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 17, 2009

WEIRD WEEKEND: Oll’s Weird Weekend Scrapbook - Sunday

The last day of each Weird Weekend is the day Ronan has his talk. Ronan is the highlight of the weekend for most people and his unique tongue-in-cheek style ensures that as well as being entertained the facts and stories he imparts stay with you longer than most. For example, I doubt I’ll ever forget his tale of the ‘Ting’ from 2008’s Weird Weekend. This year Ronan was talking about Atlantis, something I had believed was a solved mystery. My own view on the subject was that Atlantis had been an exaggerated retelling of the fate of the Minoans when the neighbouring island of Santorini exploded; however, what I had been previously unaware of was that the Minoan civilisation had survived for a good while after the disaster. Ronan had his own conclusions on the matter and you will have to watch the talk on CFZTV when it has been uploaded. And with Jonathan Downes’s key note speech just after Ronan’s talk and the subsequent dinner at the Farmers Arms, so ended the Weird Weekend 2009.

There is a lot of hard work done behind the scenes every Weird Weekend and in the months leading up to it that people don’t get to see and for the past few weeks nobody at the CFZ has been standing still and we really couldn’t have done it without help from other people in the village, right down to speakers and punters that have helped us out too. I’d like to take this opportunity to offer up my own thanks to everyone who has helped us out this weekend. Dr Dan deserves a huge thank you from me in particular. I look forward to seeing everyone who came at next year's event too and to meeting all the people reading the blog over the weekend that have finally been convinced to come to the Weird Weekend in 2010.


Tony Lucas - Citizen Scientist said...

Oll did you manage to find your glasses nothing more annoying and if not I wish you all the luck i can muster finding them.

Tony Lucas

Oll Lewis said...

Yes, I found them the next morning they were exactly where Helios 7 had left them after she tripped me up.