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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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Sunday, May 20, 2012

DALE DRINNON: A Notice

After a prolonged discussion with Karl Shuker on Facebook lat night, there seems to be very good reason to suspect the security of my Blogger account, and all of my other computer accounts, including Facebook, have been severly compromised. I am currently unable to pass new posts through Blogger, all I get are error messages. The matter is under investigation and the computer is going into the shop for a thorough going-over ASAP

Best Wishes, Dale D.

HAUNTED SKIES: An incident off the coast of Ireland in 1975


I'M THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN


And another working week begins. Good morning culture lovers, and welcome to another seven days of massive grooviness on Gonzo Daily.

We start off with a real exclusive - the fourth and final part of our interview with Billy James, the mainman of Ant-Bee. In this slice of our conversation we discuss all sorts of interesting things including his work with Steve Vai and Frank Zappa, and how he took a leaf from Zappa's book when compiling the Ant-Bee records:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/05/exclusive-ant-bee-interview-part-four_21.html

I know that I am not supposed to post unofficial recordings here, but in the case of this three part film from Venezuelan TV back in 2000, featuring Rick Wakeman and his son doing a totally extraordinary version of The Beatles 'Eleanor Rigby', I really couldn't resist:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/05/rick-wakeman-on-venezuelan-tv.html

We have the track listing for Michael Des Barres eagerly awaited new album:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/05/michael-des-barres-track-listing-for.html

We say goodbye to Robin Gibb:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/05/robin-gibb-1949-2012-rip.html

I wax eulogistically about the new Grateful Dead documentary from Chrome Dreams:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-long-strange-trip-its-been.html

We have an interview from Dutch radio with Roy Webber from Jackson-Webber and the mighty Wally:

And we have a link to an interesting review of Merrell Fankhauser:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/05/link-merrell-fankhauser-review.html

Not bad for a monday morning...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 2005 the world’s tallest roller-coaster (139M in height), the Kingda Ka opened in Six Flags Great Adventure Park, USA.

And now the news:

Looks fun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUSyM5LzFCM

ONCE AGAIN CORINNA UNFAIRLY LIBELS HER POOR HUSBAND et al

http://cryptochick.blogspot.com/2012/05/all-quiet-on-south-western-front.html

KARL SHUKER: Burmese bloodsucker

I have been collecting animal-themed stamps ever since my mother and grandmother introduced me to this fascinating hobby when I was still a small child in the mid-1960s. One of the first sets that they bought for me was one from North Vietnam, issued in 1965, which featured a selection of six unusual Asian mammals, and included the very striking species featured above. I had never previously heard of it, but its exotic image on that stamp has remained in my mind ever since I first saw it all those years ago. Little did I know, however, that one day I'd be writing about this selfsame species, and that it would prove to be the identity of a very sinister-sounding beast of the East.

Read on...