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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Saturday, December 19, 2009


Today we have the first snow of the winter, and for the first time I am wearing my shapeless white winter jumper, knitted for me by the wife of my erstwhile bass player many moons ago.

I am just awaiting the gentlefolk of the media saying that "this is the worst snow in living memory" when it most certainly is nothing of the sort.
The CFZ garden is covered with a light sprinkling of snow, whereas I remember in 1978 the snow was so heavy that it filled the lane outside up to the top windows, and we were literally snowed in.
However, it is a day of firsts because young Biggles, probably remembering that he enjoyed last winter's precipitations, went outside to play snowballs with Graham.
However, last year he merely chased them. Today he ate it!

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

We had some snow last night-- about 14 inches.