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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.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GAVIN



Gavin is the unsung hero of the blog, having done the newsblog now for about two years. Thanks mate, and happy birthday.

ALABAMA BIGFOOT PRINT?

This was posted to the Paranormal Buffalo newsgroup in early January and is reprinted by kind permission of Rick. I blush to admit that what with flu and everything else I forgot all about it, which is why it has taken so long to appear.


Alabama Bigfoot Print?

On December 28th, I was hiking with two friends in the Cheaha Wilderness in Alabama and came upon this footprint in the snow. We were all skeptical of what it might be, but kept following tracks down the trail. We didn't know what to think. This isn't an area associated with Bigfoot and you really don't find many people trying to fake them around here. The heel looked a little small to me to be an actual Bigfoot, so we were perplexed.
--Craig M. Fincher

THUNDERBIRD CARTOON


http://twistedvintage.blogspot.com/2011/01/tragedy-averted.html?zx=254fb6409817605c

OLL LEWIS: David Cameron Shows His True Colours

If you are a follower of British politics in any way shape or form you could not have failed to notice that before the last election David Cameron; then leader of the Tory party and now Prime Minister; was very keen to nail his colours to the mast. “The NHS is safe with me!” he proudly proclaimed, praising, after his disabled son's tragic death, the enormous help it had been in the care and treatment of his son. Now that he is in power the NHS is anything but safe with crackpot and untested schemes about to roll out across England in the name of money-saving, by getting GPs to handle more paperwork and do all the work previously done by administrators (where they are supposed to find the extra time for this and still see patients is not clear). Wales and Scotland must be glad that their assembly and parliament and not Westminster have control of the NHS in their countries.

Anyway, as much as I would like to rant on about this issue that is probably best left to another blog entirely, what concerns me is another big lie Cameron told before he was elected. Remember how keen he was to present his green credentials? He even came to work on a bike to do this to show how keen he was to reduce carbon emissions (he was actually followed by a ministerial car carrying his briefcase, though, so it didn't really work that well in practice). He was keen to point out that the Tory party had changed and that the protection of the environment, rather than its exploitation for profit, was one of their top priorities, even to the extent where he changed the Tory's logo from a burning torch to a tree that looked like it had been drawn by one of his kids (“Oh well done Tarquin, is that meant to be a tree? Lets pop it on the fridge where everyone can see it. Hang on, I've just had a better idea...”). Add to that the potential for some “green taxes” to reduce the deficit that could easily be evaded by the rich then you had the assurance that if you cut David 'call me Dave' Cameron he would bleed nothing but green blood.

Well, guess what? Yes, that was all what is colloquially referred to as bullsh*t. Having been in power less than a year what does 'call me Dave' want to do? Sell off all of Britain's forests to property developers and privatise/ wind down the forestry commission. This makes little sense from an economic standpoint because, the forestry commission does make a profit from the growing of trees in rotation on its land and in the current financial situation the land will have to be sold off comparatively cheaply so it is not even a good idea for a short term financial fix. Also, once that land and source of income for the government is gone it will stay gone so once the money runs out from the sale of the land, that's it, wasted. From an ecological point of view it makes even less sense. On forestry commission land trees are grown in a sustainable manner often in a mosaic pattern meaning that it is easy for the wildlife from one felled area of woodland to move into a neighbouring established area of woodland that will not be felled for several years to come, with some parts of the forest not being felled at all. In a privately run enterprise things such as best environmental practices have to play second fiddle to making larger profits and pleasing shareholders. And that's assuming the forests are taken over by companies with silviculture in mind; most companies buying the land will be property developers hoping to build new houses on the land in the future, or speculators with little interest in land use hoping to sell the land off for a profit once the current financial situation eases; others may be after the land to clear fell the whole forest with a view to turning it into pasture or land for arable farming once they have creamed off the profits they will make from the sale of the wood.

Forests are incredibly important ecosystems and since the formation of the forestry commission, which was set up originally to ensure we would be self-sufficient in wood should we ever get blockaded again like in the second word war, the amount of forestry in the UK has increased substantially. The commission is also involved in community forests across the country like in Marston Vale where a historic forest has been replanted between Milton Keynes and Bedford to help repair an environment scarred by the remains of quarries, heavy industry and landfill. The forestry commission is also directly involved in the education of schoolchildren and others in silviculture and woodland ecology employing its own education officers and often having permanent education centres on site.

Finally, on a cryptozoological point, big cats have been spotted in at least 2 sites own by the forestry commission: in Delamere in the northwest of England (details of which can be found in Andy Robert's book Cat Flaps published by the CFZ press) and our own local big cat(s) here in North Devon.

I'm sure like me most of you will find the plans of David Cameron to put short term profits ahead of the environment and all of the good the forestry commission do for Britain disgusting and disturbing after making such a play about being green before the election; in which case you should write to your local Member of Parliament to express your concerns. Strongly worded but crucially polite (letters that are impolite or look like they have come from someone frothing at the mouth or with a chip on their shoulder are never even considered) letters to MPs really do work if they receive enough of them to realise it is a strongly enough held local concern that their jobs may be at risk at the next election and when you have enough MPs that hold that concern that is when hair-brained schemes like these fail to get passed by parliament due to a lack of support from MPs for the proposal. Make sure you also tell your friends to do the same. Remember, even if you didn't vote for your MP or don't agree with them politically they are meant to be your representative in parliament so you should try to use them in cases like this and any decent MP will probably broadly agree that the sale of Britain's forests to property developers is not a good idea when they look at the details.

THE YEARBOOK IS IMMINENT

I finished the first proof of the Yearbook last night. It is now with Maxy being checked.

It should be available in the next few weeks, but until I know an exact date I will not be taking advance orders. I have been caught like that before.

What we can do is reveal the contents for the first time:

3. CONTENTS
5. INTRODUCTION
7. TRUNKO - A Trio of World-Exclusives on ShukerNature.Here’s How It Happened!by Dr Karl Shuker
25. IN SEARCH OF THE HVERAFUGLAR by Glen Vaudrey
37. FLOGGING A DEAD HORSE:
The Cryptozoological Aspects of the George Edalji Affair by Nick Redfern
53. INVENTED TRADITIONS AND REGIONAL IDENTITY:
The case of the Black Dog of Bungay by Dr David Waldron
75. IN SEARCH OF THE BOLDON BRAG BY Mike Hallowell
107. Cryptozoological articles from Paranormal magazine by Richrd Freeman
- DEATH BY CRYPTID
- DRAGONS: A LEGEND COME TO LIFE
- GOING UNDERGROUND
- MONSTERS THAT NEVER WERE
- WENDIGO: WALKER ON THE WINDS
- THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP: MONSTERS IN YOUR BACKYARD
- THE BOGEY MEN OF THE PHILIPPINES
- THE BEASTS FROM BRAZIL
159. ON THE ALMASTY AND CENTRAL ASIAN WILDMEN by Dale Drinnon
213. THE AMPHISBAENA IN BRITAIN AND IRELAND by Richard Muirhead
231. A note on Frank Searle as recalled by Syd Henley.
235. ON THE TRACK….OF HELLHOUNDS WHICH AREN’T BLACK! By Neil Arnold
245. Freshwater Cephalopods: limitations by physiology by Max Blake
249. ZOOLOGICAL CURIOSITIES FROM HARDWICKE`S SCIENCE GOSSIP PART 2 1868-1870 by Richard Muirhead
259. THE CRYPTOZOOLOGY OF POKÉMON (Generations 1-4) by Oll Lewis
269. ANNUAL REPORTS
271. CFZ USA 2010 Report by Nick Redfern
282. CFZ AUSTRALIA 2010 Report by Rebecca Lang and Mike Williams
295. CFZ ANNUAL REPORT 2010 by Jonathan Downes
305. About the CFZ
311. About CFZ Press/Fortean Words

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1971 Charles Manson was found guilty of the Tate and LaBianca murders.
And now, the news:

Croc swallows phone and starts ringing
Fossil female pterosaur found with preserved egg
Georgetown man shoots creature: Chupacabra or hair...

Best song about a cryptid ever:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVWLrloeToA