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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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Friday, June 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.

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.

  • SIGHTING, UK: Jogger reports seeing panther on Alb...
  • NEWSLINK: ABQ BioPark snow leopard Kachina dies
  • VIDEO: 'Big cat' blamed for cougar-like attack on ...

  • ARTICLE: How to Save the Jaguars? Turn the Locals ...
  • BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Idaho Guy Searches For Bigfoot - Finds Bear Instead (WATCH)
    Looking for Bigfoot in Idaho has its downsides. Here's a great example. This guy goes into the Idaho Wilderness looking for Sasquatch and ends up ...


    Bigfoot Massacre at LeFlore County
    Breaking Bigfoot News & Video ... North Bear Lake Roundtable Drive to Recent Bigfoot Sighting ... «Next Post Bigfoot Shot by AirForce Capt in 1960 ...


    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS JUST ALRIGHT

    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
    Today I had papaya for breakfast for the first time since I was last in Puerto Rico back in 2004. It has always been one of my favourite hot weather breakfast foods since I was a boy in Hong Kong. For Corinna to find it in our local Asda was the nicest surprise I have had in yonks.
    But now, here is the news:
    Bill Bruford - Interview - 12/4/1984 - unknown (Of...
    Complete Interview with Ken Dodd 1963 - The Beatle...
    JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH IN THE NEWS
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Berlioz: "Symphonie Fa...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Gonzo Magazine #239
    THE ALL AROUND THE WORLD ISSUE
    Kev eulogises about New Zealand’s Miss Peach and the Travelling Bones, who are one of the best bands I have heard all year, John writes about the new sounds of the Summer of Love’s 50th Anniversary, Alan remembers the Isle of Wight Festivals at the cusp of the 60s and 70s, and Richard attends the Deke Leonard memorial concert, while Jon burbles about The Beatles.
    And listen up Kiddies: It’s all free!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres 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:
    Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Goldie, Neil Young, Phil Collins, Libertines, Woodstock, Liam Gallagher, Alice Cooper, Skunk Anansie scholarship, Wilko Johnson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Anita Pallenberg, Charles P (Chuck) Thacker, Rosalie Sorrels, Corneliu Stroe, Adam West, Norris "Norro" Wilson, Sam Beazley, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Tony Klinger, Alan Dearling, Isle of Wight Festivals, Dave Houghton, Circus Zyair, John Brodie-Good, Summer of Love, Owsley "Bear" Stanley, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Todd Rundgren, David Crosby, Kev Rowland, Miss Peach and the Travellin' Bones, Richard Foreman, Deke Leonard, Tim Burness, Tyrannosorceress, 8Kids, Art Fristoe Trio, Barrows, Beasto Blanco, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Eminem, Elvis, Derek and Clive
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    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)
    Issue 227 (Chuck Berry)
    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)
    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 - 1974 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
    • And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • Motor-boat noise makes fish bad parents, leading t...
  • Cope's gray treefrogs meet the cocktail party prob...
  • Female Steller sea lions tend to breed near their ...
  • How can you tell deep-sea octopuses apart? Check t...
  • New species discovered behind a pub – then saved f...


  • 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, June 22, 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: 'Big cat' blamed for cougar-like attack on ...
  • ARTICLE: How to Save the Jaguars? Turn the Locals ...
  • NEWSLINK: Big cats increase, but not their habitat...
  • ARTICLE: Cats Domesticated Themselves, Ancient DNA...
  • ARTICLE: There's nothing more terrifying to the mo...

  • NEWSLINK: Ringling’s big cats could be headed for ...
  • CRAPPY RIVER MONSTER REPORTAGE



    Even by the standards of The Daily Star the following headline is bad: "Is that the Loch Ness? Viewers terrified by hellish footage of underwater monster". Presumably they mean "Is that the Loch Ness Monster?" but in any case the answer is a resounding "NO, OF COURSE IT ISN'T YOU SEMI LITERATE SCUM BADGERS!" Loch Ness is, after all, in Scotland whereas this story takes place in Florida.

    Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/y9zhtzy3

    The bloke seen at the beginning of the story is grinning like a monkey, and is obviously far from being "horrified", and the "monster" is obviously a shoal of fish of some kind (or possibly a school of some small cetacean). However the Daily Fail claimed that it was either immigrants, benefit claimants or single parent families come to steal good white people's jobs and fish food.

    River beast emerges from water

    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



    Bigfoot turned up in the vicinity of the village Chornivka
    Bigfoot turned up in the vicinity of the village Chornivka Bigfoot turned up in the vicinity of the village Chornivka Kyshtovskiy rayon. At least, so say.

    ZOO FOOTAGE CAPTURES GORILLA, WHEN HE TURNS AROUND
    Bigfoot - Sasquatch - American's Great Ape Message Board: ZOO FOOTAGE CAPTURES GORILLA, WHEN HE TURNS AROUND.

    Bear Lake Bigfoot Sighting
    The Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization hits an area of a recent bigfoot sighting in hopes of catching one on 

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN JUST IS. OK?

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
     
    Even by the standards of The Daily Star the following headline is bad: "Is that the Loch Ness? Viewers terrified by hellish footage of underwater monster". Presumably they mean "Is that the Loch Ness Monster?" but in any case the answer is a resounding "NO, OF COURSE IT ISN'T YOU SEMI LITERATE SCUM BADGERS!" Loch Ness is, after all, in Scotland whereas this story takes place in Florida.
     
    Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/y9zhtzy3
     
     
    The bloke seen at the beginning of the story is grinning like a monkey, and is obviously far from being "horrified", and the "monster" is obviously a shoal of fish of some kind (or possibly a school of some small cetacean). However the Daily Fail claimed that it was either immigrants, benefit claimants or single parent families come to steal good white people's jobs and fish food.
     
    But now, here is the news:
     
    TANGERINE DREAM EDGAR FROESE NYC 2012 Interview wi...
    FAIRPORT CONVENTION IN THE NEWS
    CORKY LAING ON KEITH MOON
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Handel's Water Music &...
     
    Gonzo Magazine #239
    THE ALL AROUND THE WORLD ISSUE
     
    Kev eulogises about New Zealand’s Miss Peach and the Travelling Bones, who are one of the best bands I have heard all year, John writes about the new sounds of the Summer of Love’s 50th Anniversary, Alan remembers the Isle of Wight Festivals at the cusp of the 60s and 70s, and Richard attends the Deke Leonard memorial concert, while Jon burbles about The Beatles.
    And listen up Kiddies: It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres 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:
     
    Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Goldie, Neil Young, Phil Collins, Libertines, Woodstock, Liam Gallagher, Alice Cooper, Skunk Anansie scholarship, Wilko Johnson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Anita Pallenberg, Charles P (Chuck) Thacker, Rosalie Sorrels, Corneliu Stroe, Adam West, Norris "Norro" Wilson, Sam Beazley, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Tony Klinger, Alan Dearling, Isle of Wight Festivals, Dave Houghton, Circus Zyair, John Brodie-Good, Summer of Love, Owsley "Bear" Stanley, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Todd Rundgren, David Crosby, Kev Rowland, Miss Peach and the Travellin' Bones, Richard Foreman, Deke Leonard, Tim Burness, Tyrannosorceress, 8Kids, Art Fristoe Trio, Barrows, Beasto Blanco, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Eminem, Elvis, Derek and Clive
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    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)
    Issue 227 (Chuck Berry)
    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)
     
     
    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 - 1633 Galileo Galilei forced to recant his Copernican views that the Earth orbits the Sun by the Pope (Vatican only admits it was wrong on Oct 31, 1992!)
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Motor-boat noise makes fish bad parents, leading t...
  • Cope's gray treefrogs meet the cocktail party prob...
  • Female Steller sea lions tend to breed near their ...
  • How can you tell deep-sea octopuses apart? Check t...
  • New species discovered behind a pub – then saved f...


  • 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, June 21, 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.

  • ARTICLE: Cats Domesticated Themselves, Ancient DNA...
  • ARTICLE: There's nothing more terrifying to the mo...
  • NEWSLINK: Ringling’s big cats could be headed for ...

  • NEWSLINK: Can at least this tiger be saved in Nelw...
  • MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: There was a wee lizard near Kirkaldy,which found itself in a wee quandry...

