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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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Monday, June 25, 2012

CFZ PEOPLE: Richard Downes

He may be a high ranking Army Chaplain,
but he's still my little brother.





Happy Birthday dude

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:

HAUNTED SKIES: Sun (The) 10.11.67.


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1904 the actor Peter Lorre was born. Lorre found fame often playing creepy or dishonest characters in movies including Casablanca and Fritz Lang's M (perhaps the greatest film ever made).

And now the news:

A trailer for Fritz Lang's M, as I said above perhaps the greatest movie ever made, in which Peter Lorre gives a career defining performance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIj3Bk0bhL8

I'M THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN



Another jolly day of fun and frolics lies ahead. Actually it is grey and muggy and I am waiting for a visit from a dude to talk about databases. But he is a very nice dude, and I think I shall be able to persuade Corinna to make some diabetic apple cake, so all is not lost. Over to today's featured posts.

Why are the mainstream music press being so churlish about the Beach Boys? The surviving members of the band including David Marks, who was booted out by Murray Wilson in the early 1960s and Murray’s son Brian, the tortured genius responsible for all their greatest songs, have got together and made a 50th Anniversary album. And I think it’s rather nice. The trouble is, that your more conventional music journalist types don’t agree with me.http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/thats-why-god-made-radio.html

JON ANDERSON IS ON TOUR: “Everywhere I go, all over the world, people sing this song. I hear it in Brazil, Argentina, Japan. They don’t know what the words mean, but they sing it. I don’t know what the words mean, either.” One really cannot help but warm to the man.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/link-jon-anderson-live-at-napa-valley.html

The inside story of how our very own Dan Wooding got a photograph of him, Rick Wakeman and Elton John for his smashing biography of The Caped Crusader.http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/dan-wooding-secret-picture.html

Imagine the scene. Middle-aged bass player, cryptozoologist, and occasionally rock music journalist limps into his sitting room, shoos the orange cat off his favourite chair and sits down. His nephew and niece have come for the evening. “What are your plans for the evening Uncle Jon?” asks Jessica. “Rob Ayling has sent me a DVD about a mate of his who hitchhiked around Ireland with a fridge, as a drunken bet. I’m going to watch that this evening,” he says with a cheerful smile. For some reason this was a cue for niece and nephew to leave hurriedly, his lovely wife to suddenly decide that there are things to do in the other room, his equally lovely mother-in-law to immerse herself in a jigsaw puzzle and the also equally lovely boxer-cross-bulldog bitch to curl up in a corner, go to sleep and snore loudly. They were all completely unfair, because it is a lovely film...
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/round-ireland-with-fridge.html

Today we present the third and final part of our interview with Roy Webber, front man of Wally and the sublime Jackson Webber.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/exclusive-roy-webber-jackson-webber_5255.html

Oh dear, I hear you thinking. Not just another picture of Jon making a stupid face whilst clutching the contents of today's postbag.Well, no. Not quite. Yes, Jon is indeed making a stupid face whilst clutching the contents of today's postbag, but there is a difference today. The difference is Helen McCookerybook:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/jons-postbag.html

The eagle-eyed amongst you will probably have noticed that we at the Gonzo Daiy are all very excited about the imminent release of 'Carnaby Street' by Michael Des Barres. Here, the man himself talks about it.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/michael-des-barres-carnaby-street.html

And that's about it for today. We re-convene on the morrow.

SOMETIMES ONE KNOWS EXACTLY WHEN AN ANIMAL BECOMES EXTINCT: Lonesome George is dead


He had become an unofficial ambassador for the Galapagos Islands and a symbol among environmentalists of disappearing species, but now he shall be known simply as the late Lonesome George.

The giant tortoise, believed to have been the last of the Pinta island subspecies, died on Sunday at an estimated 100 years of age.

The Jurassic-looking creature had become a symbol of the islands scattered off the coast of Ecuador and notorious for his inability to produce any offspring.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2164299/Lonesome-George-dead-The-giant-tortoise-symbol-Galapagos-Islands-died-aged-100.html#ixzz1ynrnh1Mr

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A MANCHESTER SINGING MOUSE

I found the following story the other day: “A SINGING MOUSE- Some time ago I had the opportunity of hearing one of these animals, and was struck with the sweetness of its song. So loud and sweet did it sing that I could not distinguish it from a loud singing bird. It was caught in a cellar, and lived about four months in confinement. One individual offered half a guinea for it. – H.P” ( Bradford-street, Manchester) (1)

1. The Manchester City News December 22nd 1883

I REALLY AM AGHAST THAT PEOPLE CONSIDER THIS NEWS

RETURN TO THE WILDLIFE GARDEN BALCONY

It has been a while since we last visited the wildlife garden balcony. It is a magnificent project "Creating a mini "wildlife habitat" on a tiny balcony in Hulme, inner-city Manchester UK". The latest two posts are particularly interesting:

http://valiantveggie.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/common-earwig-forficula-auricularia/
Because I have always been fond of earwigs

http://valiantveggie.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/the-dustbin-lid-meadow/
The most delightfully quixotic thing I have read in years