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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.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SHERI'S BLOG: Day 6 – Wednesday


We have a visitor this week. Sheri Myler, a student from the North of England is doing a week's placement with us. She is already very keen on cryptozoology and eager to learn. I confidently predict that she will be an asset to the cryptozoological community in years to come. However, we decided to put her to work, and each day she will be blogging about what she has been doing...


There was a special exhibition on at Barnstaple Museum, which had been organised by the CFZ. Five hours were spent giving colouring-in packs and talks about various cryptids and former cryptids to small children and their parents,

Fortunately, we were always quite comfortably away from being overwhelmed with children, so I was in no danger of having to do much with them. I have never known how to interact with children.

Whilst at the museum, it was arranged for me to be able to take a look behind the scenes and poke my nose into the attic and store-rooms of the museum. I have concluded that it would suit me slightly more to have a museum than a zoo, but I still want both and I need a library.

The entirety of my time in the museum was spent wearing a leather cat-woman mask (it was Halloween). We went to some lengths trying to convince a five-year old, named Maddie, that it was my actual face, however, she was unconvinced.

This evening’s cat hunt was to be the last of my trip. Though I do have one more day of work, I plan to finish early to prepare myself for the much earlier morning to follow it.

Though there were no cats to be seen, the hunt was far from dull, not because of the badger, but because driving around the country-side, through isolated farms and spooky moors, is a very fine way to spend Halloween night.


FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (CFZ)

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. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.



    I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    Yesterday's 'Fun Day' at Barnstaple Museum went rather well. There were more kids than I expected, and I hope that we enthused a few young minds. Today has begun with a shock; all the water is missing from our caecilian tank, and there are no puddles on the floor. All the inhabitants seem to be OK, but as I type, Graham, Sheri, and Richard are fixing up new accommodation. Today is Sheri's last day. We shall miss her and look forward to her next visit in the spring...

    We start off (as we do every day) with a visit to Thom the World Poet, for a poem which should really have gone up yesterday. However, rather than keep it for 12 months, I liked it so much it is up today...

    I just found this rather groovy interview with Michael Des Barres via a link on his website..

    Another review of the rather spiffing new DVD by The Move in the Lost Broadcasts series

    A brief news item about the ABWH CD/DVD package

    As regular readers will be awar, one of my favourite singers is Eric Burdon, and it is rumoured that there is a new album and tour in the works...

    I was very impressed by the performance of Cathy Richardson, the lead singer with Jefferson Starship when I saw them the other week. But until reading this interview I had no idea what a funny lady she was...

    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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND UP

    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 should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.




    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



    On this day in 2008 Nessie hunter Robert Rines died.
    And now the news:


  • Baby Beluga Whale Is … a Girl!
  • Fox returns stolen handbag
  • Sleep-Deprived Bees Have Difficulty Relearning
  • Three new crew arrive at space station with fish
  • Army of Nazi raccoons force Germans to admit defea...
  • Mystery monkey caught in Florida after three years...
  • Sneaky Cat Caught on Camera in Himalayas

  • A short documentary clip about Nessie, featuring Rines and his famous sonar photos:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeDQwKxDPYs

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Dr Jack Lantern's out of hours call

    Each year my lovely wife Corinna writes a scary story for Hallowe'en. This year she has surpassed herself...

    http://cryptochick.blogspot.com/2012/10/dr-jack-lanterns-out-of-hours-call.html

    CRYPTOLINK: The Jersey Devil


    Jersey Devil HuntsPinelands Preservation Alliance Program Manager Russell Juelg, of Shamong, NJ, tells stories about the New Jersey Devil deep in the Wharton State Forest, Burlington County, NJ on Thur., Oct. 30, 2003.  After telling stories of people who claim to have seen or heard the Jersey Devil, Juelg takes visitors on a Jersey Devil hunt through the dark woods in the Pinelands. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)

    It never fails. Any time a group gathers around a fire, or drives down the darkened streets of South Jersey — especially during the extra-creepy month of October — the stories begin.

    They have been told for centuries. The stories of the thirteenth child of Mother Leeds. The legend that has spawned movies, books, hunting trips and scared campers that is quintessential, as well as unique to, the state of New Jersey.

