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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Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Mark and I went to see Dad this afternoon. He is still in the Medical Assessment Unit, but is likely to be moved later today. He is calmer than he was yesterday, but still horridly frail. His stiff upper lip - as anyone who knows him will not be surprised to here - is jutting out marvellously, and he is not only being incredibly brave about it all but is even managing to get some humour out of the situation.

As we left he was going to get an ultrasound scan, so we may have some more news later

Wednesday Update

I spoke to the hospital this morning, and was told that he had a quiet night. There is no more news available, except that the diagnoseis is confirmed. Pleural Effusion is what- in the old days - they called `wet pleurisy`. The hospital told me that they have not started the draining procedure yet because they are continuing their investigations. Mark and I will be going to the hospital in an hour or so. We should have more information later.

In the mean time, the CFZ office is still open, manned by Graham and John, and - from friday - by Olly. It is business as usual.

Mark and I will maintain these updates.

Finally, my brother and I would like to thank you all for your kindness and support at this difficult time.