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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Friday, October 02, 2009

NAOMI WEST: Boris The Spider

I am increasingly fond of Naomi West. The poor dear tried to talk to me last night after I had worked for fourteen hours and then taken my medicine (including temazepam, which sedates me ridiculously fast). By the time we had exchanged three sentences I had almost passed out, and had to excuse myself with indecent haste, and I'm sure she thought that I was being rude when actually I was just nearly asleep and pilled to the gills. However, to compensate here are two examples of her delightfully fresh way of looking at the natural world, both concerning a spider called Boris.

Also, as if we needed any excuse, here is a video clip of The Who performing the eponymous song that gave Boris his name, suitably enough from Texas 1975. (I have the bootleg DVD of the entire show, and it is smashing - well worth checking out....

So Boris has tonnes of bugs hitting his web tonight and he doesn't even know which to attack first. And there are these green ones that keep getting caught and then keep getting away. I am kneeling on a tall porch chair directly under the web to watch the activity. Presently Boris has a green bug he is frantically wrapping up. Right then I see a bug struggling to get free and Boris sees it too, because he drops the bug he has and runs for it. He picks up the struggling bug and starts to wrap it then suddenly, for whatever reason, he drops the bug and it comes falling toward my face. I fall off the porch chair to get away and the bug hits the floor. I don't know if he accidentally dropped it because the bug was so feisty or if he was throwing me a little offering since he had such an abundance tonight. (Probably the former.) LOL. It would have been amusing on video. I fell backward and almost took the chair with me.

If I had more friends that appreciate BUGS I wouldn't ... bug...you so much.


Naomi said...

You were not rude at all, Jon! I took no offense :)

Jon Downes said...

Well, I felt like I was being my dear. And I have felt guilty all night.

NOTE TO ANYONE TALKING TO ME VIA TELEPHONE OR MSN LATE AT NIGHT: I am not drunk or stoned, but my medication has unfortunate effects on me..