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let's make fire

  • Posted by ade
  • 9 September 2008


we had a bushcraft man at the do who taught us how to make fire with a bow and drill.

i have seen it done on tv and read the books, but seeing it done in front of you on a windy and wet day it's just magic.

I took two of my kids to watch and they are big Ray Mears fans, so they were spellbound to.

We sat with Poppy and Sam from Cooler magazine and when it came to all of us having a go got to find out just how easy and hard it is.

All you have to do is drill a bowl into the flat piece of wood, cut a notch, drill lots of dust and then the dust becomes an ember that you put onto your tinder and FIRE. I think to make the bow, the drill, the block to spin the drill in, and the wood to make the embers and to drill to the point of making fire would take about 40 minutes to an hour.

Unless you struggle to drill a bowl. Then get told off for using your own knife. Then ping the drill out the bow at people. Then never get the drill to stay in the bowl long enough to make the dust that makes the ember.

Lot's of people did get fires going and I plan to make my own drill and bow.

Practice makes fire.


  • Posted by howies
  • 9 September 2008


DO is DONE but are you now DOING?

first day back in the office after the DO today, lots to do at this end but you've got lots more to be doing

the weekend was an inspiration to me, i feel like i do so little and that i'll never do enough but now i know 70+ people have gone home to DO more. i could work myself into the ground doing but alone i'll only do a little, together we'll change the world.

i have two DO's for you and if you do them we'll change this country by the middle of next month

1 - when the DO films go live next week find 10 people who don't know about the DO and get them to watch at least 5 of the films, then tell them they have to go and find 10 people to carry on the cycle. you could forward the links, drag them over to your computer in lunch hour every day for a week or invite them round to your house for the evening, however you do it get people watching. if it takes a week for each of us to get 10 people to watch the do talks by the middle of the month 1 million people will have seen them

2 - find two items you don't use or don't need and give them, for free, to someone who will use them, who will love them, cherish them or just actually use them. you cannot swap these items, you cannot recieve anything in return for them and you definately can't sell them, they are gifts. whoever you give them to must do the same, take two items and give them away, this is the gift economy and its a liberating experience freeing you from the unecesary attachment to material goods. if everyone gives two items away in 2 days by the middle of next month over 250million items will have been given away and everyone in the uk will have joined the gift economy (aswell as alot of people outside the uk)

go DO

Jean Muir

  • Posted by tim
  • 9 September 2008

I love Jean Muir, and i have a serious interest in the clothes she designed. My grandmother passed away a few years ago, she would hand make all her clothes from Jean Muir pattern books and look as stylish as hell when she had a glass of sherry in one hand and a consulate cigarette in the other with her handmade Muir on show at Christmas or occasional Weddings (or in my case divorces which were celebrated too ).

The company was established by the late Jean Muir in 1966 and her signature brand of wholesale couture quickly achieved iconic status and an international reputation for stylish innovation and British excellence that was recognised and celebrated in both America and France. Known for upholding meticulous standards Jean Muir crafted clothes with an intrinsic femininity and timelessness. Her work in matte jersey, and particularly her jersey dresses, made her name legendary the French even awarded her the title La Reine de la Robe. Since her death in 1995 the company had continued under the directorship of Muirs husband, Harry Leuckert, opening its first stand alone shop in Londons Conduit Street in 2004. Unfortunately the company went out of business in 2007. A great shame but a legacy was left behind for sure.

Her designs were constant favourites with artistic, literary, and dramatic personalities drawn to the discreet luxe and timeless femininity of her clothes: Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Lady Olivier, Charlotte Rampling, Lauren Bacall, Barbra Streisand, Bridget Riley, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Lady Antonia Fraser, and Dame Diana Rigg, whose actress daughter, Rachael Stirling now wears Muir. This beautifully illustrated book highlights the variety and appeal of a career that covered every aspect of the fashion world, and includes many of Muir's sketches, as well as photography by Norman Parkinson, David Bailey, Eric Boman, Deborah Turbeville and Arthur Elgort. It has written contributions from Lady Antonia Fraser, Sir Roy Strong, Bridget Riley, Suzy Menkes, Fashion Editor of "The International Herald Tribune", and Alexandra Shulman, Editor-in-Chief of "British Vogue", amongst others.

Her work is known for its classic, timeless, discreet quality. She died in 1995 and recently her husband donated more than 18,000 items to the National Museums Scotland, including letters, original designs, photos and clothes. There is a great book about Jean's life still available to buy. Details below.

'Jean Muir - Beyond Fashion' by Sinty Stemp, with a foreword by Felicity Green, published by Antique Collectors' Club, ISBN No: 1851495215.

Her clothes patterns are all here.

Flickr Group set up for the Do Lectures

  • Posted by tim
  • 9 September 2008

Jon Moss has kindly set up a gallery on flickr here. Please feel free to add your photographs. In the meantime please check out the size of the head board on the bed i slept in whilst i was away.

Tom Platz shows us how to get buff.


  • Posted by tim
  • 8 September 2008

I had a lovely conversation a couple of days ago with one of the beautiful young daughters of a couple i know and we both decided that one of the best things in life are chips from the chip shop, soaked in vinegar. She got hers that night i'm going down my local to get some now.

It takes Two

  • Posted by tim
  • 8 September 2008

To make a thing go right.

Is there anybody out there video, The Bassheads.

in the do do!

  • Posted by howies
  • 8 September 2008


Phew what a wonderful time we have had.
Met some amazing people.
Laughed with some funny people.
Got drunk with some great people (thanks)

Skidded down hills, ran up mud, walked miles and miles.
Talked even more than I normally do (yes I know I talk a lot anyway).

Thanks Tom and Alison for doing all the hard work to make Do happen.
It was a pleasure to help you both over the last few days.

Thanks Clare and David for your as always, amazing visions.
You both are the ultimate Doers in life.

I salute you


Campbells Book Soup

  • Posted by tim
  • 8 September 2008

Ken on Radio three, in a spontaneous but brief outpouring of funny business.

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