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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Sunday, February 05, 2006


Graham and I visited the hospital today and saw Dad. Although he is responding to treatment and healing well, he is very frail, and the hustle and bustle of a busy hospital ward is - in my opinion - proving too much for him. According to the Staff Nurse to whom I spoke, nothing much is likely to happen until we have the results of the analysis currently being carried out on the fluid that was removed from his chest. When these tests are complete, he will probably be moved to Bideford, and then eventually, home.

Thank you once again to everyone who has telephoned, emailed, or visited. Your support is gratefully appreciated at this difficult time. (Thanks to Mark and Olly who are keping the home fires burning as I speak).