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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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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

WEIRD WEEKEND: What Richard did on friday

A SCRAPBOOK OF THE WEIRD WEEKEND; BEING A NARRATIVE OF THE ACTIVITIES OF MR RICHARD FREEMAN, CRYPTOZOOLOGIST, AUTHOR, EXPLORER, ADVENTURER AND RACONTEUR, COVERING THE DAYS PRIOR TO AND DURING THE ANNUAL CENTRE FOR FORTEAN ZOOLOCY CONFERENCE HELD IN THE TOWN HALL, WOOLSERY, DEVONSHIRE IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO THOUSAND AND NINE.

The CFZ garden party was a more sedate affair than last year. But it was good to see old friends like Neil and Ronan again. Sam Shearon recently came back from the Pacific Northwest and has brought his amazing monster artwork with him. Lars Thomas came over from Denmark with a film crew. He also recently received the results back from the DNA tests done on the specimens we brought back from Russia. What we hoped might be a fragment of almasty skull was just an-unusually thick fragment of skull from a modern human. The droppings were wild goat and hedgehog!

Whilst on a walk on Friday morning Lars was stopped by a man who saw him talking at a previous Weird Weekend. The man gave him a small plastic bag containing hairs from a beast he said was attacking his cattle. We intend to examine them over the weekend. It would be impressive if we found evidence of a big cat in the UK on the very weekend of the conference.

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