    I found the following strange story in a cutting kindly sent to me by American Fortean Gary Mangiacopra a few days ago. It`s from The Daily Commercial Register (Ohio) of 22nd December 1852, a case of an entombed "lizzard" (sic) 

    " EXHUMATION OF A LIZZARD - A short time since, as David Virtue, mason at Auchtertool
    ​, a village four miles from Kirkaldy,in Scotland, was dreesing (sic) a millstone from a large block, after cutting away a part, he found a lizzard embeded in the stone.it was about an inch and a quarter long, of a Brownish yellow color, and had a round head, with bright sparkling eyes.It was apparently dead, but after being about five minutes exposed to the air, it showed signs of life.One of the workers very cruelly put snuff in its eyes, which seemed to cause it much pain. it soon after ran about with much celerity, and after half an hour was brushed off the stone and killed. When found, it was coiled up in a round cavity of its form, being an exact impression of the animal. There was about 14 ft of earth above the rock, and the block in which the lizzard was found was 7 or 8 ft deep in the rock, so that the whole depth of the animal from the surface was 21 or 22 ft. The stone had no fissure, was quite hard, and one of the best to be got from the quarry of Cultaloe, reckoned perhaps, the best in Scotland." 



    The photo above shows Auchtertool

    THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

    CFZ-USA

  • NEW FROG SPECIES
  • BURBANK BAT LIGHT
  • PEACOCK ON THE RAMPAGE
  • BIGFOOT: THE DIFFERENT TYPES
  • FISHERMEN WATCHED BY BIGFOOT
  • ENORMOUS FROG ATTACK
  • DID MOTHMAN JUMP ON HORSE?
  • SEARCH FOR LIFE ON MARS
  • 3-FINGERED HUMANOID (MUMMIFIED)
  • KOBOLD - GOBLIN OF GERMANIC LORE
  • WHAT ARE THESE BONES?
  • DOGMAN CHASES CAR
  • BIGFOOT CHASES BOYS
  • NEWLY DISCOVERED CHAMELEON SPECIES
  • STRANGE ENCOUNTER IN NEVADA DESERT
  • DOG-HEADED PIG MONSTER
  • SEARCH FOR UCAMAR
  • CAN YOU MARRY AN ANIMAL?
  • ZOMBIE BEETLES OF ARKANSAS
  • THREATS TO WILDLIFE CORRIDORS
  • BUNYIP - AUSTRALIA'S LAKE DWELLER
  • JAPAN'S MYSTERY ANIMALS
  • AARSLEV INCIDENT
  • TEXAS BIGFOOT
  • MEETING WITH POSSIBLE BIGFOOT
  • AUDUBON'S FICTITIOUS FISH
  • FATHER OF LION CUB RAISES IT AS SINGLE PARENT
  • IS MOTHMAN A GLOBAL PHENOMENON?
  • THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S BIGFOOT STORY
  • PTEROSAURS AND CRYPTOZOOLOGY
  • DUENDE CASE IN CATALUNYA
  • LITTLE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA
  • DOGMAN IN THE SWAMP
  • SCARY TRUE TALES
  • BIPEDAL HYENA?
  • BEAVER SCULPTURE
  • WHAT WAS THE GONZWELL?
  • WAS THIS A DOGMAN?
  • MYSTERY BIRD IN ILLINOIS
  • BIZARRE BIRD REPORTED 1896
  • BIPEDAL COYOTE REPORTED
  • LITTLE BIGFOOT SEEN IN OREGON
  • SIGHTINGS OF MEGALODON
  • BIGFOOT - STATE CRYPTID
  • BIGFOOT CROSSING
  • CARTOGRAPHER WANTED

  • HOLDING A CONVENTION?
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN MEETS THE DAWN

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
     
    As many readers of my inky fingered scribblings will know, I was brought up in the Church of England, but I was overtaken by events and no longer find the peculiarities of that particular organisation to be something that resonates with me on any level. I am not a Pagan, but I find I have more in common with those who are than I do with those who go to the old grey stone church at the top of the hill. I also see no real conflict between the sort of Christianity that I DO adhere to, and a reverence for the Earth in all Her beauty. Today is the summer solstice; a day of beauty and celebration, whatever religion you are. So have a happy and joyful one.
    Blessed be.
     
    And now, here is the news:
     
    SOLSTICE BLESSINGS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    RICK WAKEMAN IN THE NEWS
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Richard Thompson - Sum...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
     
    Gonzo Magazine #239
    THE ALL AROUND THE WORLD ISSUE
     
    Kev eulogises about New Zealand’s Miss Peach and the Travelling Bones, who are one of the best bands I have heard all year, John writes about the new sounds of the Summer of Love’s 50th Anniversary, Alan remembers the Isle of Wight Festivals at the cusp of the 60s and 70s, and Richard attends the Deke Leonard memorial concert, while Jon burbles about The Beatles.
    And listen up Kiddies: It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres 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:
     
    Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Goldie, Neil Young, Phil Collins, Libertines, Woodstock, Liam Gallagher, Alice Cooper, Skunk Anansie scholarship, Wilko Johnson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Anita Pallenberg, Charles P (Chuck) Thacker, Rosalie Sorrels, Corneliu Stroe, Adam West, Norris "Norro" Wilson, Sam Beazley, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Tony Klinger, Alan Dearling, Isle of Wight Festivals, Dave Houghton, Circus Zyair, John Brodie-Good, Summer of Love, Owsley "Bear" Stanley, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Todd Rundgren, David Crosby, Kev Rowland, Miss Peach and the Travellin' Bones, Richard Foreman, Deke Leonard, Tim Burness, Tyrannosorceress, 8Kids, Art Fristoe Trio, Barrows, Beasto Blanco, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Eminem, Elvis, Derek and Clive
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    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)
    Issue 227 (Chuck Berry)
    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)
     
     
    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.





    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Bigfoot Family Sighting in Utah
    Bigfoot Family Sighting in Utah. Bigfoot Tony on youtube takes a look at a video clip of a possible bigfoot encounter in Utah.

    Bigfoot in the Snow, New Spot Found
    After finding large bipedal track ways in the snow we discover a possible Bigfoot bedding spot along with several strands of hair we collect for analysis ...

    Bigfoot Camera Catches Something In The Deep Swamps
    Chris and Mark of "Trail To Bigfoot" were photographed by one of our trail cams in the Green Swamp. We have been running a project for years called ...

    'Bigfoot' Prints in TX City Explained
    The intriguing series of 'Bigfoot' prints found in the parks of a Texas city have been revealed to be a clever promotional campaign.

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




    ... horror novel being adapted to the big screen and this time around we'll be able to check out 'The Loch' which focusses on the Loch Ness Monster!


    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Ivory Coast jail sentences for chimpanzee traffick...
  • Mouse lemur could serve as ideal model for primate...
  • Monkey see, monkey do, depending on age, experienc...
  • Sensitivity to inequity is in wolves' and dogs' bl...
  • Wolf evolution and 'settled science'


  • 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.)

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    MUIRHEAD'S MYSTERIES: `Do Bulgarian snakes swallow their own?`

    "Folks, I found this video on a Bulgarian web site which I haven`t yet translated. Snakes housing snakes inside them is of course an element within British folklore. If this video,which I think is recent is genuine, it appears that it really does happen, at least in Bulgaria."



    https://life.ru/t/%D0%B6%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82%D1%8C/1012114/ochievidtsy_pomieshali_odnoi_zmieie_siest_drughuiu_pobyvav_v_zhieludkie_ona_vyzhila

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    He recorded a conversation in which Tommy Tipton claimed he won the lottery while in Colorado hunting for Bigfoot, a longtime hobby. Tipton told ...

    Bigfoot caught on the side of a hill=2017
    Watch how this baby impala? heart just about beats out of its chest whilst trying to hide in front of a tourists car away from a hungry cheetah and her ...

    If kids manage to find evidence of Bigfoot, they are encouraged to take pictures and share them with Round Rock Parks and Recreation. For the braver ...

    “Expedition Mungo” takes the adventurer on a journey to find a Ucumar, a hairy, bigfoot -ike creature with superhuman strength reported to live in the ...

    Two New Bigfoot Vids - (commentary)
    Two New Bigfoot Vids - (commentary). More leaf monkeys and a ... Girl Goes Berserk as Bigfoot steps towards her between Grand Canyon & Flagstaff ...

    'Bigfoot' Prints in TX City Explained
    The intriguing series of 'Bigfoot' prints found in the parks of a Texas city have been revealed to be a clever promotional campaign.

    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: Ringling’s big cats could be headed for ...
  • NEWSLINK: Can at least this tiger be saved in Nelw...
  • NEWSLINK: Tiger pushes son out of reserve’s core a...
  • NEWSLINK: Tiger population set to increase in Kazi...

