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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, June 06, 2014

WEIRD WEEKEND 2014: The Good News is that there is No News

Dear Friends,

You will probably have noticed that in recent weeks I have been very quiet on the subject of the forthcoming Weird Weekend.  That was because, until about half-an-hour ago, there was a very real possibility that I would have had to cancel this year’s event, which would almost certainly have meant that the event itself would have come to an end after 14 years. 

It was not because of poor ticket sales, although I have said on a number of occasions, ticket sales for this year are significantly down.  It was because of a whole series of other complications.  Because of internal village politics that are of no interest to anybody living outside the parish, the ladies who have been doing such a lovely job with the catering for the event for quite a few years now, are not able to do it this year.  And so I asked our friends from the Small School in Hartland to take over the catering. 

I was not aware that, according to the Village Hall’s regulations,  there is a surcharge for people, apart from certain village organisations, using the facilities, and I needed to find out whether this was something which I would be able to afford.  It has taken a fortnight to find this information, but we are now out of the woods, and I can happily announce the non-arrival of the bad news I have been dreading telling you all. 

We now have just over two months to go, and I have got the bit between my teeth, and my team and I are hitting the ground running.  Let’s make this the best Weird Weekend ever. 

Slainte

Jon


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