Saturday, September 05, 2009
The boys from the CFZ will be leaving for Indonesia on the 12th September, and there will be coverage on the CFZ bloggo. Precisely how it will work, we don't know yet, but we will be making an announcement in the next day or so.
Richard arrives here on Monday and there will be daily postings from then on.
However, Corinna, Max and I will be following the yellow brick road during part of the expedition. We are off on an adventure of our own; to see some monster-haunted lakes in the west of Ireland and to pay a state visit to the quondam Wizard of the Western World.
So during that time Graham, Oll and Lizzy will be holding the (Charlie) fort, and I am sure they will do remarkably....
And once again, there is a sightings mockup of the types on file in this group, which has a photo of a Komodo dragon representing the Buru: that photo has the lizard in mud up to its elbows and knees, if an explanation for the one report of "Flanges not legs" still needs to be accounted for. That file is named 'Scale Mockup for Unknown Monitor Lizards.'
Not only are there adequate local fossils for Komodo-dragon-sized monitor lizards in India, their ancestors were in the Himalayan region at the same time as the highlands were building. Populations of them could conceivably have stayed put and adapted to the highland conditions. Viviparous lizards in Northern Scandinavia live under a similar climate and hibernate a long time, and the Burus could have become viviparous in parallel to them. I imagine the creatures ordinarily derive much of their diet from grubbing up crustaceans and molluscs out of the muddy bottoms, but that the will take fishes when possible and the old Chinese records speak of such creatures greedily eating birds and eggs when they can be had. They may only swallow solid food under water. I don't think that they are ambush predators like crocs, although that has been alleged, but that they would gladly eat carrion of drowned corpses. In other words, I doubt if they would drag a yak into the water but if there was the body of a drowned yak in the water, surely then they would be seen eating it.
Chinese Buru Dragon, from
EXTRACTS FROM THE "PAN TSAOU KANG MU."
THE KIAO-LUNG. (The four-footed coiled Dragon. The Iguanodon.
This animal, according to Shi Chan, belongs to the dragon family. Its eye-brows are crossed, hence its name signifies "the crossed reptile." The scaled variety is called the Kiao-Lung, the winged the Ying-Lung. The horned kind are called K‘iu, the hornless kind Li. In Indian books it is called Kwan-P‘i-Lo.
Shi Chan, quoting from the Kwan Cheu Ki, says: “The Iguanodon (?) is more than twelve feet long; it resembles a snake, it has four feet, and is broad like a shield. It has a small head and a slender neck, the latter being covered with numerous protuberances. The front of its breast is of a red colour, its back is variegated with green, and its sides as if embroidered. Its tail is composed of fleshy rings; the larger ones are several. Its eggs are also large. It can induce fish to fly, but if a turtle is present they will not do so.
“The Emperor Chao, of the Han, when fishing in the river Wéi, caught a white Iguanodon. It resembled a snake, but was without scales. Its head was composed of soft flesh, and tusks issued from the mouth. The Emperor ordered his ministers to get it preserved. its flesh is delicious; bones green, flesh red.”
From the above it may be seen the Iguanodon is edible.
No, of course they weren't. The angel was a mildly cute young blonde from DHL carrying a parcel; the brass bell was, ummm, my brass doorbell; and the hounds of hell were Biggles, who was mildly annoyed at being awoken from his sleep, especially now that he is a big star on the BBC (see yesterday).
I came downstairs in my dressing gown, and blearily signed for the parcel. As I did so, a gust of wind caught my dressing gown and I would have been in grave danger of being accused of indecent exposure had it not been for the fact that the DHL seraph was looking in the other direction. My modesty relatively, intact I took the parcel.
It was Steve Jones's extremely generous gift to us of a Tb external hard drive. Thanks mate....
So yesterday Max Blake and I were moseying around the pricing data on the CFZ books, when - to our horror - we discovered the answer to a conundrum that has bothered me for years.
Why is it, I wondered, that such flagship titles of ours such as Dragons: More than a Myth? and my personal favourite of all the books I have, Monster of the Mere, have sold hardly at all in the United States and Canada.
Surely the U.S. and U.K. markets are not that different? After all, our other books sell pretty well consistently in both markets. Well, now we know the answer.
Five of our titles:
Dragons, More Than a Myth by Richard Freeman
Monster of the Mere and Only Fools and Goatsuckers by me
Fragrant Harbours: Distant Rivers and Granfer's Bible stories by my late father, have never been available in America.
How could this have happened?
Back during the summer of 2005 when these books were released in perfect bound format, we didn't know what we were doing; at least not to the extent that we do today. We were also looking after my dying father, who was being quite difficult for much of the time, and I was juggling doing all this with juggling a long-distance relationship with my lovely fiancee Corinna over in Lincolnshire.
There was a lot of stress going on, and basically Mark and I (and I cannot remember which of us did it; and I am not pointing fingers four years later anyhow) screwed up and only released the books in the UK.
Never mind, cos all this is about to change.
In early October all three books, at a special low price, will be available in the USA for the first time, and will hopefully sell like the proverbial hotcackes, and in one fell swoop both the CFZ's and the global economy will be cured.
Well, one can dream, can't one?
And before anyone starts to write to me, I know that it is only a silly cartoon, but I had just taken my medication when I read it, and was feeling mildly (and not unpleasantly) woozy. And I started wondering whether Charlie Fort's celestial Sargasso Sea has any large unknown fish in it.
Saturday is the day that I usually post a bit of music that you can listen to while you read the latest cryptozoology news and I see no reason why today should be any different.
It’s a good one this week. Go on, click the link; you know you want to… Anyway while you listen to that, here’s the news:
Silly reporters, if it has spots, it’s more likely a leopard than a tiger.