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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Saturday, June 02, 2012


I am not sure whether to be pleased or cross.

A few weeks ago we commented angrily on DEFRA's revolting and completely unethical decision to licence the destruction of buzzards' nests. Unsurprisingly, we were far from the only ones and, also unsurprisingly (considering this current government) are even more weak, wishy-washy and lilly-livered than their predecessors, they have capitulated at the first sign of trouble and withdrawn the plans.

This is where my dilemma comes in. Of course, they have made the right decision. The idea was ludicrous and completely flew in the face of all the environmental legislation of the past century. But we do really want a government that caves in and changes their mind so easily? I'm not going to write that perhaps it is time for a change. Of course it bloody is, but can you think of anyone to replace them? The alternatives seem even worse. Surely the democratic ideal means more than voting for the least horrific option. Maybe it's time for a change (oh yes, I said I wasn't going to say that).



HAUNTED SKIES: Eyewitness letter from 1975


It's Sunday, so again its time,
to do the daily blog in rhyme,
working for Gonzo is good (don't you know it)
'cos I don't get sacked for being a poet,
if reading this in your own homes,
you dignify this doggerel by calling it poems,
but I'm just lowly bloggo staff,
and once a week this makes me laugh.

So we start off with a big surprise,
Dan Wooding at the two Is
which was (this may come as a shock)
the birthplace of all British rock:

and now, live on a festival stage
the delectable Mimi Page,
and an audience too in awe to hector
as she sings 'Butterfly' with Bassnectar:

And next (I promise this ain't fake, man)
a link to an interview with Rick Wakeman
and sadly (stifling a cough)
the Crystal Palace gig is off:

And next we all can take a look,
at the work of Helen McCookerybook,
and the album she has made with Martin,
my praise for this is only startin':

Now I thought it would be jolly,
to introduce the daughter of that bloke from Wally,
a talented lady (its not a myth)
so here is Haley Glennie-Smith

And last (but not least) I must mention,
a strange review of Auburn's Liz Lenten,
with some notes from me, saying I've read better,
cos on the whole he doesn't get her:

So that's about it for this week,
and although my poetry's quite weak,
I hope that you all have a fun-day
and we'll be back without the rhymes on monday.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1926 Alan Ginsberg was born. Ginsberg was a poet who was one of the leading lights of the beat generation and opposed militarisation and an early supporter of gay rights (not least because he was gay himself). However, for all the good he did in the counter-culture movement, during his life he made some spectacularly bad decisions not least in publicly joining and singing the praises of the paedophilia advocating organisation organization NAMBLA.

And now the news:

Ginsberg once made an appearance at the Weird Weekend when he tried to levitate Woolsery Community Centre: