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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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Saturday, February 09, 2013

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE

I don't think that any reader or user of these blogs can fail to have noticed that our service has been patchy to say the least over the past few days. This is because our Internet access has veered between non-existent and sparse. Yesterday (or to be more accurate, the wee small hours of today) , for example, we didn't finish getting all the blog postings out until 2am.


I do apologise for this, but it is truly completely beyond my control. David B-P and his glamorous assistant Jo-Jo (see below) are going to be doing something arcane with the telephone points this morning which may have some effect, but if it doesn't, basically we just have to continue our dialogue with British Telecom, which so far has gone.

JON: Forgive me for complaining but we have no internet access today

BT: Yes you have

JON: No I haven't

BT: You must be mistaken

JON: I assure you that I am not

BT: What do you expect us todo about it?

JON: Restore my service or I won't pay my telephone bill

BT:  Then we will cut you off... (which they did)

JON: I shall have to (reluctantly pay my bill) but we still have no internet access today


BT: Yes you have

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.

Sheikh's Borders falcon centre approved

I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN


The internet access problem goes from bad to worse. I don't think we were online for more than ten minutes yesterday, with interludes of up to three hours when nothing works. Yesterday (or to be more accurate, the wee small hours of today) , for example, we didn't finish getting all the blog postings out until 2am. I do apologise for this, but it is truly completely beyond my control. David B-P and his glamorous assistant Jo-Jo (see below) are going to be doing something arcane with the telephone points this morning which may have some effect, but if it doesn't, basically we just have to continue our dialogue with British Telecom.


The Gonzo Track of the Day is from Gong (because Dave B-P loves them)

And our daily visit to Thom the World Poet

A rare appearance by Stephen Stills

More on Asia's new guitarist

Hear Judy Dyble's magnum opus

Michael Des Barres rocks the Viper Room

And finally an importantr message for EVERYONE who reads or uses these blogs


*  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 elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 2007 the actor Ian Richardson died. Richardson is best known for his role in the political tv drama series 'House of Cards' and for voicing 'Death' in the mini series based on Terry Pratchett's 'Hogfather'
And now the news:

  • IS IT A BIRD? IS IT A PLANE? NO, IT’S A SQUID!
  • Protection 'insufficient' for Yangtze finless porp...
  • Bats Host More Than 60 Human-Infecting Viruses
  • Salamanders' Tunnel to Cotati Breeding Grounds a S...
  • Komodo dragon attacks two rangers in park
  • Sweden hunts more wolves 'to help genetic diversit...
  • Health risk from handling captive sea turtles iden...
  • Six white rhino to be translocated to Botswana's O...
  • Poachers have killed more than 11,000 elephants in...

  • Acting... you don't see this sort of thing on telly much these days: