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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Monday, September 27, 2010


I can't remember whether we have posted anything about this issue, but even if we have it is so good that it certainly bears repetition. The September issue is full of good stuff....

In Strange Locations: Steve Mera is invited along on UPIA's 3DESP Training Session. Steve Wagner discusses Poltergeist Levitation. Scariest moments. Nick Pope talks UFOs and how the Government ordered pilots to shoot them down. Kirst D'Raven explains the Pagan Fire Festival and P. Leach tries to save a haunted windmill. Pantom Hitchhikers and UK Government release new batch of UFO documents. All this plus the latest UK crop circles and Para-News!...

Dont forget to visit the new Phenomena Magazine website for updates and much more.


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      The CFZ are reasonably well known for our animal rescue activities, but Richard has led us into strange new territories by rescuing a dalek!



      PAUL BATTY: David Brierley (Rochdale, Lancs) asks if anyone can identify this little beauty. He found it in his bath recently.

      ARCHIVING PROJECT: General Forteana part 26

      As you know, Oll has been working on the archiving project since early February 2009 and he is now working on a general mish-mash of a section known as `General Forteana`. This 26th collection once again really is a collection of completely uncategoriseable stuff, including the the wife of a carnival freakshow dude called `Lobsterboy` taking out a contract killer against him, an idiot putting a loaded handgun in the oven by mistake, a ghostly Bee Gee, and the meteor thieves of Buenos Aires. It doesn't get much better than this. Good stuff.


      OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


      On this day in 1978 pope John Paul I died in his sleep. Some people believe that the pope's death was no accident and linked to the Mafia, the KGB or Freemasons. Other than there being Mafia involvement in the Vatican church at the time (see, I think, the 13th of April's YNT on the strange death of God's banker for more on this) most of the conspiracy theories don't have a shred of evidence to back them up, but if you want to read more there is actually a Wikipedia page on this:
      And now, the news:

      Rare sighting of egret near Inverness
      Snap of a shutter confirms bobcat sighting in Bost...
      Unidentified object in water: China's 'Nessie' or ...
      Narendrapur bird sighting
      Great Gray Owl
      Cameron Lake Monster Mystery Expanding

      One of the most skin-crawling things to come out of the last general election campaign (do-you-see-what-I-did-there?):

      Good lord, I honestly do think I may vomit.