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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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 8.11.67b


Today looks set to be another jolly day, and I am once again in a surprisingly good mood. It is a bit scary to realise that we are now only a week away from the beginning of the 2012 Weird Weekend (www.weirdweekend.org) and if you are planning to buy tickets at the special advance price, today is probably a good time in which to do it. Apart from that, I go to the doctor this afternoon, and hopefully will be able to hear by teatime...

I have always been a sucker for sci-fi themed San Fransisco poster art of the hippyesque kind, and writing about the forthcoming Jefferson Starship/Auburn tour is certainly giving me the opportunity to indulge this obsession. I thought that the tour poster that I posted yesterday was a good one, but have a butchers at this....

I had no idea that Rick Wakeman posted a monthly letter to his fans and devotees on his website. However, I do now, and today I provide a link to Grumpy Old Rick's Ramblings for August. I would like to point out that the words 'Grumpy old Rick' and 'Ramblings' are Mr W's not mine. I would never presume to say such a thing.

As I said Yesterday, Galahad are probably my favourite contemporary rock band, because they tick all the right boxes for me (being literate, intelligent and well crafted) whilst avoiding the aspects of contemporary rock music (the roaring and intelligible vocals, double snare drums that sound like the tappit valves going on a Ford Cortina, and horribly over compressed everything) that annoy me. They are a smashing band and I greet the news of their forthcoming new album with great enthusiasm.

I was talking to Michael Des Barres on Facebook the other night, and I congratulated him about his latest acting role. However, I had to admit that although it appears that NCIS is the biggest TV show in the world, I had only vaguely heard of it, because I don't have a TV. That's not actually true - I have two TVs and another unplugged up in the library, but none of them are connected to the outside world (except for the one in the sitting room, and that only gets on the internet via a Nintendo device), and although Corinna, Prudence and I watch the occasional DVD or online thingy, we never actually watch TV per se, and do not have the means so to do. However, this just makes us odd! Many congratulations to Michael for his smashing news.

As regular readers will doubtlessly know, I am a massive fan of a Gonzo recording act called Auburn,and their singer Liz Lenten, and there were whoops and cheers of delight in the Gonzo Daily office when we found out that they were supporting Jefferson Starship on the forthcoming UK Tour. Apparently Liz is currently in America where (as this picture shows) she is exhibiting disturbing signs of going native. Come on dear, remember you are English, Blighty Spirit blah blah blah

And so the great Liz Fraser debate continues. It all started when Gonzo roving reporter Davey Curtis who wrote about Ms Fraser's warm up gig in Bath and compared it wistfully at the days of the Cocteau Twins. I then got hold of some YouTube videos of both the Bath Gig and the Meltdown gig in London, and posted disagreeing with Davey and saying how gorgeous I though that her new sound was.Yesterday, the ever lovely Ms McCookerybook wrote to me supporting my point of view, and I found this review on her website.No doubt the debate will run and run.

And that, my dears, for today at least, is that.
I am going into Bideford to buy some Roquefort, get my ears syringed, and visit the off-license. Not necessarily in that order.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1968 Gillian Anderson, who played agent Dana Scully in the X-files, was born.
And now the news:

Flight gets delayed by huge swarm of bees
James Geist Finds Pythons In West Milford, N.J. Ba...
New Bird Species Discovered in 'Cloud Forest' of P...
Searching for Rhinoceros Aucklets and invasive rab...
Clark County studies exotic animals plan
Pot-grower's poison taking toll on rare fishers
Pets May Help Kids With Autism Develop Social Skil...
Search for Fiji petrels nest continues
Thousands of fish die as Midwest streams heat up
Bell The Chihuahua Finds 2 Girls Lost In Georgia F...
First confirmed successful refloat of stranded dol...
Congo Rangers locate first Mountain gorilla famili...
Deep-Sea Squid Can 'Jettison Arms' as Defensive Ta...
FAU students learn to trap Burmese pythons – via H...

This could be a case for Mulder and Scully:

CFZ "PEOPLE": Biggles' birthday

Today, Biggles, our dear dog who died so unexpectedly in 2010 would have been 4. We remember him every day...

WW2012: Lineup changes

Sadly, Kevin Goodman has had to pull out for health reasons. We do understand and sympathise with the poor chap, and hope that he will be here another year.

However, for reasons too complicated to go into here, Max Blake is back from Cyprus early, and will now be on the bill. A revised programme will be posted in the next few days.

In the meantime, if you have not yet bought your tickets, you have just over a week left in which to do so. Why not do it today?

DALE DRINNON: Alleged bigfoot shootings

This just in at Frontiers of Zoology: