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 05, 2007

Something old, something new

I don't usually bother to write posts about the music I am listening to. When I remember, I update the `on the office hifi today` box, but I don't usually bother to lay my musical trip onto people. Everyone who knows me will attest that I have an irritatingly diverse range of tastes (at the momrnt Nico and Dr Dre are top of my list, but it won't last).

However, I recently received two albums that are so good, I decided that I really had to share them

Firstly, the eponymous CD from Judas II. They are the new project from Crass bass player Pete Wright. They are a weird acousticy prog punk that sound more like the wonderful Comus than any other band I have heard recently. Fantastic low fi production, which sadly nobody will ever have heard of. Do yourself a favour and buy it Here

Secondly: Memory almost Full by Paul McCartney. Many people hhave never forgiven him for - as they see it - breaking up the Beatles. This is grossly unfair, but it has to be said that with a few exceptions, such as `Band on the Run`, `Flaming pie` and `Venus and Mars` he has made almost completely uninteresting and self indulgently suburban records ever since the fab four parted company. Even the few good albums are seriously flawed, and I long ago dismissed him as an artistic irrelevance.

The new album, which it has to be said has all the hallmarks of a swansong, is absolutely fantastic. The old bugger has got it back. It is an unashamedly joyous (but sometimes understandably introspective) look back at a remarkable life.

For the first time in many years he has made an artsistically peerless record, and even the filler is far better than anyone had any reason to expect.

When I'm 64 eh?