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, May 14, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From Nick Redfern's  "There's Something in the Woods":
The Inhumanoids - Published!
Monstrum! Reviewed
Hell-Hounds - Today
Today's Phantom Black Dogs

From CFZ Australia:
An age of antipodean minifauna?
Meet the Cryptozoologist: Paul Cropper
New from CFZ Press - May 2011
Echidna DNA paves way in genome project

HAUNTED SKIES: A Presidential Visit



Graham left yesterday for a fun-packed fortnight during which he will see Hawkwind ("goodness me," I hear you exclaim. "We never knew he was a fan!"), fly to the Isle of Man to help his mother move house, and visit his aunt in Budleigh.

We expect him to return on or about Thursday 2nd of June. Have fun, dude....
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Dir Joe Cornish

Big Talk Productions 2011

Call me old-fashioned but any film that seeks to make heroes out of gangs of chav, hoodie criminal scum is never going to sit right with me. At the start of the film a bunch of cowardly, knife-wielding thugs mug a lone woman for her mobile phone. Then we are expected to except them as the heroes of the film. I think not.

Also the film has a nasty anti-intellectual streak running through it. A clever youth is sneered at simply for knowing zoological terms. The message this cinematic turd is sending out is that it’s fine to be a rap-obsessed, violent, yellow-bellied, thieving piece of filth but it’s laughable to be intelligent. I’ve seen this growing in UK society for years.

The patois spoken by the gang involved is so impenetrable that it makes Nadsat from A Clockwork Orange look like the Queen’s English. The films glorification of drug ‘culture’ is exceptionally unpleasant as well.

The plot line could be written on the back of a fag packet. For what it’s worth, here it is. Fresh from mugging a single girl the band of teenaged thugs are attacked by a small alien that drops from the sky into a car. They manage to kill the baboon-sized beast. Unknown to them it is a small female and now the gang leader has alien pheromone all over him. Larger male aliens fall to earth in meteors and start to persue the gang leader, killing everyone in their path.

Attack the Block fails as science fiction, fails as drama and fails as comedy. The aliens themselves look great: like a cross between black shuck and a gorilla with spiky fur so dark it stands out against pitch black and jaws filed with rows of luminous turquoise teeth. They would look marvellous in an episode of Dr Who, but here they are just wasted. Also there are no adequate explanations as to why the creatures come to Earth in the first place.

Not even Nick Frost can save this one. God knows how they roped him into this flick but they give him no decent lines and his character doesn’t really get to do anything.

A sloppy, lazy plot with incomprehensible script and a truly vile sound track (I loathe rap ‘music’ - you might as well listen to road works and call that music) are the icing on the crappy cake that is this film. I once spent a night drinking with a Hollywood producer and a Hollywood director in a remote bar in rural north Devon. I asked them how god-awful scripts and ideas are turned into films. They told me that it’s all a matter of knowing someone on the inside or being an insider yourself. Like TV, the film world revolves around nepotism. If this script had not been written by one half of Adam and Joe but by your average Joe then it would never have seen the light of day.

Avoid this utter discharge at all costs. Don’t waste time watching it at the pictures. Don’t bother buying the DVD when it comes out. Don’t even bother watching it when it turns up on some crappy cable channel at one in the morning.
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Dogs Painted to Create Panda Dogs and Dog Tigers

The mysterious human desire to paint its pet dogs so that they look like other animals which are not dogs has reared its head once more, with a selection of painted dogs being displayed in China. The painted dogs in question were on display in Zhengzhou, in eastern China’s Henan Province, at what appears to have been a veritable festival of dog painting.

As well as the tiger-dog, there were a number of rather adorable fluffy panda-dogs being shown to the crowd. Exactly why people are so keen on the trans-species decoration of their dogs is not especially clear, but the effort is appreciated. Except, perhaps, by the dogs....

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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1928 the first Mickey Mouse cartoon to be made was shown... Plane Crazy. Most people think that Steamboat Willy was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon; not so; that was just the first with a synchronized sound track. You can use this fact later today to impress your friends and family.
And now the news:

Coalition 'losing way' on green policies - campaig...
London Zoo's baby gorilla 'Tiny' killed in attack

RIP baby gorilla:
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I have never liked Friday the Thirteenth, but it was not until yesterday was over that I realised the significance of yesterday's date; Blogger had been playing silly buggers since Thursday morning, Graham had finally managed to post Thursday's blogs by early afternoon but an hour or so later they had disappeared. It was impossible to post anything until early evening yesterday, and Andrew, Gavin and I each decided that it would be unwise to post anything until the system had stabilised.

In the meantime, I was ill and felt horrid, so I spent most of the day in bed, leaving the CFZ in the capable hands of Corinna, Graham and Oliver. So that's what happened yesterday!
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DALE DRINNON: The sisimite (Repost)

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