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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, March 31, 2013

A SCHOLARLY RE-EXAMINATION OF THE SIRENIA

CRYPTOLINK: Rangers sight pygmies in Way Kambas National Park


A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.


Rangers patrolling the Way Kambas National Park (TNWK) in Lampung claim to have sighted dozens of pygmies in a number of areas across the park. According to them, the pygmies sport dreadlocks, measure no more than 50 centimeters tall and do not wear any clothing. 

“A number of rangers claim the pygmies grow their dreadlocks down to their waist. The first sighting by the rangers was on March 17 at 6:40 p.m. local time,” said TNWK spokesman Sukatmoko.

He added that several rangers patrolling the park claimed the pygmies were seen moving to the PT Nusantara Tropical Fruit (NTF) plantation. They were seen running from the TNWK forest to the plantation.

“Apparently, many fruit trees, such as banana, guava and dragon fruit, are grown in the NTF plantation area. If the pygmies like fruit, they might have entered the plantation for food,” said Sukatmoko.



CRYPTOLINK: Searching for Russia's ‘Loch Ness’

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.
Searching for Russia's ‘Loch Ness’
Elgygytyn Lake. Despite its extreme northern location, the lake has never been covered in glaciers — suggesting the presence of some unknown, primordial, life traces in its waters. Source: Petr Tikhomirov / Panoramio

The dive made by Dmitry Schiller’s team into the icy waters of Lake Labynkyr on February 1, 2013 could qualify for the Guinness World Records. The team members dived to the bottom of the polar lake at the coldest time of year, in Russia’s coldest region.
The dive has already prompted a blaze of publicity in the Russian media, not to mention the repercussions it has borne. Rumors abound that parts of the skeleton and jaws of a huge animal were found on the lakebed, with the help of camera technology.
The members of the Russian Geographical Society team have since denied this claim, but “Nessie Fever” was unstoppable. Both scientific and pseudo-scientific exploration teams have set off in pursuit of a Russian Loch Ness Monster all over the country.

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

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.

Good news for most Scottish bird species as number...


THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

Easter's my favourite time of the year
but this year is too cold, I fear
to go outside for a jolly time
so I'm indoors doing the blogs in rhyme
 
You may think I'm a weird old freak,
but I do them like this once a week,
for not better reason that I can see
than I do it cos it amuses me
 
So let's get on (I think we'd better)
issue 19 of the Gonzo Newsletter
has just gone out, I think it's good
and so do you (at least you should)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/gonzo-weekly-newsletter-19.html
 
But now I'd really like to say
that the easter Gonzo track of the day
you'll recognise it if I give you a kick
its 'The theme from Manhole' by Grace Slick
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/gonzo-track-of-day-grace-slick-manhole.html
 
And now sitting here on my own
I want to say goodbye to Phil Ramone
the guy who produced 'Blood on the Tracks'
has sadly died, alas alack
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/those-we-have-lost-phil-ramone-1934-2013.html
 
Some news in brief, I think its good
that the Yes alumnus Billy Sherwood
whose skills are in demand you see
is going to "fix" a heavy metal CD
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/news-in-brief-billy-sherwood-to-fix.html
 
And now it's time to take a look
at an unreleased song by Helen McCookerybook
I gotta say (as you knew I would)
give it a listen (it's bloody good)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/unreleased-gem-from-helen-mccookerybook.html
 
Apparently in the early days (of Yes
when they were far from lazy)
according to drummer White, the press
and everyone else thought they were crazy
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/link-yes-alan-white-on-early-days.html
 
John Ellis plays lots of crazy chords
and now the folk at Chanoyu records
have given me something I can proffer
a really generous Easter offer
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/special-easter-holiday-offer-from.html
 
And our last story is, (gosh, can't you guess?)
you gottit, once again it's Yes
and I am chuffed to bring to you
another groovy live review
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/link-yes-at-hard-rock-live-hollywood.html
 
And thats about it for this time
just wait another week for another rhyme
There's just one thing left, we must not miss
that's to send our love to Rob and Kris
 
*  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
 
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and his new orange kitten puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS

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 SIGHTINGS: Large mystery cat spotted roaming around Tampa Bay area neighborhood

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


Yesterday’s News Today

Happy Geologist Day to all our geologist readers in former Soviet Union countries.
And now the news:
  • First beaver spotted at a Perthshire loch in 400 y...
  • Sea hares' sticky defence uncovered
  • New Bone Survey Method Could Aid Long-Term Surviva...
  • Mate Choice in Mice Is Heavily Influenced by Pater...
  • Largest ever seizure of Critically Endangered Plou...
  • Why Cuckolded Males Stick Around to Raise Kids
  • 'Dead' deer jumps out of car boot
  • Brit catches massive monster fish
  • NEW Illinois Herp Bill-Introduced – SB 2362 - via ...
  • Boom Over, St. Patrick’s Isle Is Slithering Again ...
  • China's 'Snake Village' Breeds More Than 3 Million...
  • Mass. Endangered Species Act Still Under Attack! -...
  • Two-Headed Lamb Born In Ghana
  • Found: Africa's Oldest Penguins
  • Little Bitty Ancient Mammal Unearthed in Japan
  • Eating locusts: The crunchy, kosher snack taking I...
  • Five-legged Frog Found In Christmas Tree Jumps Int...

