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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, October 30, 2017

Crypto-Kid October 30: Mystery guest Halloween special

Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin will be joined by a mystery, fan favorite guest to discuss popular Halloween monsters and the folklore behind them. This is going to be a fantastic, not to miss episode.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the spooky good time tonight at 8 pm EST by going to www.wcjvradio.com/live


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: State monitors cougars with help from a ‘...
  • NEWSLINK: Africa's lions, wild dogs to get more pr...
  • ARTICLE: Cat on the roof of the world
  • NEWSLINK: Alberta Parks warns of cougar sightings ...
  • NEWSLINK: Local Hiker Has Close Encounter With Mys...
  • NEWSLINK: Tiger Kept At Truck Stop For 17 Years Di...


  • NEWSLINK: Sohna residents spot leopard twice, clai...
  • NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




    The Loch Ness monster is not only a mystery but also a tourist attraction this model of Nessie is a feature at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, ...


    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



    50th Anniversary of Roger Patterson's Bigfoot Footage
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the most famous Bigfoot footage of all time, shot on October 18, 1967, by Roger Patterson and his friend Bob ...

    Bear, Brenda and Navajo update
    Duke writes "Caveman tells us about the Bigfoot Outlaws wagon train to his area, His epic first meeting with Bear, how the conference with the Outlaws ...

    Search for Bigfoot at Daingerfield Park
    DAINGERFIELD, Tx - TheSearch for Bigfoot weekend will kick off tonight at Daingerfield State Park with a cult classic movie from 1972 at the ...
    Bigfoot hunter suing local government for right to prove beast's existence
    Published time: 28 Oct, 2017 16:25. A Canadian man gathering evidence which he believes will prove the existence of Bigfoot is taking his quest to ...

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS BACK

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
     
    It was quite a momentous weekend in many ways, mainly because I was severe to myself about what I ate and drank, and liaised with our brilliant young social media guru Louis, for a mammoth session of setting up the Patreon page for On The Track. We sorely need some new equipment (both hardware and software) and - although I, personally won't be paid a penny - I want to slip a few quid to Charlotte, who works awfully hard on the show. We hope to be going live next Monday.
     
    I don't know what it tells you about the calibre of people on my Facebook friends list, but when I posted a link http://tinyurl.com/yau3qh7z to a spoof of 1980s kid's TV which I found on Twitter posted by a friend of Biffo's, nobody laughed and only one person pressed "Like", even though I thought it was excruciatingly funny. However, a picture of me and Ian Simmons from an old Unconvention, got eight likes. Now't as strange as folk. Maybe five children with Hitler moustaches and a stupid, lavatorial caption, just don't impress people any more.
     
    Tonight at Midnight GMT I am on Colin Schneider's Crypto Kid Radio show. Check out the details from the show's Facebook page later on today.
     
    Forgive me for always banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for as many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
     
     
    But now, here is the news:
     
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Paul McCartney & John Lennon 1968 Full Interview
    Rick Wakeman "Crimes of Passion" French-Canadian r...
    LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mary Hopkin - Goodbye ...
     
    Gonzo Weekly #258
    THE ALL HALLOWS ISSUE
     
    In a sort of Samhain issue we talk to Neil Nixon and unlock the secrets of The Devil’s Jukebox, and Biffo launches the Trojan Arse Project. Alan investigates John and Yoko’s conceptual country of Nutopia, and waxes lyrical about Phaselock whereas Jon is reading Ransom Riggs and the immortal Robert Anton Wilson and expanding his own reality tunnels.
     
    Wooooot!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Harvest 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 long nosed potoroos who have done lots of poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been at the laxatives, 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:
     
    Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Marillion, Genesis P-orridge, Morrissey, Jonny Greenwood, Ian Gillan, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Larry Ray (Larry Ray Piekutowski), Alberto Nelson Sanchez, Scott Mitchell Putesky, Martin Eric Ain (Martin Stricker), Boris Karl Lennart Lindqvist, Eamonn Campbell, Philip Paul Miller, Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr., Mary Hopkins, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Neil Nixon, Owen Wilson, Alan Dearling, Nutopia, Kev Rowland, Monster Magnet, Quiet Riot, Ric Sanders, Rafaelsenra, Quantum Fantay, Carol Albert, Jonathan McGowan, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard,  Bob Hedger and Pascal Vaucel, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Ransom Riggs, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Status Quo, Lionel Richie, David Bowie, Roky Erickson and the Aliens
     
    Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
    Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
    Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
    Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
    Issue 252 (Cropredy)
    Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
    Issue 250 (Jamms)
    Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    Issue 243 (Galahad)
    Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
    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 58 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 - 1817 - The independent government of Venezuela was established by Simon Bolivar. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Jeremy the 'lefty' snail dies - but not before fin...
  • Flower petals have ‘blue halos’ to attract bees
  • How sponges ‘spike’ themselves with glass
  • Migrant moths arriving from Europe to eat Britain'...
  • Scientists warn of 'ecological Armageddon' after s...
  • DRI busts animal smuggling racket, rescues 1,000 t...


  • 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.

    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    Gonzo Weekly #258

    Gonzo Weekly #258
    THE ALL HALLOWS ISSUE
    In a sort of Samhain issue we talk to Neil Nixon and unlock the secrets of The Devil’s Jukebox, and Biffo launches the Trojan Arse Project. Alan investigates John and Yoko’s conceptual country of Nutopia, and waxes lyrical about Phaselock whereas Jon is reading Ransom Riggs and the immortal Robert Anton Wilson and expanding his own reality tunnels.
    Wooooot!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Harvest 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 long nosed potoroos who have done lots of poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been at the laxatives, 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:
    Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Marillion, Genesis P-orridge, Morrissey, Jonny Greenwood, Ian Gillan, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Larry Ray (Larry Ray Piekutowski), Alberto Nelson Sanchez, Scott Mitchell Putesky, Martin Eric Ain (Martin Stricker), Boris Karl Lennart Lindqvist, Eamonn Campbell, Philip Paul Miller, Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr., Mary Hopkins, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Neil Nixon, Owen Wilson, Alan Dearling, Nutopia, Kev Rowland, Monster Magnet, Quiet Riot, Ric Sanders, Rafaelsenra, Quantum Fantay, Carol Albert, Jonathan McGowan, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard,  Bob Hedger and Pascal Vaucel, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Ransom Riggs, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Status Quo, Lionel Richie, David Bowie, Roky Erickson and the Aliens
    Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
    Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
    Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
    Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
    Issue 252 (Cropredy)
    Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
    Issue 250 (Jamms)
    Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    Issue 243 (Galahad)
    Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
    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.

    HO HO HO SAYS THE HEN HEN HEN

    The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
    And for no real reason Sunday's notifications are done in rhyme
     
    It's Sunday so again its time
    to do the daily blogs in rhyme:
     
    A calling corvid in a cage
    puts those sleeping in a rage
    and even though its been an age
    Louis is doing the Patreon page
     
    But I for one am wide awake,
    stealing lines from William Blake...
     
    Yes I like Sundays...
     
    Forgive me for banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for an many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
     
     
    But now, here is the news:
     
    PLAYLIST: Strange Harvest - Show 27 – 20 Aug 201...
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Lebanese Sacred Music
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS
    Gonzo Weekly #258
     
    Gonzo Weekly #258
    THE ALL HALLOWS ISSUE
     
    In a sort of Samhain issue we talk to Neil Nixon and unlock the secrets of The Devil’s Jukebox, and Biffo launches the Trojan Arse Project. Alan investigates John and Yoko’s conceptual country of Nutopia, and waxes lyrical about Phaselock whereas Jon is reading Ransom Riggs and the immortal Robert Anton Wilson and expanding his own reality tunnels.
     
    Wooooot!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Harvest 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 long nosed potoroos who have done lots of poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been at the laxatives, 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:
     
    Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Marillion, Genesis P-orridge, Morrissey, Jonny Greenwood, Ian Gillan, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Larry Ray (Larry Ray Piekutowski), Alberto Nelson Sanchez, Scott Mitchell Putesky, Martin Eric Ain (Martin Stricker), Boris Karl Lennart Lindqvist, Eamonn Campbell, Philip Paul Miller, Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr., Mary Hopkins, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Neil Nixon, Owen Wilson, Alan Dearling, Nutopia, Kev Rowland, Monster Magnet, Quiet Riot, Ric Sanders, Rafaelsenra, Quantum Fantay, Carol Albert, Jonathan McGowan, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard,  Bob Hedger and Pascal Vaucel, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Ransom Riggs, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Status Quo, Lionel Richie, David Bowie, Roky Erickson and the Aliens
     
    Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
    Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
    Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
    Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
    Issue 252 (Cropredy)
    Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
    Issue 250 (Jamms)
    Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    Issue 243 (Galahad)
    Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
    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 58 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 - Sunday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1618 - Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded under a sentence that had been brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Mexico takes ‘unprecedented’ action to save vaquit...
  • We’ve drawn iconic sail-wearing Dimetrodon wrong f...
  • Myanmar caves yield up 19 new gecko species - via...
  • Female dolphins have weaponised their vaginas to f...
  • Blind cave fish lost eyes by unexpected evolutiona...


