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, April 22, 2010


Once upon a time, Richard and I did a lot of gigs, but as middle age and diabetes took control I have become a virtual recluse on the lecture circuit at least, and apart from the WW, Uncon 2008, and the three talks I gave in Texas, I haven't done any for years. However, Miriam Palfrey, a long-time CFZ member and a long time supporter of the CFZ persuaded me months ago to do a talk in Reading library, and I am so glad that I accepted.

Richard was in the audience, more as happenstance than by design, and - completely off the cuff - whilst discussing the Patterson/Gimlin footage I invited gothboy onstage with me to do his ape impressions, and for the rest of the evening it was the Downes/Freeman show circa 1999 - something we have not done for over a decade. And it has whetted my appetite.

So put the word about. Richard and I are now available for weddings, Christenings and bar mitzvahs. We sing, we dance and we jump naked out of cakes. In my case, a very large cake....

1 comment:

Rowena said...

We were there and very entertaining it was too, though the final question about what to feed a baby squirrel found in a local park was the most surreal part of the evening!