  • Rock on Tommy! (this film is awesome by the way, seek out the full version if you can) :

    Saturday, March 30, 2013

    LIZ BITAKARA'MIRE: Relating to Yeti....

    Think about it: you live in the mountains, it's freezing, you're not exactly a dish and you've got sherpas showing adventure-seekers from the West roughly where you live. You've gone underground. You used to let people see you all the time. Let's face it: you're bigger and hairier than most people you come into contact with so why not? What have you to be scared of?

    All that changed, though, when you became famous, and now you just want to be left alone. Can't anyone relate to you and what you're going through? One government made a bit of an effort.

    According to a recent article in Stylist magazine, archivists have recently discovered a memo from the American embassy in Nepal titled Regulations Governing Mount Climbing Expeditions in Nepal - Relating to Yeti. The 1959 document says that the Abominable Snowman may be 'caught alive but it must not be killed or shot at, except in an emergency rising out of self defence.' The memo was thought to have been released in response to what Stylist magazine's unnamed columnist calls 'yeti fever' in Nepal in the 1950s.

    So the American ambassador showed willing, but since the document 'relating to yeti' advises you can be caught alive or potentially shot, it does look like your Persecution Complex is well-founded. Poor old yeti....


    KARL SHUKER - A SNAKE-HEADED DOG IN CALIFORNIA?



    Karl Shuker sticks his neck out to investigate an alleged snake-headed dog in California.

    Read on...

    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.




    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:

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN ESCAPES

    Today I am taking my life in my hand. A whole slew of my adopted nephews and nieces are all in the sitting room, arguing about zombies with Nick Wadham, and playing an aeroplane game on the Wii. This afternoon there will be nine youngsters between the ages of 11-21, plus various middle aged Fortean types. A lot of cake will be consumed. No, 'cake' is not a euphemism. Will my nerves survive it?
     
    Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from Hardboiled Wonderland
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/gonzo-track-of-day-hardboiled.html
     
    Once again we repair to Austin for our daily audience with Thom the World Poet
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_30.html
     
     
    Helen and Martin et al pay tribute to Jefferson Starship
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/far-out-man.html
     
    Whilst on the subject of San Fransisco's finest, here is a specialist article claiming that you should listen to them when 'high'. I am 6 foot 7. Is that 'high' enough?
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/link-top-music-to-listen-to-while-high.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
     
    * We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

    *  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cats?

    OLL LEWIS:Yesterday's News Today


    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 2002 the Queen Mother died. The queen mother was a big fan of whelks and every Thursday evening would insist that at least one member of her personal staff would dress up as the mollusc and walk the corridors of Glamis Castle reciting the Shakespeare play “MacBeth”, which was set there, before a large dog was set upon them. To this day the title of the Master Wrangler of the Royal Thespian Man-Whelk is one of the most sought after positions in the royal staff even though it has been largely ceremonial since the queen mother's death.

    And now the news:
  • NEW Illinois Herp Bill-Introduced – SB 2362 - via ...
  • Boom Over, St. Patrick’s Isle Is Slithering Again ...
  • China's 'Snake Village' Breeds More Than 3 Million...
  • Mass. Endangered Species Act Still Under Attack! -...
  • Two-Headed Lamb Born In Ghana
  • Found: Africa's Oldest Penguins
  • Little Bitty Ancient Mammal Unearthed in Japan
  • Eating locusts: The crunchy, kosher snack taking I...
  • Five-legged Frog Found In Christmas Tree Jumps Int...
  • Camera Trap Snaps Curious Tiger Cub
  • 101 Beetles Get Names from Phone Book
  • Brain Size Didn't Drive Evolution, Research Sugges...
  • Risk to Endangered Whales from Ships in Southern C...
  • Nearly 900 seals shot legally in Scotland in 2 yea...


  • The dog whelk:

    Friday, March 29, 2013

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    Yesterday’s News Today




    On this day in 1974 NASA's Mariner 10 probe performed the first fly-by of the planet Mercury.

