland's The Progressive Underground is also imminent. And at Fortean Fiction, my latest novel - 'Zen and Xenophobia' - vaguely a sequel to 2015's 'The Song of Panne' - is now available.
! would warn you that if you are of a nervous disposition, or easily offended, you will find parts of my novel both offensive and upsetting. There is sex, violence, drug abuse, occultism, pornography, firearms, politics, religion, and not a little sociology. But there is also love, kindness, faith, and redemption. And it's a cracking good yarn. Or I think so, at any rate. All I would say on the subject before bidding you farewell is Caveat Lector. And I'm not gonna explain what that means, because because if you don't know what that means then you probably shouldn't be reading the book in the first place.
AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
Gonzo Weekly #323/4
THE GONZO ISSUE
In this week's tremendously Gonzo issue of Gonzo, Alan goes back in time to investigate the Gonzoid beginnings of Gonzo as a genre, we welcome a new columnist (a famous film director, no less) but when we put him on a desert island he tells us all sorts of things that we weren't expecting, Carl and Geordie go in search of lost horror movies, Jon rants about the Pet Shop Boys and Robert Anton Wilson, and Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind. And there is oodles more...
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive BUT Strange Fruit is on hiatus due to technical issues AND there are columns from Kev Rowland, and C J Stone, BUT Neil Nixon, Roy Weard Mr Biffo, and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and rock wallabies who've blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with the relatively small macropods who are having electrical problems, 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:
Pet Shop Boys, Egg Gang, James Brown, Jon Anderson, Richard Wright, ELP, The Clash, KLF, Michael Jackson, George Harrison, Liz Lenten, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Atte Toikka, Bruce Kendall Corbitt, Jacqueline Steiner, Ingo Bischof, Yoskar "El Prabu" Sarante, Joseph “Pepe” William Feliciano Smith, Paul Gene Whaley, James Edward Ingram, Sanford Sylvan, Air Commodore Dame Felicity Barbara Hill, DBE, Harold Ray Bradley (aka TicTac), Johnny Lion (aka John van Leeuwarden), Harris Tapio Marstio, Clive Walter Swift, Job Seda, Alex Brown, Bill Sims Jr., Tim Landers, Peter Paul Posa MNZM, Kirill Aleksandrovich Tolmatsky (aka Detsl), Michael David Ledbetter, Giampiero Artegiani, Blaine Cameron Johnson, Albert Finney Jr., Kyle Yorlets, Phil Western, Guy Webster, Olli Lindholm, Joe Hardy,  The Fall, Tony Palmer, Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants ixvi, Mick Farren, Alan Dearling, Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo-writing, Tony Klinger, Kev Rowland, Crying Steel, Darrel Treece-Birch, Delusion Squared, Dimmu Borgir, Disen Gage, Dark Matters, Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson, Lost Horror Films, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Wild Colonial Boy, Jonathan Downes, Martin Springett, Thom the World Poet, Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger
And the last few issues are:
Issue 323-24 (Irvine Welsh)
Issue 321-22 (Discordianism)
Issue 319-20 (Brix Smith)
Issue 317-18 (Christmas)
Issue 315-16 (Steve Miller)
Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Strangelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
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:
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* 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 59 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?

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF





It's a little blurry, but make no mistake: Bigfoot has been captured in another photo in Virginia. Details are a little scarce (like, really scarce), but a photo ...

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday

ON THIS DAY IN -  1570 - England's Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V.
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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)