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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, July 12, 2017

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: Jaguar dives into river to battle alligator...
  • ARTICLE: A leopard kingdom grows right in the midd...
  • PHOTOS/NEWSLINK: Rare white liger cubs born (via C...

  • NEWSLINK: 80-year-old woman fights off rabid bobca...
  • THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




    "You would really need to try and pinpoint what point of that body or lake (the thylacine) was interacting with to try and collect your samples from ...

    The thylacine was declared extinct more than 80 years ago. Adelaide-based founder of the Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia, Neil Waters, met ...

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    The truth as it relates to Bigfoot is out there, but it's probably not in Round Rock. For weeks now, Round Rock Parks & Recreation officials have hinted ...

    Expedition: Bigfoot is a 4,000-square foot museum located in Cherry Log, Georgia – about halfway between Ellijay and Blue Ridge. Owners David and ...

    Bigfoot Meets The Exorcist!
    From World Bigfoot Radio: We continue the conversation from part one. Here we have the Exorcist perspective not only on Possession and demons, ...
    Bigfoot Makes Investigator Change Plans
    Sometimes your path leads you to a dead end, and you have to regroup and rethink things. Especially when you're trying to capture proof of bigfoot.
    Woman Takes Dogs Into Bigfoot Central
    Barbara Shupe takes her dogs Jack and Gabby for a walk into the heart of bigfoot territory. Will they survive?! Probably so, but check out what they find ...

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS A CHICKEN

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
    Yesterday I interviewed Stu Nicholson from Galahad for a forthcoming issue of the magazine. What a nice guy he is! And by the way, the new album is a corker. What I like about this band is the way they keep on reinventing themselves, and playing games with sound, form and substance. The new record, for example, is a baroque little thing without any guitars peeping even slightly over the horizon: but still it sounds just like Galahad. In other news, Graham has borrowed Julia's car to go to Exeter today, and all sorts of buggerups have ensued. You truly do not want to know about the comedy of errors that took place. Comne to think of it, I have no idea why they call it a 'Comedy of Errors' because it is not even slightly funny. However, we are having a very welcome pair of visitors in the next few minutes; a pleasant oasis in a desert of crapulence.
    But now, here is the news:
    YES IN THE NEWS
    GRUMPY OLD RICK VS THE COPS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: JACKIE LEE sings RUPER...
    CORKY LAING IN THE NEWS
    Gonzo Weekly #242
    THE MIDNIGHT TOKER ISSUE
    John B-G travels across the Atlantic to see the Steve Miller Band|and Peter Frampton, Jon muses on The Beatles again, Alan visits Ben Chasny, Jeremy critiques Peter Perrett’s long awaited album and Richard visits psychedelic Cambodia.
    Yup, and it’s all free!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, 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, Steve Earle, Scott Walker, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Spike Lee, Stew, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, John Blackwell Jr., Rudy Rotta, Barry Leslie Norman, CBE, Kelan Phil Cohran, Joan Clayton Boocock Lee, Pierre Henry, Carol Lee Scott,  Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke,  Jeremy Smith, Peter Perrett, Alan Dearling, Ben Chasny, Ben Flashman, Ethan Miller, Comets on Fire, Howlin' Rain, John Brodie-Good, Peter Frampton, Steve Miller, Richard Foreman, Cambodia, Kev Rowland, Elegant Simplicity, Five Horse Johnson, Goblin, Shadow of Doubt, Jorn, Domingo Candelario, Glen Vaudrey, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hoaxwind, Xtul, John Higgs, Biggie Smalls, Mic Conway's Whoopee Band, Beyonce, Kurt Cobain, Cream, Grateful Dead, The Dragons
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 236 (Manchester)
    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
    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?

    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.


    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1679 Britain's King Charles II ratifies Habeas Corpus Act allowing prisoners right to be imprisoned to be examined
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • Most modern horses are descendants of recently imp...
  • Ancient South Carolina whale yields secrets to fil...
  • Ancient Swiss reptile shows its bizarre scale armo...
  • Rare hazel dormice discovered living on the Exe Es...

  • Snails have homing instinct and will crawl (slowly...


  • 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.)