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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Thursday, July 02, 2015


Today (Thursday) is Richard's funeral, and for various family related reasons I cannot leave North Devon today. Richard Freeman is at another funeral in Nuneaton, so there will be no CFZ presence at the ceremony, which if you would like to attend is - I believe - at 4:00 at Exeter Crematorium.

However, I asked Andy Phillipson, a friend of us all and a Bard affiliated to the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, who is rapidly becoming the de facto Padre of the CFZ, for a few words to speed Richard on his way to the next stage of the great adventure:

For Richard

Birth, life, death and rebirth
In an eternal circle
Your soul a blessing to this Earth
Your passion still warming all who knew you
The wheel has turned, your soul flies free, returning to spirit
Your rebirth, that you are remembered always by those who love you

Go well Richard

Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die. Mary Elizabeth Frye

1 comment:

Geordie-dave said...

Farewell Richard.