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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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Thursday, October 08, 2009

MARK NORTH - IF YOU ARE READING THIS - YOU WILL KILL YOURSELF LAUGHING

Some years ago when Mark North was working full time at the CFZ I used to be a rotten so and so. I would tease him unmercifully by playing unlistenable avant garde music while I worked, in the full knowledge of the fact that it would disorientate him. But there is something irresistible about playing Throbbing Gristle at ear-splitting volume to somebody who would much prefer to be listening to something a good deal more mellow and acoustic.

However, Mark will be glad to know that I have had my commeuppance. As some of you will know, Lizzy C. has been staying at the CFZ this week, and - as always - being rude about my (and I quote) "old hippy music" that I play in the office. And every time I turn my back, the most appaling collection of tunes turns up on spotify. For the first time my poor office hifi has been subjected to Take That, Cher, S Club 7 and - most horribly - dear Liz warbling along (admittedly very tunefully, and with a fair degree of accomplishment) to Kylie bloody Minogue.

Come back Mark. All is forgiven!

5 comments:

Ego Ronanus said...

Well done, Lizzie.

Now, if you really want to annoy Jon, there was a pop singer in my youth called Tiny Tim who sang like a castrato. Play that and it should unhinge him altogether. His version of "Tiptoes through the Tulips" can only be described as singular.

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

Personally I'd just subject him to the random play on my ipod; a sequence of Enya, Ensiferum, Lawnmower Deth, The Wurzels and Bellowhead should serve to disorientate anyone.

Given that I'm a biologist with a PhD which I always argue was about sex, drugs and rock'n'roll who works in a department called M I B and who understands the works of such luminaries as Richard Stallman, Larry Wall and Owen le Blanc, it could be argued that I'm already pretty unhinged to start with...

Richie said...

Don't stop there! Give Jon some Perry Como, the Archies, 1910 Fruitgum ompany, Hannah Montana, Ann Murray, Roger Whitaker.....

G L Wilson said...

Blimey! That sounds rather alarming.

Naomi said...

Ach, Cher?! That's OK, Lizzie. We're still friends ;)

I tend to like 80s pop, the techno stuff, which really annoys the musical elite.