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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Monday, July 06, 2009


Steve Jones writes:

'By the way Jon, I have problems viewing photo's etc on your blog. Has anyone else reported problems? It started when java updated itself a few months back. I just get placeholders instead of pictures or videos. It only happens with the CFZ site. I wondered if one of the I.T. geeks had changed some settings?'

On another subject (that of shameless self congratulation), I want to pat ourselves on the back for having reached over 1500 blog posts now, and despite the fact that viewing numbers are down from the peak of a few weeks ago at the height of the Peruvian snake saga, we are still getting 20,000 a week (which is about what we got on the first three and a half years of the blog combined)....

At this rate we will be getting a hit-rate of over a million a year, which ain't too shabby. But we will have some more if people like Steve could see the pictures. C'mon techies....


Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

What operating system are you using, what web browser and what version of Java plugin is your web browser using? Secondly, what antivirus are you using (if applicable; my Linux kit doesn't need antivirus) and what firewalling and advert-blocking plugins do you have (if any)?

Any of these could be causing the problem.

Try right-clicking on the area where the images should be to see if this reveals any information; that might give you a clue too.

Syd said...

If your using 'Internet Explorer 8' with vile 'Vista' that could be part if not all of the problem.
Until a few months ago when my lap top died, I was using IE7 with XP and had no trouble with this site.
Since getting a new computer running under 'Vista' and preloaded with IE8, I have had nothing but problems with the CFZ and a few other sites. I have been totally unable to comment on Blog articles here, some times pictures and videos have not displayed here or elsewhere. This and a few other web sites have crashed when I have switched from page to page.

Now everything in the garden is looking rosy again and all I did was kick out IE8 and install Firefox.