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, December 16, 2013

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Roy Mackal (1925-2013)


KARL SHUKER; The Dragons of Oceania

Karl Shuker goes in search of the famous, and less-famous, dragons of Oceania.

Read on...


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.

DALE DRINNON: Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Mermaid, Neanderthal, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:


The Gonzo Daily - Monday
I made an appalling cock up (to use the technical publishing industry terminology) in the most recent edition of Gonzo Weekly. Bart Lancia, my favourite roving reporter, sent me a link to a touching story about country singer Ray Price who at the age of 87 has decided to stop treatment for his advanced pancreatic cancer, and has issued this farewell statement to his fans: "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them," Price wrote. "I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day." Unfortunately, probably because I had the death of my old friend Lloyd Pye on my mind, in the link to this story in this weekend's magazine I named him as Lloyd Price. Lloyd Price is an 80-year-old R&B singer who, as far as I am aware, is in fine fettle. I hope that anyone affected by this will accept my sincere apologies. You can see how contrite I am because I haven't even used the headline 'The Price is Right!'
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
Korg All Access: Rick Wakeman's buying guide to digital pianos.
*  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?

INAPPROPRIATE CORNER: 17 Most Offensive Adverts That Would Be Banned Today

In the present age of marketing, advertisements often tend to cross limits in a race to elevate the sales or to get the limelight of media. Advertisements often use lies and exaggerations as their main tool for grasping the attention of the masses. But what line did advertisements cross in the past? The answer lies in these offensive, racist vintage adverts:
offensive ads that should be banned  (1)
offensive ads that should be banned  (2)
offensive ads that should be banned  (2)
offensive ads that should be banned  (3)

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1773 the people of Boston in America decided that the best way to protest against having to pay taxes was to dump crates of tea into the harbour. This act had knock-on effects that are with us even to this day, for until recently it was nigh on impossible to get a decent quality cup of tea in the USA.

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  • You 'um it son oi'll ply eet”