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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, April 28, 2015

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.



NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



Western Morning News

TV hypnotist Keith Barry says Cornwall's Tony Doc Shiels is his inspiration
“He's taken one the most famous photos of the Loch Ness Monster ever. He considers himself a trickster and mentalist and is great.”.


BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



Pictures: Arkansas Bigfoot Conference

Pictures: Arkansas Bigfoot Conference Bigfoot believers across the nation are in Vilonia, Arkansas, this weekend for the state's Bigfoot conference

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:
  • American Folklore — Featuring the Jersey Devil, the Gloucester Sea Serpent and more...
From CFZ-USA:

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS UP

The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
 
Things never work out the way that they are meant to. I had such big plans for yesterday, but they were interrupted by one of my extended family separating from her family, another splitting up with her boyfriend, and my axolotls presenting me with approximately 500 eggs. This is particularly odd as I had thought they were both females. However, we have to assume that they are fertile, so the two adults have been removed to temporary accommodation outside, where they have been separated so that the proven female can me given more food than usual and some respite from the advances of the male, so that she can regain her strength. The eggs, on the other hand, have been left in the quondam axolotl tank on the landing with the addition of an airstone. If they are visibly fertile I shall add a colony of daphnia and see what transpires. As far as the human members of my tribe who are in extremis, I can do little more than provide a shoulder to cry on, and try to make whatever advice I give more than platitudes. Ambystomatidae are far easier to help than girls.
 
 
The Gonzo Weekly #127
www.gonzoweekly.com
 
Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Circuline, Astronomusic, Blur, Blackbird Raum, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
 
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#127) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has the legendary Roy Weard on the cover, and inside yours truly interviews him about his autobiography, memories of Watchfield and Windsor free festivals and lots more. Doug writes about Circuline, Jon interviews Astronomusic, Jon eulogises over Blackbird Raum, and is pensive about Blur's new album. Jon critiques a book about Doc Shiels. Neil Nixon reports on an even stranger album than usual, Wyrd plays live with exclusive pics, Xtul gets even more peculiar, and there are radio shows from Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea, although I have been assured that they will hit land again soon. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons trying to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty in making choices, 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!!!
 
This issue features:
John Lennon, Noel & Liam Gallagher, Tool, Black Sabbath, Nile Rodgers, Chic, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Bernard Stollman, John Shuttleworth, Hugh Hopper, Rocket Scientists, Tommy James, Birmingham Sunday, Inner City Unit, Mick Abrahams, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine, Brantley Gilbert,Roy Weard, Circuline, Astronomusic, Hawkwind, Jessica Taylor, Yes,
Reflektions, Tracy Nicholson, Stargrace, Jim Watts, Dogleg, Doc Shiels, Xtul, Yes, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Rick Wakeman, Blackbird Raum, Blur, Damon Albarn, A.C.,Spice Girls, Elvis, The Osbournes, Michael Jackson, The Partridge Family, Claude Serre, Jonne
 
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?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Tuesday

ON THIS DAY IN 0357 - Constantius II visited Rome for the first time. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Iridescent animals shine to startle predators
  • British public vote in favour of lynx reintroducti...
  • Dolphins use extra energy to communicate in noisy ...
  • Western Pond Turtle Moves Toward Endangered Specie...

  • Coyote on the loose after police hunt in New York'...

  • 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)