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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 01, 2015

FAREWELL TO RICHARD INGRAM

Today (Thursday) is Richard's funeral, and for various family related reasons I cannot leave North Devon today. Richard Freeman is at another funeral in Nuneaton, so there will be no CFZ presence at the ceremony, which if you would like to attend is - I believe - at 4:00 at Exeter Crematorium.

However, I asked Andy Phillipson, a friend of us all and a Bard affiliated to the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, who is rapidly becoming the de facto Padre of the CFZ, for a few words to speed Richard on his way to the next stage of the great adventure:

For Richard

Birth, life, death and rebirth
In an eternal circle
Your soul a blessing to this Earth
Your passion still warming all who knew you
The wheel has turned, your soul flies free, returning to spirit
Your rebirth, that you are remembered always by those who love you

Go well Richard



Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die. Mary Elizabeth Frye

CRYPTOLINK: Today in history: June 29, 1925

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. 

Today in history
In 1925: Bass River residents were busy looking for a 150-foot sea serpent that was reported traveling up the Grand River at a great rate Friday morning. They didn’t find the sea serpent but certain persons did find out that you can’t believe all you hear, especially when the information is bootlegged. The crowed on the riverbanks looked sharp but there wasn’t any sea serpent while several miles away certain individuals were having a good laugh at the expense of the credulous.


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CFZ PUBLISHING: LAUNCH OF NEW FORTEAN FICTION TITLE

We are the world's leading publishers of cryptozoology, fortean, and cryptozoology related books with over a hundred titles currently in print. We have also launched an imprint for fortean fiction, called - appropriately enough - Fortean Fiction..

Over on the CFZ Publishing Group blog Dr Andrew May has just posted:

Scribbling Sea SerpentThe latest title in the CFZ’s popular Fortean Fiction imprint is The Scribbling Sea Serpent, a collection of science fiction and weird tales from Kate Kelly. Ancient ruins, lost civilizations, alien visitors and restless ghosts; sinister technology, environmental disasters, dark secrets of the past and the mysteries that lurk beneath the ocean waves… There are tales here that blend the past with the present, explore the possible futures we are creating and touch on the darker side of the world we think we know.

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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: 3 people hurt in separate incidents of l...
  • NEWSLINK: Georgia police shoot tiger that killed m...
  • NEWSLINK: Cougar sightings on the rise in Metro Va...

  • NEWSLINK: Eastern cougar is declared extinct nearl...
  • BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Did Leif Erikson Really Find Bigfoot?
    Plots don't get more twisted and convoluted than this one! Did legendary explorer Leif Erikson encounter Bigfoot on his voyage to the New World?

    Bigfoot Hunter Shot in Back
    Atoosa, Oklahoma, Some Bigfoot hunters went out trekking for a serious night of Sasquatch searching. One ended up in the hospital and the others in ...

    This Guy Thinks Bigfoot Research Needs More Science
    This is an interview with Gordon about his philosophies and bigfoot: Q: You state that we need Sasquatch more than he needs us. Why? A: We need

    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 SINGS

    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
     
    The final album recorded by Frank Zappa has been released. Dear Dave McMann was somewhat scathing about it, and I thought that he was probably being unfair. So I listened to it myself. He wasn't. It is an hour of plinks and plonks and noodling noises - which to me at least - has very little merit. Sad but true. However, I guess that if it had been a real commercial viability they wouldnt have waited over twnty years to put it out. So, I owe Dave an apology for having thought such a thing. McMann unfair? Never.
     
     

    The Gonzo Weekly #136
    www.gonzoweekly.com
     
    Neil Nixon, Strange Fruit, weird records, Roger Chapman, Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, The Clash, Captain Beefheart, Grateful Dead, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
     
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#136) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Neil Nixon, author of '500 Albums you won't believe until you hear them' on the front cover together with an exclusive interview with him inside. There is an exclusive look at Steven Wilson live by Doug, and an overview of why the Grateful Dead are so important by John to coincide with the 50th Anniversary shows this coming week, Jon examines a book about the dark side of the Internet, and muses about Captain Beefheart, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. Xtul reveals a bit more of the backstory, and there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and one from those jolly nice chaps at Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and spotted quolls with nothing to lose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials in a devil may care mood, 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:
     
    Captain Beefheart, Yes, Oasis, Courtney Love, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Richard Hawley, Dalai Lama, Galahad, Vab Morrison, System 7, Spirits Burning, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Patrick MacNee, James Horner, Merrell Fankhauser, Hugh Hopper, Tommy James, Inner City Unit, Mick Abrahams and Guests, Pete Sears, Barbara Dickson,Neil Nixon, Steven Wilson, Lee Walker, The clash, John Brodie-Good, The Grateful Dead, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Motorhead, Lemmy, M Destiny, Yes, Chris Squire, Xtul, Ed Askew, Elvis Presley, Spice Girls, Hanson, Neil Diamond, Donny Osmond, Beatles, Noel Gallagher, Black Magic Fools
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 135 (FNP cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo135.html
    Issue 134 (John Shuttleworth cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo134.html
    Issue 133 (Liz Lenten cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo133.html
    Issue 132 (Daevid in Brazil cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo132.html
    Issue 131 (Boomtown Rats cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo131.html
    Issue 130 (David Peel cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo130.html
    Issue 129 (Clepsydra cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo129.html
    Issue 128 (Louie Louie cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo128.html
    Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo127.html
    Issue 126 (Atkins-May Project cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo126.html
    Issue 125 (Mick Abrahams cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo125.html
    Issue 124 (Karnataka cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo124.html
    Issue 123 (Cream cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo123.html
    Issue 122 (Anthony Phillips cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo122.html
    Issue 121 (Annie Haslam cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo121.html
    Issue 120 (Frank Zappa cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo120.html
    Issue 119 (Eliza Carthy cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo119.html
    Issue 118 (Dave Brock cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo118.html
    Issue 117 (Daevid Allen cover)
    http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo117.html
     
    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:
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
     

    * 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.com/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
     
    * 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. 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?