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Thursday June 7th 2012 (2 years ago)
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Let's help Travis

Published: Thursday June 7th 2012 (2 years ago)
Updated: Thursday June 7th 2012, 6:39PM
by Martin Joergensen

Travis Swartz is making a video called ”Fish On - Stories From A Reel Recovery Retreat” about men fly-fishing their way back to a normal life after cancer. You can help make it happen.

I posted this video by Travis Swartz a couple of days ago. Travis tells about his plans to film a video about men using fly-fishing to recover from cancer via the organization Reel Recovery, which has as its goal to do just that.

I thought that the project would be interesting to follow, and I contacted Travis who agreed that it could be interesting to do something together. So the plan is that we will get an insight into the project and the process of preparing and making the video. Travis will write small diaries and Behind The Scenes pieces for us and maybe even post a few video clips underway.

But as you probably know (or can guess) making such a video isn't free, and Travis just launched a Kickstarter campaign to try to raise money for the project, and he has set a 40 day deadline to raise 20,000 USD for the project. By supporting the project through Kickstarter you can not only donate money to a worthy project, but also get all kinds of goodies depending on the size of your donation. Everything from stickers and DVDs to T-shirts, hats, tying gear, lunches, private screenings and much more. You can give as little as 1 USD, but also donate whatever you feel like.

I just pledged 50 USD and if I wasn't the first to donate, then I was at least the second, so the project is off to a good start! The money will not be drawn from your account unless the goal is met and the video actually is made, so there's no loss if the thing fails.
But of course it won't fail, because there will be lots of backers.

But of course it won't fail, because there will be lots of backers
Join me in backing the project, and follow the story here on GFF.

PS: The project is also on Facbook where you can Like it and dropa Travis a comment.

Book theft!

Published: Thursday June 7th 2012 (2 years ago)
Updated: Thursday June 7th 2012, 12:07PMMore about: Books |
by Martin Joergensen

One of my all time favorite shops and definitely my favorite bookshop and its owner Paul Morgan were robbed this weekend.

One of my all time favorite shops and definitely my favorite bookshop and its owner Paul Morgan were robbed this weekend. I know there's little to do about these things and I just hope that Paul is kept reasonably damage free through his insurance. But I still want to spread the word just in case that some one hears about a load of fishing books (or old steel for that matter). This took place in Wales, so it might not concern everybody, even though you never know how wide things spread in these days with the international nature of a lot of crime.

Paul wrote of Facebook:
“Over the weekend bandits stealing old steel shelving from my warehouse also took a trailer full of books. The stock from the Dutch Fly Fair had been stored there, ready for the BFFI. I can't imagine what a West Midlands scrap dealer is going to do with half a ton of fly-tying books, even if it does include some of our beautiful leather editions. Reckon they'll just get dumped in the rain somewhere. However, on the outside chance that anyone out there gets offered some cheap fishing books…”

I have a very soft spot for books and for Paul's shop, and just yesterday I got another bag of books from his shop in the mail, so this definitely made me angry. The thought of these nice books ending up in the hands of some one who will have no idea of their value makes me sad.

Paul followed up with further details:
“The steel was a lot of second-hand pallet racking (painted orange and green), and some new unused green fencing. I had a lead (scrap-dealers who wanted to buy this some months ago - they were the only people who knew of its existence) which I gave the police. Their "intelligence" people said the address didn't exist. 30 secs on Google showed that it was a scrap-yard in Wolverhampton owned by a family of travellers. So the police haven't even bothered looking. “

I know it's a long shot, but if anybody hears or sees anything, let Paul know. His contact information is on the Coch-y-Bonddu web site.

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