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  1. Tantalus

    Campfire bread experiment

    Nice job ! My home made bread always has a sweeter taste than anything you can buy. You mention putting more salt in to improve the taste... Salt and yeast dont get along well, the more salt you add the less your bread will rise. Experiment away to find the best mix for you :) Love Joes...
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    stripping the bark: is it safe for the tree?

    Altered your pic a little. The red circles are where the bark has been taken right down to the cambium and these patches will leave a scar as well as opening up the living tissue to the risk of infection till they heal. The rest of the stripping (except for the knife cuts obviously) should...
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    reccomend me a sewing machine

    Head to your local auction house and find an old hand / treadle machine. They go for peanuts ( I bid £20 on one last week and it sold for £22 :( ) But at that kind of price and for learning on, what could possibly go wrong ? Tant
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    can some one point me in the right direction

    Got to agree here with the others. If you have your heart set on quality waterstones, be prepared to fork out. In the meantime they are not the only way to sharpen. Get creative or use what you already have. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM3aFmFj0fE
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    Recommend me a knife

    For food, go stainless. Specially if it is an outdoors in the rain kind of knife. Nobody wants anything made with a rusty knife ! Sure you "can" keep carbon steel looking ok with the right care and attention but for me it is not worth the hassle, which is a shame as it makes a lovely blade...
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    First aid + kit advice for traveling the world please

    As others have said... work out what "might" happen and prepare for it. The size of your FAK will need to be relative to how far off the beaten track you intend to go. Replacing stuff you have used is fairly straightforward, just walk into any local pharmacy and even if you dont speak the...
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    Myxy

    Such a cruel disease, and a waste of a perfectly good dinner too :( Not seen much of it up here for a year or 2, but then again not seen many rabbits either. Tant
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    first folding saw?

    Yeah they do but mainly because you can attach them to a ten foot pole and it saves you climbing the tree to use a bow saw. If you are having to hunt that high up for firewood you are camping in the wrong spot :p
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    first folding saw?

    Just to add my 2p worth and agree with those who have suggested a bow saw. Weight wise I dont think there is a lot in it, though they are a bit bulkier, still strap to the outside of your pack and it is no biggie. Replacement blades for a bow saw are a couple of quid, buying a new Silky might...
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    How best to store/keep an axe?

    Not a great fan of WD40 for long term store, it evaporates completely and leaves no oil behind. WD40 was invented to remove water (the WD stands for water displacement) Grand for hosing tools down with when you bring them in out the wet but once the water has been dispersed , slap some oil on...
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    Begleri !

    So I am stopping smoking and looking for something to fidget with While trawling for greek worry beads, I stumbed on begleri a very simple variation with only 2 beads. What is the point in that you ask ? Watch and learn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smpJ2qOTK_s Collecting beads not being...
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    Backpacking Tips.

    Most important advice is to talk to people. Stations, hostels, cafes, if you see a bunch of people lugging backpacks ask them where they have been or where they are going. Chances are they will be able to give you some really sound tips, and you them :) There are no strangers in life, just...
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    Campervan living

    Can be pricey but it might be worth investing in heating. Off the top of my head Webasto and Eberspaecher are 2 companies that make them. Most continental HGVs have them fitted, not sure about UK trucks. I guess you could try for second hand ones from the scrappy? They run off the fuel in the...
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    STUPIDLY SIMPLE Bug Oil

    Is this stuff still available ? (Yeah I know it is 3 years old now but I havent been in here for a while ! ) Tant
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    Help with a tree in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary please.

    To be honest they struck me more as mimosa/acacia leaves than needles. Certainly lacking any of the stiff waxy layers that make things like pine needles so umm needly (? is that even a word?) If I ever go back I shall take some real pics , but hopefully - being a hospital car park and all that...
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    Help with a tree in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary please.

    Myo , yes just been comparing the 2 pages again http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metasequoia_glyptostroboides http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxodium_distichum I think the Bald Cypress has leaves coming out the stems spirally Which doesn't quite match my memory of the trees. Dawn Redwood it is...
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    Help with a tree in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary please.

    Cheers Goatboy, much more a decidous tree though. Usually the floppy top on the Tsuga gives it away.
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    Help with a tree in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary please.

    Awesome thanks, I might have to go with the Bald Cypress though, trunk and bark were much like the picture in this linky http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxodium_distichum
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    Help with a tree in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary please.

    Fraid not, I did have a good look at it and assumed the leaf was distinctive enough to give me a good go at searching a decent tree ID site for it. Unfortunately I cant seem to find a "good" tree ID page. Pretty sure it is not native though :D
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    Help with a tree in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary please.

    More than a few of these dotted around car park D while waiting for a friend visiting a relative. About 3 metres tall upright trees. Didnt notice leaves folding when touched or presence of thorns. Took a leaf thinking I could look it up and ended up more than a bit stumped really. As far as I...