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 10, 2013

SHERI THE CFZ INTERN: Day 1 – Thursday

I arrived in Woolfardisworthy with a healthy amount of blisters developing on my fingers. These were caused by the excess of luggage which I had had to bring this trip. My camp bed, which was essentially a big bag of metal, wouldn’t fit into my suitcase, nor would my backpack, so these were to be carried separately. My suitcase did hold all my clothes and such for the eleven days that I am here for, as well as a four man tent, sleeping bag and my work and portfolio. To make matters worse, the suitcase only has one working wheel, so everything had to be picked up and carried. All this just the day after I was thinking that I don’t really need brawn.

The first thing I saw as I entered my room here at Myrtle cottage was a large fake gorilla sitting over my bed. This was somewhat startling. I had to face him away before I could sleep there. After settling in, I went back downstairs and was introduced to the new members of staff; Lillith and Captain Frunobulax the Magnificent.

Numerous cups of tea and a delicious meal were had, breaking up the discussion. A surprising amount of this discussion was of a fairly sensible nature. To help towards my research project, a large tome on amphibians was handed to me as light bedtime reading. It will doubtless be of use to me, as well as being personally fascinating. I have read about a page. 


Web Owner said...

Hi Sheri. Only Jon would stick you in a room with a large Gorilla lol.. Enjoy your stay

Ego Ronanus said...

I suggest you use the large book on amphibians for striking recalcitrant CFZ members - they frequently need it.

Ego Ronanus said...

I suggest you use the large book on amphibians for striking recalcitrant CFZ members - they frequently need it.