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, December 15, 2009


Yesterday was a very difficult day. I did my reading and managed to keep my emotions in check whilst I did so. And then - as you can see - the CFZ joined the throng of mourners at the community centre and did what we do best - we ate cake.

L-R Corinna, Olivia, Oll, Richard, Max, Me

I have been very touched by the kind messages I have received from the bloggo readership. I have passed them on to Marjorie's daughters Kaye and Lorraine who are my de facto sisters. It is time to get on with the rest of my life, but it is strange to know that for the first time in 8 decades, Marjorie will not be living next door...

1 comment:

Geordie-dave said...

Joanne and I send our deepest sympathy to you and the family. May she rest in peace and her family find comfort that Marjorie was so well loved.
Our thoughts and our prayers are with you my friend.