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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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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

TAMARA'S DIARY 1st December.

Tamara is the new intern. She is the latest in a line of charming young ladies who have come to do stuff here. Tamara knows her stuff and we are looking forward to a long and mutually fruitful relationship. I have bullied her into writing for these pages so you will soon get to know her for yourself. 
1st December. 

Today at work, when I arrived I started on feeding the axolotls, the caecilians and the cichlids, worms, but one cichlid still is not eating properly, we tried worms lettuce and water pennywort still no interest, we will keep watch over the next few days to see whether it starts to eat again. Then I cleaned the baby pigeon's old cage, I also weighed the tortoises there weight is still roughly the same, I fed the crow also and checked the other pigeon aviary. After I finished all that I cleaned a tank in the office and fed the fish in the living room.

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.




BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF:



Bigfoot Tree Knocks Captured on Video in North Texas
Some researchers speculate that bigfoot communicate at times by striking trees with large limbs to produce a knocking sound. The following was ...

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS TARDY

The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.html
 
Last night I had problems with Acrobat. No I don't mean girls in spangly tights, but the programme made by those jolly nice folks at Adobe. I was up until gone 2:30 when I finally gave up and went to bed, and as a result I overslept this morning, which as Jess and Danny were here at 12:00 raring to go, was a considerable issue. Bizarrely, I went legit a couple of years ago. After using a pirated version of Acrobat 6 which never caused me any problems for the best part of a decade, I bought a legitimate copy of Acrobat 9 which has been a pain in the arse ever since. I know that there are all sorts of cheaper and apparently user-friendly alternatives, but I have never yet found one that can input the custom settings that I need. Ideas please?
 
 
 
Crass, Steve Ignorant, Iona, Dave Bainbridge, Daniel Lanois, Cure, John Parr, Peter Banks, Empire, Jon Anderson, Yes, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen and ....New Seekers fans had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#106) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
 
It has Steve Ignorant on the cover, and features an interview with him by Yours truly. We also meet and chat with Dave Bainbridge of Iona about his new album, and legendary record producer David Mackay about his new charity single. Doug Harr goes to see Daniel Lanois (with exclusive piccies) and Mark Murdock runs into Terry Bozzio. And we send Don Falcone to a desert island. Xtul are back in the deep woods, and there are also new shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are back with another episode of Sub Reality Sandwich. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and animals coming in two by twos (OK, nothing to do with Noah's Ark, 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!
 
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
 
 
 
* 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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
 
* 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?

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:

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Tuesday/Wednesday

ON THIS DAY IN 1931 - Alka Seltzer was sold for the first time. 

  • Population of potoroo once thought extinct passes ...
  • Nepal's killing fields: FIVE THOUSAND buffalo lie ...
  • Leopards live closer to people than previously tho...
  • New horned dinosaur species identified from museum...
  • No croaking: New frog species groans, coughs
  • Chinese zoos plundering Zimbabwe’s wildlife
  • Gal├ípagos Islands wildlife threatened by battle be...

  • Mass extinction led to many new species of bony fi...

  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)