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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Friday, December 13, 2013

FORTEAN NORTH DEVON: Is this a UFO spotted in the skies above North Devon?

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WHAT looks like an Unidentified Flying Object has been spotted above the countryside in North Devon.
Journal photographer Rob Tibbles was looking at photographs he had taken yesterday at Fullabrook wind farm between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe when he spotted a strange object hovering above one of the turbines.
After zooming in on the object to have a closer look, it was still unclear what it could be.
The object appears to be grey in colour, quite large and of an oval shape.
Chivenor search and rescue said they had not had any reported UFO sightings in the area yesterday, however, they were on a training exercise so it may have been them.

Read on...

NEWSLINK: Rhino Crimes: Are the Right People Going to Jail?

The recent 25-year jail sentences dealt to three Mozambican nationals convicted of slaughtering rhinos was indeed encouraging news from the battle to save South Africa’s rhinos.
However, it must be noted that proper punishment continues to evade higher-ranking rhino horn profiteers.
Hiding behind the cloak of conservation
Unscrupulous individuals hiding behind the cloak of conservation are ferociously plundering South Africa’s rhinos Instead of joining South Africa’s battle to protect its rhinos, a corrupt minority of game farmers, professional hunters, and wildlife veterinarians have chosen to exchange their ethics for ill-gotten financial rewards.

DALE DRINNON: Eastern Bigfoot, Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar and Willow, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at Cedar and Willow:
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.


The Gonzo Daily - Friday
Everybody's got something to hide except for me and my lobster. That's is a line you don't hear every day, but yesterday we took receipt of a half grown blue lobster from New Guinea, who is now  ensconced in a tank where Corinna's cane toads used to be (they are now in the kitchen underneath the vietnamese stick insects). He is a delightful and rather inquisitive little fellow (definitely a male because of the red stripes on his claws) and he has been diligently exploring his new home, and eating bits of shredded fish. Apparently he will also be fond of cucumber, which is peculiar because I can imagine that the cucumber count in New Guinea rivers is practically zero. However, some years ago when I had a tankful of smuggled Puerto Rico forest snails, they liked both cucumbers and dandelions, neither of which are found anywhere near PR. Weird huh?
I am half way through reading the new biography of George Harrison which might well be in this weekend's Gonzo Weekly together with interviews with Pam Windo, Percy Jones and features on Rick Wakeman and Hawkwind amongst all sorts of other things. Want to make sure that you don't miss it? Subscribe here: http://gonzomultimedia.us6.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=66d407e1f55721a2ff0351da3&id=d0370afb92
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Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
Chris Squire of Yes Talks Rock Hall, Jon Anderson and Jimmy Page
Annie Haslam ‘In the Spirit of the Holidays’ at Sellersville Theater
*  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: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
* 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 54 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) 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 cat?

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:

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 2012 batshit insane tinpot dictatorship North Korea put its first satellite into orbit. It had 3 previous failed attempts at doing this and the current one isn't really orbiting properly. Apparently arseing about like this, when they could have just looked at Google Earth or bought recent satellite photos relatively cheaply, is what NK's leaders think is a better use of resources than feeding it's many starving people. Nice to know that wherever you go in the world politicians are the same - take, for example, the 11% rise in UK MPs pay compared to the 1% rise for public sector workers. “We're all in it together”, but some are more in it than others.

And now the news:

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  • Replace the communist stuff in this clip with references to Margaret Thatcher and you have Michael Gove's wet dream: