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, November 17, 2006

CFZ TV is back up...

Months ago I posted a blog entry about our burgeoning CFZtv project, and wrote that:

"we hope that we shall be premiering CFZ TV at the Weird Weekend, with outside broadcasts, interviews and whatever else the team can put together between trips to the off licence. "

I probably shouldn't have made the joke about the off-license, because - due to circumstances beyond our control - John Gledson and I were unable to deliver what we had hoped. There were a number of technical problems, server issues, and personnell problems to sort out, but finally we have a functioning CFZtv website with ten videos and even the beginnings of a Radio CFZ project.

This is only the beginning. For the time being, we have had to cut our coat according to our cloth and are using YouTube as a server. However, we are in negotiations to get a dedicated media server of our own, and things are looking very promising.

As well as hosting out own video shorts, we are working on longer projects (a 40 minute film of our latest expedition to Lake Windermere, with the cringeworthy title `Eel or no Eel` will be up in a few days, but we have other projects in mind. Have YOU got any footage of an unknown animal? A mystery cat? A lake monster? Send it to us, and we will include it in a new section of the CFZtv site.

We hope that eventually this will be a proper web-based TV station, with scheduling, and full-length documentaries - some of which will be available to buy on DVD. However, in the mean time, what we have will have to do.

But as I encoded the whole damn thing from scratch I am quite proud of it all....