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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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Saturday, March 09, 2013

ANOTHER THYLACINE RESEARCH UNIT VIDEO

NICK REDFERN: Bigfoot: The Problem of Food


Many researchers of the Bigfoot phenomenon take the view that the hairy, man-like beasts are some form of unknown ape. Or, they suggest that the creatures may represent a surviving, relic population of the presumed long-extinct, ancient ape known as Gigantopithecus, I, however, do not. 

Rather, I take the stance that Bigfoot is stranger than either of the above scenarios; in fact, much stranger. Indeed, it’s fair to say I think Bigfoot is a beast of paranormal – rather than flesh and blood – origins. There’s a good reason I say that. It has to do with Bigfoot’s eating habits. Or, more correctly, it’s lack of eating habits.

This is something, without doubt, most noticeable when it comes to the matter of Bigfoot in Britain – for which literally dozens and dozens of reports exist.

PRUDENCE BLINGED UP TO THE NINES


At Christmas Shoshannah and I decided that Prudence needed a new collar, and for some peculiar reason known only to ourselves (and I forget) we decided that she really should have an over-the-top bling bling one, of the sort that the vulgarist of vulgarian supermodels would put on her chihuahua. I bought it on eBay and then forgot completely about it until a package arrived this morning...

Next, Pru will be expecting to go out in Corinna's handbag. I am going to have to buy a winch!

CFZ PEOPLE: Prudence Osborne RIP

Prudence, mother of Matthew and Charlotte Osborne died this morning. Regular Weird Weekend visitors will remember her as a fixture at the first few Woolsery Weird Weekends until her illness got too much for her. She was a loving and gentle person and we shall miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

"Remember the clear light, the pure clear white light from which everything in the universe comes, to which everything in the universe returns; the original nature of your own mind. The natural state of the universe unmanifest. Let go into the clear light, trust it, merge with it. It is your own true nature, it is home."
                                                                                                            The Tibetan Book of the Dead

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (C...

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 GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN WANTS TO REPLENISH HIS WIFE'S ANTFARM

All today's blogs, both Gonzo and CFZ are dedicated with love to Prudence Osborne, mother of Matthew and Charlotte, who died early this morning. I have always found comfort in this quote from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which is probably peculiar as I am lapsed CofE.
 
"Remember the clear light, the pure clear white light from which everything in the universe comes, to which everything in the universe returns; the original nature of your own mind. The natural state of the universe unmanifest. Let go into the clear light, trust it, merge with it. It is your own true nature, it is home."                                       
 
 
 
 
 
 
Off topic but interesting: Greg Lake speaks out against punk rock (amongst other things)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/link-prog-rock-pioneer-greg-lake-punk.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) 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 cat?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



On this day in 1961 Sputnik 9 was launched by the USSR. The craft contained a human-shaped dummy and was the final test before an attempt at manned spaceflight.
And now the news:
  • Underwater Hunger Artist: Giant Isopod Fasts For 4...
  • Penguins Wear a Shield of Cold Air in Winter
  • Giant camel fossil found in Arctic
  • Australia's native frogs beat invasive toads
  • Bats Not Bothered by Forest Fires, Study Finds
  • Mystery solved – Where did Falkland Islands wolves...
  • How does a tiger cross a fence?
  • Young explorers make 'amazing discovery'

  • The earlier Sputnik 1 gets a name check in this catchy ditty: