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 25, 2009


On Arrival at Stanchester Community Campus, everything appear remarkable clam and serene, the noise levels soon rose with excitement and the Hubbub as Captain Jack Sparrow (not Harkness as many had foolishly been expecting) swung through the exhibition area. MDM Securities soon had Jonathan installed at his stand and Max took the duties of guarding him from his adoring public.

I meanwhile took an altogether quieter approach and sat in the main reception ensuring that Jon was covered from afar. Daleks of various colour schemes with a desire for Human Death cruised past and people had to keep their feet out of the way, rumour has it to be run over by a Dalek make your foot “EXCRUCIATE”!

The Gym had most of the more active events with Build your own Dalek and a sales stand of Dr Who related products, including Ties which is would love to own, but I guess preaching about redemption wearing a tie offering to kill all humans might be too much of a mixed message.
A number of people passing commented on my CFZ Scarf as the stiches flew onto the needles.

Other characters passing me on the First Aid Post were CyberMen and CyberShape (08 Christmas Special), a scarecrow and 3 very dodgy looking people dressed as C3P0s sorry I mean PCSOs, it is good to see family and community events being supported by the Constabulary and this clear demonstrates the advantages of PCSOs

The Art Department had clearly been very busy building Clockwork Men, Father Christmas and K9. The weirdest moment was when a Dalek apologised and asked if some people if he could “get passed please”, “Thank you”. The event went fantastically and finished in style with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday for Deborah’s 50th.

1 comment:

Rosel said...

A CFZ scarf, how intruiging. What does it look like?