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, January 15, 2009

Gail Pickering presents CONVENTION!Saturday 17 Jan, 2009. 5pm - MidnightEvent Horizon at the Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1Entry £6 from 6pm - free before 6pm (no re-admission)

A collaborative evening of performances, films, lectures and music with Militant Esthetix, The Centre for Fortean Zoology, Isobel Harbison Who Zoo?, Anthropomorphic Furry Fandom, Bambi's Ecstasy, Torn-Taun, Big Dog, readings with 'Philip K. Dick', Fischli and Weiss' 'The Right Way' (1983) and The Tea and Toast Band. Plus late night screening...
--------------Saturday 17 Jan, 2009. 5pm - Midnight
5pm ... Screening ... Fischli and Weiss 'The Right Way' (1983): the Rat and the Bear hike through the mountains, at the mercy of the elements, miracles and themselves. Rat and Bear try to find reason for all they see and experience, getting closer than expected to the right way. Courtesy Sprüth Magers Gallery.
6pm ... 'Philip K Dick' reads 'The Preserving Machine' ... "Doc Labyrinth was no mechanic. He made a few tentative sketches and sent them hopefully around to the research laboratories. Most of them were much too busy with war contracts, of course."
6.15pm ... Performance ... Monkey Love6.30pm ... Militant Esthetix ... Two ways to reskin a cat - Reimarus-trumpeting bits o' lecture on animal aesthetics undermined by non-Cartesian wax-crayon gestural expressionism a la Congo the Chimp, occasional childcare, hotel shampoo-bottle on pie-tin percussion, amidst various polemical outblastings.
7.15pm ... Performance and film ... Bambi's Ecstasy... with Sergei Eisenstein and Bambi.
7.30pm ... Centre For Fortean Zoology ... Cryptozoologist Jonathan Downes on the centre's research and expeditions in search of mystery animals, out-of-place animals, zoomorphic phenomena, folkloric animal archetypes and rare, unusual and abberant animal behaviour.
8.20pm ... Performance ... Torn-Taun... discombobulated beasts and Han's search for Luke.
8.30pm ... Isobel Harbison 'Who Zoo?' ... a play park of mimicry, performed by a range of species and genders for reasons of radical subversion, straight forward necessity or moderate self amusement. Who Zoo is a collection of beings, catagorised, un-categorised, displayed in their natural habitat and intimately observed by the Who Zoologist 'Traveling Uncle Matt' of the Fraggles.
9.15pm ... Performance ... 'BIG DOG' and 'Philip K Dick' reads 'Roog'
9.30pm ... Performance and film ... 'The Equus Noise' horse worship in one act Peter Firth versus Harry Potter
9.45pm ... The Tea And Toast Band ... Discovered through fission in the early 21st century, T&TB started with a molecular structure similar to armoniurm carbonate (a blue gas) and eventually became a liquid form of the same compound (but semi opaque). After a nasty shock it became a music-playing band with stories, real drums and costumes.
10.55pm ... Special screening ...
Event Horizon is further supported by The Henry Moore Foundation and Arts Council England.

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