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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Friday, June 15, 2012



Jon Downes writes...

I note that the BBC are still perpetuating the falsehood that the pine marten is colonising England and Wales from its stronghold in Scotland. It is now known that it never died out in either England or Wales - something I predicted in my 1996 book The Smaller Mystery Carnivores of the Westcountry.


Artist and sculptress Adele Morse is presenting an exhibition of her work based on the orang-pendek and the CFZ’s continuing search for the creature.

Adele’s work will be on display at the Royal Academy of Arts and is open from June 20th to July 1st. She is also displaying her work in Waterstone’s Bookshop in Piccadilly Circus.


Adele writes of her work...

Adele Morse’s work reaches out of the confines of traditional categories of art and attempts to drag the world back into the gallery via a research based practice. An investigation into such subjects as evolution, hierarchical thinking, anthropology, scientific debates/advances and cryptozoology reoccur through this expansive practice. Working with a broad spectrum of experts and enthusiasts she endeavours to take on various roles and positions.


We’ve all heard about the antics of Bigfoot, but what about Littlefoot? Certainly, it’s an undeniable fact that many reports emanating from Britain tell of encounters with not just large and lumbering, hairy entities, but with distinctly smaller critters, too. Centuries-old Welsh folklore, for example, tells of the Bwbach, an approximately three foot tall, hair-covered humanoid perceived by the folk of that era as a brownie or nymph.

Read on...

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
From CFZ Australia:
From CFZ Canada:

Graham's Gonzo Blog updates

In Jon's absence, Graham's seated at the Gonzo Mixing Desk!

Being something of a Can fan - my fav album of theirs is "Can Landed" - I found one of these news items of particular interest....

First up, though, a track-by-track review of a Troy Donockley compilation CD:

A peculiar review of Genre Peak's album "Redux":

Can - three-CD box set of previously unreleased Can material:

Gonzo reviewer Davey C's careful preparations for the recent Hawkwind gig in Stamford:

Video: Comus performing "Out of the Coma" in Helsinki:

AUBURN: Another slice of live 'wobblecam' - from the "Indian Summer" album:

I'm amused that Liz Lenten applies the term 'wobblecam' to that Auburn video. I wonder what on earth she'd think of some of my mosh-pit footage of Hawkwind! The mind boggles.

Anyway, Cheers for now.

HAUNTED SKIES: Alien spies?


An absolutely exquisite small pearl-bordered fritillary, ab. alba.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 2002 the asteroid 2002 NM missed hitting the Earth by 121,000 km, about one third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
And now the news:
What's the difference between Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck? When they were both stuck with the task of stopping a meteor from destroying the Earth, one of them cried, and the other saved the world: