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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Tuesday, April 21, 2009


This morning I received the following email:

Re Magazien

we are currently busy finalzing details on opening our exotic pet shop on teh internetz i was wondering would you be able to send me a free copy of one of your magz even if its an old one for use to look at and see what you offer

Should I:

a. Reply by writing: "I would not touch your shop with the proverbial bargepole. Before you start looking after rare and exotic creatures, you should learn to use the Queen's English."

b. Send them a copy of The Amateur Naturalist and hope that we can lead by example, teaching people that it is only ethical to keep exotic animals in captivity if they do so as part of a regime of study and investigation, and that together we can bring back the golden heyday of natural history.

c. Put my head in my hands, sigh heavily, and do my best to ignore the whole thing.


d. Think. Sod it. There is a recession on, and their money is as good as anyone else's. If it pays the mortgage it has got to be OK.

Answers on a postcard please....


stormwalkernz said...

sorry Jon no postcard - do what feels right in your heart.
I wouldl ove a copy of your Natural history mag but the mony way that is gooing to happen is if by chance I win one somehow as we are financially broke but I would not have the cheek to ask for one.
This is your livelyhood and you have a family just as i have to think of.
Glad your money came through just wish mine would - from a well known magizine that wrote the story without the proper authorisations abd negitaitions for payment an now dont respond to emails so think that is a write off.
Do what you feel is right my friend and you cant go wrong.

EMMA said...

i think you should go for b

Greatbeast said...

(c) or (d). They are idiots, but their money is indeed as good as anyone else's. So maybe just send them a copy and then make some tea and forget the whole sorry thing.