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, August 05, 2010

HARRIET WADHAM: On TV...Oh yes, and the Weird Weekend

Donning the guise of the hardbitten newshound so familiar from a dozen 1950s movies (we are even looking into getting her a trilby hat with a card saying 'Press') she will boldly go where no other girl reporters dare tread....

On Thursday 29th July, I was filmed for a TV programme on CBBC along with my friend Luke. We were assigned to do lots of strange tasks, such as doing impressions of animals any way we wanted to and more. Another funny thing we did was due to the fact Luke brought over his Nintendo Wii remote; therefore I pretended to be a Mii playing tennis.

So Luke stood there maniacally waving his remote about and I had to run around and bat an invisible tennis ball back to the invisible opposition. Now we don’t have proper tennis rackets at home so I had to make do with a plastic yellow one. The cameraman was called Justin and his associate was called Alex. We had to look at Alex during filming and she told us to "forget about the camera; just pretend it’s not there!" They were both really kind to us if we got a bit nervous and during the first interview Luke started being really funny and random, which definitely depicted his personality. When I had to do animal impressions I re-enacted what I TRULY thought of the badger (ie: ‘*snuffle snuffle* Ha! I am the BADGER, and I will destroy EVERYTHING! I will destroy your fence; I will destroy your door, and everything you OWN!! Wa har har! Mwa ha ha ha! *snuffle snuffle SQUEAK*’) and the horse. My horse impression largely consisted of looking blank, jumping, running and trotting obliviously off.

Now for the Weird Weekend! What, you didn’t think I’d forget THAT, did you? Anyway, I have been assigned by Jon to be the official reporter for the WW 2010 and I’m going to write up my summary of each day in my new official CFZ notepad and my new official CFZ shirt. Here is a picture of me with my notepad. I don’t have the shirt on because Mum just thought of taking the picture at the last minute and I didn’t want to have to trudge upstairs, get changed and trudge back downstairs again. So here is my picture.

I can’t wait to get to the Weird Weekend and start listening to all those talks! They all sound really interesting; I looked them up on the [CFZ] website and I want to attend ALL of them! We’ve got a nice blue tent to sleep in and I will be sure to take my lovely thick sleeping bag, which (I hope) will not fail to keep me warm if it’s cold!!! So if any of you readers are going to be at the Weird Weekend...

See you there!


Wonka said...

:P fame taker

Wonka said...

:P fame taker

Wonka said...

i joke!
luvu really!
now gimme ur choc