Sunday, August 15, 2010
WEIRD WEEKEND SCRAPBOOK: Oll Lewis
Today was the last day of the 2010 Weird Weekend and I was to be the first speaker of the day. I delivered a talk on fake giants and petrified men, assisted by Kieran Snape who recreated the pose of Mark Twain’s petrified man on stage. The talk was somewhat of a departure from my usual style at weird weekend in that it was somewhat tongue in cheek and a bit of fun to kick off the day, and thankfully the audience seemed to enjoy it and laughed at the right places before an impromptu discussion on giants and biologically related cons in general.
After that it was time to get serious for a minute as I showed the casts of the cat footprints I had taken in Durden farm in February. The casts were almost certainly that of a leopard, with a stride length of 71cm and the forepaw measuring 8 by 9cm and the hind paw measuring 5 by 6cm.
The day ended with Ronan’s talk on the holy grail with him riding into the sunset on a horse, and was followed up by Jonathan’s director’s address. This Weird Weekend has gone incredibly smoothly and has been very enjoyable; roll on next year!