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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Friday, July 16, 2010

PLEASE MR POSTMAN - A tiger in a box

Our postbag is always a rich and peculiar thing. In amongst the general detritus of everyday life such as telephone bills and final demands are a selection of arcane letters and packages that keep us sane. Today was no exception....

Bloggo reader and CFZ supporter Aubrey Menezes is a very talented sculptor, and we have featured his work before. A couple of weeks ago he was kind enough to tell us that he was giving Corinna and me a carved thylacine as a present. It arrived yesterday and is absolutely exquisite.

As you will read elsewhere in today's bloggo, we had an exciting Biggles-fuelled night, so instead of a carefully prepared photograph showing the thylacine in pride of place in the sitting room bathed in natural light, you have a picture of my beloved wife looking half awake at about 6:30 this morning after having spent the night up Biggles-sitting.

The thylacine, however, is a wonderful gift and means a lot to both of us. We shall treasure it immensely. Thank you Aubrey....


Corinna said...

omg I grew two extra chins overnight - and I was awake and didn't notice the goblins at work; the little blighters.

stormwalkernz said...

you look very lovely holding it my dear lady - even for one who has spent the night with a sick canine doing you Florance Nighting Gale thing.
A beautiful piece (yes Corinna is too- but i mean the sculpture you fool), by an obvious craftsman indeed.

Hoping Biggles is now better and both of you are resting and allowing the healing of morphius to do its job.