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Mazungu: Canoeing the Congo (2011)

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At 2,922 miles long, the Congo River is Africa’s second longest, and with a flow rate second only to the Amazon. It flows through savannah, swamp and dense tropical rainforest before finally draining into the Atlantic Ocean. Due to generations of political instability, corruption and civil war, not to mention crocodiles, hippos, cannibals and huge white-water, the area has been given a wide berth by all but the most adventurous.

Mazungu follows Phil Harwood, solo canoeist and ex-Royal Marine, as he complete a hair-raising descent of the mighty Congo River in Central Africa, from source to sea. He sets out to learn as much as possible about the river people and their lives while trying to avoid the many dangers presented by nature and man.

This fascinating program features incredible footage of previously unseen nature and a succession of unique adventures as Phil takes a five-month trip down river in his trusty canoe.

Phil Harwood
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docmatthews, posted on April 6, 2016

For over 50yrs now people have asked me how I got my name. It was the nickname of Our/My Great Uncle Shekells who was a dentist."Doc" Shekells was one of dads favorite people. Dad told me they used to set together for hours playing checkers. Uncle "Doc" was a master checker player. I was 15yrs old before a victory when playing my father in a game and Dad said he could not remember ever beating "Doc". We almost made it to the hospital, just a couple of blocks short I arrived, at a bus stop, on the corner of 2nd & Waco, in downtown Wichita Kansas. With all that in mind dad & mom gave me the first name. Roy is my middle name, the first name of one our great ancestors who was a Spiritual leader and Clan Chief Roy Godfroy. Mom was leaning more towards Roy for my first name but she caved in and agreed to Doc Roy instead.

I have a lot of time on my hands these days as I am now disabled at the sweet young age of 59 in this year of 2016. I truly believe my respiratory complications are the results suffered from ingesting too many man made chemicals. ADM has provided a good living for more than 30yrs. Janet started working for them several years before I met her. We were both exposed to all kinds of bad, bad, and real bad chemicals. I spent quite a bit more time out in the plant getting direct exposure. There were times I would inhale so much So2 it took 30 minutes after getting out of a contaminated area just to fully clear the shit out of my lungs. I have no idea what else I got into nor when. Also I have to consider the years of working with 100yr old barn wood in a non ventilated garage.Think of all the pesticide overspray accumulated on that stuff! As it is ADM will be providing a comfortable living thru the rest of our lives mainly due to Janet's retirement pension, 401K, and the blue cross blue shield group insurance. This gives us a great price for single coverage for me until I turn 62. And she gets her SS check! Check out this letter.

To: Mike Ieconelli

My given name at birth, is Doc. I hope to share a great story behind the name with you someday. In the late 70's thru the early 80's I was guiding for several Trout Fishing Resorts on the Norfork and White rivers about 20mi. south of Mountain Home, Arkansas. There is a small cafe in a beautiful Native Stone structure just past the first bend on Hwy 5 in downtown Norfork Their home cooked breakfast was fit for a King and Fishing Guides. After breakfast each morning it's off to the boats arriving in time to grab Ice, bait, and ready to go by 7:00am. I absolutely loved it. I would watch fish feed for hours and hours, day after day in the crystal clear water of both rivers. It was there I discovered a common denominator in most of the food they were eating. I call it "Natural Drift" and have devoted a lot of my time lately trying to figuring out a way to duplicate this phenomenon. The "DocSet" fishing method was spawned from those thoughts. There are many variations to the method allowing a fisherperson to incorporate it to whatever kind of fishing rigs you may already be using. I also believe this drifting of your lure triggers a genetic response in fish causing them to strike! Creating these revolutionary methods took a combination of hunting, fishing. trapping,pilot skills and Quantum Physics. It works on all species of fish and I believe these methods will be the next generations "Holy Grail" too fishing. Adding drift to a "Drop Shot" rig is easy and extremely effective. First you need to understand that mankind has been using beads for thousands of years. And this method does just that. DO NOT tie the hook to the end of your line as we have all been taught traditionally. This eliminates any arguments on which knot is the best, how to tie it. and when it's going to fail. Instead, you will be trapping the lure/hook between two beads located at your predetermined depth. The distances between beads is how far you want the bait to fall in it's Natural Drift, then continue to the bottom weight Sometimes I'll add a rattle or bell to the sinker. For all you pilots, adding DockSet Methods to fishing is like adding flaps on final approach. They both allow for a better angle of attack while descending. Mankind has been using beads for various indigenous arts and crafts for thousands of years. A thought came to mind while assembling my first Docset Texas Rig... Are these methods 2000 years old and only just now being rediscovered? Give me a call sometime when you want to talk to a flying fish,

DocRoy GF1*

GF1* One Good Fisherman

319 389-4945 24-7d

Doc Roy Matthews

6024 Purple Dr. NE

Cedar Rapids IA 52402

shelbyfit, posted on October 5, 2013

incredible footage, good honest narration, great music! Good work mate, that took a lot of guts and gumption!

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