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Ray Mears on TV During January - LOTS!!!

Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Zodiak, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. SowthEfrikan

    SowthEfrikan Tenderfoot

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    That stuff about using skills that had vanished for thousands of years.

    Now that I have looked at the link: someone should send him on Leave No Trace so that when he slashes greenery the damage is not obvious, and the other is that my countrymen are not charmed by being called bushmen.

    I do have a rounder view of him now.
     
  2. Bushcraft4life

    Bushcraft4life Settler

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    A rounder view. Whats wrong with being called a bushman. It doesn't seem to me that he is trying to charm anyone.
     
  3. rik_uk3

    rik_uk3 Banned

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    I like Ray Mears, to me, he has a wealth of knowledge, a real concern for mother earth, and comes across as a gentleman.

    I have three American friends, who managed to get hold of all the RM DVD's, and all three thought Ray the best "survival" guy they had seen, way better than anything shown in the states. The same three have now also bought books by Ray :)
     
  4. Bushcraft4life

    Bushcraft4life Settler

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    You are right rik_uk3. He is not the gung ho rambo type, he likes to watch the things around him and is forever telling us that we must strive to keep these skills alive, which is so true. He is inspiring and i have a lot of friends who have read his books and watched his dvd's and have been left totally speachless at the things he can achieve.

    Ray Mears :You_Rock_
     
  5. Zodiak

    Zodiak Settler

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    The thing that I like about Ray Mears is that he is sharing skills skills and knowledge that others can learn, not trying to impress with how good he is. That is very rare nowdays. :)
     
  6. leon-b

    leon-b Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    i was watching the aboriginal britain one and it looked like he lit the fire with a horse hoof fungus and spagnum moss
    can spagnum moss be used as tinder ?
    leon
     
  7. Jodie

    Jodie Native

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    Yes, if dried. I looked it up on Google (it's a nasty word to spell!)
    and found this page:
    http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/Survival/Pages/tinder.html

    "Dried sphagnum moss is another excellent tinder. However, dried
    moss tends not to be readily accessible because the areas in which
    moss grows are usually swampy and wet. Although dried moss
    catches easily, it does not burn very long or produce as much heat
    as more readily accessible substitutes."

    via this one:
    http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/Survival/Pages/sphagnummoss.html

    from the sphagnum moss tinder Google search:
    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=sphagnum+moss+tinder&meta=

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    Is Aboriginal Britain the one where RM and Chris Boyton recreate the
    Ashcott Heath (? spelling?) bow - really enjoyed that.

    Apart from having learned lots about bushcraft from Ray's programmes,
    learning that such a 'field' existed and overlapped with lots of other things
    I was already interested in has also been an enjoyable discovery.

    I used to work for the charity "Scienceline" [we answered any science
    question from anyone] and, looking back, quite a few of the questions
    were about the development of technology and how 'we used to do things'
    - lots about navigation, early use of tools.

    My new year's resolution, by the way, is to write shorter posts :cool:
     
  8. leon-b

    leon-b Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    the moss didnt look that dry, and yes it is the one where he makes a bow
    leon
     
  9. SowthEfrikan

    SowthEfrikan Tenderfoot

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    We consider it a pejorative. Actually, they don't seem to have a collective name for themselves, names are foisted on them while they seem to identify themselves by the two dialects they speak.
     
  10. Glen

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    The noun itself should be neutral, but life being life if someone has heard it with negative connotaions enough times it will generally seem to take on some of those. To be fair to Mr Mears, he does, often, empasise his admiration and respect for many of the people and cultures that he refers to.

    Also ( in the absence of another term as you note above) it is a collective noun that does does spring readily to mind when talking about BushCraft, with no necessary connotations, negative or positive.
     

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