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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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Saturday, August 15, 2009

WEIRD WEEKEND SCRAPBOOK: What Lizzy Did On Friday

Day three of my first Weird Weekend has dawned and I feel a lot better than I did. In order to better concentrate on the talks last night I consumed much less alcohol. Having said that, I still managed, somehow, to suffer at least one hallucination: I could have sworn Charles Hoy Fort was brought in to do a speech but I must have imagined that one.

Lectures were interesting and varied: Oll’s Kraken was up first and we also had young Maxi on cryptids in pet shops (I later held a cockroach but drew the line at millipedes). Tim the Yowie man was a very interesting way to end the evening (I apologise to the speakers I have forgotten to mention but we were up till 3am listening to strange music and my brain is rather less than in gear so far).

WEIRD WEEKEND - FRIDAY

Max Blake
Tim the Yowie Man

Jonathan McGowan

Charles Hoy Fort




WEIRD WEEKEND SCRAPBOOK: What Olly did Next

Friday was a big day for me as my talk, ‘The Kraken and the Colossal Misunderstanding’ was the first talk of the weekend, just after the ever so slightly surreal opening ceremony.

The talk went more or less OK despite several technical hitches, and I even managed to finish on a joke.

As well as speaking I am CFZTV’s main cameraman for the weekend so this means I have to keep pretty much on the ball in order to follow the speaker around the stage and generally show off with slow zooms and panning shots.

THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE GROOVIEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR

L-R Richard Freeman, Rat Scabies, Jonathan Downes, Charles Hoy Fort