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, February 03, 2006


Not much news today, so I guess that the old adage that `no news is good news` holds true. Graham and I went to see him today, and he is considerably brighter than he was yesterday. We spoke to his doctor who told us that he was `on the mend`, and it is hard not to agree with him. They will be taking the drain out soon,and he should be on the way back to Bideord to recuperate within the next few days.

Thank you to everyone who has called giving good wishes.

By the way - his new book `Fragrant Harbours, Distant rivers - Making of Modern Africa` is out today. Dad is very proud of it - as are we - and he has been showing his first copy round the ward. I wonder if we can get it stocked in the hospital bookshop? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm