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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, January 27, 2021

CFZ PEOPLE: John Downes


Image result for j. t downesIt would have been my Father's birthday today. He would have been 95. God Bless you Dad.

HALF WAY THROUGH ANOTHER WEEK SAYS THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

 The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday

Forget the stuff I usually write about. The world of Cryptozoology, and the world of progressive rock pale into insignificance importancewise compare to what I have to tell you about today. Until now vegetarian bacon substitutes have never been bacony enough, and bacon has always been one of the things I have missed most about sticking to a vaguely ethical diet. Now, all that has changed. And how! Deliciou vegan-friendly bacon seasoning is totally scrummy. It is full of mock bacon goodness and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO SQUIN
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Kevin Ayers - Shouting In ...
Beginners guide to concept albums
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Frank Zappa versus Joni Mitchell
A veritable Encyclopaedia Progressivica
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 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 #425/6
THE WALRUS WAS PAUL ISSUE
This magazine continues to go off on strange tangents that I never expect, but I am very happy to see it do so. What is in this week? Ooooh lots of things. Such as Paul McCartney, Carpetface, Covid Connections in Lithuania, Whisky Priests, Lady Killmore, Gardening Club and more....
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and the Real Music Club, AND Strange Fruit, and Mr Biffo, there is a column from Kev Rowland, but C.J Stone, Mr Biffo, Tony Klinger and Neil Nixon, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and dibblers who have got the blues (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are listening to the new Bob Dylan album, 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!!!
..And the last few issues are:
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 a recently widowed old hippy of 61 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 a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

THYLACINES IN THE NEWS

  

In the zoo where the Tassie tiger died, a bird and a whale find love

The zoo has been defunct since 1937 – not long after the last thylacine in captivity died there – and has fallen into eerie desuetude; the performance 

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 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.

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG



  • DOGMAN IN GERMANY
  • THYLACINE SIGHTED WITH PUPS
  • HOW DANGEROUS IS THE WENDIGO?
  • DID JERSEY DEVIL ATTACK?
  • MARULAN TIGER
  • TWO BIGFOOT AND A CAMPER'S CAR
  • PAOXIAO
  • BIGFOOT IN COLORADO
  • GREAT APES AND COVID-19
  • ALIEN ENCOUNTER IN VIRGINIA
  • UGJUKNARPAK
  • THE CICADAS ARE COMING
  • WERE THESE MEGALODON ATTACKS?
  • THE THING IN THE WOODS
  • AYPA - WATER TIGER OF BRAZIL
  • GIANTS AND LITTLE PEOPLE
  • EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME
  • BIGFOOT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  • ZABAIRO
  • EBIGANE
  • OTTAWA RIVER MONSTER
  • CUINO
  • MAINLAND ORANG UTAN
  • WEIRD MONSTERS OF JAPAN
  • SILVER LAKE SNAKE CAPTURED
  • MONSTER MART HAS MONSTER MEMORABILIA
  • SUPPOSEDLY EXTINCT MOUSE REDISCOVERED
  • BIGFOOT AND INTERDIMENSIONAL PORTALS
  • BERRY PICKERS SEE BIGFOOT
  • CAN THYLACINE BE BROUGHT BACK?
  • STRANGE HUMANOID
  • FUNKWE - HUGE ZAMBIAN WATER SNAKE
  • MONSTERS OF THE GREAT LAKES
  • WILDMAN OF OHIO
  • ANCIENT DENS OF GIANT WORMS
  • BEAST OF THE CHARRED FOREST
  • BILL TO ESTABLISH BIGFOOT HUNTING SEASON
  • CASE OF THE SHAPE-SHIFTING MEN
  • TANIWHA: CREATURE OF MAORI LEGEND
  • YOWIE COUNTRY
  • GIANT WATER SNAKE OF ALBERTA
  • BOOKS BY YE EDITOR.....
  • SIGHTINGS OF MAMMOTHS
  • BIGFOOT IN THE EVERGLADES
  • LEGEND OF THE NEVER ENDING ROAD
  • BLACK DOG OF WILTSHIRE
  • MYSTERY LEECH OF SCOTLAND
  • KOAKUN-KLUN
  • LOCH NESS MONSTER - AN ANCIENT SEA TURTLE?
  • GLOWING WHITE HUMANOID
  • WHITEWOOD LAKE MONSTER
  • NEW SPECIES OF WILD BEE
  • FIRST TIME IN 100 YEARS
  • WENDIGO ENCOUNTERS
  • BRAY ROAD BEAST
  • MOUNTAIN BOOMERS: SURVIVING DINOSAURS?
  • DOES BIGFOOT FEAR US?
  • DOGMAN IN KENTUCKY
  • HUMANOID INCIDENTS IN SACRAMENTO
  • ONE OF THE GOOD FOLK?
  • MINI-HUMANOIDS OF NORTH AMERICA
  • RABBIT-LIKE HUMANOID
  • TERRIFYING CREATURE IN MISSOURI
  • EVIDENCE OF URBAN BIGFOOT
  • MYSTERY ANIMAL IN KENYA
  • STRANGE CREATURES IN CHIPPEWA VALLEY
  • WEREWOLDF IN FLORIDA
  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1606 - The trial of Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators began. They were executed on January 31.

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


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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)