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, October 02, 2009


I was asked to post this sequence of the film with its original soundtrack to rebuff claims that I had somehow digitally manipulated it. Here it is.

The original footage is still on the camera should anyone be interested enough to want to analyse it, and is available to any serious researchers, whether or not they are affiliated to the CFZ.



1 Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (6)
2= The Owlman and Others by Jonathan Downes (6)
2= In the wake of Bernard Heuvelmans by Michael Woodley (-)
2= The Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Kent by Neil Arnold (3)
5= Dark Dorset by Mark North and Robert Newland (7)
5= Dr Shuker's Casebook by Dr Karl Shuker (-)
5= The Mystery Animals of the British Isles: The Western Isles by Glen Vaudrey (5)
8= Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Animals on Stamps by Dr Karl Shuker (-)
8= Monster - the A-Z of Zooform Phenomena by Neil Arnold (4)
8= Monster of the Mere by Jonathan Downes (1)


1 Monster - the A-Z of Zooform Phenomena by Neil Arnold (5)
2 Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr Karl Shuker (2)
3= Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (1)
3= Giant Snakes by Michael Newton (7)
5 Dr Shuker's Casebook by Dr Karl Shuker (3)
6= In the wake of Bernard Heuvelmans by Michael Woodley (7)
6= The Island of Paradise by Jon Downes (-)
6= The Owlman and Others by Jonathan Downes (-)
9= In the Beginning: Collected editions of Animals & Men Vol One ed. by Jonathan Downes (7)
9 = Man Monkey - In Search of the British Bigfoot by Nick Redfern (6)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise.

I don't know whether it is the recession, or whether it is the effect that we noticed a few years ago whereby sales plummet in the summer, but this last month's sales have been the worst since 2005 when we only had very few titles. Hopefully things will pick up soon.

NAOMI WEST: Boris The Spider

I am increasingly fond of Naomi West. The poor dear tried to talk to me last night after I had worked for fourteen hours and then taken my medicine (including temazepam, which sedates me ridiculously fast). By the time we had exchanged three sentences I had almost passed out, and had to excuse myself with indecent haste, and I'm sure she thought that I was being rude when actually I was just nearly asleep and pilled to the gills. However, to compensate here are two examples of her delightfully fresh way of looking at the natural world, both concerning a spider called Boris.

Also, as if we needed any excuse, here is a video clip of The Who performing the eponymous song that gave Boris his name, suitably enough from Texas 1975. (I have the bootleg DVD of the entire show, and it is smashing - well worth checking out....

So Boris has tonnes of bugs hitting his web tonight and he doesn't even know which to attack first. And there are these green ones that keep getting caught and then keep getting away. I am kneeling on a tall porch chair directly under the web to watch the activity. Presently Boris has a green bug he is frantically wrapping up. Right then I see a bug struggling to get free and Boris sees it too, because he drops the bug he has and runs for it. He picks up the struggling bug and starts to wrap it then suddenly, for whatever reason, he drops the bug and it comes falling toward my face. I fall off the porch chair to get away and the bug hits the floor. I don't know if he accidentally dropped it because the bug was so feisty or if he was throwing me a little offering since he had such an abundance tonight. (Probably the former.) LOL. It would have been amusing on video. I fell backward and almost took the chair with me.

If I had more friends that appreciate BUGS I wouldn't ... bug...you so much.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday’s News Today


It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Friday Fact. Pray silence while I get out the Bumper Mammoth Boy’s Book of Necromancy and Fascinating Facts (or whatever I translated the title as, Thule can often change its phrasing according to very subtle points on the hieroglyphics so it is hard to get exact translations) and read out this weeks fact.

Before he gained fame as a pogo-ist, a Carry On actor, a leader of young boys in the art of ferret-tickling in castley fields and collector of ornate brass bedsteads, Charles Hawtrey (a known associate of the cast of Carry On Abroad) was a privateer/ pirate in the era of Queen Elizabeth I and was responsible for singeing the beard of the king of Spain on a number of occasions. Unfortunately Hawtrey had to give up this job as few people in the 20th century were able to understand how this was even possible as he was born in 1914.

And here is the news:

Fossil finds extend human story

Llamas cleared from Dublin M-way

World's biggest rodent spotted in Totteridge

It was just tottering along, apparently.