Frank Buckland

Portrait by Grant of Frank BucklandI did some research a while back on the whereabouts of articles from the ‘Museum of Economic Fish Culture’ and found that a lot of them, most in fact, had been destroyed by the ‘Board of Survey’ or somesuch because they suffered damage in the First World War. A few items went back to their owners and some others went to a fishing museum in the UK. We ‘lost’ a lot but Frank’s life touched many as he lived it – the importance of using ‘today’ to the full.

I mention Frank here because he is a good example of high human ‘effort’ and one that I like. Like Darwin and Da Vinci, Frank Buckland followed his insight at a time when others were following the tracks of an established trail. UK readers might imagine him as a Victorian David Bellamy having the enthusiasm and energy to make his understandings sparkle in the minds of his fellow beings.

Through history, many individuals keep going against the odds and many die in relative obscurity having spirited what might seem to be only a small and close group of immediate friends. But there is nothing that leads me to believe that the more widespread a thought, the better it is. Frank Buckland put pen to paper and published, thus can ‘talk’ to countless millions for as long as the British Library keep away the paper mites. Today, with the ease of publishing ‘keyboard to disk’, text is being created in profusion that will fade far faster but will go far further during its digital life.

It is amazing to think of the effort that some people put into life and Frank Buckland was one of those fun humans that was so keen on doing so many things. He was a visionary because he flexed his curiosity as you would a muscle. He would eat new foods, seek out new people, think that extra mile and might have made a good captain of the ‘Starship Enterprise’. I think Frank Buckland was skilled at exercising his mind to keep it fresh and at all times, wide ‘open’.

This ‘openess’ plays a vital role in the way society develops – those with closed minds can severely damage their health and the health of all peoples and all other lifeforms.

Open for thought waves at the HoBB 24/7
~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Paolo, sitting on an Elf bog at the HoBB. It’s in Italian but the English is later on in the blog

Paolo at the HoBBNOTE: The following passage has been translated into English using babelfish and can be read at https://thehobb.tv/000207#more

“Immagina di imboccare un sentiero che ti porti, apparentemente, lontano dalla tua vita, immagina di voler scoprire qualcosa di nuovo su di te, immagina di saperti immergere in una nuova realtà, immagina infine di aver come guide e compagni in questo viaggio due persone che sprigionano l’entusiasmo di due ragazzini. Quello che hai immaginato è una piccola parte di quello che potresti trovare a The HoBB.

L’aspetto che per primo mi balza alla mente di quel mio soggiorno è la calma surreale che regnava in quelle mattine cariche di vibrante attesa. Era come se piante, uccelli, farfalle e ogni altra espressione della natura aspettasse; fosse lì, immobile, ad attendere che qualcosa di incredibile e imperdibile si verificasse. E, in effetti, puntualmente ogni giorno qualcosa accadeva: ogni cosa si sviluppava e viveva secondo la sua naturale predisposizione nel senso primordiale del termine. Nulla, o meglio nessuno, interveniva per mutarne il percorso e questo era uno spettacolo che faceva letteralmente rimanere a bocca aperta.

Un altro aspetto del mio soggiorno che con ogni probabilità rimarrà irripetibile in ogni altro mio viaggio è la semplicità e la naturalezza con cui la mia vita si sia modellata al corso degli eventi. Come la maggior parte delle persone, abituato alla frenesia della vita moderna, ho dovuto piegare me stesso a tutto ciò che mi circondava, semplicemente perché sembrava che tutto fosse permeato da una potenza che andava oltre le mie capacità.

Ho, inoltre, avuto la fortuna di assistere alla forza con cui Grant e Helen sappiano inseguire ciò in cui credono apprezzando quanto la vita offre loro. Mi sono trovato a condividere tutto con loro: tempo, spazio e idee; e, sempre, ho trovato l’intenzione di comprendere la mia personalità e la volontà di farmi sentire come uno di casa. Sempre, ho avuto la possibilità di esprimere me stesso e sentirmi apprezzato per quello che decidevo o riuscivo a offrire loro. Ho imparato a accogliere ogni giorno come se fosse qualcosa di straordinario e, talvolta, a stare fermo senza far nulla e semplicemente lasciarmi invadere da tutta quell’aria nuova.

Mi sono ritrovato più volte a non capire come la mia vita abituale non avesse nulla da spartire con quella che ho vissuto in quel mese, ma proprio questo ha reso tutto più straordinario. Ho avuto la possibilità di mettermi in gioco a 360°, di capire e apprezzare nuovi punti di vista, di tirare fuori ciò che di vero sia in me, di giudicare e essere giudicato senza alcun tipo di sovrastruttura o preconcetto, di mostrarmi esclusivamente per quello che sono nella mia essenza, di riempirmi di un qualcosa di fantastico che è la condivisione di cose semplici in cui anche un sorriso di complicità sa riportarti a sentire pulsare dentro te la Vita.

Cosa non meno importante, ho imparato o, meglio, perfezionato l’inglese grazie alla pazienza e alla voglia di aiutarmi di entrambi, mentre io cercavo di calarmi nella loro realtà e offrire tutto quel che potevo per permettere loro di inseguire ciò in cui credono.

Che cosa mi rimarrà di quanto ho vissuto? Un ricordo ricoperto da un alone di irrealtà e magia.

Cari Grant e Helen spero nelle migliori cose per voi.”

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And here are the words above in English :

“Imagine to lead into a path which drive you, apparently, far from your life, imagine that you want to discover something more about yourself, imagine to be able to become part of a new reality, imagine, finally, to have as guide and mates in this travel two persons with the enthusiasm of two teenagers.

What you imagined is a little part of what you could find at The HoBB.
The first aspect that comes in my mind of my stay there is the surreal peace that reigned in those mornings which were full of vibrating wait. It was like trees, birds, butterflies and any other natural expression were waiting; were there, stationary, waiting for something unbelievable to happen. And, actually, everyday something happened: everything lived following its natural predisposition in the primordial sense of the term. Nothing, or better nobody, interfered to change its flow and it was a fantastic to be a member of the audience of that show.

Another aspect of my stay that probably will be unrepeatable in any other travel of mine was the simplicity and naturalness with whom life bent itself on the course of the events. As most of people, I was accustomed to the chaos of the modern life and there I had to force myself to live as everything around me wanted me to do because everything looked like permeated through a power which went beyond my capabilities.

I, moreover, have had the fortune to admire the strength with which Grant and Helen are able to follow what in which they believe appreciating what life offers them. I shared everything with them: time, space and ideas; and always I found the intention to understand my personality, and the will to make me feel like at home.

Always, I have had the possibility to express myself and I felt appreciated for what I decide to or I was able to offer them. I learnt to welcome all the days as they were something extraordinary and to make me fill from all that new air.

Many times I did not understand how my usual life was linked with what I did there and this made everything more extraordinary. I could understand and appreciate new points of view, take out what is really true in me, judge and been judged without any preconception, show myself exclusively as I really am in the essence, fill myself of something fantastic that is sharing simple things in which just a complicity smile can lead you to feel Life pulsing inside you.

Not less important, I improved my English thanks to the patience and the will to help me of both Grant and Helen, while I tried to glide in their reality and offer them what I was able to and help them to follow what in which they believe.

What will my mind keep of this experience? A remember covered by a halo of unreality and magic.

Dear Grant and Helen I hope for you all the best things.”

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