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This Week’s Show 6th June 2019

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Nuclear War Threat Has Not Gone Away

The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior U.N. security expert said on Tuesday.

Renata Dwan, director of the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research, said the threat of nuclear war is an ‘urgent’ issue that the world needs to take more seriously.

Despite the fact that 122 nations have signed a treaty to ban the weapons, she said, all countries with nuclear arms are currently updating their stockpiles.

Meanwhile arms control treaties are also being torn up – such as the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty which was signed at the height of the Cold War but torn up by the Trump White House earlier this year.

Increased competition between superpowers such as China and the US is also driving up the risk of nuclear conflict, she said.

Traditional arms control arrangements are also being eroded by the emergence of new types of war.

The increasing prevalence of armed groups and private sector forces, and new technologies that blur the line between offence and defence, are contributing to the problem, she told reporters in Geneva.

‘I think that it´s genuinely a call to recognise – and this has been somewhat missing in the media coverage of the issues – that the risks of nuclear war are particularly high now, and the risks of the use of nuclear weapons, for some of the factors I pointed out, are higher now than at any time since World War Two,’ she said.

The nuclear ban treaty, officially called the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, was backed by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

The treaty has so far gathered 23 of the 50 ratifications that it needs to come into force, including South Africa, Austria, Thailand, Vietnam and Mexico.

However, it is strongly opposed by the United States, Russia, and other states with nuclear arms.

Dwan said the world should not ignore the danger of nuclear weapons.

‘How we think about that, and how we act on that risk and the management of that risk, seems to me a pretty significant and urgent question that isn’t reflected fully in the (U.N.) Security Council,’ she said.

Let’s hope she is wrong, but what if she is not?

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Signal Crayfish Free Fresh Water Food

Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans related to lobsters, and there are two main species in UK – the native white-clawed crayfish and the non-native American signal crayfish, which was introduced to Britain in the 1970s via crayfish farms, and subsequently escaped.

There are a few other introduced species of crayfish, but they are not very widespread. They are called signal crayfish because the underside of their claws is bright red, making them easy to identify.

Signal crayfish can be up to 25cm long with claws extended. If you’re not sure whether what you’re looking at is a signal crayfish or a native crayfish, look for the red claws – a sure sign that you’re looking at a signal crayfish.

Trapping crayfish for food in the UK only involves the signal
crayfish.

The native crayfish is now becoming rare and it is illegal to touch.

By the way ALL signal crayfish once removed from a water source must be killed, it is illegal to return it whatever its size.

They live on the beds of streams and rivers and are carnivorous, eating mainly dead creatures, but they can decimate natural and stocked fish numbers by eating their eggs.

The signal crayfish can walk overland to establish itself in new waterways, and is now widespread throughout Britain.

What are the benefits of eating Crayfish?

First – getting food from the wild is always a good idea from an environmental perspective (unless we deplete the resource – but this isn’t an issue here, as we’ll see later).

Wild food requires no pesticides, fertilisers, hormones or genetic modification – in fact, no ecological interference at all.

The second benefit is in reducing their numbers.

The American crayfish is causing problems for both the native crayfish and for British Waterways.

Signal crayfish outcompete native crayfish because they are bigger, their eggs hatch earlier in the year, females lay up to 500 eggs (the native crayfish lays around 200), and they are less fussy about what they eat.

Also, the signal crayfish carries a fungal disease (commonly called the crayfish plague) that kills the native crayfish (it’s not at all harmful to humans though).

Also, American crayfish burrow into the banks of rivers and streams to build their homes, causing erosion of the river banks.

Oh I nearly forgot they taste great

So what can you do?

Firstly you need a licence to keep crayfish in this country – see the DEFRA website – in case they escape into the wild. If you’re thinking of farming crayfish, ponds now have to be indoors and escape-proof.

However I assume that you’re not going to keep them, you’re just going to catch them from the wild.

Don’t put any crayfish you’ve caught into ponds or other bodies of water temporarily, as they could escape and colonise an area that
doesn’t have them, it is also illegal to do so.

Tapping crayfish

There are bylaws covering the trapping of crayfish, and what you can do depends on local circumstances – especially if there are native crayfish in your area.

Contact the Environment Agency to ask about your local circumstances, or you can get a crayfish trapping advice pack from the National Fisheries Laboratory on 01480 483968.

You will need Environment Agency tags on your trap for it to be legal.

The Environment Agency’s concerns are that if people are allowed to catch crayfish for food, they will be sold to the restaurant trade, and because there is money to be made, some people might ‘seed’ rivers and streams that don’t have signal crayfish, so that they can be harvested in the
future.

I share this concern, so I would encourage people never to buy or sell crayfish, but to trap them just for their own consumption.

Trapping crayfish is a summer activity, of course.

In winter, they will be hibernating in the river banks.

The trap shouldn’t have an entrance of more than 95mm, because if there are otters in the area, they could get caught.

Bait the trap with something tasty for crayfish (chicken livers), plus a brick to weigh it down, then put it into a stream you suspect has crayfish.

Check the next day.

Anything other than signal crayfish, let go, and don’t leave a trap in a watercourse for more than 24 hours, in case something other than a crayfish gets trapped in it.

Let any native crayfish go if you’ve caught any. But if you catch small signal crayfish, don’t put them back (in fact it is illegal to put them back, once caught as I have said).

Signal crayfish are cannibals, and if you remove only big ones, there will be nothing to keep the numbers of small ones down.

The Signal crayfish is delicious and not too far from the taste of lobster. If you do want to ensure you have the best possible culinary experience, we really recommend leaving the crayfish to “purge” for 24 hours before being consumed.

As you can imagine, when they spend their lives in the river-bed feeding on all sorts they can accumulate some dirt and grit, so leaving them in a bucket of clean water for a period of time should allow them time to expel any waste products. That’s not to say they wouldn’t still be delicious fresh from the river!

Cooking Crayfish

Boil a large pan of water and tip them in – they are killed instantly.

Simmer for around 3 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave in the water for another 2 minutes.

They turn pink when they are cooked, and look like mini-lobsters (which they are).

The edible parts are the tail and the meat in the claws.

Pull and separate the head and tail. Pull off the legs, and then grab the end of the flesh sticking out of the tail casing and pull.
Sometimes there will be pink eggs – you can eat those too.

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Homemade Cheese

What you will need

4 litres of whole milk, 1 pinch salt, 1 large lemon, juiced

What to do

Pour the milk into a large pan, and stir in a pinch of salt.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the milk from scorching on the bottom of the pan.

When the milk begins to boil turn the heat off then stir the lemon juice into the milk, the milk will then curdle.

This may take 5 to 10 minutes.

Line a sieve with a cheesecloth, now pour the milk through the cloth to catch the curds.

What is left in the cheesecloth is the Farmer’s Cheese.

The liquid is the whey.

Gather the cloth around the cheese, and squeeze out as much of the whey as you can.

Then I find it best to suspend the cheese cloth over the sink for example.

When it has stopped dripping, I put it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge.

Why not try using herbs or other flavourings.

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 THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills.

The previous eleven years have seen this event grow from a small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the camp fire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.

The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.

The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness skills classes for all. 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha boat building, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on survival phycology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival fishing.

All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to participate in.

You can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and outdoor clothing to primitive tools.

The organizers have even laid on a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There are local scout and explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.

The catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.

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Could you live the Prepper Lifestyle?

Living a prepper lifestyle is not only good for preparing for the future, but it’s a great way to live a less stressful life. Many people get tired of the rat race and long for something more calming.

A few give up their suburban lives and head for remote locations. That’s not what being a prepper is about.

Being a prepper is not about pulling yourself away from society and living like a hermit.

It’s simply living a life that doesn’t rely on the others to see you through a short term or long term disaster. While being a prepper is a great way to live, it’s really not for everyone.

So how can you tell who’s a good fit and who will absolutely hate living the life of a prepper? First, living the prepper lifestyle takes a complete commitment. The life is not for you if you think you want to dabble in it and see how it goes.

You’re either into it, or you’re not. If you’re ready to give up the way you’ve been living until now, and you’re ready to break free of the capitalistic mentality taught by society, then the lifestyle is for you.

If you know that you’re ready to walk away from being dependent on others for your needs, then this is for you. You have to believe that what you’re gaining is a better life for yourself and your family.

If you know that you’re ready to get organized and are committed to building your short term and long term list of goods and supplies, then the prepper lifestyle is something you’d find to be a good fit.

Being ready to become totally self-sufficient is a good clue that you’re ready for a life change. If you’re ready to learn about self-protection and first aid and how to take care of yourself and your family through anything, then you’re ready.

Being a prepper is not about living to the extreme the way the wacky survivalists you see portrayed on television live. It means you accept that there are things outside your control that could impact your life greatly, such as disasters, government collapse, etc. – and you want to be ready for whatever comes.

That’s when you know you’re ready for the prepper lifestyle. But not everyone who thinks they are, actually is ready.

If you’re in a relationship and your partner is dead-set against it, hates it, wants no part of it, you’re not ready if you don’t want to risk ruining the relationship.

You’re not ready if there are certain things in your life that you feel you absolutely can’t give up – such as a daily trip to the local pub or that expensive cup of coffee.

You’re not ready and the lifestyle is not for you if you set aside money for supplies but then spend it on going out to eat or shopping for a new pair of shoes or the latest video game.

You’re not ready if you have a deep attachment to the conveniences of life and rely too heavily on technology. You can’t imagine your life without modern technology is a sign you’re not ready.

If you have an unwillingness to learn how to prepare for the future or aren’t interested in sustainable living, then you’re not ready for the prepper lifestyle.

But most people can I think see a day when the worst case scenario happens, and if it happens to you, you’ll have to deal with it – ready or not.

Organizing your every Day Carry

Having a proper every day carry (EDC) setup is one of the most important things you can do to be prepared, well, every day.

While you can get separated from your bug out bag and might not be able to get home quickly, your everyday carry is always on you to help you survive and get things done.

I have covered some basics on the best every day carry setup before, but that’s really only useful if you’re starting from scratch.

If you just want to fine-tune your EDC however, there isn’t a lot out there to help. Lucky for you, I have compiled a list of five ways to fine-tune your EDC setup so it’s more useful and always at hand.

When starting out with every day carry items, it’s common to start with things that go in your pockets. This is great until you run out of room and your EDC makes you uncomfortable.

Once you’ve got some EDC experience, try moving to other locations on your body for keeping items. The most common upgrade is moving to your belt.

By keeping your knife or multi-tool on your belt along with other small items, you can free up space in your pockets while keeping everything you need on you.

You don’t have to go crazy here and have a belt that would rival an SAS Trooper, but simply keeping your knife, fire starter, and multi tool on your belt can give you a lot more space than you had before. Moving past your belt, think about your trousers and shirts with additional pockets that can hold items, too. By spreading your EDC out over your entire body, you ease the burden and make it far more comfortable.

Weight vs. Usefulness

If you’ve had an EDC setup for some time now you probably realize that not everything that you think is vitally important really is. It’s easy to go overboard and fill your pockets with things you MIGHT use at some point.

If you’re feeling weighed down by your EDC it might be time to take inventory of what you’re carrying and see if the weight of each item is really worth it.

For example, you might carry a small water filter straw with you in a cargo pocket, but you could lighten the load by using a small pill container with some water purification tablets in it.

Another weight-saving idea is the use of a small LED light instead of a standard torch/flashlight.

While the torch/flashlight is better, the keychain light can free up space for other more important items.

KISS

If you only follow one tip in this list, make it this one. KISS stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. Don’t overthink your EDC setup by trying to plan for every possible scenario. Your EDC is meant to give you a leg up on everyone else, not to be a mini bug out bag.

Keep things simple and don’t stress out about it. Keep the essentials like a source of fire, a knife, a multi-tool, watch, and a weapon if you’re able to.

Beyond this just include items that make you feel safe and comfortable without trying to plan out scenarios. Trust me, even the most basic EDC setup is far more than the average person has.

Less is Sometimes More

Having an elaborate every day carry setup is great, until it’s so elaborate that you stop using it. The idea of an EDC is to have it with you every day.

If it takes 15 minutes to load yourself up chances are you’ll leave the house from time to time without it, and that’s not good at all.

It’s often better to have less items with you that you carry all the time than a lot of items that you only carry every now and then.

