FIELD ED­I­tor’s LEt­tEr

Flam­ing fan­tas­tic

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There’s just some­thing in­cred­i­bly mes­meris­ing about a roar­ing camp­fire. Dead set, I could stare at one of those bad boys for hours and hours on end, day in and day out, given the chance. Af­ter all, they don’t call it the bush TV for noth­ing, now do they? I can’t help but think a good camp­fire has the abil­ity to link us di­rectly back in time, right back to the cave­man days. It’s one of the few things that has re­mained un­changed as the cen­turies keep rolling on by and, if you ask me, it’s some­thing that we should strive to keep in our life­styles.

You see, the more ad­vanced we get, the fur­ther away we seem to drift from na­ture.

I’m not go­ing to go all gree­nie on you now, but you can’t deny the fact that a good old camp­fire has the abil­ity to stir up some­thing prim­i­tive from within. The smoky smell and gen­tle crack­ling seems to calm the nerves and seems oddly fa­mil­iar to most, and the taste of a slightly-charred camp­fire feed cooked over am­ber coals is noth­ing short of scrump­tious. It’s a morale booster when the weather is wreak­ing havoc, and for some rea­son, a camp­site just seems safer with the glow of a nice warm fire.

But what I re­ally love about a camp­fire is its abil­ity to bring peo­ple to­gether. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a proper camp­fire with­out an en­tourage of campers singing around it. It’s just got this in­nate abil­ity to cre­ate a real friendly mood around camp.

So what’s the point to all this? Why am I ram­bling on about camp­fires? Well, let’s just say there’s no bet­ter way to spend time with friends and fam­ily then around a camp­fire. And I’d hate to see some­thing like mod­ern progress put a wedge be­tween us and some­thing that’s truly worth pre­serv­ing. More and more places are be­com­ing fire-free zones, which is okay by me if it’s a safety re­lated rule. But the day we lose the right to light a sen­si­ble camp­fire when and where we need to is the day progress gets a real thumbs down from me. So for now, I reckon we need to make the most of the free­dom we have. So grab a group of friends, fam­ily and loved ones to­gether, break­out the marsh­mal­lows and share a camp­fire as of­ten as you can...I guar­an­tee you won’t re­gret it!

— Borgy

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