"Today, we are all thinking about what each of us can do in making the world a better place for every man, woman and child to live in. We must not forget to include the animals in our programme, they too must have a better world to live in as well as ourselves."
Maria Dickin - Founder of the P.D.S.A. (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals)
Me holding model of Exmoor Beast
The care of animals, especially sick and injured ones, and the education of children to become aware of the wonder and extraordinary importance of animals in our world are subjects that have always been and will always be very close to my heart; they evoke the humanity in all humans - or should do. The following websites are of especial worth and significance. Please give them all the support that you can.
Patch, my rough-haired Jack Russell terrier
Sam, my West Highland white terrier
The Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Website (the official website of this famous canine charity, renowned throughout Britain for rescuing, caring for, and re-homing abandoned and unwanted dogs)
The Blue Cross Website (the official site of The Blue Cross charity, famously devoted to helping sick and injured animals)
The P.D.S.A. Website (the official website of the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals - another extremely worthy, caring charity devoted to the treatment of sick and injured animals)
Roger Pearson - The Animal Man (the official site of a longstanding friend of mine, whose nickname 'The Animal Man' is affectionately known throughout much of the West Midlands, England, and beyond, thanks to his pioneering wildlife lecture service for schools, founded in 1968 - in which, rather than merely utilising films or photos, originally Roger (retired) - and now his son Steffan with a new generation of Animal Man staff - brings real animals from their wildlife park at Smestow into the classroom, to reveal to generations of children the true wonder of living creatures)
19th Century representation of a senmurv or cynogriffin in majolica pottery
As will become readily apparent to anyone browsing down Pib's excellent listings (see below), there are numerous websites devoted to cryptozoology and animal mythology already in existence, and more continue to appear. Consequently, the following list makes no attempt to be comprehensive, but merely comprises a small selection of my own particular favourites.
ShukerNature (this is my highly-acclaimed blog on wildlife mysteries and controversies, examining all manner of cryptozoological subjects as well as a vast range of other fascinating (un)natural history anomalies and inexplicabilia)
Kent cryptozoologist Neil Arnold
Neil Arnold's Blogger Profile (Neil is one of Britain's most dedicated, proficient cryptozoological and zooform researchers, and his profile page contains links to his several different cryptozoological blogs, including Kent Big Cats and Kent/London Mystery Animals, all of which are essential reading and are constantly updated)
Philip "Pib" Burns's Listing of CZ Websites (THE essential place to visit when beginning any cz research on the Internet, offering the most comprehensive listing of cz websites currently in existence)
Pib's Listing of Legendary Animal Websites (equally invaluable listing of websites appertaining to fabulous beasts)
The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) (headed by Jonathan Downes and ably assisted by Richard Freeman, Graham Inglis, and Mark North, this is the world's leading cryptozoological organisation, and the only forum devoted to fortean zoology, giving cryptids and zooforms equal emphasis; I am the CFZ's Cryptozoological Consultant and West Midlands Representative)
Me in CFZ t-shirt
Cryptomundo (the most comprehensive cryptozoology blog online, continually updated by Loren Coleman, John Kirk, Rick Noll, and Craig Woolheater, with extensive archives)
The Cryptozoology Shop (sells every conceivable cryptozoological souvenir - mugs, t-shirts, books, calendars, kids' stuff, gifts, and much much more!)
Nick Redfern's World of Whatever (the official website of leading cryptozoological and ufological field investigator Nick Redfern, born and bred in the West Midlands, England, like me, but now living in the U.S.A., and famous for his books and articles on mysteries of many kinds; he also runs the American branch of the CFZ)
Strange Ark (Chad Arment's cz website, providing a fascinating, eclectic selection of cryptids and other animal curiosities, and plenty of cz resources)
Virtual Institute of Cryptozoology (Michel Raynal's cz website, which has deservedly received great praise for its very extensive, highly informative content)
Batsquatch picture credit: Gary Stanley, aka 'Stigmata' (thanks, Gaz!)
