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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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Thursday, January 31, 2013

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.



A SHAKEN tourist returned only a short way into a walk to Erskine Falls near Lorne [Australia] yesterday to report a big black cat sighting... 

Read on...


 

LINK: Crocodiles hunt 'continues by night'

Via Richard Freeman, a story about the ongoing hunt for thousands of escaped crocodiles in South Africa:


The hunt for thousands of crocodiles which escaped from a farm in South Africa on Sunday is continuing, mainly at night.
Some 2,000 have been recaptured but as many as 10,000 crocodiles could still be on the loose near the Limpopo River.

US news reporter accused of murdering Sasquatch?


-A Conservative political commentator has murdered Sasquatch and turned its fur into a coat. Or he's making a fashion statement. Or he's reminding the CBC that it can't even afford heating.Read on...

I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN



Graham at the helm again today, and a fairly unusual event occurred while I was assembling today's blog updates: there was a cake delivery! Jon's nephew called round, with several brick-sized slabs of brownish material wrapped in clingfilm. There are areas of the country where one wouldn't want to be picked up on CCTV doing that!

One of them's a courgette cake. I find the idea of putting courgettes into a cake pretty weird, but there you go.

Back to the job in hand, and today's blog updates are: 

USA RELEASE of JUDY DYBLE'S 'TALKING WITH STRANGERS'
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/usa-release-of-judy-dybles-talking-with.html

LINK: Michael Des Barres speaks In The Key of Love
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/link-michael-des-barres-speaks-in-key.html

BARBARA DICKSON IN LIVERPOOL IN OCTOBER
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/barbara-dickson-in-liverpool.html

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_31.html

HELEN McCOOKERYBOOK: A Blast from her Past
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/helen-mccookerybook-blast-from-her-past.html

Gonzo 'track of the day' is John Martyn in 1978 - Seven Black Roses
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-gonzo-track-of-day-john-martyn.html

Cheers,
Graham.


*  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 puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish and batrachians. 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?







DALE DRINNON: Frontiers of Zoology, Cedar and Willow


New at Frontiers of Zoology:

1855 Nova Scotia Sea Serpent Sighting




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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.






  Rarest kiwis released into the wild as numbers double in 15 years

  Watch: Taxidermied Robot Sparrow Flips The Bird To Real Sparrows

CFZ CANADA:Long Before the Ikea Monkey



Some of you have been following the saga of the pet monkey found wandering in a Toronto Ikea store in December 2012.  If you aren't aware, the story can be found here.  The  rhesus macaque is most definitely a live, recognizable primate.  But in 2009, a person saw what he believed to be a monkey in Ajax, Ontario.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 2010 Avatar became the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide at cinemas.

And now the news:



The Avatar trailer: