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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, June 15, 2014

Puffin Pianists - Experiment #1

GONZO WEEKLY #82

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES


What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with Cryptozoology?

Well, everything actually!

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. 





THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS ON THE WARPATH

The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
 
I slept for nearly fourteen hours last night
and no, I promise I wasn't tight
as an owl or off my head on pills
and I wasn't even particulqrly ill
 
Just tired, and sleeping the sleep of the bless'd
and I'm not gonna bore you with the rest
but sufficient to say that my life last week
wasn't particularly pleasant for this particular freak
 
and I have some hard decisions to make
which is why it was best not to be awake
so I stayed in bed and cuddled the dogs
which is why I'm so late with the sunday blogs
 
And finally just because I can
here are love and blessings for Dave McMann
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#82) is here and is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has the Wally Hope on the front cover and features an interview with Dean Wally, who is the current custodian of his ashes. There is an exclusive review of Yes on the Cruise to the Edge, with previously unpublished pictures. There is news of Mick Abrahams' new album which features guest appearances by a Stone, a Mann, and a Whitesnake, and there are pictures of Genre Peak in the studio. There is an in depth look at a new book about the idiosyncratic 4AD records, and a drunken ramble about Rik Mayall that dictated at 4:00am the other day with the best part of a bottle of bourbon inside of me. There are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich, from Canterbury Sans Frontières, from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and Gilbert's Potoroos (OK, no specimens f Australia's rarest mammal, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
 
The full list of artists covered in this issue is: Yes, Rick Wakeman, Billy Sherwood, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Alan White, Jon Davison, Jon Anderson, Wilko Johnson, John Lydon, Elvis Presley, Lemmy, Daevid Allen, Patrick Campbell-Lyons, Paul Whitrow, Dead Fred, Martin Birke, Genre Peak, Mick Abrahams, John Ellis, Paul McCartney, Lana Del Rey, Morrissey, Canterbury Sans Frontieres,  Strange Fruit, Sub Reality Sandwich, Friday Night Progressive, Rik Mayall, Alan Douglas, James Victor “Jimmy” Scott, James “Jim” Keays, Donald Davis, Lee Hyla, Clearlight, Rocket Scientists, Aviator, Clepsydra, Ant-Bee, Steve Hillage, Erik Norlander, Wally Hope, Dean Phillips, Jack White, Hawkwind, Brian Wilson, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, Jimmy Page, Spice Girls, The Osbournes, One Direction, Slipknot, Iggy Pop, Weird Weekend, Pleonexia, Shepherds of Cassini, Iced Earth, Lover Under Cover Folk Metal Jacket
 

Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
 
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
 
To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
http://eepurl.com/r-VTD
 

*  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 an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?

KARL SHUKER - Glowing Mudskippers and Flashlight Frogs


Karl Shuker shines a light upon two veritable glow-in-the-dark mystery beasts.

Read on...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 2012 Nik Wallenda successfully completed the first tightrope walk across the Niagara Falls.
And now the news:

  • World’s biggest super-jumbo confirmed dead – kille...
  • More than 90% of lemurs face extinction, IUCN warn...
  • WildLeaks attracts major wildlife crime leads in f...
  • How Fire Ants Form Living Balls When Faced With Wa...
  • Fungus that causes fatal bat disease spreads from ...
  • Rare European butterfly seems to be making a home ...
  • Yes, You Can Get Your Cat to Behave
  • Chinese property tycoon ate 3 tigers in three mont...
  • Frog's tongue 'can lift three times own body weigh...
  • David and Goliath: How a tiny spider catches much ...
  • Release carried out of 42 hazel dormice in Notting...
  • Crayfish may experience form of anxiety
  • Coyote Shot For 'Sport' and Killed By Dogs | Graph...
  • With the right rehabilitation, paralyzed rats lear...
  • Modern military-style attacks in DRC result in 68 ...
  • Dinosaurs 'neither warm nor cold blooded'
  • Million-Year-Old Fossils Show Hippos Going for a S...
  • Virunga Park oil hunt in DR Congo halted
  • Bovine TB figures continue to fall across Great Br...
  • World's oldest cat Poppy dies aged 24 in Bournemou...
  • New fossil find pinpoints the origin of jaws in ve...
  • 15 people arrested in Hong Kong ivory seizure
  • Alarming rise in manta and mobula rays killed for ...
  • Citizen science app hopes to create buzz for bee s...
  • Finland: Elk romps through central Helsinki rush h...
  • Parade of Creatures Colonized Land After Dinosaur ...
  • Wallenda is a rather brave and skilled chap, you can see his Niagara tightrope walk here: