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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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Thursday, May 25, 2017

CRYPTOLINK: Chinese lake monster?

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.



Netizens on social media have been fuelling rumours of China's " Loch Ness Monster ", but government officials have tried their best to quell the ...

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: Crocodile-like oddities

Here are 3 old American stories, 2 of crocodilian or alligator type stories,including a raining alligator, and a lion with horns (that is from the Evansville Courier of June 8th 1910,this was an Indiana paper.) The falling crocodile story is from Evening Leader (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Feb 13 1886 and the other odd reptile story is from Sacramento Daily Union (Sacramento, California) March 24, 1871




THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




Never before have such detailed pictures of thylacine hair been published like this, available online for anyone to easily find and study. Chris Rehberg ...

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: Protein rich diet kills 10 tigers, 5 lion...
  • ARTICLE: Threat to Big Cat: 7 tigers, 36 leopards ...
  • ARTICLE: After four years, Mukundra reserve awaits...
  • SIGHTING, UK: Big cat spotted creeping through St ...

  • NEWSLINK: Pugmarks near Amoni create panic among v...

  • 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 SURPRISINGLY UPBEAT

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
     
    The world has always been weird, but it is getting progressively weirder. The fallout of Monday's bombing atrocity sees all sorts of people making the most extraordinary suggestions about conspiracies at the highest level. A low level local politician sparked outrage after she said the Manchester terror attack was 'wonderful timing for Theresa May', which led almost immediately for her local candidate to disassociate himself and the party from her comments. There is something very wrong in a country where the elected government has so lost the respect of its people that so many people believe that they would stoop to staging a massacre just to win an election.
     
    In the meantime the King of Thailand has been photographed walking around the German city of Munich, where he spends most of his time, with his new mistress or wife, depending on who one believes. The pictures show both the king and his consort wearing very unregal skimpy crop tops revealing plenty of fake tattoos.
     
    And now, here is the news:
     
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    The Beatles Interview 1966
    LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS
    HAWKWIND IN THE NEWS
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: FIRE MERCHANTS feat. J...
     
    Gonzo Magazine #235
    THE HOLY BROTHERS ISSUE
     
    Dan Wooding writes about Jon Anderson and his brother who is in Holy Orders. Alan reviews a book about The Band, John muses on the Summer of Love demi-centennial, Richard waxes lyrical about TRADarr and Jon searches in vain for the Lost Lennon Tapes...
     
    And listen up Kiddies: It’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive,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:
     
    John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The English Folk Dance and Song Society, Paul McCartney, Giles Martin, Morrissey, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Tom McClung, Keith Mitchell, Powers Allen Boothe, Chris Cornell, Kevin Stanton, Rosa Nell Powell, Derek Poindexter, Mary Hopkin, This Misery Garden, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Jon Anderson, Tony Anderson, Alan Dearling, The Band, Summer of Love, John Brodie-Good, TRADarrr, Kev Rowland, Karda Estra, Labyrinth, Lichtgestalt, Loathe, Mammoth Mammoth, Markus Reuter, Sandy Huskisson, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Elvis, Nsync, 98 Degrees, Beatles, Bob Marley, Neil Nixon, Ivor Cutler
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    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 - 585 BC - The first known prediction of a solar eclipse was made in Greece
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • To Save Desert Tortoises, Make Conservation a Real...
  • Polar bears shift from seals to bird eggs as Arcti...
  • Hear the roar of the lionfish recorded for the fir...
  • Famed Tree-Climbing Lions Running Low on Prey


  • 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.)