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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, November 21, 2013

CFZ TASMANIA EXPEDITION: Story and video



The mystery of the Tasmanian tiger remains after an expedition failed to catch a glimpse of the elusive animal thought to have become extinct 80 years ago.
The UK-based Centre of Fortean Zoology is dedicated to tracking mythical, mystery and extinct animals around the world.
Nine members have just wound up the first stage of their latest self-funded project: hunting the thylacine.

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.






DALE DRINNON: Eastern Bigfoot, sasquatch, Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar and Willow, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:

New at Cedar and Willow:

New at Benny's Other Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
Best Wishes, Dale D.     

CALLING ALL HIBERNIAN FORTEANS - WE ARE ON THE WANT AGAIN!

Our old friend and colleague Ronan Coghlan is doing some bloggystuff for the CFZ. However, he is having some problems. The fact that I am half deaf, and on the other side of the Irish Sea from him doesn't facilitate my giving technical advice.

So, without further ado. Is there anyone in Northern Ireland, preferably in or around Bangor, who is au fait with the inner workings of Blogger, and can give Ronan a bit of one-to-one tutorial? I am assured that there will be tea, and maybe even biscuits...

Email coghlanronan@gmail.com and he will be insanely grateful (as will I)

HORRIFIC COCKROACH TOY

The RoboRoach seen being controlled by a mobile phone. Pic: Backyard Brains
Many apologies to Dan Holdsworth. He sent me this weeks ago, and I thought that I had posted it, but I didn't. 

I agree with every word that he has written, and more. This 'toy' is an abomination and is a perfect illustration of quite how vile sections of our society are getting.

Jon,

I don't often mention things like this, and you know I tend towards the pragmatic end of bio-ethics, but this is too much even for me (The Register are merely the reporters, not the actual morons
suggesting this):

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/11/roboroach/

This so-called experiment consists of mutilating a cockroach for the amusement of a child, and as I have mentioned in a comment there is no way even the likes of me, working with a properly equipped biological lab and proper microscopes is going to get this horror working correctly first time out.
The RoboRoach with its backpack. Pic: Backyard Brains

Moreover, large cockroaches of the sort needed here do not occur in Europe; the would-be Dr Frankenstein would have to buy in large tropical species specially for the experiment. Keeping these animals is a specialised business alone, and in a household environment they will die quite rapidly.

Then there's the wastage factor. No way can anyone perform a procedure involving freeze-anaesthesia [1] and not get things wrong a few times. Getting it wrong here means killing a cockroach.

Even if performed completely correctly, you have merely made a crude remote control for an animal, on a par with steering it by zapping it on one side or another, and all for the amusement of a child.

As an alternative, this would work much better:

http://www.firebox.com/product/6242/iRobot-Bugs


[1] I have my doubts about there even being any anaesthetic effect here; all cold does to insects is slows them down. CO2 exposure knocks them out temporarily, hence it is used by entomologists, but freezing
merely stops them moving.

ALL YOU NEED IS....THEY GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN



The Gonzo Daily - Thursday www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.html
Most of yesterday was spent filming Tasmania stuff with Richard before he went back to Exeter. He starts his new job today as ....wait for it.... a shopping mall Father Christmas. I do hope that he manages to keep his psychotic sense of humour under control while he discharges his duties. I can imagine him interspersing his Ho Ho Hos with a monologue about liver, or brass piping, or flannels, or any of the other things that he finds amusing. But I am hoping for a real Christmas Miracle!  Also yesterday I interviewed John Higgs about his recent KLF biography (which, I believe, Bill Drummond likes immensely) and I am happy to report that he will be at the 2014 WW with a talk entitled 'Magick, Chaos, and the band who burned a million quid'. I can't wait.
MIND-BLOWING EARLY SOFT MACHINE FOOTAGE, 1968 (Via C.J.Stone)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/11/mind-blowing-early-soft-machine-footage.html
CRASS’S PENNY RIMBAUD DOESN’T CARE ABOUT URBAN OUTFITTERS PROFITING OFF HIS BAND’S NAME
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/11/crasss-penny-rimbaud-doesnt-care-about.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: 
www.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?

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