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, March 22, 2009


As you may or may not know, both my parents are dead. My mother died in March 2002, and my father in February 2006. However, I still have parent-figures in my life. The nearest thing to a father that I have is Tony "Doc"Shiels, one-time Wizard of the Western World, and the nearest thing I have to a mother is the lady on the left.

This is Mrs Marjorie Braund, who during the 1970s when I was a childgrowing up in the North Devon village of Woolsery was like a second mother to me. Thirty something years later, when I am back living in the same house, and she is still living next door nothing much has changed. This picture was taken at the 2006 Weird Weekend and the Access All Areas pass around her neck was the result of a teensy little argument we had, when she wanted to pay to get in, and I flatly refused.

She is still like a mother to me, but she has been taken seriously ill. Please remember her, me, and her bona fide family in your thoughts, and prayers to whichever deity you believe in...


Nick Redfern said...


I hope Marjorie's health improves. I could tell on meeting her at WW that she is a very nice lady. Here's wishing her well.

stormwalkernz said...

our thoughts, prayers and hopes are with you all for a speedy recovery for her.
Bless Her.

Tony Lucas

Jon Downes said...

KARL SHUKER WRITES: "As you know, (FOR TECHNICAL REASONS) I can't add comments to your blog, so I'd be grateful if you could just add on my behalf a line stating how sorry I am to learn of your surrogate mother Marjorie's indisposition, and that I hope she'll be feeling better very soon"