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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, November 15, 2014

CFZ PEOPLE: Anne-Marie Downes

My niece Anne-Marie (my brother's eldest daughter) was on TV this week giving a speech in the House of Commons.  If you want to see her she is in about 56mins. Apart from inheriting her old uncle's good looks and charm, I think she has an interesting future as an orator, and I am very proud of her....

 

CFZ PRESS: More from Adam Davies' extraordinary new book UPDATED!!!

ADAM DAVIES' AUTHOR'S NOTE FROM HIS NEW BOOK

This book is not a detailed analysis of the various cryptozoology creatures and their respective merits. Please look to researchers such as Craig Woolheater, Loren Coleman or Dr Karl Shuker, Nick Redfern, and the like for that.
 

This book is about how I felt about, and how I reacted to, the situations in which I found myself, while hunting for proof of the existence of animals unrecognised by science.

Some of my adventures were exciting, some amusing and some dangerous, but all are memorable. The expedition with Bryan Sykes and Lori Simmons stands out as one of the most truly bizarre experiences of my life. I find it somewhat ironic that it was not on some mountain top in remote Nepal, or in the deep Sumatran jungle that I was to have the most amazing of my encounters, but rather in the Pacific Northwest of America, not far from a small town.

I do hope you enjoy it, and if you do, please feel free to read Extreme Expeditions: Travel Adventures Stalking the World’s Mystery Animals. This was my first book, which deals with my adventures from 1998 to September, 2007.

I am, in this account, older, but not necessarily wiser.

I still take risks, and I am still glad I did.


Adam

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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.


    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

    News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

    From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
    From CFZ-USA:

    GONZO IS AS GONZO DOES SAYS THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN ENIGMATICALLY

    The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
     
    Up late after a day of recording, first with Tammy and Rosie, and then with Mike Davis. The next issue of Gonzo Weekly is being put to bed...
     
     
     
    Pink Fairies, Rocket Scientists, Blodwyn Pig, Mick Abrahams, Pink Floyd, Jon Anderson, Yes, Nick Redfern, John Lennon, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#104) will soon be available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
     
    It has The Pink Fairies on the cover, and features an interview with Andy Colquhoun about the surrent and future plans of the band including the long hoped for studio material. Rob Ayling visits legendary blues guitarist Mick Abrahams in his studio and find out about his exciting new album made with some very A-List sparring partners. Erik Norlander is very cagey about the new album from Rocket Scientists. But there's more! There is news about Daevid Allen, Doug Harr goes to see America and also gets hitched, Jon waxes lyrical about the new Pink Floyd album and then gets all existential.  Xtul are still in the deep woods, and Corinna finds some real Beatles tat. Jon looks at a peculiar book about Jon Lennon and we send the mighty John Ellis (ex Vibrators and Stranglers and sidesman to Peter Gabriel and Peter Hammill to a desert island. There are also new shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the massively talented Jaki and Tim are back with their submarine and Maisie the cow. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and turtles having a snooze (OK, no soporific chelonians, 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!!!
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 102 (Steve Hillage cover)
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-gonzo-weekly-102.html
    Issue 101 (Tommy James cover)
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/10/gonzo-weekly-101.html
    Issue 100 (Jon Anderson cover)
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/10/gonzo-weekly-100.html
    Issue 99 (Judge Smith cover)
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/10/gonzo-weekly-99.html
    Issue 98 (Matt Malley cover)
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/10/gonzo-weekly-98.html
    Issue 97 (Evelyn cover)
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/09/gonzo-weekly-97.html
    Issue 96 (Oz cover)
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/09/gonzo-weekly-96.html
    Issue 95 (Mick Rogers cover)
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/09/gonzo-weekly-95.html
    Issue 94 (John Ellis cover)
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/09/gonzo-weekly-94.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/
     

    *  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.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
     
    * 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. 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 the infantile orange cat?

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