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, December 17, 2011



Some years ago I signed up to 'Friends Reunited' - not entirely to my surprise, most of the people who were my particular cronies back in the 1970s were not on there. Whether that means that they are such well-rounded characters that they feel no need to revisit their schooldays and hook up with people with whom after decades of separation they have damn all in common anymore (if, indeed, they ever did) or whether it means that they are now deadbeats who cannot afford a computer I don't know. However, today `FR` sent me this: something that may actually turn out to be a good resource....

Launch of the British Newspaper Archive

Friends Reunited are pleased to introduce you to our sister site, the British Newspaper Archive (BNA).

Launched by a merry band of retro-Victorian news vendors at King’s Cross Station on 29 November, the BNA contains over 3 million historical newspaper pages from over 200 local, national and regional titles from across the UK and Ireland.

Today, the majority of newspaper pages on the BNA website are from the 19th Century. But with up to 8,000 pages being added daily, the website will eventually span the years 1720 to 1950. Every page on the website is fully-searchable, the website is free to search and registration is free, too.

The British Newspaper Archive

Visit the BNA »


Syd said...

"the website is free to search and registration is free, too."

To use those infamous pantomime words, Oh no it's NOT.
The subscription cost is £79.95 per year, or £29.95 for 30 day or £6.95 for 2 days.
Though it seems that certain randomly selected papers are free to browse.

Jon Downes said...

Oh dear. Well it looked good at first

Steve W. said...

Yup, I got a lovely email from Friends Reunited plugging the new "Free" site. In my excitement I even Tweeted it to promote it. It was a bit of a shock when I actually tried to use it and up popped the demand for £79.95. Needless to say I promptly deleted my tweet.

Are newspapers this old not in the public domain? In which case it really is a rip-off.