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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, February 27, 2017

CRYPTOLINKS: Sea "monster" stories

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 


The nearly 30-feet-long 'sea serpent' is a seafloor-dwelling oarfish. It is believed that the fish also know as 'Messengers of the sea god' can predict ...

In the days since it turned up on the English coast, this grisly carcass has been called "a puzzle to scientists", a "sea serpent" and, best of all, "Morgawr ...

CRYPTOLINK: Phlippines Globster

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 


A carcass of a monster-size sea creature has washed ashore in the Philippines, and the mystery today is not only focused on what it is, but also what ...

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: Leopard fight leads to a big cat’s death...
  • NEWSLINK: Trump’s border wall poses ecological thr...

  • VIDEO: Rare black-maned Ethiopian lion caught on v...
  • BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Bigfoot
    Creature Caught on Tape in Holland, an investigation that is ongoing ever since April 2014. This update finaly ends the discussion about the alledged ...

    Driver Sees Bigfoot Chasing Deer
    In the summer of 2014, a driver saw a deer being chased by a large, hair-covered creature in Alabama, as they crossed the road in front of her. This is ...

    Terrifying Recording of Bigfoot Seeking Revenge
    From Sasquatch Central comes this creepy audio of a man paying the ultimate price after accomplishing the ultimate goal. Shooting a 

    Bigfoot Sightings of 2017 - February Edition. From The Others on youtube. Bigfoot sightings in the news for February 2017.

    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.


    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN JUST IS! DO YOU WANNA MAKE SOMETHING OF IT?

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
     
    Spirits Burning/Clearlight/Herman’s Hermits/Rick Wakeman/Tony Klinger
     
    Yesterday was a very strange day. I try to do nothing on weekends, with the notable exemption of the Sunday blogs. However, things don't always work out like that, and yesterday I found myself doing a recording session with Mike Davis, in the middle of which we took delivery of a cold and hungry baby collared dove. These are, in fact, a species of mild cryptozoological importance. Until the early years of the 20th Century they where a central and southern Asian species, but they began expanding their range westward, reaching Germany by the 1940’s and the U.K. By 1956. They first bred here 2 years later, and I still remember my grandmother, who was a keen bird watcher, being very exited in the early 1960’s when they first nested in her garden in Hampshire!
     
    The little fellow had survived the night and is eating, and so it is nice to be able to hope that we will be able to rear it and release it back into the wild.
     
    On top of that, I did a Bigfoot radio show, and several other bits and bobs which one really does not expect on one’s day off.
     
    Such is life!
     
    And here is the news:
     
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    SPIRITS BURNING AND CLEARLIGHT IN PROG MAG
    Herman's Hermits in the news
    RICK WAKEMAN IN THE NEWS
    Give, Get, Go: opening up film-making to the publi...
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Patrick Moraz - Impact...
     
    Gonzo Magazine #223
    THE COR FAB FOUR WAR ISSUE
     
    In this exciting issue, Jon critiques Tony Palmer’s reboot of what was the worst and weirdest Beatles film ever, Doug enthuses on Camel, Alan meets DJ Jeremiayah, John looks at the Spirit albums released after Randy California’s untimely death, Igor presents a dialogue on acoustic philosophy, and there are lots of other things as well!
     
    Groovy huh?
    It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and an episode of Canterbury Sans Frontieres which fell through the cracks of my emails. 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:
     
    The Beatles, Nile Rodgers, Belle & Sebastian, David Cassidy, David Bowie, The Human Be-In, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Strange Fruit, Canterbury sans Frontieres,  Larry Coryell, Clyde  Stubblefield, Peter Skellern, Evan Sewell Wallace  (e-dubble), Alan Aldridge, Supertramp, Tony Ashton & Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Fairies, Camel, Alan Dearling, Reggae Got Soul, DJ Jeremiyah (Jerry Neville), John Brodie-Good, Randy California, Kev Rowland, Unwritten Pages, Avenford, Betontod, Captain of the Lost Waves, Code, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Geoffrey Paul Boers, Igor Neshcheret, Xtul, Martin Springett, Ella Fitzgerald, Nsync, Clockwork Orange, The Residents, Lemmy, Neil Nixon, Criswell
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
    Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
    Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
    Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
    Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
    Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
    Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
    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)
     
     
    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 - Monday/Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1700 - The Pacific Island of New Britain was discovered. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Meet the frog that can sit on a thumbnail
  • Study examines life history of imperiled rattlesna...
  • The first Iberian lynx infected by the pseudorabie...
  • Ants stomp, termites tiptoe—predator detection by ...


