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, May 10, 2010


On sunday I was pootling about on my emails when in came an email with the title:

"[forteana] The CFZ. Is there something they are not telling us?"

...and my heart sank. I really was not in the mood for another veiled attack on my morals, business practises, methodology, beliefs, or whatever. Then I noticed that it was from our old mate Dave McMann. It read:

'I do enjoy Jon's daily updates about what is happening at the CFZ. For us city dwellers it brings a little part of Devon into our lives as we read about how the garden is coming along in late spring. However, is there something they haven't told us, is it the stuff of nightmares...

Sky.com: It might not be the weather for it in the UK but it is the fifth annual World Naked Gardening Day. The event is held on the first Saturday of May and is seen as a way for green fingered enthusiasts across the globe to care for their flower beds as nature intended.'

Me and Oliver prancing around the petunias au naturel? Per-lease, as my dear youngest stepdaughter would say. I have chills down my spine at the thought of it....


Syd said...

"Me and Oliver prancing around the petunias au naturel? Per-lease as my dear youngest stepdaughter would say. I have chills down my spine at the thought of it..."

As do your readers....

stormwalkernz said...

Free Willie yiiiipppeeeeee!
Now I shall pull myself together and resume my gentlemanly demure.
One just couldnt resist in this stiuation.