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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, January 14, 2011

KARA WADHAM: The return of the Bugfest Blog

Something has happened to Bugfest. It’s grown considerably. From our New Year's Day count of 15 000 hits on our website, the figure has grown exponentially in the last couple of weeks. We attribute this to a number of factors. Last April Nick made the decision to register Bugfest as a business due to the growing number of birthday party and school talk bookings he was receiving. Although this is never going to make us rich it became substantial enough for the tax man to notice (and he notices everything).

Over the summer Bugfest visited lots of local towns on a play-days road show organised by the local council. There Nick and the bugs met thousands of people, all eager to gaze at a goliath or screw up their nose at a snail. Nick was able to cure long-standing phobias and dispel the myths about our creepy crawly crew. The summer also saw Bugfest putting on a display for the Phasmid Study Group bi-annual meeting at the Natural History Museum in London, which raised Bugfest’s profile and status among the invertebrate fraternity.

With only a few weeks to go until Bugfest 6 we have already secured some top notch names and stands with a bevy of followers promising to attend the day itself. Nick has taken over the organisation this year due to my work commitments and present ill health. The local paper have asked him to write a column promoting Bugs and the Bugfest 6 event on 26th February and we were lucky enough to have a photographer visit the house on probably the day I felt most ill! Luckily he only wanted to take pictures of spiders. An ailing grey lady just wouldn’t do it for anyone!

Bugfest is growing. Keep watching our website to watch the numbers grow and find out about our latest event.


Kara Wadham
BUGFEST

Take a look at our redesigned website
http://www.bugfest.co.uk/

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