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, August 10, 2009


Due to the recent computer cock-ups (and by the way, I was mildly irritated to receive a letter which read:

"Dear Mr Downes,

You should not claim to have had a `massive computer failure` when actually you had a malfunctioning disk drive"

I bravely resisted the temptation to recommend that he undertake an act of biologically impossible self-procreation, and ignored the pedantic fool.)

I have lost a lot of data, including the contact details for Tristan - one of the youngest bloggo contributors, but a field naturalist for whom I have a great deal of respect. I keep on hoping to lure him and his family down to the Weird Weekend. But his e-mail address is lost in the aether.

So Tristan, if you are reading this, please either ring me, or email. And if you happen to be in Devon next weekend....


G L Wilson said...

I took my laptop in to be repaired too. The guy in the shop thinks the corruption might be due to a Windows Vista update.

I suppose this is another case of a "malfunctioning disk drive" but when you can't access your computer and when lots of your data is in jeopardy, of course it feels like a "massive computer failure".

fleury said...

looks like a jolly nice garden he's sat in in that pic