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.
Monday, March 08, 2021
BIG CAT ROUND UP
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.
A HAPPY MONDAY FOR THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN
I stayed up very late last night so I could watch the infamous interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Louis. The interview was actually with Oprah not Louis but you know what I mean. H and M were actually nowhere near as annoying as I thought they would be, and it will be interesting to see how events unfold in the next few weeks.
I want to reassure everybody who has been missing regular updates to On the Track, That it will be back very soon. Louis and I have been taking a hatchet to the format and the technology. And we haven’t come to blows once. I have always refused to do things to the show with the sole intention of fitting in with contemporary formats, but I was both appalled and embarrassed when Louis explained to me that this policy, especially the fact that we weren’t broadcasting in 1080p was actually acting against us as far as the YouTube algorithms are concerned. So we have a bright shiny new camera and a wallage of new software with the intention of making OTT into a bright shiny beast for our brave new world.
I’m also pleased to announce that the second mail out of copies of my latest book has now taken place. I do apologise for everyone who had to wait a couple of weeks. And whilst on the subject, I would like to say thank you to everybody who has bought it. For those who are unaware, ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is the story of my early life in Hong Kong, and how I first became interested in Natural History, and more specifically cryptozoology, and there are several very little known cryptozoological mysteries discussed therein. It is very much like a darker analog of Gerald Durrell’s memoirs of his childhood in Greece, and I would’ve called it “My Family and other Sociopaths” if it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t want to be sued either by Durrell’s estate, or my family. I sincerely hope that none of them are reading this blog post.
You can find out more and buy it signed from the link below:
C’mon, make an elderly hippy and his little dog a happy (occasionally sappy) chappy and a waggy yappy (seldom snappy, occasionally crappy)…
AND TODAY'S NEWS...
Roger Dean 2002 documentary hosted by Rick Wakeman
NIAMH: Prog Nerd Reviews #6: The Six Wives Of Henr...
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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 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 #431/2
THE CELTIC LADIES 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 Sian Evans from Kosheen, Niamh the Prog Nerd, Gardening Club, KLF, Aldous Huxley, John Higgs, Covid Communications, Tor Rubble from Dr Splink, Cut Beetlez 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:
Issue 429-30 (Ocean Aid)
Issue 427-8 (2021 ia Bosch)
Issue 425-6 (Paul McCartney)
Issue 423-4 (KLF)
Issue 421-22 (Christmas)
Issue 419-20 (John Lennon)
Issue 417-8 (gIG)
Issue 415-16 (Phideaux)
Issue 413-14 (Rick Wakeman)
Issue 411-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
Issue 409-10 (Covid)
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!
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* 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?
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BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF
Regular readers will know that in recent years we have migrated the two specialist Study Groups – Mystery Cats (curated by Carl Marshall and Olivia McCarthy) and Lake and Sea Monsters (curated by Sally Watts and Richard Muirhead) – to their own standalone blogs, although when there are postings, notifications of them can be found on the main blog.
Now, we are doing the same for the BHM Study Group,aggregated ny Guin Palmer, curated by Glen Vaudrey and Nathan Jackson
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THYLACINES IN THE NEWS
|How Kerry Packer put up a $1.25million reward for the capture of a Tasmanian tiger - and the ...|
'I think it's probably the closest thing that we now have to a Loch Ness monster.' While Linnell received photographs purportedly of Tasmanian tigers in ...
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NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday
ON THIS DAY IN - 1702 - England's Queen Anne took the throne upon the death of King William III.
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk
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)
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