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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Thursday, June 02, 2011



WEIRD WEEKEND 2011: Running Order

CFZ, Myrtle Cottage, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR
Noon - 5.00 p.m Open Day at the CFZ.
Community Centre, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR

Doors open at 6.00

7.00 – 7.15 Introduction
7.15 – 8.00 OLL LEWIS: The man who fooled P.T. Barnum
8.00 - 8.30 BREAK
8.30 - 9.30 TREVOR BEER: The Beast of Exmoor
9.30 - 10.00 BREAK
10.00 – 11.00 NEIL ARNOLD: Mystery Animals of Kent

Community Centre, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR
doors open at 10.00
12.00-12.15 JON DOWNES/RICHARD FREEMAN: An introduction to cryptozoology
12.15-1.15 NICK WADHAM: Giant insects
1.15 - 2.15 MATT SALUSBURY: The Pygmy Elephants of Kerala
2.15 - 2.45 BREAK (KIDS: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party)
2.45 - 3.15 QUIZ
3.15 - 4.15 ADAM DAVIES: Hunting the Orang Pendek
4.15 - 5.15 PETER CHRISTIE: Fortean North Devon
5.15-5.45 BREAK
5.45 – 6.15 Book Launch: LEE WALKER
6.15 – 7.15 KEVIN GOODMAN: The Warminster Triangle
7.15 - 8.15 MAX BLAKE/DARREN NAISH: The New British Lynx
8.15 – 8.45 CFZ AWARDS
8.45 – 9.15 Break
9.15 – 10.30 RICHARD FREEMAN et al – India Expedition
10.30-11.15 LEE WALKER – The rabbit-eating Goblin (Not suitable for Children)

Community Centre, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR

doors open 10.30

12.00 - 1.00 GLEN VAUDREY: The Waterhorse
1.00 - 1.45 HENRY HARTLEY: Fortean aspects of the modern Maya
1.45 - 2.15 BREAK (KIDS: Treasure Hunt)
2.15 - 3.15 JOHN HANSON/DAWN HOLLOWAY: 70 Years of British UFOs
3.15 - 3.45 BREAK
3.45 - 4.30 RONAN COGHLAN: The Labours of Hercules
4.30 - 5.00 JONATHAN DOWNES: Keynote Speech and Closing Remarks.

Events specifically for kids are in red. Whilst all the lectures are suitable for children, some may be of more interest to young minds than others. The talks coloured green are those that we especially recommend for children under the age of 12, although - of course - they are welcome at any that they care to attend....

SUNDAY EVENING: Dinner at The Farmer's Arms

More attractions to be announced soon

ANDREW HOPCROFT: Anatomy of the kraken

I don't know if you've seen this before but it may be useful for your blog as it offers a journey through the ever terrifying landscape that is 'The Anatomy of The Kraken' ... and rum!


Andrew Hopcroft



Aquatic monsters have a long and venerable history in the waters of northern Europe, dating at least all the way back to what must surely be the grandfather of all lake-, sea- and other monsters, the mighty Midgårdsorm or Jormungandr from the old Norse mythology - a creature long enough to encircle the globe and bite its own tail. Though some have since claimed sightings of monsters several hundred metres long, some even confusing the creatures with small islands, nothing has ever come even remotely close to the gargantuan size of the Midgårdsorm. And naturally, the only one who ever dared to challenge this monster was the old Norse god Thor - the god of thunder.

In many ways, the Midgårdsorm is the archetypical mythological monster, but that doesn't mean all monsters are figments of the imagination. The borderline between fantasy and reality is one that is fine and fluid, with aspects of one realm carried over into the other. Real creatures can so easily clothe themselves in mythological splendour, and thus become bigger, scarier, and more fabulous. In the centuries following the time of the Midgårdsorm, many kinds of strange creatures have been seen in the waters of northern Europe. The monsters are still very much alive, in tradition as well as in reality.


Amazon.co.uk are still playing silly buggers. This - like Paul Screeton's and Bart Nunnelly's books, are still carrying the message "Usually dispatched within 1-3 weeks". This is actually - as far as I am aware - completely untrue. The books should arrive as quickly as any other product on amazon.co.uk.



OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1958 Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch (also famous as the narrator of the first TV adaptation of the Moomins and being the father of evil newscorp billionaire Rupert) decoded the Corinthian-Daws paradox, beating his nemesis Charles Hawtrey and his protégée the young Simon Schama to the solution by 13 hours and 5 minutes, sparking off the now legendary 'Race for Atlantis'.
And now the news:

Beached 44ft whale dies on Redcar beach
PETA Calls for Gov't Investigation Into Apparently...
Township mob burns 'talking' monkey as witch

She's turned me into a newt:

CFZ PEOPLE: Olivia McCarthy

Congratulations to my lovely younger step-daughter Olivia (seen here on the day she graduated from Portsmouth University), on her promotion. On Monday she becomes a new supervisor at Cult Clothing in Exeter.

Go in, say hello, and tell her that Jon sent you, and you will probably find yourself banned from the store for life for being one of her Stepfather's weird friends.

Congratulations, darling. Nobody has ever trusted me to supervise anything!