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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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Friday, March 08, 2013

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.


We Are Not Safe From Bird Flu as Long as Factory F...

DALE DRINNON: Alaskan sasquatch stories, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
 
New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
 
New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
 
New at Benny's Blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:

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:

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 SELECTION OF STORIES ON CALIFORNIA LION ATTACK
  • NEWSLINK: One Leopard is poached every month is Ra...
  • NEWSLINK: Mission to save jaguar exposes big cats'...
  • SIGHTINGS UK: Sisters are shocked by huge cat-like...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Fears of big cat after 'horrific' sh...
  • DAN HOLDSWORTH: I wonder how many times this has b...
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN GOES APE

    Yesterday was another fairly pleasant day. I managed to do quite a lot, despite a little orange ball of fur rushing about the house terrorising everyone except for Poppy the brown cat. Sh is the only one who can keep Leo in his place. Prudence is scared of him, and everyone else is in awe. He is rapidly taking over the house. The CFZ Yearbook is now finished apart from the final proof which should be done today, and the reissue of Robert Calvert's only novel 'Hype' is well underway. I also watched a documentary on Steve Winwood on BBci Player last night, which has enthused me to relisten to various Traffic albums and to Winwood's first solo album from 1977. It is the first time I have listened to the latter since it first came out, and I had forgotten how good it was. Jim Capaldi's percussion is almost irresistibly funky.
     
     
     
     
    This is only vaguely on-topic but this cover of 21st Century Schizoid Man by Flaming Lips and Deerhoof is really rather good
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/the-flaming-lips-and-deerhoof-21st.html
     
    CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: Pink Floyd's Christmas on Earth
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/cabinet-of-curiosities-pink-floyds.html
     
    More on the Sally Oren/Jefferson Airplane story. I am not being facetious here. I think making love not war is a perfectly valid political philosophy both then and now...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/more-on-sally-oren-story.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) 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?

    KITHRA: Cornish Superstitions

    Contrary to my usual custom of uploading my latest article on the first day of the month, I have put my most recent one up today. It’s all about Cornish superstitions and you can read it here.

    The reason that it has gone up early is because I am helping an old friend to move home. Unfortunately they are very unwell and unable to do anything as stressful as undertaking all the things involved in a house move at the moment. But, the offer of Sheltered accommodation arose and if they had turned it down they could be waiting for a very long time for another flat to become available.

    So, as they have no family close at hand, it’s down to me to find removal companies, write change of address letters, complete forms, etc etc. However, I don’t have to do anything physical as other members of my family are doing the packing. For that I’m most grateful as I’m no longer able to do hard physical work. Therefore, I’m just left with all the mental organising; which I find exhausting enough!

    This all means that my computer time is currently somewhat limited, and I’m fitting in what I can when I can. It may be up to 4 weeks before the move takes place, but it might be sooner.


    Read on...

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1922 Mizuki Shigeru was born. Mizuki is in fact Richard Freeman's favourite Mangaka mainly because of the manga and (several) anime series of GeGeGe no Kitaro, which popularised many obscure Yokai.
    And now the news:
  • Woolly rhino site reveals ancient British temperat...
  • Siberian Fossil Revealed to Be One of the Oldest K...
  • Deadly Fungus Detected in Southeast Asia's Amphibi...
  • Rare Kissing Octopus Unveiled For the First Time
  • SeaWorld Orlando Announces the Rare Birth of Weedy...
  • First mind-reading implant gives rats telepathic p...
  • Beloved "Bozo" the Black Bear Shot Dead, Town Mour...
  • Egypt Struck by Swarm of Locusts Ahead of Passover...

  • The opening credits of the latest anime adaptation of GeGeGe no Kitaro: