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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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Monday, June 13, 2016

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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.





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.


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  • BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Man Charged By Bigfoot In Big Thicket (Video)
    Bob will discuss the time he was charged by a Sasquatch and give us some insight on their behavior. The “big thicket” has a lot of bigfoot activity ...


    A Bigfoot Shooting Story You Probably Haven't Heard (Video)
    This is a Crypto Crew Exclusive! (c)2013. This is a phone interview with a man who encountered 2 bigfoot and shot one of them. It is an amazing story.

    USAF Talks About Bigfoot
    Rumors of bigfoot sightings around military bases happens all across the United States. In this episode of Sasquatch Chronicles, they speak with a ...

    Investigator Leaves Out Bait, Finds Something Strange When He Returns
    I went to check on the gifting and found the box of apples had been torn with 2 of them gone and one sitting on the stump in the exact place the peanut ...


    Black Panthers and Bigfoot in Alabama (Video)
    Bigfoot seems to communicate with us as we discover a lens cap after stating we would be in a certain area. Also, there is a lot going on while we were ...


    A MAN has claimed to have caught a huge, hairy Bigfoot-like creature, running through an open field, while out taking his drone for a spin.


    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS UNDECIDED

    The Gonzo Daily - Monday
     
    Today is shaping up to be a nice one. I have still not heard about the DLA, but I got a letter saying that my SDA is being migrated to ESA on basically the same terms. Whether or not this has anything to do with my interview three weeks ago I truly don't know. The whole thing is monumentally baffling. The lovely Beth from Hartland Wildlife Rescue is coming imminently with some fish that need rehousing, and the lovely Chloe is here all afternoon to help me make sense of all sorts of things. Finally, it is Mother's 87th Birthday. Hooray!
     
    And now I am on the want again. It is time, once again, for me to remind you all about this year's Weird Weekend featuring our very own Steve Ignorant, sponsored by our very own Erik Norlander, compèred by me and the return of  Nuneaton's Mr Entertainment, Barry Tadcaster with his pal Orang Pendek, and featuring a whole cornucopia of high strangeness and cerebral silliness. It would make me very happy if I could sell some more tickets..
     
    find out all about the Weird Weekend
    buy tickets to the Weird Weekend:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Sensational Alex H...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    A tragically ill Frank Zappa talks about Captain B...
    We All Stand Together Interview with Jay Skilton a...
    Leonard Cohen on Q TV
     
    Gonzo Magazine #186
     
    To mark the launch this week of the dedicated Facebook page for Neil Nixon’s extraordinary new book about Beatles
    folklore we have an
    exclusive extract, Alan goes to see Braniac 5 and The Green Ray, Doug
    eulogises Talking Heads, Jon reviews a book about The Band and burbles on about Santana, Judy Dyble remembers Dave Swarbrick, while Corinna talks about jolly nice Traffic Wardens. Just another day chez Gonzo.
     
    And there  are radio shows from Strange Fruit, and Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, 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:
    Santana, Karnataka, Paradise 9, Ray Bennett, Quadrophenia, Abba, Brian May, Axl Rose, Paul McCartney, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progessive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, David Cyril Eric Swarbrick, Muhammad Ali, Robert Allen "Bobby" Curtola, CM, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Brand X, Third Ear Band, Captain Beefheart, Jim Jones, Gram Parsons, Mick Abrahams, Barbara Dickson, Neil Nixon, The Beatles, Talking Heads, Alan Dearling, The Green Ray, Brainiac 5, Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, The Band, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Sebastian Cabot
     
                                                                                       
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
    Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
    Issue 183 (Daevid Allen)
    Issue 182 (Wally)
    Issue 181 (Beatles)
    Issue 180 (Beltane)
    Issue 179 (Gregg Kofi Brown)
    Issue 178 (Viv Stanshall)
    Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
    Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
    Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
    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)
     
    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?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1415 - Henry the Navigator, the prince of Portugal, embarked on an expedition to Africa. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • Roads 'a serious threat' to rare bats

  • Tiger Temple investigators find suspected slaughte


  • 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)