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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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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

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



DALE DRINNON: Florida sea monster, Zuni water monster, Zuni ape, North American lion, Benny's blogs


THE PAPER BY MAX BLAKE, DARREN NAISH et al



And whilst on the subject of Max and the lynx, look what I found:

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:
From CFZ New Zealand:

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN DOUBLES AS A RHINOCEROS

Richard Freeman arrived yesterday tea time, and will be here for the next few weeks. I always enjoy his visits. There was, apparently, a crisis involving the kitchen taps late last night, so we have no water at the moment. Hopefully this will be rectified sooner rather than later. In the meantime we have various bloggybits for you.
*  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:
http://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 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?

LARS THOMAS IS A BEETLE FAN


Hi all,

A little something for the website - this has absolutely nothing to do with cryptozoology, although it is a quite rare and rather strange beetle. Platyrhinus resinosus is a broad nosed weevil, and like so many other interesting critters it is starting to awaken from its hibernation. This is only the second one I have ever found during my 40 odd years of interest in natural history. Weird looking - innit?

Lars


WALLY THE COMEDY RHINOCEROS: Yesterday's News Today

Oll is having computer problems, so for the next few days Yesterday's News Today will be done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

Why did the rhino cross the road?

To get to the haberdasher

Ha Ha that was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha! Now for the news...




  • European Commission places a temporary suspension ...
  • Pima County will pay $284,000 to protect lizards a...
  • Gulf Of Mexico Dolphin, Sea Turtle Deaths Point To...
  • Bionic dog can walk again after being fitted with ...
  • Baboons invade home, guys videotape the chaos
  • Longer Days Bring 'Winter Blues' -- For Rats, Not ...
  • Draft rule ends protections for gray wolves
  • Scientists find ancient fossils in Panama
  • Endangered gopher frogs found at new breeding spot...



  • And now for a lovely tune to whistle while you work; a song about a Duchess:

    Monday, April 29, 2013

    DOUG SHOOP: North Carolina Goldfinches




    Thought I’d share a couple shots of a Goldfinch visiting our thistle feeder here in North Carolina.
    I used my high speed –multiple shot ( 8 frames per second) shutter mode and captured some interesting shots.


    BISH BOSH: I so want them

    Product DetailsProduct DetailsProduct DetailsProduct Details
    Check them out...

    Otter!

     


    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

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


    Fields project is just right to save the twite

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO DAH MAN IS IMPRESSING SOMEONE HE HOPES

    I spent most of yesterday asleep. I woke up to do the blogs, and do a brief bit of computer fiddling about for my mate the Tory town councillor (although, with my well known views on the subject it goes against the grain to admit that I actually HAVE a mate who is a Tory town councillor). After going back to sleep again I got up to interview the lovely Liz Lenten about her forthcoming album (I have heard the demos and they are stunning) and then drank brandy with Graham, and listened to the new album by 'Days between Stations', which features various 'Yes', 'King Crimson' and 'XTC' alumni, and is really rather good. A big thank you to Billy James for sending it to me. I then went back to sleep. A good day!

    Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from Helen McCookerybook
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/gonzo-track-of-day-helen-mccookerybook_29.html
    And whilst on the subject of Helen, check out one of her next projects
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/what-helen-did-next.html
    John Shuttleworth goes amphibious, and as I believe that we are the only people in Britain to have succesfully bred Typhlonectes natans I cannot help but applaud him
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-lissamphibious-john-shuttleworth.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 same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
    http://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 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?

    DALE DRINNON: More Loch Ness plesiosaurs, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

    WALLY THE COMEDY RHINOCEROS: Yesterday's News Today

    Oll is having computer problems, so for the next few days Yesterday's News Today will be done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

    How many rhinos does it take to change a light bulb? Nine!


    Ha Ha that was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha! Now for the news...




  • Giant skate: Powys angler David Griffiths' 107kg f...
  • Genetic study finds Ice Age salmon refuge
  • New training and accreditation for UK whale watch ...
  • Rescue Me: New Study Finds Animals Do Recover from...
  • Camel Burgers Go On Sale in the Netherlands
  • Surprise – Beavers fell trees near the water’s edg...
  • Lions released into Mountain Zebra National Park
  • Whales Are Able to Learn from Others: Humpbacks Pa...


  • And now for a lovely tune to whistle while you work; an avant garde epic about skin disease:

    Sunday, April 28, 2013

    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

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



    DESMANS ARE PROBABLY THE COOLEST EUROPEAN MAMMALS

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    DALE DRINNON: Lake monster sturgeon, bull pike, Frontiers of anthropology

    New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
    New at Frontiers of Zoology:
    Links current as of 6:30 PM local time and if there are to be any more postings, another update shall be sent out. The hour is getting late and there could very well be no further updates.
    Best Wishes, Dale D.

