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  • Yes, I'm a writer and model and mountain guide. I write personal pieces, personal poetry and political commentary from an anti authoritarian stance. I guide people on walks in the mountain and I stand naked in front of others as the most employed life model in the UK!

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IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

It's day one of my 365 Day project to comment on current affairs and to put the world to rights.

You can read todays post at Andrew John Lamb

Of course it's kinda dark and all about covid but hey, I'll be writing about other stuff too... It just had to be done on day one :) 

Thank you for being here with me and for sharing in this journey which will hopefully turn into some kind of book in 2022. 


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BATSHIT BONKERS BRITAINIt’s a more often than not thing that I find myself aligning with the righ...

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Bonus Monday Moan time. We’re calling it The Monday Moans!
Are The English Coming?
Of course I thought that when the English were released from their four week national lockdown that they would be ‘allowed’ to cross the border into Wales and that those living in Wales would be able to cross the border into England. It seems this is not the case. 

Sorry to the English for my assumption they were free to enjoy the countryside of Wales or to visit relatives over the border. Sorry to the Welsh for suggesting that their business’ might once again benefit from visitors from England or that they might be able to cross the border to enjoy the sights of the English countryside whilst catching up with friends or relations. 

Restrictions NOT Necessary!
I and many others have had just about enough of these fatal and NOT based on science rules. To read my full article detailing the ACTUAl and indisputable FACTS (the governments own statistics which the governments continually ignore) about covid go here https://www.walesoutdoors.co.uk/walks/the-english-are-coming/ but here is a short reminder:

  • Flu is currently killing more people than covid
  • Only 13 per cent of NHS beds are occupied by patients with Covid-19
  • The number of NHS England beds currently occupied is lower than last year’s average
  • Critical care bed occupancy remain lower than the past five year average
  • Nightingale hospitals were never more than 1.23% full
  • The R number is likely 1 and the trend appears to be down
  • Deaths are very close to the average death rate for this time of the year
  • 1% of the population is thought to be infected
  • Testing is woefully inaccurate and leads to quarantining many who do not have the virus
I am not prepared to live in a prison planet and will be doing just what I choose to do. In the main that will be complying with the rules but if there is reason to be outside of such then so be it. I’ll take the consequences.

English… Please Come And Learn New Skills 
I will also be happy to welcome any walker willing to get out in the great outdoors with Wales Outdoors. 

‘All of the Wales Outdoors walks are now rich in educational content. We will be walking with the intent to pass on mountain navigation or bushcraft and foraging skills or discussing and practicing mountain first aid or the telling of local histories or a combination of all and or other leader skills. A range of course notes for all educational outcomes will be available and in six months time I will be issuing digital certificates and badges to those who have attended and expressed interest. I have gathered the courses under the banner ‘Wales Outdoors Classroom’ and this classroom will be available to browse as a virtual space embedded within the Wales Outdoors website. 

Travelling from England to Wales and from Wales to England to take part in education is a valid reason, as outlined by the Welsh Government, to cross the border. So, why not travel for a walk with Wales Outdoors and build a portfolio of mountain craft skills evidenced by Wales Outdoors Classroom. 

Full details fo the Wales Outdoors Classroom courses will be published at the Wales Outdoors website in due course.

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Yes, the Welsh Assembly have changed the rules and regulations yet again and the changes once aga...

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For When It's Raining! Wales Outdoors Goes Indoors. . . Given the on-going Covid 19 crisis we hav...

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COMING SOON. . . Wales Indoors! Yes, I've stolen the idea from 'The Adventure Women', some of you...

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It's been in the air for some time but it looks as though Wales is going into a full lockdown sometime soon.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-54527400

This despite all evidence that no lockdown or restriction on movement has ANY effect on the rate of spread of virus.

You know, it's obvious now that we are in a period of control by 'Little Hitler's' that is unprecedented. But where will this all end? I am convinced there is something else at play and of course the conspiracy world is behind that. But more people, many of whom have never been anywhere near a conspiracy in the past, are asking questions and drawing similar conclusions. All because the action of the governments are making no sense.

I'll say again either all governments are 100% incompetent, nay, wilfully damaging their economies and so the lives and livelihoods of their populations OR there is something sinister we are not being told about that is operating in the shadows. I see no room for any middle ground. It's as polarised as Brexit or the US elections. It's either one or the other and both, for the average Jo, are dire...

I'm not looking forward to another round of tweaking my calendar of events, of shifting events from 2020 to 2021 but rest assured Wales Outdoors will be working hard during lockdown and will come back in 2021 with a vibrant and exciting events programme. And we'll never ask you to wear a mask and will never track and trace you.

Your support at this time is greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed.

Join Us! in our secret Covid Chat group - https://community.walesoutdoors.co.uk/group/covid-chat

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COVID 19, THE GOVERNMENT AND WALES OUTDOORS. . . WE ARE OPEN FOR WALKING! We will continue to del...

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DISCOUNTED STUFFA list of stuff that Wales Outdoors have tried and tested and recommend and have ...

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It looks as though the English Government have taken on the Welsh Ass's mantle and are now the ki...

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What a weekend! Waterfalls! Ocean! Swims! Walks! And, in the main, the weather played ball too :)...

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What a rather lovely but busy weekend. . . We delivered four walks, two half days back to back on...

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It was a fine weekend, two days of glorious walking in warm, nay, hot weather, bright sunshine and with rather lovely company. Not only did we deliver to great walks for the Wales Outdoors community we also spent the first night out in the camper van since lockdown. The views over the common towards the central Brecon Beacons were pretty much as expected... Stunning!

It's good to be back and we're glad to have you on board with us :) 

Until next weekend then and the shorter but action packed Waterfall Walk half days...
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Lockdown is ending. Wales is opening up. July 6th sees us able to travel, without recrimination, further than five miles from our front doors. And July 6th sees Wales Outdoors taking full advantage of this and delivering a 'free' walk to a small group of keen 'adventurists'.

I've left Instagram, I don't post very much directly to Facebook anymore, I've moved away from Vimeo and YouTube to self hosting our content. I've even sacked off Paypal and in doing that I've had to ditch Meetup and set up my own booking system and payment portal. I gave up on Twitter a few years ago.

I've done all of this because I decided it was time to make a stand. After having had run-ins with Facebook and Google and Airbnb and Instagram and after witnessing others being removed from platforms such as Twitter and Vimeo and Youtube I decided enough was very much enough.

But it's time consuming and it hurts and likely it is not good business sense. Hence, that's why I'm here... But, so are others... And I find myself in the same camp as evils such as Unilever and Verizon but also a bedfellow of fine outdoor companies such as Patagonia and Arc'teryx. About time and I'm glad the big guns have finally listened to me ;)

Facebook made BBC Radio 4 News this morning with a campaign by many to stop advertising on that platform. This campaign doesn't go far enough. Google need a dressing down too. In fact there needs to be a restructuring of the must have too big to fail internet resources and 100% in favour of the users. They can make or break a business, enhance or damage a life, win or loose an election... 

Anyways, this is a place for you to engage with Wales Outdoors, to support the work of pressuring tourism agencies and the adventure industry in Wales to do the right thing, to call out the inefficiencies and outright mismanagement by those agencies BUT also to celebrate the walks that Wales Outdoors deliver, the people we meet and befriend and of course to big up WALES!

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