Monday, November 11, 2019
The new show - On The Track Xtra 108.1 (Weird fish in Moscow and Australian Cryptids)
Well, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the fourth episode in our new series: On The Track Xtra! We hope that you enjoy it. It contains: * More from Max in Moscow, including an enormous honeycomb ray, coldwater boxfish, leafy seadragons and more * Corinna and the giant parrot * Jon and Richard review the best book ever on Australian cryptids and debate yowies (no, not the chocolate ones) * More from Gef the talking mongoose I think the production values are ever improving and we are learning (slowly) all the bells and whistles which are now available via YouTube. I should - however - warn you that If you hear strange noises in the background of the segments which feature me doing a piece to camera, those are the filters of the two tanks in the office; one containing Clarence the walking catfish, and another containing a large and massively elusive leaf fish that we have been looking after for Max ever since he went off to university, something in the region of ten years ago. At least, I’ve always thought it was a leaf fish, and worse, have been telling everyone it’s a leaf fish for the last decade. However, when I looked her up today to try to display my academic chops by giving her Latin name, she doesn’t look like any of the leaf fish on Google. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles. This issue contains Max livestreaming from the Moskvarium in Moscow, and Carl and Richard discussing and me talking about the legacy of Heuvelmans and On the Track of Unknown Animals, Corinna doing Watcher of the Skies with Lilith, and a brief nod to Gef the Talking Mongoose of Cashen's Gap, and a snide dig at our present Prime Minister. I really miss doing the Weird Weekends each year, but with the health problems currently bedevilling the CFZ to restart them is impossible. But I truly hope that these shows have something of the taste of the mixture of hard science, weird shit and surreal odness that made the 17 Weird Weekends such a joy to be part of.
Posted by Jon Downes at 5:16 PM