    MY COUSIN PENE SENT THIS IN

    Hello Zooniverse!

    Today we're very pleased to announce our latest project: Notes from Nature (http://www.notesfromnature.org) - through your efforts we can help scientists and researchers make better conservation decisions.

    People have been collecting specimens from the natural world for centuries - minerals, plants, fungi and animals. Today, there are an estimated two billion specimens housed in natural history museums around the world! These biological collections document where species and populations exist now and where they existed decades and centuries before, so they hold irreplaceable information necessary for uncovering the patterns of changes in species distributions and ecosystem composition over time. Scientists use such data and information in order to address key environmental issues we are facing right now, such as the impacts of climate change and how diseases affect wildlife and humans.

    We need you to help us transcribe that data and make it available for further use in biodiversity and conservation research.

    Visit the new site now at http://www.notesfromnature.org

    Thanks for all your help, and we hope to see you on our projects soon.

    Arfon and the Zooniverse Team

    PS - Find the new blog at http://blog.notesfromnature.org and follow @nfromn on Twitter

    PPS Find us on Twitter @the_zooniverse (our projects are on Twitter too, for example: @galaxyzoo and @cyclonecenter)

    Lair of the Beasts: A Monstrous Yearbook


    Out right now is a brand new book published by Britain’s Center for Fortean Zoology, one of the very few full-time groups in the world that investigates such strange creatures as the Abominable Snowman, the Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch, and the Chupacabras. Its title: The CFZ Yearbook 2013.

    As well as publishing its own, high-quality, paperback books, the CFZ also embarks upon expeditions to various parts of the globe in search of all-things beastly and mysterious, and works closely with TV and the press on breaking stories. 

    Each year, since 1996, the CFZ has published a book-length round-up of what went on in the organization during the previous year. And the 2013 edition – which highlights the CFZ’s activities in 2012, and much more too – has just been published. Edited by CFZ director Jonathan Downes and his wife, Corinna, the book is a first-class study of a wide range of cryptozoological phenomena.

    So, what do you get for your money? Well, I’ll tell you. Irish author and cryptozoological expert, Ronan Coghlan, provides us with an A to Z-style paper – which runs to no less than 140 pages – that lists a wealth of strange creatures reported across the planet and the centuries.

    The good thing about Coghlan’s contribution to the CFZ Yearbook is that it doesn’t focus on those alleged beasts that just about everyone has heard of, such as Mothman, Nessie, and Bigfoot. 

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN REFLECTS

    On sundays I always find the time
    to do the Gonzo blogs in rhyme
    I know my poetry's not good
    but it scans and rhymes where I know it should
     
    I know some readers are confused
    but it keeps this journalist amused
    and why? (you ask, I hear the sound)
    its cos bad poetry makes the world go round
     
    And first I'll tell ya (I think I'd better)
    issue 23 of our groovy newsletter
    devised and edited by me
    has just gone out (click this link, you'll see)
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/gonzo-weekly-newsletter-23.html
     
    Now something I should have said before
    Daevid Allen is currently out on tour
    now here presented to you from me
    are some tour dates to put in you diary
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/daevid-allen-tour-dates-aprilmay-sunday.html
     
    Yesterday Rob Ayling stood in awe
    as the second favourite band from Apple Corps
    who never did what they should have (in terms of sales)
    were honoured by a town in Wales
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/rob-ayling-at-pete-ham-memorial-concert.html
     
    Peter Banks' final tunes
    will be released on album soon
    by 'Days Between Stations' a damn fie group
    so let's all have a celebratory WHOOOP
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/la-prog-duo-days-between-stations-to.html
     
    Today's Gonzo Track of the Day
    is 'Wipe Out', let's all shout HOORAY
    Played by Merrell Fankhauser and Willie N
    C'mon let's play it once again
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/gonzo-track-of-day-merrell-fankhauser.html
     
    And finally it's poetry time
    from a bard whose words are better than mine
    but who is he? Think hard, you know it
    it's Texas Thom our fine World Poet
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_28.html
     

    Byeeeeeeeeeeeee
     

    *  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:
    http://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 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and his new orange kitten puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. 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


    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1948 Sir Terry Pratchett was born. Although his novels are parodies and satires at heart Pratchett has become the world's greatest living fantasy author, and in my opinion (sorry Tolkien fans) the greatest ever. Since being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Pratchett has campaigned to raise awareness of the disease and funds to improve treatment of the disease and research into a possible cure. Another charitable project he has been involved in is the conservation of Orangutans.

