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, April 07, 2010


My dear nephew David, here depicted eating obscene amounts of cake at his eighteenth birthday party only a week or so back, has been admitted to hospital with a dodgy appendix. He had an operation this morning (Tuesday) and we hope to see him home tomorrow evening or Thursday, but at the moment we have no further news.

Poor dear: this happens in his last ever school/college holidays as he joins the workforce once his exams are over this summer....
UPDATE: I spoke to Kaye (his mother) this morning (Wednesday). He was in pain yesterday evening, and had a slightly disturbed night but on the whole is OK. The hospital has an outbreak of a D+V bug and so visiting is limited, but he still could be home as early as this evening. He is - of course - in our thoughts and prayers.


stormwalkernz said...

As in ours Jon, Appendex is a tricky one as they can flare and then subside called a "Grumbling appedix". Its not a pleasant op and mine burst just as they got it out. I do whish him a speedy recovery. Plenty of rest and recouperation.

Matthew said...

Dear Dave,
Emma and I hope you are much better soon and you are as always in our prayers, just a bit higher up the list ;)