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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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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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.

  • Parrot fossil unearthed in Siberia
  • Climate change is disturbing hundreds of bird spec...

  • Golden eagle numbers close to 'historic' levels
  • 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.


    HOORAH FOR THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
     
    Yesterday was pretty much of a non starter. Over the years I have been surprised at the number of  days that young people of my acquaintance have stayed at home from school because of ‘Teacher Training Days’ or because a teacher was ill, and presumably in the current financial climate, supply teachers are beyond the education budget. Yesterday, Professor Jon’s Academy for Young Ladies was forced to close because Professor Jon had an ear infection, and sadly, although Professor Archie was happy to teach his advanced lessons in how to turn out the kitchen bin, it was agreed that Ms Charlotte would be better off having her English lessons at home. So I slept for most of the day, and although I still feel ropey today, I am well enough to get up and actually do something!
     
    The Magic Band Speaks About Captain Beefheart
    Frank Zappa - Various TV Interviews, 1980s
    Pink Fairies Roundhouse July 13th 1975
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Clepsydra - Fear
     
    Gonzo Magazine #209
     
    In this bittersweet issue we have a real exclusive: Andy Colquhoun goes through the new Pink Fairies album track by track, Doug writes about Bad Company, Alan goes to Lithuania to visit Kriviu, we find out the stories behind some great Irish ballads, Corinna examines blue suede shoes of every possible description, John celebrates a law change in California and we say farewell to Leon Russell.
     
    And theres more? There's more alright!
     
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive, and because it has just been the full moon we have an episode of Canterbury Sans Frontieres (I know there should be an accent here, but after years of trying I have given up making said accent compatible with the Gonzo Website coding) . We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. The saga of Xtul gets particularly nasty, but Neil Nixon, Richard Freeman and Strange Daze take rainchecks this week. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside 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:
    Paul Simon, Clap! Clap!, The RAZ Band, Us and Them, Clive Langer, Madness, Gong, Marillion, Stick Men, Prog Noir, Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges), Victor Bailey, Mentor Williams, Mose John Allison, Jr., Milton T. "Milt" Okun, Robert "Bob" Armand Walsh, Robert Francis Vaughn, Holly Suzette Dunn, Mahpiya Ska (White Cloud), Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, Andy Colquhoun, The Pink Fairies, Bad Company, Alan Dearling, Kriviu 10, John Brodie-Good, Cary Grace, Mr. Biffon, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Hawklords, Martin Springett, The Gardening Club, Xtul, Elvis, Neil Nixon, Del Close and John BrentRead the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
    Issue 207 (Tibet)
    Issue 206 (Raz)
    Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
    Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
    Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
    Issue 202 (Gong)
    Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
    Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
    Issue 199 (Yes)
    Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
    Issue 196 (Paul May)
    Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
    Issue 194 (Auburn)
    Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
    Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
    Issue 191 (Karnataka)
    Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
    Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
    Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
    Issue 186 (Beatles)
    Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
    Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
     
    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 57 who - together with a Jack Russel cvalled 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?

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF:



    1. Mystery: Has Bigfoot just been caught on video?
      WND.com

      And now, the latest entry into the mystery is a video from Russia that shows two tourists getting startled by an unidentified figure they believe is the ...
    2. Bigfoot spotted in Indonesia, and more tabloid stunners
      Boing Boing

      Who needs fake news when we have this week's tabloids to tell us what they think is happening in the private lives of celebrities, based on ...
      1. Is Bigfoot In Arkansas?
        Sasquatch Chronicles

        The YouTuber writes "Sasquatch hunters believe they saw Bigfoot in a news story I did in November 2014, about a doe with antlers shot in the deer ...
      2. Man Gets Screamed At By Bigfoot In Tahoe
        Bigfoot Evidence

        While checking out a possible bigfoot track in the Lake Tahoe region, a man gets screamed at by a bigfoot. All of it captured on audio.
        1. Mysterious “Russian Bigfoot” Spotted On Dashcam Footage
          Boredom Therapy

          Two men driving down a snowy road one night captured footage of what some are referring to as the Russian Bigfoot. What do you think?
        2. Mystery: Has Bigfoot Been Caught On Video?
          Tea Party

          Dashcam footage shows tourists startled by 'abominable snowman'. (WND) – We've all heard the legend of Bigfoot. Or the yeti. Or the Sasquatch.

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1859 - Charles Darwin, a British naturalist, published "On the Origin of Species." It was the paper in which he explained his theory of evolution through the process of natural selection. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Dinosaurs coexisted with their predecessors, new s...
  • Famous Four-Legged Snake A Marine Lizard? New Anal...
  • The golden drool: Study finds treasure trove of in...
  • Iconic Aust'n lizard drinks water by digging itsel...
  • Mobs are, sometimes, good
  • Asian hornet outbreak contained, says Defra


  • 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.)