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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, March 18, 2009

Words from a silly old git

Thank you to everyone who said nice things about me yesterday. I wasn't fishing for compliments (honest) but it is always nice when you get them. I am going to be up and about for some of today at least, so I hope that I shall be able to answer some of my backlog of letters.

Getting older is a strange feeling. In the past few weeks I have looked in the mirror and seen my father (albeit my father with long hair, a beard, and about ten stone added to his body mass) looking back at me. Well my father was a great man who achieved remarkable things for Queen and Empire, but he could also be a silly old git, and I have inherited that part of his psyche at least. I am turning into a silly old git at times, and I do get upset when people attack me. But when I get messages of support like yesterday it takes that upset away, and when I look around the CFZ family I feel a glow of pride.

When I say `the CFZ family`, I don't just mean the social malcontents who live with me and Corinna. I don't even mean the slightly wider circle like David and Ross B-P, Matty Osborne, Maxy, Fleur and Tim whom I see on a regular basis, but I mean the family members who I haven't as yet met, like Tony in New Zealand, tirelessly scanning in fifty years of press cuttings for us, and Naomi and Ritchie, traversing Texas in search of blue dog information and jackalope piccies for the CFZ. I mean Jan in Oman (who I haven't seen in ten years now), chasing up stories of surviving lions, and Heather in the UAE looking for rare geckos.

You all make a silly old git feel very proud!

3 comments:

fleury said...

:D

yay! i do feel like some of you really are part of my family. and it seems i have known you all far longer than i have done, especially you, Tim and Max

Naomi said...

Jon, we were sorry to hear anyone said anything negative about you. We have your back! Feel better soon.

Geordie Paranormalizer said...

I've held back from saying much about the recent spat (except for one comment consisting of two words)but have decided to add my two pennorth, as they say.
Jon has done more to advance the cause of paranormal research generally - and cryptozoology in particular - than any other guy I know. Its a shame that some people haven't got better things to do with their time. Our field of endeavour has seen too much of this sort of behaviour when we should all be putting our shoulder to the plow and, as Jon has done, setting a good example to others. Don't let them bother you, my friend...