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This Week’s Show 21st June 2018

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Beginning this week’s show with the Wilderness Gathering and moving on to The Water -to-Go 15% Discount Offer, The Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, You Could Not Make it Up, Treating Wounds with Sugar, Preppers will be next, “BREAK” Dandelion Flower Schnapps, The 1TAC Paracord Survival Bracelet Review, The 1TAC Paracord Survival Keychain Review,The 1TAC Tactical Pen, Review,The HL1200 Tactical Headlight – with Real CREE XM-L2 LED Review, Wild Animals for Food, The Emergency Information System.

The Wilderness Gathering

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then this is the family show for you – The Wilderness Gathering is a unique Bushcraft event, it is the longest running and still the original festival of bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.

The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere

Live Music

Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to – to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to – to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new.

Children’s Bushcraft

The Coyote Clubs were introduced in 2005 and host a comprehensive range of events and activities specifically tailored for children from 5 to 15 year old.

The Masterclass

The Masterclasses were introduced in 2005 and are your opportunity to study your favourite Bushcraft subject in depth with a leading Bushcraft instructors.

Where is it?

Located on a South Wiltshire farm with lakes and 30 acres of old oak woodlands. You get access to woodlands and fields to erect whatever shelter you want.

Add to this great food, local cider, mead, evening entertainment. great people and it’s now over 5 days it has to time to get booked

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You Could Not Make it Up

Victims of crime will be asked to write their own police statements online under a new ‘self-service’ plan by one of the country’s biggest forces.

They will also be asked to upload evidence such as CCTV and phone camera footage of offences being committed.

Announcing the pilot scheme, to be launched by the West Midlands force later this year, Chief Constable Dave Thompson said ‘the public are just as capable as the police’.

It overturns generations of traditional policing where only an officer or trained member of staff can gather evidence.

But Mr Thompson said forces need to move towards ‘self-service’ to save money and give the public more choice on reporting crime.

He suggested victims could write their own accounts of simple offences such as shoplifting, criminal damage and road accidents.

And he said other forces were experimenting with similar ideas, including web chats. These include the Metropolitan Police, Devon and Cornwall, Avon and Somerset, and East Midlands.

So according to Chief Constable Dave Thompson ‘the public are just as capable as the police’.

Either that means that there is no need to train cops any more or that they must be trained so therefore so must we, if we are going to do their jobs for them.

That then leads to hours investigating crimes against us, with no warrant card, uniform or offical capacity at all, no pay, insurance or training.

This idea is a complete joke, we pay out of our taxes for a police force and we should not be asked to do their work for them.

Treating Wounds with Sugar

The information I will give you now is not medical advice, and should not be considered as such OK.

Any wound, cut or abrasion has the potential of becoming infected if not treated promptly and effectively. Certain wounds that become infected can be serious leading to loss of a limb and or possibly loss of life.

For over 4,000 years, medical practitioners have known about the wound healing properties of sugar.

Now in Europe and in the U.K. in particular doctors, nurses and others directly responsible for the treatment of wounds and burns are bringing back this 4,000-year-old treatment.

Trials using patients with wounds have shown that the ancient treatment works.

The reason sugar works to treat wounds is because sugar tends to draw water into its midst, through osmosis.

This action both dries the bed of the wound to promote new tissue growth and dehydrates the bacterium that causes the infections in wounds, leaving the bacteria weak and fragile.

However sugar taken orally will not destroy bacteria inside the body.

The reason why it works is because sugar is hygroscopic and functions to dehydrate all bacteria.

Bacterium of course requires water to survive and to multiply. Thus, the lack of water results in bacterial death.

When bacteria die, they cannot reproduce. Therefore, infection cannot occur if all bacteria are eliminated in and around the wound.

Some studies have concluded that honey mixed with sugar can enhance the healing.

It may be that the viscosity of the honey allows greater penetration into the wound and allows better contact with the wound. Honey also has certain anti-bacterial properties according to some experts.

The same theory applies when cooking oil is mixed with sugar to treat wounds.

The oil or honey is mixed with sugar and applied as a salve. Petroleum jelly can also be applied to the bandage to help keep the sugar in place.

Puncture wounds are typically left open to promote healing.

A simple salve of sugar applied to the wound and covered loosely once it has stopped bleeding has the greatest effect according to most.

Sugar in its granulated form will draw the moisture from the wound, which kills off the bacteria and prevents further growth.

In a survival situation, sprinkling granulated sugar in a wound may very well stop or prevent a serious infection.

You must have clean water to irrigate the wound so that fresh sugar can be reapplied.

Depending on the severity of the wound, you would change the dressing of sugar two to four times daily.

Proper hand sanitation is critical as well as having clean bandages available.

Used cotton bandages can be rinsed well with clean water and then boiled for 10 minutes or longer to sterilize.

The drying and handling process must be such as to prevent contamination of the bandages.

You can also mix povidone iodine (10 percent solution) with the sugar creating a paste to apply to the wound.

The iodine will kill any bacteria present in and around the wound and the sugar will help stop any new growth.


Povidone iodine should be used with caution in: kidney disease.

It should not be used in: patients with known or suspected sensitivity to iodine, children aged under 2 years or premature babies (depending on brand), and deep wounds.

Povidone iodine should not be used regularly in thyroid disease, or in patients receiving lithium treatment.

The sugar paste is applied only after the wound has stopped bleeding and after the wound has been properly irrigated to remove any debris from the wound.

Putting sugar and/or honey on a bleeding wound may cause it to bleed even more because they may interfere with the clotting process.


People tend to want to suture wounds in a survival situation before attempting other methods of wound closure or protection.

Suturing is invasive and you should only suture if all other non-invasive methods have failed, when butterfly bandages or standard plasters will not close the wound properly for example.

Suture however, when bone can be seen or when you can see fatty tissue, which is yellow in colour.

Closing a wound that has not been properly cleaned can trap debris/bacteria in the wound and could prevent the sugar and iodine if used from making contact with all parts of the wound.

Suturing may be necessary if you do not have the means to treat the wound or cover the wound to prevent contamination, or the wound simply refuses to begin the healing process because of the separation of the tissue.

However, if you do suture the wound you would still want to apply the sugar and/or other topical antiseptic.

Once again, this is merely an opinion and is not medical advice. There will always be disagreement on when and how to suture and on how to treat wounds, so always consult with a medical professional before beginning any outdoor adventure.

What Is In a Survival Medical Kit for Treating Wounds?

Add granulated sugar to the list of items.

Sugar you find in the shops will work as long as it is pure granulated sugar. The physical properties of granulated sugar play an important role.

Make sure you have bandages (compression and pressure) and/or clean material to make bandages.

Clean water is critical so you will need the means to collect and purify a water source.

Topical antiseptics such as povidone iodine should be in the kit as well.

Have material for a tourniquet in your kit and know how and when to use one. There are specific times when one is needed.

Constricting or stopping blood flow to a limb can cause damage to tissue that is irreversible and can cause the loss of limb.

Typically, a tourniquet is applied when there is an amputation of a limb or when there is, an arterial wound and bleeding cannot be controlled by compression.

Have a suture kit but again know how and when to suture a wound.

Have thermal blankets for treating shock

Medical Gloves

Razor knife or scalpel that has been protected from contamination

Over the counter or prescription pain medications

The list is by no means comprehensive. In fact it must be adapted to suit specific needs.

Sugar will have to be packed so that it does not absorb moisture from the air and so it is not contaminated with dirt and other debris.

Allowing the sugar to absorb moisture may reduce its effectiveness in treating wounds.

How much sugar do you pack, this depends. Assume you would have to treat yourself and anyone with you.

One sugar packet the same kind found on restaurant tables probably would be considered one treatment if the wound is small. You would need up to four or more treatments per day, per wound.

Do not forgo professional medical treatment just because you have sugar on the wound. Seek medical help immediately if available.

This information is for emergency treatment only and the described treatments will have varying degrees of effectiveness.

Preppers will be next

My fellow preppers the times are a changing for real.

Governments here and in the US are planning to curtail our liberties in the name of freedom and security and that we all know is a total con.

If they were bothered about security then our borders would not be left open to all and sundry to simply walk across.

If they were bothered about freedom then they would not be forcing GM crops on us, stopping us from growing food or from storing water, they would not be planning to take our guns away and they would not be snooping on us at every turn, would they?

