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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Thursday, August 06, 2009


This is the nearest to a definitive running order we have achieved yet, but the CFZ take no responsibility for disappointment caused by the non-appearance of any of the advertised speakers


7.00 p.m Cocktail party at the CFZ

CFZ, Myrtle Cottage, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR

CFZ, Myrtle Cottage, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR

Noon - 5.00 p.m Open Day at the CFZ.

Community Centre, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR

Doors open at 6.00

7.00 – 7.15 Introduction
7.15 – 7.45 OLL LEWIS: The Kraken and the Colossal Misunderstanding
7.45 - 8.15 MAX BLAKE: Unknown animals in Pet Shops

(MAX AND ROSS: Animal handling)
8.15 - 8.45 BREAK
8.45 - 9.30 JON McGOWAN: Big Cats in Britain... EXPOSED!
9.30 - 10.00 BREAK
10.00 - 11.00 TIM THE YOWIE MAN: Yowies - Australia's Bigfoot


Community Centre, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR

doors open at 10.00
11.30 – 11.45 JON DOWNES + RICHARD FREEMAN: An introduction to cryptozoology
11.45 – 12.45 PAUL VELLA:The Minnesota Iceman
12.45 – 1.15 JULIAN VAYNE: A cabinet of curiosities from North Devon Museums
Julian will then take his collection into the exhibition area where he will do a `hands-on` session, for adults and children, with the cabinet of curiosities for until about 2.30
1.15 - 1.45 BREAK
1.45 – 2.45 ALAN MURDIE: Forteana from Colombia
(PAUL VELLA: Bigfoot for kids)
2.45 - 3.15 BREAK (KIDS: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party)
3.15 – 3.30 QUIZ
(STUART GARNER: Making monster masks)

3.30 - 4.30 JAN BONDESON: The basilisk
4.30 - 5.00 Break
(MAX AND ROSS: Animal handling)
5.00 - 6.00 ANDY ROBERTS: The big grey man of Ben McDhui
6.00 - 6.30 Break
6.30 – 7.30: DARREN NAISH: British big cats in deep time
7.30 – 8.00 CFZ AWARDS
8.00 - 8.30 Break
8.30 - 9.00 NEIL ARNOLD: Zooform Phenomena - monsters amongst us
9.30 - 10.00 Break
10.00 - 11.00 RAT SCABIES: Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail - the Punk Rock `Da Vinci Code`


Community Centre, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR

doors open 10.30
11.00 FILM: Southern Fried Bigfoot presented by Paul Vella
(MAX AND ROSS: Animal handling)
12.00 – 1.00 MICHAEL WOODLEY: A proposed system of taxonomy for cryptozoology
1.0 – 1.30 GLEN VAUDREY: Mystery Animals of the Western Isles
(STUART GARNER: Making monster masks)
1.30 - 2.30 TIM MATTHEWS: Crop Circle Confusion
(KIDS: Monsters are real – Jon Downes/Richard Freeman 30 mins)
2.30 – 3.00 BREAK (KIDS: Treasure Hunt)
3.00 – 4.00 NICK REDFERN: Stalin's ape men
(OLL LEWIS: Lake Monsters for kids)
4.00 - 4.30 BREAK
4.30 – 5.15 RONAN COGHLAN: Atlantis
5.15 – 5.30 JONATHAN DOWNES:
Keynote Speech and Closing Remarks.

Events specifically for kids are in red. Whilst all the lectures are suitable for children, some may be of more interest to young minds than others. The talks marked with are those that we especially recommend for children under the age of 12, although - of course - they are welcome at any that they care to attend....



The Association for Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena will be carrying out a live experiment all weekend


Exhibition: Crypto Art by Sam Shearon
Wildlife Photography/Taxidermy by Jon McGowan
Indian artefacts by APRA/Bob Morrell MBE
Unknown insects

SUNDAY EVENING: Dinner at The Farmer's Arms

11.00 FILM: Occasional Monsters (special edition) presented by Richard Freeman (WARNING: Includes small amounts of bad language)

1 comment:

Syd said...

When one attends any event and finds everything running to plan and is vaguely on time, it is definitely not a Fortean, UFO or Pagan event you have arrived at.