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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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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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My father would have been 90 today. Happy Birthday Dad

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF:



Is The US Forestry Service Hiding Bigfoot?
Bigfooter and enthusiast William Jevning thinks that not only does the U.S. Forest Service know about bigfoot, but they also go to lengths to hide the ...

Breaking: Very Compelling Footage of Skunkape/Bigfoot From Lettuce Lake Park Florida
About an hour ago, a reader of Bigfoot Evidence, Matt M. (no relation to Matt Moneymaker), sent us a video that completely blew our minds.

TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS

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.

  • NEWSLINK: Cougar population booming
  • US SIGHTINGS: It's been a big week for bobcats in...
  • CANADIAN SIGHTINGS: Canadian Man Scares Off Couga...

  • NEWSLINK: Big Cat Caught After 6-hour Chase in Tum...
  • THGE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS IN A SOMEWHAT BULLISH MOOD FOR A CHANGE, AND IT DOES MAKE A NICE CHANGE

    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
     
    Things are going reasonably well this year so far. As regular readers will know we launched our first online edition of Animals & Men last week. The new membership package is being put together as we speak, and the first of the membership newsletters will be going out on the first of February. All current members of the CFZ will be migrated over to the new package with 12 Months FREE membership. We have the email addresses for about 75% of members, but if you haven't received anything by mid February and you feel that you SHOULD have received something from us please email corinna@cfz.org.uk.
     
    The next bit of good news is that Volume Two of George Eberhart's Mysterious Creatures is only a few days away from publication, and that three exciting new Gonzo books - Frank Zappa et al: The Real Porn Wars, Neil Nixon: 500 Albums you won't believe until you hear them and the 2015 Gonzo Annual are now available.
     
    I would just like to take this opportunity to thank my wife Corinna, Doug Harr, Dr Andrew May, Martin Eve, Marianne Holland and Ronan Coghlan for all that they are doing. They are my Praetorian Guard and are helping me forge ahead into brave new pastures.
     
    Oh yes, and a very happy Australia Day to all our Antipodean chums.
     
     

    The Gonzo Weekly #114
    www.gonzoweekly.com
     
    Barbara Dickson, Pink Fairies, Genesis, Steve Hackett, Robert Wyatt, Stargrace, Jon Anderson, Yes, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out!
     
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#114) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Barbara Dickson on the front cover and inside there is an interview by me in which she talks about her new album and her work with Troy Donockley, Doug goes back to 1976 and the Genesis 'Seconds Out' Tour, I critique the extraordinary new Robert Wyatt biography, and also burble on about Bob Dylan, we send the lovely Stargrace to a desert island, tell you about new Pink Fairies recordings, marvel at the intrepidness of Steve Hackett, and Xtul are on the road to Norwich, and there are shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers wearing new shoes (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials in search of snazzy footwear, 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:
     
     

    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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
     
    * 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?

    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

    From CFZ-USA:

    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.



    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Tuesday

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

  • Ugandan officials intercept $1.5 million ivory hea...
  • $2m from US Foundation buys helicopter to fight po...
  • The seeing power of frogs: Frogs can detect single...
  • Whale carcass washes up underneath busy Seattle fe...
  • Italian court convicts lab-dog breeders
  • The Troubling Reason Why These Rare, Beautiful Lyn...

  • Animal charity fights to save baby orangutan rescu...

  • 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)