I have mentioned on previous shows that it is now illegal in New Zealand and some US states to grow your own food and to sell it or give it away or to store rain water.

I also mentioned in previous shows that the EU is now planning to make it illegal to store heirloom seeds or grow anything that is not on their list.

Most of these liberties are openly enjoyed by the general public, but my friends they are actually aimed at you the prepper and survivalist to prevent you being able to independently survive.

If a new law is passed here in the UK then anyone who criticises Sharia law or gay marriage could be branded an “extremist” under sweeping new powers planned by the Conservatives to combat terrorism.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans last month for so-called Extremism Disruption Orders, which would allow judges to ban people deemed extremists from broadcasting, protesting in certain places or even posting messages on Facebook or Twitter without permission.

Mrs May outlined the proposal in a speech at the Tory party conference in which she spoke about the threat from the so-called Islamic State – also known as Isis and Isil – and the Nigerian Islamist movement Boko Haram.

These new orders would extend to any activities that “justify hatred” against people on the grounds of religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

The obvious problem with this is that Leftists and Islamic supremacists constantly advance the false claim that opposition to jihad terror and Islamic supremacism is justifying hatred against people, and the this government clearly endorses this view.

So this law will be used to curtail any opposition to the advance of Sharia in the UK.

In the US the Government is actively seeking those who criticize government, specifically Barack Obama, and arresting them without charging them.

They are remanded to mental health institutions where they are given “training” on how to view the world.

Remind you of a little book that George Orwell wrote?

It gets worse.
Most of the victims of the government’s kidnapping scheme are veterans.

In the four years since the start of Operation Vigilant Eagle, the government has steadily ramped up its campaign to “silence” dissidents, especially those with military backgrounds.

Coupled with the DHS’ dual reports on Right wing and Left wing “Extremism,” which broadly define extremists as individuals and groups “that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favour of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” these tactics have boded ill for anyone seen as opposing the government.

One particularly troubling mental health label being applied to veterans and others who challenge the status quo is “oppositional defiance disorder” (ODD).

The ODD denotes that the person exhibits ‘symptoms’ such as the questioning of authority, the refusal to follow directions, stubbornness, the unwillingness to go along with the crowd, and the practice of disobeying or ignoring orders.

Persons may also receive such a label if they are considered free thinkers, nonconformists, or individuals who are suspicious of large, centralized government…

At one time the accepted protocol among mental health professionals was to reserve the diagnosis of oppositional defiance disorder for children or adolescents who exhibited uncontrollable defiance toward their parents and teachers.”

The case of 26-year-old decorated Marine Brandon Raub—who was targeted because of his Facebook posts, interrogated by government agents about his views on government corruption, arrested with no warning.

Labelled mentally ill for subscribing to so-called “conspiratorial” views about the government, detained against his will in a psych ward for standing by his views, and isolated from his family, friends and attorneys—is a prime example of the government’s war on veterans.

So how many of you admit that you too have had such thoughts about the parasites in our elected houses?

OK we only have ourselves to blame as we voted for them.

But they are now becoming a deadly enemy as they trample over our laws and constitutions in a mad race to their NWO.

Successive US governments have continuously chipped away at the provisions of the American

Constitution to a point where it in real terms no longer exists.

Here in the UK a former Prime Minister was either black mailed because of his alleged paedophile activities or openly conned the UK into the vile EU government that now passes over 70% of our laws.

Now is the time to practice OPSEC as if they do not know what we’re doing then there is less chance of them being able to disrupt our plans.

If your laws allow you to open carry or to concealed carry, or as it is in the UK carry a non-locking pen knife with a 3” or less cutting blade then you must exercise this right as if you do not it will be removed that I can say for sure.

Surely now you can see that our elected government is following a pre-planned course of oppression against its very only population and it therefore now more than ever up to us to secure our own future and the system has no intention of helping us no matter what happens.


Dandelion Flower Schnapps

Time for something a little more adult.. So you want to make hard liquor do you! Well with this recipe you can use either fresh dandelion flower heads or the fresh roots,

The roots can be a little muddy so here is the Dandelion Flower Schnapps recipe instead.

Pick the flowers in spring or summer when in full flower or are just about to open the key to a honey like flavour is to get the young flowers.

Depending on how much you want to make is how much flowers you’ll need, for a cup of schnapps you’ll need two thirds of a cup of prepared flowers.

Here is what you do

Clean the Dandelion flowers by removing the green casing that holds the flower head (the sepal) making sure that you remove everything that is green whilst also trying to leave the flowers whole (it doesn’t really matter if they break up a bit it will just make it easier to remove them).
Use clean glass jars with tight-fitting lids, fill as many to 2/3 full of flower heads that you need.

Each should be 2/3’s full of cleaned flower heads and then topped up with unflavoured vodka – 40% min, making sure that all of the flower heads are covered but there is a little air above.

Let it steep in a dark place at room temperature to steep for 1-7 days.

Shake lightly and taste it from time to time. When the perfect Dandelion flavour has been achieved strain and filter your infusion into a clean glass bottle with a sealable lid.

If for any unfortunate reason the flavour is found to be lacking why not add some honey.

The Dandelion flower schnapps should be enjoyed within a few of days, as it will not keep for long.
I keep my Schnapps in the freezer, but you will taste the flavours of Dandelion more at room temperature, either way it’s a matter of taste.

The 1TAC Paracord Survival Bracelet Review

The 1Tac Paracord Survival Bracelet is the all-around must-have survival tool on the market today.

Fashioned from military-grade parachute cord, the 1Tac Survival Bracelet packs a multitude of lifesaving features.

It’s expedition ready, super stylish and features 9’ of super strong, 550 test military spec paracord.

In an emergency, unravel the bracelet to deploy the paracord for your use.

Make a tourniquet, tie down a piece of equipment or use however the situation requires.

This bracelet is equipped with a stainless steel fire striker and flint, 8 function multi-toll, survival whistle, thermometer and compass.

It has everything you need to help you out of a emergency situation.


  • (1) Paracord Survival Bracelet (Black)

  • 9″ x 1″

Product Description

  • All-Weather Paracord Survival Bracelet (Black)

  • 9FT of 7-Strand Waterproof & Mildew Resistant Mil-Spec Parachute Cord

  • Maximum Tension Resistance : 550lbs

  • Stainless Steel Striker/Cutter to strike Flint Fire Rod to Create Spark & Start a Fire

  • Metal Striker can be used to cut Paracord and Inner Strands

  • Hidden 8-Function Multi-Tool: Screwdrivers, Wrenches, Scraper Tools

  • Survival Whistle

  • Durable Plastic Clasp

  • Thermometer

  • Compass

Firstly it looks great, very neat and functional.

Both the thermometer and the compass work well when tested against ones I know work,the magnesium rod and strike produce decent sparks and with the addition of an emergency whistle and a hidden 8-Function Multi-Tool: Screwdrivers, Wrenches, Scraper Tools it means that all in all it’s great value and as with anything paracord it has many more uses that as just a bracelet.

The 1TAC Paracord Survival Keychain Review

The 1Tac weatherproof Paracord Keychain is both functional and discreet. Fashioned from military-grade parachute cord, the 1Tac Survival Keychain has 7’ of super strong, 550 test military spec paracord.

In an emergency, unravel the keychain to deploy the paracord for your use.

Make a tourniquet, tie down a piece of equipment or use however the situation requires. This keychain is equipped with a stainless steel fire striker and flint, emergency whistle, stainless steel keyring and stainless steel carabiner clip.

Be sure you’re always prepared by carrying the 1Tac Keychain with you at all times.


  • (1) Paracord Survival Keychain (Black)

  • 10” x 1”

Product Description

  • All-WeatherParacord Survival Keychain (Black)

  • 7FT of 7-Strand Waterproof & Mildew Resistant Mil-Spec Parachute Cord

  • Maximum Tension Resistance : 550lbs

  • Stainless Steel Striker/Cutter to strike Flint Fire Rod to Create Spark & Start a Fire

  • Metal Striker can be used to cut Paracord and Inner Strands

  • Survival Whistle

  • Stainless Steel Carabiner Clip

  • Stainless Steel Key Ring

  • Durable Plastic Clasp

  • Stainless Steel Striker/Cutter

  • Rustproof Flint Fire Rod

  • Emergency Whistle

  • Stainless Steel Carabiner Clip

This paracord survival keychain

is made from 7ft of 550lbds and comes with a magnesium rod and a striker/cutter and even has an emergency whistle built into the clasp, I like it and have it with me daily on my belt loop.

The 1TAC Tactical Pen Review

Over view

  1. Lightweight and Durable Aircraft-Grade Aluminum, Multi-Function Weatherproof Tactical Pen

  2. Matte Black Anodized Finish Featuring Diamond-Cut Non-Slip Grip

  3. Includes Tungsten Steel Glass Break Tip, Removable Steel Blade, Easy-Writing Med. Tip Ball Point Pen, Integrated 80 Lumen Bright LED Flashlight

  4. Includes (1) Pen Refill and (2) Sets of Batteries

  5. Equipped with Pocket Clip for use as Cap Light

  6. Used by Police, Military and First Responders


  1. (1) Aircraft Grade Aluminum Tactical Pen (Matte Black)

  2. (1) Integrated Tungsten Steel Glass Break Tip

  3. (1) Removable Razor Sharp Steel Blade (1.25”in length)

  4. (1) Ballpoint Pen

  5. (1) Replacement Ballpoint Pen

  6. (1) 80 Lumen LED Light

  7. (1) Integrated Steel Pocket Clip for use as Cap-Light

  8. (2) Sets LR936 Replacement Batteries

  9. Weight: 1.23 oz

  10. Dimensions: 5.90”in length

  11. User Manual with Discount Code for Future Purchases

I own tactical pens and thought that I had seen them all. But I have to say that this pen is miles above the others, and here is why I say that.

Firstly it is lightweight and Durable made of Aircraft-Grade Aluminum, and is Multi-Functional and Weatherproof.

It’s Matte Black and has an Anodized Finish and features a diamond-Cut Non-Slip Grip with an

The pen includes a Tungsten Steel Glass Breaker Tip,a Removable Steel Blade,

It really is an Easy-Writing Med. Tip Ball Point Pen,

And finally it even has an integrated 80 Lumen Bright LED Flashlight

Includes (1) Pen Refill and (2) Sets of Batteries

Equipped with Pocket Clip for use as Cap Light

Used by Police, Military and First Responders

To say I love it is an understatement.

The HL1200 Tactical Headlight – with Real CREE XM-L2 LED Review

The 1TAC HL1200, is the newest tactical, 10 Watt, high power headlight from the most innovative brand in tactical lighting technology.

The HL1200 Tactical Headlight features a solid-state, US made Cree XM-L2 LED technology that generates 20 percent more maximum output than the standard XML T6. With up to 1200 lumens of blinding white light focused by a parabolic reflector into a versatile beam with significant reach and ample surround light for maintaining good situational awareness, it is crucial in any situation.

CREE LED flashlights are trusted by military, firemen, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and police officers all over the world as it’s one of the Brightest Tactical Headlights for Sale that’s on the market!

The HL1200 Tactical Headlight is an incredible all-around LED light for use outdoors, work or around the household.

The HL1200 comes with all of the features you’d expect to find on a durable, military-grade headlamp. Aircraft grade Anodized aluminum construction and O-ring seals mean this light is tough and reliable.

The lamp itself features a 90 degree tilt. The battery box, which also serves as the battery charger, displays a red indicator for whichever mode you’re currently using (High, Medium or Strobe).

The beam can be focused at x1, x250, x500, x1000 and x2000 according to the zoom you want. An IP65 waterproofing standard protects this light against water, while its durable materials protect against drops, impacts, scratches, and corrosion.

The weatherproof headband is easily adjustable to comfortably fit any head size.

By combining rugged durability and cutting edge design, HL1200 Headlamp is truly top notch, well-rounded light. At 1.41 inches long by 2.99 inches wide, 1TAC has made this the perfect size for a compact yet super powerful headlamp.


  • (1) 1200 Lumen CREE XM-L2 LED, Rechargeable / Zoomable Headlamp

  • Accepts (2)18650 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries (batteries included)

Included 18650 Rechargeable Dual Battery Wall Adapter

  • Dimensions: 1.41” x 2.99”

  • 6.35 oz

  • CREE XM-L2 (Made in the US)

  • 3 Powerful Modes (High, Med, Strobe) with 2000 meter Zoom Capability

  • 100,000 Hour Lamplife

  • Made from Aircraft Grade Aluminum

  • (1) User Manual with Discount Code for Future Purchases

1TAC – HL1200 Tactical Headlamp Product Description

  • Compact and Ultra lightweight

  • Cree XM-L2 HI LED up to 1200 Lumens with a LAMP lifespan of 100,000 hours

  • Simple operation – On/Off switch for selecting the 3 brightness levels

  • 3 brightness levels including High, Medium and Strobe

  • Up to 500 meter zoom capability telescoping head

  • Rechargeable batter pack for use with included (2) 18650 Li-Ion Batteries

  • Weatherproof / Adjustable headband

  • Waterproof to IP65 Standard

  • Digitally regulated output to maintain constant brightness

  • Over heat protection to avoid high-temperature of the surface

  • Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum alloy

  • Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish

  • Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating

  • Strictly in line with ANSI Standard

This tactical headlamp has to be the bees knees of headtorches.

It not only looks and feels like a professional head torch, it is a professional head torch.

It is solid but not heavy it works on 2AA batteries or 2AA rechargeable ones, as it comes with a charger and rechargeable batteries.

It is made from durable aircraft-grade aluminum alloy weighing in at 6.35oz and is waterproof.

There are three brightness settings including strobe and has up to a 500 meter zoom capability telescoping head .

Although it comes with a charger it is an American two-pin one so you will need a travel adapter but that is not a reason not to buy this headlamp.

Wild Animals for Food

When forced to live off of the land you first thoughts with regard to food should not be directed at large game. Large game is harder to kill and usually more wary of people. Small animals will provide you with a more consistent source of protein.

Relatively few animals are poisonous so learning which ones to avoid is fairly simple. You can, with relatively few exceptions, eat anything that crawls, swims, walks, or flies.

The first obstacle is overcoming your natural aversion to a particular food source. You wouldn’t want to starve while surrounded by food.

The most abundant food source on earth is the lowly insect. They are easily caught. Insects are actually higher in protein than beef by a factor of more than three.

So insects can be an extremely important survival food. Insects to avoid include all adults that sting or bite, hairy or brightly coloured insects, and caterpillars and insects that have a pungent odor.

Also avoid spiders and common disease carriers such as ticks, flies, and mosquitoes.

Rotting logs are great places to look for a insects including ants, termites, beetles, and grubs.

Grassy areas, such as fields, are good areas to search because the insects are plentiful and easily seen. Stones, boards, or other materials lying on the ground provide the insects with good nesting sites.

Check these sites for insect larvae. Insects such as beetles and grasshoppers that have a hard outer shell will have parasites. Cook them before eating.

Remove any wings and barbed legs also. Mixing insects with plant material is a good way to overcome aversion to eating such distasteful food.

Worms are an excellent protein source. Dig for them in damp rich soil. After capturing them, drop them into clean, potable water for a few minutes so that they will first purge themselves. Then you can eat them either cooked or raw.


(crawfish) are basically small lobsters. Crayfish love meat and if they are present you can catch them with a piece of rotting meat and a string. Don’t waste good meat as bait. Use discarded pieces that aren’t suitable to eat.


will come to bait placed at the edge of the surf, where you can trap or net them. Crabs are nocturnal and caught best at night but daytime can be productive for them as well.

Again meat on a string slowly lifted will allow you to scoop them up in a net or something before they let go. I have had great success with a limpet on a string Boil them before eating.

This class includes octopuses and freshwater and saltwater shellfish such as snails, clams, mussels, bivalves, barnacles, periwinkles, and sea urchins. All of these make excellent food.
Near the sea, search in the tidal pools and the wet sand.

Rocks along beaches or extending as reefs into deeper water often bear clinging shellfish. Snails and limpets cling to rocks and seaweed from the low water mark upward.

Mussels may be poisonous in tropical zones during the summer! Steam, boil, or bake mollusks in the shell. They make excellent stews.

Do not eat shellfish that are not covered by water at high tide!
Fish represent a good source of protein and fat. They offer some distinct advantages to the survivor. They are usually more abundant than mammal wildlife.

To be successful at catching fish, you must know their habits. For instance, fish tend to feed heavily before a storm.

Fish are not likely to feed after a storm when the water is muddy and swollen. Light often attracts fish at night. Fish will also gather where there are deep pools, under overhanging brush, and in and around submerged foliage, logs, or other objects that offer them shelter.

There are no poisonous freshwater fish. However, the catfish species has sharp, needle like protrusions on its dorsal fins as has the Perch. These can inflict painful puncture wounds that quickly become infected.

Cook all fish to kill parasites when possible but saltwater species a generally safe to eat raw. Only saltwater fish can be poisonous.

Avoid eating anything other than the meat. Intestines and eggs should be avoided as they might be poisonous.
All species of birds are edible. You can take pigeons from their roost at night by hand. During the spring you might be able to pluck some birds straight off of a nest they are protecting.

Other than that the best way to catch birds for food is through the use of traps. Traps allow you to work on other things while the trap works silently and patiently for you. Nesting birds present another opportunity… eggs.

Mammals are excellent protein source. Traps whether modern or primitive are the best way to go about catching them. A swift hit on the back of the head will kill any animals you catch instantly.

There are many different kinds of traps. Which one or ones you use will depend on your location and circumstances.
Look for the following:
Runs and trails.
Chewed or rubbed vegetation.
Nesting or roosting sites.
Feeding and watering areas.

Position your traps and snares where there is proof that animals pass through. Placing non-baited traps randomly will almost never catch any food.

You must remove or mask the human scent on and around the trap you set.

Concentrate your trapping efforts on birds as they are more mobile and can’t smell so your scent won’t scare them away from the trap like it will with most mammals.

Actually removing the scent from a trap is difficult but masking it is relatively easy. Use the fluid from the gall and urine bladders of previous kills. Mud, particularly from the area also helps. Also use it to coat your hands when handling the trap and to coat the trap when setting it.

Traps or snares placed on a trail or run should use sticks to guide the animal to move where you want it to. A line of sticks stuck in the ground can serve this purpose. Although it stands out to you and me but to a rabbit, it doesn’t really throw up any red flags in their minds.

Use of Bait
Baiting a trap greatly increases your chances of success. When catching fish, you must bait nearly all the devices. Success with an un-baited trap depends on its placement in a good location. A baited trap will actually draw animals to it. When using bait scatter bits of it around the trap to give the prey a chance to sample it.

You must know how to prepare fish and game for cooking and storage in a survival situation. Improper cleaning or storage can result in inedible fish or game.

Do not eat fish that appears spoiled. Cooking does not ensure that spoiled fish will be edible. Signs of spoilage are:
Sunken eyes.
Peculiar odor.
Suspicious color. (Gills should be red to pink. Scales should be a pronounced shade of gray, not faded.)
Dents stay in the fish’s flesh after pressing it with your thumb.
Slimy, rather than moist or wet body.
Sharp or peppery taste.
You can impale a whole fish on a stick and cook it over an open fire. However, boiling the fish with the skin on is the best way to get the most food value.

The fats and oil are under the skin and, by boiling, you can save the juices for broth.
To skin a snake, first cut off its head and bury it. Then cut the skin down the body 15 to 20 centimetres.

Peel the skin back, then grasp the skin in one hand and the body in the other and pull apart.

On large, bulky snakes it may be necessary to slit the belly skin. Cook snakes in the same manner as small game. Remove the entrails and discard. Cut the snake into small sections and boil or roast it.

After killing the bird, remove its feathers by either plucking or skinning. Remember, skinning removes some of the food value. Open up the body cavity and remove its entrails, saving the craw (in seed-eating birds), heart, and liver.

Cut off the feet. Cook by boiling or roasting over a spit. Before cooking scavenger birds, boil them at least 20 minutes to kill parasites.

Skinning and Butchering Game
Bleed the animal by cutting its throat. If possible, clean the carcass near a stream. Place the carcass belly up and split the hide from throat to tail, cutting around all sexual organs. Remove the musk glands at points A and B to avoid tainting the meat. For smaller mammals, cut the hide around the body and insert two fingers under the hide on both sides of the cut and pull both pieces off.

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 favourite 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.


This Week’s Show 14th June 2018

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I begin this week with the Wilderness Gathering, then the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount offer, Portable Alarm System With Motion Sensor Review, Fluoride Is Poison, Survival Cooking Risks, BREAK How to Build a Survival Shelter, Survival Skills in Your Head, Crossing Rivers, The Deadly Enemies to Your Survival, UK Self Defence Items.

The Wilderness Gathering

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then this is the family show for you – Wilderness Gathering, a unique Bushcraft event, is the longest running and still the original festival of bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.

The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere

Live Music

Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to – to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to – to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new.

Children’s Bushcraft

The Coyote Clubs were introduced in 2005 and host a comprehensive range of events and activities specifically tailored for children from 5 to 15 year old.

The Masterclass

The Masterclasses were introduced in 2005 and are your opportunity to study your favourite Bushcraft subject in depth with a leading Bushcraft instructors.

Where is it?

Located on a South Wiltshire farm with lakes and 30 acres of old oak woodlands. You get access to woodlands and fields to erect whatever shelter you want.

Add to this great food, local cider, mead, evening entertainment. great people and it’s now over 5 days it has to time to get booked

Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer

Blizzard Survival .com have a fantastic offer for you the listener they are offering a 20% discount on all goods bought from them at

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Reflexcell™ products are totally unique: weight-for-weight far warmer than goose down, yet 100% weatherproof, tough, ultra-portable and re-usable.

Life-saving technology has never been so affordable.

All you have to do to get a 20% discount is enter the code “PREPPER” at the checkout, it is that simple. Thank you Blizzard

Portable Alarm System With Motion Sensor Review

Portable Motion Alarm System With Expandable Terminal
This compact motion sensor will detect anyone who attempts to enter the protected area. If motion is detected a powerful 90 db alarm siren will sound off to scare the intruder away and alert others to pay attention to the motion detected event. 

This alarm in portable size is suitable for home, office, patio, hotel room, retail store or travel use. It can be fixated on the wall horizontally or vertically or simply put it on the desk or hand carry it.

This motion alarm unit is 9V-battery operated and no wiring needed. It can be easily installed or moved to a new location. Also featured with a low battery LED indicator and an adjustable mounting bracket.  With this motion alarm, your family will be instantly alerted to potential dangers. Intruder will know that they have been detected.

In addition to the security purpose, this motion alarm can also be used in retail store, show room or reception area for notifying the personnel for greeting visitors in the needed area. Or users may set it up at camp site as the watchdog for all purposes.

Portable Personal Alarm
The typical alarm system was big, bulky motion detectors. All that has been changed with this motion alarm in compact size. It is great to be used at home for nursing care such as alerting parents if young children wander off into an area that might be hazardous such as a hot BBQ table, pool area or other potentially dangerous location.

Users may also aim this motion alarm to driveway, front/back door, windows and patio doors for extra home security. All other suitable applications including:

  • Home alarm

  • Restricted area

  • Monitoring surrounding areas

  • Travel protection

  • Visitors greeting

  • Camping

Alarm/Chime Mode
This motion alarm unit has a mode switch for selecting between different operation mode as needed:

  • Alarm Mode: When intruder is detected and alarm is trigger with 30 seconds siren sound. After setting this unit at alarm mode, there will be 15 seconds allowed for users to leave the detection area. And the similar entry delay will allow users to switch off the alarm after getting into the detection area.

  • Chime Mode: ding-dong sound will be activated by any motion detected.

  • Off Mode: When at “OFF” mode, this this motion alarm is dis-armed and not active.

Expandable Security System
This motion sensor alarm system is expandable with two external hard-wired magnetic or IR detectors to become a small area security alarm system.

Wide Detection Range
This mini motion detector alarm uses PIR passive infrared technology to protect a room from intruders. It creates an unseen barrier that’s impossible to be penetrated within 30 feet away. 

This motion alarm produces an infrared coverage range of 100 degree angle with 30ft max distance. Any motion event can be detected reliably within the effective range.

I really do like this alarm, I have used it when camping and had it set off by wild animals of some sort moving around at night.

I have set it up covering a track and had ample warning of a group of lads walking towards my camp area, who when the alarm went off turned around and went the other way.

I even had wood pigeons setting it off as they landed in by back garden.

It’s a great small and cheap addition to your kit that will give you that extra level of security when camping in the great outdoors.

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Fluoride Is Poison

Fluoride Officially Classified as a Neurotoxin in World’s Top Medical Journal

Fluoride Officially Classified as a Neurotoxin in World’s Most Prestigious Medical Journal :

The movement to remove industrial sodium fluoride from the world’s water supply has been growing in recent years, with evidence coming out against the additive from several sources.

Now, a report from the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin — in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.

The news was broken by author Stefan Smyle, who cited a report published in The Lancet Neurology, Volume 13, Issue 3, in the March 2014 edition, by authors Dr. Phillippe Grandjean and Philip J. Landrigan, MD.

To all my listeners especially those who have small children and those
that suffer with

I wouldn’t have researched this subject if I wasn’t concerned with your health
and safety, and the health and safety of your loved ones.

I know we all get crazy emails trying to scare us about everything imaginable, and I am always the last one to believe them and the first one to disprove them as urban legend.

But unfortunately this reality is one that has irrefutable science behind it and a shocking truth that I have been compelled to share with everyone I know. The truth revealed here maybe the biggest scientific cover up of our modern era.Please share this with your friends and family, and spread the word…

What is Fluoride

Let me ask you a few rational questions;Would you brush your teeth with rat poison if it just might have some kind of beneficial properties as an anti-cavity agent? Yes, I am asking you if you would put a highly toxic poison that was used as rat killer and as insecticide in your mouth and brush your teeth with it.

Would make your children brush their teeth with a toxin slightly less poisonous than arsenic and even more poisonous than lead, even though everyday they ingested some of this toxic substance that would accumulate throughout their body and could cause numerous health problems?

What if there was so much poison in their toothpaste that it would kill them if they ate the whole tube because it tasted like bubble gum; would you leave it in their bathroom drawer or would you keep it locked up with the medicines or toxic cleaning agents?If you have been using fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth, you should have
answered “yes” to all of the above questions.

Before we go any further, let’s look at the definition of Sodium Fluoride and establish the fact that it is a highly poisonous substance.

Here is the definition of Sodium Fluoride that is used in toothpaste to prevent

sodium fluoride
– noun
a colourless, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous solid, NaF, used chiefly in the fluoridation of water, as an insecticide, and as a rodenticide. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

Hmmm, there’s just something insane about using the words “poisonous solid”, “rodenticide”, “insecticide”, and the “fluoridation of water” in the same definition. Fluorine compounds, or fluorides, are listed by the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) as being in the top 20 of 275 toxic substances which pose the most significant threat to human health.

We have all been brushing our teeth with rat poison and one of the most environmentally damaging toxic waste substances produced by the aluminium and
fertilizer industries in America, Sodium Fluoride.

We’ve also been drinking Fluorosilicic Acid (an inexpensive liquid by-product of phosphate fertilizer manufacturering process) in our tap water and cooking with it as well.

Go read the warning on the back of your toothpaste tube.

“WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you
accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or
contact a doctor .”

Your toothpaste warning says that if you ingest more than the usual amount while brushing, call a doctor.

That’s because fluoride is a highly toxic poison and each tube of toothpaste, even the bubble gum flavoured specifically marketed for children, contains enough fluoride to kill a child.

When I was a child there wasn’t a poison warning label on my toothpaste tube
letting me know not to swallow it because it was poison. Back then toothpaste
commercials showed a tooth brush just loaded with toothpaste.

Back then no one was telling anyone, “Don’t swallow your toothpaste”. Fluoride was portrayed as perfectly safe to your health in commercials and by government publications.

It wasn’t until April 7th, 1997, that the United States FDA (Food & Drug Administration) required that all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. carry a poison warning on the label.

In this country we consume highly fluoridated tap water, processed foods and
drinks every day.

We consume more than the usual amount we would ingest by
brushing our teeth alone. One of the fastest ways to absorb a medicine is
directly under your tongue and we hold this poison in our mouths 2-3 times a
day when we brush our teeth.

Think about how often your children are swallowing it while brushing their
teeth because it tastes like bubble gum. We’ve been ingesting it for years and
it has been building up in our bodies because fluoride is an accumulative

This toxin is taking its toll on the health and smiles of people of all ages in
the U.S., Britain, Canada, and other modernized countries. Dental Fluorosis is
a mild form of fluoride poisoning that is the most visible and well-recognized
side-effects of ingesting fluoride toothpaste and drinking too much fluoridated

Dental Fluorosis is a discoloration of teeth that ranges from mild to severe. Whereas dental fluorosis used to impact less than 10% of children in the 1940s, the latest national survey found that it now affects over 30% of children.

Fluoridation could turn out to be one of the top 10 mistakes of the 21st century.

Survival Cooking Risks

So when the brown stuff hits the fan your will bug-out. You will build a shelter, light a fire,hunt, trap and fish and then sit around the fire singing “gin gang gooley” as
your food cooks.

It just sounds idyllic doesn’t it?

But according to recent figures this could be the most dangerous aspect of survival camping.

A shocking 94 per cent of more than 2,000 people questioned for a Government survey admit to at least one barbecue habit that is a health risk.

Food poisoning is a real risk at barbecues

FSA Chief executive Catherine Brown

Twenty-one per cent believe they have been ill due to something they have eaten as a result, the poll for the Food Standards Agency found.

Almost a third admit to not checking burgers, sausages and even chicken are cooked all the way through.

The FSA has released a list of tips to cut food poisoning, with the first being to pre-cook meat in the oven and finish it off on the barbecue for flavour.

Chief executive Catherine Brown said: “Food poisoning is a real risk at barbecues and we are reminding people to take good care of their families.”

Survival cooking is bar-b-q cooking is it not? When the shtf there will be no chemist, health centre, doctor or NHS to go to to sort out food poisoning, stomach upsets and
diarrhoea, all of which will dehydrate you and reduce your physical ability to
provide and survive.

OK I do not want to teach my grandmother to suck eggs by it never hurts to get back to basics.

Charred doesn’t mean cooked, cook your barbecue food thoroughly until you are sure that your poultry, pork, burgers, sausages and kebabs are steaming hot, with no pink meat inside.

Avoid cross-contamination by storing raw meat separately before cooking, use different utensils, plates and chopping boards for raw and cooked food. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water and dry them before handling your food for the barbecue and after handling raw foods including meat, fish, eggs and vegetables.

(You should of course wash your hands after touching the bin, going to the
toilet, blowing your nose, or touching pets.)

Don’t wash raw chicken or other meat, it just splashes germs. Cooking will kill
any bacteria present, including campylobacter. On the other hand, washing
chicken, or other meat, can spread dangerous bugs on to your hands, clothes,
utensils and by splashing.

Turning meat regularly and moving it around the barbecue will help to cook it evenly.
Charred on the outside doesn’t always mean cooked on the inside so, it’s always
safer to cut open and check your burgers, sausages and chicken. If in doubt
–keep cooking.

Keep plates and cutlery away from raw meat and fish, never serve your guests cooked food on a plate or surface that’s had raw meat or fish on it, and don’t use cutlery or
marinades that have been in contact with raw meat. There’s no point in serving
up food with a flourish if you’re adding bugs back into the mix.


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!

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.


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 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 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 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.


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.


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.


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 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.

UK Self Defence Items

Being in some US states it must be nice to be able to carry a concealed firearm with you wherever you go to be able to protect yourself and your family from any of the millions of crazy pteople in the world who don’t have your best interest in mind.

Unfortunately, I live in the UK were it is illegal to carry any weapon.

Now that these religious terrorists are simply slashing and stabbing innocent people as they walk our streets or eat in local restaurants we NEED to think anout how we will defend ourselves should we be caught up in this type of attack.

Even if what you do carry is not a weapon and you use it to defend yourself it will then be classed as a weapon, by the cops how stupid is that?

Some governments have decided that it is up to only a chosen few to be able to do that and if you’re not lucky enough to be one of those chosen few, you need to hope that you happen to have one in the room if something happens – and hope they can take care of it on their own.

The chosen ones generally wear uniforms and I believe it to be a very dangerous thing if the only ones with the weapons are the police.

As they say, when seconds count, cops are just minutes away.

Luckily, there are many items that you can carry in public, and into pretty much any establishment. These items also don’t draw attention to yourself, in fact they are carried in open sight.


This is probably the most inconspicuous weapon of the all but with some training it can be extremely effective. It’s an improvised weapon that’s been taught to Special Forces and intelligence operatives for generations.

The key is rolling it up tight and holding it in the right spot. If you roll it toward the fold, you won’t have all the pages layered out alongside it so it’ll hold up better. You can also pre-roll it and keep it tight with rubber bands too, which would make it very effective, but now you’re starting to lose the inconspicuousness of it.


I like the Elzetta ZFL-M60 Tactical Weapon-Grade LED Torch which has a strike bezel in the front that would allow you to dig into an opponent while striking them.

I think that would definitely stop someone if you got hit by it. The problem is, that will also draw attention to you and some places don’t allow them because they consider them weapons – and rightly so; there is no other use for that tip than as a weapon.

The truth is, however, you don’t need that tip. Any torch of the right size can be used just as effectively without it. Just as with the newspaper, it’s all about where you strike.

Some of them have a mode where you can ‘disorient’ an attacker with a strobe light and a good torch has a setting were you can chose strobe or beam from the off.

The best ones to get will be ones that will extend out both ends of your hand while holding it so you can strike from either direction, but will also fit in your pocket and can be easily pulled out when you need it.

Walking Stick/umbrella

A walking stick or umbrella is probably the most effective weapon on this list. It can give you more reach, can hit harder, and can give you more leverage than anything else I have mentioned.

Most umbrellas are terrible weapons. They break easily and have a tendency to pop open if you shuffle them around too much. There are exceptions though. The U-115 is just one example of an umbrella that you can use to defend yourself effectively but won’t be typically seen as any kind of a weapon.

It’s built very tough and is discreet. The problem with umbrellas though is if it’s not raining or about to rain, you look a little suspicious carrying it around.

However a sturdy walking stick can be used as a weapon extremely well. You just have to pick one that doesn’t look like a weapon. The key here is to find one that won’t break easily and has a heavy handle on the end.

You can get hardwood walking sticks with brass handles fairly inexpensively. Contrary to what you may think; the fancier something like this looks, the less likely it is that it would be confiscated.

Nicer things aren’t seen as often as being intended for nefarious purposes. Don’t go for something that has a skull or dragon on it.


You don’t need to have a hidden knife to use a belt effectively. You do need to find a belt and a pair of pants that will allow you to pull it off quickly without your pants dropping to your ankles in a fight.

A wide leather belt with a heavy buckle works well. Just watch that the loop near the buckle doesn’t catch on the front loop of your pants, causing it to not want to come out.


I personally carry a tactical/survival pen a lot of times because it’s now part of my personal EDC kit. These are really useful to have but more likely to be seen as a potential threat than a normal pen will.

The fact is though, just about any pen can be used as a weapon. All you need is to have an inch or so sticking out of your fist as you hold it, and then use it to poke holes in the fleshy parts of your attacker.

UK Legal Spray

In conjunction with the items I have mentioned I also always carry a UK legal spray, mine is made by Mace in the US and is readily available in the UK at it gives you the option of flight or fight.

I would rather be judged by twelve than carried by six.


This Week;s Show 7th June 2018

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I begin this week with the Wilderness Gathering, then the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, Do it yourself easy cheese, Flooded Out- Humour, This is What Your Body Needs , The Jääkäri puukko Review, The Dual-Action Firestarter Review, What is Going On?, Survival Communication, Signal Crayfish, My Thoughts on EMP.

Listen to my show at 8PM UK time tonight

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then this is the family show for you – Wilderness Gathering, a unique Bushcraft event, is the longest running and still the original festival of bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.

The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere

Live Music

Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to – to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to – to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new.

Children’s Bushcraft

The Coyote Clubs were introduced in 2005 and host a comprehensive range of events and activities specifically tailored for children from 5 to 15 year old.

The Masterclass

The Masterclasses were introduced in 2005 and are your opportunity to study your favourite Bushcraft subject in depth with a leading Bushcraft instructors.

Where is it?

Located on a South Wiltshire farm with lakes and 30 acres of old oak woodlands. You get access to woodlands and fields to erect whatever shelter you want.

Add to this great food, local cider, mead, evening entertainment. great people and it’s now over 5 days it has to time to get booked

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Do it yourself easy cheese

What you will need

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

What to do

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

Why not try using herbs, other flavourings.

Flooded Out- Humour

It rained for days and days and there was a terrific flood.

The water rose so high that one man was forced to climb on top of his roof and sat in the rain.

As the waters came up higher a man in a rowboat came up to the house and told him to get in. “No thank you, the Lord will save me!” he said, and the man in the rowboat rowed away.

The waters rose to the edge of the roof and still the man sat on the roof until another rowboat came by and another man told him to get in. “No thank you, the Lord will save me!” he said again, and the man rowed away.

The waters covered the house and the man was forced to sit on his chimney as the rain poured down and a helicopter came by and another man urged him to get in or he’ll drown. “No thank you,” the man said again, “The Lord will save me!”

After much begging and pleading the man in the helicopter gave up and flew away.

The waters rose above the chimney and the man drowned and went to heaven where he met God.

“Lord, I don’t understand,” he told Him, frustrated, “The waters rose higher and higher and I waited hours for you to save me but you didn’t! Why?”

The Lord just shook his head and said,

“What are you talking about? I sent two boats and a helicopter?!”

This is What Your Body Needs

Your body needs three basic types of nutrients to survive: Protein, Fats, and Carbohydrates. Now you can argue that you can live without carbs but it would be very difficult and unrealistic, as almost everything contains carbs.

There are a lot of foods out there that you can consider for food storage. An ideal item would be something that has a long shelf life, and something inexpensive.

You really can’t go wrong with most tinned foods. They’re typically pretty cheap, and ready to eat. You just have to make sure you buy enough and then it all comes down to how much money you have to spend. Food prepping isn’t cheap so spend wisely.

In my opinion it is good to have a wide variety of food storage items, but everyone at least needs to have things that are ready to eat and don’t require preparation.

Don’t get me wrong, having things like rice, flour, and barley are great to have, but you may not have the resources or time to cook and prepare your food. That’s where tinned foods come into their own.

I have compiled a list of some of the best and cheapest ready to eat survival foods.

Beans (any) – simple, extremely cheap, ready to eat, and provides all three essential nutrients.

Peanut Butter – delicious, packed with calories, an excellent source of fat and protein.

Oats – can be eaten raw, excellent source of carbs.

Noodles – can also be eaten raw, extremely cheap, good source of carbs.

Tinned Fruit (any) – delicious, good source of vitamins, doubles as a dessert.

Tinned Meat (any) – cheap, excellent source of protein, delicious.

Tinned Beef Stew – a complete meal in a can that’s ready to eat.

Honey – natural sweetener, calorie packed, gives you a quick boost of energy.

Powdered Milk – good source of protein, and sometimes you just need some milk.

Spaghetti (with meat) – complete meal, great for children and adults too.

These are all suggestions. You may not like some of these. I personally hate oats, but I buy them anyway because they are cheap and I’d rather eat them than starve.

The Jääkäri puukko Review

OK guys no BS., the Jääkäri is a proper no-nonsense puukko knife for real use, not for sitting on a shelf for decoration.

Fine quality carbon steel, traditional Finnish puukko blade profile with a slight drop point and a practical grind guarantee a razor sharp knife straight out of the box, and it’s easy to maintain too.

The Jääkäri (the name derives from the backbone infantry of the Finnish military) is nothing fancier than a very simple, very practical puukko knife. The Jääkäri is a buddy you can trust to get the job done and you don´t need to be too careful either, these are built for use.

General features

  • Medium size general purpose utility knife, a solid choice for most situations.

  • Traditional puukko-style blade profile with drop point.

  • Scandi-style grind with secondary microbevel.

  • Spine ground and beveled to strike sparks from ferro rods.

  • Full/stick hybrid tang with textured overmolded rubber grip.

  • Protruding bare tang head with lanyard hole.

Technical specs

  • Weight: 175/190 g (wo/ sheath)

  • Total length: 240/270 mm

  • Blade length: 110/140 mm

  • Blade thickness: 4,20 mm

  • Edge angle: 23°

  • Steel: 80CrV2 carbon steel, 59 HRC

Available with leather sheath or a simple plastic liner.

The plastic liner is not a stand-alone sheath and offers no actual retention, it is used as an insert in the construction of leather sheaths.

Short or long? The choice is easy, if you have at least some idea about what you´re going to use it for. The 110 (shorter) is an excellent all-round knife for just about any tasks, it’s best paired up with something bigger such as the 140 (longer) might be a bit “clumsier” but on the other hand the long blade make it a bit better at chopping through saplings and firewood.

But it all boils down to personal preference, the one that feels best is the one for you!


Traditional and proven functional Finnish puukko profile with a drop point. The thickness of 4,2 mm makes this a bit more robust than most old timey traditional Finnish puukkos.

The grind is a scandi grind with a tiny secondary bevel, currently the most commonly used Finnish puukko grind.

The strong blade can take a beating, you can use the Jääkäri for batoning without problem, just don´t hit your fingers or the rubber handle, those are not strong like steel.

The heat treatment leaves the surface of the steel soft, which makes the blade very strong but also means that a simple polished spine will not strike sparks from a ferro rod.

They have added small bevels to the spine, these bring out the harder core of the blade to strike sparks from ferro rods. Since this isn´t your common 90° spine it works a bit differently, but once you find the right style it will strike sparks just like any other blade.

Carbon steel requires care: if your knife gets wet in the bush, dry it the best you can. Never store the knife without drying and oiling the blade.


The rubber grip is somewhat ergonomically shaped, but not one of those crazy finger groove things. A small finger guard on the front, a little belly in the middle and a knob at the back to keep your hand from slipping and also make it possible to use a Leuku style chopping grip.

The tang runs all the way through the grip and comes out the back, forming a little knob with a hole in it for lanyards and such. The knob can also be used to hit things, naturally.

Leather sheath

The sturdy dangler leather sheath is built with a roomy plastic liner, traditional Finnish sheath construction style.

The liner is roomy enough for water and crud to run through it and out the hole at the end. Around the mouth of the sheath the leather is folded double forming a strong and stiff wide band, this band is closed tightly around the grip using a press stud.

When you pull out the knife the edge runs nicely between the two leather sides, not cutting it up as is a common downside of the traditional “sock” style puukko sheaths.

Even without closing the press stud the sheath retains enough tension to keep the puukko in place, so around camp you don´t need to be opening and closing the sheath all the time, just remember to snap it shut when you’re on the move!

Do not force the knife out of the sheath without opening the press stud! Although this can be done it is not good for the press stud in the long run and may damage it. Just open the snap before pulling out the knife.

It’s best to oil the snap fastener once in a while to prevent it from becoming stiff and nasty.

Varusteleka Terävä

Terävä, which means sharp in Finnish, is our own brand of knives. All Terävä knives are high quality Finnish made pieces, designed and made in Finland.

A few words from the designer

The basic idea for the Jääkäri was very simple: to make a functional knife with all the pros and none of the cons of a traditional Finnish puukko.

A traditional puukko is fine, but the rat tail tang, wooden grips and floppy sheaths are not exactly the most practical designs any more.

So we made the blade strong, 4 mm thick, and with a full tang that goes all the way through the grip. The handle is shaped for a good grip and made from rubber.

The basic leather sheath is nothing like it’s wildly swinging ancestors, this one is made with a sturdy turning belt loop and a press stud to secure the knife in place.

This is not rocket science really, but just a simple good puukko for real use. Nothing fancy, works like a charm!

The Dual-Action Firestarter Review

A compact dual-rod fire starter with folding design that offers a complete fire starting solution, especially when natural tinder is limited.

Featuring a magnesium rod for tinder and a ferrocerium rod for the spark and an integrated striker.

The ferrocerium spark rod produces extremely high temperature sparks at 2,980ºC making it easy for to ignite dry tinder in any weather or altitude.

The magnesium rod can be used to create highly flammable tinder shavings which will light with ease.

Ideal for use on dry fibrous tinder, gas stoves and more.

The real questions are, does it work and is it worth having?

The quick answer is yes. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say.

To put the Dual Action Firestarter to the test I decided to use damp tinder so I first used damp cotton wool and having scraped some magnesium from the rod onto the cotton wool I scraped down on the fero rod and sparks flew into the magnesium and that was it, the cotton wool caught fire.

Next I tried damp but dead grass, this took longer and I used a lot of magnesium but again got the result I wanted, fire.

I made a feather stick and piled up some feathers and showered them with sparks and again fire.

The addition of the magnesium rod takes this ferrocerium rod to the next level allowing you to make fire even with damp tinder.

I do like it very much and I know with confidence that it I needed to make a fire I could with the Dual Action Firestarter and you can get yours at.

What is Going On?

Germany Warned it’s Citizens to IMMEDIATELY Begin “Prepping”

In a breaking story on (August 22, 2016) Germany is instructing their citizens to IMMEDIATELY begin stockpiling food and water. The German government explained that the country could face an “incident which threatens our existence”.

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government is strongly suggesting it’s citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe.

Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a young unstable teenager last month.

According to the newspaper, people will be required to stockpile enough drinking water and food for ten days. I would say this is sound advise for anyone. And I would personally encourage more than ten days… but, that’s just me.

First Germany, Then the Czech’s Government Warnsed it’s people to Stockpile Food

Just days after the German government advised citizens to stock up on food and water, the Czech government has done the very same.

Czech news channel CT24 broadcast a message from their government, telling citizens to “prepare for the worst”.

Czech media sources are reporting that in the event of a national crisis, the food needs of the country will not be met, as the Czech Republic is already beset by food shortages.

Now Sweden give it’s people pamflets on what to do in War

It’s hard to predict when war will break out, but Sweden wants to make sure that it’s populace is always prepared for the worst.

The Swedish government is reissuing an instructional war pamphlet to all 4.8 million households in the country, informing them for the first time in more than 30 years on the perils of war.

The brochure, titled “Om krisen eller kriget kommer (If crisis or war comes),” was compiled by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and instructs civilians on what to do if “their everyday life was turned upside down.”

The brochure provides information on everything from how to identify fake news and prepare against extreme weather conditions to what to do in the event of terror attacks and military conflicts.

The 20-page pamphlet, featuring illustrations of soldiers in the field, people fleeing disaster zones and cybersecurity teams at their computers, is an update on a version first produced during the Second World War and last released in the 1980s.

Two nights ago in the most unsettling move yet, they mobilized the entire Swedish Home Guard for an “unannounced preparedness exercise.”

All 40 battalions have been activated, effective immediately.

The report is on the Försvarsmakten website, which is the official website of the Swedish Armed Forces. Here’s the English translation:

For the first time since 1975, the Armed Forces carry out an unannounced emergency preparedness control of the entire Hemvärnet.

All staff around Sweden who are part of one of the 40 home war battalions and who have the opportunity to attend the evening of 5 June and during the national day will be in charge of service.

The alarm is ordered by the Armed Forces and participation in the exercise is voluntary.

“We are committed to strengthening Sweden’s defense and increasing our operational capabilities.

This is a way to do it. This exercise is great in several ways. We are testing the emergency chain for almost half our intervention organization, we have not done since 1975, says Micael Bydén, the commander.

Initially, staff – from north to south – will be contacted and invited to stand for service. Thereafter, relations will begin to solve tasks, such as protection, guarding and patrolling. During the national day, home care personnel will be seen in many places around the country, from ports and airports to streets and squares. Since it is a voluntary exercise, the Armed Forces can not force anyone to settle, but the chief commander shows great confidence in his staff. (source)

What this means

The Hemvärnet is the Swedish equivalent of the American National Guard.

The Home Guard – National Security Forces (Swedish: Hemvärnet – Nationella Skyddsstyrkorna) is a military reserve force of the Swedish Armed Forces.

It was formally established on May 29, 1940, during World War II upon popular demand.

While originally composed of former militia groups, today it comprises half of the Swedish Army, thus constituting the basis of the territorial defense of Sweden.

The Swedish National Home Guard consists mainly of local rapid response units, numbering 17,000 of the 22,000 total Home Guard strength, organized in 40 battalions, with 23 associated auxiliary defense organizations. (source)

This “unannounced preparedness exercise” may be just that – a readiness drill.

But there are a few things that ring some warning bells for me:

  • A “drill” of this magnitude hasn’t happened since 1975 at the height of the Cold War

  • It’s occurring on the heels of two other warnings of looming war or crises

  • And keep in mind that the war preparedness book that was recently sent out mentioned the possibility of re-establishing conscription (the draft), too.

It would be wise to be on the lookout for something to happen soon.  What that “something” might be, of course, is open to speculation.

What do you think is going on?

Could they be preparing to quell a migrant uprising in the no-go zones or are they truly concerned about a threat from Russia?

In another shocking move the UK G oV does nothing, that’s right Nada.


