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, September 19, 2009


It has always struck me as odd that there are no BHM reports from Ireland. I mean, if England can boast such creatures at Cannock Chase, why can't Ireland, where there are many more desolate areas and strange wildernesses? However, now that I understand Jon has been prowling around the Ring of Kerry, I am expecting the odd report from that neck of the woods ere long.

On a more serious topic, hasn't Busy Lizzy done well in his absence?


Well, it's been a fun week. I've abused my temporary powers to stray from the topic and show off about my lovely nephew and (touch wood) haven't deleted any important information from the blog!

Thank you to Fleur for the tip about thylacine prints for sale on ebay. If all has gone to plan one (or all) may well be in the CFZ collection very soon.

Thank you to Graham and Oll for helping me with the posts. I reckon I'd have lost my marbles by Tuesday night if I'd had to do it all by me lonesome so ta, lads! Now I can return to the serious business of walking into lamp-posts and accusing Dan Brown fans of being depraved. Welcome back Corinna, Jon and Max! I hope you've brought Guinness!

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


Time for the latest cryptozoology news updates and as its Saturday you get a song too, no not one sung by me as that would be a rare and unusual form of torture, just a random song off of the internet. My pick for this week is about Sir Richard Grenville, and his seafaring adventures, which involved failed attempts to colonise the colonies and his successful singeing of the king of Spain’s beard:


And now, the news:

Whale spotted off Bournemouth beach

Concern Grows Over Skateboarding Tortoise

Comfy cows more productive, more relaxed?

Dog falls 180ft down mineshaft and survives for six days

On the run: 'Death row' dog and owner offer surrender

Cranky lady killer croc relocated by crane

Bet the writer of the last story wishes there was a penguin involved too.

(Not seen what he did there, yet? Think Batman villains)