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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Monday, February 23, 2009

Something rather peculiar happened this morning...

It is just gone eleven, and I am shuddering into a waking state. Corinna (poor dear) is absolutely shattered and is still asleep in bed, and it is Graham's day-off. Oliver (God bless him) has just gone up to the shop to find me something breakfasty, and I am just beginning my first cup of coffee. Outside the chickens are rootling around in their run, Ichabod the jackdaw is making strange croaking noises and Helios 7 my slightly elderly, and completely retarded long-haired cat is on top of the rabbit hutch chasing her tail in circles. It is a normal monday morning at the CFZ (except for the fact that Corinna and I are completely shattered after our long-weekend's activities).

Along comes the postman. He is clutching an a4 envelope which is addressed to me. I open it.

It is from the Institute of Creation Science, and although superficially interesting it is complete nonsense. First of all I am cross. Why do these idiots waste my time with this supserstitious nonsense, I think. And then the penny drops and I am not cross any more.

I am nearly fifty years old. I have been a member of Natural History, animal keeping, and zoological organisations since I was 12, 38 years ago. I have been a high-profile cryptozoologist for nearly twenty of those years. I have been involved in the mass media for a similar time. But untill now I have NEVER received an unsolicited Creationist tract in the post.

Last week we posted the latest in a long line of CFZ screeds against Creationism. My article on Darwin which attacks the movement was published in one of the country's foremost regional newspapers, and I took an anti Creationist stance in other media. The fact that we have started receiving their propoganda leaflets means that our campaign is beginning to work.

We have come to their notice, and they are getting worried.....


Matt said...

when the people start to argue they know they cannot win!

Matt said...

the first line of attack ins persuation