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Apart from being edible—and delicious at that—dried spores were used as diaper rash "talcum powder" by the First Nations of BC. Spores were also found to staunch bloodflow when placed on a wound. At one time the brownish spores were used as a photographic flash powder. A large puffball can contain as many as 7500 billion spores. If each of these spores were to grow to maturity the next generation would form a fungus colony some 800 times the size of the earth.
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About the Author: Brian Grover E-mail
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Monday, 19 February 2007 11:56

Born in the Maine backwoods and raised on both sides of the border in Oregon and British Columbia, the author kicked around the B.C. coast for a number of years after fleeing high school. Doing time in forestry, warehouses, sawmills, plywood mills and Canada Post convinced the youth that perhaps education was indeed all they said it was. While attending Malaspina College a quirk of fate landed the aspiring writer in the editor's chair of the student newspaper.

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Brian Grover on Vargas Island

Between bouts of higher education Grover worked variously as a fishing guide, a cycling guide, a newspaper reporter and a graphic artist, training which eventually landed him a job handling communications for the Outdoor Recreation Council of British Columbia. A degree in English literature and a qualification in language teaching led the author away from his beloved West Coast to four years of teaching in Japanese universities. A further year of bohemian Parisian lifestyle left him pining for the fjords of British Columbia.

Upon returning, Grover founded Explore Canada Outdoor Adventures, an adventure in itself aimed at marketing British Columbia's renewable recreation resources to overseas, principally Japanese and American, visitors. Teaching, freelance writing, photography, web design and mucking about in the British Columbia outback all figure prominently in Grover's present way of life.

 

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0 #2 Thanks...Brian Grover 2012-07-16 09:59
The link should be updated now.

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0 #1 'Contact Us' does not workN/A 2012-07-16 02:46
Your 'Contact Us' link on http://www.car-free.ca/gallery/ i.e. http://www.car-free.ca/contact-us.html does not work.
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