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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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Sunday, September 30, 2012

MORE ON RUSSIAN BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS

Yeti Sightings Are Popping Up All Over Russia, Bigfoot Hunt Imminent
By Todd Rigney
Yeti sightings have started to pop up all across Russia, according to the folks at Fox News. No less than three instances of Bigfoot-related encounters have.

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Mail 10.1.69.


WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's Fortean bird news



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.










TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND UP


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.




Here is the latest tranche of news...


  • LINK: Iriomote Oyamaneko – The Iriomote Great Moun...
  • NEWSLINK: More on Tarzan case
  • NEWSLINK: More on legislation to limit big cat own...
  • NEWSLINK: Tabby cats compared to king cheetahs
  • NEWSLINK: Tourists banned from India's tiger reser...
  • NEWSLINK: Poaching threat to India's leopards


  • DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot evidence/Cedar and Willow/Benny's Blog


    This just up on Frontiers of Zoology: some quick redirections to Bigfoot Evidence stories:

     
    For my own point of view the Neanderthal one is the really important one, but others may want to know about the other stories and so I post them too.

    I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN




    Its sunday in the world of pop
    and I have got a bumper crop
    of stories I am going to feed ya
    mostly 'bout Gonzo Multimedia
    Cos each week at about this time
    I write the Gonzo blog in rhyme
    and despite the rhymes being often used
    the exercise keeps me amused



    so we start off with a sad insight
    into what happens when families fight
    even though they made a joyous noise
    I think that's about it for the Beach Boys
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-beach-boys-watching-car-crash.html

    This next review is rather sweet
    going track by track through Carnaby Street
    yes, Michael Des Barres' new CD
    which is fantastic don't you see
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/link-michael-des-barres-review.html

    And now there's news of Wishbone Ash
    a band who often make a splash,
    if you like the records and want more
    heres news about their UK Tour
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/wishbone-ash-tour.html

    His music could be very strange
    the man himself was quite deranged
    but there's been no-one like him you see
    here's a Captain Beefheart DVD
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/link-captain-beefheart-review.html

    And now a man who's writing's bostin
    he lives in Texas, down in Austin
    and every day here (wouldn't you know it)
    there's something from Thom the World Poet
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_30.html

    And who is next, I wonder can you guess
    you'd have guessed wrong if you'd said Yes
    I wonder can you guess it now?
    Its Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/link-anderson-bruford-wakeman-and-howe.html

    Next up is a very funny guy
    with a DVD which might make you cry
    He writes as funny as he talks
    Ladies and Gentlemen, Tony Hawks
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/tony-hawks-bizarre-and-ever-so-slightly.html

    And finally my adopted nephew Max,
    whose head is full of proggy facts
    has just sent this video to me
    Noel Edmonds and Can on TV
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/max-blake-suggested-i-post-this-can-on.html

    And so my friends, that's it for this time
    I'll be back tomorrow without the rhyme
    thanks for supporting this blog (and this freak)
    I will see you once again next week


    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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



    On yesterday in 2012 I got engaged. I asked Ann to marry me on the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth's Barbican.
    An apt song from Al Stewart:

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    CRYPTOLINK: Trail Cam Bigfoot?




    http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/hunting/2012/09/trail-camera-contest-2012-best-round-1-0?photo=5

    KARL SHUKER: The two headed kestrel that came home


    http://karlshuker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/the-two-headed-kestrel-that-came-home.html

    LINDSAY SELBY: Lake Merritt creature, monster or mermaid?

    Lake Merritt is a wildlife refuge dating from 1870 I believe. It is home to  fish, crabs, sponges, copepods, tubeworms, water and land birds, and lots of other wildlife. You can find out more here :http://www.lakemerrittinstitute.org/index.htm

    But is it also home to a monster? The stories surfaced in  2007 of a creature in the shallow lake(about 11 feet deep, 3.5 metres) and went on for a couple of years see here:
    http://oaklandnorth.net/2011/06/22/is-there-a-monster-in-lake-merritt-scientist-says-yes/

    A hoax was said by most but then someone uncovered stories from 1940s and 1950s in the local newspaper.

