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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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Sunday, December 29, 2013

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS

The Gonzo Daily - Monday
 
I have once again been recording with Mike Davis, and another two songs are pretty well there. One of them is still awaiting some vocals from Liz but with a little luck and a fair wind the other will be up on YouTube later today. I have several musical projects on the go at the moment, which considering my rapidly increasing deafness is mildly ironic, and I think that this forthcoming year will be when I finally start my long considered project of a musical equivalent of CFZ Press. Later today I am interviewing the massively talented Don Falcone from Spirits Burning, and sometime this week (but for the life of me I can't remember when) I am interviewing Mark Murdock. And tomorrow Max arrives for the ring in the new ring out the old bit. Sometime before then I have to write my CFZ Annual Report for 2013. Who said this was a relaxed time of year?
 

Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/12/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_30.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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

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

On this day in 2006 Saddam Hussain was executed. Undoubtedly the world can do without a dictator who embezzled most of his country's finances to build a solid gold house, gassed any troublemakers and tortured his enemies by feeding them into a wood chipper alive, but the war that ousted him was illegal, based on lies and probably resulted in more terrorist-related deaths and injuries than Saddam could have dreamt of in his wet dreams.

And now the news:

  • Endangered species could be screwed by rising seas...
  • Watch out for cat burglars Denis ‘The Menace’ and ...
  • Here’s where to go if you want to find a deformed ...
  • Fungus discovery offers pine-wilt hope
  • Just like that! Meet Mother Nature's magicians
  • Australia to monitor Japan's Antarctica whale hunt...
  • Charity Appeal: Kenya's daily battle between human...

  • Madagascar's forests vanish to feed taste for rose...

  • Saddam Hussain was apparently a fan of the Coen Brothers; who knew? (grim clip warning) :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qWFhDvURLg

    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.




    CRYPTOLINK: MONSTER PORN: Amazon Cracks Down On America’s Latest Sex Fantasy

    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. 


    Monster Porn Cover_03
    Mike Nudelman/Business Insider
    Author Virginia Wade's fiction debut follows a group of women who embark on a week-long camping trip to Mt. Hood National Forest. There, in the shadow of Oregon’s highest mountain, they are kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a mysterious woodland creature. "What the hell is that thing?" asks one protagonist.

    Read on...

    CRYPTOLINK: Gold Miner Thinks A Bigfoot is Watching - FB/FB

    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.

    CRYPTOLINK: INCREDIBLE Audio Recordings of Bigfoot Howls - FB/FB

    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. 


    CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot Research News 2013 Year In Review Pt 1

    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. 

    First of all I'd like to thank everyone who contributed to my blog this year and to Shawn Evidence for helping me out when I first got started blogging.

    2013 had it's ups and downs, twists and turns, but overall there were some good things that happened in the Bigfoot world.

    I started the blog in February and here are some of the popular posts of the year.
                                                                                                                        

    FEBRUARY: Rick Dyer & Matilda

    With the backing of Facebook Find Bigfoot, Rick Dyer solidifies his hoax and garners a decent-sized following. This was also a big month for his outspoken critics, including this blog. We focused a lot of our attention on exposing Tricky Dick. You can find more posts on this in the Hoax label of the blog.

    RICK DYER GOES ON RECORD ABOUT ALL THE BIGFOOT SCAMS. In this show that took place in 2010 he talks about how he doesn't believe in Bigfoot and that it's all a big scam.



    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN ENJOYS HIMSELF

    The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
     
    Sunday afternoon is time
    to do the Gonzo blogs in rhyme,
    a job I do smiling (no shirking)
    'cos its far better than working
     
    Although my rhymes might make you barf
    I do them 'cos they make me laugh
    and when people question them I say
    "it's cos it amuses me, OK?"
     
    And first a band I once saw gig;
    it is the amazing Blodwyn Pig
    and I am proud to bring to you
    a translated Polish review
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/12/blodwyn-pig-polish-review-translated.html
     
    And now something you won't expect
    the marvellous Sky Architect
    with something that will make you dance
    a great review that comes from France
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/12/french-sky-architect-review.html
     
    And now our cool 'Track of the Day',
    is something we all love - WAYHAY!
    a song that I've never forgot
    its by Gong; it's called 'Flying Teapot'
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-gonzo-holiday-track-of-day-gong.html
     
    And now something that's rather cute:
    another episode of Strange Fruit,
    a radio show that you must hear
    the playlist has been published here:
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/12/strange-fruit-52-playlist.html
     
    And finally let's go dpwn to Austin
    to meet a man whose rhymes are bostin'
    (Brummie for great if you didn't know it)
    People meet Thom the World Poet
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/12/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_29.html
     
    And finally you know what I mean
    #58 of the magazine
    we do is out, and its quite fine
    you can read it all for free online
     
    I always promised that the Gonzo Daily publishing empire would spread "into more traditionally magaziney areas", and I wasn't lying. Last night I sent out #58 of the Gonzo Weekly newsletter, together with all sorts of exciting new features, to nearly 2,000 subscribers.
     
    Issue 58 features the lovely Crystal Grenade going through her debut album track by track, an exclusive interview with John Goodsall from Brand X, me having a crisis of conscience over trying to blag an expensive book, a new video from Auburn, a taster for the forthcoming Clearlight album, Doug Harr on his gigs of the year and more news, reviews, features and comments than you can shake a stick at. And its free.
     
     
    So as not to miss next week's copy (and also to make an old hippy editor very happy) subscribe here.
     
     

    *  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. 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 2003 the last native speaker of Akkala Sami died, making the language extinct.
    And now the news:

  • Norway's Quest to Discover All of Its Native Speci...
  • Deep sea creatures found off Rockall 'new to scien...
  • How animals can help us understand disease
  • Charity Appeal: 'The way to stop poaching is to us...
  • ‘Hell for animals’: Egypt's Giza Zoo beset by tear...
  • Sharks of more than three metres to be caught, sho...
  • This Prehistoric Sea Monster is Still Alive Today
  • Charismatic mammals can help guide conservation
  • Bottlenose dolphins off US coast hit by measles-li...
  • Giant rampaging pig smashes through fence and brea...

  • Tourism – poaching’s silent witness

  • The International Language of Screaming:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqZuRRBTnpE