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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Monday, February 15, 2010


Yesterday afternoon we resumed filming on Emily and the Big Cats, and for the first time used our new grown-up camera that we had donated the other week by our friends at Minnow Films.

We did some interiors (in my dining room) and then some exteriors and drive-bys at Huddisford Woods.

David, being younger and more adaptable than me, is learning how to use the new camera far faster than I am, which makes me happy. I now have the chance to do what I am best at - shouting instructions and waving my arms about.

I really like the top picture - it is the nicest piccie ever taken of David B-P and his mad old Uncle. Both David and Emily are growing up visibly each day, and I am very proud of them both. Emily has worked so hard on the film that I really hope she is going to have some success out of it....

And as far as David is concerned, he is my chosen heir, and sooner or later will (if he is still of a mind to) take over my reins as ringmaster of the CFZ Circus. I hope that it will not be for some years yet, but when he does my conceptual baby will be in good hands.

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