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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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Monday, August 19, 2013

KARL SHUKER: THE BLACK TIGER - A VERITABLE BÊTE NOIRE OF MYSTERY CATS


Karl Shuker is on the track of the mega-elusive black tiger - a veritable bête noire of mystery cats!

Read on...

SHERI THE CFZ INTERN: Day 10 – Saturday


I pre-empted the cold last night and put on all my layers before getting into bed. I slept before for it, but still not very well. There was a much earlier start to proceedings today so we all had to be at the hall and ready to commence by noon. I walked down with a troll and a leprechaun, whose commentation had us as a chosen three, venturing towards some ancient temple.

There was a long list of talks, some of which were more enthralling than others. There were also quite a few breaks. Too many, in my view. I never know what to do with myself during breaks so I just pottered about aimlessly. I didn’t take part in the cake-eating contest, but did have one of the most delicious scones I had ever eaten, as well as a yummy spag-bol. For the last hour or so I’d developed a headache so didn’t stay up long after getting back to HQ. This was in spite of everyone I spoke to about it saying I should stay up and drink. No. 

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.



















LIZ BITAKARAMIRE: Day Four at the Weird Weekend 2013

And so to the final day. As we bid farewell to Woolfardisworthy, but only for a year at the most, what have we learnt? Sarah and Maya taught us about orbs and how to catch them on camera ourselves. Ronan told tales of leprechauns and Irish kings. We had James Newton on Bigfoot and Lars on the cryptozoology of Greenland as well as that of Jon's garden, a talk he co-hosted with Nick Wadham. 

At the end of Ronan's speech Jon was presented with a signed Weird Weekend poster as a thank you for all the hard work he had done, and then the man himself delivered his customary keynote speech. Many were moved as he spoke of the passing of Mick Farren, and excited when Jon announced that there would indeed be a Weird Weekend 2014 if he had anything to do with it. Unlike the Pope, Jonathan Downes will not be abdicating his throne just yet, dudes....

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

LIZ BITAKARAMIRE: Day Three At Weird Weekend 2013


First was another sumptuous breakfast courtesy of Becky at Higher West Town, this time including bacon done EXACTLY the way I like it, which is a rare thing in this world, believe me. Blogging came soon after and then it was time to head down to the community centre for the talks. 

First up was An Introduction to Cryptozoology by the dons of the subject, Jonathan Downes and Richard Freeman. Anybody who didn't know when they got there what cryptozoology was left very much the wiser. Barry Tadcaster and Ken the orang pendek then introduced the next speaker: Nick Wadham on the true nature of fairies, and reading from his book on the subject soon to be published by the CFZ. Today was when Paul at last joined the proceedings and filmed these two first talks on the iPhone, afterwards exclaiming how he had enjoyed himself. 

Unfortunately we did miss the first part of the next talk through getting carried away chatting in the bar with Ronan and Steve Jones so we decided to take a trip into Bideford, returning in time for the CFZ Awards where many excited volunteers hoped desperately to reach the pinnacle of achievement that is the golden baboon. This year's lucky recipients were Yvonne Robertson, Jessica and Jo Heard, Jessica Taylor, Timmy Cornish, Matthew Knight,
Dr Dan Holdsworth and Mark Raines. 

Other highlights included Shaun Histed-Todd's Civilisation X speech and Darren Naish on his blog and book Tetrapod Zoology. Unfortunately I didn't make it to the expedition talks or Judge Smith's but I will be purchasing a copy of the latter's book, and waiting semi-patiently for the YouTube videos. 

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN RETURNS TO SOME SEMBLANCE OF NORMALITY

Well, another Weird Weekend is over. So many people pleaded with me not to finish the event that at the last minute I changed my mind and decided that my Augusts would not be the same without them. So the event will continue. I had a health scare yesterday and I thought I was having a heart attack on stage. I wasn't; it was a mixture of the heat, the stress and lack of sleep, but it reminded me of dear old Mick Farren. I had planned to retire from doing our annual convention mostly because of my health problems. But I have always aspired in many ways to be like Mick. Farren died on stage doing what he had always done; he died "with his boots on" and was a crazy-passionate anarchist to the last. I think you can draw your own inferences from this.
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/08/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_19.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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



On this day in 1612 the Samlesbury witch trial took place, where 3 people were tried on the accusation of one 14-year-old girl. The case collapsed leading to the acquittal of all the accused.
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