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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Monday, May 18, 2015

FORTEAN ART TERRORISM: The latest from Xtul

I woke up with a bloody awful headache. I was lying crumpled on the floor of Britannia's parlour. My mouth was dry, and my temples pounded, and my walking stick was nowhere to be seen. I very much doubt whether anyone reading this would believe me if I claimed to be some sort of total stranger to hangovers. I got my first hangover in 1976, a few days before my seventeenth birthday, and I have been having them with depressing regularity ever since.  This felt like a hangover, but on this occasion there was something missing. I hadn't actually had anything to drink.

I don't think that I am an alcoholic, but I will admit that I drink more alcohol than most people do in this day and age. One of the more depressing side effects of this is that, quite probably as a side effect of mixing large amounts of brandy with the various psychotropic chemicals which I am prescribed for my various illnesses, is that sometimes I do get blackouts. There are times that I wake up in the morning, not remembering what I had done the night before, and I have had to learn the discipline of having to reconstruct what happened out of fragmentary memories.

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