    “Sooner or later every loch must have its monster. Today we give you the Lake Merritt MONSTER! The legend, which some go so far as to disbelieve, dates back to that far-off time when turgid streams snaked their way down from the hills to form San Antonio creek. On a day of untold lightnings and unseemly thunderings...a vast, slimy amphibious creature slithered along one of these water courses, waded along the creek till he came to the estuary, and hollowed out with a fillip of his tail the basin that later became Lake Merritt.”– J. Burroughs, Oakland Tribune - June 21, 1946
    There are various recent reports from people who say  they have seen the creature and they tell that  that sightings begin with a slow roiling bubble on the surface of the lake. Then a dragon’s head attached to an eel-like body with undulating humps appears. The sighting usually lasts a few seconds then the creature  submerges with more bubbles.

    The Lake Chalet bartender, Laurance Alvarado claims to have seen the beast more than once. “I remember the first time I saw it. It went in and out of the water, then disappeared. It was literally right there, I could’ve thrown a stone at it.” Alvarado described the creature  as  8/9 feet long ( just less than 2  metres). He also says, “It wouldn’t surprise me at this lake, some mutant thing.”

    However there is another story about the lake , about the mermaid that was said to live there in the 1800s. She was a beautiful woman , half fish and sightings of her form persisted for many years but petered out. In the 1880’s Oakland City’s untreated sewage was dumped in the lake and many said that had killed the mermaid. 

    Could the Lake Merritt Mermaid and the Lake  Merritt Monster be the same thing that was seen. Possibilities include  a large fish, a salamander or something like a manatee or seal that was stranded or dumped there? It is interesting that since the lake has been cleaned the stories of a creature in the lake also re –emerges. So what do you think monster, mermaid or hoax?

    HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Mail 9.1.69.



    http://hauntedskies.blogspot.com/2012/09/daily-mail-9169.html

    WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's Fortean bird news

















    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.


    TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND UP


    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.




    Here is the latest tranche of news...



  • SIGHTING: Is it a big cat... or a big hoax?
  • SIGHTING: West Lothian woman claims panther is to ...
  • SIGHTING: FAMILY FEAR MYSTERY ANIMAL KILLED THEIR ...
  • SIGHTING: West Lothian, Scotland
  • NEWSLINK: More on the Tarzan legal case
  • SIGHTING: Cougar in Washington State
  • NEWSLINK: More on the NJ Savannah cat


  • DALE DRINNON: Apple Snitchers/Cedar and Willow



    New at Frontiers of Zoology, reprint from a Facebook update that was just posted on my timeline:



    and Oh yeah-earlier in the AM, I DID post a lot of photos of Hayden Panettiere due to pressure from multiple fan requests and so that probably counts for SOMETHING!
    http://cedar-and-willow.blogspot.com/2012/09/more-on-hayden-panitterre.html

    I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN





    Here comes the weekend! I am awaiting the arrival of my darling younger stepdaughter today, so for much of today I shall have my stepdad hat on rather than my music journalist one. However, I have still managed to cobble together some interesting stuff for you all..

    I have found a new source of record reviews, and in a lovely bit of happenstance there are two Gonzo records reviewed by him today. The first is the smashing new 4CD set by Jefferson Starship..
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/link-album-review-jefferson-starship.html

    The second is the smashing new live album by the alternative Yes..
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/link-album-review-anderson-bruford.html

    Michael Des Barres writing about Led Zeppelin eh? That's a combination to thrill you. When Michael Des Barres writes like this, I am reminded (as if any reminder was necessary) why I hold the man in such esteem..
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/michael-des-barres-writing-about-led.html

    About a week ago I posted a link to the new single by my old mate Paul Whitrow, and jolly good it is. He is also something to do with the Brisfest festival up in Bristol. This year's event featured Hawkwind and De La Soul amongst others...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/hawkwind-at-brisfest.html

    A look at Jon Anderson's first solo album back in the day. It is whispered that a sequel is in the works...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/link-yes-solo-album-series-jon-anderson.html

    I like the Beach Boys, I have always liked the Beach Boys, and was particularly happy when - earlier this year - the surviving members of the original line-up reunited and made a smashing album which reaffirmed one's faith in human nature. That's why God made the Radio is a lovely record, and had Brian Wilson's fingerprints all over it. It has the same DNA as Smile, Pet Sounds, and the other bona fide classics that Wilson has masterminded over the years. Now, in a surprise move, Mike Love has kicked Brian, Al and David Marks out of the band.
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/beach-boys-split-again.html

    And finally, we take our daily visit to the singular universe of Thom the World Poet:
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_29.html

    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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    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:
    From CFZ Australia:

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



    On this day in 1941 Fred West was born. Fred and Rose West were responsible for the murder and torture of at least 11 people including their own daughters. To say they were evil is somewhat of an understatement.
    And now the news:
    A documentary on Fred West:

    CARL MARSHALL: News from the Stratford Butterfly Farm - wandering spiders sent to Coventry



    This is the most dangerous species of spider in the world.


    Last Friday I recieved a telephone call from a friend of mine named Andy Baker. Andy works at Fyffes plc - a fruit ripening site in Coventry and he informed me that he had found an unknown "banana spider" in a shipment from Columbia and did I want it. 

    Well, of course, being a devout arachnophile I said I would take a look at it as you never know what it could be, coming in a shipment of fruit. Anyway on Saturday morning Andy came in with the aforementioned beastie but unfortunately it had died over night due to being sealed in a small plastic bag, but nonetheless It was quite obvious what it was. It was a Brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria nigriventer).  We had had one of these only last year on display in our nasties enclosure, that had been discovered in (you guessed it) Coventry and we kept it for over a year and then it unfortunately but quite naturally died. I kept its remains and photographed them for this article last night (Sun 23rd) when I was just shutting down my computer when the telephone rang. It was Andys wife Sarah saying that Andy had found another spider of what looks to be the same species and that the only difference was that this new spider was a good deal larger the the previous specimen and again would we take it.
    This we did.

    Phoneutria sp. commonly known as wandering spiders are a genus of highly venomous and extremely aggressive spiders found in tropical south and central America. They are members of the family Ctenidae. The genus contains at least eight scientifically described species. Wandering spiders are so-called because they wander the jungle floor at night rather than ambushing prey from a hidden lair or spinning a web. The Brazilian wandering spider appears in Guinness World Record from 2010 to present as the worlds most venomous spider.   

    We receive all manner of seemingly unusual inverts, from native caterpillars  (which should be released!) to a black widow found on the back seat of a car from an automobile shipped from Arizona, the latter now being found quite often in the UK, although they do not yet seem to have viably extended their range from the continent. In all honesty though I can say that, at least in and around Coventry, the Brazilian wandering spider has become a more likely possibility to be discovered in ones shopping. 
    The above mentioned live specimen found its way to the Co-op supermarket store in Coventry and had to be collected and returned to Fyffes plc. 

    This is potentially life threatening news as this species is far more dangerous than the widow spiders which are very venomous but quite placid whereas the Brazilian wandering spider has got the attitude to match its extreme toxicity, and they do like to travel.

    Andy has kindly invited me to visit Fyffes plc in Coventry to investigate further.

     












    MORE CONTRADICTORY SIGNAGE FROM MATTHEW


    KARL SHUKER: Kicking up a stink about the ink monkey


    http://karlshuker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/kicking-up-stink-about-ink-monkey.html

    MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A GIANT EEL IN LAKE BALA C.1952


    I`m going to stick my neck out and claim this as a “new” cryptid, or rather one I`ve not read about somewhere, which is hardly surprising  as I read about it for the first time in a letter to me from a total stranger in April 1995..

    I had written to a local newspaper near Bala in Gwynedd about the local “monster” of Lake Bala, Teggie and I received two replies, only one of which was of any real interest, the other less so. But I am going to quote from both.

    Firstly the letter from Mr E.R. Lucas of April 21st 1995.And this letter ends with a nice Fortean twist as you`re about to see. But let me first say that although there are eels in Lake Bala today, I very much doubt they ever reach one this big.

    “Dear Mr Muirhead

    I am writing in reply to your letter in our local paper.

    I don`t have much information about the monster in Bala Lake I can only tell you what I saw about 43 years ago. There was a place which was known as Sandy Pool (no longer there since the level of the lake was lowered) however, all the local kids used to swim at this spot, it was about 150 yards from the old Dee Bridge, after we`d been swimming we would run along the pavement to Dee Bridge [see image below from old postcard] with the purpose of drying ourselves.

    On this particular time we ran to the bridge where there was a well known local fisherman fishing off the bridge (Old Jim Wood)  we knew better than to go near him when he was fishing, we got up on the lake side wall of the bridge and looking down into the water coming from under the bridge was what looked like a huge eel. It was what we thought at the time to be between 12 and 14 feet long very black and was moving very slowly. It was as round as a large bucket. We tried to get Mr Jim Wood to come and look but by the time he came across it had gone too far into the lake.

    I left Bala when I was 15 but on coming back 22 years ago [i.e. 1973- R] I have heard that “The Monster” has been seen in the lake on a number of occasions.

    Yours sincerely, E.R. Lucas

    P.S. I lived in Bishopstone in 1956 and later at Stratford Tony. (1)  [This was the Fortean aspect I mentioned above. I lived in Bishopstone, S.Wiltshire when I received this letter!-R]  

     The other letter, undated, and anonymous, mentioned Gwyniad fish, endemic  in Lake Bala prior to 1948-50  and pike sold to Manchester but the author of the letter isn`t any more specific. The rest of the letter is concerned with lake “politics” for want of a better word. He also said Gwyniad were plentiful in Scotland (2)


    1. Letter from E.R. Lucas to R.Muirhead April 21st 1995
    2. Anon to R.Muirhead April 1995 ? 

    HAUNTED SKIES:Daily Express 10.1.69.


    http://hauntedskies.blogspot.com/2012/09/daily-express-10169.html

    WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's Fortean bird news
















    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.




    DALE DRINNON: New Carnivore/Bigfoot camper video/Cedar and Willow

    Here is the FOZ link to go into the bundle with the Cedar and Willow notifications for tomorrow (Only took me nine more hours):
    And here's another one, its pretty much a freebie. It certainly does not deserve the attention it is getting today.
    http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2012/09/bigfoot-camper-video.html

    CFZ PRESS: Ronan's Grail book in Northern Earth Mysteries


    I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT THE 21st CENTURY WAS A BIT OF A DISAPPOINTMENT

    whale bus postcard


    The year 2000 may have passed some time ago – but no one has yet invented underwater tours in which a submerged bus is powered by a tame whale.  And despite the wizardry and fast pace of modern technology, we are yet to be saved from burning buildings by flying firemen – or enjoy a game of underwater croquet.  They may sound ridiculous ideas now but this set of 19th century postcards show just what artists thought we would be doing at the turn of the 21st century.

    Read on...

    TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND UP


    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.




    Here is the latest tranche of news...



