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, April 29, 2012

RICHARD FREEMAN SENT THIS: The Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks





16 Potter Hill
North Yorkshire
YO18 8AA

Tel - 01751 472715

e-mail - aquariumgazette@yahoo.com

11th February 2012


Dear Friends

On Sunday 13th May the Ryedale Aquarist Society will be hosting a special ‘Fun Day’ to be held at the Pickering Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, Pickering, North Yorkshire.
YO18 8AA.

We have hired the main Ground Hall from 10.00a.m. to 4.00p.m. The idea for ‘FD’ is that we relax and have an enjoyable ‘day of fun’. Events for the day will run as follows:

1. 10.00a.m. Welcoming tea and coffee. Benching of mini-show exhibits. Placement of sales table items.

2. Rather than hold an auction we have decided to put on a sales table instead. Please bring along your spare fish and aquatic items to sell. Please name all fish and place a contact phone number onto any electrical items. 10% commission will be taken on all sales. Items on the table will go on sale from 10.40a.m.

2. 11.00a.m Talk on ‘A fishkeepers visit to Singapore Part 1’ by our special guests
Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Christine Webb.

3. 12.15p.m. approx. Shared ‘pot luck lunch’. Ryedale A.S. will provide the tea and coffee and we ask that you, please, bring along a savoury and/or sweet item to add to the lunch pot.

4. 1.30p.m. approx. Talk on ‘A fishkeepers visit to Singapore Part 2’ by our special guests Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Christine Webb.

5. Prize awards for both Sue Marshall’s ‘fun quiz’ and the mini-show. Drawing of raffle Early tea.

Mini-Open Show

This will comprise of 10 classes as follows:-

Class 01 - Guppy Class 02 - A.O.V. Livebearer

Class 03 - Corydoras Class 04 - A.O.V. Catfish

Class 05 - A.V. Characin Class 06 - A.V. Cichlid

Class 07 - Botia, Loach, Shark & Fox

Class 08 - A.V. Labyrinth fish (including Snakehead)

Class 09 - A.O.V. Tropical or coldwater fish

Class 10 Eggshibit - To enter this class you will need to boil an egg and then use all of your artistic flair and craftwork knowledge to build your egg into a fish. Judges discretion will decide the places.

The mini-show classes will be judged by YAAS.‘A’ Class Judge Mr. Edward Cheetham. Y.A.A.S rules and standards apply. Please name all ‘living’ exhibits. Entry fee of 20p per exhibit. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed winners of each class. The Society or Independent showing person with the greatest number of points (4 for 1st, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd) will receive a small trophy.

We will also hold a raffle and prize quiz.

The Ryedale A.S. members hope that you will be able to join us and ask that you, please, let us know by 30th April if you are able to attend.

Yours sincerely

David Marshall
Secretary Ryedale A.S.


The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived in some way by us, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. However the mystery cat phenomenon is a global one, so here are some mystery cat, and mystery cat-related stories from around the world...
Another big cat enters Sadgaon
Times of India
NASHIK: In less than 24 hours since a leopard killed a seven- year- old girl in Naitale, Niphad, another one was located in More Mala in Sadgaon near Girnare at 11.30 am on Saturday. But apart from inflicting minor scratches on a small boy, ...

Lion Man warned ministers of cat danger

Government ministers and departments were warned a tragedy was "inevitable" at a Northland big cat reserve – shortly before a handler was mauled to death. A three-day coronial inquiry starts in Whangarei on June 12, more than three years after Dalu ...

Valparai tiger loses battle
Times of India
A postmortem on Saturday evening linked its death to a bad meal the big cat had a few hours before it went to retrieve the remains of a previous kill it left behind two days ago in the cowshed. The tiger, according to the postmortem report, ...

Cougar on prowl in Buda? Sighting reported near Onion Creek
Hays Free Press
Though Rodriguez and her husband did not photograph the big cat, they're in good company among Kyle and Buda folks who have reported sightings in recent times. Mountain lions, also known as cougars, panthers and pumas, are said to be spreading out from ...

Lions on the brink
Even people who are not expert at biology or the environment probably recognize that many of the world's species of large cats are in danger of extinction. But lions? These large and formidable predators do not readily come to mind when one thinks of ...

Mountain lion spotted in East Haddam
First thing in the morning I see this large brown cat, with a long tail cross in front of me," said Olzacki. "At first, the First Selectman Mark Walters and I thought, people are going to think our nuts. We need to release something, we need to tell ...

DALE DRINNON: Miocene apes and smaller yetis/Tyler Stone

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

New on Tyler Stone's Blog:


Monday's blog posts are a particularly jolly set of ones.

Original 'Genesis' guitarist Anthony Phillips has a new album imminent. With a bit of luck and a fair wind I shall be talking to him this afternoon, but as a taster, here is one of my favourite of his tracks:

I shall also be talking to Jon Anderson, but in the meantime we have a link to a Jon Anderson biography and competition:

We have regular reader Dave McMann's review of a recent London show by 'Curved Air':

Rick Wakeman is a jolly nice chap. Here is a link to a story and picture of a charity appearance he made over the weekend:

After weeks of having my house full of visiting scientists, musicians and my nearest and dearest I had an evening to myself last night. What did I do? I listened to Judge Smith's album 'The Climber' and was moved to write a review almost immediately:

We have a link to a Mimi Page review:

The other day I posted a YouTube link to an old song by 'Detective'. However, Michael D-B has suggested that I should actually have posted a totally different song. Do I look like the sort of bloke who argues with Marquises? Nah:

And finally, as regular readers of this blog will know, although the vast majority of what we cover is at least vaguely relevant to the releases on the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies, there are some things – mostly book reviews – that are included because I think they are interesting. Here, as always, I would like to say that any opinions expressed are my own and have nothing to do with any of those nice people at Gonzo Multimedia. Today I post a review of a jolly good biography of Patti Smith:

See you tomorrow..

HAUNTED SKIES: News of the World 2.10.83


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1938 the cartoon Porky's Hare Hunt premières in American cinemas featuring a character called 'Happy Hare' who was an early version of Bugs Bunny.

And now the news:

Dogs attacked - by kung fu guinea pig
Thailand’s Shrimp Farms Threaten Rare ‘Fishing Cat...
Stressed-out penguins on the mend
Hard to swallow? Greedy bird gets to grips with gi...
Corky, Kitten Born With Criss-Crossed Legs, Saved ...
Magnetic fields light up 'GPS neurons', scientists...
Rare bees on their way to Dungeness from Sweden
Mysterious Sea Monster Plant Fossil Baffles Scient...
Iceland to resume hunt of endangered Fin whales
How Do Tigers Get Their Stripes? Science Not So Ce...
Eating shark fin soup makes you stupid
Baby Sea Urchins Use Allergy Chemical to Grow Up
Pacific Reef Sharks Vanishing Near Populated Islan...
Lowly Rat Gnaws & Chews to Top of the Rodent World...
It’s Julien MacDonald duck: Gander at these goose-...

I can't say I've ever really liked Bugs Bunny and his stable-mates, always found Bugs to be a bit false, like he was hiding something, (most likely dismembered body-parts) and sly. But here's his début:


KARL SHUKER: New Guinea singing dog

In addition to the many feral (run-wild) domestic dogs of relatively recent origin and varied appearance present throughout New Guinea, there may still exist in the more lofty reaches of its eastern highlands a very primitive canine form of much greater antiquity and well-defined morphology – the New Guinea singing dog. Read on...