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    Another fascinating series from Ray,as he went around Northern Australia,meeting legendary Australian bushwhackers and aborigines with their own form of survival and art. Far superior to the showman Grilled Bear Nuts,or whatever he is called. Ray stands back for you to see the subject and he is a good listener to whoever he interviews. He always has been interesting on the subject of survival and living off the land in the wild. It has come in handy when I take my ham sandwiches when I go walking in the Lakes,Dales or Moors.



    Sad to learn he has recently being widowed,losing his wife to breast cancer.

    Looking forward to the next series!

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    name='Marky B']Another fascinating series from Ray,as he went around Northern Australia,meeting legendary Australian bushwhackers and aborigines with their own form of survival and art. Marky B
    I'm so pleased to see he met with 'Bushtucker Man' Les Hiddins. For years I've had the video set of his exploits in the outback. They're a wealth on Knowledge and I once had chance to meet the great man.

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    name='earlb']I'm so pleased to see he met with 'Bushtucker Man' Les Hiddins. For years I've had the video set of his exploits in the outback. They're a wealth on Knowledge and I once had chance to meet the great man.


    I bet that was interesting,Earl.

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    name='Marky B']Sad to learn he has recently being widowed,losing his wife to breast cancer.


    I'm sorry to read this. Condolences to Mr. Mears.

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    name='Marky B']I bet that was interesting,Earl.

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    His wealth of knowledge is remarkable. He was in the Australian Army and at one time his sole job was to educate the soldiers and catalogue the fauna and flora (? spelling) as to its survival possibilities. Having watched that programme I dug out my old videos of 'Bushtucker Man' and had a wonerful time re discovering the secrets of the outback.

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    I think I would only go in the outback if I had Ray and Les with me - otherwise,I don't I'd survive.

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    name='Marky B']I think I would only go in the outback if I had Ray and Les with me - otherwise,I don't I'd survive.

    Marky B
    That's why his job was so important. It's amazing how many young Aussies have been educated because of his work- good on yer bruce

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    name='earlb']His wealth of knowledge is remarkable. He was in the Australian Army and at one time his sole job was to educate the soldiers and catalogue the fauna and flora (? spelling) as to its survival possibilities. Having watched that programme I dug out my old videos of 'Bushtucker Man' and had a wonerful time re discovering the secrets of the outback.


    It's not just his remarkable knowledge and the way that he got survival information printed onto the backs of the maps of each area, but he's also a great presenter (as is Ray Mears). His enthusiasm for the subject comes through the screen beautifully, as does his respect for the indigenous people that taught him much of it. Good on yer Les



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    name='Steve Crook']It's not just his remarkable knowledge and the way that he got survival information printed onto the backs of the maps of each area, but he's also a great presenter (as is Ray Mears). His enthusiasm for the subject comes through the screen beautifully, as does his respect for the indigenous people that taught him much of it. Good on yer Les



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    Well said,Steve.

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    A pity they didn't invite Ms Agutter for a real walkabout.

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    Ray Mears - excellent. A man truly comfortable in his use of skills we are all in awe of. Even my 18 year-old daughter and her friends think he's cool. But - I can't get Jack Dee's depiction of him out of my mind since I heard it. A circle of disconsolate natives in a jungle clearing watching silently as, sat on the ground at their centre, a portly Ray munches his way through everything edible for twenty miles. But seriously, he's a legend on Escape and Evasion courses in the British Army. And he never raises his voice You either listen and learn, or go hungry.



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    name='homeguard']Ray Mears - excellent. A man truly comfortable in his use of skills we are all in awe of. Even my 18 year-old daughter and her friends think he's cool. But - I can't get Jack Dee's depiction of him out of my mind since I heard it. A circle of disconsolate natives in a jungle clearing watching silently as, sat on the ground at their centre, a portly Ray munches his way through everything edible for twenty miles. But seriously, he's a legend on Escape and Evasion courses in the British Army. And he never raises his voice You either listen and learn, or go hungry.



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    It would be good idea for the BBC to bring back the programme that first introduced us to Ray,Tracks. As more people are taking up outdoor activities,we could do with a magazine programme on the subject.

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    name='Marky B']It would be good idea for the BBC to bring back the programme that first introduced us to Ray,Tracks. As more people are taking up outdoor activities,we could do with a magazine programme on the subject.

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    There's always Countryfile on Sunday mornings on BBC1 (usually).

    You even get the bonus of Michaela Strachan as a regular presenter

    Well worth getting up early for (or staying up late, or recording)



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    name='Steve Crook']There's always Countryfile on Sunday mornings on BBC1 (usually).

    You even get the bonus of Michaela Strachan as a regular presenter

    Well worth getting up early for (or staying up late, or recording)



    Steve


    I sometimes watch it when I am at work. I liked the article about birdsong last Sunday with Michaela. I also get the magazine!

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    name='Marky B']I sometimes watch it when I am at work. I liked the article about birdsong last Sunday with Michaela. I also get the magazine!

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    Marky B


    Michaela's always good on there. I remember seeing one of her first appearances on TV. That was a piece to camera with some animals cavorting around her. One of them jumped on her back but she kept cool and finished the piece perfectly. I knew than that she'd go far, especially when working with animals.



    Countryfile is a nice mix of some serious country concerns and a few things for a day out. Often with Ben Fogle making a fool of himself eating nettles or tossing quoits



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    The magazine is worth getting!

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