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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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Thursday, March 31, 2016

ANIMALS & MEN #56

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



Standing On The Shores Of LOCH NESS
Within the wells of Celtic folklore, the mystery of Loch Ness has baffled ... Loch Ness achieves cult status is the legend of the Loch Ness Monster.

COOS BAY — The South Coast Celtic Fest will present the Loch Ness Monster Film Festival Sunday, May 8 at the Egyptian Theatre, 229 S. Bayshore ...

Scottish Daily Record
A LONE kayaker who sparked a manhunt on Loch Ness was found in a shore-side pub tucking into a monster fish supper. Yesterday Graham Greaves ...

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.




BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




OPINION: Big prints from a Stone County Arkansas Bigfoot? Sam Uptegrove has been fascinated with the unexplained since childhood. He began ...

Bigfoot Eyewitness Reports From The Perspective Of The Bigfoot?
Bigfoot eyewitness reports are always covered the same way, until now! Let's see exactly what the Bigfoot were thinking and doing when the ...

Maine Edge
This tiny hamlet – population 107 – became a sensation a few years ago when a Bigfoot wandered out of the forest and into the town's heart.

THE GONZO HEN GOES HOP HOP HOPPING ALONG (AS DOES THE GONZO BLOG DOO DAH MAN)

The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
Most of you will remember that at the end of 2014 in my annual report for the CFZ I pledged that our journal will finally revert to the quarterly schedule which is has always supposed to have been. Issue 55 came out at Christmas and so even those of you who still count on your fingers, like I do will realise that issue 56 is due before the end of march. But today is the end of march! Yes, and when Corinna returns from work in an hour or so she will finish prove reading it and it will be uploaded. So those of you who might have been thinking “Bloody Hell, Jon Downes has screwed up again”, will be technically be incorrect.
This has been a very peculiar year, with family health problems, Corinna started a new job and me being continually faffed around by someone who shall remain nameless, but has a horrid reputation for faffing people around. At least he's consistent.
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Captain Beefheart & Ma...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Frank Zappa - Interview - 12/8/1984 - unknown (Off...
Ronnie Corbett, best known for The Two Ronnies, di...
BARBARA DICKSON - TV INTERVIEW 2009
Gonzo Magazine #175
Once again we were taken over by events as Garry Shandling died yesterday. Garry Shandling, Larry Sanders Show, Larry Carlton, Soft Machine, rock mocie, John Etheridge, Paul McCartney, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
We say goodbye to the insanely funny Garry Shandling, creator of the Larry Sanders Show. Doug writes about rock movies, while we review a book about Paul McCartney. John goes all jazzy with Larry Carlton and the Soft Machine Experience, Biffo looks at a lavatory themed restaurant. We send Dani from Marbin to a desert island. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Canterbury sans Frontieres, and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Madonna, Elton John, Dave Grohl, Kesha, Guns N' Roses, David Bowie, Lorde, Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger, Barbara Dickson, Marillion, Frank Zappa, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Garry Emmanuel Shandling, Reuben David Egan, Adnan Abu Hassan, Melvin Barry Hines, Malik Isaac Taylor, Martin James Norman Riley, Gregg Kofi Brown, Billy Cobham, Kevin Ayres featuring Ollie Halsall, Country Queens, Robert Calvert, Greg Harris, The Kentucky Colonels, Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, Michael Livesley and Brainwashing House feat Rick Wakeman, Neil Innes and Susie Honeyman, Marbin, Dani Rabin, Roy Weard, Bristol International Jazz & Blue Festival, Larry Carlton, The Soft Machine, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Paul McCartney,The Beatles, Robbie Williams, Elvis, Neil Nixon, Broadcast, Silent Stream of Godless Eleg                                                                                      
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
Issue 172 (4th Eden)
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
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 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small 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 the infantile orange cat, and the adventurous kittens?

CFZ PUBLISHING: The Hidden Folk by S D Tucker


The world's leading publishers of cryptozoology, forteana and fortean fiction, with over a hundred titles currently in print.


The latest post on the CFZ Publishing Group blog begins as follows:
Are Poltergeists and Fairies just the same thing? In the not-too-distant past, fairies were a part of everyday reality, and accounts of their alleged interaction with the world of humans are legion....
Click here to read the whole article.

CFZ PUBLISHING: The Song of Panne ebook


The world's leading publishers of cryptozoology, forteana and fortean fiction, with over a hundred titles currently in print.


The latest post on the CFZ Publishing Group blog begins as follows:
The Song of Panne (Being Mainly about Elephants), the surreal new novel by CFZ director Jonathan Downes, is now available as a Kindle ebook as well as a paperback...
Click here to read the whole article.

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1492 - King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued the Alhambra edict expelling Jews who were unwilling to convert to Christianity. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • World's oldest living animal, 184-year-old tortois...
  • Campaigners call for release of SeaWorld-owned wil...
  • The manta ray is the first fish to show self-aware...
  • Female fish grows testicles and fertilizes itself ...

  • List of farmers signed up for badger cull leaked t...


  • 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)