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#5 - April 28th 2014
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Welcome to issue #5.  I am not exactly sure what I can write in this little text box today; filing, answering the telephone, spreadsheets and such like are not really interesting to anyone - including me!  But as you can see below, things are moving apace in various other areas of the CFZ.  And On the Track got finished eventually, although at one point I thought I was going to get completely suffocated by two eager extras (Pru and Archie) whilst trying to deliver the monthly news on vagrants (vagrant birds that is).
The CFZ Newsletter is edited by Corinna Downes, administratrix supreme, and the wife of the ringmaster of the CFZ Circus.
In all the years I have lived in North Devon I have only come across one species of newt – the palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus).  However, according to the species distribution maps, Woolsery should be within the range for the smooth newt (L.vulgaris).  A couple of years ago, however, Jess the elder found a small, and very dead newt in the road outside our house.  It appeared to be a smooth newt.
This weekend, the ever resourceful Charlotte, whilst moving stones around our waterfall, found this newt.  I can’t tell whether it is a female helveticus or a vulgaris of indeterminate gender (probably female).  Is there anyone out there who can help me? (I’m thinking Lars, or possible Darren)
And while you’re at it, the lovely Andrea has just come up with a very good question: What does palmate mean?
Both an advantage and a disadvantage of the internet, as far as being a journalist who chronicles events in the world of cryptozoology, is the sheer volume of information available.  And when a particular subject grabs the attention of newspaper editors across the world, and the great unwashed who read them, this can get almost overwhelming.  This is what has happened in the world of Bigfoot in the last six months.
Bigfoot is now a major media property. It is the subject of several fatuous reality television programmes and – as such – has spawned a ridiculous amount of newspaper coverage. 

This is why, a few weeks ago, instead of posting Bigfoot stories as ‘CRYPTOLINKS’ we have been posting daily ‘BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF’ daily digests, and dealing with the build up of Bigfoot news that way.
However, something which has become particularly noticeable in the last couple of weeks is that since the egregious Rick Dyer finally came out and admitted that his Bigfoot corpse is a hoax (something that no one with more than a few brain cells to rub together had actually doubted for a minute). 

However, the number of daily news stories from newspapers from around the world has visibly dropped off.  I have a sneaking suspicion that this tells us more about the brain cell quotient of those whom society has deemed responsible for making and changing the opinions of the people. Scary huh?
Tickets for this year's Weird Weekend are now on sale. So far confirmed for this year's event are:

Nigel Mortimer: Opening Portals
Ronan Coghlan: Bogus Bibles
Lee Walker: Urban Legends of Liverpool
Lars Thomas: Tales from the CFZ Laboratory
Jon and Richard: Introduction to Cryptozoology
Nick Wadham: Alien Abductions
Tony Whitehead (RSPB): O.O.P birds
Carl Marshall: Out of Place animals at Stratford Butterfly Park
Judge Smith: Survival after death
John Higgs: Chaos, Magick, and the band who burned a million quid
Richard Freeman: Tasmania 2013 Expedition Report
Matt Salusbury: Baron Walter Rothschild's Deinotherium caper
C.J. Stone: a MODERN King Arthur
Results of nature walk (Lars/Nick)
Ronan Coghlan: The Amphibians from Outer Space
Jon Downes: Keynote Speech

Miss Crystal Grenade
The CFZ Awards
Silas Hawkins
Kids Nature walk with Lars and Nick
Kids Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Speaker's Dinner at the Community Centre

and of course:
The Tunnel of Goats
The event takes place from the 15-7 August this year in North Devon. Find out more HERE. Tickets are available at a special discount price of £20/head for the whole weekend as long as you buy them in advance. Buy online HERE.
The event takes place from the 15-17 August this year in North Devon. Find out more HERE. Tickets are available at a special discount price of £20/head for the whole weekend as long as you buy them in advance. Buy online HERE.
The tickets for this year's event are selling, slowly but surely. However, it would be much better for my blood pressure if they sold a little faster. So, ladies and gentlemen; do your bit to save my arteries...
Over the last week we have been doing quite a lot.
  • Andrea Rider, who has recently started working in the office has been working extremely hard on Volume 2 of George Eberhart's Mysterious Creatures  as has Lizzy Bitakara'mire
  • Steve Rider has been working on the next generation of CFZ e-books
  • Saskia England (the other of our two lovely interns) has, ably assisted by her brother Riley and a young lady called Charlotte Phillipson - who is nearly 12  - been working with Richard and Graham on refurbishing the conservatory. She is doing all the designs and masterminding the work as part of her college course on Animal Management. Its not quite finished but looks bloody good. Charlotte and Graham have also been installing our waterfall into the wildlife pond area.
  • Alexandra Cook is working hard on a project about which we shall remain schtum for the next few days. Gareth Shaw has also been working on this project, and I hope we shall be making an announcement about it soon...
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