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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.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

WEIRD WEEKEND SCRAPBOOK: All Yesterday's Parties

Today started with the clear-up of the garden after the cocktail party. There’s always something a bit melancholic about clearing up after a party but I’m glad to say this year the task was made a bit more jolly by Aurelia’s puppy, Ozzy, who is now a good friend of mine (he’s better friends with Prudence judging by the things the two of them were trying to get up to last night, but we won’t go in to that…). This was followed by the open day when I showed several people around the CFZ animals and showed off my huge triop, which impressed all who saw it. And then came the last minute preparations for the weekend.

My talk on Barnum and Grizzly Adams went well, with several people coming up to me to tell me how much they had enjoyed it and if you weren’t there, or want to watch it again, it will be up on youtube fairly soon along with Darren’s talk on sea serpents, which like Professor Brian Sykes’s talk, was very interesting. Sadly I don’t think the sound came out very well on Professor Sykes’s talk so there is a chance we might not be able to upload it, which is a shame but when things like this happen it does provide a good reason why people should come to the Weird Weekend in person to watch the talks. If you did not then let that be a lesson to you to put us into your plans for your holidays next year.

A special surprise guest arrived via the now famous CFZ time machine in the evening too, who will be entertaining you all with the first of three small talks specially prepared just for the Weird Weekend from Saturday onward. Who could it be? All will be revealed tomorrow, but I can tell you that this year’s time traveller is one of my biggest heroes so you know it’ll be good (no pressure eh, Silas…). OLL LEWIS

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