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, September 08, 2009


My postbag continues to delight and amuse. So far this morning I have another blue dog picture from Naomi, a pile of research material from Richard Muirhead (who really is a marvel) covering Irish lake monsters and historical sightings of wildmen in Poland, and a parcel from blogdude Bigfoot73 (aka John Coates). He has very kindly sent me a 1tb RAM card, and the Command & Conquer game that I rather cheekily asked for (not thinking for a moment that anyone would send it to me).

Thank you, my dear.

The CFZ has been funded by private subscription, and donations for seventeen years now, but it is a two-way process. Next week, everything being OK, we will be donating a working (though slightly ancient) computer, to Tony "Doc" Shiels who is a working (though slightly ancient) wizard, and today the CFZ fighting fund paid for a new USB keyboard for Dizzy Miss Lizzy, who managed to knacker hers by pouring coke all over it.

Before anyone repeats Max's idiotic slur, it was the sort of coke that comes in a bottle and is rather good mixed with rum, rather than the other sort, although the idea of Ms C. doing a line of Bolivian Marching Powder off her laptop is admittedly amusing.

So if you have any computer equipment up for grabs let me know. I will find it a good home, and who else would mix Ecclesiastes 11:1 with a string of poor drug jokes?

1 comment:

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

Oh well, I suppose I should take this moment to post the world's corniest computing and Fortean joke:

Q: What is red, yellow and green and says 'Pieces of seven, pieces of seven'?

a: A parroty error!