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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, June 04, 2013

DALE DRINNON: Yowie, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM


Heart surgery: David Attenborough.
Requires a pacemaker: David Attenborough.
Sir David Attenborough is going in for emergency heart surgery, after being told by his doctor he is in urgent need of a pacemaker. The news came Tuesday afternoon, as it was announced his sell-out tour of Australia, due to start in Brisbane next week, had been cancelled. The 87-year-old veteran broadcaster and world leading naturalist was set to undergo surgery in London.


Read on...

The Badger Song by Queen's Brian May



...and check THIS out

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.




  • NEWSLINK: Tiger or leopard: Choral big cat mystery...
  • NEWSLINK: Scientists capture one of the world's ra...
  • NEWSLINK: Cat skin sale in online auction
  • USA SIGHTINGS: Cougar again spotted on OHSU campus...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Big cat sighted at Uckfield
  • CANADA SIGHTING: Aggressive cougar shot and killed...
  • USA SIGHTINGS: Panther sightings spark skepticism,...
  • CANADA SIGHTING: No sign of cougar: Banff park off...
  • NEWSLINK: What to Do if You See a Leopard on the S...
  • NEWSLINK: Tiger Temple: Where You Can Play With RE...
  • NEWSLINK: Collaring the big cats
  • NEWSLINK: Another big cat found dead in Uttarakhan...
  • NEWSLINK: Wild lynx to be brought back to British ...
  • NEWSLINK: Rare Asiatic Golden Cats are World-First...
  • NEWSLINK: Man fights off cougar with skateboard; 
  • 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 took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

    Rare, Even Extinct Birds, Call on in Historic Reco...

    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:

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS RELIEVED

    And so the beat goes on. As you may know, Olivia is moving out of my house in Exeter and being replaced by Matt and Emma Osborne and their menagerie. Yesterday we took delivery of their collection of rodents, as part of the pre-move sorting out. We shall be fostering them here until Thursday. In the meantime, Emma asked Corinna if she wanted two girl rats to replace Viv who died of a brain tumour some weeks ago. So what was my mother's dining room and is now Corinna's office now has three girl rats scampering about.
    I don't like to argue with Mick Farren, but in his massively entertaining and enlightening autobiography he is very scathing about The Deviants' second album 'Disposable'. I got around to listening to it for the first time about half an hour ago, and there are bits of it that I really like. But then again (much to the chagrin of my family) I like atonal stoned weirdness.
    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/06/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_4.html
    Merrell Fankhauser sent me this article about Ed Cassidy from 'Modern Drummer' magazine
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/06/ed-cassidy-in-modern-drummer-mag-thanks.html
    And finally. Do I look like the kind of bloke who will hi-jack a blog about music to make a political point? No, of course not; this story is only in because of the involvement of Brian May from Queen.NOT! Last year it was benefits claimants, the year before pedophiles, this year's public enemy is Meles meles, the Eurasian badger.
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-badger-song-by-queens-brian-may.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 two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) 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 cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



    On this day in 1783 the Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrated their new invention, the montgolfière, for the first time. The invention is better known today as the hot air balloon.
    And now the news:
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  • Online ivory trade worth millions, INTERPOL report...
  • South Africa: Zuma-lion bone advert contested by A...
  • Tiny but feisty prehistoric wesserpeton amphibian ...
  • Legend of elusive yowie living on in Mulgowie
  • Rhino Death Toll on the Rise in India
  • Police find body lying 'among 50 snakes'
  • Big Brothers and Sisters Pay Off for Nature's Soci...
  • Russian scientists make rare find of 'blood' in ma...

  • Balloons are cool: