Return to odd…

19 Aug

Day two, and a good start with a hot shower and a bacon roll from the volunteer-run kitchen.
After a coffee, it was time to go meet the bugs.

This turned out to be one of my favourite parts of the weekend. Nick Wadham was there with his Bugfest, and you can see his talk from last years event here.


Me, holding a giant millipede…


…and me with “Mario”.


Didn’t I see one of these on Star Trek?

Next up, a talk on Large Cats in Britain by Jonathan McGowanwhich was very interesting, and I shall certainly be more observant around the countryside, looking for signs of their passage through the undergrowth.

I have to admit to spending quite a lot of the rest of the afternoon in the bar, arguing with chatting to some of the more fervent believers in the more outlandish theories.
All in all, I found everyone I met there, including all the volunteers at the Woolfardisworthy Community Centre, extremely pleasant company, and in the case of the “Crypties” – as they’ve almost certainly never been called – put up with my arguments and gentle piss-taking with admirable restraint.

The rest of the evening was spent socialising with my new friends, congratulating Zippy on receiving the Golden Baboon Award for his contribution. (I’m not joking)


This morning the sun came out for the first time all weekend, so I sat outside on the patio with some people I had been chatting to last night, including digital artist, photographer, and internet radio DJ, Shaun Histed-Todd, whose work you can check out here or on his Facebook page.

After that it was time to say my goodbyes to the Weird Weekend 2012, with promises to go back next year.
And I shall, because it really was a lot of fun.
And the people are lovely.

If slightly mad.


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4 responses to “Return to odd…

  1. Biff

    August 20, 2012 at 15:52

    Sounds strangely interesting,was it very tongue in cheek in places,or do they all take themselves very seriously?.I’m not sure I could keep a straight face and wouldn’t want to upset any body.

    • dalecooper57

      August 20, 2012 at 17:22

      Very seriously, yes. I made sure that I told everyone that I spoke to that I was not a believer in the more outrageous theories. I’m happy to believe in “thought to be extinct” animals, possibly surviving somewhere out of the way. Big cats in Britain? No problem. Flying snakes, dragons, ufos, ghosts? No.
      They have a high piss-take tolerance though. Nice people, mainly.

  2. alisanperkins

    August 21, 2012 at 23:06

    i’m absolutly sure you fitted in a treat !!!!


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