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, July 04, 2009


In the new Cryptozoology Online: On The Track I sing a stupid rendition of Trucking by The Grateful Dead. I changed the words to be about the CFZ. Two hard-of-hearing viewers, asked for a lyric sheet. I don't believe they are hard-of-hearing at all,; I think they just want to learn the lyrics so they can sing it, with gusto, whilst going about their daily business. But, whatever you want them for, here they are, and remember to recommend me as the next Poet Laureate, if only for my poem about the girl from Nantucket.

Don't believe all the nonsense you've read
don't you want a proper job instead
Basically cos of what Heuvelmans said
we keep on trucking with the CFZ

June started off with the story of Jerry the jackdaw
on our way to the boozer he fell thirty feet from his nest
afraid that he would be stamped uponon by some drunken slackjaw
we caught him and took him home thinking it was for the best

But Jerry didn't want to fly free
he wanted mealworms for his tea
forget what the environmentalists said
Jerry is trucking with the CFZ

then there was the story that came from the paper in Belfast
about two blokes from ireland who went on an a quest for some snakes
They went to Peru and when they came back from the green hell fast
they said they had proof of a giant one for goodness sakes

An anaconda forty metres long
the story simply had to be wrong
but you have to check it out it has to be said
if you are trucking with the CFZ

Sometimes the light shines brightly on me
other times you can hardly see
I life in cryptozoology
what a long, strange trip its been

one morning the postman delivered a bag of live eels
two nights later we came back with a badly stuffed crocodile
and I'm telling you now that you haven't a clue how it feels
unless you're like us and beein living like this for a while

We've got no money, been screwed over by the man
but we do it cos, its something only we can
while I pretend to be the Grateful Dead
we keep on trucking with the CFZ

I know that we are never gonna be part of the mainstream
If I'm honest I don't think that's something that I'd want to be
but we're doing something that to most people is just a daydream
and we do stuff that most people never get a chance to see

this ain't about money or power or fame
its a crazy intellectual surealchemical game
so come and do something freaky instead
and keep on trucking with the CFZ

Its an epic, frustrating, psychotic heartbreaking adventure
The greatest days of zoology are not done
you gotta be crazy to embark on this sort of a venture
Believe me boys and girls the party has only begun


Syd said...

They were not hard of hearing at the start of "On the Track" but then someone started ??? singing ???

Naomi said...

This song was awesome!! I enjoyed it thoroughly.