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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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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From CFZ Australia:
From CFZ-USA:

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.

  • Kaikoura's endemic bird offers rare opportunity fo...
  • Rare Puerto Rican Bird Receives Endangered Species...
  • Why North Korea is a safe haven for birds

  • Rare spoon-billed sandpipers lay for first time in...


  • BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Feature: Is Big Foot fairy tale or real?
    ... hairy monsters that live deep in the woods about 150 km east of the Canadian city of Vancouver

    Searching for Bigfoot in northern Minnesota
    We used to vacation in the Brainerd/Aitkin area every summer when I was a kid. 

    Sasquatch Chases After An ATV
    On Sundays show we will be speaking to a listener who describes being chased on his ATV by a Sasquatch and having a boulder size rock thrown





    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HASN'T PHONED IN YET


    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
     
    Haven't had any phone updates from the travelling CFZ-ers just yet, so we'll assume no news is good news.

    Meanwhile, following England's latest exploits in Europe, this time on the football field, one television pundit suggested that the 'Monstars from Space Jam' stole the team's talent away. He then added that the failure was "literally unexplainable". 

    However, there's been no shortage of people attempting to explain it. By the way, Space Jam is a cartoon movie about basketball, for those who don't know. I know, because I did a search for the phrase; and then made a mental note not to watch that particular film!
     
    And now to today's site updates:
     
    Frank Zappa - Baltimore Interview, August 1985
    Eric Burdon - An Amoeba Interview - 2013
    Leonard Cohen Q&A At 2014 London Popular Problems Preview
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Golden Earring - Candy's Going Bad
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
     
    --
     
    And now I am on the want again. It is time, once again, for me to remind you all about this year's Weird Weekend featuring our very own Steve Ignorant, sponsored by our very own Erik Norlander, compèred by me and the return of  Nuneaton's Mr Entertainment, Barry Tadcaster with his pal Orang Pendek, and featuring a whole cornucopia of high strangeness and cerebral silliness. It would make me very happy if I could sell some more tickets..
     
    find out all about the Weird Weekend
    buy tickets to the Weird Weekend:
     
     
    Gonzo Magazine #187-8
     
    Last weekend and this coming one is covered by the bumper issue - The Gonzo Summer Special with a mixture of old and new stuff for your delight and amazement! We interview Bridget Wishart and Ian Jones from Karnataka, Alan goes to see Neil Young, Erik Norlander's new album, John B-G goes on a pilgrimage to the West Coast of America, Doug
    eulogises Security Project, Orrin talks about German psychedelic folk, we send the legendary John Hughes to a desert island, Jon reviews a book by and about Frederick Forsyth and burbles on about British comics, we interview Karnataka about a very special concert, while Corinna talks about shopping with mother. Just another day chez Gonzo.
     
    And there  are radio shows from Strange Fruit, and Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. 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:
    Karnataka, Gorillaz, Erik Norlander, Lana Lane, Ringo Starr, All-Starrs,Cliff Richard, Morrissey, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour,Helen Joanne "Jo" Cox, Henry Campbell Liken McCullough, Lincoln Wayne "Chips" Moman, Robert Allen "Bobby" Curtola, CM, Tom Leppard, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Brand X, Third Ear Band, Captain Beefheart, Jim Jones, Gram Parsons, Mick Abrahams, Barbara Dickson, Bridget Wishart, Spirits Burning, Peter Gabriel, Alan Dearling, Neil Young, John Brodie-Good, Paul Kantner, The Jungle Book, Roy Weard, Orrin Hare, Krautfolk, Mr Biffo, Xtul, Hawkwind, John Hughes,Frederick Forsyth, Marc Bolan, Elvis, Mitch Mitchell, Robert Johnson, Ginger Spice, Neil Nixon, Robert Calvert
                                                                                       
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 186 (Beatles)
    Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
    Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
    Issue 183 (Daevid Allen)
    Issue 182 (Wally)
    Issue 181 (Beatles)
    Issue 180 (Beltane)
    Issue 179 (Gregg Kofi Brown)
    Issue 178 (Viv Stanshall)
    Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
    Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
    Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
    Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
    Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
    Issue 172 (4th Eden)
    Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
    Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
    Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
    Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
    Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
    Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
     
    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 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small 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 the infantile orange cat, and the adventurous kittens?
     

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1965 - The first commercial satellite (Early Bird) began communications service. 

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk:


    Sunday, June 26, 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.







  • Rare, unusual bird spotted in Seychelles by local university student
  • Endangered Birds Take Flight
  • Rare bird of prey found at airbase


  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HAS HEADED EAST


    The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
     
    Rhymes are fine, but I prefer wine. Oh... I'm not sure that works, really. Graham still manning the Prog-Watch control tower.. Hello again!
     
    Actually, speaking of wine, I saw an interesting comment on the result of the Brexit vote, which said that wine drinkers tended to vote Remain, while beer and lager drinkers were more inclined to vote Leave. Not that there's a shortage of opinions in the newspapers and on television, so anyone who doesn't rate that 'analysis' very highly has plenty of others to choose from!
     
    And here are today's musical updates:
     
    John Etheridge (ex-Hawkwind etc) interviewed by Gordon Giltrap
    Canterbury Scene: A 2009 interview with Steve Hillage & Daevid Allen
    Jon Anderson (Yes) interview 2007
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Sacred Shinto music and dance (Kagura, Japanese traditional dance)
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem (Brexit)
     
     
    --
     
    And now I am on the want again. It is time, once again, for me to remind you all about this year's Weird Weekend featuring our very own Steve Ignorant, sponsored by our very own Erik Norlander, compèred by me and the return of  Nuneaton's Mr Entertainment, Barry Tadcaster with his pal Orang Pendek, and featuring a whole cornucopia of high strangeness and cerebral silliness. It would make me very happy if I could sell some more tickets..
     
    find out all about the Weird Weekend
    buy tickets to the Weird Weekend:
     
     
    Gonzo Magazine #187-8
     
    Last weekend and this coming one is covered by the bumper issue - The Gonzo Summer Special with a mixture of old and new stuff for your delight and amazement! We interview Bridget Wishart and Ian Jones from Karnataka, Alan goes to see Neil Young, Erik Norlander's new album, John B-G goes on a pilgrimage to the West Coast of America, Doug
    eulogises Security Project, Orrin talks about German psychedelic folk, we send the legendary John Hughes to a desert island, Jon reviews a book by and about Frederick Forsyth and burbles on about British comics, we interview Karnataka about a very special concert, while Corinna talks about shopping with mother. Just another day chez Gonzo.
     
    And there  are radio shows from Strange Fruit, and Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. 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:
    Karnataka, Gorillaz, Erik Norlander, Lana Lane, Ringo Starr, All-Starrs,Cliff Richard, Morrissey, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour,Helen Joanne "Jo" Cox, Henry Campbell Liken McCullough, Lincoln Wayne "Chips" Moman, Robert Allen "Bobby" Curtola, CM, Tom Leppard, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Brand X, Third Ear Band, Captain Beefheart, Jim Jones, Gram Parsons, Mick Abrahams, Barbara Dickson, Bridget Wishart, Spirits Burning, Peter Gabriel, Alan Dearling, Neil Young, John Brodie-Good, Paul Kantner, The Jungle Book, Roy Weard, Orrin Hare, Krautfolk, Mr Biffo, Xtul, Hawkwind, John Hughes,Frederick Forsyth, Marc Bolan, Elvis, Mitch Mitchell, Robert Johnson, Ginger Spice, Neil Nixon, Robert Calvert
                                                                                       
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 186 (Beatles)
    Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
    Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
    Issue 183 (Daevid Allen)
    Issue 182 (Wally)
    Issue 181 (Beatles)
    Issue 180 (Beltane)
    Issue 179 (Gregg Kofi Brown)
    Issue 178 (Viv Stanshall)
    Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
    Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
    Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
    Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
    Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
    Issue 172 (4th Eden)
    Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
    Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
    Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
    Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
    Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
    Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
     
    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 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small 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 the infantile orange cat, and the adventurous kittens?