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, August 10, 2009

OLL LEWIS: In Memory of Eelton John

Over the last few days our unwell eel, Eelton John, looked to be getting better. All signs of whitespot had disappeared and without the bullying from the other eels, the damaged tail he had had since before he came to us had actually started to look a lot better. He was eating well and livelier too; yesterday he seemed to enjoy swimming around the net I was using to clean the waste from his tank, almost as if he was making a little game out of it.

I had in fact prepared a blog for cryptozoologist Jon to post up on the blog this morning confidently predicting a full recovery, along with many more puns based on eels and Elton John songs and, for reasons that will now never be known by bloggo readership, Lieutenant Gruber from ‘Allo ‘Allo. Over the past few days I had grown quite fond of Eelton John and it is a great shame that he didn’t pull through after it had looked so much like he would. Whereever you are now, Eelton, other than the ‘sad patch’ at the end of the CFZ’s southern lawns I mean, good luck to you my little eely buddy.

The Sunset Poem – Dylan Thomas (as Eli Jenkins)

Every morning when I wake,
Dear Lord, a little prayer I make,
O please to keep Thy lovely eye
On all poor creatures born to die

And every evening at sun-down
I ask a blessing on the town,
For whether we last the night or no
I'm sure is always touch-and-go.

We are not wholly bad or good
Who live our lives under Milk Wood,
And Thou, I know, wilt be the first
To see our best side, not our worst.

O let us see another day!
Bless us all this night, I pray,
And to the sun we all will bow
And say, good-bye--but just for now!


Naomi said...

I am so sorry about Eelton Jon, especially when he seemed to be fully recovered :(

Tony Lucas - Citizen Scientist said...

My comiserations on the death of your friend. I know it hard.
He waits for you at the rainbow bridge.