    And now the news:
  • Lizards Hatch From Their Eggs Prematurely To Escap...
  • An Embarrassment of Anoles - via Herp Digest
  • Discovering Species - Just a Click Away- The USGS ...
  • Norway says NO to pet reptile and amphibian trade
  • New Caledonia creates a huge shark sanctuary
  • Why Do Guppies Jump?
  • Boa Spotted Eating Endangered Iguana for First Tim...
  • 'When in Rome': Monkeys Found to Conform to Social...

  • A trailer for the mini-series based on Terry Pratchett's best book:

    Saturday, April 27, 2013

    PARANORMAL CANNOCK

    For well over 2000 years, the beautiful and tranquil Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire, England, has been home to the most intense concentration of unusual phenomena ever to manifest in the British Isles. From heavily documented UFO sightings and ghostly apparitions, to disturbing tales of animal/human hybrids and top secret military activity, the Chase (as it is known locally) exhibits all the standard traits, often attributed to a paranormal portal, which, to me, makes the area endlessly fascinating.

    Over the last 12 months, I have been collating evidence, stories and witness reports from residents and visitors to Cannock Chase, and have nearly finished writing a book detailing my findings. When the publication is complete I will post a link on here, but until then, I think a little taster is in order........

    TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS ROUNDUP

    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.




  • SIGHTINGS USA: Bobcat sighting reported in Sorrent...
  • NEWSLINK: Ranthambore tiger strides 220km to MP
  • NEWSLINK: Cheetahs could disappear from the wild b...
  • NEWSLINK: No violations found at wild cat park whe...
  • FALLOUT FROM MAX AND DARREN'S PAPER
  • I THINK THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN


    RICHARD FREEMAN'S RHINO NEWS SPECIAL

    When people paid to help save the rhino, did they really imagine it was so that the rhino’s head could one day hang on someone’s wall?

    File:Rhino relaxing .jpg

    How Do You Save Endangered Rhinos?

    For the first time in 33 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has granted a permit to an American hunter to import a black rhino trophy from Africa.
    The move certainly set a precedent for importing endangered species trophies (it’s the first time any endangered species trophy has been allowed into the states) and has stirred up controversy about whether or not killing an endangered species can help save them.

    Rhino horn madness: over two rhinos killed a day in South Africa
    Read more at
    Rhino poachers have killed 232 rhinos during 2013 so far in South Africa, reportsAnnamiticus, which averages out to 2.1 a day. The country has become a flashpoint for rhino poaching as it holds more rhinos than any other country on Earth. Rhinos are being slaughter for their horns, which are believed to be a curative in Chinese traditional medicine, although there is no evidence this is so.

    Last year, South Africa lost 668 rhinos to poachers, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs. Most of the rhinos killed are white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum), which are currently listed by the IUCN Red List as Near Threatened. The other four rhino species are more endangered: the Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) is listed as Vulnerable, while the black, Javan, and Sumatran are all listed as Critically Endangered. The Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is down to just 100 individuals, while the Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is down to about 60.



    Sumatran rhino population plunges, down to 100 animals

    Less than 100 Sumatran rhinos survive in the world today, according to a bleak new population estimate by experts. The last survey in 2008 estimated that around 250 Sumatran rhinos survived, but that estimate now appears optimistic and has been slashed by 60 percent. However conservationists are responding with a major new agreement between the Indonesian and Malaysian governments at a recent summit by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC).

    The Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is found in small, fragmented populations on the islands of Sumatra (Indonesia) and Borneo (Malaysia), as well as a recently identified individual or group in Indonesian Borneo. The world's smallest and hairiest rhino, the Sumatran is believed to be possibly related to the extinct woolly rhinoceros, having been around for around for 20 million years.

    Has WWF just condemned the last rhino in Kalimantan?


    WWF-Indonesia recently caught the attention of the global media with their announcement that the Sumatran rhinoceros still exists in Indonesian Borneo, some 40 years after being declared extinct there.

    This sounds like great news for biodiversity conservation. But is it really?

    Sumatran rhinos were once wide-spread in South-East Asia, but poaching for their horn decimated populations. In Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, there had been no reliable records of the species since the 1970s, although there were rumors of their continued existence at least until the mid-1990s (Meijaard, 1996).

    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

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



    DALE DRINNON: Pumas, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER

    My life gets stranger. As I have written elsewhere, I went to see Adam Ant with his rather swish new band, playing a set of punky favourites from the early days and the best bits of his rather nifty (in parts) new album. He was excellent. Corinna went with me, but for various reasons (explained elsewhere) so did my 83 year old Mother-in-Law, and a massively eccentric composer friend of mine. Add to that the fact that I had no sleep on Thursday night, then you will understand why I am running a little late this weekend.
     
