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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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


There are still formatting issues on Blogger. The main problem seems to be that the line break and paragraph commands are not recognised and simply disappears. This makes formatting the Bloggo index - for example - an impossible job.

For those who do not know, the htm commands are written within chevron brackets <-> - the line break command is br and the paragraph is p.

It is possible to get them to function to a certain extent, but it is not easy, and we sincerely hope that Blogger will sort it out soon. Until then we shall continue operating a limited service. There will be no updates to the index blog, but everything since the 24th March can be found on the front page of the cfz site http://www.cfz.org.uk/

Dale has also had blog issues
As has Karl


Whilst having a coffee in my favourite cafĂ© in Macclesfield today I had an amazing revelation about the prophetic gift of the 1980s New Wave band The Vapors. Some of you may recall their 1980 hit `Turning Japanese` off the album New Clear Days? Well, think about it – New Clear Days, this refers to the nuclear power station at Fukushima, damaged in the recent earthquake and tsunami, The Vapors,smelling salts? Oh no,this refers to the leaks of radiation, and Turning Japanese? Obviously refers to the citizens of Japan in March 2011.

The Vapors are not the only prophetic New Wave band. Devo`s ` Space Junk` off the album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! referring to falling space debris has obviously been fulfilled a number of times since 1978 as has The Dead Kennedys 1980 track `Holiday in Cambodia` as thousands of people have been on holiday there in the last 31 years. Apparently `Holiday in Cambodia` was released as a Christmas song sung in a Sinatra style by someone called Richard Cheese! Honestly, see Wikipedia.

Party on dudes!

Richy/Dr Devo.


Here’s an update on my eye problems. Last week the optician was here for an hour testing my eyes. And he found that more blood vessels behind the eye have burst. Also that the back of the eye was swollen, and that I've definitely lost the sight in the very centre of the eye. Read on...

ADAM DAVIES ON THE PARANORMALIST (or should that be the other way around)

For those of you who have been regular readers of The Paranomalist, you’re probably aware that I’ve regularly covered the work of cryptozoologist Adam Davies. Adam and his team of fellow cryptid researchers have traveled to many far-flung corners of the globe in search in order to investigate reports of a wide variety of heretofore unclassified and undiscovered species of animal. Of the many creatures that Adam has sought, his most promising and compelling evidence have been found in the rainforests of Sumatra while searching for that country’s legendary hominoid, the Orang pendek..... Read on...


I have just heard from Tim Addis that this year's event (a veritable highspot of the CFZ Year) will be held at the usual venue in Redditch on 5th June. Wayhay!

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1746 the artist Francisco Goya was born. Towards the end of his life Goya started painting works depicting his fears of death and insanity directly onto the walls of his home

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Paintings .

And now the news:

Bethersden big cat 'ran out in front of me'
Big cat researchers take Santa Cruz sixth-graders ...
Woman's big cat encounter
Big cat Kamien the newest addition to Pride in Bou...

As cats have been mentioned it means I can post a Simon's Cat vid:


KARL SHUKER: Tarzan meets the Mokele Mbembe