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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Saturday, March 30, 2013

LIZ BITAKARA'MIRE: Relating to Yeti....

Think about it: you live in the mountains, it's freezing, you're not exactly a dish and you've got sherpas showing adventure-seekers from the West roughly where you live. You've gone underground. You used to let people see you all the time. Let's face it: you're bigger and hairier than most people you come into contact with so why not? What have you to be scared of?

All that changed, though, when you became famous, and now you just want to be left alone. Can't anyone relate to you and what you're going through? One government made a bit of an effort.

According to a recent article in Stylist magazine, archivists have recently discovered a memo from the American embassy in Nepal titled Regulations Governing Mount Climbing Expeditions in Nepal - Relating to Yeti. The 1959 document says that the Abominable Snowman may be 'caught alive but it must not be killed or shot at, except in an emergency rising out of self defence.' The memo was thought to have been released in response to what Stylist magazine's unnamed columnist calls 'yeti fever' in Nepal in the 1950s.

So the American ambassador showed willing, but since the document 'relating to yeti' advises you can be caught alive or potentially shot, it does look like your Persecution Complex is well-founded. Poor old yeti....


Karl Shuker sticks his neck out to investigate an alleged snake-headed dog in California.

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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. So 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.

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:


Today I am taking my life in my hand. A whole slew of my adopted nephews and nieces are all in the sitting room, arguing about zombies with Nick Wadham, and playing an aeroplane game on the Wii. This afternoon there will be nine youngsters between the ages of 11-21, plus various middle aged Fortean types. A lot of cake will be consumed. No, 'cake' is not a euphemism. Will my nerves survive it?
Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from Hardboiled Wonderland
Once again we repair to Austin for our daily audience with Thom the World Poet
Helen and Martin et al pay tribute to Jefferson Starship
Whilst on the subject of San Fransisco's finest, here is a specialist article claiming that you should listen to them when 'high'. I am 6 foot 7. Is that 'high' enough?

*  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:
* 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 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't) 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 cats?

OLL LEWIS:Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 2002 the Queen Mother died. The queen mother was a big fan of whelks and every Thursday evening would insist that at least one member of her personal staff would dress up as the mollusc and walk the corridors of Glamis Castle reciting the Shakespeare play “MacBeth”, which was set there, before a large dog was set upon them. To this day the title of the Master Wrangler of the Royal Thespian Man-Whelk is one of the most sought after positions in the royal staff even though it has been largely ceremonial since the queen mother's death.

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