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Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« on: January 13, 2018, 01:45:15 pm »

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A good account of doing pre-planning for and then executing solitary life on an island for several years.  All the text is at this link but it does have ads scattered thru it.
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 05:56:01 pm »

Read short parts of it.  One needs to take livestock and veg seeds. 
He used a barometer for weather forecasting - my father used to continually record barometric pressure and make marks on the barometer of record low pressure.


Once things go down we are left to our own weather forecasting.  The cheap Bunnings weather station on the roof of my house needs replacing - I do have some barometric gauges as well.
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 06:17:38 pm »

What caught my eye in his book is what happens when he gets sick or injured.  And his bouts of depression.

Also ... all the effort he puts into making an improvement like a wharf only to have it obliterated by nature almost immediately after completion.
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2018, 10:19:30 pm »

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What caught my eye in his book is what happens when he gets sick or injured.  And his bouts of depression.

Also ... all the effort he puts into making an improvement like a wharf only to have it obliterated by nature almost immediately after completion.
Yeah perhaps he should of taken one of those island girls that volunteered to go with him..  I only red small bits and pieces - will give it a good read tomorrow. 


I am against the lone wolf type survivalist - it is really not a good idea, it is more surviving than thriving. 
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2018, 07:38:00 am »

Yep. Could get a bit lonely.
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 07:42:29 am »

Island girl or 20 liter drum of hand cream? :o ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2018, 07:45:32 am »

There's always a trade-off.
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 07:56:34 am »

Or use olive oil then it is multifunctional!
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 01:55:09 pm »

Interesting story.   He did take seeds but screwed up with them at first as there was no bees on that island to pollinate things, something he hadnt thought of so all his first try at growing his veg all failed till he realized to had to hand pollinate things.

It was interesting too how he decided to kill all the pigs on the island and didnt even eat any of them (probably cause he felt sick at having to kill them).  I do think that was a mistake.  He should of tried to make a pit or did more to catch them as he later did get real bored with his food.

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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2018, 05:25:33 pm »

I agree.  His lack of utilisation of the pigs is weird.  Also ... I reckon he could have taken tobacco plants to the island if he loved his smoke that much.

Been a couple of years since I read the whole book.  From memory there were a few things like that which seemed odd. 
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2018, 08:40:28 pm »

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I agree.  His lack of utilisation of the pigs is weird.  Also ... I reckon he could have taken tobacco plants to the island if he loved his smoke that much.

Been a couple of years since I read the whole book.  From memory there were a few things like that which seemed odd.
Killing pigs and not eating them that others left there for that purpose as he does not like killing things but is happy to kill fish!!


Most people that decide they are bored with life and go and live in an isolated  cabin int he woods or an island have have mental health issues to start with.   Desire to be alone and not be good at communicating with people is also a sign of being unbalanced.
 His experiences are useful for a total collapse bug out scenario, and essential things to consider.....
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2018, 09:44:27 pm »

Bugger the islands! ;)
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2018, 02:27:10 am »

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Most people that decide they are bored with life and go and live in an isolated  cabin int he woods or an island have have mental health issues to start with.   Desire to be alone and not be good at communicating with people is also a sign of being unbalanced.

or of having something like Aspergers.  Maybe that was why he made such a weird decision with pigs and doesnt seem to have been thinking like a normal person would in that situation
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2018, 07:37:10 am »

Probably a muslim!
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Re: Account of living on island alone - Tom Neale
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2018, 07:15:35 pm »

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Probably a muslim!

I must be psychic, I knew you'd make this post.
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