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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, June 26, 2019

CFZ PEOPLE: Richard Downes

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Happy Birthday little brother

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.


ITS WEDNESDAY AGAIN SAYS THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN



The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/

THE NORMAL: Blah blah blah tenants, blah blah blah Boris Johnson, blah blah blah phylogeny of European mustelids, blah blah blah the rather excellent new album by the Raz Band, blah blah blah Immenentising the Eschatorn.

THE ABNORMAL: But you really should check out the new EP by Melanie S Jane. She writes:

"Hi I am Melanie, a singer, songwriter and also in the band Emerald Stone. I did my first solo performance at Wilders Bar on June 20th 2018 at Wilders Bar in Newcastle where Chat and Spin radio broadcast the whole evening live on internet radio."

Her record sounds wonderfully like what would happen if Kate Rusby met Syd barrett whilst falling down a rabbit hole. This lady will go far. Many thanks to Davey Curtis for pointing me in her direction.

Toodle-pip

YER EDITOR SEZ: THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
You guys recently did massive amounts of praying for Corinna, and she now appears to be cancer free. I am convinced that these two things are related, with the outpouring of good vibes transmitted electronically, being a little like a Tibetan prayer flag. Having used it once to such good effect - I want to try it on a larger scale. I am still trying to work out the details, so watch this space.

Find out more:
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/p/a-prayer-flag-lung-ta-is-colourful.html

Blessed be.

ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:

https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_26.html
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/jon-anderson-news.html
JON ANDERSON NEWS
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-frank-zappa-colouring-book.html
THE FRANK ZAPPA COLOURING BOOK
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-gonzo-track-of-day-i-am-stretched.html
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: I Am Stretched On Your...
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/fairport-convention-upgrade-gigs.html
FAIRPORT CONVENTION UPGRADE GIGS

For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:

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And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
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And, yes,
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Our webTV show:
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And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
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And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
https://gonzotesting.blogspot.com/2018/07/a-notion-of-shopkeepers.html
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?

AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:

Gonzo Weekly #343/4
THE STRANGEFOLK ISSUE
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/

This week we celebrate the return of the lovely Liz Lenten of Auburn, with a spectacular new slice of Americana. Doug is back with a look at Depeche Mode, Alan writes to Teresa May and Nicola Sturgeon, goes to see Baltic Crossing, and attends a Street Music Conference,  Graham talks Hawkwind, while Jon eulogises Storm Chorus, and is bamboozled by Bob Dylan.

Hail Eris!

And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit there is a columns from Kev Rowland, but Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and potoroos who are fallen for a ruse (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are easily obfuscated, 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:

Bob Dylan, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Storm Chorus, The Hollow Men, Rebecca Denniff, David Owen, The FLK, The Beatles, Brian Epstein, Glastonbury 2019, Extinction Rebellion, Joy Division, Miles Davis, Dr. John, The Who, Alan Dearling, Republic of Užupis, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Enrico Nascimbeni, Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal (born Paul Alton Senegal), Richard Stephen Shaw (aka Bushwick Bill), Spencer Ward Bohren, Chuck Glaser, Tre Da Kid (born Edward Montre Seay), André Coelho Matos, Sergio Augusto Bustamante, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. (aka Dr. John), Mikey Dees, Karlheinz  Miklin, Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli KBE, Grande Ufficiale OMRI, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, Gregg Kofi Brown, Norma Waterson feat. Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Danny Thompson and Eliza Carthy, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Mitchell Trio inc. John Denver, Liz Lenten, Auburn, Thomm Jutz, Doug Harr, Depeche Mode, Street Music, Mykaell Riley, Tony Lidington aka Uncle Tacko, Kelvin Mason, Lotte Reimer, Sarha Moore, Vivian Doumpa, Gina Arnold, Chester Bingley, Kate Jones, MSFN Workshops, George McKay, Michelle Bagnall, UEA, Kev Rowland, Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate, Jungsu Choi Tiny, Kataklysm, Surmiser, Torture Rack, Power Trip, Klaus Schulze, Baltic Crossing, Kristian Bugge, Tony Klinger, Mr. Biffo, Digitiser, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters

And the last few issues are:

Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.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
Issue 329-30 (Charlie X)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-329-30.html
Issue 327-28 (Hawkwind)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-327-8.html
Issue 325-26 (Gonzo)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-325-5.html
Issue 323-24 (Irvine Welsh)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-323-4.html
Issue 321-22 (Discordianism)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-321-2.html
Issue 319-20 (Brix Smith)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-319-20.html
Issue 317-18 (Christmas)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-317-18.html
Issue 315-16 (Steve Miller)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-315-16.html
Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-313-14.html
Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-310-11.html
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-309-10.html
Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-307-8.html
Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-305-6.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 59 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?