    CRYPTOLINK: Honduras sheep attacks spark more chupacabra fears

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

    42 sheep were found dead from apparent animal bites on a farm in Honduras that was guarded by dogs and a few humans, too. What could be responsible for such weird carnage? Could it be . . . chupacabras?
    According to Inexplicata:
    Rumors about the Chupacabras have gained strength as a result of the death of a large number of sheep on a property belonging to a political representative of that province. Yesterday, at 5:00 a.m., when workers arrived at the property, they found dozens of dead sheep with injuries to their necks. Others had bled to death. Nearly 42 animals were lifeless and another 10 injured. The possibility that the death toll would increase over time was not dismissed.
    Read on...

    CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot specialist Meldrum offers case for creature's existence in Reno visit (see video from related 'Creatures' exhibit')

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.






    He moves like a human. It’s just a man in a costume hidden by the grain of aged celluloid. There is no way that this hoax proves the existence of Bigfoot.

    Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin’s 1967 footage, shot in Northern California, is not only easily the most reproduced footage of Bigfoot — it’s also the most attacked. Scientist after scientist has slowed down the motion and peeled back the layers to say that the creature on the tape provides no evidence for Bigfoot, Sasquatch, or any other variation of the hairy giant that has captured public imagination for centuries and, if ancient records are to be believed, terrorized them for millenia.

    Read on...

    CRYPTOLINK: Thylacine can return from dead


    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.
     Tasmanian Tiger.
    TASMANIAN tigers are a step closer to returning from extinction thanks to an extinct frog that gave birth through its mouth, says a leading researcher.
    Professor Mike Archer, a professor of palaeobiology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, said yesterday he expected to see tigers roaming Tasmanian bush within his lifetime, after being brought back to life using gene technology.
    He said an important step was taken in the past few weeks when a research team he was working with managed to create embryos of an unusual frog known as the gastric brooding frog, which became extinct in Australia during the 1980s. The frog incubated its young in its stomach and gave birth through its mouth.
    He said the embryos containing the DNA of the extinct frog were created by using tissue from a frog that had been frozen before the species became extinct.
    Researchers injected DNA from the frozen frog into eggs from living frogs of a similar species and produced cloned embryos that lasted for a few days.
    Professor Archer began a project in 2000, which was shelved in 2003, to bring the Tasmanian tiger back to life and said the brooding frog success showed extinct animals could be brought back to life.

    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.





    FDA delays approval of GSK bird flu vaccine


    LOOK WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY AT FREMINGTON QUAY



    http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/s/spoonbill/index.aspx

    Only 20 spoonbills overwinter in the UK. Yesterday we saw 5% of the UK population.

    DALE DRINNON: Sheepsquatch, Champ, Alaskan Bigfoot, Benny's Blogs

    New at Frontiers of Zoology:
    I also have two longer and more complicated articles on Bigfoot I was still working on BUT I have a talk show interview tonight. If I get one of them done tomorrow I shall post the link later, but otherwise they are most likely coming out Monday morning.

    Benny has added two blog entries also:
    New at Benny's blog for Thelma Todd:
     New at Benny's other Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN MEETS A CONSUL

    Today we are up bright and early for a trip to Dartmoor, via a James Bond-style assignation with the Danish sub-consul in a car park in Ivybridge. My life gets stranger. There are 20 spoonbills which overwinter in the UK and yesterday we saw one of them. That truly is a humbling experience.

    Once again we repair to Austin for our daily audience with Thom the World Poet
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_29.html
    Alan White of ‘Yes’ talks ‘Cruise to the Edge’ and early Yes; my profile in “New Times”
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/alan-white-of-yes-talks-cruise-to-edge.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
    * We should probably mention here that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

    *  Jon Downes, the editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who, together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't), puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon, which he shares with various fish and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus... did we mention the orange cats?

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    OLL LEWIS:Yesterday's News Today


    Yesterday’s News Today




    On this day in 1974 NASA's Mariner 10 probe preformed the first fly-by of the planet Mercury.


    And now the news:





    Some footage of Mercury taken by a UK-funded operation:

    CRYPTOLINK: THOMAS TASCHINGER: Evidence for Bigfoot remains as elusive as the creature

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.


    You may have missed the big scientific news last week, but don't worry, I'll be happy to catch you up: According to the first issue of the DeNovo Scientific Journal, the existence of Bigfoot has been proved by DNA evidence. Supposedly, the big guy is a hybrid of human females and another unknown primate that mated about 13,000 years ago.
    I know; you feel bad about overlooking something this momentous. But don't beat yourself up.
    First of all, you've got a life to lead, and there's been a boatload of hot news lately, from the sequester to the new pope.
    Secondly, it's not true.
    There is no DNA "proof" of Bigfoot in this dubious claim, almost certainly because there is no Bigfoot.


    Read on...

    CRYPTOLINK: Sea Serpent at Devil’s Head

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.


