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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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Saturday, February 24, 2018

MONKEY TOWN UPDATE by Liz Bitakaramire

Your writer has somewhat remiss.

I pledged to take photographs of all of the gorillas on the 2017 Monkey Town and then upload them on the CFZ bloggo for anyone who was interested to look at.

I forgot.

And then my phone that had the photos inside broke. Because I dropped it.

But I have managed to find copies of some and here they are...


Picture three can still be seen from Queens Park Road as St Luke's Primary School have located it in their Peace Garden by the road. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Gonzo Weekly #275

Gonzo Weekly #275
THE APOCALYPSE WOW ISSUE
 
In this massively groovy issue we meet Martin Gordon (ex of Sparks and Radio Stars amongst others) to talk about his excellent, if apocalyptic, new record, Alan discovers an art enclave near Portsmouth, Doug goes to see Bananarama, and Jon watches Riverdale
 
Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, although - for technical reasons beyond our control - Friday Night Progressive is on hiatus this week. TheRE ARE columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, AND the irrepressible Corinna, although Roy Weard, C J Stone, and Mr Biffo are on a break. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have gone for a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have probably got hangovers and have decided to have a little rest, 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:
 
Riverdale, Chic Ft Nile Rodgers, Wilderness Festival, George Harrison, Elton John, The Rutles, Soft Cell, John Lydon, Damon Alban, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Shaun "Stormin MC" Lewis, Didier Lockwood, Little Sammy Davis, Boyd H. Jarvis, Billie Johnson, Klaasje van der Wal, William Franklin Graham Jr. KBE., Norm Rogers, Nuray Hafiftas, Rapee Sagarik, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Martin Gordon, Doug Harr, Bananarama, Alan Dearling, Portsmouth, Kev Rowland, Playgrounded, Primitive Man, Pulsing Dark Absorptions, Riddlemaster, Scour, Security Project, Signs of the Swarm, Smothered Bowels, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Michael A. Duffy, The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, The Who, Prince, Grateful Dead, Paul McCartney, Neil Nixon,
Wild Man Fischer
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 274 (Steve Took)
Issue 273 (Live Dead 69)
Issue 272 (George Butler)
Issue 271 (Mark E Smith)
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
Issue 269 (Narnia)
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
 
 
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.

THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




On September 7, 1936, the death of a zoo animal named Benjamin marked the last time the world would ever see a living Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine. With Benjamin, we lost untold knowledge about this tan, striped, dog-like marsupial and how it grew and lived. But not all was lost. Today, mounted ...
It has allowed us to scan all the known Thylacine joey specimens in the world, and study their internal structures in high resolution without having to dissect or cause damage to the specimen,” he said. “By examining their bone development, we've been able to illustrate how the tasmanian tiger matured ...


These “wet” specimens of Tasmanian tigers, or thylacines (Thylacinus cynocephalus), have proved to be a fantastic resource, not only allowing the sequencing of the creature's genome – its entire DNA blueprint – which was published late last year, but now also allowing the creation of a series of 3D ...

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 WASSNAME IS...........

The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
I am sorry that today's blog post is a little truncated, but I have top go to Barnstaple for my diabetic eye tests. Having chemicals put into my eyes always reminds me of one of the freakier scenes in A Clockwork Orange, (no, not THAT scene). I was going to try and translate all that into nasdat but I ran out of time.
ciaou....
Forgive me for always banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for as many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
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But for now, here is the news:
COMING THIS WEEKEND
YES FEATURING ARW NEWS
JOEY MOLLAND IN THE NEWS
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Elgar - Enigma Variati...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Gonzo Weekly #274
THE MY PEOPLE WERE FAIR AND HAD STARS IN THEIR WASSNAMES ISSUE
In this awesomely groovy issue, Jeremy critiques the new biography of the legendary Steve Peregrin Took, once of T Tex, and later of Shagrat, but always of Ladbroke Grove, Richard eulogises the Maya Youssef Trio, Doug goes to see Andreas Vollenweider, Alan gets the blues revival, Biffo gets a series, and Jon gets all hippylike.
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND Mack Maloney. TheRE ARE columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo AND the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have gone for a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have probably got hangovers and have decided to have a little rest, 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:
Tony Klinger, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Metallica, Prince, Yes, Mark E. Smith, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Daryle Bruce Singletary, Vic Damone, Thomas Dale "Tom" Rapp, Troy A.Blakely, Craig MacGregor, Algia Mae Hinton, Kevin Smith (Lovebug Sarski, Paul Torpey, Michael White, Scott Boyer, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick akeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Jeremy Smith, Steve Peregrin Took, Fee Warner, Doug Harr, Andreas Vollenweider, Alan Dearling, Bluetouch Live.com, Brent Hutchinson Band, Chicago 9, The Herbz, Richard Foreman, Maya Youssef Trio, Kev Rowland, L.A. Guns, Laura Ainsworth, Lyn Stanley, Mark "Porkchop" Holder, NE Obliviscaris, Nimrod B.C., Omotai, The Oxford Trauma, Panzer, Mr. Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Pink Floyd, Peter Frampton, The Herd, Mick Fleetwood, Beatles, Martin Springett, Neil Nixon, The Fireside Theatre
And the last few issues are:
Issue 273 (Live Dead 69)
Issue 272 (George Butler)
Issue 271 (Mark E Smith)
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
Issue 269 (Narnia)
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
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 58 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?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Friday/Saturday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1660 - Charles XI became the king of Sweden. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Starfish on ocean floor found to have well develop...
  • Hairy tongues help bats drink up
  • Devoted frog fathers guard their eggs from predato...
  • Warming Threatens Reptiles More Than Birds and Mam...
  • There are more mammal species than we thought

  • Rewilding Reptiles to Eco-Engineer the Anthropocen...

  • 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)

    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    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.