Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Various people including Lizwiz (who is quite scary when she gets riled) have been bullying me because I have not got around to putting any more of the videos from this year's Weird Weekend up onto CFZtv. "Its been five weeks now, you lazy so and so," she shouted down the telephone to me, making me quake in me boots.
In my defence, although we got them all up within a week last year, there has been an awful lot of other stuff happening this year, but I cheerfully admit that mea culpa.
So I will be spending today trying to format and embed another few talks and get them up for you.
I wont be sitting around reading The Lost Symbol all day. Honest.
As you know, Oll has been working on the archiving project since early February, and he is now working on the BHM section. This 5th trenche is mostly concerned with Chinese wildman sightings from 1994, which were - by the way - originally from the collection of Craig from the long defunct Crypto Chronicle
A couple of weeks ago we signed a contract with the prestigious Minnow Films of London to produce a feature-length observational documentary for the BBC. We haven't been able to give all the details for contractual reasons, and indeed we cannot tell you any more. As soon as a title, length, BBC Channel, broadcast date or anything else is confirmed, we shall - of course - tell you.
The company will be following us around all winter and for the first part of next year (until the beginning of June). They have already filmed the Weird Weekend, and it looks probable that another expedition will be in the offing.
Sadly I can't tell you any more at this point, because I don't really know much more myself. However, it is sufficient to say that this is the biggest break that we have had for years and I have no intention of buggering it up by revealing too much information too early on....
Of course we will, but you will have to wait a few days for it, for a very good reason. We are - as always - dreadfully skint, and the Irish trip cost over £600 all in all (and that wasn't all on Doc's and my bar bill, you small-minded fellows). For once we have something saleable, and we are doing our best to make a few quid out of it before we go public. The video is with some acquaintances of ours at a news agency, who have asked us not to post it up on CFZ TV until they have had a chance to try and flog it to the gentlemen of Her Majesty's press.
So forgive us for being breadheads for once, but I have a lot that I want to do this winter, and no money with which to do it....
Property is theft, and I have no problem in pinching stuff from the British Government, especially when it is this *.pdf document. In fact, if I am to be completely honest, I have no idea whether it is legal or not to post UK Government documents to the CFZ website, and I don't really care. However, having received a copy of this document a few days ago from Paul Batty at the Entomological Livestock Group, I thought that I should make it generally available to people on this blog.
These changes to the law mean that I could probably no longer import Puerto Rican cave snails into the country, although I will still have a damn good try. But interestingly it says that the import of moon moths would now be illegal because their larvae could potentially become a pest species in the UK.
What bloody nonsense.
He had an idea for a new series for the bloggo. Quite simply he has an enormous collection of macabre, fortean, odd and disturbing magazine and newspaper articles, and he proposed to post them up on the bloggo.
The Loch Ness Monster has always held a special place in my heart. It was one of the first crypto-creatures that I read about as a child, and was no doubt all the more attractive to me because of its putative Mesozoic origins. I loved the idea that a plesiosaur was navigating the waters between the Caledonian Canal and the River Ness, and Tim Dinsdale’s book The Loch Ness Monster was inspirational to me.
So here are a couple of Ness curiosities: the first, from 1934, supposedly solves the famous ‘Surgeon’s Photo’. And there was me thinking that it was all down to good old Christian Spurling, with a toy submarine, a handful of plastic wood, and too much time on his hands.
The second, is quite a spooky illustration, also from 1934, depicting Arthur Grant’s encounter with a rather weird-looking animal--if that’s what it was--on the shores of the loch. The drawing shows the creature almost jumping in the air like a large dog; could Grant have actually witnessed nothing more zoologically aberrational than a Great Dane, distorted by both the misty gloom, and Grant’s overactive imagination? You decide….
Time for the cryptozoology news round-up and a vaguely related bad pun. Enjoy:
I’ll bet that they’ll get a few s-quid for that.