Saturday, August 14, 2010
WEIRD WEEKEND SCRAPBOOK: Mark North
I arrived in Woolsery yesterday, where I set up a tent within the grounds of the village's community centre. So I was relieved that the tent hadn't blown away.
I made my way to the community centre to have breakfast and view the stalls. I was pleased to see APRA books were here again as I always end up buying a selection of books on folklore-related subjects.
One of my highlights was meeting the Weird Weekend's mystery guest Colonel John Blashford-Snell,;I met him once before when he attended the 2003 conference in Exeter, when he gave a lecture on his search for giant elephants in Nepal. I have always been an admire of him and it was a pleasure to see him, and hear him talk about his encounters of a rare breed of double-nosed Andean tiger hound, which has two noses, on an expedition to Bolivia; an account that the legendary explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett came back with in 1913 of seeing such strange dogs in the Amazon jungle.