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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Saturday, August 22, 2009


I remember back in 1972 when my late mother had her 50th birthday. I was incredibly impressed that she had reached such a venerable age, and couldn't imagine myself ever attaining such lofty heights. And now I have.

I want to thank all the people who have been so nice to me, especially my dear wife Corinna who decorated my office with balloons, at which I promptly burst into tears proving (as if any proof were needed) that I am basically a soppy old sod! Corinna my love, thank you for putting up with me and all that comes with me. I know that at the age of fifty I should have settled down, and had a haircut, and that I should no longer fill our lives with waifs and strays (both animals and human), and still find farting funny. At the age of fifty I should no longer be obsessed with chickens, play anarchopunk loudly enough to piss off the neighbours, drink too much, get wildly excited, and dance jigs with Max. But I do, and I love you, and both I and the Centre for Fortean Zoology as a whole, thank you for your sweetness and forbearance....

Thank you to Lindsay and Graham for being the first two people to mention my birthday on the blog. Thank you to David for being the first person to telephone me this morning, and thank you Lizwiz for being the first person to wish me happy birthday last night. I love and appreciate you all.


Nick Redfern said...


Syd said...

Congratulations on reaching your half century. You are now one year nearer to being an OAP.

Retrieverman said...

Happy birthday, Jon!

I can't tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate the work you and the CFZ do.

Now, remember, in America, 50 is the new 30.

Retrieverman said...

BTW, I saw you and Richard Freeman on a History Channel rerun of "Bigfoot and Other Monsters" yesterday. The date of the copyright said the year 2000.

stormwalkernz said...

Happy B I R T H D A Y old friend may there be many many more.
The Kids Send Hugs to Uncle Jon and Linda and I hope the years to come bring all you desire.

Have a good one
Tony Linda and the Kids.

Aubrey said...

Happy 50’Th birthday Jon. You share so gracefully your life on line for all to see. You’re witty and amusing with a very special flair. May life continue bringing you joy, happiness and health.

Aubrey said...

Happy 50’Th birthday Jon. You share so gracefully your life on line for all to see. You’re witty and amusing with a very special flair. May life continue bringing you joy, happiness and health.

Steve Jones said...

Well I am still acting silly 2 years after my 50th mate so you have nothing to worry about!
Congratualations in surviing the Weird Weekend and reaching 50!