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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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DALE DRINNON: New England sea serpent, Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar & Willow, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
Some more new remarks about a series of puzzling SeaSerpent sightings.
New at Cedar and Willow:
Much-delayed entry at C&W due to technical problems.
New At Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
New at Benny's Other Blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
Best Wishes, Dale D.


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 took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


Yesterday was a strange, frustrating, and ultimately relaxing day. The day before (Tuesday) I had laboured quite hard finishing the first proof of Volume One of our mammoth reissue of George Eberhart's 'Mysterious Creatures'. I also interviewed the ever lovely Judy Dyble (whom I tease about being a diva, but she is actually nothing of the sort), and in preparation for a feature in this weekend's 'Gonzo Weekly', I once again listened to her forthcoming album...twice. It really is magnificent, and I cannot wait for the rest of the world to hear it.
But I digress, back to yesterday. I got up early and in a bright mood, skipping downstairs full of the joys of spring in order to commence my day's activities. I did my emails, and wrote a short piece about the aforementioned Ms D, and then the Internet died on me. BT announced that it would take some hours to fix, and then I noticed that somehow I had picked up one of those ultimately harmless, but annoying browser hijack thingys that aren't a virus, but behave like one. It turned out that I had actually picked up two separate ones, so I took the day off, and turned the computer over to Graham. I spent the day reading 'The Aurelian's Fireside Companion', and listening to the new Mr Averell CD. In the evening, Dave and Jess came around, and afterwards Mother and I watched the first part of Patrick Barkham's excellent new British Butterflies DVD (which I would recommend to anyone). So all in all, a pleasant day even if I didn't actually achieve ow't.
'Days Between Stations' featuring Peter Banks, Rick Wakeman et al. Who is this bloke Al?

*  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

As we know, yesterday's `Yesterday’s News Today` was never posted, so here is what would have been posted yesterday, today:

On this day in 1928 the first Mickey Mouse cartoon Plane Crazy was released. Unfortunately, as it failed to find a distributor, it was only seen by a few people. That changed when Walt Disney wowed audiences by showing them his Steamboat Willy, the first cartoon that had sound synchronised to the action on screen. After this Plane Crazy was given a similar soundtrack by Ub Iwerks and Disney then re-released it and it became a great success.

In the USA copyright laws mysteriously change every few years to always include Steamboat Willie and therefore theoretically Disney's ownership of Mickey Mouse... Iwerks' and Disney's earlier creation Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is technically public domain though:

But now for today's 'Yesterday's News Today'. It is a double issue because yesterday's 'Yesterday's News Today' posts are now being posted in today's 'Yesterday's News Today', alongside the posts that had originally been scheduled for today's 'Yesterday's News Today'. Confused? Join the club.

On this day in 1928 paranormal investigator Peter Underwood was born. Underwood is most famous for his investigations into the Borley Rectory Hauntings (dubbed the most haunted house in Britain by the press).
And now the news:

  • Elusive crocodile killed after four years at large...
  • At Least 26 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Centra...
  • Trafficking of Critically Endangered Madagascar to...
  • Man who thought he just had a runny nose for a yea...
  • Shark Attack: Man Killed Off Reunion Island
  • Kenya: Lake Victoria Crocodile Kills Form One Stud...
  • Sea turns red as whales die to satisfy lust of gou...
  • Why are so many Southern right whales dying in Pat...
  • Elephant 'tramples to death suspected poacher'
  • Kenyan conservation director charged with ivory sm...
  • River guide swallowed by hippo, lives to tell tale...
  • Toxic Caterpillars: Pesticide To Destroy Bug
  • Stung to death by bees: climber's body found dangl...
  • India panic after bears kill eight in Orissa state...
  • Rare pearl mussel at risk due to illegal poaching
  • Thailand's Tiger Temple: Unsafe, cruel, and riddle...

  • Underwood on Borley:

    Rural broadband problems affecting the CFZ this Wednesday lunchtime

    Graham here...

    There's "major broadband problems" in our area at present, and I'm told engineers are working on this. It seems they'll be a few hours yet, so apologies for the present lack of updates.

    As the phrase has it, please try later.....