If a black lion (click here for more information) or even a white lion (click here for more information) seems unlikely, how much more so a green lion? Remarkably, however, as very briefly mentioned in C.A.W. Guggisberg’s book Simba: The Life of the Lion (1961) and subsequently recalled in my own book Mystery Cats of the World (1989), what was claimed to be a bona fide green lion was allegedly spied on one occasion by a prospector in the forests of western Uganda.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Posted by Jon Downes at 1:46 PM
Strange stories of strange birds and even stranger fossils were coming from the end of the world during the 19th century. The first Europeans spotted New Zealand in 1769 and Captain Cook explored the Northern Island four years later. Cook was very interested in natural history and collected tales about the fauna and flora from the locals. On the Northern Island nothing unusual was reported, however on the Southern Island legends involving a monstrous bird existed. These legends explain an unusual hunting method for a large bird. Hunters would use incandescent rocks, which swallowed by the bird would then burn it from inside. The preferred habitat of these birds was said to be the swamps and forests and according to some legends until 1800 they were very rare animals, but still living on the island.
Posted by Jon Downes at 1:44 PM
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.
Posted by Jon Downes at 12:06 PM
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.
SIGHTINGS CANADA: Ontario
NEWSLINK: Rapid Response Unit vehicles ineffective...
SIGHTINGS USA: Nebraska
Posted by Jon Downes at 12:02 PM
It is sunday so again it's time
to do the Gonzo Blogs in rhyme
why do we do something so daft?
basically cos it makes me laugh
and though the poems aren't much cop
Rob Ayling's never said to stop
and so basically cos I choose
each sunday I'll excercise my muse
It doesn't seem likely my dear
but Hendrix'd have been 70 this year
who have we got to remember Jimi?
Here is Motorhead's own Lemmy
Club Artyfartle sounds so good
just like we always knew it would
but we weren't there to take a look
so we;ve interviewed Helen McCookerybook
And now its time to take you down
into the depths of Austin town,
who to meet? Wouldn't you know it?
Gosh, its Thomas the World Poet
My wife sent me this piece of news
it seems despite headbanging and booze
their public image is just shite
and Heavy Metal fans are quite bright
Erik N tinkles the ivories
to produce a lot of sounds wot please
and brings the audience to its knees
so he releases them on DVDs
And finally for today's rhymes
a reminder of some gentler times
memories that mean a lot to me
on the Lost Broadcasis, 'Move' DVD
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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?
On this day in 1961 Stephen Moffat was born. Moffat is the current show-runner (head writer and producer) of Doctor Who, wrote the latest Tin-Tin movie, created and wrote Jekyll an d co-created Sherlock with Mark Gatiss.
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And hot off the press so to speak here is the prequel to the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special: