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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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Thursday, May 16, 2013

DAVEY CURTIS: The camera never lies?


Dear Jon,

There is a great hoo har in the news today over an alleged U.F.O photo taken at Seaburn beach.
To me it looks like a gull flying right to left of the screen. End of story.
I wish my photos of "Real" creatures such as the Lesser Spotted Flying Platypus and the Four winged racing pigeon were as much news time. Humph.

Regards
 A disgruntled

Davey Curtis.



CRYPTOLINK: New exhibit at Frazier History Museum looks at Mythic Creatures

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The Loch Ness monster in the Ohio River?  
Bigfoot in Cherokee Park? 
A  unicorn at Churchill Downs?
It's just a fun take on the newest exhibit at the Frazier History Museum.  Mythic Creatures explores the truth behind the legends of creatures that have captivated people for centuries.
It includes dragons, mermaids, unicorns, as well as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster and others that have fascinated people across different cultures.

Read on...

DAVID MARSHALL: Ryedale Aquarist Society Open Show & Auction


Ryedale Aquarist Society Open Show & Auction

Sunday 19th May 2013

Old Malton Memorial Hall,Malton, North Yorkshire.  Y017 7HD

Open Show exhibits - 20p

Schedule of Classes

1.   Danio and Minnow
2.   Rasbora
3.   Rainbowfish
4.   Guppy
5.   Molly and Platy
6.   Swordtail
7.   A.O.V. Livebearer
8.   AV Female Livebearer
9.   Breeders - Livebearer
10.   Matched Pair - Livebearer
11.   Aspidoras and Small Corydoras (up to 5.5cm)
12.   Betta splendens (Siamese Fighters)
13.   A.O.V. Small Anabantid (up to 10cm)
14.   A.O.V. Large Anabantid (over 10cm)
15.    Small Barb (up to 10cm)
16.    Large Barb (over 10cm)
17.    Angel and Discus
18.    Endemic Rift Lake Cichlids
19.    A.O.V. Small Cichlids (up to 10cm)
20.    A.O.V. Large Cichlids (over 10cm)
21.    Albino and Xanthic
22.    Fundulopanchax, Scriptaphyosemion, Archiaphyosemion, Aphyosemion and Callopanchax
23.    A.O.V. Killifish
24.    Scleromystax, Brochis and Large Corydoras (over 5.5cm)
25.    Female Egglayer
26.    Sharks and Foxes
27.  Single Tailed Goldfish
28.  Double Tailed Goldfish
29   A.O.V. Coldwater
30.    Botia and  Loach
31.    Pencil Fish
32.    A.O.V. Small Characin (up to 7cm)
33.    Large Characin (over 7cm)
34.  A.O.V. Small Catfish (up to 15cm)
35.    A.O.V. Large Catfish (over 15cm)
36.    A.O.V. Tropical (up to 15cm)
37.    A.O.V. Tropical (over 15cm)
38.    Matched Pair - Egglayer
39.    Breeders - Egglayers
40.    Shanghai ‘Ryedale style’

OPEN SHOW AWARDS;-

Y.A.A.S. AWARDS

BEST IN SHOW

BEST EXHIBIT

BEST GOLDFISH EXHIBIT

PRIZES FOR: 1st 2nd AND 3rd PLACE IN ALL CLASSES

BENCHING OF OPEN SHOW EXHIBITS
10.00a.m. to 12.30p.m.

AUCTION
 LOTS TO BE TABLED BY 12.15p.m.
TO PRE-BOOK AUCTION LOTS PHONE 01751 472715

AUCTION BEGINS AT 12.30p.m.

Please note that Ryedale A.S. will take a 15% commission on all auction lots sold.
 Please label lots to assist the auctioneer.

Please make sure that all electrical goods are clearly marked with the name and address of the seller.

OPEN SHOW RULES


1.Judging to Y.A.A.S. rules and standards.  All exhibits to be shown in slab sided containers.  All show tanks to have sufficient airspace above the waterline.

2.Once benched, exhibits are not to be removed without the permission of the show steward.  When de-benching is announced all exhibitors should remain within the show room until it is established that no exhibits are missing.

3.To assist the public, exhibitors must name their entries.

4.Although Ryedale A.S. will take all possible care of exhibits, and provide access to airpump facilities for use by exhibitors, no responsibility can be accepted for loss or damage to exhibits.   Non-exhibitors must gain permission from the Show Steward to take photographs (flash photography is prohibited prior to and during judging) within the showing room.  Members of the Ryedale Aquarist Society will be present within the showing room at all times.

5.Fish entered in Classes 9 and 39 are to consist of six fish bred by the exhibitor with the date of spawning/birth of the fry and breeding group clearly marked.

6.Fish entered in Classes 10 and 38 must be true pairs.

7.Classes 22 and 23 follow the current killie showing guide as laid down by the Y.A.A.S. Judges and Standards Committee.

8.Class 40 requires the use of 3 separate show tanks or one show tank split  into 3 sections.  An egglaying or a livebearing fish can be chosen but all 3 show tanks or sectioned show tank must contain the SAME SPECIE as follows:
Tank/section 1 - An adult fish of either sex.
Tank/section 2 - A matched pair.
Tank/section 3 - Six fish bred by the exhibitor with the date of spawning/birth of the fry and breeding group clearly marked.
Each of the 3 tanks/sections will be judged to the appropriate YAAS rules and standards and then the total scores averaged to find the class placements.

The venue operates a strict NO SMOKING or CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL policy.

There is ample FREE PARKING around the venue.  Refreshments will be available at the venue.