Ray Mears meets the Master

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On Ray Mears goes Walkabout tonight (1 June) he meets Les Hiddins who some of the older viewers will remember as 'The Bush Tucker Man'.
When Mears and Grylls were mere toddlers Les was stomping round the outback befriending Aboriginies and living off the land plus Les was Aussie army who served in Vietnam.
Go on Les, tell the young upstart how it's done!!
 

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jack-daniels said:
On Ray Mears goes Walkabout tonight (1 June) he meets Les Hiddins who some of the older viewers will remember as 'The Bush Tucker Man'.
When Mears and Grylls were mere toddlers Les was stomping round the outback befriending Aboriginies and living off the land plus Les was Aussie army who served in Vietnam.
Go on Les, tell the young upstart how it's done!!
Ah, the Bush Tucker Man! The thinking survivalist's answer to Chuck Norris! Many a time I've got home after chucking out time and relaxed in front of the telly to this man's wisdom. Late night TV par excellence. :)
 
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His Australian accent gives the programme much more realism and authenticity too.. 8) ..I mean who would want any nationality, other than Australian, being called "The Bush Tucker Man?"

I still don't mind Ray Mears, his programmes are getting a bit repetitive though, so it's Les Hiddins and his battered army truck all the way! :wink:
 
#5
Anyone remember Albie Mangel (sp.)? He was a "Bush Tucker" type guy who went round with a glamourous assistant called Noelene.
As a student I shared a house with a load of Kiwis & remember a sequence where Albie's crossed a river & makes Noelene wade it in her bikini. As she's halfway across, he utters the immortal line

"Jeez, lookit that croc!"

How we laughed

Nat Geographic channel's runnung a prog on he NZSAS this week, I can't get it, but it could be good
 
#6
One episode that stuck in my mind, he was following the route of an ill-starred attempt to find a route cross-country to Darwin (IIRC) during the Victorian era. At one fateful point, the group had the choice between climbing a waterfall on the east or west bank.

The one bank led to good pastureland, fresh water and a smooth journey in the right direction; the other, to rough terrain, arid desert and a slow lingering death. Guess which they chose?

Les's comment; "Should ha' gone th' utha way, stupid barstards!"
 
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jack-daniels said:
On Ray Mears goes Walkabout tonight (1 June) he meets Les Hiddins who some of the older viewers will remember as 'The Bush Tucker Man'.
When Mears and Grylls were mere toddlers Les was stomping round the outback befriending Aboriginies and living off the land plus Les was Aussie army who served in Vietnam.
Go on Les, tell the young upstart how it's done!!
Ah, the Bush Tucker Man! The thinking survivalist's answer to Chuck Norris! Many a time I've got home after chucking out time and relaxed in front of the telly to this man's wisdom. Late night TV par excellence. :)

There is no answer to Chuck Norris.
 
#8
Just for interest "Bush Tucker Man - 8 Classic Stories" is on DVD (Region 4, though you can purchase DVDUnlocker {google} which makes your DVD player region free) now on sale HERE (presently out of stock at the moment) so I've put it on my wishlist on the site as I enjoyed Les' seriessome years back.

This can also be purchased from Amazon on VHS.

BTW JD what time is it on?
 
#9
Les just loved being up the top end...................

Great bloke and still THE best TV programme every made.

Cracking hat too !
 
#12
Les Hiddins used to have the silliest hat ever seen on a vertical Aussie. I see he's pushed it into a less Himalayan shape now. Here's the bit I like best in his biography:

Invited as a Visiting Fellow to Hatfield College, University of Durham, UK, in 1999. Title was immediately revised to Visiting Bloke while Professor Hiddins taught in the hallowed halls.
 
#13
Liked Les's tale about how many nuts gave you the shits, 'thanks to Lt So and So we know it's 8'!
Les is still the man!
 
#14
Good steer JD. I spend a lot of time on here defending the boy Grylls, whereas in truth, Mears and Hiddins are the survival dream team par excellence.
I'd have given my grandmothers right arm to be the third bushman stooge on that trip.
 
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Whiskybreath said:
Les Hiddins used to have the silliest hat ever seen on a vertical Aussie. I see he's pushed it into a less Himalayan shape now. Here's the bit I like best in his biography:

Invited as a Visiting Fellow to Hatfield College, University of Durham, UK, in 1999. Title was immediately revised to Visiting Bloke while Professor Hiddins taught in the hallowed halls.
Here's a good side profile of said hat!!
 

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#16
Good to watch, however ole ray looks as if he needs some remedial pt.

The polis gent was interesting to listen to his comments about no cuffs just trust were very interesting.
 
#18
He's on BBC2 now! Was'nt Maj Hiddins still serving when he made BTM? I remember the credits mentioned the Aussie Army.
 
#19
Great programme and good to watch two people who really know their subject and are not complete t**ts

But what mong chose the background music? It would have been more at place with a "wish you were here" type holiday programme.

On now - CLICKY
 
#20
Yes - He was a vietnam vet and finished as a Maj. He latterly was responsible for making up survival maps/instructional videos for the Aussie army which then got taken on and made into the series that we all know and love by ABC.

Bush Tucker man

He now has a a war vets retreat that he runs. 900km Square where war vets can basically get with nature.
 
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