Think about what you need and ask yourself what would happen if the SHTF and you didn’t have the item in question? Would it make a difference? If not, ditch it and free that space up for something else.

The less items you have the less chance you have at forgetting something or losing something, and that means the pieces you do use are more valuable and overall better.

Trial and Error

Finally, don’t be afraid to change things. I have talked about changing your EDC for colder weather, but you can make changes to it every day if that suits you.

Try items out and if they don’t work, ditch them and find something new. Don’t put up with pieces in your EDC that you’re not in love with.

These are things you have with you 24/7, so you better love them or else you’ll hate carrying them.

Try a few setups out to see how they work and if you like them or not. Try your knife in a front pocket, back pocket, belt…try it all.

You won’t know what you really like unless you try a few different ways.

Avoiding Civil Unrest

Civil Unrest has occurred in pockets across the country over the past few years and is perhaps
one of the more likely scenarios that could adversely affect us in the future.

It’s possible that we could see more protests and riots like those organized in Ferguson, here in the UK.

We only have to look back to the Mark Dugon incident. Other widespread civil unrest could be caused by financial inequities or collapse, food shortages, loss of confidence in government, or storms that leave people homeless, and lets not forget Brexit.

Or at least that is our perception, I however am aware of under hand police tactics used to infiltrate groups of peaceful protesters and stepping the level of protest up to and including violence, therefore justifying the police taking action to disperse what was planned to be a peaceful law abiding protest, and in fact was until the police arrived..

Of course there is always the chance of peaceful protests turning violent because of outside agitators that flock to any event where they think they can run amok.

These anarchists are the cause of much of the violence we see on TV at what would otherwise be peaceful protests.

While civil unrest is something that can strike any part of the country it is perhaps the most
straightforward to avoid.

In the past we have seen civil unrest in large or even medium sized cities but it has not spread to the suburbs.

On a few occasions there may have been minor fights between picketers in small towns but nothing like we saw in London or the Bradford riots.

So how exactly do you avoid getting swept up in any type of civil unrest?

Having lived in Northern Ireland during the height of the troubles I can say that I have seen
many street riots but avoided many, many more by simply staying away from their location, going around it or putting of travelling that day until things had calmed down.

Remember in an emergency, population density is your enemy.

Secondly, keep an eye on the local and national news.

Civil unrest occurs most commonly from a planned protest or event.

If you hear there will be picketing, protests, or even a “peaceful march” in a particular location you should avoid those areas completely.

If you were planning on going into the city for a business meeting or to shop simply reschedule it
for another day or better location outside the city.

Simply staying away from locations that are likely to flare up with protests is not difficult.

Avoiding flash flooding for example that’s bearing down on you is much tougher to do…

If for some reason you find yourself in a place that is quickly becoming a hot spot you should
leave the area immediately and by any means possible.

If that means leaving a car behind and walking out to a safer spot then that may be the way
to go.

Don’t think that vehicle glass offers you any kind of defence.
A heavy tool or large rock makes quick work of it.

There is always the possibility that civil unrest could become more widespread than it has in the
past.

If that is the case you should have plans in place to fortify your home I recommend using the plywood you should have stored in your garage and covering up any vulnerable windows.

The use of firearms in a situation like this is something that needs to be carefully considered and researched.

As any use of “weapons” is your choice and you will have to justify your actions at a later date.

Personally I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

So, while there are many disaster scenarios that we can do very little to avoid (although we can
still prep and plan for them) civil unrest is one situation that with good situational awareness we can avoid altogether.

A Family Plan

What you do, or do not do, is down to have you got a plan or not.

You are driving home and the fuel lights come on, what do you do now? Fill up now or in the morning on the way to work?

But what if?

So you did fill up and drove home you wife was still out working you put the meal into the oven and jumped into the bath.

Then complete darkness, a power cut, what is your plan now?

Where is your wife? Is she OK, is she trapped underground on a tube train?

Is she in a massive traffic jam as the traffic lights are not working? Oh! And the mobile phone network is down too.

I am sure something similar has happened to many people across the world, and the problem with these disasters both natural and man-made is that they are unpredictable.

We know that they have happened so therefore we expect they will happen again, however we do not know when or how bad they will be or in fact where they will be.

In the U.S. September is National Preparedness Month, We could do with one in the UK to be honest as it would as it would remind people that they should be planning for power cuts
and disasters themselves and not be relying on the Government for their existence when these events occur.

Unlike the U.S. the UK has yet to totally embrace the preppers and survivalist mind set, although I have to say things are changing, and more and more people are waking up to the fact that if they do not plan to survive such events then they will not survive it is that simple.

Reconnect with Family after a Disaster

Plan for Specific Needs before a Disaster

Build an Emergency Kit

How to… Practice for an Emergency

Planning to survive is not as easy as it sounds unfortunately, I bet that the majority of people in the UK have not even discussed let alone developed an emergency plan for family members detailing what to do and how to reunite in the event of a disaster.

Think back to the earlier scenario…how would your reach your wife?

Do the two of you have a designated meeting place or perhaps a point of contact outside of your immediate community who can assist with connecting the two of you and confirming both parties are safe?

Connecting, having and practising an emergency plan and being within arms’ reach of emergency supplies are all small, simple steps we can take today.

And, frankly, they could mean the difference between life and death once a disaster strikes.

But no reminder, activity or promotion will be as meaningful and as impactful as the one you take for your own life and for that of your family.

This also means thinking beyond what’s immediately obvious and planning for those who may not be able to prepare or readily plan for themselves – like those who are disabled, the elderly and don’t forget your pets.


How to Stop Bleeding With Black Pepper

When it comes to survival and wilderness first aid, I highly recommend you carry a blood clotting agent with you in your first aid kit, personally I believe that CELOX produce the best consumer available blood clotting agent, as unlike many other brands, CELOX is also effective for people
on blood thinners such as heparin and warfarin etc.

You can purchase CELOX fromAmazon. It is quite expensive, but simply put – it could save your life one day…

If you do not have a clotting agent such as CELOX, you can in fact use simple ground black pepper to stop bleeding quickly for small to medium sized cuts/wounds.

Black pepper is naturally antibacterial and makes blood coagulate quickly and stops bleeding.

Black pepper was commonly used by soldiers in the Second World War, and even today it is often used in professional kitchens (probably due to its availability) to stop cuts from bleeding.

It couldn’t be simpler to use black pepper to stop bleeding – simply pour a generous amount of ground black pepper onto the wound and apply pressure (and bandage if necessary) and it should quickly stop bleeding (please use common sense though as serious cuts may still require the attention of a doctor).

Note: Finely ground black pepper works best, and no, black pepper does not sting when put on a cut!

Personally I keep some Black Pepper in my first aid kits for emergencies, and for day-to-day and around the home, black pepper is a useful alternative for smaller wounds.

By the way I am not a medical expert, this information is based on my own experience and research.

Please do your own research and exercise common sense before trying this.

If you have an existing medical condition or allergy, please check that this won’t interfere with your condition or medication.

This Week’s Show May 23rd 2019

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‘Stockpile coins and banknotes’: Sweden tells its citizens to squirrel away hard cash under their beds in case of a cyber attack

Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency has issued guidance to every household

It tells residents to stockpile ‘cash in small denominations’ for emergencies

It fears computer networks could be disrupted by terrorism or cyber-warfare

The government recommends that each citizen keep cash under their bed

Cashless payments are all the rage but people in Sweden have been told to squirrel away notes and coins in case of a cyber attack on the nation’s banks.

Digital payments offer convenience for both buyers and sellers alike and the Scandinavian nation has been an eager adopter of the technology.

Now, government experts are concerned that people could be left without any money should its computer networks become victim to an attack.

Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency has issued guidance to every household telling residents to stockpile ‘cash in small denominations’ for use in emergencies.

The warning will ring alarm bells around the world as developed nations increasingly make the move to a cashless society.

Emergencies envisioned by the Swedish government range from power cuts and other accident interruptions to computer networks, through to terrorism and cyber-warfare.

The government recommends that each citizen keep cash under their bed, according to a report in the Times.

Natalie Ceeney, who chairs an independent review into access to cash, told a conference last week: ‘If we don’t take action now in this country, we’re only a couple of years away from Sweden.

‘Sweden’s big message to us is, “Plan now before you get into a mess.” Sweden hit its crisis when its equivalent of the NHS declared it was going cashless.’

Sweden became the first European country to issue modern banknotes, in 1661 – ahead of the Bank of England, which followed in 1694.

Government figures suggest that 15 per cent of the nation’s citizen would find life difficult if they could not access and spend their money immediately.

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The Climate Fraud

(NaturalNews) When drug companies are caught faking clinical trial data, no one is surprised anymore. When vaccine manufacturers spike their human trial samples with animal antibodies to make sure their vaccines appear to work, we all just figure that’s how they do business: lying, cheating, deceiving and violating the law.

Now, in what might be the largest scientific fraud ever uncovered, NASA and the NOAA have been caught red-handed altering historical temperature data to produce a “climate change narrative” that defies reality. This finding, originally documented on the Real Science Website, is detailed here.

We now know that historical temperature data for the continental United States were deliberately altered by NASA and NOAA scientists in a politically-motivated attempt to rewrite history and claim global warming is causing U.S. temperatures to trend upward. The data actually show that we are in a cooling trend, not a warming trend (see charts below).

This story is starting to break worldwide right now across the media, with The Telegraph now reporting (1), “NOAA’s US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) has been ‘adjusting’ its record by replacing real temperatures with data ‘fabricated’ by computer models.”

Because the actual historical temperature record doesn’t fit the frenzied, doomsday narrative of global warming being fronted today on the political stage, the data were simply altered using “computer models” and then published as fact.

Here is proof of the climate change fraud

There is a chart of U.S. temperatures published by NASA in 1999. It shows the highest temperatures actually occurred in the 1930’s, followed by a cooling trend ramping downward to the year 2000.

The authenticity of this chart is not in question. It is published by James Hansen on NASA’s website. (2) On that page, Hansen even wrote, “Empirical evidence does not lend much support to the notion that climate is headed precipitately toward more extreme heat and drought.”

After the Obama administration took office, however, and started pushing the global warming narrative for political purposes, NASA was directed to alter its historical data in order to reverse the cooling trend and show a warming trend instead.

This was accomplished using climate-modeling computers that simply fabricated the data the researchers wished to see instead of what was actually happening in the real world.

Using the exact same data found in the chart shown above (with a few years of additional data after 2000), NASA managed to misleadingly distort the chart to depict the appearance of global warming:

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EMP on the USA

The military is warning the U.S. government to prepare for a potential electromagnetic pulse weapon attack, as countries like , Russia, Iran, and North Korea develop the special weapons.

The shocking report, published by the Air Force’s Air University, reveals that the U.S. is dismally unprepared for such an attack that could wipe out all electricity, kill 90 percent of the East Coast, and lead to utter chaos.

And it could take 18 months or more to restore the electricity grid and social order.

‘Based on the totality of available data an electromagnetic spectrum attack may be a threat to the United States, Democracy and world order,’ the 2018 report says.

EMP weapons use light, lasers, invisible microwaves and electromagnetic energy to cut off electricity. Natural sources of EMS appear in solar storms or artificially in hardware like radar or nuclear weapons.

North Korea, Russia, Iran as well as the U.S. have been developing such weapons. But, the report warns, the U.S. needs to start preparing against an attack.

What will happen to the U.S. after an EMP attack

  • A foreign attack by an EMP weapon will shut down electricity in the U.S.

  • Military will be cripped as weapons will be downed, military and commercial jets will be degraded, bases cut off and power and GPS will go dark

  • Military may also be unable to identify who launched attack without electricity

  • Nuclear reactors will melt down and 4.1million people living near them will be displaced

  • 90 per cent of East Coast population will die after a year

  • No electricity will interfere with transportation, food, and healthcare

  • Cell phone service will go out

  • Civil unrest would start within hours

  • It could take 18 months or more to restore order

If the U.S. suffered an EMP hit, electricity would be lost, the military’s weapons would be downed, 99 nuclear reactors would likely melt down without electricity to cool them, and 4.1million people living near nuclear reactors would be displaced as radioactive clouds spread

An EMP would cause instantaneous and simultaneous loss of many technologies reliant on electrical power and computer circuit boards, such as cell phones and GPS devices, the report says.

Military and commercial jets would be degraded, bases would be cut off, and power and GPS would go dark making defense and counter-attacks virtually impossible.

