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, January 07, 2010


I have just had a long conversation with Adam Davies. There is absolutely no bad blood between us, or between him and the CFZ or any other permutation (not that I ever thought that there was). Indeed, the forthcoming CFZ Yearbook includes a major article about his search for the yeti. "I wouldn't have spent two days writing it if you and I weren't good" he laughed.

Earlier this week Loren wrote:

"Happy New Year, and may 2010 be full of great surprises for all of us interested in this field! I look forward to co-operative efforts between the International Cryptozoology Museum, the Centre for Fortean Zoology and other worldwide cryptozoological organisations. "

He would not have written that if there was any bad blood between us.

If you are who I think you are, you are one of the leaders of a numerically small group of researchers who have in the last year taken umbrage with the CFZ and me in particular, and have taken every opportunity to belittle us. If I am wrong then you are just a small-minded idiot with too much time on your hands.

Whichever is true, it is obvious that there is no point in me trying to debate with you in a civilised manner. I do not like having to do this, but you leave me no option. You are banned from commenting on any CFZtv posting, and should you reappear under another pseudonym I will do the same. No doubt you will go to some other Internet medium and complain about how Jon Downes 'censors' his video comments.
Sadly, because of you, yes he does.


Retrieverman said...

The first time I had to to this, I had more guilt than you could possibly imagine.

Some people just want to denounce, denounce, denounce and not have anything like a good discussion.

And for that reason, sometimes you have to do it-- for your own sanity!

G L Wilson said...

Probably the same moron who messed up the news blog for us.

G L Wilson said...

I don't frequent the crypto message boards and forums (from some of the behaviour that goes on, I'm glad that I don't), but I had a quick check yesterday to see what this character had been saying.

He's got a bit of a problem about the CFZ, hasn't he? A real old bee in his bonnet.

Why doesn't he come out of the cowardly shadows of anonymity and say once and for all what his agenda is?