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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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Monday, June 30, 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. 



MIKE DAVIS: Love Again



It was a pretty horrid weekend, but some nice things happened ...like this

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS.......

The Gonzo Daily - Monday
www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.html

During the recent unpleasantness, I was complimented by an acquaintance on Facebook for the 'gracious' manner in which I handled it. That compliment was very welcome, and made me think. Made me think HARD!Maybe that just means that at the young age of 55 that I have finally grown up. With hindsight I am mildly ashamed of the way that I have behaved after business disputes with erstwhile colleagues and friends in the past. Maybe said colleagues/friends WERE ill bred guttersnipes with the commercial morals of 19th Century grave robbers. Maybe another ex colleague DID have all the subtlety of a fat (and very unconvincing) transexual prostitute who tried to accost Graham and me one night in a bar in Mexico. But there was no need for me to have pointed these salient facts out to them. So I am sorry, and would like to apologise to anyone who I have insulted in the past half century or so, and would like to make this pledge: The very next time that I have to deal with a pair of third rate wastrels who I would quite happily maroon on a desert island with only a troupe of chacma baboons hopped up on Methamphetamine hydrochloride for company, I will treat them with nothing worse than cold politeness and well bred contempt. Or at least I shall try.
 
MIKE DAVIS: Love Again
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/mike-davis-love-again.html
A Drum God, Juno Jammers and Superheroes: Conversation with Terry Bozzio
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/a-drum-god-juno-jammers-and-superheroes.html
Gonzo Records releases a Captain Beefheart 1980s bootleg
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/gonzo-records-releases-captain.html
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_30.html
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Ignorant:Bloody Revolutions
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/gonzo-track-of-day-steve-ignorantbloody.html
Grammy-winning rock band YES to perform at Tioga Downs on July 5
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/grammy-winning-rock-band-yes-to-perform.html
 
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#84) is here to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Mick Abrahams on the front cover and features an exclusive interview with this legendary guitarist who amongst other things founded both Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig. It also has a letter from Daevid Allen in hospital, Echo and the Bunnymen live, an archive chat between Tim Rundall and Mick Farren and Keith Levene remembering his days as guitarist in The Clash. There are also new shows from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and boxing kangaroos (OK, no pugilistic marsupials, 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 featured is: Mick Abrahams, Yes, Jon Davison, Rick Wakeman, ABWH, Jon Anderson, Allman Brothers, Lana del Rey, Kurt Cobain, Frances Bean Cobain, Prince, Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, Robert Plant, Daevid Allen, Michael des Barres, Hunt Emerson, Keith Levene, Auburn, Liz Lenten, Atkins-May Project, Clepsydra, Renaissance, Galahad, Eric Burdon, Elvis Presley, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Felix Dennis, Eli Wallach, Gerry Conlon, Teenie Hodges, Bobby Womack, Clearlight, Rocket Scientists, Aviator, Ant-Bee, Steve Hillage, Erik Norlander, The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger, Neil Young, Echo & the Bunnymen, Mick Farren, Hawkwind, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Beatles, Erasure, Osmonds, One Direction, Spice Girls, Ozzy Osbourne, Monkees, Alice Cooper, Weird Weekend, Gazpacho, Subject to Thoughts, The Symphony of Screams, Nine Treasures
 
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!
 
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*  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 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?

WEIRD WEEKEND 2014: Mark Raines and the Security Baboon

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-USA:

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1908 the Tunguska event occurred in Siberia. Entire books (of varying quality) have been written about the Tunguska event and it's possible cause, so it is difficult to explain in a sentence but essentially it was a big massive explosion that lit up the night sky as far away as Britain. But that doesn't do the sheer magnitude of the event justice, if you'd like to know more here is a decent starting point: 

And now the news:

  • 'Mystery Creature' Roaming The Bronx Turns Out To ...
  • Mountain lion scares shoppers in Utah
  • As Iraq runs dry, a plague of snakes is unleashed
  • Thailand set to become next country to destroy ivo...
  • Watch the video of a giant barrel jellyfish filmed...
  • Invasion of the monogamous fish
  • Badger cull claims flawed, vets say
  • A clip from a History Channel documentary about Tunguska (they'll probably conclude it was caused by ancient aliens or something knowing that channel) :