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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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

CFZ IN WINTER: OK Computer? Not Really

We are not quite snowed in, but as near as dammit. The village kids are tobboganing up and down the street outside the window, and things are very wintry.

We had a pipe burst, and Graham (with Shosh and Gavin riding shotgun) just about managed to get into Bideford yesterday lunchtime. I doubt if they would manage it today.

On top of it all, our broadband is intermittent (probably something else to do with the weather), and there is a problem with the emails at my ISP. So our communication abilities are a bit iffy today.

So, if you have sent us an email in recent days and are champing at the bit waiting for a reply, don't be too surprised if you don't get one.

The photographs, by the way, are by Shosh McCarthy intrepid girl photo-journalist.

They were taken on the mission to Bideford yesterday in search of plumbing fixtures and I particularly like the middle one where the truck is trying desperately to reverse up the

hill, but is slipping down towards a melange of other stranded vehicles at the bottom of the hill. It is times like this that I am particularly pleased that I inherited a 4x4 from my late father....

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

Looks like my drive yesterday, it was very bad. The interstate wasn't even cleared or treated, and it was snowing like it had to.

The internet here actually gets better when it gets cold. During the summer months, we have regular outages.