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, September 21, 2012

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:

FORTEAN LINK: Was the 'Little Blue Man' an Extraterrestrial?

The spooky tale of The Little Blue Man of Studham Common has caught the attention of Dutchman Theo Paijmans. He has been in touch with Dunstable and District Local History Society to try to find out more about this intriguing mystery. And an article from Theo in the society’s August newsletter revisits the oft-told tale.

Just to remind you, it all happened on a thundery day in the Studham area in late January, 1967. Six young boys from Studham School were playing on the common on their way to school. A few minutes after lightning struck, one boy saw a little blue man with a tall hat and a beard, and called to his friends, who also saw the mysterious figure. They began running towards the little man but he disappeared in a puff of smoke, then appeared in another spot, only to vanish again.

CRYPTOLINK: Richard Owen, the “Sea-Serpent Killer”

Philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626) argued that science should also consider “all prodigies and monstrous births of nature; of everything in short that is in nature new, rare and unusual“. So if you have a tale or post to share, unusual or not, for The Giants’ Shoulders” history of science blog carnival, let me know until tomorrow evening, the carnival will then be ready for Monday.
And now, a weird tale about Monsters and Men, asHistory of Geology will in September-October feature a series of posts dedicated to the topic.
The Victorian paleontologist Richard Owen (1804-1892) is today often only remembered as father of the term “dinosaurs, but his fields of interests included the anatomy of mammals, especially marsupials, the ox-like bones of birds from New Zealand, toads entombed in solid rock and even sea monsters.

WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's Fortean Bird News

After about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

  • City of London Corporation monitoring parakeet num...
  • Ban on capture of wild birds should have stayed
  • Shot rare bird sent to Sicily for rehabilitation
  • Island offers bird hope
  • Bird song clue to human brain functions?
  • Bill Oddie tweets for birds on Twitter
  • RSPB: Upcoming events 22/23 September 2012
  • HAUNTED SKIES: Sunday Mirror 1.9.68.

    Check it out...


    The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

    KARL SHUKER: Unmasking the moon rat

    Check it out

    DALE DRINNON: Siberian Lake Monster

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology


    It has been one of those nights, as I believe that The Eagles once said. However, although I can't remember the lyrics of the song, I am sure it wasn't about staying up all night to finish a typesetting certain book which shall remain nameless, only to find that - just as the protagonist of the song had finished - his computer crashed and mangled everything he had done in the previous five hours, so he had to start again. Maybe I should write a song in which that happened. I could call it 'Dr Shuker's Mystery Cat Book Blues'. Whoops I have let the (full colour) cat out of the bag!
    Never mind. I am so wired now, I am not going to go to bed until later, so I shall probably work right on through...
    Magick is the idiot bastard son of art and science; a discipline resulting in an esoteric brew of ritual, theory, practice and belief. If a ‘magician’ is someone who does ‘magick’, then – although I would never deign to call myself a magician – I know, and have known, quite a few people who are.  A magician whom I have never met, but who, ever since I was given a bootleg tape of 1987 What the Fuck is Going On? in the year it was released has been, if not an influence on my life, most certainly a mirror into which I peered, is Bill Drummond.  For Bill Drummond is most certainly a magician.
    Our regular daily visit to the singular universe of Thom the World Poet...
    After having had three days of sparkling conversation with the lovely Annie Haslam, I was well chuffed to find a copy of the cover of the new album that we have been hearing about all week...
    A link to an interesting and amusing article giving five reasons why EVERYBODY should love Captain Beefheart...
    Michael Des Barres continues his series of calls to arms in the Rock and Roll revolution. Most people would be being cynical if they were to write a sentance like that in these degenerate days, but I mean every word of it.
    My old mate Paul Whitrow has a single out, and I am the editor so I am gonna damn well plug it relentlessly. It also happens to be rather good...
    The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

    The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia
    group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    On this day in 1937 J.R.R. Tolkien's book “The Hobbit” was first published.
    And now the news:
    The new trailer for Peter Jackson's film version of “The Hobbit” was released earlier this week (they should have waited for today if you ask me) so here it is if you've not seen it yet: