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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Saturday, August 07, 2010

WEIRD WEEKEND 2010: The Latest News

* Dan Holdsworth very kindly offered to bring Sir Nicholas of Redfernshire down to Woolsery next week, but - as the more eagle eyed amongst you will know - Nick had to pull out because of the death of his mother earlier in the year. Dan therefore has room in his car if anyone wants a lift from the Midlands down to Devon for the WW.

* Dan also writes that "Here's another highlight for the WW" and links to http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/05aug_perseids/

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Anonymous said...

Just a minute, Jon; how dare you describe my humble abode as being in the Midlands! I live almost in the shadow of Pendle Hill, a place which is defiantly Up North and most definitely nowhere near the midlands!

What I plan on doing is heading from the borough of Pendle down to you by the most expedient route I can find, this basically being M66, M60, M6, M5 then off cross-country on the A361 and A39. Google maps reckon this to be about 6 hours travel, so if I'm to pick anyone up I don't want to be deviating far off that track, and I will need an EXACT pick-up address or postcode; my sat-nav will see to the directions. A contribution towards the fuel costs would also be welcome, too, though I shall be most disappointed if the car doesn't far exceed 50 miles to the gallon.

Finally, I'm traveling down on Thursday, and returning on the Monday (not the Sunday night; I tried that the first Weird Weekend I attended, and it was soul-destroying).

Ego Ronanus said...

Now that WW 2010 is nearly here, it's about time you started planning for 2011. You can't start too early. Here are a few suggestions for topics:-

Human-sheep Hybrids in the Welsh Mountains.

A study of tortoise problems with back-scratching.

See if you can get Dr Dan to say something about computers.

A genuine bullfight. (You can sell tickets to the huge crowds of Animal Rights Protesters before letting them in to protest).

Darren Naish on Enigmatigly Vanishing Beds and their relation to poltergeist activity.

Cryptozoological aspects of female mud wrestling (with demonstration).

Practical workshop: How to fit an artificial leg to a tiger. (To do this, you need a tiger; a saw to remove leg; an artificial leg; someone from the audience who can be persuaded, perhaps after alcoholic intake, to screw it on).

For the children: see the Mad Hatter play with a cobra.