  • 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.

    Friday, October 27, 2017

    CRYPTOLINK: A MYSTERIOUS finned creature has been filmed lurking in the Thames.

    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. 

    BUT LOOK AT THE LEXILINK IN THE URL BELOW



    http://www.cetusnews.com/news/Loch-Ness-monster-in-the-THAMES--Video--captures-mysterious-creature--near-Greenwich.HJKjPjlRb.html

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization Founder at Hancock County
    Did you know there have been nine reported Bigfoot sightings in Daviess County? Charlie Raymond, founder and lead investigator of the Kentucky ...

    Another Night, Another Photo. Bigfoot?
    When I first saw this, I thought it was a foot I saw at ~ the one-second mark. Upon further review, it's actually a bear's ear. He didn't stop to feed on the ...

    B.C. sasquatch researcher Todd Standing is suing the B.C. government in an effort to prove Bigfoot exists. Todd Standing submitted / PNG.

    JFK FILES

    For those interested in conspiracy theories, the JFK assassination files which have been released recently may be accessed at this link.

    now read on.....

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HAS SELDOM LOOKED FORWARD TO THE WEEKEND SO MUCH

    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
     
    Last week, my friend, colleague and regularly Gonzo weekly contributor Mr Biffo released his 17 minute epic movie The Trojan Arse Project, Project, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AegZz2NxjOc which is the tumultuous climax to his massively entertaining, and highly recommended, webTV show, Mr Biffo’s Found Footage. It wasn’t quite as good as episode 4 (which had me in it), if only for one reason (it didn’t have me in it) and millions mourned. But it was hugely entertaining, and amongst other things put me in the mood to stretch my cinematic wings a little further than they had ever been stretched before.
     
    Some years ago, I invested the takings from a particularly successful Weird Weekend in a large, professional green screen set up, so that I could use it on CFZ videos. And, embarrassingly, apart from a stupid video featuring Graham as David Cameron, and a pair of dancing badgers, I have never used it. But this week, all that changed!
     
    I am really getting quite ambitious with our monthly webTV show. And, this week, I finally ended up using the green screen in an elaborate sequence which we filmed last Wednesday afternoon, and which will be the opening sequence to the November episode of On The Track.
     
    We are making a conscious effort to make the production values on this new series as good as we possibly can, partly so we can be seen as real contenders in the global media marketplace, and partly for our own satisfaction.
    Sadly, my beautiful garden looks like something like the aftermath of the battle of the Somme as a result of heavy rain, scratting chickens, falling leaves, and the large dog that looks like a pigmy hippo galumphing around the place, but as you can see from these pictures, it makes a perfect film set for my cinematographic ambitions.
     
     
     
    Forgive me for banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for an many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
     
     
    But now, here is the news:
     
    COMING THIS WEEKEND
    DAVE BROCK IN THE NEWS
    RICK SPRINGFIELD IN THE NEWS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: KATE WESTBROOK GOODBY...
     
    Gonzo Weekly #255-6
    THE A IS FOR APPLE ISSUE
     
    We meet the legendary Judge Smith and talk about his new film, The Garden of Fifi Chamoix, and still in a horticultural mood Alan visits an Apples and Art exhibit which sounds cracking fun. Richard presents the second part of his critique of Steve Kimock, Jon muses about Cat Stevens and Liam Gallagher, and Biffo causes ructions in the Lord of the Rings gaming community.
     
