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, February 02, 2006


Mark and I have just got back from the hospital. We arrived on the ward just before 10.30 and it took over five hours for us to see Dad's doctor. However the news is generally good. They have drained over two litres of fluid from his chest, and were still draining as we left. He has had a sdecond chest xray, basically to find out whether his right lung is returning to normal. There is no indication as yet as to what has caused the pleural effusion, but test results will be back in a few days.

Although he was quite confused and upset when we arrived, by the time we left - especially after a visit from the vicar - he was feeling somewhat better. He will probably be transferred to Bideford Hospital sometime next week.

Thank you again for your good wishes, prayers and support