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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, May 19, 2013

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 took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.



TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS ROUNDUP

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.




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    ALAN MURDIE WRITES

     Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance MapsDear Jonathan

    Hello, hope you and all at CFZ are well.

    I came across this announcement of an intriguing book set to be published next month  'Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps' by Chet Van Duzer and thought it was definitely one for you all!

    http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/S/bo15607926.html

    best wishes

    Alan Murdie

    DALE DRINNON: Nagas, plesiosaurs and rainbow serpents; living plesiosaurs, Benny's Blogs

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN WITH HIS FAMILY

    It is Sunday again (wouldn't you know it?)
    the one day a week I play at poet
    and I must admit that my sole inducement
    is to do it for my own amusement
    So now without further ado
    let me present from me to you
    (forgetting all my idle boasts)
    another batch of Gonzo posts
    We will start today by taking you down
    to see a friend of mine in Austin town
    and I'll tell you know before I blow it
    his name is Thom, he's a REAL poet
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/05/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_19.html
    Some years ago, well more or less
    Trevor Rabin played buitar in 'Yes'.
    and so today I have for you
    a rather revealing interview
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/05/yes-trevor-rabin-interview-1992-trevors.html
    You could never say that I'm perverse, me
    but I'm a fan of Cris Roversi
    and his delicate multi-layered sound
    which always sounds good to have around
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/05/cristiano-roversi-antiqua-mix-by-ed.html
    Today's Gonzo track of the day,
    is something cool, I'm glad to say
    they hail from Dorset, which can't be bad
    Ladies and Gentlemen it's Galahad
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/05/gonzo-track-of-day-galahad-termination.html
    Bev Bevan who got in the groove
    as the drummer with ELO and The Move
    is now on tour (this might sound rum)
    with a show celebrating sounds from Brum
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/05/link-review-made-in-brum-jasper-carrott_19.html
    Back in the days when I took pills
    I became a fan of Stephen Stills
    one of my favourite guitarists in the land
    he's got himself a brand new band
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/05/stephen-stills-kenny-wayne-shepherd-and.html
    Now, Zenit are a band that's fine
    I wish some of those songs were mine
    and so I post to you from me
    a review of their latest CD
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/05/zenit-review_18.html

    Byeeeeeeeeeeeee

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today