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, October 11, 2011


New Star Steeds and Other Dreams blog post, re a flying saucer.


C'mon guys...

RONAN COGHLAN: Robert C Girard

It was with great sadness I learned of the death of Robert C. Girard who, as the proprietor of Arcturus Books, ran what was probably the world's premier Fortean mail-order book service. I had frequent dealings with Bob when I ran Excalibur Books and I found him always honest, reliable and intelligent. If a book he had for sale was, in his opinion, rubbish, he would not hesitate to tell you in his catalogue. Efficiency was his middle name. Latterly, he found that New Technology had affected his sales adversely and he had undergone sundry health problems of a serious nature. He held a rather pessimistic view of human nature, for which few can blame him. He was indeed something of a philosopher and had a vibrant personality, which will doubtless be much missed by his children and grandchildren.

Ronan Coghlan.


Friends, may I once again declare to all and sundry that I have not had a relapse and I am writing this from home and not the nearest school for amateur or failed comedians. There really is, according to the latest issue of Butterfly - The Magazine of Butterfly Conservation , a butterfly that drinks human blood! And its Scottish no less! Hoots mon! Read on….

Butterfly has received an intriguing report of a Green Hairstreak with a liking for human blood. Butterfly Conservation member Michael Noble wrote: “ My wife and I were walking in the Isle of Skye and came across a family whose small boy had fallen and cut his head. His mother was trying to stem the flow of blood which was smears on his arms. As I stood there with my camera around my neck a Green Hairstreak landed on her arm and started drinking the blood. The path was at least 100 yards from any trees so I am wondering whether the scent of blood had carried that far” (1)

Another interesting story in the same issue is:

The Cumberland News reported that “ a giant alien-like moth hovering over his garden” had given a Carlisle man the fright of his life. The 63-year-old said the creature-believed to have been a Humming-bird Hawk-moth-was “ like something out of Dr Who”

He said: “ It was just hanging around the lavender sucking away on nectar. It gave me one hell of a fright.” (2)

I wonder if it really was a Humming-bird Hawk-moth?

This final story is not really weird but interesting nevertheless and continues the Scottish theme (Q; Why has Richard gone all north of the border? Answer below)

Glasgow & Southwest Scotland committee member Scott Donaldson discovered a new Purple Hairstreak colony on a visit to Paisley. He spotted around a dozen of the butterflies in Shaw Wood, in the town`s Thornly Park. His discovery sparked an immediate local response and was reported in the local Press. Tom Prescott, Species Conservation Officer for Butterfly Conservation Scotland, said: “ The Purple Hairstreak has been doing well in Scotland recently.” He added : “ The butterfly is difficult to observe and it probably still remains under-recorded. “ (3)

1 Butterfly Autumn 2011 p. 4
2 Ibid p. 4
3 Ibid p. 9

A: Because my ancestors were Scottish.

HAUNTED SKIES: Disparate stuff for the 12th October


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1216 King John lost the crown jewels of England in The Wash, which was a bit careless of him. They’re still out there somewhere apparently.
And now the news:

Wildwood welcomes new red fox
'Avoid like the plague' - killer jellyfish washed ...
New Zealand oil spill threatening wildlife
Zimbabwe wildlife news – not good
Triassic 'Kraken' may have created self-portrait
Siberian region 'confirms Yeti exists'
Flushed baby gator survives
Snake and shrimp declared extinct

Maybe it’s just me but there’s something about this that reminds me of Cameron and Clegg:

RIDICULOUS PC NONSENSE: Thomas the Tank Engine

Richard Freeman, seething with annoyance, sent this. It is completely off topic, but so what?

The daughter of Thomas the Tank Engine’s creator Reverend Wilbert Awdry has slammed the decision to rebrand Christmas “the holidays” in an upcoming episode. In a letter to the Telegraph Hilary Fortnam said, “I am dismayed at Thomas the Tank Engine having to call a Christmas tree a ‘holiday tree’. It is not what my father wrote.“Christmas was always very important to him.”


DALE DRINNON: Fay Wray/Ann Darrow and Glenda Farrell/Torchy Blaine

My Current Blog is about Fay Wray/Ann Darrow and Glenda Farrell/Torchy Blaine:


PS, the current blog DOES have a Cryptozoological reference once again.


We had quite a few emails over the last few days since I announced that Oliver was leaving. There was general beating of breasts and a weeping, a wailing and a gnashing of teeth.

However, I think that I could have phrased it better. Oliver has not left the CFZ. He just does not live in my spare room any more. He and Helios 7 have gone to live in Plymouth with Oll's girlfriend Ann.

He will continue to do Yesterday's News Today and Weird Weekends and stuff, so all you Oll fans out there needn't worry.

In the meantime I am turning what used to be his bedroom into the long awaited CFZ Library. Watch this space...