The Wanton Bishops

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Now this is a band with music close to my heart. The Wanton Bishops. What really blows my mind is that they’ve captured the late 60s, early 70s blues-rock vibe and voice yet they’re from Beirut, Lebanon. They’re lead by Nader Mansour. They also do an excellent cover of one of my favourite pieces of […]

Owls and Martens

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Today I went to check on the house and got to drive through some pretty thick snow. Vlochka, my Discovery, really has her use sometimes. On the way home I spotted a Ural owl just sitting on a branch about twenty feet from the road. For once, the sky was vaguely blue and the bright […]

Bushcraft Magazine Winter 2017/108 issue

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This issue features one of my true horror stories from the forest – White Out – plus my photo of wolf tracks in the snow is on the cover. Order yourself a copy or sign up for a subscription here – The Bushcraft Magazine. Bushcraft Magazine is suited for both beginners and experts and covers […]

Never Ending Winter

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The view of the town of Svidnik from my office, although more snow has fallen again since then. This Winter is really dragging on. Freezing temperatures, permanent grey sky. Happy happy joy joy…. I’m supposed to be writing an article for the Spring issue of Bushcraft Magazine but there’s no sign whatsoever of Spring. Then […]

Old School Biker Music

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Here are some real old school biker tunes for y’all to get down to. I’m talking about the days before Easy Rider, Steppenwolf, The Byrds, and the eventual Heavy Metal influence (which we all know and love). Real Old School. The original Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots was written by The Cheers in 1955 […]

Harsh temperatures inbound

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I really thought we’d get away with a mild winter this year and thus didn’t bother switching off my water. After seeing this week’s forecast, with temperatures dropping below minus 20, we headed out to the house to switch everything off and drain the pipes. It never saves everything – there’s always the odd tap […]

Ghost face photo

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Last week a friend of mine was telling me about some ghost footage he’d seen online and asked if, when I was doing my ghost hunting several years back, I had ever seen one. I showed him a copy of Carpathian Ghost Hunter but the photo I’d wanted to use as an example looked terrible […]

My first painting of 2018

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I really didn’t think I would paint this year but after seeing a stunning abstract in a restaurant the other day I was inspired to do one. It’s acrylic, rather than my usual oil, and the canvas is 100 by 70cm. It’s entitled “Only Natural”. I hadn’t planned on doing so but maybe I’ll think […]

RIP Dolores

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Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries died today aged 46. She had one of the most unique and recognizable voices in music. For me, it was her rendition of Schubert’s Ave Maria, the Latin version, which showed her true talent and passion. I’ve listened to thousands of versions of this piece and she affected me more […]

Mr Benn tattoo

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Today I fulfilled an ambition I’ve had for several years – to get a tattoo of Mr Benn. He has been a great inspiration to how I live my life. Sadly, he is a neglected aspect of my childhood as, compared to modern cartoons, the artists who drew him were graphically challenged (and animatorily challenged). […]

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