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, June 22, 2009


What I love about this bloggo is that the most peculiar subjects become threads. Who would have thought that Alan F.'s peculiar piece about sculpting with lobsters would be so popular that it would inspire a comment more than the "ugh that's freaky dude" sort; but it did.

Richard Holland wrote:

"Classy! Reminds me of Nigel Kneale's short story about a bloke who catches frogs and toads from his local pond, stuffs them, then dresses them up as little toffs and dandies. The amphibians take a dim view of this and one morning he's found squatting by the pond, stark naked and stuffed full of pondweed. So should suffer all who make tacky craft items."

So I couldn't resist it. Here, from the late lamented Potter's Museum of Curiosity, is a peculiar 19th Century sculpture of two 19th Century clergymen smoking pipes. And it is made entirely out of bits of lobster. I always loved that sculpture and hope that whoever has it now, they are looking after it.

However, this has got portions of the editorial team (we, me and Biggles, and it is only me that interprets his sniffing the cat's bottom and turning out the bins as being interested in crustacean sculpture) interested in the whole subject of crustacean sculpture. Is there any more out there? Can you get me some? Uncle Jon's Museum of Curiosities will not be complete until we have some lobster sculpture of our own!

1 comment:

dinosaurman said...

Hi Jon.
Alan F here.
Perhaps I can make you a lobsterman to go with the feejee mermaid....