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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, December 29, 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.

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF:




Payson Canyon Bigfoot Video Revisited
NvTv reported this video from Payson Canyon in Utah where a man supposedly videoed a massive bigfoot just off the road. As of yet this video has not ...

Elk Hunter Has Early Morning Encounter
From SoCal Bigfoot comes this strange story of a bigfoot enounter involving an elk hunter early in the day. An error occurred. Try watching this video ...

Bigfoot Must Get Lonely
Bigfoot must get lonely, living a life of solitude and all. Robert Dodson gets back in the field after Christmas. It looks like something big is moving ...

Did Bigfoot Build This Amazing Structure?
A structure I found pointing East held together by its own weight. Taller than 6'3" . Found in Bailey Canyon forest ,New Mexico near other Sasquatch ...

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN Vs HIS DNS

The Gonzo Daily: Friday
 
Its a secret I won't try to keep:
I have spent most of this week asleep
a bit like the proverbial log
in my old armchair with my smaller dog
but tonight when I have written this
I am planning to go on the piss
with Graham and my nephew Max
but to fill you in on all the facts
it looks like we will be drinking late
to celebrate Max's doctorate
 
And here is the news:
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Spinal Tap - Christma...
NICO interview
James Brown getting interviewed high.
JON ANDERSON Interview, Miami, November 2013
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
 
Gonzo Magazine #213-4
THE SUPER DUPER YULE DOUBLE ISSUE
 
In this bumper holiday issue, Doug goes to see ARW (Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman) in words and pictures, Jeremy goes to see Jimbob late of Carter USM, Alan enthuses over the Bollywood Brass Band, Jon rails about Nostradamus and presents his top ten records of the year. We also meet the mighty Sensorium Girliebox, Tony Henderson has more Pink Fairies sculptures, there is a competition to win ARW tickets, and Doug, Alan and John make some surprising choices when writing about festive music. And, yes, Corinna tells a story.
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive, whilst Canterbury Sans Frontieres is back ‘cos there was a full moon last week. 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 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:
 
Sensorium Girliebox, David Bowie, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Kula Shaker, The Divine Comedy, Shirley Collins, The Rolling Stones, Black Angel Drifter, Radiohead, Sexwitch, Leonard Cohen, Chic, Thom Yorke, Mick Jagger, CeeLo, David Bowie, Marillion, Elton John, Yes, Strange Harvest, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Robert Alan "Bob" Krasnow, Bunny Tekokiri Miha Wahi Walters, Elizabeth Taylor Pecanins, Barrelhouse Chuck, Mark Fisher, James Ellsworth "Jim" Lowe, Lionel Blue, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Henry Judah Heimlich, Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, The Pink Fairies, Tony Henderson, ARW, Alan Dearling, Gary Glitter,  John Brodie-Good, Gary Duncan’s Quicksilver, Lindisfarne, Lemmy, Bollywood Brass Band, Jeremy Smith, Jim Bob, Chris T-T, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Muse, Prince, John Entwistle, The Beatles, Connie Converse
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
Issue 210 (Nico)
Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
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 Russell called 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?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday/Friday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1460 - At the Battle of Wakefield, in England's Wars of the Roses, the Duke of York was defeated and killed by the Lancastrians. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • 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.)