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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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Saturday, August 20, 2011

WEIRD WEEKEND SCRAPBOOK: Friday



With the transportation of model monsters and setting up of stalls, the Weird Weekend banner finally rose scant seconds before the public began to arrive. The opening ceremony involved small children and a home-made orgone accumulator.

Barry Tadcaster and Ken Jevons, an orang-pendek from Catford, were the comperes. Ken is now employed by Catford Town Council as the ‘Avatar of Woe.’

Three speakers did turns: Oll Lewis on the man who fooled PT Barnum, Professor Bryan Sykes on genetics and genetic testing on possible yeti hair, and Dr Darren Naish on sea serpents and why it is unlikely they are survivors from prehistoric times.

Once again it was great to catch up with old friends like Bob and Sid of Apra Books and Adam Davies. RICHARD FREEMAN

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