  • NEWSLINK: Hamerton Zoo killer big cat 'was rare Ma...
  • 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 IS IN A QUANDRY

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
    Nineteen odd years ago I was in Mexico with Graham and a crew from UK Channel 4. We were about half way through our adventure when we drove through the outskirts of Puebla and stopped for supplies. We also bought a cassette of an album called Guitarra Negra (the black guitar) by a bloke called Alfredo Zitarrosa. It became the soundtrack for our Mexican adventure, and when—a few days before we left the country—I was in Mexico city buying presents for the folk back home, and saw a copy on CD, I cought it, and have it still.

    Now, therein lies a tale. Back in Puebla when we first got the cassette, Gina our interpreter told us the tragic tale of the singer. Apparently was a Uruguayan singer-songwriter, poet and journalist. He specialized in Uruguayan and Argentinean folk genres such as zamba and milonga, and he became a chief figure in the nueva canciĆ³n movement in his country and I remember Gina telling me in her delightfully sexy broken English, that Zitarrosa had been murdered “by those fukking peegs” because of his political activities, and that is the story that I have repeated whenever the subject has come up, for the last nineteen years. It added an extra poignancy to the brooding melancholy of his glorious voice, and the sweeping but sparse arrangements consisting of two acoustic guitars, each recorded at different ends of the stereo spectrum. Plus an occasional (and ever so slightly out of tune) string quartet. Whenever I hear the music, I think of the beautiful vistas of the Puebla desert with Popocatepetl brooding angrily against the smokey horizon.

    Now, I am sure that I looked up the story of Alfredo on t’internet, and I am sure I remember that it confirmed Gina’s story. Now, fast forward to this morning. I was having a jolly exchange of emails with our very own Alan Dearling about music that I thought he would like and I mentioned Zitarrosa. But, because I am a lazy sod, I decided to cut and paste the story of his death from Wikipedia.

    And guess what?

    I couldn’t find it. All the websites I could find merely bemoaned his untimely death. And eventually found an Argentine website which contained an obituary of the singer from back in the day. Using Google Translate, I discovered that it read: “According to the doctor Zitarrosa suffered Sunday a massive small intestine infarction of venous origin that managed to recover despite being operated on and died today due to intestinal cause peritonitis.”

    The story turns out to have been tragic, but not nearly as tragic as what I thought had happened. So, we are left with the following conclusions:

    1 I got it wrong all along
    2 I believed Gina’s story and false memory syndrome did the rest
    3 Someone, somewhere is playing silly buggers and rewriting history (presumably for political reasons)
    4 Somehow I have been hopping from universe to universe on some sort of quantum level
    5 None of the above
    6 All of the above

    I have absolutely no idea which of those is the correct answer. But it provides a nice little mystery for the start of the week.

    And now, here is the news:

    Frank Zappa Interview Oct 10, 1967 The Bitter End
    FAIRPORT CONVENTION NEWS
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: London Community Gospe...
    ERIC BURDON RETURNS TO MONTEREY
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Gonzo Magazine #239
    THE ALL AROUND THE WORLD ISSUE
    Kev eulogises about New Zealand’s Miss Peach and the Travelling Bones, who are one of the best bands I have heard all year, John writes about the new sounds of the Summer of Love’s 50th Anniversary, Alan remembers the Isle of Wight Festivals at the cusp of the 60s and 70s, and Richard attends the Deke Leonard memorial concert, while Jon burbles about The Beatles.
    And listen up Kiddies: It’s all free!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres 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:
    Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Goldie, Neil Young, Phil Collins, Libertines, Woodstock, Liam Gallagher, Alice Cooper, Skunk Anansie scholarship, Wilko Johnson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Anita Pallenberg, Charles P (Chuck) Thacker, Rosalie Sorrels, Corneliu Stroe, Adam West, Norris "Norro" Wilson, Sam Beazley, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Tony Klinger, Alan Dearling, Isle of Wight Festivals, Dave Houghton, Circus Zyair, John Brodie-Good, Summer of Love, Owsley "Bear" Stanley, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Todd Rundgren, David Crosby, Kev Rowland, Miss Peach and the Travellin' Bones, Richard Foreman, Deke Leonard, Tim Burness, Tyrannosorceress, 8Kids, Art Fristoe Trio, Barrows, Beasto Blanco, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Eminem, Elvis, Derek and Clive
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    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)
    Issue 227 (Chuck Berry)
    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)
    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?