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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, March 27, 2017

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




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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  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN GETS ON WITH IT

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
     
    Nico/John Cale/Leonard Cohen/Hawkwind/Binky Womack/Thom
     
    Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
    As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
    Are melted into air, into thin air;
    And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
    The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
    The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
    Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve;
    And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
    Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
    As dreams are made on, and our little life
    Is rounded with a sleep.
     
    And now, here is the news:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Nico - All Tomorrows P...
    John Cale on Transforming Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelu...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    HAWKWIND REVIEW
    BINKY WOMACK REVIEW
     
    Gonzo Magazine #227
    THE HAIL HAIL ROCK AND ROLL ISSUE
     
    In this rockin’ and a rollin’ issue we say goodbye to Chuck Berry, Doug goes to see Zucchero, John sees Hendrix in Bristol (not really), Alan writes about Beaver and Krause with his mate Phil, we introduce you to our very own druid, and Jon nearly gets charged with a crime of moral turpitude.
     
    Groovy huh?
     
    It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, and Strange Fruit. 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, Michael Jackson, Johnny Marr, The The, Morrissey, Jon Anderson, Yes, Nick Mason, Ronnie Wood, Prince, Black Sabbath, Lily Collins, Phil Collins, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry, James Henry Cotton, John Lever, Tommy LiPuma, Joey Alves, James Martin Pacelli McGuinness (Irish: Séamus Máirtín Pacelli Mag Aonghusa), Norman Colin Dexter, OBE, Evan Johns, Don Warden, Joan Elise Sledge, Tony Lorenzo, John Thomas "Sib" Hashian, PC Keith Palmer, Tony Ashton with Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Neil Murray, John Entwhistle, Zak Starkey (Ringo’s son), Z, Gastank, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Atomic Rooster, Mary Hopkin, Adelmo “Zucchero” Fornaciari, Beaver and Krause, John Brodie-Good, Jimi Hendrix, Kev Rowland, Aborym, Accept, Agnostic Front, Sepultura, Ashenspire, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind,  Martin Springett, John Lennon, George Harrison, Kurt Cobain, Andrew Ridgeley, Andy Phillipson, Neil Nixon, Sandra Cross
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 225-6 (The Rites of Spring)
    Issue 224 (Hibernal)
    Issue 223 (Beatles)
    Issue 222 (Cruise to the Edge)
    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 - 1802 - The Treaty of Amiens was signed ending the French Revolutionary War. 
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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.)