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, August 16, 2011


Some of you may wonder why on earth I'm reviewing a book about MIBs - those mysterious, UFO-related Men In Black, on this website. Well, for one, the author, Nick Redfern, is a good friend of mine, and secondly, a new book by Mr Redfern, is ALWAYS something to look forward to. However, there is also a third reason for mentioning this book - because although Nick is a dab hand at shedding new light on the classic encounters with the mysterious men, he even manages to find reports of bizarre monsters and their sinister relations to those black-suited gents.

Read on..


YOU TUBE BLURB: Over a year ago I uploaded a bird video (still up here) called 'Which Bird is This, Please? (S.E. Australia) That pair were finally identified as a lorikeet hybrid (musk/rainbow) The other day ,chancing to glance out of a window (on the Bellarine Peninsula, Australia) I happened to spot these rather exotic looking creatures (presumably again, lorikeets but a different pattern from my first pair) . I sprang into action and was lucky enough to capture this footage. (The quality is not that good I'm afraid, but not bad considering taken with hand-held, SD camcorder through a very dirty kitchen window! My question to you Australian Lorikeet experts is:- Is this again a musk/rainbow cross or is it some other combo?

The music is also all Australian : from Frank Bourke and the White Rose Orchestra (taken from one of my vinyl collection) (I just like to keep it alive!)

WEIRD WEEKEND 2011: Irritating news

For technical reasons beyond our control there has been a problem with Dead of Night be Lee Walker. It will be released within a couple of weeks, but - sadly - the book launch scheduled for saturday afternoon has had to have been cancelled.

What will replace it? Watch this space.

HAUNTED SKIES: FROM THE ARCHIVES - UFO articles from 'Popular Mechanics' - Six Unexplained Encounters 00.07.98


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1908 the first animated cartoon, Fantamagorie, was shown in public for the first time.
And now the news:

Cow leaps three foot fence and squashes car
Bolstering Genetic Diversity Among Cheetahs
Honey ant queens share a throne
Orangutan rides bicycle to preach cycling safety
Dogs rescued from being restaurant meals
Cow on the lam for 12 weeks becomes tabloid star
Sharks in Lake Macquarie killed for ‘thrills’

I could post that Jaws clip again, but to keep you all on your toes here's a montage of some of the best bits from the classic John “Captain Jack out of Doctor Who and Torchwood” Barrowman movie Shark Attack III: Megalodon:

CFZ CANADA: PSICAN Crypto Day - Lessons Learned