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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Sunday, September 12, 2010


These next few days are going to be confusing ones at the CFZ. My lovely step-daughter Shosh gets married on Friday, so I will be away from the office as I prepare for another one of those rights of passage; becoming a father-in-law for the first time. As those who regularly follow the ins and outs of the CFZ will know, Graham is currently on the Isle of Man helping his mother prepare to move house.

Therefore, although I promise that the bloggo will continue because like the Pony Express we always get our man (or was that the Mounties? I can’t remember; my arteries must be hardening at a faster rate than I had imagined), it will be done from a number of computers in a number of different places. Hopefully, Graham will still be able to do whatever arcane stuff he does from his mother’s laptop on the Isle of Man, whilst Lizzy, who has very little internet access at home, will be taking her laptop down t’pub in Rochdale like something out of a 1970s Hovis Wheatgerm advert. I will be going online on an as-and-when basis, but certainly on the night before the nuptials as (being a mere man) I have been banished to the Travelodge up the road as all three aspects of the goddess as personified in my womenfolk (wife, mother-in-law, and both step-daughters) will be carrying out the ancient rituals and blood sacrifices that womenfolk have always done since before homo became sapiens (what no woman can tell and no man shall ever know).

Everything will return to normal sometime over the next weekend, so keep your fingers crossed and watch this space.

1 comment:

Ego Ronanus said...

I understand Shosh is a vet and therefore I shall be sending her my 48 page list of symptoms for her diagnosis.

With regard to Homo becoming sapiens, I understand most women believe only females attained this goal.