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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 22, 2014

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. 




GONZO WEEKLY #83

THE GONZO MAN BASKS

The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
 
There are days I feel that I've had enough
there is always someone there to have a go at me
and today I feel particularly rough
with a load more people grabbing rocks to throw at me
 
The Weird Weekend has always been planned
as an event to bring people together
but now it's all got out of hand
as the rumour mill works hell for leather
 
And Facebook makes the whole thing worse
it adds immediacy to it all,
as in less time than it takes to write this verse
someone can comment on their wall
 
And I am always told I really should
just learn to grow a thicker skin,
you think I wouldn't if I could?
but I don't know how to begin
 
and I don't know how to forget
or to understand the inate dichotomy
cos if I poke my head over the parapet
someone is bound to take a pop at me
 
So forgive me friends if today I moan
rather than chat cheerfully about my dogs
but I am feeling very much alone,
and I still have to write my blogs
 
 
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#83) is here to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Stonehenge on the front cover and features a previously unpublished account of the first Stonehenge Festival from Wally Hope, Dead Fred's claim that 1974 WASN'T the first 'Henge Festie. There are memories of Stonehenge Festivals between 1974-1984, an interview with James Lowe of the Electric Prunes, and Erik Norlander's tribute to Bob Moog. There are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich, from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and Irish Stews (OK, no mutton and vegetable based concoctions, 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!!!
 
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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1964 the author Dan Brown was born. Brown is best known for his book “The Da Vinci Code”, I've never read the book but as I only managed to stand a few minutes of the film before I had to resist the urge to throw a Wii-mote at the screen in response to the poor dialogue I think it might not be up my street. It was very popular at the time so each to their own I guess.
And now the news:

  • Protection of UK’s sealife ‘too slow and lacking a...
  • Emerald-faced reptile discovered in Ecuador - via ...
  • Sea creatures not the only animals to be found alo...
  • Alarming rise in Black Spotted Turtle trade across...
  • Bacon preservative tested as feral hog poison
  • US sets up honey bee loss task force
  • Saving Africa's wild dogs -- with urine
  • Angry Japan farmers bring Fukushima cow to Tokyo
  • The trailer for the Da Vinci Code: