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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, December 17, 2012

CFZ PEOPLE: Travis and the Taylor Family

Today our thoughts and prayers are with Helen, Jessica, Emily and Daniel Taylor, who will be familiar to all readers of the various blogs. Their dog Travis who has suffered from cancer for many years, but who has had a rich and full life because of the devotion of his owners is being put to sleep this afternoon. Corinna and I will be there to comfort them all. Remember them (and him) in your prayers.

 

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.







KARL SHUKER - THE GRIFFINS AND THE FROG RAIN



Karl Shuker recounts how, more than a century ago, his grandmother and her mother experienced an extraordinary rain of frogs from the sky.

Read on...

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, North African Hypothetical Pentagonal, Native Americans/Noirthern Europeans, Cedar & Willow, Benny's Blog

New at Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Frontiers of Anthropology:
 New at Cedar and Willow:
And New at Benny's blog for Thelma Todd:
Best Wishes, Dale D.

I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

And so the week before Christmas begins. Today our thoughts and prayers are with Helen, Jessica, Emily and Daniel Taylor, who will be familiar to all readers of the various blogs. Their dog Travis who has suffered from cancer for many years, but who has had a rich and full life because of the devotion of his owners is being put to sleep this afternoon. Corinna and I will be there to comfort them all. Remember them (and him) in your prayers.
 
The Gonzo Track of the Day: Nothing says the Festive Season better than Captain Beefheart
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/12/gonzo-daily-track-of-day-mascara-snake.html
 
Part three of our EXCLUSIVE interview with Michael Des Barres
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/12/exclusive-michael-des-barres-interview_17.html
 
 
 
 
Bev Bevan whose peerless drumming appears on the Move DVD in our Lost Broadcasts series, has taken on an interesting new project
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/12/link-former-black-sabbath-drummer-bev.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 same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly Find out about it at this link:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
 
*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures 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, his mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

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:

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1790 the Sun Stone, upon which the Aztec calender was inscribed, was found in Mexico City. Not to be confused with the Mayan calender which runs out on the 21st of this month, which won't cause the end of the world or anything but will be the most annoying day ever in the history of Facebook.

And now the news:
  • Tennis champ chomps into donkey cheese - at $1200 ...
  • Ikea Monkey: Macaque In Coat Seen In Toronto
  • Scientists Train Honey Bees to Stick out Their Ton...
  • Emerging Virus in Raccoons May Provide Cancer Clue...
  • Lethal Stings from the Australian Box Jellyfish Co...
  • Squidlike Creatures Turn Left to Avoid Predators
  • Tiger Saved from Barbed Wire in India
  • Millions of camera-trap images reveal Serengeti li...
  • Rhino poaching: South Africa and Vietnam sign deal...
  • Pauline avibella 425m-year-old fossil 'a new speci...

  • Anyway today's Christmas song is sun/star related: