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, February 13, 2010


Today is a strange day for me. Not only is it St Valentine's Day, but it is Corinna's and my fifth anniversary, and it is the fourth anniversary of the death of my father. There are at least two other anniversaries today of sad events in my life. So it is a day of highs and lows, happiness and sadness, and more bipolarity than my cerebral cortex.

But above all, Corinna and I have been together for five years. Five bizarre and complicated years in which our life has been like one of the less believable soap operas. Together we have dealt with tragedy, comedy, madness, joy, bereavements, a near-fatal car crash, and good times and bad times; but we dealt with them. In doing so I think we have re-written the concepts of "for richer and poorer", "in sickness and in health" and most of the other bits of the wedding vows.

But we have survived them all. I don't know whether what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I doubt it, but we are still here...and Corinna - I love you.

Thank you for being my wife.

1 comment:

stormwalkernz said...

god bless ya both. May you both have many many many years together.
As for your Dad Jon Im sure he would be proud of what you have managed to acomplish.

Happy Valentines to you both.

Tony Lucas