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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, November 29, 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.

  • NEWSLINK: Ringmaster who killed escaped Paris tige...
  • NEWSLINK: Limpopo police launch search for escaped...
  • NEWSLINK: Lion snapped along rural Wainfleet road
  • NEWSLINK/PHOTO: 2 more tigers dead in Nagpur divis...
  • NEWSLINK: Leopards attack three in Mandvi
  • NEWSLINK: Uttarakhand villagers set fire to farm l...
  • NEWSLINK: Leopard enters Dhirenpara school, mauls 


  • BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    The Nebraska State Patrol confirmed that a woman reported seeing Bigfoot on Interstate-80 near the North Platte interchange this weekend. Police say the sighting occurred Saturday night by a woman named Robin Roberts of Colorado. The sighting reportedly occurred on Mile Marker 197 around 9 ...


    Hastings' namesake town in Nevada, USA, has been in the news today with a local woman claiming she saw the famed folklore creature Bigfoot.


    Survival Expert Les Stroud
    Les Stroud on the Joe Rogan show talks about his Bigfoot encounters. This interview is from several years back. Les Stroud is a Canadian survival expert,

    THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

    CFZ-USA


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  • MAN BEHIND DUMPSTER OBSERVES BIGFOOT
  • 411 STRANGE CASES
  • VIDEO OF BIGFOOT
  • GLIDING HUMANOID IN FLORIDA
  • ARE THESE ALIEN BACTERIA?
  • FLAT EARTH BELIEVER'S FLIGHT STOPPED
  • GECKO GOD OF AUSTRALIA
  • CARMEL AREA CREATURE
  • UNUSUAL CONSPIRACY THEORIES
  • GREEN EYES
  • YELLOW-EYED PENGUIN THREATENED
  • OREGON BIGFOOT WITNESS
  • NEANDERTHAL CANNIBALISM
  • GREENBRIER GHOST
  • 19th CENTURY MERMAID SIGHTINGS
  • NEW MOTHMAN BOOK
  • WOMAN ENCOUNTERS BIGFOOT
  • HOBMEN - BEINGS OF YORKSHIRE
  • GIANT BIRD IN PAPUA-NEW GUINEA
  • HOW DO TURTLES HIBERNATE?
  • ALIEN VISITORS
  • BIRD ENGENDERS NEW SPECIES
  • IS TIME TRAVEL POSSIBLE?
  • GIANTS OF IROQUOIS LEGEND
  • ECUADORIAN CRYPTIDS
  • EXPEDITION CHASES MEGA-PREDATOR
  • NITTAEWO - HOMINIDS OF SRI LANKA
  • ELK ABDUCTED BY UFO
  • BLUE TARANTULA DISCOVERED
  • BIGFOOT IN OREGON
  • PTEROSAUR WEST OF CHICAGO?
  • NEW JERSEY GATORMAN
  • URBAN SPIDER LEGEND
  • BASILISK - CREATURE OF MEDIEVAL LEGEND
  • SIGHTINGS OF THUNDERBIRDS
  • ARE EBU GOGO THE SAME AS HOMO FLORESIENSIS?
  • BIGFOOT IN ILLINOIS
  • BIGFOOT IN TENNESSEE
  • WEREWOLVES IN MAINE
  • PATTERSON-GIMLIN AND HUMAN ORIGINS
  • NIKOLA TESLA - INFORMATION SITE
  • WHAT WAS GRENDEL?
  • GAMBO - MYSTERIOUS CARCASS IN GAMBIA
  • NEW BRUNSWICK BIG BIRD
  • ORIGIN OF WEREWOLF?
  • DOES BLUE TIGER EXIST?
  • BIGFOOT HOWLS RECORDED
  • BIGFOOT IN APE CANYON
  • WINGED HUMANOID IN ONTARIO
  • UFO SIGHTINGS - INTERACTIVE MAP
  • MOTHMAN 50th ANNIVERSARY
  • PTERODACTYL IN ILLINOIS
  • ABAIR INCIDENT
  • DOGMEN IN THE HOUSE
  • CURIOUS HUMANOID IN PUERTO RICO
  • SIGHTINGS OF MONSTER IN GEORGIA
  • DOGMAN IN SWEDEN
  • TURKEY HORROR IN IRISH FOLKLORE
  • BIGFOOT SIGHTING IN 1792
  • SHUNKA WARAKI'N - A U.S. CRYPTID
  • FACTS ABOUT BIGFOOT
  • MANTIS MAN IN NEW JERSEY


  • TALL BLACK BIGFOOT
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HOPES FOR THE BEST

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
     
    Strange Days continue: I finally got to see HSBC yesterday afternoon, after a comedy of errors which culminated in the person at the call centre who probably understood my accent as much as I understood his, booking me in for an appointment to apply for a mortgage at the ILFORD branch, rather than to bring in identification documents to the BIDEFORD one. I was seen by a charming woman of oriental descent who nodded politely as I told her that my family "have been banking with the jolly old Honkers and Shankers since the 1920s". (Being in a wheelchair in public always brings out the Uncle Matthew in me).
     
    Monday I was in a hell of a state. Not only are we awaiting another full moon, which as I believe you all know, knocks me for six every time. But because I managed to injure both of my feet which – being a diabetic – is very bad news. On Monday night, as Corinna and Graham will affirm, both of my feet were peeing out blood like there was no tomorrow. This is not much fun, so I am likely to be less hands (or feet) on than usual this week.
     
    Finally, however, I have managed to make it into the quality press. I am quite often in the tabloids, but this is my first time in The Guardian for years:
     
    "Jonathan Downes, director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, said that while he applauded the scientific work and agreed that many samples are obviously from bears, he believes the mystery is not yet solved. “I think there is still a possibility that there are unknown species of higher primate which are still awaiting discovery in what used to be Soviet central Asia,” he said".
     
    READ FULL ARTICLE...
     
    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:
     
     
    And if you fancy supporting us on Patreon:
     
    But for now, here is the news:
     
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mary Hopkin - Temma ha...
    YES NEWS
    FRANK ZAPPA NEWS
    JON MAKES THE GUARDIAN IN AN ARTICLE ABOUT LATEST ...
     
    Gonzo Weekly #262
    THE AUDIO GENERATOR SUPERSTAR ISSUE
     
    We say goodbye to classic Hawkwind alumnus Dikmik with an all-star cast contributing to his send off, John goes to see Caravan, Alan goes into the world of Urban Exploration, Nick talks about The Professionals and Jon muses disturbingly on Charles Manson.
     
    Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney AND Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive is having a week off. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo 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:
     
    Charles Manson, David Cassidy, Sir Peter Blake, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Procul Harum, Dave Kerzner, Merrell Fankhauser, Richard Muirhead, Big Country, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Warren "Pete" Moore, Lonnie Melvin Tillis, Benjamin Alexander Riley Jr., Bonnie Flower, Gustav Åhr (Lil Peep), Rodney Bewes, Malcolm Mitchell Young, Barbara Dickson, Jessice Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Graham Inglis, Ian Abrahams, Brian Tawn, Michael "DikMik" Davies,  Alan Dearling, Urban Solo, John Brodie-Good, Caravan, Nick Redfern, The Professionals, Kev Rowland,  Voodoma, World Trade, Alazka, Ancient Vvisdom, Belphegor, Bionatops, Black Paisley, Blindfolded and Led to the Woods, Hawkwind, Rolling Stones, Pete Townshend, Pink Floyd
     
    Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
    Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
    Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
    Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
    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)
     
     
    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?

    JON MAKES THE GUARDIAN IN AN ARTICLE ABOUT LATEST ANALYSIS OF PUTATIVE YETI HAIR...


    Jonathan Downes, director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, said that while he applauded the scientific work and agreed that many samples are obviously from bears, he believes the mystery is not yet solved.

    “I think there is still a possibility that there are unknown species of higher primate which are still awaiting discovery in what used to be Soviet central Asia,” he said.

    READ FULL ARTICLE...

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/29/dna-sampling-exposes-nine-yeti-specimens-as-eight-bears-and-a-dog

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1864 - The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado when a militia led by Colonel John Chivington, killed at least 400 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and had been given permission to camp. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • Rare flying foxes shot in 'horrific' Australia att...
  • Koala found dead with ears cut off in case of 'dis...
  • Mammal brains identify type of scent faster than o...


  • 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).