  • 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.)

    Sunday, February 26, 2017

    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

    From CFZ-USA:

    HO HO HEN FOR THE WEEKEND

    The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
    And for no real reason Sunday's notifications are done in rhyme
     
    Sunday afternoon doing just what I like,
    trying to coax a vocal out of Mike,
    The backing got done with very few bugs
    but our vocals sound just like the worst football thugs
    not the sensitive souls that we want to achieve,
    so we've both given up, Mike's just going to leave,
    but as part of our policy that all you need's love,
    we have just taken in a half fledged collared dove,
    and when I've done the blogs I wanted you to know
    I am appearing on a bigfoot radio show
    and then at ten o'clock if everything is fine
    I shall disappear off with a bottle of wine
    and maybe some cheese (and I think that I may)
    look back on another peculiar day
     
    Slainte
     
    PLAYLIST: SF#198
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mother Of Darkness
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    LEONARD COHEN: Travelin' Light
    GONZO WEEKLY #223
     
    Gonzo Magazine #223
    THE COR FAB FOUR WAR ISSUE
     
    In this exciting issue, Jon critiques Tony Palmer’s reboot of what was the worst and weirdest Beatles film ever, Doug enthuses on Camel, Alan meets DJ Jeremiayah, John looks at the Spirit albums released after Randy California’s untimely death, Igor presents a dialogue on acoustic philosophy, and there are lots of other things as well!
     
    Groovy huh?
    It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and an episode of Canterbury Sans Frontieres which fell through the cracks of my emails. 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:
     
    The Beatles, Nile Rodgers, Belle & Sebastian, David Cassidy, David Bowie, The Human Be-In, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Strange Fruit, Canterbury sans Frontieres,  Larry Coryell, Clyde  Stubblefield, Peter Skellern, Evan Sewell Wallace  (e-dubble), Alan Aldridge, Supertramp, Tony Ashton & Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Fairies, Camel, Alan Dearling, Reggae Got Soul, DJ Jeremiyah (Jerry Neville), John Brodie-Good, Randy California, Kev Rowland, Unwritten Pages, Avenford, Betontod, Captain of the Lost Waves, Code, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Geoffrey Paul Boers, Igor Neshcheret, Xtul, Martin Springett, Ella Fitzgerald, Nsync, Clockwork Orange, The Residents, Lemmy, Neil Nixon, Criswell
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
    Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
    Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
    Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
    Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
    Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
    Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
    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)
     
     
    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?

    GONZO MAGAZINE #223

    Gonzo Magazine #223
    THE COR FAB FOUR WAR ISSUE
    In this exciting issue, Jon critiques Tony Palmer’s reboot of what was the worst and weirdest Beatles film ever, Doug enthuses on Camel, Alan meets DJ Jeremiayah, John looks at the Spirit albums released after Randy California’s untimely death, Igor presents a dialogue on acoustic philosophy, and there are lots of other things as well!
    Groovy huh?
    It’s all free!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and an episode of Canterbury Sans Frontieres which fell through the cracks of my emails. 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:
    The Beatles, Nile Rodgers, Belle & Sebastian, David Cassidy, David Bowie, The Human Be-In, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Strange Fruit, Canterbury sans Frontieres,  Larry Coryell, Clyde  Stubblefield, Peter Skellern, Evan Sewell Wallace  (e-dubble), Alan Aldridge, Supertramp, Tony Ashton & Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Fairies, Camel, Alan Dearling, Reggae Got Soul, DJ Jeremiyah (Jerry Neville), John Brodie-Good, Randy California, Kev Rowland, Unwritten Pages, Avenford, Betontod, Captain of the Lost Waves, Code, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Geoffrey Paul Boers, Igor Neshcheret, Xtul, Martin Springett, Ella Fitzgerald, Nsync, Clockwork Orange, The Residents, Lemmy, Neil Nixon, Criswell
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
    Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
    Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
    Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
    Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
    Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
    Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
    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)
    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.

