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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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Thursday, January 24, 2013

DALE DRINNON: Dragon/Benny's Blog

New at Frontiers of Zoology:

I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

What a Day!! I was up bright and early and feeling relatively sane, and came downstairs with a cheerful spring in my step! OK that last line is a lie; I was shuffling along like an old git propped up on my walking stick as ever, but I had a conceptual spring in my step. I switched on my computer and went online, and managed to download about 2/3 of my emails before the internet connection conked out. It has been intermittent all day until now, but the peculiar thing is that when we telephoned BT, they had no knowledge of the outages. We therefore assumed it was all down to our fairly ropey equipment, but throughout the day we have been receiving news that everyone that we have spoken to in North Devon, and other folk across the country, even as far abroad as Rob Ayling up in the frozen north have told me that they have also had patchy internet access. How about you guys out in readersville?
 
 
 
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-gonzo-track-of-day-john-martyn-may.html
Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from the late John Martyn
 
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/01/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_24.html
Another of our daily visits to the incomparable Thom the World Poet
 
 
Despite the unintentional tardiness we are feeling somewhat chuffed today
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/01/blowing-our-own-trumpet.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 puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish and batrachians. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

KARL SHUKER - BYE BYE, BABY CHUPACABRA!!



Karl Shuker exposes the baby chupacabra that never was.

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CAME IN LATE LAST NIGHT: Sheep kill in North Devon




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FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (CFZ)

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.











THE BLOG IS LATE TODAY

EARLIER GRAHAM WROTE: We're having internet connection problems today, and blog updates will be delayed.

We're currently "working the issue" (as the techies say), so do call back a bit later....

12:48 lunchtime, Thursday

What a Day!! I was up bright and early and feeling relatively sane, and came downstairs with a cheerful spring in my step! OK that last line is a lie; I was shuffling along like an old git propped up on my walking stick as ever, but I had a conceptual spring in my step. I switched on my computer and went online, and managed to download about 2/3 of my emails before the internet connection conked out. It has been intermittent all day until now, but the peculiar thing is that when we telephoned BT, they had no knowledge of the outages. We therefore assumed it was all down to our fairly ropey equipment, but throughout the day we have been receiving news that everyone that we have spoken to in North Devon, and other folk across the country, even as far abroad as Rob Ayling up in the frozen north have told me that they have also had patchy internet access. How about you guys out in readersville?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



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