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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, November 15, 2013

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:
From CFZ Australia:

The CFZ's hunt for the Thylacine is getting coverage in the mainstream media...

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.










KARL SHUKER: The Dragons Are Coming!


Karl Shuker presents a sneak preview of his latest, 20th book - Dragons of Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture.

TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND UP



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. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why, sometimes, you will read stories here which appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology, but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking. 


NEWSLINK: Big cats help answer important research...

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot portrait, Former report on Bigfoot, Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar and Willow

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH GIRL EATS HER PORRIDGE

The Gonzo Daily - Friday
 
Happy Friday one and all!  Corinna here plodding along at a snail's pace again, although I think during the week I have managed to pick up speed on my stand-in duties even if only by a minute or two.  Jon and Graham are back today, so I shall wave a fond farewell from this comfortable seat of 'power'. No doubt I shall be here again off and on, but from tomorrow you will all be back in the capable hands of Jon.  Until the next time, have fun one and all. Ta ra.   
 
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/11/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_15.html
 
 
 
 
Stephen Stills Project the Rides Tackle Muddy Waters - Premiere
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/11/stephen-stills-project-rides-tackle.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 atgonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people toread 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:
 
* 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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today
http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1738 William Hershel was born. Hershel was well known for his impressive telescopic equipment and for finding Uranus with it.

And now the news:

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  • Seal saved in dramatic cliff rescue at Morte Point...

  • Poor Hershel, despite being a genius composer, telescope pioneer and one of the greatest astronomers ever, his birthday is reduced to being an opportunity for carry on style innuendo... Anyway, here's some more innuendo, this time from Mitchell and Webb:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT2wE0fLdWg