    The Jersey Devil.

    It’s the namesake of North Jersey’s hockey team and has been spotted for hundreds of years terrifying residents and visitors alike.

    Read on...

    CRYPTOLINK: Issie - The Japanese Sea Serpent

    A statue of Issie located in the shore of Lake Ikeda, Kyushu Japan

    Pictured above is a little known creature called Issie. This sea serpent is named after the famous Loch Ness monster, nick named Nessie, found in Loch Ness in Scotland. Issie, on the other hand is found in a caldera lake (a lake fed by rain water that develops in the crater of an extinct volcano)named Lake Ikeda located in Kyushu, Japan. This creature is estimated to be 30 meter long with two humps on its back measuring 5 meters, or 16 feet high. There is no agreement on the origination of Issie but a popular mythological story says Issie was a mare who lived happily on the shore of the lake with her foal. When her foal was kidnapped by a samurai, Issie went crazy looking for her. In her despair she jumped into the lake and transformed into a sea serpent and lived there ever since. She occasionally surfaces from the depths in the incessant search for her lost foal. 


    SHERI'S BLOG: Day 5 – Tuesday


    We have a visitor this week. Sheri Myler, a student from the North of England is doing a week's placement with us. She is already very keen on cryptozoology and eager to learn. I confidently predict that she will be an asset to the cryptozoological community in years to come. However, we decided to put her to work, and each day she will be blogging about what she has been doing...

    Today was supposed to be the day I was to have my fifty hour appraisal filled in, so obviously, today was the day I forgot to bring in my portfolio. It will have to be done tomorrow now, which shouldn’t really make too much difference. Hopefully, I won’t leave it in the museum or somewhere.

    This also meant that I didn’t have my notes to help me write my blog, so it took twice as long. Then, a small amount of more time was spent doing the animal rounds and the discussion during them was slightly more in depth.

    After a tea-break, came a lecture and lengthy discussion about cryptozoology. This involved guessing whether or not certain animal existed and/or if the abilities attributed to them by locals are true. I feel I did fairly well. This was followed by more specific discussion into dragons, in particular the megalania, and some quiet reading time around this topic.

    This was followed by some free time, so I checked facebook, which slowed the computer down so much it had to be restarted. Then work resumed and The Journal of Cryptozoology was proof-read and corrected and, so, should be about ready for publication. The website has now also been set up.

    The blogs, and other things that are usually done in the morning, are being done this evening so that we can depart for the museum in Barnstaple earlier tomorrow. Tonight’s cat hunt will follow, presently. Hopefully, there will be something exciting waiting, around a corner, to be seen. 

    RICHARD FREEMAN: Keep the kids away this Samhain


    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (CFZ)

    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. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.




    TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND UP

    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 should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.





  • NEWSLINK: Ranthambhore's 'fearless' big cat claims...
  • USA Sighting: Big black cat in Kentucky
  • NEWSLINK: Tigress found dead in Chandrapur
  • NEWSLINK: Tiger kill in India
  • NEWSLINK: Tiger Conservation
  • USA SIGHTING: Texas
  • I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    And so, for the first time ever I am posting two lots of blogs in the same day. Tomorrow we are starting off at an unholy hour, and I would rather make sure that everything is done fine tonight rather than have to rush in an unseemly hour tomorrow. In the meantime, I am listening to Neil Young's second peculiar album of the year and enjoying is massively. And if you are in Barnstaple tomorrow between 11-4 come to the museum by the clocktower. We will be doing all sorts of peculiar things.
    We start off with our daily visit to Thom the World Poet who has issues with the Texas cops
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/10/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_4285.html
    I found this enthusiastic but rather strange review of Michael Des Barres' album by some dude in Germany. I have noted before
    how online translations sometime produce strange and surrealistically beautiful resuls. This is one of them...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/10/link-i-think-this-german-reviewer-likes.html
    NeilYoung really is a strange old sod. But no sooner had I finished this latest critique of his album 'Americana' than his second album of 2012 'Psychedelic Pill' arrives on spotify...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/10/neil-young-weird-old-bugger.html
    The Gonzo issue of The Move dvd in the 'Lost Broadcasts' series is certainly getting a lot of interest...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/10/german-review-of-move-dvd.html
    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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



    On this day in 1926 master escapologist and un-masker of fraudulent mediums Harry Houdini died.
    Also it's Halloween today so expect a cavalcade of diminutive beggars and vagabonds at your door dressed as “Gang-dam Style” or “Twilight the Vampire”.
    And now the news:
    With this clip I think we can safely say that Gangnam Style is an old meme:

    CFZ PEOPLE: Rosie Curtis


    Rosie Curtis is 16 today. We have known her for over ten years, as can be seen from this picture of her and Richard F when she was about five. It is her dad's "favorite pic of her as a child", and we can see why. Her father (our dear friend Davey C) writes: "I am truly blessed. In a world full of bad news, to have not one, but two fantastic daughters whom I am immensely proud of and who have never let me down is a bloody miracle!"

    Hear Hear.

    Happy Birthday my dear...

    CFZ CANADA: The accepted principles of Orthodox Zoology

    Founded in 1989 by writer James A. Clark, scientist Dr. Paul LeBlond and journalist John Kirk, the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club (B.C.S.C.C.) is a scientific body which follows the accepted principles of orthodox zoology in regard to establishing the existence of new species of animals. Their mandate is to ascertain where these animals fit into the greater picture in the realm of natural history. They are adamantly against any “ludicrous paranormal, occult or supernatural viewpoints”.  The BCSCC claims to be rigidly scientific and does not entertain speculative “pseudo-scientific notions” or “quasi-scientific nonsense.”

    This begs the question, “what exactly are the “accepted principles of orthodox zoology”?

    Read on...

    NORMAL SERVICE WILL BE BLAH BLAH BLAH

    As regular readers will be aware, tomorrow I am partaking in and basically running a fun day for local children at Barnstaple Museum. It means that I will be up and out of here at some ungodly hour, and so tomorrow's blogs will be published late tonight, and there won't actually be any tomorrow.

    I also won't be reading my emails until late tomorrow evening, so if you have emailed me and not had a reply, you know why.

    Toodle-ooh

    SHERI'S BLOG: Day 4 – Monday


    We have a visitor this week. Sheri Myler, a student from the North of England is doing a week's placement with us. She is already very keen on cryptozoology and eager to learn. I confidently predict that she will be an asset to the cryptozoological community in years to come. However, we decided to put her to work, and each day she will be blogging about what she has been doing...


    This day began with the animal rounds. A slight deviation from the usual routine was that, after several minutes poking around a pot of mud, there was found to be no large worms left. So, instead, Cromwell, the pike, was given four smaller ones.

    Addendum to the normal activities during the animal rounds was the cleaning of the glass of one of the fish tanks, which had become rather murky. This involved the cleaning of the magnet that keeps the glass clean as well and, after some time of doing this, I realised I had been flicking specks of muck onto my jumper. I hope it does not stain.

    Then, before blogging and re-commencing work on Eberhart, was a meeting/ tea-break, discussing, amongst other things,  the distribution of the day’s tasks and some rather bizarre correspondence from someone referring to himself as ‘The Wizard’.

    Much of the rest of the day was spent in the same vein as the previous few days, with editing. Though there was a brief lull, due to inexplicable technical difficulties, which gave me some time to look at shoes online. The day drew to a close with a fourth big cat hunt, which was shorter than previous hunts. I saw more cat action on the way back to my B&B, where there was two cats mewling at each other, unhappily. 


    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (CFZ)

    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. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.



    DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, pterosaurs, Benny's Blog

    New At Frontiers of Zoology: 

    I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    Life is remarkably busy at the moment. Richard arrived late yesterday afternoon and work continued on the new edition of George Eberhart's two volume encyclopaedia of cryptozoology from about ten years ago. Sheri the intern has continued to make great progress and I am sure we shall miss her when she leaves us on thursday. Last night Richard and I watched a couple of Gonzo DVDs: one by the first lineups of Renaissance, and the collection of songs by The Move in the Lost Broadcasts series. As regular readers will be aware, tomorrow I am partaking in and basically running a fun day for local children at Barnstaple Museum. It means that I will be up and out of here at some ungodly hour, and so tomorrow's blogs will be published late tonight, and there won't actually be any tomorrow.

    I also won't be reading my emails until late tomorrow evening, so if you have emailed me and not had a reply, you know why.

    Toodle-ooh

    A brief note about the disruptions of the next few days...

    I will be doing a brief interview with Helen on the subject sometime over the next week, but in the meantime, here is an account of last weekend's Club Artyfartle in her own words...

    In Greece it seems that they are big fans of The Move, and having seen the Gonzo DVD by the band last night it is hard not to agree with them...

    I have just discovered a blog by a 20-year-old who writes like a dream. I have no idea whether the person who writes is male or female, black or white, able bodied or in a wheelchair, but whoever (s)he is (s)he can write like an angel. There are only two entries on the blog so far, but as this one mentions Captain Beefheart, and there is a jolly good Captain Beefheart DVD available on Gonzo, I think that I am perfectly justified in giving Universal Vibration a plug. 

    Our regular daily visit to the life and work of Thom the World Poet

    Well, yesterday I solves a little personal mystery of mine which has been mildly bugging me for the last four decades (give or take a couple of years). In the early seventies I used to occasionally spend the weekend with a school friend called Tim. He had an older brother whose name is lost deep within the sands of time, and he had a poster of a beautiful woman on his bedroom wall. The woman on the poster on my mate's elder brother's bedroom wall was none other than Keith Relf's sister Jane, singer with the earliest incarnation of  Renaissance and now on a Gonzo DVD...

    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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    Monday, October 29, 2012

    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

    News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

    From CFZ Canada:
    • Scientific Cryptozoology — The philosophy of scientific inquiry according to Charles Sanders Peirce (pictured above) and others...

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



    On this day in 1938 Orson Welles, best known these days for his role as the narrator in the 1980s animated transformers film, broadcast his radio play of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. The play told the story of alien invasion through a series of faux news bulletins and this fooled many American's who had missed the start into thinking the Earth really was being invaded.

    And now the news:
  • My theory is he's a relative: Monkey is dead ringe...
  • Honey-bees found to have bite that stuns
  • Apeman of the Amazon
  • Brazil: Saving endangered monkey helps forest
  • Zimbabwe weighs cost of too many elephants
  • Whale Racket: Sounding out How Loud the Oceans Wer...
  • NYC Museum Celebrates Teddy Roosevelt's Conservati...
  • Size Does Matter in Sexual Selection, at Least Amo...
  • Firefighters in nutty squirrel rescue

  • The play in full, epic even today:

    SHERI'S BLOG: Day 3 – Sunday

    We have a visitor this week. Sheri Myler, a student from the North of England is doing a week's placement with us. She is already very keen on cryptozoology and eager to learn. I confidently predict that she will be an asset to the cryptozoological community in years to come. However, we decided to put her to work, and each day she will be blogging about what she has been doing...


    As it was a Sunday, we had a slightly shorter day. I did not begin work until two hours later than I have done previously. The day’s routine began, much with same as it has done over the last couple of days, with blogging and then the animal rounds.

    Work then resumed on the editing of the new version of ‘Mysterious Creatures’ by George Eberhart. We completed all of the initial sections, as well as making a start on formatting the letter-designating chapters.

    Wine was served up with tea and we decided to call a day on the office work. Afterwards, we went out on another big cat hunt. We turned back around after we had realised that we had accidentally ended up in Cornwall.

    The culmination of all the wildlife spotted over the last few nights has been a rabbit, a frog and an owl, respectively. However, I remain determined to continue the search in hope and not be deterred by a few disappointing evenings. 


    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (CFZ)

    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. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.



    DALE DRINNON: Cedar and Willow

    New at Cedar and Willow:

    WHILST WORKING ON THE NEW EDITION OF EBERHART'S 'MYSTERIOUS CREATURES WE GOT AS FAR AS...

    Altamaha-Ha 
    FRESHWATER MONSTER of Georgia (USA).
    Etymology: After the river.
    Physical description: Length, 10–25 feet. Diameter, 10–12 inches. Smooth, gray-brown skin. Small head. Long neck. Two or three humps

    We were checking the url references when we found this...

    .

    ANOTHER PIECE OF QUESTIONABLE BIGFOOT FOOTAGE

    I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    And so another week begins. The highspot of the next seven days is a 'Fun Day' at Barnstaple Museum featuring quite a few of the gang. Sheri has apparently brought a Catwoman mask with her as it is Hallowe'en, and this year we shall be having a smashing Samhain. In other news I am interviewing Martin Birke from the marvellous 'Genre Peak' tonight at 9 (or it might be 8 because the clocks went back), and Annie Haslam is back in the saddle, albeit wearing a medieval sounding back brace...


    We kick off the week with a visit to the home of Thom the World Poet

    Next year there will be a mega festival in Australia which features Gonzofolk like Jon Anderson and Roger Hodgson, as well as Robert Plant..

    As regular readers will be aware, Annie Haslam has suffered a back injury, but like the trouper she is, she is back on stage again..

    A review of Jefferson Starship in Paris the other week..

    Eric Burdon is 71 but still one of my favourite singers..

    Postman don't bring me no more blues. But bring me a massive parcel of Gonzothings

    My favourite magazine 'The Word' ceased publication earlier this year, but David Hepworth is keeping the 'Word in your Ear' gigs alive and kicking..


    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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



    On this day in 1618 Walter Raleigh was beheaded on the pretext of treason, in reality it was to appease the Spanish who were after revenge after all the privateering and such like Raleigh and his cousins Drake and Grenville and their buddy Hawkins had engaged in.
    And now the news:
  • How to kill: Dutch govt aims to regulate religious...
  • Bushmeat Pushes African Species to the Brink
  • Coyote-Shooting Contest Awards Assault Rifle As Pr...
  • Expert Says Great White Shark Killed Surfer Off Ce...
  • Flipper on a mission: Ukraine resuming dolphin com...
  • 'Ash dieback' fungus Chalara fraxinea in UK countr...
  • Kalispell veterinarian operates on grizzly bear sh...
  • Conservation of resources protects wildlife, abili...

  • A factually inaccurate reconstruction of Raleigh's life (the ending is ace though) :

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

    CRYPTOLINK: Is Bigfoot a Protected Species?


    at the Willow Creek Bigfoot MuseumIs Bigfoot a protected species? Well, in New York, an enthusiast has stated to the press that the species is on the protected species list.
    The rationale behind this declaration is that the mysterious beast has no designated hunting season; therefore, by law, the species falls under the protected list. According to the Huffington Post, enthusiast, Peter Wiemer, has verified this with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in a telephone conversation.

    Of course, the DEC has denied that this declaration is true, and the department also denies the existence of the beast. However, in an email, the DEC told Wiemer that there is no open season on the beast, but none may be taken either.
    The DEC also encourages believers to track down the beast in order to prove that it exists. However, shooting it is still not legal. The only state that allows for Sasquatches to get shot is Texas. The law allows shooter to do it on first site with no questions asked. Go figure!

    SHERI'S BLOG: Day 2 - Saturday

    We have a visitor this week. Sheri Myler, a student from the North of England is doing a week's placement with us. She is already very keen on cryptozoology and eager to learn. I confidently predict that she will be an asset to the cryptozoological community in years to come. However, we decided to put her to work, and each day she will be blogging about what she has been doing...


    After the writing of yesterday’s blog, was the morning de-briefing/ tea-break and, then, the animal feeding rounds. There is an odd sense of joy I get from handling worms, although, I do feel mean dropping them into the tanks as they struggle against the water and the fish nibbling at them. At least the pike eats them quickly.

    We then completed the proof-reading of yesterday’s journal, before looking at how to change files, to make them into a format more suitable for the production of e-magazines. At first, this seemed like it would be quite difficult, but actually turned out to be relatively simple. Following this, we began work editing the new book on big cats, by Dr. Karl Shuker and the new version of George Eberhart’s cryptozoological encyclopaedia.

    There was an amount of animal handling done, during this time, in the form of Spider, the ginger cat, monopolising my lap. Though I’m not sure it’s what my university had in mind while teaching me handling techniques.

    Even though this office focused element of the job is not as exciting as other elements, it is still an important part of being a cryptozoologist and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn it and begin to be a contributing part of the cryptozoological community.

    Before retiring for the night, there was a second car-ride in search of big cats and, again, none were seen. 


    TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND UP

    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 should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.





  • USA SIGHTING: Texas
  • NEWSLINK: More on Idaho Mountain Lion
  • FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (CFZ)

    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. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.



    I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    Sunday, last night the clocks went back
    I had an extra hour on my back
    being pushed out of bed by a jowly dog
    when I should have been sleeping like a log

    but week now out of my pen
    spurts crappy poetry once again
    and as I have written many times,
    it amuses me to write bad rhymes.

    If I was in London this afternoon I know where I would be
    alongside my wife, and dog and mother-in-law and the intern called Sheri
    We'd all be at Club Artyfartle, we know its worth a look
    it's organised by Acton Bell and Helen McCookerybook

    And now we have an interview that's not too out of place
    cos its with a bloke called Chris Squire who plays some groovy bass
    with what band I hear you ask, I wonder can you guess
    for many years he has been the kingpin dude with Yes

    Peter McAdam is a funny guy, his surreal take on life
    is something sure to entertain myself, my dog and wife
    each day this week we have posted up a stream of exclusive pix
    proof the 9 Henrys were around back in 1066

    Texas Thom the World Poet is a feature of this blog
    just like me bitching about the Government or praising my fat dog
    and once again we can present a poem just for you
    this one's about coffee (sort of) and lots of other stuff too

    She may have retired from music, but she's still a groovy chick
    so when on YouTube I came across a movie of Grace Slick
    I decided that I just had to repost it just for you
    so here, my dears, is a multi part Grace Slick interview

    It is sad when one has to report when a muse has sadly died
    I found the following piece of news which Facebook had supplied
    Marillion's Kay has passed away, and I have just one wish
    to send Gonzo condolences to her family, the band and Fish

    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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot/Benny's Blog

    New Links for tomorrow. The first one was buggy and I've been fighting through versions of it for the last couple of days to get the bugs out:

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



    On this day in 1971 Britain launched the Prospero satellite on a British rocket. This marked the high point of our space program.
    And now the news:

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  • Professor Alice Roberts talks to some people involved in Prospero:

    Saturday, October 27, 2012

    SHERI'S BLOG: Day 1 – Friday

    We have a visitor this week. Sheri Myler, a student from the North of England is doing a week's placement with us. She is already very keen on cryptozoology and eager to learn. I confidently predict that she will be an asset to the cryptozoological community in years to come. However, we decided to put her to work, and each day she will be blogging about what she has been doing...


    My first official task was to learn the husbandry routine of all the animals kept at the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ). This was followed by a morning briefing discussing the days tasks, upcoming events and correspondence with authors/contacts. There was also further talk of my duties and a pop-quiz on the cryptozoological significance of the animals here at the CFZ. I didn't do very well.

    After this, I helped prepare trail cameras, and set them up in the woods at Ashcroft Farm, to begin documentation of the animals that an Alien Big Cat (ABC) can feed on in the area. Care was taken to place them in memorable places to aid in retrieving them next Thursday.

    The local pub is under new ownership and is eager to have a new look to the place. As a result, they wanted us to collect a fish tank and bring the fish back to the CFZ. One fish proved reluctant to remove from the tank and, by the time we had, it was the last fish to carry round to the centre. This was left to me and I felt more responsible for this solitary fish than throughout the rest of the task. It was in a tiny pot of water as I carried it through the cold evening. I was worried that the stress and cold would be too much for the poor thing. I’m happy to say that the fish survived and is happy in its new home.

    Much of the remainder of this day was spent helping Jon in proof-reading journal articles and typing up his dictations, to be added to the journal. There was also a break for a delicious meal served by his lovely wife, Corinna  The day was topped off by a car-ride around Huddisford woods, in hopes of sighting an ABC. Sadly, however, there was no action. 

    DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, giant skulls, Cedar & Willow, Benny's Blog

    New at Frontiers of Zoology:
     
    And on Benny's Blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
    http://bennypdrinnon.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-keen-brunette-named-katy-keene.html

    New on Frontiers of Zoology:
    One of three continuing discussions on facebook arising from recent FOZ posts, but the first one from which there have been substantial results:
    And Here is today's Cedar and Willow link:

    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (CFZ)

    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. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.