    The pond is now fully functional and various goldfish and newts that were made homeless when it was removed from its previous home, have now been rehomed. Jessica and Matthew have done a brilliant job and are presently removing years of detritus from my conservatory prior to some major building work by Graham (needed to stop it falling down). Hey Ho!
     
     
     
    An exclusive interview with René van Commenée, the man behind the rather wonderful Mr Averell
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-real-exclusive-interview-with-rene.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 same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
    http://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 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


    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1922 Jack Klugman was born. Klugman played the title roll in Quincy M.E. and stared in 4 episodes of the Twilight Zone and as a copyright evading version of Quincy in an episode of the 4th season of Diagnosis Murder.
    And now the news:
  • Roe Deer More Likely to Be Run Over at Nightfall O...
  • Was Marina Chapman really brought up by monkeys?
  • Bear historical ranges revisited: Documenting the ...
  • $1 million prize for ‘safe’ capture of Bigfoot
  • Draft regulations on endangered species published
  • Holidaymakers warned as it emerges a SECOND Costa ...
  • First Brain Surgery Performed on Bear
  • Crocodile Bites Man On Head In Australia

  • You know a few days ago when I said the opening credits of Ironside were among the best ever created, well so was Quincy's:

    Friday, April 26, 2013

    CARL MARSHALL: New Giant Glasswing at Stratford Butterfly Farm.

    The species Methona confusa, commonly known as the giant glasswing, was named in 1873 by the famous English entomologist Arthur Gardiner Butler in his concise work, Tropical Butterflies and Moths. Until recently M. confusa existed in the public domain only as preserved specimens highly prized by collectors; Although not particularly rare in the wild, captive bred specimens were non existent in the UK until recently, when our farm was fortunate to be in a position to acquire pupae, of which many healthy butterflies emerged this spring. M. confusa is an almost transparent species from the Nymphalidae family that is found in lowland rainforests in Brazil, Panama, Ecuador and Peru. They have a wingspan of about 90mm - 100mm (3.7 in approx) making them relatively large when compared to the true glasswing - Greta otoM. confusa have transparent wings with black margins and black cross-bars on the forewings and hindwings. The Margins of the hindwings display a series of small spots. The abdomen has a series of double parallel white spots and the
     antennae are black with bright yellow tips.

    M. comfusa are unpalatable to birds so many other butterfly species mimic them. They are primarily found in wet rainforests at altitudes of about 200 - 700 m above sea level.

    Sub species:
    [1] Methona confusa confusa - (Brazil)
    [2] M. confusa psamathe - (Ecuador & Peru)
    [3] M. confusa ssp. - (Panama)

    The Stratford Butterfly Farm is a pioneering establishment, hence the acquisition of many rare (in captivity) or unusual species. For enthusiasts in this field, to see free flying M. confusa in captivity is a unique and inspiring opportunity which I highly recommend.   

    KARL SHUKER - SECRETARY BIRDS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA?



    Karl Shuker investigates a bizarre claim that Africa's endemic secretary bird also exists in the Philippines.

    Read on...

    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:

    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

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


    DALE DRINNON: Patterson/Gimlin Footage, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS NOT SURE WHETHER HE'S COMPLIANT OR NOT

    I have always found it irritating when journalist types crow over having access to something that the rest of us mere mortals don't have access to. But I am just about to do exactly that thing. Except I am not crowing. That would be vulgar. I have one of the few sets of songfiles for the forthcoming Judy Dyble album 'Flow and Change'. I am listening it as I speak....it is absolutely magnificent. I absolutely adore her last album 'Talking with Strangers', and I was afraid that nothing she could do would be as good as that was. I was wrong, because this album is quite possibly even better. I don't know. I am so overwhelmed by the rich textures, pastoral splendour and sheer beauty of this magnificent record. I will be writing more about it very soon....and you won't have to wait long to hear it yourselves. It comes out this summer.
     
    We have a visitor; my old friend Richard Stanbrook who is a very good, if idiosyncratic classical composer. We were students together three decades ago, and have kept in touch ever since. So don't expect any answers from me if you telephone or email. We are out with Mother and Richard for the afternoon, but will be back in time for the arrival of Helen's goldfish tonight.
     
    sláinte.
     
     
     
     
    Guess where Rob Ayling was last night (2): Exclusive pics from last night's show by Mick Farren and the Deviants
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/guess-where-rob-ayling-was-last-night-2.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 same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
    http://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 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?