     From the desk of Steve Willis, Central Library Services Program Manager of the Washington State Library:
    Sea serpent stories are developing into a subgenre in this column. Although the creature described here resembles the “DungeNessie” serpent sighted in 1892 in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this particular sighting took place very near to the 1899 episode of The Sea Serpent That Got Away.
     This article was found in the Dec. 7, 1855 issue of the Puget Sound Courier, published out of Steilacoom. The serpent was seen off of Devil’s Head, on the tip of the Key Peninsula. Then it took off and vanished between McNeil and Anderson islands. 

    ROBERT SCHNECK: The Bizarre History of Insect Head Transplants

    Hi Jon,

    A friend forwarded this article to me and I think bloggo readers will enjoy it. 
    Head transplants sound the most crazy futuristic scenario imaginable. Right? But not to entomologists. They’ve been transplanting the head of one insect onto another for 90 years -- while keeping both insects alive. What can you learn from giving an insect a total head transplant?

    DALE DRINNON: Marozi, Medcroc, Benny's Blog, Cedar & Willow

    New at Frontiers of Zoology:

    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (C...

    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.




    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS A HAPPY LITTLE FELLOW

    Today's mailbag included two infectiously peculiar albums that are just about to be released on Gonzo: Sly Guitar by John Ellis (who has always been one of my favourite guitarists) and Gridlock by Mr Averill, which is in the same avant garde but both clever and entertaining territory as the more insane end of Tom Waits. I confidently predict that neither album will be off the office playlist for yonks. In other news the saga of the missing Danish passport is nearly sorted out, and on Saturday I will be taking my life in my hands in an unparalleled display of bravery: the house will be full of teenagers and cake.
    Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from Judge Smith and David Jackson
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/gonzo-track-of-day-judge-smith-david.html
    Once again we repair to Austin for our daily audience with Thom the World Poet
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_28.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

    * We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

    *  Jon Downes, the editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who, together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't), puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon, which he shares with various fish and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus... did we mention the orange cats?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1960 Chris Barrie was born. Barrie is best known for his roles as Lara Croft's butler in Tomb Raider and as Rimmer in Red Dwarf, his greatest and funniest role was that of the by-the-book leisure-centre manager Gordon Brittas in the Brittas Empire.
    And now the news:

  • Massive Extinction Fueled Rise of Crocodiles
  • Newly created woodland scores an arachnid first fo...
  • Whale shark capture threatens Kenya’s image for re...
  • PETA in a Dogfight over its Euthanasia Practices
  • How Whales' Ancestors Left Land Behind
  • Strange “Troll” Creature Photographed in Rural Pen...
  • “Genuine” Bigfoot Hair Sample From Oregon Hits the...
  • How To Save America's Rarest Turtle: Lower Our Exp...

  • As if by magic the first episode of the Brittas Empire appeared.... Excellent:

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    2013 WEIRD WEEKEND: Provisional running order

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    Provisional Running Order (please note the word 'provisional' as there is still nearly six months to go)


    DAYDrinks at Myrtle Cottage
    7
    FRIDAYIntro
    7 - 7.15Oll Lewis: The Murder of the Elephant Man
    7.15 - 7.45Break
    7.45 - 8.15TBA
    8.15 - 9.15
    Book LaunchBreak
    9.15 - 9.45Lars Thomas: The Natural History of Trolls
    9.45 - 10.45Raffle
    10.45-11.00
    SATURDAYIntro to Cryptozoology
    12.00 - 12.30Nick Wadham: Fairies
     12.30 - 1.15Break
    1.15 - 1.45Tony Whitehead (RSPB): Starslime
    1.45 - 2.45Break
    2.45 - 3.15Quiz
    3.15 - 3.30Hayley Stevens: Scepticism
    3.30 - 4.30Break
    4.30 - 5.00Glen Vaudrey - Mystery animals of Staffordshire
    5.00 - 6.00Mystery animals of Staffordshire
    Book LaunchBreak
    6.00 - 6.30TBA
    6.30 - 7.45CFZ Awards
    7.45 - 8.00Break
    8.00 - 8.30Darren Naish: Adventures from the world of tetrapod zoology
    8.30 - 9.30
    9.30 - 10.00Richard Freeman: TBA
    10.00 - 11.00Raffle
    11
    SUNDAYSarah Boit: Orbs from a photographer's perspective
    12.00 - 1.00Break
    1.30 - 2.00London Cryptozoology club
    2.00 - 3.00Break
    3.00 - 3.30Shaun Histead-Todd: Pre Columbian civilisations in america
    3.00 - 4.00Break
    4.00 - 4.30Results of nature walk (Lars/Jon)
    4.30 - 5.00Ronan Coghlan: TBA
    5.00 - 5.45Jon Downes: Keynote Speech
    5.45 - 6.00
    Speaker's Dinner at the Community Centre