Wednesday, July 22, 2009
And I am kicking myself for not having gone to Portsmouth, and used my ligging skills to gatecrash Olivia's graduation last week.
I love both the girls tremendously, and am so proud of them that I could burst, which would probably not be a good idea, because it would make a nasty mess....
Their thoughts are haunted by the creature they are tracking, a legendary beast said to be capable of spitting lethal corrosive venom, or killing from a distance with an electrical discharge. This was the quest to find the truth about the Mongolian Death Worm....
What I wasn't expecting was to be overcome with emotion and blub like a schoolgirl all the way through the more emotional parts of the ceremony. I was even overcome by emoti0n to a certain extent this morning when I edited it. Goodness, what a sentimental old git I am becoming.
It was, by the way, the first time I had ever met Shosh's father, but what could have been an awkward social situation passed off swimmingly, because we both behaved like gentlemen, and had similar tastes in music and small p politics....
However, swine flu is different. At least two friends of the CFZ, Clarissa Lindsay (left) and Dave McMann (not pictured, because he isn't as cute, and we have not actually got a picture of him) have fallen to it, and it sounds bloody dreadful.
"Don't believe the hype that this flu is mild. It isn't; it's a bastard. The media are reporting it in two ways.
1. Gov' says it's ok.
2. Everyone is going to die.
Well, after three days I have now moments where it seems to be receeding, so I'll live. Comes back in waves, but the time between waves are getting longer. Last night was bad. Had, to put it politely, ejections from both ends. That was OK when there was something to eject, but not too nice when there was nothing. Was about a billion degrees in bed; good thing about that was it lead to very strange dreams. Stayed in bed - not long up now - but going back to bed and the dizziness has gone.
Clarissa has recovered, and we are still waiting for more bulletins from Dave....
Hopefully I will see them again soon, and they will be back for next year....
PS: For those of you worried, there will still be a children's area this year, but it will be slightly different. If there are any people who fancy helping man either the kids' area or the animal handling area, please give me a ring on 01237 431413
It is an old, fallen dead tree by the waterside about 100 yards downstream from High Force Waterfall on the River Tees, just 10 miles from my home. I had read somewhere that it was said to have grown around a hidden treasure trove, and the coins had magically grown through the tree.
Seeing the tree in the flesh, so to speak, spoilt this rather romantic image, as most of the coins are 2pence pieces.... with the odd penny, 5pence and even a pound coin or two.
So what’s it all about? Is it a good luck thing? Or is it something even stranger?
OK, by now you all know the drill, here’s the latest cryptozoology news links and a bad pun; enjoy:
New wolf platform opens at Wildwood
Japan Braced For Giant Jellyfish Invasion
Hawks deliver go-away message to Canada Post
Indian farmers fight bad monsoon with frog marriage
Family share breakfast table in Africa with giraffes
World's first cloned sniffer dogs
Baboons steal underwear from rooftop luggage
Researchers discover new monitor species - find reveals the underestimated diversity of top-predators in Indonesia
See, it pays to ‘monitor’ these things closely.