  • NEWSLINK: More on the Russian Liliger
  • NEWSLINK: Tigers in Bhutan
  • NEWSLINK: Exotic cat on the loose
  • NEWSLINK: Tourists banned from India's tiger prese...
  • NEWSLINK: White tigers in India


  • I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN








    And so another week is almost at an end. I am by myself in the office today because Jess is off on a family errand. Next week I shall be living in bachelor splendour, because Corinna is going to Staffordshire to see my eldest stepdaughter. So Graham and I will be fending for ourselves, and Prudence will be the lady of the house...
    I first discovered rock music in the early 1970s, about a year after I first came to the UK after spending my formative years in Colonial Hong Kong. I remember watching TOTP and being somewhat scared by the sight of Roy Wood, then in Wizzard, cavorting around with massive hair and tribal facepaints. Let's start off today in Bolton, where an interesting review of The Lost Broadcasts: The Move has just appeared in the local paper:
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-move-in-bolton-news.html
    In the summer term of 1974 schoolboys who each week avidly read the three broadsheet music papers, were excited to find out that an LP (for those of you born after 1990, this was a 12 inch vinyl disc, which contained up to ¾ house of music) by a band called Gong was retailing at only 50p (about a quarter of the price of and ordinary LP. Schoolboys across the country (including me) went out to by it, regardless of the fact we had never heard of them.So we all went home that evening after school clutching a peculiar LP called Camembert Electrique which had a dragon, several pixies, a reverence to lady parts which you only got if you had read the Kama Sutra (which I had, although it was to be some years before I was to put what I had learnt into action), and yes, a flying saucer. From talking to my peers at the time, most boys listened to it once and decided that the mixture of silly noises and cosmic frippery was know were near as entertaining as the latest Status Quo record, and never played it again. I however fell in love with it and my life was never the same. Today I present a link to a unique view of Gong mainman Daevid Allen...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/link-neil-sloman-on-daevid-allen.html
    My friend JHohn Hare grabbed me whilt I was posting yesterday's notifications on Facebook. Had I heard of Slunq? he wanted to know. I hadn't, but I have now, and so have you...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/introducing-slunq.html
    Another visit to the singular existence of Thom the World Poet...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_28.html
    And today we are proud to present another revolutionary communique from the manic marquis himself. Ladies andGentlemen, Michael Des Barres...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/michael-des-barres-another-communique.html
    As regular readers will no doubt be aware, I have been following the comings and goings in the Yes camp with interest for some years. Today we post a link to an interview with Steve Howe in which he talks about the two highest profile ex-members of the band, and why they are ex. I can't wait to see what happens next.
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/yes-steve-howe-speaks-about-ex-members.html
    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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    Yesterday’s News Today

    Today is “Ask a Stupid Question Day” in the USA where school children are encouraged to ask stupid questions.
    And now the news:
    Here's David Cameron showing the sorts of results a the Tories hope to get from Michael Gove's 'education' plans. Not having been educated in an English school I wasn't forced to do Latin from the age of 5 (we did Welsh, which is actually quite useful to know a bit of if you happen to be British) but even I know what the translation of Magna Carta is :

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    CRYPTOLINK: Have you seen rare tigers in Monbulk?


    Monbulk resident and ARFRA president Dorothy Williams believes thylacines are alive in the Dandenongs and wants people to report sightings.  Picture: LAWRENCE PINDER N14FP501
    Monbulk resident and ARFRA president Dorothy Williams believes thylacines are alive in the Dandenongs and wants people to report sightings. Picture: LAWRENCE PINDER N14FP501
    THE State Government says it's likely big cats don't exist - but Tasmanian Tigers may be roaming the hills.

    A Monbulk group that investigates rare animals, believes Tasmanian Tigers - declared extinct last century - are alive and well and in the area.
    The Australian Rare Fauna Research Association (ARFRA) is a voluntary organisation that records and investigates sightings of unusual animals.
    ARFRA president Dorothy Williams said there have been sightings of Tasmanian Tigers (thylacine) in the area for many years, but with little publicity.

    In modern times, the animals have been recorded as native to Tasmania, but scientists believe they were once widespread throughout mainland Australia and Papua New Guinea. "People have reported sightings of 'strange foxes' to us that we believe are thylacines," Ms Williams said.

