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


In her most recent blog posting my darling wife Corinna makes brief mention of a pub sign in the Middlesex village of Wraysbury. It features a snail that looks somewhat like Helix pomatia crossing what looks like a desert.

This got me thinking. I am often accused of being obsessed with pubs, but I don't think I have ever seen another pub sign featuring an invertebrate. So its over to you. We are launching the fabbo great British invertebrate pub sign hunt. If you see any pub signs featuring invertebrates, please send photographs to us, so that we can post them on what I am sure is going to become a wonderfully and epicly pointless, but mildly amusing bloggo thread..

1 comment:

G L Wilson said...

Well, there is the Slug & Lettuce chain, so they might perhaps have an appropriate picture on a sign somewhere.