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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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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

CFZ-USA


  • BLACK SEA MERMAID
  • ARE THEY PREHISTORIC CREATURES?
  • BLUE MOUNTAIN CAT
  • PENNSYLVANIA'S MYSTERY CAT
  • GIANT SIBERIAN FISH
  • DOGMAN NEAR LOS ANGELES
  • CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
  • NATIVE AMERICAN BIGFOOT FIGURES
  • MONTANA'S BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS
  • WAS THIS BIGFOOT?
  • FOLKLORE IN HOMINOLOGY
  • BIRD MONSTERS OF THE RIO GRANDE
  • SOMETHING IN THE WOODS
  • UNIDENTIFIED CANINE ANIMAL
  • AMAROK - THE GREAT WOLF
  • LULU THE HEROIC PIG
  • BIGFOOT IN CANADA
  • SHARK-EATING SUPER PREDATOR
  • DO YOU REMEMBER THIS?
  • ON THE TRACK Episode 101
  • UNKNOWN HIMALAYAN PRIMATE
  • SKINWALKER RANCH
  • THE SHADOW SNATCHERS
  • IS THIS THE FACE OF BIGFOOT?
  • JOHN MACK'S UFO FILES
  • THE ROW
  • COLOSSAL CLAUDE
  • HUMANOID ENCOUNTERS
  • OUR AUDIENCE IS AGOG!
  • LOUGH DUBH MONSTER
  • WORLD'S OLDEST MULE DIES
  • BIGFOOT IN THE TREES
  • BIGFOOT AND ANTARCTICA
  • WHAT WAS IN THE CLOSET?
  • DOGMAN ON BUILDING
  • TEACHER'S INTERACTION WITH TWO BIGFOOT
  • UFO FLAP OF 1948
  • DOGMAN ENCOUNTER
  • TIBETAN UNICORN
  • THE LOCKRIDGE MONSTER
  • ARMY RANGER AND BIGFOOT
  • INVISIBLE CREATURE ON TRAILCAM?
  • UCUMAR EVIDENCE FROM ARGENTINA
  • LECH WALESA AND ALIENS
  • NEW FROG SPECIES IN MADAGASCAR
  • GILDED CATFISH IN DANGER
  • HIGH STRANGENESS EXPERIENCES
  • VINCE NEIL CLAIMS: SAVED BY MY DAUGHTER'S GHOST
  • MONSTER IN MISSOURI
  • DRAGONS IN SOMERSET
  • THE TALL MAN
  • KARAKONDZULA - CHRISTMAS GOBLIN
  • CHUPACABRA - A SECOND KILLING?
  • CONSCIOUSNESS AND MADNESS IN ANIMALS
  • BIGFOOT NEAR GREEN LAKES
  • BIGFOOT IN KENTUCKY
  • WHAT IS A TULPA?
  • DINGONEK - MONSTER OF EAST AFRICA
  • SABRETOOTH CAT IN PARAGUAY
  • BLACK PANTHERS OF OHIO
  • BIGFOOT FILMED IN UTAH
  • ATTEMPTS TO SAVE THE KAKAPO
  • MUTANT RABBIT DISAPPEARS
  • UPRIGHT CANID IN ALABAMA
  • AMERICA'S HAUNTED HIKES
  • WHAT ARE JINN?
  • TALL BIPEDAL REPTILIAN
  • GIANT AND UNUSUAL SKULLS
  • IS BIGFOOT A TROLL?
  • OBSCURE LAKE MONSTERS
  • HUMANOID BURSTS INTO FLAMES
  • ROUGAROU IN FRANCE
  • SISIMITE - IS IT A BIGFOOT?
  • BIGFOOT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  • DRAGON OVER CALIFORNIA


  • FUTURE OF BIGFOOT RESEARCH
  • 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 IS MILDLY CONTENT

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
     
    And so things continue apace. Kev Rowland's first book (volume one of three) is finally out. The Progressive Underground Vol One refutes the popular belief that progressive rock didn’t disappear with the advent of punk, and the lack of media support didn’t prevent new bands from forming and new music being created, and explains that it just drove it underground. It is hard to imagine these days, with everyone being permanently connected, but there was a time not long ago when communication was by word of mouth and letter. With no coverage by much of the media, it was down to fanzines and independent magazines to spread the word of what was happening within the progressive rock scene, what was being released, and who was worth going to see in concert.
     
    Kev and I (who surprisingly never met back then despite the fact we both lived within a few miles of each other) were both leading lights of the fanzine culture, and so it has been a true delight to work on these books with him..
     
    Toodle-pip
     
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
    THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
     
    Regular readers will know that we recently shared the positive news about Corinna's health with you all, and that - at least at the moment - she appears to be cancer free. I am convinced that her condition is a direct result of the good wishes, prayers, and positive vibes from thousands of people around the world. 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.
     
    Find out more:
     
    I believe something similar happens with positive vibes transmitted electronically, and - having used it to such good effect with my dear wife's condition, I want to try it on a larger scale. I am still trying to work out the details, so watch this space.
     
    Blessed be.
     
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Auburn - Hurting
    HOORAY FOR KEV
    JON ANDERSON NEWS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    IN DEPTH DEAN FORD REVIEW
     
    For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
     
     
    And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
    And, yes,
     
    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
     
    UK
    US
     
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
     
    Our webTV show:
     
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
     
    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 #331/2
    THE AMOROUS HUMPHREY PLUGG ISSUE
     
    We mark the passing of Scott Walker, an extraordinary talent, the likes of whom we shall never see again, Alan goes to the London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle art exhibition, Graham reveals part two of his look at Hawkwind's demicentennial, Jeremy goes to see Bob Mould, Jon muses on gender and reviews a book about London by Barry Miles, Kev looks at the recent tragic events in New Zealand, and there is lots more...
     
    Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit. AND there is a column from Kev Rowland, and one from Tony Klinger and one from C J Stone, and 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:
     
    political correctness, Keith Flint, Gregg McKella, Dr. Sardonicus Festival, The Planets, Rick Wakeman, Jeff Wayne, Kevin Peek, Patrick Allen, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Marillion, Yoko Ono, Climate Strikes, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel), Wolfgang Meyer, Bernie Tormé (born Bernard Joseph Tormey), Yuya Uchida, David White Tricker (aka David White), Zephire Andre Williams, Richard Anthony Monsour (aka Dick Dale), Yann-Fañch Kemener, Terje Nilsen, Roger Charlery (aka Ranking Roger), New Zealand Mosque Murders, The Fall, Rick Wakeman, The RAZ Band, America, Alan Dearling, Design and Screen Schools’ Postgraduate Show; University of the Arts London: London College of Communication, Bob Mould, Jeremy Smith, Kev Rowland, ScienceNV, 3rDegree, Tony Klinger, Mr Biffo, CJ Stone, Hawkwind, Graham Inglis, Jon Downes, Coldharbour Diaries, Martin Springett, Thom the World Poet, Barry Miles, "London Calling"
     
    And the last few issues are:
     
    Issue 331-2 (Scott Walker)
    Issue 329-30 (Charlie X)
    Issue 327-28 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 325-26 (Gonzo)
    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:
     
    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 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?

    CRYPTOLINK: Oregon's most famous cryptid?

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 


    In case you've never heard of him, Colossal Claude is a sea creature. ... “The once-famous sea serpent hasn't shown up since the mid-1950s,” Cairns ...

    THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




    ... have become extinct throughout time — shoutout to my beloved dinosaurs — few hold the mystique of our very own Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine).

    ... Australia, where they were wiped out by dingoes, or the extinction of the island's Thylacine or "Tasmanian tiger" offers a cautionary warning.

    The masterpieces will be showcased in Buttitta's latest body of work, 'Lost Thylacine', at Twiverton Gallery Lewisham on Sunday, March 31.

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




    But this week the fourth sighting of the Loch Ness Monster this year has been recorded - by an Irishman who has now seen Nessie twice in a month.

    Thrill-seeking monster hunters are in for a treat this summer, with canal custodians Scottish Canals set to install a high-flying zipline over the mythic ...

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. He had sighted the land the day before. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • More humans always mean fewer African carnivores, ...
  • Koala-spotting drones proves a flying success
  • Scottish wildcat on verge of extinction, report fi...
  • Chinese dam project in Guinea could kill up to 1,5...
  • Alien species are primary cause of recent global e...

  • 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)