The Voyage: Roz Savage
If in doubt, chuck it out
Roz Savage
09 Dec 2004, Clapham Junction

'Once a year in New York City I dumped everything I owned into the street - a sort of annual cultural revolution. It is the only way to beat the beast in New York. It is the only way to avoid sacrificing bits of yourself to dead things. As soon as it starts to own you, dump it...'

Tristan Jones, Outward Leg

Things - it's frightening how things accumulate. Let your guard drop, and before you know it you're encumbered by them, planning your life around them. I resolved to un-clutter my life, and booked a stand at Battersea Car Boot Sale.

In the days before the sale I had a few moments of doubt. Would it turn out that the clown-shaped teapot I sold for 10p was actually a priceless antique? Would I ever have a need for that vegan recipe book? Might I one day grow into that British Lions sweatshirt that's 4 sizes too big for me?

But no! I would be strong! Inspired by Tristan Jones, I cleared out everything from my storage facility, loaded it into my loyal camper van, Priscilla, Queen of the Road, and flogged the lot. Am now clutter-free and £227.26 richer. Liberated!

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Onwards and ever upwards
Roz Savage
07 Dec 2004, Clapham Junction

Please note! This will be the last e-mail alert you'll receive to notify you of updates to my weblog. My site will shortly be re-launched to focus on my preparations for the Atlantic Rowing Race 2005, and I'll be updating the site much most days, as and when things happen.

Rather than bombard you with e-mail alerts, I'll leave it to you to check out the site on a regular basis. You can be confident that you'll always find something new there - and hopefully something interesting!

There will be news on my physical preparation for the 3000 mile row, as well as updates on publicity events, sponsorship, and the challenge of getting the Solo fully kitted out for my voyage...and little asides into other aspects of the life of Roz.

I do hope you'll continue to follow my news via the redesigned site, which should go live around 15th December.

I'll be setting out from the Canaries in late November next year, so I've got a busy 12 months ahead of me. I'm short on time, short on funds, short on height, but long on determination!

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Announcement: Atlantic Row
Roz Savage
11 Nov 2004, Clapham, London

Announcement: Roz to row the Atlantic

Departing in November 2005, I will set out to row from the Canaries to Barbados. More details coming soon. Watch this space!

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Ray Mears - a clarification
Roz Savage
23 Oct 2004, Clapham, London

Dear Fred

Thank you for your incisive feedback. You didn't provide your e-mail address with your comments, so I'm hoping that you will get to see this.

In my last update, I intended no disrespect for Ray Mears - I have the greatest admiration for his values. I was particularly impressed that he took the time and trouble to respond to a question I'd asked him - I'd asked what charities he has seen working directly with indigenous peoples to encourage them to value and nurture their traditional skills. He couldn't think of one at the time, but sent me a handwritten note a couple of days later to suggest such a charity, the Tribes Foundation. (Incidentally, he has beautiful handwriting.)

The reason that I'd asked him this question is that I'm planning a major expedition, and am looking for a tie-in with a charity that supports indigenous cultures in an appropriate manner so that I can help promote their cause. As you seem interested in this kind of thing yourself, maybe you can suggest one?

You wrote that I entirely missed the point of the course. It's intriguing that you feel able to judge me without knowing me. On the contrary, I believe that I completely got the point of the course. However, my perception of the point is rooted in a very personal view of the world's future, which I generally prefer not to publicise. If you're interested in bushcraft and indigenous skills, maybe you've come across the Hopi tribe. If so, you may have some idea what informed my decision to take the course.

The contact details you provided were:
ADDRESS: The, Forest, Somewhere, Some code
TELEPHONE: Who knows
But maybe you could provide me with more accurate contact details, so that we can keep future correspondence confidential.

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