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 17, 2009

WEIRD WEEKEND: Max's WW Scrapbook

As this has been, and is being, my first annual Weird Weekend, I wasn’t quite certain what to expect! Jon has asked me to discuss my highlight of the weekend, but this gets a trifle tricky when one has had so many interesting experiences over the course of a couple of days; however, some highlights have included managing to get 3 hours sleep last night thanks to, your friend and mine, Dr. Naish and I staying up drinking wine and pontificating on a number of zoological and paranormal ideas; meeting Lars Thomas and managing to find someone to have a look at a few specimens of Platymeris sp. “Mombo” for me, hopefully leading to an identification! Chatting to a number of people I had never met, mainly about cockroaches, and helping to dispel and morph a few general assumptions about the beasts (yes, they will survive without their head and they have a greater resistance to radiation effects than us, but other insects have much better defences. Anyway…) was good fun, and hopefully new contacts made will see me through my future Fortean career!

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