    Read on...

    TAXIDERMY MYSTERY


    Fisher cat taxidermyWESTFIELD -- Police Detective Roxanne Bradley looks over a fisher cat and squirrel display found undamaged on a sidewalk in the city. They are looking for the owner.
    WESTFIELD -- City police continue to ponder the mystery of the fisher cat and the squirrel.

    The fisher cat -- a relative of weasels, otters and skunks known for its fierceness -- and the rodent play the starring roles in an unusual piece of taxidermy found alongside on North Road by a passerby early last week.

    “It’s pretty cool,” said Capt. Hipolito Nunez of the tableau, which police have been holding for safekeeping in their evidence room. In the piece, the fisher cat appears poised to attack the branch-clinging squirrel -- now bushy-tailed with alarm for all eternity.

    How it got to the side of North Road is anybody’s guess.

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    LINK: Arctic Bigfoot? Balding polar bear? Inquiring minds want to know


    Is there a Bigfoot on Alaska’s North Slope? One Barrow family thinks so, and it has them worried about a remote cabin property they own about 35 miles south of America’s northernmost community.

    Sarah Skin has been camping at the cabin every year for the last half-century. In the last three years, she and her family say they've repeatedly seen 10-foot tall, bipedal creatures that are black, brown or grayish in color. Skin said that they've seen the creatures three years running, each time in the fall when the family heads to the cabin to hunt for caribou.

    Before that, she’d never seen anything like the Bigfoot, as she refers to the mysterious beasts, anywhere near her cabin, located about halfway between Barrow and the community of Atqasuk.

    “People from a long time ago used to see them, I guess,” Skin said. “I’m 50 years old and I've been camping out here my whole life, and I've never seen anything like this, ever.”

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    HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 30.7.68.



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    WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's Fortean bird news
















    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.


    DALE DRINNON: Texas Wood Ape/Cuban Pyramids/Cedar and Willow

    New on Frontiers of Zoology:
    Blogger is doing OK for cutting and pasting at present but rotten for exposition. I had the part 2 ready on the last entry and early bird subscribers will have got the link notice for the part 2 already. But blogger ate it, that part no longer exists.and I shall have to do the entire thing over again from scratch.

    TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND UP


    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.




    Here is the latest tranche of news...


  • SIGHTING: The Beast of Burscough (Lancashire) with...
  • NEWSLINK: Australian mystery cats released by Amer...
  • SIGHTING: Australian "Black Cat as big as a fox" (...
  • SIGHTING: An Australian Mystery Cat
  • MORE ON THE CONTROVERSIAL AUSTRALIAN BIG CAT STUDY...
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  • I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN






    The weather is grey and chilly, and there is nothing much to say. In fact there is, but if I wrote: "I am not my brightest and best today, but at least I am better than I was yesterday. However, if I owe you an email or something, don't be surprised if you don't get it today. Normal service will be resumed once my medication kicks in..." which is the truth, it might not give the professional, and cheery image that I try so hard to forge...
     
     
    I first met Rob Ayling the day after we were both at a Daevid Allen concert back in 1988, and the pothead pixie has always been one of my favourite artists. Here is a rare interview with the man which I snaffled from 'Psychedelic Baby' magazine...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/daevid-allen-psychedelic-baby.html
     
    Our daily visit to the universe of Thom the World Poet, and today he writes about an esoteric subject that is particularly dear to me...cake!
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/rob-ayling-writes-thom-world-poet-is_27.html
     
     
    I know that I say this over again, but I am always childishly impressed by the reviews which come in for Gonzo artistes, from across the world. Today ABWH from a Portuguese publication...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/abwh-portuguese-review.html
     
    Playing 'Fantasy Rock Journalism' has always been a favourite occupation of mine. Here is a link to someone who has been doing it for real...
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/link-yes-and-zeppelin-5-true-all-star.html
     
    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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?