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

CFZ-USA



  • THE CREATURE OF THE CAVE
  • MEGALODON SIGHTINGS
  • DOES THE THYLACINE STILL EXIST?
  • SEEMINGLY INTELLIGENT BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERED
  • ANIMAL BREEDING GROUND
  • BIGFOOT IN WISCONSIN
  • HAVE YOU E.T. DNA?
  • ARE PTERODACTYL SIGHTINGS REAL?
  • DRAGONS OF THE ORIENT
  • FLYING HUMANOID OF BROWNSVILLE
  • BIGFOOT HABITUATION
  • BIGFOOT SLEEPS IN POLICE OFFICER'S TENT
  • CHUPACABRA IN ARGENTINA?
  • A LOOK AT GERMAN MYTHOLOGY
  • CHOUYU - CRYPTID OF CHINA
  • HOW OLD ARE CHUPACABRA STORIES?
  • MAN CLAIMS BIGFOOT SIGHTING
  • DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT
  • NEW THUNDERBIRD DOCUMENTARY
  • BIGFOOT RESEARCH
  • LECTURE ON COINCIDENCE
  • GIANT BIRD IN COLORADO
  • ROYAL RODENTS ON THE RAMPAGE!
  • WHY ARE MORE ANIMALS GOING OUT AT NIGHT?
  • STRANGE SHIPWORM DISCOVERED
  • HUNT FOR THE EACH UISCE
  • CHUPACABRAS HELD AT BASE IN PUERTO RICO?
  • BIGFOOT BY NIGHT
  • BIGFOOT-LIKE CREATURE AT RANCH
  • ORBS OVER KANSAS CITY
  • ANIMAL NEWS STORY SELECTION
  • BIGFOOT IN STEVENS COUNTY
  • DOGMAN AT HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE
  • BLUE MAN OF THE OZARKS
  • REPTOIDS IN CAVE SYSTEM
  • THE SEA COBRA
  • NEW SUMATRAN RHINO SANCTUARY
  • THE GRATEFUL OWL
  • SERMILK
  • BIGFOOT IN INDIANA
  • CHASING BIGFOOT
  • HORSE-HEADED HUMANOID
  • BIGFOOT ON FILM?
  • MARA - THE NIGHTMARE SPIRIT
  • BELUGA-NARWHAL HYBRID DISCOVERED
  • WORST WINTER FOR U.S. BEE-KEEPERS
  • HUMANOIDS!
  • WHAT WAS THIS?
  • DOG-HEADED MEN: AN EXPLANATION?
  • STRANGE BIRD CAUGHT IN INDIA
  • FRANCE AIDS THE BEE
  • IS THIS BIGFOOT?
  • MOMO: DOCU-DRAMA TRAILER
  • BIGFOOT: SPIRITUAL/PSYCHIC CONNECTIONS
  • WHERE TO LOOK FOR BIGFOOT
  • BIGFOOT IN KANSAS
  • ALL ABOARD NOAH'S ARK
  • GIGANTIC CROCODILIAN OF LIBERIA
  • DEVIL-WHALE OF COLOMBIA
  • REAL GARGOYLES
  • FLESH-EATING BACTERIA
  • FREEMAN'S ADVENTURES
  • A BIGFOOT LEG BONE?
  • NEW SPECIES OF CRUSTACEAN
  • BIGFOOT IN PENNSYLVANIA
  • CREATURE IN MINNESOTA
  • WAS THIS DOGMAN?
  • IS IT A DWARF HIPPO?
  • MONSTER HUNTERS COMING TO IRELAND/TIOCHFAIDH SEALG...
  • CLASS A BIGFOOT SIGHTING
  • BIGFOOT FAMILY ENCOUNTER
  • LAW OFFICER SEES BIGFOOT
  • MONSTROUS SEA SERPENT



