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, August 16, 2012

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 19.7.67

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1982 Compact Disks first went on sale in Germany. Although CDs offered better sound quality and greater storage than records and cassette tapes. Several music “experts” who were unwilling to move with the times still insist that vinyl or wax disks are better despite them being all hissy and poppy (the records I mean not the “experts”).

Lethal snake viruses identified
Hermit crabs 'work to safety building codes'
Florida State Record 87 Eggs in Largest Python fro...
Dealer in Rare, Endangered Birds Flies the Coop
Grinning shark smiles for the camera during aftern...

This song has been released on a CD and a record too (yeah, any excuse to play an Al Stewart song):


The Weird Weekend is now upon us. Last night's party was probably the best yet, despite weather and tent related mishaps. A splendid time was had by all...

A Eulogistic Erik Norlander review. In these days where mediocrity is celebrated and true ability often ignored it is wonderful to see a musical craftsman of Erik's stature receiving praise for his many talents. http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/08/erik-norlander-review_17.html

Another visit to the world of Thom the World Poet:

Chris Thompson is one of the great soulful singers of rock music, and is particularly fanmous in Europe, as this Belgian review shows.

A forthcoming gig by Martin Stephenson and the Argyll and Bute Ukulele Ensemble

I have been resisting the temptation to do any Olympic-themed postings over the last few weeks. This is partly because I find the excess of the whole thing expensive, and the fact that in a country where people are having their Disability Benefits slashed we can spend £27 million on the opening ceremony alone is highly distasteful and smacks of bread and circuses. However, there are some interesting proggy themed links to the whole affair, and now it is all over I feel happier about writing about it.

And finally a nicely written article about the latest incarnation of Yes

And that is it for today. The blog postings are likely to somewhat perfunctory until Tuesday...

WW2012: So what is all this about? Come along and find out

HAUNTED SKIES: TImes (The) 16.8.67.

CFZ PEOPLE: Some sad news from Lionel Beer

I had a telephone call from Lionel Beer yesterday evening. Sadly, Joy - his partner of many years, and a good friend to us all - has died following a stroke earlier in the year. Our hearts go out to Lionel and her other loved ones at this time which must be devastating for them.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot/Cedar and Willow

More from Bigfoot Evidence about Justin Smeja:


And New on Cedar and Willow:

New at Cedar And Willow, Some more Fun and Decorative book covers to go with story ideas:

KARL SHUKER: The truth about black pumas

A major new ShukerNature blog post: