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, October 01, 2012

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Mail 11.6.69.

WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's Fortean bird news

After about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

  • Birdwatchers in a flap in South Tyneside
  • Symbiotic survival of rare birds and rain forests
  • Rare bird spotted at nature reserve
  • ENTANGLED: Rescuers respond to birds ensnared in f...
  • Scientists examine fall migratory pathways and hab...
  • FORTEAN LINK: Another odd taxidermy story

    Mummified Cat Dunking Mummified Bird

    What if -- for some reason -- you wanted to buy the mummified carcass of a cat slam-dunking a mummified bird? You may think you'd be out of luck. But you'd be wrong.
    eBay has made buying everything from jeans to video games at a discount a whole lot easier. It's also helped buyers and sellers meet for sales of less common products.
    Last week, a bizarre auction popped up on the site with a very to-the-point and jarring title: "mummified cat slam dunking a mummified bird." The sale page featured a photo depicting the petrified corpse of a cat hanging on the rim of a miniature basketball hoop, with an alleged dead bird stuck in the net. The asking price for this insane item? A starting bid of $550, with a Buy-It-Now price of $750.

    CFZ PEOPLE: Dougal Taylor-Rose meets Uncle Jon

    Photo: With Great Uncle Jon


    And so another working week begins. We are rushing around like the proverbial headless chickens trying to get everything sorted out before Corinna leaves tomorrow. The ever lovely Jess H is in the office with me today, and I hope we shall achieve great things today...
    My brother-in-law Antony sent me a brief message on Facebook. He basically agreed with what I wrote yesterday about The Beach Boys on Later with Jools Holland, and sent me the following link. The story of how this band is unravelling before our eyes continues, and I make no apologies for featuring it heavily here on the Gonzo Daily.  This is rock and roll history in action...http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-beach-boys-not-having-that-much-fun.html
    I often post links to stories about various Gonzofolk, but on the whole these tend to be 'professional' links; to reviews and interviews that have been conducted by websites that are known for doing such things. It is nice, therefore, to find the blog of just an ordinary person who just happens to like Michael Des Barres.

    Another visit to the singular universe of Thom the World Poet

    I have had these two reviews of the latest Erik Norlander CD/DVD packages floating about for a week or so now, and I am glad of the opportunity to post them...

    News from the fabulous Cristiano Roversi about his new album  'AntiQua'.

    A link to a very revealing interview with the massively groovy Paul Kantner...

    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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?


    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 by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012 Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

    Here is the latest tranche of news...

    DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot evidence/Cedar & Willow/Benny's Blog

    New on Frontiers of Zoology:

    Another Bigfoot Evidence notice also came out this morning:

    New on Benny's Blog, another of Hollywood's mysteries:

    Oh, and another Birthday Notice just went up at Cedar and Willow:

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    On this day in 1982 the Disney Epcot theme park opened. It's difficult to explain to anyone who has never been to Epcot just how bizarre it is but it's a bit like transporting yourself into a live version of the episodes of BBC's 'Tomorrows World' where they got everything wrong, and following it up by asking UKIP to tell you about the diverse nations of Europe and then removing all the swearwords.
    And now the news:
    The actually quite good Spaceship Earth ride at Epcot: