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, March 04, 2015

CFZ PUBLISHING: Yearbooks as e-books

cfz-yearbook-1998We are in the process of converting all the CFZ Yearbooks into Kindle ebook format. To date, the first six volumes have been uploaded: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000/2001 and 2002.
Don’t let the title mislead you into thinking these books may be a bit dated now! Each CFZ Yearbook is a timeless collection of in-depth papers and essays on all aspects of cryptozoology, including many contributions from well-known researchers in the field.

MUIRHEAD'S MYSTERIES: Bees and electricity

Here are a few links on the subject of bees and electricity:

From 2013 – bees can sense the electric fields of flowers:

Also from 2013,bees may use electricity to communicate.


A You Tube video lasting 2:57 on how bees can sense the invisible including electric fields:



I want some, some energy
The ultimate discovery
Electric blue for me , Never more to be free
Electricity Nuclear and HEP
Come fuels from the sea
Wasted electricity
I want some, some energy, Electricity ,All we need is to learn to save, And if a man would throw away
It doesn't change the city cost ,The alternative is only one, The final source of energy Solar electricity,
Electricity, electricity Electricity, electricity Electricity


What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology?

Well, everything, actually!

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.


The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
The universe really does have a habit of turning around and biting you in the bum if you get too oer-confident. Yesterday, for example, I wrote that it relt like springtime, and eulogised about birdies and flowers and all sorts of Basil Fotherington-Thomaslike things. Then as soon as the kids arrived for work, it started to snow quite heavily. Luckily it didn't last, but it was a timely reminder not to count my proverbial chickens.
Yesterday with Danny doing the garden and aviaries, Tammy doing the animals and tanks, and Jessica in the office with me I felt more like Jubal Harshaw than ever. But I think that he is the direction in which I have been heading for years, so I shouldn't argue with my destiny.
The Gonzo Weekly #119
Eliza Carthy, Arthur Brown, Simon Phillips, Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Jon Anderson, Hawkwind and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#119) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Eliza Carthy on the front cover with an interview with her inside. Doug Harr reports on legendary drummer Simon Phillips, and we send Liz Lenten to a Desert Island. Neil Nixon reports on singing drug addicts, Wyrd goes acoustic and Xtul gets freakier than ever. Jon does some reporting from the field, and there are radio shows from Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea, although I have been assured that they will hit land again soon. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons trying to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty in making choices, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features: Wilko Johnson, Noel Gallagher, Paloma Faith, Bjork, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Arthur Brown, Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Bob Marley, Karnataka, Strange Fruit, Friday Night
Progressive,Leonard Nimoy, Warsaw Pakt, Hugh Hopper, Orlando Monday Allen, Dee Palmer, Badfinger, Ant-Bee, Billy Cobham, Tony Palmer, Homeostasis, Nolan Porter, Galahad, Mick Abrahams Band, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Protocol, Liz Lenten, Hawkwind, Yes, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Alan White, Joey Molland, Robben Ford, George Harrison, Xtul, Elvis, Justin Bieber, Marillion, Metallica,
Beatles, Spurious Transients, The Relationships, Rocket Scientists, The Brits, Chasing Violets, Pest, Eliwagar
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:

All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:

* 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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
* 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 infantile orange cat?


Award-Winning Scientist has New Solutions for Academic Acceptance of Bigfoot Research
Award-Winning scientist, Barabara Olvera, shares new Ideas for Bigfoot research.

Video: Is this sighting proof that Bigfoot exists ... or is it an elaborate hoax?
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Hiker captures Bigfoot on video in Utah mountains
A hiker recently posted a video on YouTube claiming that he captured a video of Bigfoot while exploring the Utah mountains. In the footage, the hiker ...

Busting Bigfoot: World's most elusive beast almost spotted
Bigfoot has been the subject of countless stories, but actually laying hands on one has proved more than elusive. Not everyone has given up though ...

The Bishop, California Bigfoot Campsite Killings
Thanks but I don't buy it. The guy never did say that it was officially confirmed that these people were killed like this. Also is it possible for any creature 


ON THIS DAY IN 1766 - The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act, which had caused bitter and violent opposition in the U.S.colonies. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • Rare white elephant discovered in Myanmar

  • Crocodiles rocked pre-Amazonian Peru: Seven crocod...

  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)