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Sunday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1848 - The second French Republic was proclaimed. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • 400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm...
  • Disabled Navy veteran beaten after defending turtl...
  • Here’s why hundreds of desert tortoises can be mov...
  • How cathedral termites got to Australia to build t...
  • Gators in the Sewer? ‘I Want It to Be True’ (New Y...
  • Sydney Harbour hidden plastic pollution is killing...


  • 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.)

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    CRYPTOLINK: Skeleton of eight foot ‘serpent’ washes up in Cornwall (The return of Morgawr? Or another pilot whale?)

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

    (Picture: Chris Crane/SWNS) A mysterious 8ft creature has been washed up on a beach - leading people to believe that it could be a Cornish mythical SEA SERPENT. Shocked Chris Crane, 61, was walking on the quiet shore of Charlestown, Cornwall, with wife Amanda, 59, when they saw a large black figure in the distance. See story SWSERPENT. The baffled couple got closer and realised it was a skeleton - but between them could not work out what creature it was. Mr Crane, who runs a Bed and Breakfast, took pictures and posted them on Twitter - and some people suggested it could be the mythical creature MORGAWR.A ‘serpent’ carcass has stunned walkers who found it washed up on a beach.

    The eight foot skeleton has mostly rotted away, but the shape of its body, which bulges out towards the back, is still visible.

    Read on...

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Bigfoot: Human or Ape?
    Thomas Steenburg, veteran bigfoot researcher, weighs in with his opinion on if bigfoot is human or ape. One of the most heavily debated topics ...

    Man Claims Photo Shows A Bigfoot Producing An "Orb"
    Jerry Cline posted this photo of what he claims "clearly" shows a juvenile bigfoot producing an orb. Do you see it?

    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.


  • VIDEO: Rare black-maned Ethiopian lion caught on v...
  • PHOTOS: Camera traps reveal undiscovered leopard p...


  • NEWSLINK: ‘Obese’ Siberian tigers in China zoo rai...
  • WOOHOOO SAYS THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
     
    Pink Fairies/Steve Hackett/John Shuttleworth
     
    Yesterday we trundled off to Bideford to get the dressing on my ankle changed, and then I spent far too much money in Morrisons. Weirdly for a supermarket, they were playing music that I actually liked including T Rex and The Beach Boys, which combined with the disorientation that I always get in a sodding great barn full of harsh lighting and hundreds of people all talking at once, combined to produce a peculiar psychedelic effect. I am very tempted to go into Morrisons and sit there for a couple of hours with a digital recorder and see if I can get the basis for a record which would end up sounding like a cross between Throbbing Gristle and Brian Eno. Maybe i could call it 'Music for Consumers'.
     
    And here is the news:
     
    COMING THIS WEEKEND
    JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH: Live Review
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Pink Fairies - the sna...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Is It Time For Steve Hackett To Stop Revisiting Ge...
     
    Gonzo Magazine #222
    THE LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE ISSUE
     
    In a Gonzo Exclusive, Doug reports from the High Seas, about Cruise to the Edge, Richard reviews Phil Lesh, John eulogises Gary Duncan, whilst Jeremy goes to see Spizz and The Rezillos, and Jon muses on Pet Shop Boys, Neil Young and Ladybird Books for grown-ups. And oodles more, my little cupcakes...
     
    Groovy huh?
    It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive is having a well deserved week off, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and Canterbury Sans Frontieres. 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:
     
    Neil Young, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Glenn Hughes, Justin Trudeau, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Alan Francis Simpson, Barbara Carroll, Damian Davey, Alwin Lopez Jarreau, Packy, Trish Doan, Tony Särkkä, Tony Davis, Supertramp, Tony Ashton with Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Faeries, Cruise to the Edge 2017, Alan Dearling, Mother's Little Helper, Jeremy Smith, The Rezillos, Spizzenergi, The Tuts, John Brodie-Good, Gary Duncan, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Richard Foreman, Phil Lesh, Kev Rowland, Nemezis, Nick Magnus, Soul Secret, Solstice, Trioxyde, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Who, The Alarm, Queen, Justin Bieber, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pet Shop Boys
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
    Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
    Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
    Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
    Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
    Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
    Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
    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)
     
     
    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 - Friday/Saturday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1835 - "Siwinowe Kesibwi" (The Shawnee Sun) was issued as the first Indian language monthly publication in the U.S. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Taiwan bans euthanasia of stray animals
  • Exceptional reproductive biology in extremely rest...
  • US: Oceanic whitetip shark warrants 'threatened' l...
  • Wolfing it down: Brown bears reduce wolf kill rate...


  • 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.)

    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    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




    START THE DAY WITH SNAP, CRACKLE AND POP (AND THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN)

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
     
    Grace Slick/Steve Hackett/Fairport Convention
     
    There were very high winds during the night, but there seems to have been no damage done to the property or the grounds, and today we have a palke, eas#rly spring day which goes perfectly with my soundtrack of the Battleship Potemkin soundtrack by Messrs Tennant and Lowe. Yes, my Pet Shop Boys obsession  continues as I work my way, fairly randomly, through their body of work. The more I listen to them, the more I realise what a peculiar band they are!
     
    And here is the news:
     
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    STEVE HACKETT PODCAST
    RIGHT ON GRACE
    FAIRPORT CONVENTION LIVE REVIEW
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - Eleanor ...
     
    Gonzo Magazine #222
    THE LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE ISSUE
     
    In a Gonzo Exclusive, Doug reports from the High Seas, about Cruise to the Edge, Richard reviews Phil Lesh, John eulogises Gary Duncan, whilst Jeremy goes to see Spizz and The Rezillos, and Jon muses on Pet Shop Boys, Neil Young and Ladybird Books for grown-ups. And oodles more, my little cupcakes...
     
    Groovy huh?
    It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive is having a well deserved week off, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and Canterbury Sans Frontieres. 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:
     
    Neil Young, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Glenn Hughes, Justin Trudeau, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Alan Francis Simpson, Barbara Carroll, Damian Davey, Alwin Lopez Jarreau, Packy, Trish Doan, Tony Särkkä, Tony Davis, Supertramp, Tony Ashton with Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Faeries, Cruise to the Edge 2017, Alan Dearling, Mother's Little Helper, Jeremy Smith, The Rezillos, Spizzenergi, The Tuts, John Brodie-Good, Gary Duncan, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Richard Foreman, Phil Lesh, Kev Rowland, Nemezis, Nick Magnus, Soul Secret, Solstice, Trioxyde, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Who, The Alarm, Queen, Justin Bieber, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pet Shop Boys
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
    Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
    Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
    Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
    Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
    Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
    Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
    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

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1660 - Charles XI became the king of Sweden. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Monkey fights help explain tipping points in anima...
  • Environmentalists warn of bumblebee's extinction a...
  • Orangutan squeaks reveal language evolution, says ...
  • Bolivia begins fumigation against locust plague


  • 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.)

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES:Some more mystery animals of Hong Kong Part 2

    This is the second part of a blog on mystery animals in Hong Kong ,the data being collected over the last 3 years.I continue with the `I Grew up in Hong Kong in the 1970s/80s` Facebook group responses to my query:
    • Jennifer Bowskill. Small cat-like animals in tree tops on the Peak. Big black cats and monkeys killed and removed on Peak "a long time ago" due to building.According to Lee Gardens owner. 
    • Joy Gomez. Tiger sighting 1986-87 at Hong Kong Island School campus.
    • Arthur Hacker. Japs let out for "shits and giggles" during their 1941-45 occupation all Hong Kong zoo animals.
    • On the `Hong Kong Was,Is and Forever will be my Home!` Facebook group 2014 (?) (Now this is interesting) Beanie Culley : Black sea horse with white spots - in a bucket ,Tai Tam Male. Eighteen inches long if tail uncurled.
    • South China Morning Post Facebook group (Date unknown,maybe 2014.) Wild boar,Old Peak Rd, HK Island.
    • Apes, 3-4ft high. Red squirrel. There are dark brown squirrels in HK, not red.
    • Pipers Hill Bob cat (= lynx?) This is north of Kowloon.
    • Anne Ozaris 300 yr old turtle,Sai Kung area 1960s.
    • Laurence Tsui Large lizards like Komodo dragons,New Territories. Could these have been large monitor lizards?


    The final part of this blog,part 3,will appear in a week or two

    CRYPTOLINK: Half-Eaten Shark Washes up on Florida Beach

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

    A partly-eaten shark was found in Volusia County, Florida.
    Last year, VOA Learning English wrote about a strange “Ice Monster” ... rope in a river was actually a monster, like the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

    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.