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, July 22, 2009

CFZ PEOPLE: Shosh Graduates

Yesterday was a magickal experience for me. Graham drove us to London, leaving Woolsery soon after seven. We got to London in good time, and then got horribly lost. But we got to the Guildhall with about fifteen minutes to spare. Now, this is where it gets weird. There were only a limited number of seats allocated per family, and once Corinna, Shosh's father, and her fiance Gavin were catered for, there was no room for me. However, I was confident that I would manage to bluff my way in, and the skills that had made me a ligger with attitude par excellence back in the day meant that I was perfectly able to gatecrash the Guildhall and film the ceremony (despite the "No filming or Cameras" signs).

What I wasn't expecting was to be overcome with emotion and blub like a schoolgirl all the way through the more emotional parts of the ceremony. I was even overcome by emoti0n to a certain extent this morning when I edited it. Goodness, what a sentimental old git I am becoming.

It was, by the way, the first time I had ever met Shosh's father, but what could have been an awkward social situation passed off swimmingly, because we both behaved like gentlemen, and had similar tastes in music and small p politics....


Syd said...

Jon, there is nothing at all wrong with being a "sentimental old git". It just proves to those who doubt the fact, that you actually have a heart.

Syd said...

There is nothing at all wrong in being a "sentimental old git". It proves that you have a heart.