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BBC furry article on UMA Recommended List

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Last month's online BBC article on furries has been listed on the Ursa Major Awards Recommended Anthropomorphics List.

"Who are the furries?" written by Denise Waterman on 13th November, has been posted on the list, the purposes of which are, "for fans who want to know what anthropomorphic movies, TV series, novels, etc. others found to be worth looking for", and, "to serve as a guide to which items were produced in 2009, to help fans determine what is eligible to nominate for the year’s Ursa Major Awards".

The article, listed in the "Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work" category, covers the main aspects of the fandom and features contributions from several members of the fandom including Fred Patten and FurteanTimes.com editor The Chained Wolf, as well as Kathy Gerbasi who has carried out several studies into the fandom.

The article was well received by most furries. Positive comments came from sites such as Fur Affinity. FurteanTimes.com, which was linked to the original article, experienced a 254% increase in web traffic from the previous week.

Some famous people also commented on the piece. Graham Linehan, the man behind hit sitcoms Father Ted and The IT Crowd wrote on his Twitter account that, "It's like staring into the sun. A sun made of geek. I can only read a bit of it at a time."

However, it is probably unlikely the article will win. No journalistic article has ever won an Ursa Major, and other more established figures are more likely to win.

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In Graham Linehan's defence, he did apologise for being a tad tongue in cheek in his comments. "@ririnyan it's not hate, really. Sorry if I hurt your feelings. [...] well done for carving out a piece of happiness down here, even if it's one that makes heads pop (mine among them)." He knows he's got plenty of fans in the community. ^_^

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    a journalist and Grey Wolf from England

    I have worked as a journalist formerly for The Furtean Times.