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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Sunday, March 13, 2011


CFZ PEOPLE: Ivan Solicari

Happy Birthday, my dear boy....


Can you put this on the blog and see if anyone knows what it is?


A friend of mine has got hold of this weird looking contraption. People in Garo Hills are gripped by a fever hunting for this "Treasure". Some say this contains Uranium or Iridium. The bottle contains unknown liquid. The base plate has few connecting points af for some (-ve) and (+ve) battery terminals.

Some say this is very expensive and few have already been sold for over UK Pound 2 Million !!!

Can you please look into the East India Company 1818 and dig out what does it contain ?


It’s not crypto but it CRUFTS!

Just thought me and Sue would share the happy day.

Here is the boy Darwin after winning his epic third at CRUFTS. Donna is the handler in the ring so she knows Darwin very well. He did superbly considering he went up three classes this year and was in a field of 22 of the world’s best in the same class. We are absolutely delighted.

Carl and Sue x

I am tempted to wonder what would have happened if dear departed Biggles had been entered in Crufts. He would probably have run around in circles barking joyously, crapped everywhere, and then bitten the judge!


We all have certain experiences that have a profound effect on us. One of mine's when, as a teenager, late night on Channel 4, I first watched Russ Mayer’s cult exploitation movie Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill! The plot involved three go-go dancing, leather-clad, ultra-violent girls, who, in search of thrills, go on a spree of killing, robbery and seduction. John Walters once described it as ‘the best movie ever made’.

Leader of the three violent femmes was Varla, a raven-haired, voluptuous killing machine with the cruelest and most beautiful eyes imaginable. She was played by the actress Tura Satana whose real life was even more amazing than any of her screen rolls.

Her real name was Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi. She was born on July 10, 1938 in Hokkaido, Japan. Her father was a silent movie actor of Japanese and Filipino descent. Her mother was half Cheyenne Indian and half Scots-Irish. The mix gave Tura her unique and unforgettable looks.

Her family moved to the USA but with the anti-Japanese feelings during the war they were forced to live in an internment camp. African-American girls tried to bully Tura at school but she soundly beat them. She developed quite young and was horrifically gang-raped on her way home from school by a gang of youths. After this she took up martial arts and these would serve her well for the rest of her days. The youths who raped her were never brought to justice on account of a bribed judge. Tura was sent to a reform school and at the age of just 13 had an arranged marriage to 17-year-old John Satana.

After all this you can’t blame the girl for developing a rebellious streak. She ran away a year after her marriage to Los Angeles with a fake ID and ended up modelling nude for Harold Lloyd (yes that Harold Lloyd). After a while she returned to Chicago to live with her parents and started dancing. She became a successful erotic dancer, earning about $1,500 per week.

Her peerless beauty secured her many acting rolls in TV during the 60s including The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Burke’s Law, Hawaiian Eye, and The Greatest Show on Earth. Soon she was in demand on the big screen and appeared in such films as Doll Squad, Irma la Douce, and The Astro-Zombies (the latter being an amazing B-movie about a mad scientist who, having been fired by the space agency, decides to create superhuman monsters from the body parts of innocent murder victims, as you do. The creatures of course go on the rampage).

She dated Elvis Presley for a while and turned down his proposal of marriage. She finally wed a lucky LA policeman Endel Jurman in 1981 and remained with him till his death in 2000.

She left acting in the 1970s and became a nurse. During this time she was shot by a former lover who was high on drugs. In the 80s she was involved in a car accident that broke her back. She spent the next two years in and out of hospital, having a total of 17 operations. She was told that she would never walk again, but typically for her she refused to accept this and learned to walk again.

Recently she had returned to acting including a sequel to Astro-Zombies entitled Mark of the Astro-Zombies.

Last year she became a friend of mine on Facebook. I found her to be a delightful lady, now 72 but showing little signs of slowing down. She told me about her early life and I was amazed that she was not bitter about all the awful things that had befallen her. She told me that those things had made her into a stronger person, the person she was today.

Tura passed away on February 4th in Reno, Nevada, of heart failure.

Goodnight, sweet Tura. The world will not know your like again.


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


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