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, April 13, 2013

DALE DRINNON: Nessie reports, Yeti Articles, Benny's Blogs, and Cedar & Willow

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ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

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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.

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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.


    Sheri Myler, our student who is doing a series of placements with us over the next year or so is back for her second stint. Once again, I am putting her to work and she will be blogging each day about her time here...

    My last full day at the CFZ began with me doing quite a bit of the Eberhart book on my own as, for some reason, it wasn’t working properly on Jon’s computer. So, he got on with other things instead and even had a nap, as he wasn’t feeling well. We were eventually able to get it to work on Jon’s computer so started putting pictures in then.

    A little later, Helen, Jess and Matt came bearing gifts. They had rescued six newts from the pond that they are getting rid of and brought them round for Jon to put into the pond that he’s building.

    Also, they witnessed one of the cats attacking a mouse in the garden. They rescued that as well. We kept it inside until it was no longer in shock, but when it was released again, it didn’t run off, so it had to be brought back inside. Another mouse was later seen scurrying under a chair.

    As this was to be the last cat hunt of my trip, we decided to make it extra long. Despite this, it was the least eventful. We did accidentally find ourselves in Cornwall again, and the mist and bald trees did give the atmosphere a spooky quality. But, alas, the most wildlife we saw was a single moth. It was still a nice drive though. 


    And so it is Sheri's last day with us for this placement. She returns to Yorkshire tomorrow and we shall miss her lots. The weather is getting warmer which means that we have our animal rescue hats on, and at the moment we have a slow-worm, a bank vole, and six newts awaiting rehabilitation. The house is full of animals and music, which is really how it should be. The first music that I have heard from the new House of Love album sounds amazing, but the record that I am listening to most at the moment is 'Gridlock' by Mr Averill. Expect an interview sooner rather than later.
    Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from The Television Personalities.
    HAWKWIND: Davey Curtis is a Worrier at the edge of Preston.

    *  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?

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    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1920 the banker Roberto Calvi was born. Calvi was a mason and banker for both the Vatican and the Italian mafia so when he was murdered and left hanging under Blackfriers Bridge in London in 1980 following his involvement in a political scandal conspiracy theorists tongues started to wag a bit...
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