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 Oll did on saturday

As I mentioned in my Weird Weekend Scrapbook yesterday, one of my duties this weekend is to film most of the talks for this year. Although this might sound like an easy job it is a lot harder than it looks as it means I have to stay completely alert to try to get the best shots and there are no second chances; if I were to not pay attention even for a few seconds before I know it a speaker I’m getting a close-up of could have wandered out of shot, ruining the filming of an entire talk.

So far, though, things have gone well with the filming. Sunday will see my Lake Monsters For Kids talk, where I’ll be giving the younger attendees of the village the chance to work out the possible identity of the Loch Ness Monster.

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