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    A Mau Mau story mused me...the brits deployed SAS troops and among other things they filled up .303 ammo with explosive, set the bullet back and casually throved them along bush roads..
     

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    G'day Foxi,

    You are pretty convincing, and maybe I might make another topic, but I have only been told about a few incidents, I am guessing there are other members on this site who may have experienced the real events, maybe even ex Mau Maus could be on the site too, and I reckon if they wrote a book on their side of the Emergency it would make a great movie. Robert Ruark pretty much summed up the true feelings of the settlers in his books. My father actually felt sorry for them as the huge majority of Mau Mau members are human like us, but they were forced to become terrorists, as in death to all your family, and yourself unless you swear on the oath. It was the leaders who were the non-human evil pieces of sadistic destruction, evil evil witch doctors more or less. Mind you, Mugabe was just as bad.

    By the way your earlier reply about Pressure Lanterns brought back memories to me too. I thought it was only me who had troubles with them. When I first started using, I had no problems, but when mantles started breaking, and the whole thing catching fire, can get you a bit wary of using them. But boy, did they put out the brightest of lights. :)

    As for the 'Flame Trees of Thika', I recall viewing the series on ABC TV with Hayley Mills as one of the main characters, it was really enjoyable. I haven't read the book, nor have heard my family relating to knowing them. Maybe it just never came up, but thank you for asking though.

    Mum mentioned that one of her friends was filmed jumping off Thika Falls, as a stunt for a Tarzan movie, I don't know his name, nor the actual movie. The only Tarzan film that I know of that has a Tarzan jumping off a waterfall was of the Ron Ely Tarzan TV Series. Now that we have the internet, perhaps we can try to match the scenery with Thika Falls ???

    My mother had a lot of crazy African cowboy friends, there were three brothers who used to live up the road at Thika. Every christmas they would save up and purchase a Beetle, then all jump in and go flat out across their farm at top speed to see how many times that could roll the beetles, absolute nutcases. I have been in car crashes and can tell you that rolling and cart-wheeling four wheel drives absolutely hurts, like real bad, and that's when you are strapped in with a decent seat belt. :(

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    Rob
     

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    G'day Bob,

    I totally agree, Dad loved the Land Rover bit, with the rock behind the wheel as a hand brake, and as for Rhinos just charging out of nowhere, that was extremely common at Tsavo. I haven't driven a Land Rover but have owned a lot of Toyota Land cruiser Short Wheel Base four wheel Drives, FJ40's and BJ40's and never trusted their handbrakes, especially when parking on a steep four wheel drive track.

    The hand brake actually ran off the back of the transfer case, from a mini brake drum, but unlike the Nissan Patrols, there was no oil overflow hole at the bottom of the drum housing, if you had a transfer case oil leak. It was a common fault with the transfer cases leaking so the brake drum always had slippery oil on it's surface, you could never rely on the hand brake.

    If facing upward up a steep slope, I would always try to locate a big enough tree to lean the rear of my car on, as an extra precaution, but trees and rocks would be better than nothing, and there is nothing as bad as trying to start you car on a steep gradient, as you have to push your clutch in to start the 4x4 and ride your foot brake together with the throttle. Yep a tree behind you gives a lot more comfort.

    Hey, there is actually one movie that actually beats the Gods Must Be Crazy, that is "Gods must be Crazy 2", it is totally hilarious, in a different way, and to top it off has a stunning actress, highly recommended.

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    Hey wheels, I have made a blunder in my previous comment to Foxi, as it was you who I was responding to regarding your earlier comment on Pressure Lanterns sorry :sick: I appear to have 'Old Timers Disease'. ;)

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    During my Father's survey expeditions in Tsavo/Voi area, he told me how his african helpers would always carry round a large cooking pot,. Upon arriving at their destinations they would heave the pot out of the back of the Land Rover, start a fire, and place the pot on it for dinner. Dad didn't really join them with their meal, as the pot was never washed, was always full, and always being topped up with anything living that the Africans came across. When forcing their way through the thorn bush country the fellas in the back would catch birds, huge spiders, bugs, locusts, absolutely anything within their reach, and chuck it instantly in the pot. No gutting, skinning , nor plucking of birds. Everything was whole. They would just stew it all up and really enjoy the meal. It was probably still a lot more healthier than Mc Donalds, hey. :ROFLMAO:

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