Saturday, June 26. 2021
So, I went on an off-grid mountain bike trip. Big fucking deal! However, I couldn't be arsed making a video of it, but here's the footage I got anyway. Don't get me wrong, the trip was epic. For sure it was a good time catching up with my old friend Darren whom I haven't been bothying with for over a year and a half (thanks to Covid) but the question is: Why do I need to film any of this horseshit? Why the fuck do I need your approval? Why should my life be peer reviewed by an online community I have never met and will never know? The making of videos to me is a double edged sword. You want to share stuff, but then ego creeps in and it becomes about who can make the best content and who can get the most recognition; which then leads to sponsorship, advertising, and compromising who you really are for more viewers, money and self-aggrandisement. All the while it's really about you wanting fame. Why do you want fame? Fame sounds fucking horrible. The bottom line is that none of it means anything. A video will never convey the reality. Anyone who has ever made a video knows this. The map is not the territory. So here's a video of mostly nothing of interest. All the interesting shit happened during the bits I couldn't be arsed filming. May I suggest that instead of sitting on your fat lardy arse watching this from the comfort of your living room, you could go out and find your own adventure? We did, but none of the interesting shit that happened is filmed here.
Thursday, April 15. 2021
I found a spot. Been hunting around some local woodlands for a while in an attempt to find an ideal place to build a little semi-permanent bug-out shelter. Last weekend I came across a good location, so on this episode I attempt to retrace my steps and assess this new-found spot for suitability.
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to 'Samsquanch Country'.
Wednesday, March 24. 2021
On this episode of 'The Bushcraft Bothier' I loosely break lockdown rules to go on a bothy overnighter having come to the conclusion that the risk to myself and the general public was, well, Absolutely Zero.
Tuesday, March 16. 2021
On this episode of 'The Bushcraft Bothier' my other half and I hike an 18 km round trip to go check out a bothy that we fully expected to be a dilapidated ruin.
Tuesday, March 2. 2021
On this episode I go on little mountain bike recce into some nearby woodland to scope out a possible location for a future lean-to/bushcraft shelter build.
Saturday, February 27. 2021
On this episode I play around with some power tools, plant some garlic and take a beach and woodland mountain bike trip to scope out Dunrobin Castle.
Tuesday, February 16. 2021
It's Spielberg time again, boys and girls, so I filmed a little afternoon recce on a forgotten monument that is situated in the heart of Dunrobin Woods (between Golspie and Brora).
This video was just a bit of fun but it does have serious undertones. The monument in question was build in 1858, having been funded by the Duchess of Sutherland in memorial of one James Loch (1780-1855) who was not so much the architect, but rather the engineer of design behind the Sutherland Highland Clearances. James Loch was such a bastard that fifteen thousand people from the area were forced to relocate from inland to seacoast districts between 1811 and 1820, with many folks boarding ships to start life afresh overseas in the New World.
Loch's methods are described as aggressive and cruel "so as to mould and control the lives of the ignorant and credulous people". In fact, he was so controlling of those who lived on Sutherland Estates land that young people had to go to his agents for permission to marry.
I can only speculate, but perhaps the fact that he was such a callous bastard is the reason why this monument has been left to rot in the heart of Dunrobin Woods.
Monday, February 1. 2021
I've been busy of late, constructing my new shed and sorting out the garden for planting vegetables in the spring. And before you ask: Yes, I do have a pink wheelbarrow. It came with the house.
Tuesday, December 29. 2020
On this episode of 'The Bushcraft Bothier' my other half and I take an Xmas stroll up Ben Horn, explore Carn Liath Broch (an Iron Age drystone roundhouse) before taking a woodland walk to the top of Ben Bhraggie where there's a statue of 'Highland Clearance' mover and shaker (and all round evil posh twat) the Duke of Sutherland.
Friday, December 25. 2020
On this episode of 'The Bushcraft Bothier' I load up my panniers with way too many luxuries and cycle to a local bothy for a solo overnighter.
Tuesday, December 15. 2020
Apologies, first of all, for some sections of poorer-than-usual quality in this video. Clearly I need to up the bitrate on future videos when walking through woodland. Now sure, I could've fixed it and re-encoded the video - but to be perfectly honest: I couldn't be arsed.
On this episode of 'The Bushcraft Bothier' my other half and I go to scope out a couple of possible coastal bothies that sadly didn't turn out to be quite what we expected. No harm done, however. It was a fine wee Sunday afternoon adventure.
