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Pietro_Mercurios
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PostPosted: 22-04-2008 20:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two UnCon 2008 Suggestions Threads, duly merged.

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original_fLeebLe wrote:
Pietro_Mercurios wrote:
A speaker who was very good at the 'Not the Uncon,' in Edinburgh, last year, was Caroline Watt, of the Koestler Institute of Parapsychology, at Edinburgh University. She sketched out some very interesting studies that they are working on, which seem like a real meeting point between Forteanism and science.

She would be a very good, serious and worthwhile, speaker for the UnCon. As Gordon and Min would probably confirm.

http://www.psy.ed.ac.uk/people/cwatt2/

yeay

all of the speakers there were very good, not once did i want to be elsewhere.
well maybe when i knocked my drink over Laughing
the shorts as well as the main talks were excellent.

Very true. I just thought that the parapsychology work, which Caroline Watt talked about, seemed to particularly stand out and I'd like to know a bit more. Smile
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PostPosted: 24-04-2008 12:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very pleased that UnCon is returning this year and can't wait for November to roll around!

In terms of content, I personally don't think there is any point (as someone else has said) of including any grail/Templar/Jesus speakers/theorists/authors, etc. This has all been done to death and really feels very old hat now. I also agree that UnCon shouldn't host anything overtly skeptical - this is all about forteanism, not personal beliefs or agendas. Whether the topics covered are strange, bizzare, true, false, hoaxes, genuine phenomena, etc etc, present the data, debate the evidence for and against, and let the auidence please itself. Charles Fort would approve!

Some topics which might be interesting to cover include conspiracy theories (and I don't mean the tinfoil-hat-wearing variety, I mean conspiracies where proper arguments can be made for and against), a good ghost talk (maybe Alan Murdie and the Ghost Club could be involved?), and something on the VERY strange, such as those South American duendo videos, fairy folklore, etc, things which are so extremely bizzare as to appear complete fantasy, but which have had apparently serious and genuine reports and witnesses.

The CFZ should definately be involved as well.

As far as lighter or entertainment items should go, the HP Lovecraft society have a new film in production, so perhaps they could be involved and give us some previews? I'd quite like to perhaps see Kim Newman or other authors talk about the return of the Victorian occult detective to genre fiction, or something similar.

Just some thoughts anyway. Should be a terrific event!
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PostPosted: 25-04-2008 07:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, can we not have an Uncon themed around one or two specific niches of Forteana? It alienates (no pun intended) a lot of us not interested in those areas.
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PostPosted: 27-04-2008 21:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Graylien's choice of ufology speakers - maybe Paul Kimball could be persuaded to produce a filmed talk.

Totally out of the question but I'd love to hear a talk by Mac Tonnies on his crypto-terrestrial hypothesis, or a talk by Greg Bishop on the influence of UFOs on different music genres.

On a more realistic note, Jan Bondeson, Gail-Nina Anderson, Paul Devereux on earth lights/plasma.

I don't know whether Nick Redfern's in the UK at that time of year, but if he is, a talk on tulpas/the paranormal in cryptid sightings.

Also see my request for DVDs in the appropriate thread. Smile
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PostPosted: 11-05-2008 08:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

The very nice TV historian we pestered is Mark Olly and I'd love to see him at Uncon. He is big on the lesser known aspects of the history of the north west of England and I bet he has lots of weird stories to tell.

His TV programme is Lost Treasures.
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PostPosted: 30-05-2008 12:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some fantastic speakers of the past I'd like to see again are...

Peter Lamont, Richard Wiseman, Ken Campbell, Jon Ronson (although he isn't officially a speaker from a previous uncon!), the CFZ, Jan Bondeson (delivery of Herr Flick! Love it!) And how about the Editors (of FT, not the band) on editing the magazine etc...

Hallowe'en weekend is fine for me! Devil
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PostPosted: 30-05-2008 15:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

ianeames wrote:
Jon Ronson (although he isn't officially a speaker from a previous uncon!),


2002 he spoke on Secret Rulers of the World

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PostPosted: 06-06-2008 20:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm beginning to really look forward to this. I've been searching for cheap accommodation on the internet, this evening.

Any chance of sussing out some budget accommodation, to point UnConventioneers in the right direction?
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PostPosted: 06-06-2008 21:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

the generator is where past visitors of uncon have stayed. not me mind you *relaxes in hotel with ensuite*
http://www.generatorhostels.com/
i am sure some people will comment on what it is like.
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PostPosted: 06-06-2008 21:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

original_fLeebLe wrote:
the generator is where past visitors of uncon have stayed. ...

So I've heard.

I was thinking of a slightly wider net, perhaps even with ensuite.
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PostPosted: 06-06-2008 21:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

what sort of budget are we talking about then?
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PostPosted: 06-06-2008 21:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

original_fLeebLe wrote:
what sort of budget are we talking about then?

The budget yer average Fortean could aspire to.
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PostPosted: 07-06-2008 19:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is your average Fortean? I suspect the mean wouldn't be of much use, since there's a rather wide demographic involved. You probably want the modal Fortean, instead.
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PostPosted: 07-06-2008 21:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

T'Generator rocks. Rocks. Cool

Might've been something to do with the snoring.
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PostPosted: 07-06-2008 21:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avoid the Generator, if the late night partying doesn't keep you awake the snoring will.

Not that the snoring kept me awake, mind ...
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