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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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Friday, September 04, 2009

BIGGLES TAKES THE LEAD

I am not going to actually post this audio file because although I am not completely averse to posting bootlegs, we are about to start work on a major project and I don't want to bite the hand that feeds more than I absolutely have to. However, On 3rd September 2009, the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of WW2, BBC Radio 4 broadcasted a half hour documentary on Biggles. The mealy-mouthed and PC write-up in the Radio Times magazine reads as follows:

"A top-hole half hour as Alexander Armstrong recounts the career of debonair fighter pilot James Bigglesworth and his creator, the equally adventurous Captain W E Johns. Transporting you back to an era of chivalry, derring-do and an unfortunate line in imperialism and sexism (Biggles preferred cigarettes to women), we hear how the enduring hero was able to survive firing-squads and hangings ... but not the wrath of some indignant librarians. Yet despite a shift in attitude to race and ethnicity, Biggles has remained a popular figure in children's fiction. His profile was originally raised thanks to a high-flying "Children's Hour" radio serial, but it seems that - with many of the books still in print - young readers still have a soaring desire to buckle up and take to the skies."

Why are we posting this? `Cos it features Corinna and our own Biggles dog about half way through. Listen and enjoy. You can download the broadcast here. (24 MB Approx)

1 comment:

Syd said...

A splendid bit of free advertising there. Well done Biggles and Corinna.