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 09, 2005

Cowshit and Creosote

Another day, another dollar.

I am overwhelmed by the response that has happened to the CFZ Volunteers list. Everyone is rushing around being busy little beavers, and I am feeling quite embarrased that I will be spending the day doing family stuff when everyone else is working. Graham will hopefully have the broken links on the website fixed today, and it looks as if - starting next week - there will be a whole host of exciting new features coming along!

Living in the country rather than the citynever ceases to be a delight. Who would have thought that Graham and I would be up early in the morning breathing in the country air (which today smells strongly of cowshit and creosote), and getting to work well before mid-day? John goes back to Exeter this morning; I am just about to drive him to Barnstaple, but he will be back on Monday. Only another week to go and Mark returns and the CFZ will have nearly a full compliment here. All we need to do now is to get Richard and the dog up here, work out some way of getting Nigel to leave Exmouth, (and have Mark Martin skulking in the bushes), and the CFZ family will be together again.