The Eclectarium of Doctor Shuker (a blog of mine in which I investigate all manner of non-cryptozoological mysteries and enigmas plus a very eclectic diversity of other subjects that have always fascinated me)
FATE Magazine (the grand-daddy of all inexplicabilia magazines, first published over half a century ago, and still as fascinating a read as ever!)
Fortean Picture Library (the premier source of illustrations appertaining to all fields of inexplicabilia)
Fortean Times (Britain's long-running, world-renowned fortean magazine, edited by Bob Rickard and Paul Sieveking)
Paranormal Magazine (Vibrant full-colour online British magazine, containing features, news, and more on all aspects of the unexplained and supernatural)
Strange Magazine (Mark Chorvinsky's indispensable, twice-yearly magazine that instantly became a classic in the field of scholarly fortean publications - and now it's available exclusively online, so click here now!)
Strange Nation (very comprehensive website dedicated to strange phenomena in Australia - highly recommended!)
Tylosaur attacking dinosaurs
Tylosaur picture credit: William M. Rebsamen (thanks Bill!)
An excellent book on zoological philately
My own contribution to zoological philately
On my Harley Davidson Heritage Soft-Tail Classic 1500cc
Me on my BSA A650 Hardtail Chopper (left); Me on my Harley Davidson XLH 1000 (right)
Bikelink's Motorcycle Sites Lists (an A to Z of Motorcycles)
Biker Heaven (THE Harley website, bursting with hog-nificent Harley info and links - unmissable!)
Ronnie Cramer's Motorcycle Web Index (contains over 3000 links!)
Motorcycle News Online (the world's largest and most-read digital motorbike magazine)
My biker tattoo (on left bicep)
Tattooz Based in Birmingham, England, this is where I had my biker tattoo and my others done, so I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending these guys (Gaz aka Stigmata did mine - cheers Gaz!) to anyone wishing to acquire some first-rate, seriously cool tats.
Painted Lady Tattoo Parlour Also based in Birmingham, this is another excellent tattoo parlour, and is where Gaz is now based, so be sure to check it out for your next tattoo.
Also, make sure that you don't miss the following website: Tattoos.Com E-Zine Predominantly American in scope, but surely the most comprehensive tattoo website on the Net!
Ace Cafe London (the perfect link, literally, between websites re motorbikes and classic rock'n'roll!)
Deaners (countless links to other James Dean websites)
Me and my Jag (XJ6, BRG)
The second published volume of my poetry
Star Steeds and Other Dreams (the official website of my poetry)
One of my Venetian masquerade masks
Mask Italia (major importer into the UK of beautiful handmade Italian masks)
Mondonovo (the premier mask shop and mask-maker in Venice)
Giorgio Uccellini's Website (the website of an exceptionally talented artist from England, but descended from the 15th Century Italian classical painter Paolo Uccello, specialising in spectacular airbrush art featuring celebrities and also a wide range of fantasy subjects)
Stay Tooned (provides previews of all major forthcoming animated feature films and featurettes)
Black Country Barbershop (The official Facebook page of The Black Country Barbershop, a gents hairdressers in Wednesbury, West Midlands, England (with a second affiliated shop in nearby Darlaston), owned by Spencer Thrower, a good friend of mine who is also a top-rated hairdresser. A previous regional champion himself, Spencer has trained with three world team champions, has twice reached the L'Oreal Color Trophy finals, and has been invited to try out for the British team. Spencer is particularly renowned for the numerous intricate patterns and styles that he creates in people's hair - so if you're looking for a seriously stylish, eyecatching, and expertly-crafted look that is uniquely you, you now know where to go! Spencer is also available for photographic, TV, and show work)
To visit my ShukerNature store at Zazzle, please click here!
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For a full listing of items that I'm currently selling on eBay, please click here!
Me, in biker mode
"Goodbye...And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - The Little Prince
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