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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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Sunday, August 16, 2009

WEIRD WEEKEND SCRAPBOOK: What Graham did Next

Anyone who's ever been at (or near) the CFZ in the run-up to the Weird Weekend will know how hectic things can be preparing for the event. There's an old saying: "What can go wrong will go wrong," and that may not literally be true but it can sometimes feel that way.

This time around I constructed the UFO backdrop that was used during the opening musical theatre sequence - although I've yet to see the video of how that performance went. I was off doing other things! My main task during talks has been taking stills photos, and I was wryly amused to find that on the Friday the silver surface was reflecting the camera's flashlight and was more of a hindrance than a help.

I muttered "Is that damned UFO going to be parked there all night?" Well, it was. But, as with anything else at the Weird Weekend, one just soldiers on!

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