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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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Thursday, August 29, 2013

FROM ROBERT SCHNECK RE. TWO ON THE TRACKS AGO

Hi Jon,

Those are bumblebees mating in the film. It's an interesting procedure.
http://science_boy.blogspot.com/2004/10/plight-of-bumble-bee-part-i.html

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 are 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.




  • US SIGHTING: Mountain Lion causes trouble in north...
  • NEWSLINKl The Argus inspires a big cat thriller wi...
  • US SIGHTINGS: Ghosts of Virginia's mountain lions?...
  • UK SIGHTING: Another big cat sighting
  • NEWSLINK: Biologist says mountain lions are watchi...
  • NEWSLINK: 'Nightmare' virus kills several tigers a...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Through Golden Eyes: More Big Cat si...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: There's a big cat on the prowl
  • NEWSLINK: World's Oldest Tiger Plays In Fountain, ...
  • US SIGHTINGS: Mountain Lion visits Arizona home, ...
  • NEWSLINK: Beast of Trowbridge: Big cat picture exp...
  • UK SIGHTING: Big Cat spotted in Livingston
  • NEWSLINK: Amazing photos show the private life of ...
  • NEWSLINK: Arizona scientists offer tips for mounta...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Beware the 'Beast of Trowbridge': Bi...
  • NEWSLINK: Weird News: Lyin' den? China zoo replace...
  • NEWSLINK: Oklahoma family provides home to big cat...
  • NEWSLINK: Cougar taken in by Lincoln County couple...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Big cat photo confirmed by Glouceste...
  • NEWSLINK: Nick Redfern's World of Whatever...: Bri...
  • NEWSLINK: A kitten at heart: World's oldest tiger ...
  • NEWSLINK: Lyin' den? China zoo replaces big cat wi...
  • NEWSLINK: When big cats attack in the movies
  • FEATURELINK: Where the big cats are
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Lynx or domestic cat? Golfers start ...
  • NEWSLINK: Cougar dies at North Texas animal refuge...
  • FEATURELINK: It's your last chance to see...
  • USA SIGHTINGS: Not your ordinary housecat
  • CANADA SIGHTINGS: Westsyde cougar sighting raises ...
  • USA SIGHTINGS:BIG CATS: Readers share cougar, bobc...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Mystery big cat is spotted in Shrops...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Big cat is 'most probably a large do...
  • NEWSLINK: Through Golden Eyes: Eighth Big Cat Dies...
  • SPANISH SIGHTINGS: Big cat sighting prompts panic ...
  • NEWSLINK: 7th big cat dies at Texas animal refuge ...
  • US SIGHTINGS: Big cat roaming Detroit streets shot...
  • NEWSLINK: Mysterious Large Cat Stalks Detroit Nei...
  • NEWSLINK: Detroit Big Cat, Giant Savannah Breed An...
  • NEWSLINK: The 'Beast of Trowbridge'? Pensioners s...
  • NEWSLINK: Florida Panther sightings survey
  • 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.





    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HIDES IN THE SHRUBBERY (AGAIN)

    Yesterday afternoon we had a very welcome visitor. My old friend Mike Davis, who I first met when he was hitchhiking from Dawlish to Exeter back in 1982 turned up to do some recording. It was the first time that we had made music together for the best part of twenty years, but we were both pleased with the result. Hopefully it will see the light on my own label via Gonzo before the end of the year. He returns this afternoon for a second bash...
    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/08/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_29.html
    STEPHEN STILLS: Storied Careers 'Ride' on at the Trop Sunday
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/08/storied-careers-ride-on-at-trop-sunday.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 54 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?

    DALE DRINNON: New "chamaeleon snake", Loch Ness, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

    CFZ PEOPLE: Davey Curtis



    Hands up who thinks Davey C is too young and pretty to be a grandfather....

    THREE DAYS AGO!!!! He wrote:

    Dear Jon,

    My Granddaughter Amelia was born at 6.45 this morning weighing in at 6 pounds 15 oz.
    Mother and daughter are doing well.

    I think this calls for drinkypoos. (just a small sherry)

    Regards

    Davey C


    Forgive me, old friend, for not having commented or congratulated you earlier, but there has been a whole slew of neice and nephew related issues. Congratulations to everyone.

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1939 the film director Joel Schumacher was born. Schumacher is best known for almost destroying the Batman film franchise with “Batman and Robin”, which is a shame as his planned follow up batman film was going to star the Mad Hatter, the Joker and Harley Quin as the ne'er-d'-wells/rapscallions of the piece so he might have redeemed himself, he hasn't just made bad films though; his adaptation of the Phantom of the Opera musical is really good.
    And now the news:
  • David Maddox: Badger cull may be last straw
  • Sri Lanka police in doghouse over canine 'wedding'...
  • Crocodile Victim Sean Cole's Body Recovered
  • Snakes alive: deadly tenants nest in Australia's s...
  • Detroit Big Cat, Giant Savannah Breed Animal Named...
  • 'Wounded badger patrol' cull protest camp set up
  • World's oldest wild black bear dies of old age - v...
  • Teen suffers apparent wolf attack at north central...
  • Desert tortoise faces threat from its own refuge a...

  • It's hard to isolate the moment when Batman and Robin jumped the shark, “What killed der dinozoors? Der ize age!” comes close but I think it has to be this moment: