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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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

WEIRD WEEKEND - Only a few days to go

There are only a few days to go and as always, I am getting jittery. However, despite the continual run of cock-ups I am feeling ridiculously upbeat, which is probably a bad sign.
We have sold two more advance tickets than we did last year. If it had not been for the recession I expect that we would have sold a great deal more; however, as anyone who came to last year's event will know, it was teeming and a great success. So I am not particularly worried; not about attendance, anyway.
There was a slight scare over the last couple of days when it appeared possible that two pivotal people might have contracted Swine Flu, but they didn't and everything is OK. The marquee goes up this afternoon, and the first visiting crew members arrive tomorrow.
Then, boys and girls, it is time for the weirdest weekend of the year....
PS: We are finalising how we shall be covering the WW on the bloggo. We will, as we did last year, be showing the event in its entirety on CFZtv. It will be filmed for a forthcoming BBC programme, and also for Danish TV. There will be daily updates. However, as Gavin L-W will be down here, living in a tent, and with only limited computer access, I think that it is questionable whether there will be newsblog updates, and Yesterday's News Today.
However, as this is the first WW since we started the daily bloggo, we are just gonna have to play it by ear.
BTW, the thing that I personally am looking forward to most will be meeting Gavin, Lizzy, Glen and other bloggo stalwarts with whom I have become surprisingly close in the past few months, but whom I have never actually met in person. Strange innit?


Gavin Lloyd Wilson said...

Ah, but Jon, we have met in person, but this was before my days with the CFZ.

Jon Downes said...

we have? Gavin u must forgive me..

Gavin Lloyd Wilson said...

Yes, you signed a copy of "Island of Paradise" for me at the Fortean Times UnConvention last November, and we spoke briefly about music.

Jon Downes said...

Now I feel guilty. But as I get older my memory really is terrible - nearly as bad as Graham's.