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  1. Laurentius

    Are people in the UK taking Covid19 seriously? If not, why not?

    Was going camping in N Wales this Easter, but not now. I guess if any stranger turns up at the local general stores for supplies they will be met with as if they were going to the local shop in Royston Vasey
  2. Laurentius

    Are people in the UK taking Covid19 seriously? If not, why not?

    You won't like this one little bit. My mum was a chronic asthma sufferer, she died from catching an opportunistic infection, developed into pneumonia and she did not have the lung capacity to survive. I would guess I am in the at risk category too, only ever had mild asthma and don't use an...
  3. Laurentius

    What would you forage in your local area?

    Bricks and anything else useful left over from the building site on my doorstep :)
  4. Laurentius

    Leather ''ZIPPO'' lighter Pouch?

    Indeed I lost both zippo and pouch that way, somewhere up on the Malverns. I hope somebody found it and made good use of it otherwise it will be one for the archeologists in future years.
  5. Laurentius

    Thoughts on Removing Wood from Woodland

    I did have one person on our allotments telling me that I should not be working on the Coucil's land for free because of health and safety, insurance liabilities and all that, but there are some worry warts out there, he is the same guy who says we shouldn't be taking water from the river...
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    My GP is on sick leave and my surgery has been closed for weeks for unrelated reasons. I had better not get ill.
  7. Laurentius

    Thoughts on Removing Wood from Woodland

    It all does belong to someone. At the end of the day it is about proportion and being sensible. If only a few people pick up dead wood it is not a problem, if it became very popular it would start to have an effect on the environment. In the past in my younger days I have done it, used to go out...
  8. Laurentius

    Your opinion wanted!

    If you have nothing else by way of an FAK, sterile pads and gaffer tape are your friends
  9. Laurentius

    Happy St David's Day!

    Can't find daffodils for love nor money these days, it is all narcissuses (sp)
  10. Laurentius

    Sheath making advice?

    I am in awe of many of the leather workers on this forum who have posted pictures of there work, however it has not deterred me from having a go and I have made a variety of sheaths in various ways including hand sewing which I am not very good at and rivetting. Folding over and rivetting is...
  11. Laurentius

    Really need to stop buying knives

    Damned Firefox I just double posted this!!!!
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    Really need to stop buying knives

    Oh absolutely, I bought an antique bayonet recently, and do you know what I could not resist seeing if you could use it for snedding. Rumour has it anyway that they were more often employed for chopping firewood than sticking it up the enemy, corporal Jones notwithstanding
  13. Laurentius

    Hat recommendations please

    It is what I mostly rely on in winter, mind you of late I have gone all peaky blinder with my tweed cap, which may not have the ear flaps but is alright under a hood.
  14. Laurentius

    Home made Thorn proof dressing?

    I think back in the day that the original oilcloth was soaked in linseed oil. Mixed with turpentine it used to be used for preparing canvases for oil painting. There is apparantly a problem with linseed oil though in that it can cause spontaneous combustion when the cloth dries out. I have never...
  15. Laurentius

    Home made Thorn proof dressing?

    Time to get out my brother's recipe once again, the rinds of dutch cheese dissolved in parrafin. I have not tried it myself, but I guess he must eat a lot of dutch cheese :)
  16. Laurentius

    Unusual Book

    Oh dear, someone will report you to "prevent" for that. We live in such censorious times. My brother can only access the internet through public librariers, and recently I sent him a couple of links about historical firearms and bayonets, and lo and behold they were blocked.
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    Pi££ Poor Preperation

    It is all context and circumstance really, some years ago when I was a lot fitter and mobile than I am now I was walking with a friend on the miners track on Snowdon in sandals. She remarked as to whether that was sensible and I said probably not, taking them off and walking on barefoot. True we...
  18. Laurentius

    Your top 3 steels and why?

    The steel in my hand that gets the job done. I consider all this steel rivalry to be more of an engineering geek thing than anything to do with bushcraft. What steel do you use to butter your toast? Are your shoelaces titanium tipped? Do you have a pair of pattern welded tongs to add sugar to...
  19. Laurentius

    Floods and Max Water Height

    Here you go, the wartime jeep and the addition of asbestos was effectively waterproof.
  20. Laurentius

    Ban on sale of coal and wet wood.

    Seems to be ill thought out, more about air pollution than lowering the carbon footprint. Drying wood in a kiln heated by gas, or electricity made from gas does not seem the most economical and ecological way to go, but what would I know, I am not an MP or Civil servant.