In many ways we are very lucky. We get to travel around the world looking for mystery animals, and then write books about our adventures. Of course it isn’t quite as simple as that, because there is a whole slew of mundane administration and stuff, but on the whole doing what we do is a heck of a lot better than having a proper job. We live in Woolsery and we run The Centre for Fortean Zoology – the world’s largest mystery animal research group, and once a year we invite devotees of the weird and wonderful here for the internationally famous Weird Weekend.

We also write a monthly column for The Bideford Post and we decided that it was about time that we introduced Weird Torridgeside to the blogosphere..

Sunday, 9 October 2011


My appeal for volunteers during the keynote speech at this year's Weird Weekend was answered by an enthusiastic young couple Tim and Graidi Taylor-Rose. Every other sunday they wind their way to Woolsery and do CFZstuff that has been long overdue to be done. This includes going through nearly a century's worth of the Transactions of the Devonshire Association which are on loan to the CFZ from our old pal Lionel Beer...

Transactions of the Devonshire Association 1953

Folklore 50th report.
Theo Brown

Miss M. E. Abbott of Westward Ho! has sent these instances of ‘left-handed ’ magic:

Bucks Mills. Told me some years ago by a person who had lived for 15 years in Bucks Mills and it had happened in her lifetime. A woman - people were afraid of her had a strange power. If anyone annoyed her she went out on the cliff with a horn in her hand. When the person she had a grudge against appeared she blew her horn at him or her. Disaster always followed. Once a man who had the horn blown at him, woke up the next morning with a strange and obscure skin disease, rarely known in this country. The Specialist who, I think, cured it finally, was very puzzled.

These images of bygone Bucks Mills, by the way, have nothing much to do with the story but come courtesy of my adopted sister Kaye Braund-Phillips..

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