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Saturday, April 25, 1998 Published at 12:55 GMT 13:55 UK


The call of the weird
image: [ The conference will focus on the unexplained ]
The conference will focus on the unexplained

The world's biggest gathering of researchers and aficionados of the unexplained begins in London on Saturday.

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend each of the two days of the Fortean Times' fifth annual UnConvention.

Speakers include Father Lionel Fanthorpe, talking about the weird animals he has encountered during the filming of the Fortean TV series, which he presents.

There will also be a talk from Colonel John Blashford-Snell, the explorer who has searched for the lost city of Atlantis.

Mark Chorvinsky on encounters with the grim reaper :'There is a strong psychological component in some of these cases'(1'54")
Mark Chorvinsky, editor of US-based Strange magazine, will discuss encounters with the Grim Reaper, and a photograph which reputedly shows a pterodactyl shot down in the Wild West in 1880.

Jenny Cockell, author of two books recalling her past life as a woman in Ireland in the 1930s, will be talking about what her future lives hold for her.

Ian Simmons will talk about the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Fortean Times, a monthly magazine of news, reviews and research on strange phenomena and experiences, curiosities, prodigies and portents, is celebrating 25 years in print.

It was founded to continue the work of Charles Fort, who was sceptical about scientific explanations, saying that scientists argued according to their own beliefs rather than the rules of evidence.

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