  • PARANORMAL BLACK DOGS


  • NOT GLOATING AT ALL

    I started the Centre for Fortean Zoology over twenty five years ago, and one of the first investigations that I did was into the possibility of relict populations of several species of small carnivore in the South West of England. These researches carried on for many years, and in 1996, I published the first edition of my book, The Smaller Mystery Carnivores of the West Country. In the book, I postulated that the claims made by P. J. W. Langley and D. W. Yalden in a paper published in the Mammal Review in 1977, whilst broadly correct in that they charted the decline of three species of small carnivore – the wildcat, the pine marten, and the polecat – they had missed the very real possibility that members of all three of these species had survived far longer than anyone had suspected, and that both pine martens and polecats were still to be found in various parts of England over a century after Langley and Yalden had declared them to be extinct.

    I cited a number of eyewitness accounts, particular of pine martens, from Devon, Cornwell, Dorset and Hampshire up to and including the mid-1990s, and was confident that my findings would cause a mild storm in British mammalogy.

    It didn’t. When I tried to discuss the matter with representatives from the Mammal Society and the British Museum (Natural History), I was given a short shrift and basically told that I was a delusional idiot.

    I have it on good order from a friend who shall remain nameless, but who is far more entrenched within the sacred groves of Academe than am I, that he even tried to discuss the matter with one of the authors of the 1977 paper, with which I had disagreed, but that the author wasn’t in the slightest bit interested. He apparently said that my research “didn’t matter”.

    Well, over the years I have been told that I am not taken seriously within the culture of academic research because I have long hair, because I have been known to don a guitar and sing, and because my monthly WebTV show about cryptozoology and allied disciplines is peppered with silly jokes and features a character wearing a rubber rhinoceros head.

    I have also been made somewhat of a pariah from certain subsectors of the Fortean establishment for much the same reason, and I have been rejected by yet more sections of the cryptozoological community because I truly do not believe that sightings of bigfoot-like creatures in the United Kingdom and western Europe can be explained purely using zoological frames of reference.

    Oh yes, there was also the time that, after a few drinks, I argued publicly with one of the more eminent yet hidebound luminaries of the cryptozoological world. And yes, I did make a stupid art film featuring gratuitous nudity and violence and a pre-op transsexual Nazi.

    But it appears that I was right about the pine martens.

    Some years ago, a shame faced Natural England admitted that there were relict populations of pine martens in many locations in the midlands and southern England. Unfortunately, none of them turned up in the locations that I said they would. Until now.

    The following story appeared on Devon Live:

    “A shepherd has spoken of his amazement at finding a rare nocturnal animal in Devon which is usually only seen in the north of the UK. Ash Symons found a European pine marten on land he lives and works near Christow yesterday morning. Sadly the discovery was made because the animal had died. The 29-year-old said: “My girlfriend and I were moving sheep and passed it several times on road. I thought it must be an otter so I stopped to have a look and I saw it was a pine marten.

    "I’m fairly good with wildlife so I knew what it was although my girlfriend didn't. I have done some research and spoken to some people and no one has ever heard of any down here or of any being quietly released in the area.”

    https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news

    Reintroduction programmes, both official and unofficial, have been taking place for many years, but the fact that this dead specimen was found within a very few miles of one of the places that I cited as a hotspot for marten sightings would suggest that my original hypothesis was correct.

    Many years ago, I also hypothised that a population of the European green lizard (now the western green lizard) would be found on the hills that are the hinterland of Bournemouth, and when – not at all to my surprise – a colony of these spectacular reptiles was found pretty well exactly where I said that it would be, I indulged in some slightly unseemly crowing. But I was younger then.

    I have only made three major predictions as regards the cryptozoology of Britain and, to date, two of them have proved to be true.

    The lesson here is not whether I, the CFZ, or other researchers who have reached the same conclusions as I have been vindicated. In the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that these are the sorts of things with which cryptozoology should be concerning itself.

    If more people showed an interest in and – indeed – investigated the very real zoological mysteries that are all around us if we look hard enough, rather than arguing the nuances of pseudo-scientific nonsense; if more people looked for mystery small carnivores rather than arguing whether bigfoot has a ‘cloaking device’ similar to one of the civilisations in Star Trek, then perhaps cryptozoology would be taken far more seriously than it is today.

    After all, as Bernard Heuvelmans said:

    “There are Lost Worlds everywhere.”

    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.



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