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Monday, August 17, 2009

WEIRD WEEKEND 2009 - the last word



So, it's over for another year. It was a success, and I am quite pleasantly surprised by the takings. However, although there were lots of high spots, there were also a lot of stressful and unpleasant lowspots. There was good and bad, black and white, yin and yang, and next year there are going to have to be changes, because I don't want to have to go through this again.

Some of the stresses and strains were caused by events beyond anyone's control, but others were caused by the selfish behaviour of various people who really should have known better. Other members of the team, however, were remarkable, but I am only going to single out three of them: David, Max, and my darling wife Corinna. I could not have done what I have done without you. I also want to thank Roy and Kaye Braund-Phillips for their immense amount of help. I am sorry that this year's event has been such a strain on you, and I apologise unreservedly for the behaviour of some of my associates and crew.

Other highlights were the gloriously surreal bar on the Thursday night run by my stepdaughter Olivia, her boyfriend Ivan, and their friends Jenny and Chris. All four of them were fantastic. Ronan C. who, despite health problems, flew from Ireland at his own expense to be with us, and Nick R. who did much the same from Dallas need to be congratulated, and I would like to thank everyone at The Farmers Arms and the Woolsery Community Centre for everything that they have done.

There are going to be changes next year, but there will still be a next year, and the changes will not effect the essential character of the event. It will still be a three day event, there will still be a cocktail party, there will still be a gloriously surreal mix of art, science and stupidity, and on the third week in August 2010 there will be the eleventh Weird Weekend.

Slainte

2 comments:

G L Wilson said...

The hard work certainly was appreciated! Thanks for a mightily fine Weird Weekend!

Syd said...

Bob & I have just arrived back in Nottingham and would like to take this opportunity to thank Jon and everyone else involved in arranging the Weird Weekend for making it such a smashing event, a perfect mixture of entertainment and education.
Maybe there were a few cock-ups, but that is to be expected and only adds to the fun and weirdness of the weekend. Everyone should remember, that you folks are Cryptozoologists, not professional party planners.
My only complaint lol, is that it comes to an end far too soon, it should last a whole week, not just a weekend.