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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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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Man says Bass Lake fish attacked him, leaving mark



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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.




CRYPTOLINK: Jersey Devil sighting?

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 (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. weird animal jersey devil

A photo of an unrecognizable animal that was reportedly spotted walking on a wooden fence in New Jersey made its way to Reddit.com where readers are speculating on exactly what the strange-looking animal could be.

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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.



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Yesterday I received a pre-release copy of the long awaited opera about genetic engineering featuring Corky Laing of Mountain fame. Bloody hell it is good. Completely bonkers but very good. Corky plays like a demon, and the music sounds like a peculiar amalgam of contemporary hard rock, with echoes of The Beach Boys, but with the whole thing being produced by someone like Dr Dre. It is a very multi-layered record, and I am not going to write about it properly until I have had time to assimilate it properly, and as I am fairly bonkers myself at the moment this may take some time. This afternoon I am interviewing Keith Christmas for the first time, and as I like his new album very much indeed, that will be a treat.
 
I cannot believe how much media coverage around the world one bald squirrel with mange is getting. For some reason the world press seem obsessed with trivia and jumping to idiotic conclusions from a scrappy picture of an ill animal, rather than covering the actual news. I bet Richard's 5th trip to Sumatra next week will get next to no coverage, when compared with this idiotic squirrel story.
 
What's new on the Gonzo Daily?http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com
 
A sneak peek at Barbara Dickson's next album; a tribute to the late Gerry Rafferty. Be warned - it is utterly gorgeous
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/06/new-music-from-barbara-dickson.html
 
Brain Damage are a Pink Floyd fan site (formerly a fanzine) - today they take an informed look at the Gonzo release of the Dutch Woodstock CD/DVD package
 
 
 
 
Totally off topic documentary on Crass and artist Dave King
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/06/totally-off-topic-crass-art-of-punk.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 two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) 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 cat?

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