Sunday, December 13. 2020
On this episode of 'The Bushcraft Bothier' I explore my new local beach as a potential location for a future overnight wild camp and act like a smug bastard at how lucky I feel to have moved to the Highlands.
Monday, December 7. 2020
I've relocated to the Highlands and moved to an amazing little village called Brora in Sutherland with my other half, Dorota. The village is situated where the A9 road and the Far North Line bridge the River Brora. Set in a rural location, the surrounding area hosts a seemingly endless list of activities to cater for the outdoor adventurer. Sutherland, in my opinion, is the best part of Scotland and I feel extremely privileged to have moved here. On this episode I go on a little recce to scope out a nearby mountain bothy.
Sunday, November 1. 2020
On this episode of 'This Is Why We Can't Have A Podcast' we discuss a multitude of unrelated horseshit, from Covid fatigue to the world being controlled by a secret elite whose motives might actually be pure and beneficial to the advancement of human civilisation rather than destructive. Disclaimer: For christsakes don't take anything we say in this podcast seriously. We're just throwing daft ideas around over a terrible Skype connection in an attempt to entertain ourselves and hopefully you.
Wednesday, September 23. 2020
Continue reading "James Inman: The Putin Influence Security Update 2.0"
Okay, so now the CIA is telling us again Russia is trying to interfere in our next election. Nobody finds that a little bit strange? That the CIA, which is our clandestine, highly secretive, intelligence service tasked with all things—TOP SECRET—somehow finds the need to tell everybody Russia is planning on fucking up our next election, again?
Isn't that your one job? You're supposed to fix the problem in secret and not tell everybody what you're doing. Why are you always telling us what's going on but not doing anything about it? And why are you telling me? What can I do about it? It's not my job. That's your job. Just do your job. And your job doesn't include tricking people on TV how much you suck at your job.
First off, it's not ever your place to tell anybody anything, let alone CNN, NY Times or the Washington Post. We pay you to figure this shit out in the background and find a way to make it go away. We don't pay you to be hanging around the breakroom at CNN. It just looks weird is all I'm saying.
Back in the day Bob Woodward would meet Deep Throat in a parking garage after the bars closed looking over his shoulder. Now you're on primetime with your "intelligence assessments" once a week telling us stuff you're not supposed to tell us. And everything is flipped upside down. Liberals used to be the ones skeptical of our intelligence services, now it's the Republican party calling out their bullshit. Rachel Maddow has CIA cock shoved so far down her throat it's amazing she can still walk and talk at the same time.
Sunday, August 2. 2020
On this episode of 'The Bushcraft Bothier' my other half and I spend two nights exploring a couple of bothies, and cook up the kind of food that Elvis would have as part of his staple diet.
Monday, June 1. 2020
On this episode of 'The Bushcraft Bothier', my better half and I go for a walk along Glen Sherup to blow away the Coronavirus cobwebs and cook up some sausages on the twig stove.
Monday, May 25. 2020
On this official inaugural episode of 'This Is Why We Can't Have A Podcast' we discuss the simulation hypothesis or the idea that we might be living in a digitally generated reality. Apologies in advance for the video and audio quality in places - it would seem the Skype connection that evening was playing up a little. We're still ironing out some of the challenges of making a podcast and the best way to go about filming and recording it, so bear with us as we learn as we go along.
Tuesday, April 28. 2020
Drastic times require drastic measures, and for yours truly this has resulted in a hell of a lot of gardening and a bit of Skype time talking to my old pal, Peg, from my local boozer. Why is he called Peg? Well, years ago I thought he looked a bit like Simon Pegg without hair. These days, however, he looks more like a slim Paul Di'anno (the guy who sung for Iron Maiden before they became crap). All that aside, the name Peg has stuck and under Covid19 self-isolation we thought we'd try our hand at a little podcast to see if it's something we'd be any good at. You, the viewer, may never see this episode at all, but if Peg gives me the thumbs up to make it public then, who knows, there may be more exciting episodes of 'This Is Why We Can't Have A Podcast' in the near future.
Wednesday, April 15. 2020
With the whole country seemingly in lockdown I've had to try occupy my time by resorting to a little backyard bushcraft. After weeding the patio and setting up the area for a hammock and firepit, my evenings have been whittled away drinking too many beers and sitting around the fire. Well, anything is better than being freaked out by BBC News.
