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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Thursday, August 18, 2011

GLEN VAUDREY: Whole Wide World #18

18. Honduras
Within Honduras can be found perhaps one of the most celebrated Mayan cities: Copán. Today, rather than being known as a lost civilization leaving behind fabulous lost cities, the Mayans are better known for their long count, which is said to end in 2012. This has given rise to a number of end-of-days prophecies; however, I doubt any of them will match the terror of the prospect of having to watch the film 2012 again.

Away from the prophecies of doom we find the Wihwin, a mysterious amphibious creature that is said to resemble a horse but with prominent fangs. It is claimed to inhabit the Caribbean coastal waters of Honduras and to occasionally come ashore for some reason perhaps known only to itself.


The Weird Weekend is great fun but the one thing I don’t look forward to is putting up the marquee each year. We have two marquees - a new one and an old one. Neither have instructions so it’s like putting together a three dimensional giant jigsaw designed by the makers of the sadistic Japanese game show ‘Endurance’. The older marquee is held together by bits of gaffer tape and string. It took Graham, Oll and myself till 11 at night to get the bloody thing up.

The garden part is a nice evening to catch up with folks you haven’t seen in a while. Luminaries such as Dr Dan Holdsworth, Glen Vaudrey and Perry of the 4-teans were all there. For me the nicest part of the evening was catching up with the former landlord of the Farmers Arms Alan Lindsey and his lovely wife Jenny. I’d not seen them in over a year after they moved to the sunnier climes of exotic Bideford.

I well remember the first time we had a piñata a few years ago. It was in the shape of a dragon and just about as though as a real one. It shattered all sticks used on it including Jon’s walking stick. In the end Dave had to hack it apart with a garden spade. This year’s piñata, in the shape of an Apatosaurus caved in after one tap from a tiny girl! Mind you it had been in storage for 12 months.


Oll Lewis: Weird Weekend Scrapbook Thursday

One of the highlights of the Weird Weekend for me is the cocktail party, mostly because it is a time when I meet up with old friends that I haven’t seen for months. This year was no exception, I met and had a chat with some friends from LAPIS who I hadn’t seen since my talk at their conference in June and with Alan and Jenny, the old landlords of the village pub, who I hadn’t see for nearly a year.

Another highlight of this year’s party though was finally getting to see the much talked about lynx that Max had uncovered during his volunteer work at Bristol Museum, which he will be talking about on Saturday. I’ll be giving my talk “The Man Who Humbugged Barnum” tomorrow so I’m looking forward to that, maybe I’ll see you then if you couldn’t make the cocktail party.

WEIRD WEEKEND 2011: Shuttle service.

Just a quicky, but if you want a lift from Barnstaple please let us know upon which train you will be arriving. Petrol prices are too high these days for us to meet trains on spec...

HAUNTED SKIES: FROM THE ARCHIVES - North East Evening Gazette 1967


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1612 the trial of the Samlesbury Witches began in Lancashire.
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