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, May 01, 2012


It's wednesday, and the truth can be told. I have been quite severely non compos mentis for the past three or four days. I have an ear infection and the medication I have been given has meant that I have been floating through my life in a most peculiar manner. You know the first few lines of 'Plastic Palace People' by Scott Walker - that is where I have been all week.

(If you don't know the song, shame on you. Check it out:http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/05/this-explains-everything-ok-no-it.html)

I am still a little wobbly, but at least I can now string a few words together in a coherent fashion (which is a jolly good thing considering that I am interviewing Jon Anderson later on). However, despire it all, we have an interesting set of posts for you today:

First off, a true EXCLUSIVE, the first bit of a three part interview with Michael Des Barres, in which he talks about his recent Japanese Tour with the reformed 'Silverhead':

The other day I interview Martin Birke from 'Genre Peak'. We talked briefly about our shared like of some of the electropop of the early 1980s. Today I get him to put his money where his mouth is:

Graham Inglis and I go to the garden centre, and find ourself 'Close to the Hedge'. Check it out now, you funk soul brothers:

Preparatory to talking to Jon Anderson later today I listened to his new record. Wow!

Part two of another EXCLUSIVE: I talk to ex-`Genesis` dude Anthony Phillips about his remarkable new album:

And Dave McMann and Lesley Madigan go to see 'Curved Air' in Soho:

Blimey, its really beginning to look like a real magazine isn't it (apart from the pictures of Graham, that is). See you tomorrow...

HAUNTED SKIES: News of the World: 06.11.83


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 2011 Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces.

And now the news:

Experts call for basking shark awareness
Botulism Outbreak Blamed For Deaths Of 23 Horses
Australia lists the koala as 'vulnerable' species
Joint Iraqi and UK team set to work on major new c...
Two Indian men arrested in Bangladesh with 450 rar...
'Slaughtered for their ivory': Up to 35,000 elepha...
Orangutans Harbor Ancient Primate Alu
24 new species of lizards discovered on Caribbean ...
Strange Organism Has Unique Roots in the Tree of L...
Bigfoot conferees cite track record
Rare bird, snake rescued in city
Nature lover leaves wildlife haven to RSPCA – who ...

A recent news report on the death of bin Laden revealing some of the political wrangling that went on behind the scenes in the US:



It's always a great feeling when the lost is found, when a mystery is solved – and especially so when the lost had been lost, and the mystery concerning it unresolved, for over 40 years.
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CFZ CANADA: Bigfoot From the Ground Up Part 6: Big Hairy Deal

Reports of the humanoid/hominid we call Sasquatch here in Canada come in from all over the world. In the US most think of him as Bigfoot, whereas in the Far East he is known as a Yeti. In fact, there are dozens of names associated with this big hairy beast. Here is a list:

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