    Wooooot!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Canterbury sans Frontieres and Friday Night Progressive. Strange Fruit, is taking a week off, but will be back soon. 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 southern dibblers who have books to peruse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been to the library, 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:
     
    Liam Gallagher, Yusuf Islam, Nile Rodgers, 200Fish, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Love Theatre, Rolling Stones, Queen, Small Faces, Bono, Prince, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jerry Jan Ross, Skip Haynes, Walter "Bunny" Sigler, Jan Arvid Johansen, Jimmy Beaumont, Grady Bernard Tate, Dave Bry, Iain Shedden, Sean Hughes, Roy Dotrice, OBE, Grape-kun, Gordon Edgar Downie CM, Mary Hopkin, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Judge Smith, Alan Dearling, Dave Watson, Morag Eaton, Graham Bell, Richard Foreman, Steve Kimock, Kev Rowland, Alunah, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Made in Cuba, Steve Howe, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Sammy Davis Jr, Bob Marley, Elvis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael Jackson, Neil Nixon, Preston Epps
     
     
    Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
    Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
    Issue 252 (Cropredy)
    Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
    Issue 250 (Jamms)
    Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    Issue 243 (Galahad)
    Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
    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 58 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.







    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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    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




    Despite the thylacine being extinct on mainland Australia for centuries, it's believed they existed in Tasmania until around the 1930s. But the ...

    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.




    CRYPTOLINK: Sharp-eyed News 8 viewers spot mystery animal in live shot

    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. 

    CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8



    SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — After our 6:30 p.m. newscast Sunday night, we got reports from viewers that there was a mysterious animal in the background of a live shot in Hollenbeck Canyon. 
    News 8's Heather Hope went back to the trail in Jamul on Monday to share what she learned from animal experts since then. 
    "I have to look at this very closely," said San Diego City College professor John Malinky.  
    Take a close look in the background of the live shot on the trail at Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area and you may see something.  
    All appears normal until something lurks in the brush that viewers noticed. 
    "It looks to me like it's walking on four legs," said Malinky. 
    Professor Malinky weighed in with his City College geology class at Mission Trails Regional Park. 
    "[It] kind of looks like a coyote," said student Natalie Myking. "It looks like it's hunting for something for sure." 


    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN DOES HIS BEST

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
     
    Yesterday I wrote about TV coverage of The American Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, last Sunday, when a huge, bird-shaped shadow was cast over the race track.
     
     
    Graham Inglis suggested: "It seems the phenomenon was observed on the original live coverage. Could it have been a 'green screen' overlay added by the tv coverage team, for reasons of a publicity stunt?" And guess what kiddies? That's exactly what it was. However, we would not have been doing our job had we not looked into it.
     
    Forgive me for banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for an many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
     
     
    But now, here is the news:
     
    RICK WAKEMAN NEWS
    FRANK ZAPPA IN THE NEWS
    GONZO: Hunter Thompson news
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Dmitri Shostakovich -...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
     
    Gonzo Weekly #255-6
    THE A IS FOR APPLE ISSUE
     
    We meet the legendary Judge Smith and talk about his new film, The Garden of Fifi Chamoix, and still in a horticultural mood Alan visits an Apples and Art exhibit which sounds cracking fun. Richard presents the second part of his critique of Steve Kimock, Jon muses about Cat Stevens and Liam Gallagher, and Biffo causes ructions in the Lord of the Rings gaming community.
     
    Wooooot!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Canterbury sans Frontieres and Friday Night Progressive. Strange Fruit, is taking a week off, but will be back soon. 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 southern dibblers who have books to peruse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been to the library, 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:
     
    Liam Gallagher, Yusuf Islam, Nile Rodgers, 200Fish, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Love Theatre, Rolling Stones, Queen, Small Faces, Bono, Prince, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jerry Jan Ross, Skip Haynes, Walter "Bunny" Sigler, Jan Arvid Johansen, Jimmy Beaumont, Grady Bernard Tate, Dave Bry, Iain Shedden, Sean Hughes, Roy Dotrice, OBE, Grape-kun, Gordon Edgar Downie CM, Mary Hopkin, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Judge Smith, Alan Dearling, Dave Watson, Morag Eaton, Graham Bell, Richard Foreman, Steve Kimock, Kev Rowland, Alunah, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Made in Cuba, Steve Howe, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Sammy Davis Jr, Bob Marley, Elvis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael Jackson, Neil Nixon, Preston Epps
     
     
    Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
    Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
    Issue 252 (Cropredy)
    Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
    Issue 250 (Jamms)
    Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    Issue 243 (Galahad)
    Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
    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 58 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?