The U.S. would be unable to determine who even launched the attack as they would be deployed via satellite.

The attack would dismantle or interfere with electricity, affecting transportation, food processing and healthcare. In fact, 90 per cent of the population on the East Coast would die in a year of the attack.

‘Failures may include long-term loss of electrical power (due to loss of emergency generators), sewage, fresh water, banking, landlines, cellular service, vehicles,’ the report says.

Civil unrest is predicted to start within just ‘hours’ of the attack.

It’s time to prepare.

THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills.

The previous eleven years have seen this event grow from a small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the camp fire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.

The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.

The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness skills classes for all. 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha boat building, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on survival phycology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival fishing.

All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to participate in.

You can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and outdoor clothing to primitive tools.

The organisers have even laid on a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There are local scout and explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.

The catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.

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How to Build a Survival Shelter

Sleeping outside in a primitive survival shelter with no tent and no sleeping bag?! In the rain? Are you crazy?

This idea may indeed seem crazy and a bit daunting to many of us. However, with a couple of hours, proper materials and the right mind set, constructing and sleeping in a primitive survival shelter can be a life-changing experience.

Although there are many types of group and individual primitive survival shelters, I often begin by teaching my students how to build a survival shelter called a debris hut. These structures are fairly easy to construct and can be a warm, dry place to spend the night.

First of all, location is key. Aside from the normal criteria which includes avoiding low spots, steering clear of standing dead trees, etc….proximity to materials can save a lot of time and energy. Take the time to find a spot that feels right.

For construction, the first thing you’ll need to build a survival shelter is a strong ridge pole that is at least a little taller than you are with your arm stretched above your head. You’ll also need something for one end of the ridgepole to securely rest on—a stump, boulder, fork of a tree, some kind of prop. The other end rests on the ground. At the high end, the ridgepole should be at about hip height.

Once your ridgepole is in place, you’ll need ribbing. Lean the ribs against the ridgepole fairly close together leaving a door at the high end. Once ribs are in place, crawl inside feet first checking to see that you have a little room to move, but that it is still snug and cosy.

If your survival shelter is too big, you will have trouble staying warm. Imagine you are making a sleeping bag out of natural materials!

Next, add a layer of lattice, something to act as a net to hold debris in place when it is piled on next. Brush and twiggy branches may work well with the debris that you have available this will also help determine how small the spaces in your lattice need to be.

The structure is now in place and it is time for the essential component of insulation. Of all the things you’ll learn about how to build a survival shelter, not having enough insulation on a cold night will teach you quickly what is required.

Get ready to shuffle your feet or make yourself a rake and start gathering debris! For good insulation, you’ll want material that can trap
air. Obviously, dry material is optimal. Pile on your leaves, ferns, grass, or
other available debris.

Keep piling, keep piling, go for TWO FEET THICK or more “all
over the shelter” if you might get rained on.

Be sure to close up the door area so that you have just enough room to squeeze in without disturbing the structure. Crawl in to see how your cocoon feels. Finish up your insulation by adding some small branches that will hold the debris in case of wind, maintaining as much loft as possible.

Now that the outer layer is complete, it is time to stuff your primitive survival shelter with dry soft debris. If you only have wet leaves, use them anyway, you may get wet, but you can still be warm.

Once your shelter is full of debris, wiggle in to compress a space for your body. Add more debris as needed, and don’t forget the foot area! Fill up the spaces if you are concerned about being cold.

Before you crawl in for the night in your primitive shelter, gather a pile of leaves near the door so that you can close yourself in most of the way.

Aside from having a great story to tell your grandkids one day — or from being able to teach others how to build a survival shelter, spending a night in a survival shelter like a debris hut is an opportunity to overcome fears and gain feelings of freedom and confidence.

Pushing our mental and physical comfort edges also brings us chances to find greater comfort and appreciation in our daily lives. HAPPY BUILDING AND SWEET DREAMS!

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Survival Skills in Your Head

People sometimes forget that the smallest 20 Skills You Can Trade After SHTF and most convenient storage space is in their own heads.

If you find yourself in the midst of a disaster and you need to either build or fix something, having the knowledge and experience already in your mind will hugely benefit your ability to survive.

And if there’s something you need from your neighbours but you’re not willing to trade any of your supplies, you could do some work for them in exchange.

But what sort of skills will be the most useful after SHTF? vvvv

Knowing Microsoft Excel might not do you much good, but knowing how to make soap could mean the difference between health and sickness.

Or maybe you could trade your soap for more food. The point is, you need to learn a few skills that will be useful in a post-disaster world.

I suggest you take up one as a hobby while you still have time to learn.

Here, then, are 20 skills you can trade after the SHTF, listed in alphabetical order:

Animal Husbandry The ability to raise animals such as chicken for eggs, rabbits for meat, goats for milk, etc.

There is a limit to how much meat and dairy people will be able to store, and there will be a huge demand for fresh food.

Cleaning Not just washing your hands, but the ability to clean clothes without a washer and dryer, make cleaning products to use around the house, and keep your home germ free.

Clothing. If times are tough, people won’t be able to go out and charge new clothes and shoes any time they need them.

They’re going to need to fix shoes, patch torn pants, and mend shirts. This is an important skill that has become very rare in modern society.

Construction Especially without power tools. Is worth knowing, how to properly fix roofs, board up windows or build outhouses using only basic hand tools.

Cooking skills will be very much sought after as people are going to get sick and tired of eating canned soup and freeze-dried food.

If you can cook a tasty meal and dessert without power, people in the neighbourhood will thank you with favours or supplies they don’t need.

Most people live their entire lives without realizing how much misery they would experience if not for the dentist.

A perfect example of this is in the movie Cast Away where the main character has to knock out one of his own teeth.

Someone who knows how to clean and remove teeth could be a great help.

Fire Making will be a great skill to have as people won’t know how to start a fire once they’re lighters run out of fuel. People in your area will be safer and healthier if you can help them get a fire going so they can boil water and cook food.

First Aid/Medical skills will become vital as people tend to take doctors for granted. Without them, they will need help sewing up wounds, setting bones, performing CPR, and deciding which herbs and medications help with which ailments.

Food Storage. Canning, dehydrating, sealing, smoking skills will come into their own as people don’t know how to store food without a refrigerator.

Offer to preserve someone’s leftovers in exchange for help or supplies.

Gardening. Yet another skill that has become more and more rare. Learn to grow fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, preferably indoors unless you have a secure backyard.

Gathering is great and the main thing here is knowing which naturally-occurring plants in your area have nutritional and/or medicinal value and which ones are useless and/or poisonous.

Gunsmithing will also be a vital skill If you’re facing a long-term disaster, people are going to need guns for hunting and self-protection.

It will help if you know how to repair guns and reload shells. But only help people you completely trust.

Hunting and Fishing. When food supplies get low and gardens fall short, people are going to have to hunt and fish.

If you can provide meat for your friends and family, they’ll have time to take care of other necessities.

Mechanic. Even if the Great Recession turns into Great Depression II, most people are still going to have jobs (remember, unemployment only got up to 25% in the 1930′s), which means they’ll need a way to get to work.

The problem for many people is that they won’t be able to afford to get their cars fixed.

If you learn how to work on cars, or any machine for that matter (lawnmowers, generators, etc.), you’ll have a particularly valuable skill.

Plumbing. People will still need their sinks and toilets, even more so if they’re washing clothes in the sink.

Learn to remove clogs, fix toilets and replace leaky pipes.

Psychology. A lot of people will crack up under the stress of seeing their entire world turned upside down, especially those who lose friends and/or loved ones.

It is important to know how to help these people and keep them from wallowing in despair.

Security. In a world full of criminals and looters, someone is going to need to stand guard when others are busy or sleeping.

This person will need to know how to use weapons and be practiced in hand-to-hand combat.

Soap/Candle Making. If the disaster goes on for long, soap and candles will be in high demand and a valuable trade item.

Teacher.

Even if the schools are closed, it’s still important that children spend part of their spare time reading and learning.

Remember, these are the children that will grow up and rebuild the world.

Water Purification. One of the most important skills of all! In the weeks after a major catastrophe, many people will die from dehydration or from drinking unsafe water.

It will help a lot if you learn all you can about cleaning and filtering water.

There are several other skills I thought about including in this list such as bee keeping, brewing, and electrical work, but I think the 20 listed above will probably be the most in-demand skills.

Crossing Rivers

The beauty of a mountain stream flowing through a forest can be the highlight of the day. But knowing how to cross a river is a critical Survival skill.

The fact is that crossing rivers, especially when they’re running high, is among the riskier things you can do on the trail. Rocks and logs may offer a bridge to the opposite bank.

But they’re often wet or covered with algae and mosses.

That can lead to slips and falls, and, therefore, any number of things that you really don’t want to experience: head injuries, broken bones, and the chance to get swept downstream.

The rate of runoff in streams and rivers is highly variable. In years of light snowfall and hot spring days, streams may run at low-to-moderate levels by early summer.

However, in years with heavy and late-season snows, rivers can run so high that trails, even ones with actual bridges can remain impassable well into summer.

Two keys to remember:” Don’t take any unnecessary risks. And don’t push anyone past their skill and confidence level. You’re only as capable as the weakest person in your group”

Check on conditions. Identify your destination or trail.
Then check for updates on weather conditions.

Carry a Staff or a pole. They can help you assess water depth and rate of runoff, then provide additional stability when you do cross a stream.

Wear shorts or convertible pants. Long pants will increase drag in the stream and can be uncomfortable to hike in once they’re soaked.

Pack hiking sandals or gym shoes. If a stream is shallow enough to cross, it’s often easier to walk through the water instead of trying to boulder hop on slippery rocks. With spare shoes or hiking sandals, you can keep your hiking boots dry.

But don’t cross barefoot or use flip-flops because the current can easily sweep them off your feet.

Get out early. Cooler overnight and morning temperatures mean that the volume of snowmelt is lower early in the day, which means that streams will flow more slowly.

Thunderstorms are also more common in afternoon and make currents more treacherous.

At the Crossing assess the situation. The actual point where a trail meets a river may not be the best place to get to the other side.

Scout the river (ideally from an elevated perspective) or look both up- and downstream for alternatives. If you can’t identify a safe crossing location, then don’t take the risk and turn around.

Wishful thinking has no place in this decision, so be conservative and assume the worst. Invariably, streams are faster and deeper than they appear.

Straight, Wide, Shallow. That’s what you’re looking for when identifying a place to cross.

Watch out for debris. If the river is carrying a lot of debris, such as branches and small logs, it’s not a good idea to cross.

The debris is an indication that stream flows are high. And objects flowing downstream can create a serious hazard if they strike you as you’re crossing.

Look for braided channels. The crossing may be wider where a river breaks into separate channels. But the current’s intensity will be dissipated and there may also be small islands or gravel bars where you can take a break and plot your next steps.

Test the current.

Toss a branch and watch how swiftly it moves downstream.
That will give you a better sense of the direction of the main current and how
fast it’s moving.

Don’t cross where flows are much above your knees. Even comparatively shallow water can knock you off balance and carry you downstream if it’s flowing rapidly enough. The only time to wade through deeper water is when you locate a flat pool with little or no current.

Loosen your pack before crossing. Undo your waist belt and let out the shoulder straps so that it’s easier to remove. If you fall in and your pack gets soaked, it can drag you down or get snagged. You might lose your pack but consider the alternative.

Look for low and open exit points on the opposite bank. Once you reach the other side, you’ll want to be able to get out of the stream as quickly as possible. A scramble up a steep bank could lead to a slip that puts you right back into the stream.

When crossing the Stream face Upstream and Shuffle Sideways.
Slide your feet along the bottom while facing the river.

Angle yourself diagonally to the flow and move in a slightly downstream direction toward the opposite bank.

Always maintain two points of contact with the bottom. Use your staff or pole to steady yourself as you shift your feet. The more contact you have with the bottom, the more stable you’ll be.

There’s strength in numbers. Crossing with a partner or with a group of people creates additional stability. Link arms and coordinate your movements.

The Deadly Enemies to Your Survival

When putting together survival kits, there are 8 enemies of survival to consider – no matter whether the kit is for someone going into the bush, or if the kit is being made for a teotwawki situation. Taking care of these eight issues by stocking up your kit will go a long way to ensuring your survival in just about any survival situation.

Fear:

Fear often leads to panic and panic does no one any good…in fact it often kills. The best way to temper fear is by preparing with proper survival skills and survival gear.

Survival skills help reduce fear because you know that you can take care of yourself in a survival situation. Without those survival skills people who are lost are often so scared they don’t know what to do. They’re scared of the animals, scared of the dark, scared of being without all of the comforts of civilization.

Survival gear helps combat fear because it gives you the tools that makes surviving easier.

Complacency:

Complacency is a bane of modern life. Complacency is dangerous because it lulls you into believing everything is alright and causes you to ignore clear signs of danger. A good way to combat complacency is by practicing the art of relaxed awareness.

Relaxed awareness is similar to the art of meditation….it is achieved by being fully immersed and aware of your surroundings. A good example of relaxed awareness is when you are practicing defensive driving.

After you practice defensive driving, you remember the entire drive because your mind was fully engaged and active the entire trip. Unfortunately relaxed awareness isn’t something you can pack in a bag, but you can practice it constantly to help ensure your survival.

Hunger:

Hunger can nag at you, slow you down, and eventually kill you. Combat hunger by learning primitive hunting and fishing skills. Make sure that you have snare wire, survival knives, paracord, a fishing kit and anything else you can think of that will help you find and secure game and fish. Also, learn what wild plant in the area are edible.

Thirst

You will die in only a few days without water. Depending on your activity level and the environment, you will need at least a gallon of water a day. Knowing how to locate, store and decontaminate water is essential. Always carry a way to store and decontaminate water.

98.6 degrees Fahrenheit

If you can’t keep the core temperature of your body at 98.6 degrees, you are in a world of hurt. Cody Lundin of “Dual Survival” fame covers this reality very well in his book “98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive“.

You need to be able to protect your body from both heat and the cold. Always have a way to make a quick emergency shelter in your survival kit. Bivy bags are lightweight and take up very little room. You also need several ways to start a fire in your kit. Also, always have clothing in your survival kit that is rugged and made for the weather of the season that you are in.

Pain

Avoid pain at all costs. It can cripple or at the very least slow you down to the point that you are in imminent danger of losing your life. If possible, carry medications to deal with it. Injuries are more likely when one panics or is fatigued.

Fatigue

Getting overly tired or fatigued makes the chances of injury greater and increases the dangers of exposure. One important thing to understand is that fatigue affects your mind just as much as it does your body.

Arctic explorers discovered that if you sleep when you need to rather than pushing on, you will wake up when you become cold. If you push on till you collapse from exhaustion you’ll freeze to death instead of waking up.

Boredom

Boredom is like a cancer that slowly eats away at morale. It is always a good idea to keep a way to entertain you in your survival kit. Something as simple as a deck of cards can do wonders for fighting boredom. To this one you can add loneliness…if you are alone. Loneliness can be devastating.

As you can see, these enemies of survival can all make surviving an emergency much more difficult…if not impossible. By understanding them you will have a much better chance of getting out of your next survival situation/emergency alive.

What Is Prepping?

When some people think of prepping, it conjures images of strange people wearing tinfoil hats huddled in a shelter while they wait for the mother ship to return.

For others, thoughts of a recluse living in a one-room shack in the middle of the wilderness come to mind.

But neither of those thoughts captures the real nature of prepping.

At its heart, prepping is simply preparing for the future. And since there is no certainty of what that future may bring, preppers frequently hope for the best yet prepare for the worse.

And with good reason, many preppers feel that we are on the verge of a significant change in life as we know it. So they prepare.

Three Facets of Prepping

For the modern prepper, prepping involves three primary areas: acquiring the necessary supplies, learning requisite skills, and building a community.

Acquiring the Necessary Supplies

Food, water, shelter. We all need these things to survive.
Moreover, we all need a continual supply of them. Preppers know this and take steps to prepare themselves in case the supply is disrupted for any reason.

Preppers don’t want the loss of a job or a truckers strike to keep them from eating. So they prepare. They buy extra food when it’s on sale.

They grow their own in a garden and preserve it. They buy in bulk and store it for a rainy day.

Similarly, preppers don’t like debt. So they pay off their mortgage, they live within their means, and they work hard at their jobs. They are not afraid of physical labour to provide for their families.

Preppers don’t want the loss of a job to turn into the loss of a home or car.

Learning Requisite Skills

Prepping may start with food and supply storage, but it doesn’t end there. Preppers regularly learn and practice new skills. They learn to cook. They learn emergency first aid.

They learn to hunt with a variety of weapons. They learn to build debris huts and other shelters.

From sewing and canning to fire starting and knot tying, preppers learn important and potentially lifesaving skills before they may need them. It’s part of being prepared.

Building a Community

Preppers recognize that there is value in getting to know other like-minded individuals. We can learn from each other. We can help each other.

We can share our knowledge and encourage one another. Prepping is not a zero-sum game; we can expand the pie by helping others.

Additionally, it’s impossible for a prepper to acquire every supply and every skill he may ever need. There’s simply not enough time or money to prepare to that extent. So preppers get to know others in their local community with similar passions yet different skill sets.

If you’re having car trouble, it’s nice to know a mechanic.
If you’ve injured yourself, it’s good to know an paramedic. If the food supply
is disrupted for an extended period, it’s good to know a farmer.

People helping people; that’s part of prepping.

Where to Start?

Prepping is a journey. And as the old adage goes, every journey begins with a single step. Recognizing the need for and prudence of prepping and acknowledging that you are woefully underprepared is a good first step.

Next, make a plan. Identify where you are with your supplies, your skills, and your community. Then determine where you’d like to be and make a plan to close the gap.

If you have 3 days’ worth of food in the pantry and you want 6 months’ worth, prioritize that and plan.

The key is to something. A plan without an action is simply a wish.

Prepping (verb) is the act of a group or individual preparing themselves and loved ones for any potential threat to life as we know it.

There are a few basic things that one would need to know when becoming a prepper, and preparing their family for any potential threats that could come their way, and surviving any ordeals you may face.

First, the basics:

Food

Shelter

Water

These three are probably the absolutely most important things to start off with when considering your survival needs. Why are these important? Well let’s go over each one:

Food – Right now, get up and go look in your kitchen (if you’re home of course) and count the number of days you could survive off of just the food you have at this moment.

You probably counted the food in your fridge too huh? Don’t. The reason being is that in most SHTF situations, the electric grid is more than likely to be gone, and any food you have in your fridge or freezer will go to waste within a matter of hours to possibly two days depending on the weather.

So now just look at the non-perishable items that you have. Most people will find themselves with less than three days’ worth of food.. So now consider this, if you’re like most other people, your first thought is to panic and run to the supermarket and try to stock up.

Well guess what, that’s what all your neighbours are doing too.

So now you have to fight to get whatever is remaining in the shops closest to you.

Once the grocery stores are out, then what? In most SHTF situations, transportation and motorways will become impassable or impossible, meaning that the food that is delivered to supermarkets by road will no longer be on its way.

So with no way to replenish the shops, what do you do?

That is what prepping is all about, preparing your family with either the ability to
grow and produce your own food, or having enough food to last you until proper
order can be restored.

Best is to try and have at least 72hrs worth of food for if you need to leave (bug-out-bag), and 90days worth of food in your house for storage.

Shelter – For obvious reasons, this is an important factor to consider first when beginning to prep. Is your shelter reliable for protection against raids?

Natural disasters?

If you answered no to either of those two questions, then your next step would be to consider how to prepare your home or bug out locations for any type of situation.

Many people who live in places where natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes already have plans in place to protect their shelters.

But if you aren’t already prepared, knowing your location (geographical region), what types of dangers you might be exposed to, and how to properly secure and defend it is going to be important.

Having wood to board up doors and windows, basement to seek deeper shelter and weapons to defend your location is all important things to consider.

Water – One of the most important keys to survival, of any living creature on this planet, is water. In most SHTF scenarios, water will be obtainable for only a short period of time.

With no electricity, how will water be pumped to your house?

Unless you have a well, you’re out of luck. One of the very first things to do
in an emergency disaster situation, is to run to your bathroom and fill up your
bath as quickly as you can.

Having extra water on hand will be important, not just for drinking, but for cooking as well. It would be a good idea to have at least 3 months’ worth of water on hand at all times.

Remember, that food and water have a shelf life, and can expire over time. It’s important to think ahead and get food that will stay fresh and eatable for as long as possible.

This week’s show 4th April 2019

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THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills.

The previous eleven years have seen this event grow from a small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the camp fire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.

The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.

The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness skills classes for all. 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha boat building, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on survival phycology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival fishing.

All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to participate in.

You can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and outdoor clothing to primitive tools.

The organisers have even laid on a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There are local scout and explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.

The catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.

Check out www.wildernessgathering.co.uk or call 0845 8387062 you really won’t regret it.

A Possible British Chernobyl

Footage has been released showing some of the hundreds of tiny cracks inside a nuclear reactor in North Ayrshire.

Reactor 3 at the Hunterston B plant has been shut down for 12 months after the cracks were found to be growing faster than expected.

Cracks are expected to form over time in all the UK’s nuclear reactors, but recent close-up filming at Hunterston has revealed around 370 small fractures.

EDF, which runs the plant 35 miles west of Glasgow, said they were 1mm when first seen in 2017.

They are now “opening very slowly”, with an average crack size of 2mm.

Cracks of 10mm on the inside of the fuel channel and 18mm on the outside are still safe, according to EDF.

The company says it has carried out tests, including earthquake simulations, which show the reactor will still work normally and allow control rods to shut down the reactor in case of an emergency.

The cracks cannot be repaired because it is too dangerous and in the near future the reactor – like others around Britain – will have to be decommissioned.

The company is planning to ask permission from the nuclear watchdog, the Office of Nuclear Regulation, to restart the reactor.

The 10m-high, 1,400-tonne reactor is made up of 3,000 graphite bricks and the plant provides electricity for 1.8 million homes when all the reactors are running.

In early 2018 a higher rate of new keyway root cracks than modelled was observed in Reactor 3 during a scheduled outage, and EDF announced in May 2018 “While Hunterston B Reactor 3 could return to operation from the current outage, it will remain offline while the company works with the regulator to ensure that the longer term safety case reflects the findings of the recent inspections and includes the results obtained from other analysis and modelling.

In December 2018 EDF pushed back their estimated return to service date to March 2019 for Reactor 4 and April 2019 for Reactor 3, to allow for further modelling work and a new seismic analysis.

In March 2019 pictures of the cracking were released with EDF stating that it intended to seek permission from the ONR to restart reactor 3 by raising the operational limit for the number of cracks.

About 370 fractures have been discovered, on average 2mm wide, in about 10% of the graphite bricks in the reactor core. This was above the operational limit of 350 fractures, and EDF intends to present a new safety case for an operational limit of 700 cracks.

This is bloody foolish and in persecute of profits at the rick of our lives.

Brexit and Civil Unrest

Police chiefs could be forced to call on the military to tackle civil disorder in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit, according to a leaked document.

Contingency plans drawn up by the National Police Co-ordination Centre warn that a possible shortage of medicine could “feed civil disorder” and a rise in the price of goods could see “widespread protest which could then escalate into disorder”.

There could also be a rise in acquisitive crimes such as theft, along with massive traffic queues at ports, leading to “unprecedented and overwhelming” disruption in the wider road network.

But Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the public need not worry and that departments had to “prepare for all possible outcomes”.

He told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr show: “I don’t expect a no-deal outcome but we need to prepare for all contingencies and it’s absolutely correct… I’m not going to go into what the situation may or may not be but I think it’s fair to say we’re preparing for all contingencies.

The document was obtained by The Sunday Times and will be considered by the National Police Chiefs’ Council later this month.

It focuses on the potential consequences for the police service if a Brexit Britain turns sour.

Among these are:

EU police officers losing their legal right to carry a warrant card. This would potentially affect 750 officers in the Metropolitan Police alone

Increased data costs hitting the budgets of forces which rely on mobile communication

Disruption potentially lasting for three months either side of Brexit day, rather than the six weeks planned for by the government

A perceived lack of communication between the Home Office and the Brexit department

The impact of the Operation Stack (used for queuing traffic at Channel ports) needing to be used at docks around the country

NPCC lead for operations Chief Constable Charlie Hall told The Sunday Times: “The police are planning for all scenarios that may require a police response in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“At this stage, we have no intelligence to suggest there will be an increase in crime or disorder.