Monday, March 16. 2020
Last week, as the country (nay, the entire planet) descended into a little virus-inspired, self-induced chaos, I opted for a much more relaxing approach and retreated for a few days to the safety of the Scottish Highlands.
Tuesday, February 18. 2020
On this episode I go on a bothy overnighter with some old friends, as Storm Ciara reaches its peak in the Scottish Central Highlands.
Tuesday, January 14. 2020
On this episode I make an Indian meal à la Dan Toombs style. I first came across Dan Toombs (aka 'The Curry Guy') via his YouTube channel purely by accident over Xmas. I tried a few of his recipes and was so blown away that I bought his first book. For years I have experimented with trying to make a good British Indian Restaurant style curry and have failed repeatedly... until now. I'm not being endorsed to promote this guy's book or YouTube channel, but I was so impressed with how well his recipes turned out that I thought I'd give the dude a little shout out. Go check his channel here.
Thursday, January 2. 2020
Continue reading "James Inman: Alex Jones As Disinformation Agent "
Some fifteen years ago I remember asking our fearless leader, George T. Mortimer, what he thought of Alex Jones and Info Wars. He paused to think, I could see the alien symbols and algorithms crunching numbers in his brain. It was a very measured response to the question, “He seems a bit sketchy to me.” At the time I thought that was odd. George and Alex were both in the same business together looking beyond the veil of your average mainstream media take on the news. Little did I know how prescient this observation would be.
The thing I always found strange about the Alex Jones ban was on the surface he seemed dangerous. But when accused of promoting violence and taken down off his platforms why no violence at all after he got banned? Nothing happened. No attacks on Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Instagram by any of his followers?
If you ever scanned his website and read the comments it was creepy as fuck. Half of them were calling for armed revolution, the other half talk of shooting federal agents. It was literally nothing but guns and violence, 2nd Amendment crap and defending the constitution every other comment. Yet when he gets banned no revolt? Nothing blows up? No armed attack on any of the companies that banned him?
I'm not defending the clownhole. I'm saying how unbelievably strange it was. What if most of his so-called dangerous followers in the comments section were sock puppets and fake accounts? What if Alex Jones The Great Truth Crusader was merely playing a role? If you've read any books on disinformation tactics he fits the mold perfectly. What if the reality is more frightening than most people can imagine? What if the whole thing was straight up government funded disinformation?
Tuesday, November 5. 2019
On this episode I go on a bothy overnighter with my good friend Darren (aka Dazbo of 'Bothy Culture' fame). This video is quite short since my intention was less about filming and more about having a few beers around the body of the kirk with my old pal. Hopefully it has captured the kind of typical bothy night the likes of which Dazbo and I have had loads of in the past.
Tuesday, September 3. 2019
On this episode I go on a bothy weekender with my new squeeze: 'The Walking Pole' (she walks and she's Polish, get it?).
Thursday, August 8. 2019
Continuing on from where I left the trail last year, I cover ground from Morvich (near Shiel Bridge) to the beautiful village of Ullapool. This is the second stage of my CWT section hike over some of Scotland's most rugged terrain. Next year I plan on returning to complete the final section from Ullapool to Cape Wrath lighthouse.
Monday, June 24. 2019
Alright you twisted freaks! On this episode I go on a little woodland camp with fellow YouTubers 'Renegade Scot' and 'Walk With Wallace' to test out my DD 3x3 Tarp in a tent configuration, using one of my most hated outdoor accoutrements: the dreaded walking pole (most favoured by the worst breed of 'Outdoor Knobber': the tragically shameful 'Imperial Pole Walker'). Sadly, I found that there is an actual use for the likes of a walking pole (other than a zimmer frame replacement). Fortunately, it has nothing whatsoever to do with compensating for your arthritic legs and geriatric-like knees.
Tuesday, June 11. 2019
On this episode I go on a bothy overnighter with fellow YouTubers: 'Renegade Scot' & 'Walk With Wallace'. The amount of footage taken was a bit overwhelming, and most of it was completely unusable given our condition by the end of it, however, I've managed to subtly sift through enough of it to produce almost fifteen minutes worth of somewhat politically correct material that is almost Generation Snowflake friendly.
Sunday, June 9. 2019
This is a bit of a follow-up episode to my 'Making A Cold Smoker' video, where I take you through all the steps necessary to cure and smoke some top quality badass bitchin' bacon. The whole process shouldn't take you any longer than nine or ten days, but the end result is worth all the effort.