Tuesday, 18 September 2007

God bless you Biffo

Paul Rose has posted another story on the forthcoming trip on his blog:



BTW A detailed update from the CFZ will be coming out in the next few days, as soon as we have finalised the arrangements...

Saturday, 15 September 2007

We are safe

We are back, safe and relatively sound. Apart from some superficial cuts and bruises we are OK, but if we hadn't been driving a Jaguar we would both be dead! It was the worst crash I have ever been in, and I think that the emotional effects for both of us will be with us for some time.

The car is a complete mangled wreck, but you can buy a new car. You can't get a new wife, and thank God Corinna was OK...

Friday, 14 September 2007

Bad News

The CFZ Press Office released the following statement this afternoon:

CFZ Director Jonathan Downes and his wife Corinna were involved in a serious road traffic accident on the M25 last night, involving four other vehicles. Their Jaguar was a write-off and they were taken to hospital. However, they were discharged in the early hours of this morning.

The police have stated that although a prosecution is likely to take place, it would not be against Mr Downes, who was completely blameless.

Apart from shock, and superficial scratches and bruises, it appears that Mr and Mrs Downes are unheart.

More news when we get it.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Well, they got part of it right....

Monster Hunter Expedition

Posted on 11 Sep 2007 by SquallSnake7By: Zachary Gasiorowski
To help promote Monster Hunter Freedom 2 for PSP, Capcom has hired the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) to lead an expedition in South America to find mythical beasts such as a 40 foot anaconda, Big Foot, and saliva spitting death worms.

The expedition, set to begin sometime in November, will either be really fun and exciting or incredibility painful and bug infested. If you go, be sure to take your bug spray and a multi-tool.
Stay with http://www.mygamer.com/

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Do people actually READ the press releases?

So we're are all insane...............allegedly

Click Here to investigate the Mental Health of the CFZ and CAPCOM

(Tom Waits and Kathlees Brennan)

Sane, sane, they're all insane
The fireman's blind, the conductor's lame
A Cincinatti jacket and a sack luck dame
Hanging out the window with a bottle full of rain
Clap hands, Clap hands
Clap hands, Clap hands

Said roar, roar the thunder and the roar
Son of a bitch is never comin' back here no more
Moon in the window; a bird on the pole
Can always find a millionaire to shovel all the coal
Clap hands, Clap hands
Clap hands, Clap hands
Steam, steam a hundred bad dreams
Goin' up to Harlem with a pistol in his jeans
A fifty dollar bill inside a Palladin's hat
And nobody's sure where Mr. Knickerbocker's at

Shine, shine a Roosevelt dime
All the way to Baltimore and runnin' out of time
Salvation Army seemed to wind up in the hole
They all went to Heaven in the little row boat
Clap hands, Clap hands
Clap hands, Clap hands

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

There's more at the door...

And another, which can be found HERE

Capcom Sponsors Real-Life Monster Hunt
Bid to track down 40ft anaconda and hairy "ape-like being" with claws.
by Rob Burman, IGN UK

UK, September 10, 2007 - Capcom is sponsoring an expedition to Guyana to hunt for the South American version of Bigfoot - called the di-di - and the equally elusive 40ft anaconda as part of its campaign to promote Monster Hunter Freedom 2 on PSP in the UK.

Leading the search, which begins in November, will be the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) which specialises in searching out mythical beasts, including the saliva spitting 'death worm' and the ninki nanka.

While the giant snake on the CFZ's radar is fairly self-explanatory, you might be less familiar with the di-di. It's a hairy, ape-like creature believed to have killed cattle by ripping out their tongue with its sharp claws. According to the CFZ, the didi could be a species of ground sloth thought to be extinct - or, failing that, completely imaginary, we suppose.

IGN - Brisbane,CA,USA

Groovy gaming gonzo gubbins


The first of the dedicated gaming publications get on board...

As part of their UK promotion for the release of Monster Hunter Freedom 2 on PSP, capcom are sponsoring a real life monster hunt in Guyana, for the "di-di" and the 40ft Anaconda.

The search will begin in November, with the Centre of Fortean Zoology (CFZ) experts in tracking down strange beasts such as the saliva spitting 'Death Worm' and the 'Ninki Nanka'. Did I say 'tracking down'? That would imply they've actually found such gruesome wonders. However, the CFZ seem to know their subject matter very well, and so describe the Di-Di as a hairy ape-like creature with sharp claws, capable of killing cattle. According to them, the Di-Di is potentially a ground Sloth species thought to be extinct.

Yeah well. We won't be holding our breaths.

PSPworld - USA

Monday, 10 September 2007

And we are in `The Register`....


Thanks to Dino for emailing me the link..

Good old Redders

Nick Redfern over as CFZUSA has given us a plug already. In the next few weeks he will be interviewing all six expedition members and posting the interviews on his site...

The six members are:


And of course, snakes that cuss you bad...

So far, nobody has picked up on the fact that the expedition includes the one and only Paul Rose , aka `Mr Biffo`, a man who in his own anarchic way is one of the funniest writers in the UK today.

Richard and I have both been massive fans of Biffo for years, and when he joined up to the CFZ earlier this year, we lost no time in inviting him to tea. Over copious amounts of margaritas we hatched a plan to send him along on a CFZ expedition to write it up in his own initable style.

His blog-me-do includes this inky fingered report on his involvement with the project..

PS. Snakes that cuss you bad..

Amongst the stable of characters Biffo
created for the late mented Digitiser on C4 teletext were The Snakes - A pair of beatboxing snakes, which would argue in a manner similar to that of Ali G (but pre-dating him by some years). Led to the catchphrase "I Cuss You Bad", along with the use of the word "Skank".

Paul is now off in search of some real life snakes, that we hope will not cuss him bad...

The first bits of press...

The press coverage is starting already. Thanks to Iggy Tavares for emailing this..
The online version can be read:


Thursday, 6 September 2007

So it begins