“However, we remain vigilant and will continue to assess any threats and develop plans accordingly.”

And do not forget Javid has plans in place for martial law and curfews too.

If there is unrest, which would have been caused by the governments betrayal of the peoples vote, and would be entirely down to the GoV and it’s inability to sort Brexit out in 2 1/2 years.

Pulled Pork and English Muffins

It’s spring dear listener and that means one simple thing…it’s camping season!

Perhaps like me you have been slowly working our way through your winter kit and replacing certain items for spring/summer, and at the same time doing a kit and battery check.

Once you get out into the woods there is nothing like the smell look and of course taste of your first campfire breakfast as you all know.

I think that the trick to campfire food is to keep it super simple and super tasty.

This recipe is just that.

I use leftover BBQ pulled pork from the night before which was slow cooked over the campfire, or brought from home.

This recipe uses English Muffins but of course bread buns will do.

Butter the muffins and toast them on your skillet.

Reheat your pulled pork.

Fry your eggs.

It’s sweet and smoky bbq drippy egg goodness. Seriously one of the most delicious things that you can eat while you are camping.

Enjoy.

Steak & Cheesy Bacon Potato Hash Foil Packs!

Cheesy potato hash, tender-juicy-charred steak –> grilled Or simply cooked how ever you like in garlic butter for the ULTIMATE flavour combination!

And if thats’s not enough, it all gets topped with bacon. CRISPY BACON.

I’m so excited to share these extremely versatile Recipe caters for both medium and well-done steaks.

Foil Packets

These packs can be cooked anywhere.

Personally, I recommend grilling for the best results, but what if you don’t have a grill? Get your skillets out and cook them on your campfire in a really hot cast iron skillet, or your packets will simmer and boil on the inside.

To get the steak to char on the inside, you can flip your packets half way through cooking time.

Beef Cuts

Good quality cuts of meat yield the best results that stay tender during cooking.

Whole eye fillet

Rib eye

Strip (or Porterhouse)

Cheaper cuts WILL produce a tough and chewy result.

Steak should be at room temperature.

Pat them dry with a paper towel to prevent the meat from releasing too much water and steaming in the packets while cooking.

Yes, the meat does char through the foil when grilling!

Oven

This method works better for well done steaks. If you prefer medium rare or medium, I don’t recommend this option.

You’re going to slice it into 2-inch rounds that are at least 1-inch thick to guarantee even cooking with the potatoes.

Cut your fillet into 4-inch long and 3-inch thick pieces. The bigger and thicker you cut them, the juicier the steak will be once its done. For rarer steaks, cut them bigger (5-inch pieces and 4-inch thick).

Potatoes

At this time of the year I would you use baby potatoes and cut them into 1-inch pieces to ensure they cook through. Baby potatoes are really good for these foil packs.

Any other potato, I suggest par boiling them for 5-10 minutes depending on what potato you are using.

Top with cheese bacon.

The Bug Out Survival Show

The B.O.S.S is here again on May bank holiday 4th to the 6th.

This is the show that beginning the years prepping weekends and survival shows.The B.O.S.S. Is different though, here you can learn from instructors at no extra cost. You can try archery. Crossbows, air rifles, you can enjoy a group B.B.Q. For £5 extra per head, well worth it I can tell you.

For full details https://bugoutsurvivalshow.webs.com/

BREAK

CME’s Detected

On last Sunday at 12.00 my mobile phone sounded like an air raid was taking place with this very loud siren going off.

My real time Gamma Pix app was signaling gamma radiation was present.

The reading was 0.4msv

On Monday at 11am again the alarm sounded this time the reading was 0.2 msv

So onto the space weather website and found what I had expected there have been two solar flares CME’s that had hit the earth.

For occupational exposure, the limit is 50 mSv in a single year with a maximum of 100 mSv in a consecutive five-year period, and for the public to an average of 1 mSv (0.001 Sv) of effective dose per year, not including medical and occupational exposures.

There is no safe dose of radiation exposure, but there are dose levels that will definitely cause you harm and there are dose levels that will kill you.

So I was of course not affected by this very small dose if you got a dose of 250 mSv within one day you won’t even have any symptoms.

What it does do however is reinforce my confidence in the Gamma Pix app.

Do You Know What’s in Your Tap Water?

Water-to-Go filter bottles are not just for preppers and survivors they are for everybody, they make dodgy water in holiday destinations safe to drink in fact you can drink from any water source.

Tap water is treated with a large number of chemicals in order to kill bacteria and other microorganisms.

Here’s a list of just a few of the chemicals:

Liquified chlorine

Fluorosilicic acid

Aluminium sulphate

Calcium hydroxide

Sodium silicofluoride

Don’t forget that once your water leaves the water treatment plant it travels through pipes, some of which may have been underground since Victorian times.

It is almost impossible for the water not to become contaminated by something undesirable.

How many of us still have lead pipes feeding into our houses? You can pretty much guarantee that if your house was built before about 1970 it’s probably still fed by a lead pipe at the very least from the water main in the street to your stop tap, so there’s every chance of heavy metal contamination.

Over 300 different man-made chemicals have now been detected in British tap water.

Water companies only test for around 20 of these chemicals.

These twenty chemicals are all present in varying amounts for example DDT, Simazine, Atrazine, and 3,4 Benz pyrene, (weed killers).

I can go on and on here, a recent study by Brunel University showed levels of benzotriazole and tolytriazole in UK tap water – these chemicals are found in dishwasher tablets and are used to make our cutlery shiny, yet are finding their way into our water supply.

Studies have also revealed that high levels of the female hormone estrogen contaminate water supplies as it returns to our waterways from the millions of women on the contraceptive pill or HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and also from contamination from some industrial chemicals.

As estrogen is not filtered out on a large scale anyone drinking water straight from the tap without a water filtration system is in essence consuming small quantities of the estrogen hormone!

One of the biggest issues currently being researched around the estrogen levels in tap water is it’s link to male fertility problems, it is thought the levels of estrogen found in tap water lead to testicular dysgenesis syndrome and fertility issues!

The Environment Agency also recently revealed research showing large quantities of male fish in rivers and waterways are actually changing sex – all because of the high estrogen levels being found in water.

High levels of estrogen in women can lead to fat storage around the bottom and thighs too!

Next up comes fluoride.

Fluoride is added to around 10% of the UK’s water supply, its purpose is to help prevent dental decay, however the problem with adding fluoride to water in my opinion greatly out way the benefits .

The thyroid gland is particularly affected by fluoride exposure because its store of iodine is depleted.

Lack of iodine depresses the thyroid’s metabolic and immune functions by shuting down production of thyroxine, the thyroid prohormone that controls metabolism resulting in hypothyroidism and lowered immunity.

The resulting hypothyroidism causes weight gain, cold intolerance, dry and prematurely aged skin, depression, constipation, hair loss, memory loss, irritability, increased cholesterol levels, heart disease and loss of libido. Pretty scary stuff yeah?

Isn’t it any wonder the fluoridation of water is banned in all other European countries? …just saying!

And finally…

Research by Birmingham University showed that the “chlorination” process that tap water goes through to kill germs and dangerous bacteria could be a problem for pregnant women.

Researchers found that chemicals formed during chlorination called trihalomethanes, or THM for short were found to affect pregnant women more and cause a higher incidence of three birth defects (hole-in-the-heart defect, cleft palate) very scary stuff!

All of the above reasons are the reasons why I drink from my Water-to-Go Filter Bottle rather than tap water! Plus it also removes any odors too.

How to Get 30 Days of Food Preps

Fancy 30 days’ worth of food? well here is what I recommend for beginners.

The idea is to simplify the beginning stages of storing food and to get you to a minimum of 30 days of stored food as quickly and as cheaply as possible.

As you know I am not a fan of those big cases of Mountain House or Wise food. Although prepared foods like this absolutely have a place in your overall food preps, you should not be relying completely on these foods to make up your entire stockpile.

Your food preps should be as normal as your daily food intake already is, if you wouldn’t eat Mountain House every day of the week now, why would that change in a long-term disaster scenario?

Another trap new preppers experience is “price-shock” when looking at the prices of these foods.

This can lead to newer preppers taking far too long to even get to 30 days of stored food, which is the bare minimum everyone should have on hand, right now, no matter what.

This survival prep list is a cheap way for a new prepper, or someone rebuilding their stockpile from scratch to make a few trips to the supermarket and walk out with 30 days of long-term storable food that will last for years to come for a fraction of the cost of 30 days of freeze-dried prepared meals.

This list is developed based for a typical family of 4 with an average daily calorie count of about 2000 calories per day.

5 pounds of wheat flour – Flour can be used to make literally hundreds of different foods including bread, pasta, tortillas, pie crusts, biscuits and desserts.

Flour can also be used to thicken soups and sauces. Be sure to keep in mind any wheat or gluten allergies you might have in your family.

A good alternative to wheat flour would be corn meal.

I suggest wheat flour above white flour simply because wheat flour contains more fibre and nutrients than white flour, which gives you more bang for less.

10 pounds of brown rice – Rice has been the staple food source in many areas of the world for centuries.

It takes on other flavours very easily and is a great carbohydrate addition to most meals.

Brown rice is suggested over white for the same reason as wheat flour.

Brown rice still has the rice hull attached which is packed with protein, fibre and other nutrients.

It does take a little more care when cooking but once you get the hang of it, brown rice actually tastes much better than white.

100 (8oz. tins) of tinned vegetables – It is important to have a well-balanced diet within your stored foods.

You can’t live off of rice and beans alone.

Tinned vegetables do have a slightly lower nutrient value than fresh, but they store very well.

Pick out a good variety of canned vegetables but make sure that you’re picking ones that you actually like and keep in mind how you are going to prepare them and what flavourings you will add to them.

5 pounds of pasta – Pasta is another great carbohydrate that takes on other flavours very well, stores essentially forever if done correctly and packs a lot of calories.

5 (jars) of pasta sauce – Pick out a good variety of different sauces but pay attention to the expiration dates on them.

Most sauces can store unopened for several years, however some types of organic sauces do expire much quicker.

Pasta sauce is also very versatile and can be used with various vegetables and carbohydrates.

10 pounds of beans – It wouldn’t be a survival food list without beans!

There are hundreds of varieties of dried beans that are great for long-term storage. Be sure to experiment with different varieties to find the kinds that you like.

Also keep in mind that beans do require a significant amount of water to hydrate and cook.

3 large jars of peanut butter – Peanut butter is a great survival food because it stores for a very long time, is fairly resistant to temperature changes and is a great source of protein and fat.

Just make sure to keep in mind any possible nut allergies. An allergic reaction in a survival scenario could be a death sentence.

2 (packs) of yeast – Yeast is extremely versatile.

It can make anything from breads to alcohol. If you have never worked with yeast before, buy some and do some experimenting.

3 boxes of baking powder and baking soda – These are important ingredients in baking and open up a whole new set of foods that you can make.

5 pounds of sugar – Sugar is just one of those staples that is necessary when making foods from scratch and is the easiest flavouring ingredient you can use.

White sugar stores much better than brown.

Brown sugar goes bad quicker and will turn solid quickly.

100 tins of tinned meats – In a survival situation protein should be your biggest concern.

Protein fills you up faster, keeps you full longer, typically has the highest calorie count and gives you the most long-term energy.

Be sure to try out as many canned meats as you can for both variety and preference.

What to do when you bring the bacon home?

As good as mass-produced bacon is, curing and smoking your own at home kicks things up to a whole new level.

Once you master the technique, the flavour options are endless. Like your bacon with a kick? Bump up the red or chilli powder.

Like it sweeter? Try extra honey, brown sugar, real maple syrup or sorghum or molasses or treacle in your cure.

While the curing process takes some time, the recipe itself is a simple one. Any smoker will work, but electric models make it easier to maintain the necessary low smoking temperatures needed to get the bacon just right. Wood choices can be as varied as you want them to be, but hickory and apple are the two most popular.

Curing bacon at home is so simple that the hardest part of the whole process can be procuring the pork belly itself.

Bacon made from wild pigs is a bit leaner than its store bought cousin, but it tastes pretty good.

Prep Time

7-9 days

Cook Time

6-8 hours on the smoker

Ingredients

A whole pork belly from the butcher shop normally runs
around 10-12 pounds. A belly from an adult wild pig around 4-6. The
following recipe is enough cure for 5-6 pounds, if you buy a whole pork belly,
just separate it into two, more or less equal, pieces.

5 pound piece of pork belly, skin on or off, your choice

1.5 teaspoons pink salt (cure also known as Prague Powder
number one, available on the internet at around £4 for 250g)

1/2 cup Maldon salt

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup sorghum molasses, if you can’t find that then use
molasses or treacle

1 Tablespoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 gallon Ziplock bag

Cooking Instructions

Begin by mixing all dry ingredients into a small bowl. Rub the cure into the exposed surfaces of the pork. Really work it in, make sure the belly is well coated with the cure. Place the pork into a two gallon Ziplock bag and pour sorghum over the top of the meat (honey works well too) and seal the bag. Place the belly flat into a pyrex dish (the bag will leak a little, they always do) and put it in the fridge. Flip the pork once per day for 7 to 10 days.

I often get asked, “How do I know when it is finished curing?” The answer is, when it tastes right to you. After day seven or eight, open the bag and slice a tiny sliver from one side.

Rinse it well under cold water and fry it like you would bacon. If you like the flavour, it is finished. If you would like the salt and spice to be a bit stronger, let it soak another day or two. Remember that the outer surface is always quite a bit saltier than the inner slices will be.

Now that the bacon is fully cured, remove it from the bag and rinse thoroughly under running water. The next step is to let the bacon dry completely to form a sticky pellicle.

I prefer to do this by placing the bacon on a wire cooling rack and running a low speed fan over it for six to eight hours.

Your bacon is now ready for the smoker. A good remote meat thermometer comes in handy at this point.

I like to start my smoker at 175 degrees. Maintain this temperature for 3-4 hours then bump it up to 200 degrees to finish.

You are looking for an internal temperature of 150 degrees on the pork belly. Once you reach this point, the bacon is finished. Remove from the smoker and let the bacon cool completely before slicing.

I like to let mine come to room temperature, then place it into the freezer for an hour or two. The freezer helps to firm the bacon and makes slicing easier.

The fastest way to slice bacon is on a deli style meat slicer. A good sharp knife works too. Cured bacon will keep up to a year when vacuum sealed and kept in the freezer.

Use your homemade bacon just like you would bacon you buy from the supermarket. It makes a fine breakfast, wraps nicely around a pigeon breast or chunk of deer or steak, and seasons a pot of campfire baked beans like nothing else. After you get the basic recipe down, try flavours to make your own perfect blend.

Survival Trapping

Trapping or snaring is a simple process. Your goal is to hold, contain, or kill the intended target species.

Without real traps or snares, you have to use your head. The
better your understanding of wildlife, the better trapper you will be.

I have a friend who just started trapping and she told me she used to think you just put traps anywhere in the woods and the animals would be caught!

This is a very important statement if you are a beginner. To understand trapping, you have to understand what estate agents say all the time
– “Location, location, location.”

To become an expert trapper, you must study every piece of written material on the target animals. I am not just talking about trapping books and videos, but wildlife studies.

Have you seen the movie with Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins called “The Edge”? I think that is what it was called, anyway.

This is the movie where they are stranded up in Alaska. They make that little cage trap out of sticks and twine to catch the squirrel.

Then they catch a squirrel. The funny part was the squirrel the movie shows getting caught in the trap doesn’t even live in Alaska!

I have seen animals in traps, and I laughed my head off when I saw that part! A trapped squirrel would have jumped and pushed at the cage.

That cage, having no weight on it would have fallen open,
and the squirrel would have escaped. Don’t rely on Hollywood to teach you any
survival skills!

Pine Sap and Birch Bark Trap. I will now discuss some different emergency trapping techniques. One of my favourites is a century old way of trapping birds. For centuries, the Indians knew that trapping fed them better than hunting, and they developed this trap.

Form a cone like an ice cream cone, and tie strips of inner bark around the cone to keep it together. Score a pine tree by cutting off a 4 x 4 inch square in the bark, until you can see the inner bark. The sticky sap will flow out.

Take a stick and get a good glob of sap, then smear it onto the inside of your cone. Using whatever the birds – like grouse or pheasants – are feeding on (berries, corn, etc…), make a small trail leading into the cone, and fill the inner cone with the bait.

The bird will eat the bait and follow the trail right into the cone! Once they stick their head in, the pine sap will stick to their feathers.

The bird is now blind. But, just like a bird in a cage that you place a cover over, these trapped birds will lay down, thinking it is night time, and go to sleep.

It is very important to make sure no light can be seen inside the cone.

Approach the trapped bird slowly and quietly. Once you grab the bird, hold on tight, because it is going to freak out! Quickly grab it and wring its neck.

Stove pipe Bird Trap.

The stove pipe game bird trap is so simple, it makes me laugh every time I think about it.

The principle behind it is that birds can’t back up. Have you ever seen a bird walk backwards? Neither have I!

A friend told me about it when I was in school. There was a farm inside the village limits loaded with pheasants! He used to train his dogs there. The pheasants were just too tempting for me, so I had to try it.

So, I made a trap, baited it with corn, and the next day, sure enough, there were fresh pheasant tracks going right into the pipe!

Man! This is great, I thought! I lifted the pipe, expecting the weight of a bird, only to be disappointed upon finding it empty.

Mice must have stolen the bait, I thought. After two more days of tracks going into the pipe and no pheasants, I figured it out. I was using an 8-inch pipe, and the birds could turn around.

I went back to the scrapyard, found some 6-inch pipe, and the next day, the pheasant was waiting!

Of course, I had to try it on the grouse, and found that a 4-inch pipe works for them. My guess for quail would be the 2- or 3-inch pipe.

Materials needed:

6-inch diameter, 24-inch long stove pipe

A piece of chicken wire, about 12-inches square and some duct tape

That’s it. You take the chicken wire, form it around one end of the pipe, and duct tape the overlay nice and tight around the pipe. Place a trail of corn going into the pipe, and a pile or cob in the back.

This has to be the easiest trap to make, and man does it work! Be careful when you pull the pheasants out. They are a feisty bird, and you had better have a good hold on them. Otherwise, they will fly off.

A Pit Trap.

This is a neat trap. A friend who enjoys (poaching) told this me about this one, on
catching pheasants.

You take a coke bottle, or a small shovel, and dig a hole 6 inches in diameter, 10- to 12 inches deep. Make a trail of corn leading to the hole, and cover the bottom with corn.

The pheasant, or grouse, will come up and reach down to get
the corn.

Then, they fall into the hole. Their wings are stuck at their sides, and their feet are hanging up in the air! You just pull them up by the feet, and wring the neck.

Fish Trapping.

One of the oldest methods of catching fish is used in small rivers and streams. You find a shallow spot next to a deep hole. At night, the fish come out to feed, and will swim in the shallows.

To take advantage of this, you can narrow down the opening into a “V”. Behind the “V” is a solid wall of rocks.

The fish will swim in and get caught or confused, and lay in the trap until daylight.

When you go to check the trap, approach quietly from the front. Place a large rock, or rocks, blocking the hole in the “V”. This is to keep any from escaping.

Netting is the best way to catch the fish in the containment area. If you don’t have a net, make a spear. Clubbing fish is a waste of time in the water.

All that happens is you get very wet, and the fish could get so scared they will jump over the back wall to escape. Yes, I found that one out first-hand.

If you are serious about trapping, get real equipment, and real snares. Real traps and snares will always catch more than these home made traps.

Trapping is a skill that takes practice. You have to learn to walk into the woods and recognize what type of animal lives there.

Then you need to learn where they travel for food, water, and shelter and set your traps and snares accordingly.

Choosing Game

Choosing and cooking game isn’t difficult with a few guidelines and a little information about Game.

Game is the term for wild animals and birds hunted and caught for food.

Game has been a favourite British food forever, as it was once the main source of meat for many being wild and more importantly, free.

Today many animals and birds, which were once wild, are now raised on farms including quail, deer and rabbit.

Game falls into two types; feathered and furred.

The season for wild feathered game starts officially on the 12th August, known as the Glorious 12th, and runs through to late February; furred game from August 1st until late April.

Dates vary throughout the UK and Ireland for different types of Game and precise details can be found on the Shooting UK website.

Buying Game

Many supermarkets now sell oven-ready game with cooking instructions but if you want to know more about where your meat came from then it is best to go to a specialist game dealer.

A game dealer will be able to tell you where and when the bird or animal was shot and advise on cooking methods.

Knowing the age of the game is very important, as this will determine the cooking method.

Young birds can be roasted whereas older birds are better suited to a casserole or pie.

If you are lucky to have been given a brace of birds, young birds if un plucked will have smooth legs, and the beak and feet will still be pliable.

Fresh game can only be bought in season unless frozen, whereas farmed game is not subject to the seasons and can often be bought year-round.

Farmed game is tenderer and less gamey in flavour than from the wild; which you choose is down to personal preference.

Hanging Game

Birds and animals caught in the wild have a tendency to be dry and tough and the way to counteract this is to hang them.

Hanging tenderizes the meat and allows flavour to develop.

The test of when a bird or animal had been hung sufficiently used to be waiting until the head and tail feathers fell off, or maggots appeared in the gut is no longer used – thank goodness.

Ripeness is now judged by the smell.

A high bird will smell powerfully gamey; a bird that is rotten smells bad, as any meat that has gone off.

Pheasant, partridge and grouse should be hung by the neck, wildfowl including geese by the feet. This helps the meat to mature slowly and retain moisture – very important to avoid the game being dry when cooked.

We have about two months left to obtain some game; quite often game butchers will offer a deal on locally shot game, my local butcher has an offer of 10 oven ready pheasants for only £20.

But I ask you if you have not tried it to do so this year, you will not regret it.

This week’s show 28th March 2019

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Show Content:

I start this week’s extremely packed show with its Never Too late to Start Prepping, and then onto:

  • Breeding Rabbits to Eat,
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  • Survival Preparedness is a process or a condition of being prepared to survive,
  • Power Cuts Happen,
  • Treat Your Water or Die,
  • Wood Pigeons in a Pot with Plums,
  • Here are some more companies to support,
  • Adjustable Knife Lanyard Review,
  • Bartering Your Skills,
  • Emergency Essentials,
  • Further Companies to Support,
  • Some of My Favourite Recipes,
  • The Benefits of Animals When Living Off the Grid,
  • The M1 Ridge Knife Review,
  • Wilderness Myths,
  • Wilderness Hygiene,
  • Why do Some of Us Find it easier to Survive Than Others?,
  • Traveling
    with Vehicles during a Crisis or Survival Situation,
  • The Humble Dandelion,
  • Urban Survival Preparation– Testing the Bug Out Plan,
  • Every Day Carry (EDC),
  • A Tough Question,
  • Survival Hygiene,
  • Surviving the Effects of Nuclear Weapons,
  • Crossing Rivers,
  • Prioritizing Survival Needs Using the Rule Of 3’s

This Week’s Show 7th March 2019

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The New Cold War

Vladimir Putin has promised to target more missiles at the US if America deploys new weapons to Europe in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from a key arms pact. 

In his toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, Putin said Russia would deploy more missiles if the Trump administration put short or intermediate range missiles in Europe – after the President’s decision this month to quit a treaty banning nuclear missiles with a range of less than 3,415 miles.

Putin said U.S. policy-makers, some of whom he said were obsessed with U.S. exceptionalism, should calculate the risks before taking any steps and said any new Russian missiles would target US ‘decision-making centres’.

He said: ‘It’s their right to think how they want. But can they count? I’m sure they can. Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing,’ Putin told Russia’s political elite to strong applause this morning.

‘Russia will be forced to create and deploy types of weapons which can be used not only in respect of those territories from which the direct threat to us originates, but also in respect of those territories where the centres of decision-making are located,’ he said.

Putin also boasted about Russia’s expanding array of new weapons and said it will deploy a new hypersonic missile for its navy as part of efforts to counter what he described as hostile U.S. Moves.

The new Zircon missile will fly at nine times of the speed of sound and have a range of 620 miles, he warned, adding that the missile is designed to equip existing surface ships and submarines.

Other new weapons announced last year, including the nuclear-powered Burevestnik cruise missile and the Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drone, have been undergoing tests successfully, he said.

Putin, facing an unprecedented fall in his approval ratings, made the remarks during his first address to both houses of parliament since he was elected to a fourth presidential term a year ago, extending his long rule until 2024.

In his toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, the Kremlin strongman warned the US against further missile deployments in Europe.

‘Russia does not intend to be the first to deploy such missiles in Europe,’ he said.

‘If (the US) develops and deploys them in Europe… this will dramatically exacerbate the international security situation, creating serious threats to Russia.

‘I’m saying this clearly and openly, Russia will be forced to deploy weapons that can be used… against the decision-making centres that are behind the missiles systems which threaten us.’

Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation ‘particularly with such a global power as the U.S’.

But he added that Russia’s reaction to any deployment would be resolute and that U.S. policy-makers, some of whom he said were obsessed with U.S. exceptionalism, should calculate the risks before taking any steps.

‘It’s their right to think how they want. But can they count? I’m sure they can. Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing,’ Putin told Russia’s political elite to strong applause.

ACCIDENT reports and safety reviews into nuclear weapons and atomic energy programmes in Scotland are among hundreds of documents to have been suddenly withdrawn from public view.

According to a report on the Sunday Post website, following a “security review” the files at the National Archives in Kew were removed so that they can no longer be accessed by the public.

For me this is “very concerning”

The documents relate to a range of topics on Britain’s nuclear weapons and atomic energy programmes, including the nuclear power plant in Dounreay, Caithness, as well as Chapelcross in Dumfries and Galloway and the Hunterston A and Hunterston B power stations which are located in Ayrshire.

It is not entirely clear why the files have been removed.

All that is known at this point is that Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) ordered a security review and that a decision will be made on whether or not the documents should remain public.

The NDA, Ministry of Defence and the Atomic Weapons Establishment are jointly undertaking a security review to ensure that it is appropriate for the records to remain in the public domain,” a spokesperson said.

The NDA has indicated that the “vast majority” files will be made public again, according to the report.

“Just before Christmas all the files were withdrawn from the National Archive without any explanation or communication,” said Jon Agar, professor of science and technology studies at University College London

It was replaced with a message that if you need to see this, you have to put in an FOI request.

Almost everything we would want to know on the public record which allows us to trace the history of nuclear establishments across the country have been essentially withdrawn from public sight.

Why Prep?

To those of you who have seen the importance of preparing and have a desire to keep your family safe during a disaster – congratulations.

Prepping is for those who are preparing for the unknown future, and for those who see the importance of having necessary items in place before a disaster strikes.

I hope this piece will give you the basic fundamental knowledge on how to start prepping, help you gain an understanding of why you need to have certain disaster supplies, and give insight on where to get certain supplies.

Those that are new to prepping should start with planning for a given disaster and then begin acquiring items for their basic needs.

The logic behind prepping is the same for those preparing for a short term disaster or a long term disaster.

That logic is: To be self-sufficient and have the ability to care for yourself and your family independently during an unforeseen disaster.

Creating a disaster check list will add another layer of disaster planning, and expedite the process of getting ready for a disaster, if one comes your way.

Disasters can strike quickly and without warning. Knowing what type of disasters could affect the area you live in will help you plan more thoroughly for the disaster.

Deciding on the type of disaster to prepare for will also determine the type of survival gear that is needed.

For example, if a person lives in an area prone to flash flooding and torrential downpours from thunderstorms, the items they choose would be different than survival items chosen for earthquake preparedness.

Typically, the best way to prepare for a disaster is to plan for the worst case scenario so that all areas are covered.

Many think this ideology is a bit excessive, but being completely prepared and self-sufficient for a given disaster is the reasoning behind prepping. It is a state of mind for many.

There are different types of preppers – the short term and the long term preppers. Short term preppers are those that want to be prepared for anywhere between 1 week-3 months.

It is common sense I would say, that every family have a short term food supply in the case that food routes are interrupted due to severe storms, or unforeseen circumstances.

For longer term needs preppers generally are planning for disasters that have a longer term effect, thus they plan for longer self-sufficiency in the event the disaster does occur.

Long term preppers have a short term supply to complement their long term supply.

A longer term food supply usually includes dehydrated foods, MRE’s, seeds, hand crank wheat grinders, and equipment to be used in a non-technological environment.

For a more detailed list on short term food supplies and longer term food supplies, click here.

Disasters do not just happen to other people – they can happen to you, and they can happen to me.

As long as you are prepared for a given scenario, then you already have tools in place when you need it most.

According to some, prepping has become some sort of a social movement.

Preparing for a disaster and being self-sufficient has occurred for centuries.

It is nothing new. It is simply families trying to make the hard times easier.

Surviving SHTF

Nuclear warfare is not necessary to cause a breakdown of our society. You take a large city like London, Birmingham, Manchester or Leeds— their water supply comes from hundreds of miles away and any interruption of that, or food, or power for any period of time you’re going to have riots in the streets.

Our society is so fragile, so dependent on the interworking of things to provide us with the goods and services that you don’t need nuclear warfare to fragment us any more than the Romans needed it to cause their eventual downfall.

While some may consider such a discussion a waste of time, more and more people are coming to the conclusion that preparations of some sort are warranted in our current troubled environment — on many fronts.

Surviving Economic Collapse is about how much preparation individuals are willing to do and is usually in direct correlation to their belief that something catastrophic could happen, making life as we know it a much more difficult task.

It is a proven fact throughout history that when disruptions of any kind occur, those who made even the smallest preparations typically fare much better than those who gave no thought at all in this regard.

I want to share with you a list I have compiled of the things that could potentially happen — and that threaten our way of life in a small or large degree.

There is no way to predict these things, but anyone with common sense can see that the possibility is likely we could experience one or more of these events at some point in the future…

Any single event or combination of events could cause terrible and debilitating circumstances for a short or long period of time:

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornados, volcanic eruptions, solar flares, earthquakes, and other geophysical events happen across our world daily.

There is the every present possibility of wars, nuclear wars, nuclear reactor meltdowns, and radiation fallout.

Then we have the coming financial meltdown (derivative, debt crisis, economic collapse and/or bond implosion) causing currencies to implode and governments to topple

There are problems with the exploration, delivery, or production of oil, the lifeblood of modern economies

We are seeing a spread of disease such as the Black Plague or a bird flu pandemic more and more often

We have frequent Power cuts

And you could even say that political anarchy or revolution is a possibility too.

Racial strife or civil war is on the cards that is for sure

Electromagnetic pulse events are in the news even more now.

With any of these scenarios listed above (and there is a host of others I have probably not even thought about), you could have localized, national, or global unrest and even war for an indefinite period of time depending on the scope and duration of the event(s).

An item that is not on the list — but could be equally devastating to individual families — is the loss of a job.

Losing a job can be a catastrophic event if one is not properly prepared. Most families find themselves living pay day to pay day with little in the way of savings and almost nothing in the way of preparations.

For years, I had brought up the issue of preparedness to a close friend of mine.

When I first started talking about it, my friend and his wife basically blew me off… but I kept bringing the topic up.

Eventually they thought it prudent to at least get some sort of food storage together. Their family was accustomed to an upper middle class income and living comfortably in suburbia with their three children…

About a year after making their food preparations, the breadwinner of the family lost his job and ended up working a series of almost minimum wage jobs trying to make ends meet.

He kept applying for better-paying jobs in his field of expertise — but no matter how qualified he was nobody was interested in hiring someone at his previous salary level or his age (late fifties).

The family’s lifestyle was devastated and they eventually lost their home…

In a recent conversation with this friend, he told me that without their food storage, things would have been immeasurably more difficult.

He thanked me for being a good friend and pushing the issue when he and his wife weren’t listening.

The family is now living a greatly reduced lifestyle, but keeping their heads above water and continuing with their preparations.

I share this story because on an individual basis, there is a host of things that can happen in which being prepared could make a huge difference.

We often, as a people in general, terms take things for granted and think ‘this’ or ‘that’ will never happen to us.

In addition to a major job loss due to a myriad of reasons, you could lose your health or the ability to do your job.

Unfortunately, things of this nature are happening to more and more people every day. In fact, I’m certain all of us have been affected to some degree by similar stories of friends and relatives.

Our Current State of Affairs

The world in general seems afflicted on so many different fronts.

When you look at the list above, any rational person could easily see one or more of these scenarios occur within their lifetime.

Aside from the geophysical things that seem to be going haywire, and could be explained simply as the planet’s cycles, there are plenty of man-made catastrophes that loom on the horizon…

Never has the planet had as many people as it does now. With increased population numbers, there is increased pressure for resources.

More countries seek nuclear devices than ever before and recent advancements in technology make this much easier than any time before in history.

Biological and chemical weapons are also much easier to manufacture — and are being stored by an increasing number of very scary countries.

Oil markets are tighter than ever as demand from countries like China and India increases, but new supply cannot keep up with the increasing demand.

The financial debacle of the world economies needs no introduction to my listeners. In short, bad times — really bad times — for any number of reasons could and probably will be coming to a location near you.

Unless you and your family take this possibility quite seriously, if and when something does happen, you could very well find yourself in some extremely difficult circumstances…

Just look at the latest news coming out of Greece, as reported by Reuters.

This is happening right now — and it’s only going to spread.

When the political and economic systems of entire nations collapse the consequences are devastating.

Not too long ago pharmacies and hospitals in Greece were unable to provide lifesaving medicines due to a shortages caused by a freeze in the flow of credit from manufacturers to distributors to patients.

A collapse in the country’s economy forced many Greeks to turn to black market barter economies and has left millions financially devastated, with no hope of finding an income stream for the foreseeable future.

That was just a warm-up.

The main event is staring us in the face, and the whole of Europe has front-row seats.

What is happening in Europe is just a precursor for what will eventually be happening to the United States..

BREAK

Your Pet Survival Plan

You’ve made a survival kit for you and your family, now it is time to take care of those who depend upon you for their survival.

A pet survival kit is important survival gear for anyone who loves their pets. When you acquired your pet you took on the responsibility of providing for all its needs. And that includes helping your pet survive come what may.

Having the proper pet survival kit goes beyond ensuring that your favourite animal is well taken care of.

For example, during large scale survival scenarios, such as the Katrina episode when hurricanes strike populated areas, pets are often let loose in vast numbers because their owners cannot properly take care of them.

Packs of roaming dogs are a danger to the community as they attempt to survive on their own.

Cats, exotic birds, and other pets may develop breeding populations that cause environmental havoc proceeding the survival emergency.

It is the responsibility of all pet owners to properly prepare for pet survival. The best pet survival kits will contain at least the following items or actions:

Recent pictures of your pet placed both in the pet survival kit and on your person. A pet survival collar worn by your pet that contains the pet’s id, name, address and phone number

Have all your pets’ injections up to date.

Your pet’s vaccination documents.

Pet Health records.

Complete array of pet medications should be in the pet survival kit.

An extra leash.

A pet carrier or a pet cage.

Water and food bowls.

A two week pet survival food supply.

Several gallons of clean drinking water.

A hand can opener (not electric!).

A pet waste disposal system including newspapers, cat littler, poop scoop, bleach, and plastic garbage bags.

A list containing detailed special instructions for the care of each pet.

Grooming supplies and toys.

The pet survival kit should contain clean pet bedding.

Put the contents of the pet survival kit into an easy to transport container.

You also need to have a pet survival plan that considers the needs of your pet for any situation.

Know the locations of local shelters for both you and your pets and ask if they accept pets during survival situations.

Your pet’s survival depends upon you even when times are easy. When survival is at stake, you need to be prepared to continue caring for your pets so that they come out alive and healthy.

A pet survival kit is required gear for any pet owner.

The Emergency Information System

The three most important factors in surviving a disaster are physical fitness, training, and knowledge.

The first two are the hardest to achieve since it takes considerable time to get, and stay fit, as well as practice those skills vital to a survival situation. But the knowledge part is easy.

I keep a modest collection of books at home that cover a wide range of subjects, everything from learning how to stitch a wound, to how to build a greenhouse.

But if there was a major disaster and I had to evacuate to a retreat location, it would be impossible to bring my books with me.

A few years back I thought of bringing my laptop, with all my books in PDF format loaded on the hard drive. But laptops were pretty heavy, fragile, and had a short battery life.

And how would you recharge the batteries if you had no power? Laptops run on between 7.2 V to 14.8 V. so even if you brought along a 12v solar panel you’d be hard pressed to get the battery fully charged even in direct sunlight.

Without electricity the only ways to recharge a laptop were through your vehicles 12v cigarette lighter using a DC/AC inverter, or from a portable generator.

So if you were bugging out on foot, then don’t bother bringing the laptop.

But the latest generation of e-readers, smart phones, and tablets have solved all these problems.

The first problem solved is weight and size, Smart Phones and Tablets are much smaller and lighter than laptops, and if you get a sturdy case for them they can withstand a bit of rough handling.

The battery life is also much longer, anywhere from 4 to 14 hours.

The best part is that they all can be recharged from a 5.5V, 500mA source.

This means that not only will my 12 volt 5 watt solar panel be more than adequate to recharge the battery, but on cloudy days I could also recharge it using either a hand charger or pedal generator.

The whole kit consisting of a tablet, solar panel, hand charger, and bicycle generator, could fit in a messenger pouch 7” X 12’ X 2.5” and would weigh just over 3lbs.

Even if you had to evacuate on foot, it is well worth the space and weight to carry this kit since not only will you have access to hundreds of important books and manuals, but you could also watch some of your favorite movies on a flash drive.

Anyone who has been without TV, internet and Wi-Fi for a few days knows how dull and boring things can get. Watching a good movie once a day would greatly improve morale.

And since you have three alternative methods of recharging the battery, you’ll always be able to have it running when you need to.

In addition the battery chargers can be used to recharge your radios and flashlights too.

Flash Drives

Most Smart Phones and Tablets have enough on-board memory to store a couple of hundred books easily, but I don’t want to store my survival information on my Tablet for two reasons.

First, most don’t have that much storage space to begin with and since a survival library is something you would need only in an emergency, I don’t want to use up the internal memory when I’m using the device during everyday activities.

The second reason is security. Think how fast you would end up in an ‘interrogation room’ if you are stopped at the boarder or pulled over by police and they discover there are books on ‘Escape and Evade Tactics’ and ‘Military Training Manuals’ on your smart phone.

There is nothing illegal about reading such books, I have them to be better prepared to survive a disaster, not plan a terrorist attack.

But since law enforcement can’t seem to tell the difference between the two, I prefer to keep my possession of such material discreet. A Flash Drive or SD Card are easy to hide or conceal.

Many smart phones, tablets, and e-readers won’t allow you to use an external flash drive to upload content without either buying extra adapters and/or installing software and drivers.

Before deciding on which device you want to use as part of your Emergency Information System, do some research on whether that particular model has a standard USB port, a Micro USB port, or a SD Card slot, and if they are configured as an input. (Some USB ports are only used for charging and can’t transfer information at all.)

An Emergency Information System should be a a vital part to your bug-out kit since having access to a library of medical, wilderness, survival, technical, and homesteading books can provide you with the knowledge to overcome any obstacle and save lives.

In addition, this kit will provide some entertainment to help restore a sense of normalcy during a disaster, which is especially vital if you have children with you.

Putting together a kit consisting of a Tablet, Solar Charger, Hand charger or even a bicycle charger and a couple of flash drives is not expensive at all.

I recommend you carry three flash drives. One for your survival and prepping books, another with all your personal information and scanned copies of your important ID and credit cards, and a third, or more, loaded with your favourite movies or YouTube videos.

Bugging Out-The Basics

Your bug-out bag should contain the things you need to survive while you’re on the road to your BOL or heading home.

You’ll need water, food, a good knife, fire starting materials, and a first aid kit, among other things.

Water Is YOUR Priority

You can survive up to 3 days without water, but the longer you go without water, the more difficult it becomes to think logically.

If you can’t think straight, your survival rates plummet. So be sure to pack some water, water purification tablets, and a good filtration bottle. This is a priority for a well stocked bug-out bag.

Food

After water, you need to have some form of sustenance to keep your body fuelled for the trip ahead. High energy bars and crisps, better still trail-mix will keep you going whilst on the move. I like to put survival food into 3 categories…quick and easy, heat and eat, and foraged from the wild.

Quick and Easy

When you have to get out of Dodge fast, you need food you can eat on the run. Pack foods that provide protein, carbs, vitamins, and minerals to keep your body functioning on your trip, especially if you need to walk or bike to your destination.

Stash a variety of ready to eat foods and rotate them often. If your bug out bag is packed and left in a closet for a couple years, some of those foods could get mouldy…so use it and replace it.

Here’s my list of favourite quick foods you can eat as you move:

Jerky

Nuts and Seeds

Dried fruits

Power bars

Granola bars

Protein powder (mix into your water)

If your bug out trip is going to be lengthy, or you have no real destination in mind, you’ll want some heartier fare.

When the nights get cold, a hot meal can do wonders for morale.

So try packing some of these mixes that are ready to eat after adding boiling water, stirring, and letting them cook for 5 minutes or less.

These mixes are a lot like the cups of instant soup available in shops, except it is a lot cheaper to make your own and you can take a Thermos mug and your mixes in Z-lock bags in a lot less space than those soup cups.

Here are two recipes:

Cheesy Potatoes

1 cup instant mashed potatoes

1 Tbs cheddar cheese powder

Dash of salt and pepper (Leave the salt if cheese powder contains salt)

Mix ingredients in a plastic bag and store in a dry place. You can add dried veggies to increase nutritional value. To heat: Pour contents into a large mug or a bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover mix. Stir and add more water if necessary. Let stand for 5 minutes and eat.

Tex-Mex Beans and Rice

3/4 cup instant rice

1/4 cup dried instant refried beans

2 Tbs freeze dried sweet corn

1 Tbs dried tomato powder

1 tsp taco seasoning

Dash of salt and pepper

Mix ingredients in a plastic bag and store in a dry place. To heat: Pour contents into a large mug or a bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover mix. Stir and add more water if necessary. Let stand for 5 minutes and eat.

Foraging for Wild Food

Edible greens, nuts, and fruits grow in the wild, we just need to know what’s safe to eat.

Pack a guide to edible plants for your area in your bug out bag and practice foraging before the SHTF.

It will slow you down if you need to forage for all of your food on your trip, but having this knowledge may keep you from starving when you run out of your bug out bag preps.

What Else?

Foil containers of tuna, salmon, or chicken

Small cans of meat and fish

Tea bags, coffee, sugar, milk powder etc.

Small pot to boil water

Sharp knife

Tin opener

Mug and spoon/spork

Container for gathering wild edibles

Don’t fill your bug out bag with junk food! Make sure you have a variety of ready to eat, and ready to heat foods to keep your body going strong through a long hard trek.

And get it ready now! You may not have time to think carefully about what goes in your bug out bag when the SHTF.

It would be bad news to get out in the wild and only have a bag of biscuits to munch on. So prepare now and survive later!

Note: The recipes for mixes can be made up in larger quantities. You can also change the seasoning, or add other dried ingredients that you like. Just be sure to keep them in a dry place and rotate once every 4 to 6 months.

THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills. The previous eleven years have seen this event grow from a small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the camp fire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.

The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.

The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness skills classes for all. 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha boat building, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on survival phycology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to participate in.

You can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and outdoor clothing to primitive tools. The organisers have even laid on a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There are local scout and explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.

The catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.

Check out www.wildernessgathering.co.uk or call 0845 8387062 you really won’t regret it.

Campfire Bannock

Fresh bread on a camping trip for me is essential and it also feels like a treat, especially a long hard day building and setting up camp.

One way to make this treat is by cooking bannock. For over a 1000 years, bannock, a simple bread made from the flour of a variety of grains, has filled the bellies of adventurers sitting around campfires.

Its attraction is the simple base ingredients and its ease of cooking.

My favourite way to make bannock is to cook it on a stick over a camp fire.

Preparation of the Bread Dough

At home mix all the dry ingredients into a zip lock bag. You can substitute or remove some of the ingredients as you wish.

Traditional bannock was just flour and water. In my recipe, baking powder makes the bread fluffy, salt brings out the flavours, powdered milk allows the bread to brown and butter adds flavour.

You can add anything to the base to change the flavours. If you want a sweet bread add cinnamon and sugar. In the mood for something cheesy, then toss in some chunks of cheese.

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp powdered milk

1 tbsp oil or butter

In camp, mix in the oil or butter (ghee). Add water slowly until you create dough the consistency of play-doh. You want a firm dough that isn’t sticky.

If you use the baking powder, set the dough aside to let it rise.

Your Campfire

You don’t need a big fire to cook bannock.

You just need one with hot coals. I usually wait to cook bannock until an evening when I’m going to make a fire anyway, then start a fire, let it die down to red-hot coals and get it going again after I finish the bread.

Keep in mind that your bannock picks up the flavour of smoke, so select wood that you know tastes good to you. You might not be able to tell the difference, but if you have an advanced camp-cooking palate, you may.

Find a Green Wood Stick

Since, you’re going to cook the bannock on a stick, you need to gather the perfect stick.

Preferably, pick a stick that’s freshly cut, green.

Look for a stick that ranges in size from one to two fingers thick. The bigger sticks are heavier, which is a concern, because you’ll have to hold the stick over the fire for about 10 minutes.

The smaller sticks force you to make a long loaf, which makes it hard to evenly cook the middle and end. I find a stick about three fingers wide works best.

Once you have your stick, remove both the inner and outer layers of bark. Then, temper it by holding it over your fire until it becomes hot to touch.

Don’t burn the stick or your bread will take on that taste. By tempering the stick, the bread will cook from the inside as well as from the outside.

Wrap the Bannock

Take the bread dough and roll it into a snake-like shape. You’re in the woods, so it doesn’t have to look perfect. Start wrapping the dough around the stick.

As you wrap, spiral the dough down the stick and compress and spread it, so the dough is less than a half-inch thick. Any thicker and the dough has trouble cooking through.

Find a Hot Spot Above the Fire

The inside of the dough wrap needs to cook before the outside finishes, so you need to find a distance above the fire where the temperature is just right–if you hold it too close the outside will brown too quickly leaving a wet, doughy interior. Find the right distance by holding your hand over the fire. When you find a place you can hold your hand for around 10 to 15 seconds, you’ve found the right height.

Cook the Bannock

Hold the bannock over the fire at the right distance and let it cook.

Rotate the bread so all the sides cook evenly.

At first, rotate the bread more often to help stop any sag in the dough. Be careful not to allow the bread to get to close or you’ll end up burning a side.

It takes around 10 minutes to cook the bannock.

Take the Bannock off the Stick

When the bannock is finished, it should easily come off the stick. If it’s not done, the bread dough will stick making it hard to slide.

You want bread that’s dry and fluffy. To help remove the dough, rotate a small section until it breaks and pulls off. Work the rest of the bread off the stick. Enjoy.

The Simplest Survival Navigation Technique

Things happen…your GPS or compass may become lost or broken.

You may find yourself needing an alternate method of finding your bearings. You can use terrain association, if there is some readily identifiable features in view, but you really need to orient your map to a direction.

Anyone who has gone through any survival courses has been taught a variety of methods of survival navigation. Most have two problems in common, first they only apply to certain conditions, second they are a little too complicated and very easy to forget.

If you wish to use the North Star, it must be night, you need a clear night sky and must be in the northern hemisphere. The watch method of survival navigation is difficult since almost no one can remember which hand does what, and how north is indicated.

Also most people now wear digital watches without the hands on them, especially during outdoor activities. The stick shadow technique for survival navigation is simple, easy to remember and works anywhere on the planet in conditions where you can see a shadow.

The improvised Survival Navigation Technique is the simplest and most versatile method for direction finding without a compass.

It works anywhere on the planet as long as the sun throws a shadow.

Equipment needed is simple: only a stick or straight object such as a pen, and two small objects like pennies or rocks and you will be able to find north.

Step One of the Stick Shadow Technique for Survival Navigation

Place your stick or any straight object into the ground, so it throws a shadow.

Step Two

Put a rock or penny at the tip of the shadow, something easily identifiable and wait 15 or 20 minutes.

Step Three

Place a second object at the tip of the shadow’s new position.

Step Four

Place your left foot on the first rock or penny and your right foot on the second object. Just remember that you read left to right so your left foot goes on the first object and right on the second object, or if you are military-minded you always start off with your left foot.

You are now facing north!

All you really need to remember is to place the two rocks at the tip of the stick’s shadow. Then place your left foot on the first rock and right foot on the second rock.

If you ever find yourself without a compass and in need of a little help orienting yourself, then this technique is easy to remember and needs little equipment or special conditions.