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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Monday, December 24, 2007

Sad News

Corinna's father died in the early hours of this morning. Sadly, he could not cope with his personal daemons any more, and decided to take matters into his own hands.

This is a sad and confusing time for Corinna, her mother, and the two girls. Her brother Antony is looking after my mother-in-law at his home in Norfolk, and my two darling step-daughters Shoshannah and Olivia are being comforted by their long-term boyfriends, (Gavin, and Rob aka `Goldie`) who are very fine young men, and whom I am very proud to have as de facto sons in law. I am - of course - doing my best to look after my darling wife, after what has been a horrible year for her.

This is the end of a long, confusing, and desparately distressing period in the life of my family. We ask you to keep us in your thoughts, and remember us in your prayers.

"Hear my prayer, 0 Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling: hold not thy peace at my tears. For I am a stranger with thee: and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. 0 spare me a little, that I may recover my strength: before I go hence, and be no more seen."


Kithra said...

My very deepest condolences to Corrina at this sad time. And I know you'll be a wonderful support to her. I shall keep you in my thoughts, and pray that you all find the strength to get through such a terrible time.

Nick Redfern said...

I echo Kithra's comments. This is a terrible tragedy and Corinna, her daughters and you are in my and Dana's thoughts at this time. And like Kithra we send our deepest condolences to Corinna.
Take it easy,

Jon Downes said...

Thank you my dears. Corinna is coping OK, and she has asked me to say thank-you to all the wellwishers, but she asks everyone to understand that she will be lying low for a while, and won't be speaking to anyone outside the family for a few days.

It has been a sod of a year! One day all this will make a fantastic book though...

LesleyinNM said...

My deepest condolences to Corrina and the entire family. I will keep you all in my heart, thoughts and prayers.

Ben Emlyn-Jones said...

Deepest condolences to Corinna and everyone else close to her. God bless and comfort. Hope 2008 brings you all better fortunes.

Unknown said...

I am very sorry to hear of Corinna's news. My thoughts and prayers are with her.

Tom Stubbs

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Really sorry to read this, Jon. Here's hoping you all have a better 2008.

Love to Corinna and you all.