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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, May 17, 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.

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: Bird monster in America



BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



Eleven Foot Tall Bigfoot
Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Eleven Foot Tall Bigfoot. Things get spooky after dark, especially in areas known to have 11 foot tall bigfoot roaming around.

Life-Changing Bigfoot Encounter
April shares the story of her sighting in Southern California while zip-lining. April Tandy writes "I SAW BIGFOOT. Yes, this is a true story. No, it was not ...

Real of Hoax? The Dutch Bigfoot Video
Two Dutch men videoed what they claimed to be a large primate creature peeking out from behind a near by tree. The video has been heavily debated ...


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: A lion defends his brother from a crocodile...
  • ARTICLE: Why big cats in a zoo can get bored

  • NEWSLINK: Wildlife officials checking on reports o...
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HAS A HELLHOUND ON HIS TRAIL

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
     
    As most of you will know, for the past seventeen years I promoted the CFZ annual Weird Weekend conference. There are a lot of highs and lows in conference organisation, and one of the most irritating is when a speaker pulls out at the last minute. Every year, I had at least one speaker do this to me, with excuses ranging from the impressive to the facile. And now - I am embarrassed to say - I am doing exactly the same thing.
     
    I was booked to appear at the ASSAP conference in Bristol on the 28th. For various logistical reasons it was changed to the 21st, and either I wasn’t told or - more likely - I was told and it didn’t register, and this weekend I don’t have a car or a driver. The idea of negotiating a complicated train journey with my wheelchair is more than I can deal with, so I have been forced to cancel my appearance. I do apologise to everybody involved and I hope that the event goes off with a bang in my absence.
     
    And now, here is the news:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Shostakovitch Symphony...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    WHFS-FM Flying Burrito Brothers Interview
    LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS
    Eric Burdon - The Animals And Beyond (Awesome Docu...
     
    Gonzo Magazine #234
    THE OUT AND ABOUT ISSUE
     
    The legendary Al Atkins talks about his new album and his involvement with the Metal for Charity project, Alan D is chasing a festival site in Lithuania, we have news from the Real Music Club, the latest from Hawkwind, and Jon mixing fact and fantasy in the White House.
     
    It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres and Strange Fruit. 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:
     
    Veep, John Ellis, Pink Floyd, Jeffrey Roberts, Craig Gill, Loretta Lynn, P J Harvey, Pink, Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Ustad Rais Khan, David Pell, Roberto Concina (Robert Miles), Albert Geoffrey Bayldon, Clive Colin Brooks, Michael Parks (born Harry Samuel Parks), Curt Lowens, Mary Hopkin, This Misery Garden, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Al Atkins, ANA - Metal For Charity, Alan Dearling, Lithuaniam Festivals, Real Music Club, Brother Twain, Gail Storm Edmunds, Jack Pout, Kev Rowland, X.Kernel, Witchbound, Yuval Ron & Residents of the Future, Witherfall, Wingfield Reuter, Bart Lancia, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Milda Harris, Elvis, 1D, Average White Band, Jimi Hendrix, Cher, Leona Williams, Led Zeppelin, Neil Nixon, Cut Chemist
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    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 - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1540 - Afghan chief Sher Khan defeated Mongul Emperor Humayun at Kanauj. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • Journal retracts controversial paper on dangers of...
  • The world should brace itself for a new wave of bi...
  • Spotted skunk evolution driven by climate change, ...
  • Affluent countries contribute less to wildlife con...

  • 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.)