Survival Communication

I see a lot of discussion on survival forums and blogs about the options available for radio communication among small groups in a post-SHTF situation.

There are many types of radios that can meet some or most of the communication requirements, including FRS (Family Radio Service), GRMS (General Mobile Radio Service), in the states and CB (Citizen’s Band) and VHF (Very High Frequency) marine-band radios elsewhere.

Those who live in coastal areas or along major navigable inland waterways who are planning to bug out by boat will already be familiar with VHF radios, as they are standard equipment for most vessels, whether hand-held or fixed-mount units.

While it is illegal to use channels in the marine VHF band for communication on land in normal times, in any scenario forcing you to bug-out in the first place, this will not likely be something to worry about.

The advantage of marine VHF radios over most of the alternatives is that this band offers a large range of channels and hand-held units have two power levels for the transmitter, usually 1 watt for low power and 5 or 6 watts for high power.  This gives good range, especially on the water or in open country.

Another advantage of hand-held VHF units is that they are now more rugged than ever, and several models are available that are not only waterproof, but submersible as well.

However when the grid goes down there will be a great many people who will make a big mistake one day by assuming the ever present cell phone will remain in use as a viable communications tool.

Now think about the circumstances that will cause you to grab your bug out bag. Now contemplate whether or not it is just possible that the mobile networks might be under the control of the very people you are inclined to protect yourself and your family from.

So what you need is a communications PLAN just like you have the food, firearms, bug out bag, escape plan in effect.

need to think about and plan for the eventual disruption of the Internet and the mobile phone network.

People who are putting survival communications plans into effect now are going to be very pleased with the results one day.

I think it goes without saying that both CB radio and amateur radio are going to be two of the biggest players when people begin learning about radio communications.

Some keywords to begin your own search on include, frequencies, antennas, license, radios, power, ham, and of course CB (there are others as well but these are the most popular).

Just like you prepared as a survivalist or as a prepper the simplest alternative to mobile phones and the Internet, is radio communications.

It stands to reason that 2-way and shortwave radio cannot be controlled by whatever government agency has caused folks to bug out.

Sure they have the FCC in the states and OFCOM here in the UK but no one will be listening to these bodies WTSHTF.

So start working on a communications plan that will allow you to replace that mobile phone with communications gear that YOU understand.

CB or HAM?

That’s a discussion that will never be settled as there are proponents on both sides of that argument that can make some pretty good points about how their preferred communications systems is the better of the two.

Let me give you a little bit of an explanation without going overboard with radio jargon and stories about how far away a radio signal can travel.

Enter the CB Radio

Three things make CB radio attractive to preppers and survivalists, and they are:




Starting with the first item price, leads us to discover that you can find CB radios available for as little as $5 in working condition at local markets, car boots, and even garage sales in the states and around £10 to £20 here in the UK.

There are higher priced, base and mobile, units but a survivalist will general trend towards the least expensive gear.

One of the main issues with CB operation it that of its low power output.

Granted there are modifications and amplifiers available but these are generally beyond what your average survival focused operator is looking for.

As for the availability of CB radio, I have already mentioned flea markets and garage sales. And then you have Craigslist(tm), eBay(tm), and a host of other online sources for CB equipment.

The good news with CB radio is that you are no longer required to have a license to operate either a base station or a mobile operation.

There are other legal issues such as being on frequencies a CB is not authorized to operate on and the use of excessive power output.

But these issues pertain more to the operator of the CB station than the CB equipment itself.

Ham Radio

Let’s talk a little bit about ham radio. Ham radio has many frequencies available to those who hold an amateur radio license (ham radio license).

The more popular HF (high frequency) bands have characteristics that allow people to communicate with someone in the next county or another ham in another part of the world.

The highly popular 2 meter ham band includes all frequencies between 144 megahertz up to and including the 148 megahertz frequencies.

Not wanting to go too deep into any form of radio technology

I would encourage you to learn the phonetic alphabet.

Simply write it down as I did then read car number plates as you drive around or street sign etc. and practice it, this way you will soon master it.

When it comes to PMR communications I recommend the GXT1000VP4 2-Way Midland Radios from you will not be disappointed.

And referring to Marine Radio, well I am already licensed to operate anywhere in the world while at sea, the license cost me £75 but it may have gone up in the last four years.

Signal Crayfish

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 are 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.

They live on the beds of streams and rivers and are carnivorous, eating mainly dead creatures.
The signal crayfish can walk overland to establish itself in new waterways, and is now widespread throughout Britain.

So what are the benefits?

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.

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.

So what can I do?

Well you need a licence to keep or catch 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 am assuming 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.

So what about trapping 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.

Depending on whether the Environment Agency allow it in your area, you can make your own trap. You can make a cylinder with chicken wire, up to a metre long, and bend the ends over to form a cone that crayfish can climb into but not out of. You can do the same with willow (see photo). 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 (like a fish-head), 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). Signal crayfish are cannibals, and if you remove only big ones, there will be nothing to keep the numbers of small ones down.

The Environment Agency in Scotland have urged fishermen to kill signal crayfish on sight.

Take them out of the trap (keep fingers away from their pincers), and keep them in tubs of tap water for a couple of days to purge them of any food in their intestines.

The best bit is 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 claws.

Pull and separate the head and tail. Pull off the legs, 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. But give it a bit of a rinse to get rid of all traces of intestines and food.

Then put the claws on a hard surface and hit sharply with the back of a knife to crack them open. Grab the end of the flesh and pull it out of the claw.

You can serve with rice, toast, mayonnaise and/or any number of sauces. It looks and tastes a bit like prawn. There are plenty of recipes out there.

For a meal for one person, you’d probably need the meat of 5 crayfish. If the crayfish are present in that stretch of water, you can easily catch 10 in a trap each time.

My Thoughts on EMP

So in the middle of the summer an enemy explodes an EMP weapon high above the earths surface, say between 50 and 100 miles up.

Northern Europe is hit by a massive Electromagnetic Pulse. Instantly everything with a chip is rendered useless.

So all cars, buses, lorries, trains, areoplanes, communications, power, water, heating, lighting and this includes our “just in time transport delivery system” too will be as if they never existed at all.

Within a flash we are back in the 1800’s. But this time we have no reliance on horses for farming, transport of goods or people.

Our toilets will not flush, our kitchen white goods will not work, our money will be trapped in an electronic banking system that no longer functions.

Credit and debit cards will be useless pieces of plastic.

Common values, morals, respect, civil obiediance, honesty and consideration for others will go out the window in peoples desperate fight to grab whatever they can before someone else does.

Then the deseases will begin to take hold, TB, coleria, the medical system will also back in the 1800’s, no more ambulances rushing you to A&E, no more operations, no more fire service to rescue your cat or to put out life threatening fire storms as they rage across the cities uncontrolled.

No more police to come to your rescue and save you from whatever. No more 999.

Absolutley horriffic I thing you will agree.

But as I sat at my laptop this morning I thought of another problem our modern society has produced, something that I have never seen covered before in prepping and survival shows and articles.

On a typical weekday in last year, 535,000 passengers arrived in central London by train in the morning peak time of 07:00 to 09:59.

On average, a total of 977,000 people travel into London by trains alone throughout each day.

Add to that planes, buses, cars and bikes and the figure is over 2Million.

Imagine that number of people trapped in some cases hundreds of miles from their homes. Imagine again those people without GHB’s, accommodation, water, food, perscription medicines, communications, proper clothing, footwear,or their families and loved ones.

Ostensibly you now have up to 2million refugees in the London. Who will house and feed them, water and cloth them, medicate them protect them.

Imagine if you were one of them what would you do?

Of course every major UK city, town and even village will be affected in much the same way although the numbers in each case will of course vary.

I said imagine this happening in the middle of summer. And I picked this time of the year for one reason.

On average an amount of 60 million go on holiday each year.

However 45 million of these people go on their holidays in the summer months from June 25th – August 31st Of these 45 million people only a mere 6 million people go in groups of friends each year.

So now they have the very same problems London commuters will face but magnified many times because now they are thousands of miles away from home, in a foreign country. They will have to contend with a different culture, language, laws and way of life.

Oh! and now that they are not holiday makers any more, but refugees, there will be no more bacon and eggs for breakfast, no more British beer, no more Insurance cover, so no more medical treatments, no more money.

And I would suggest no more ways to get back to their loved ones in the UK.

Imagine that, so what would you do?

Before you go, use google earth etc. to reckon the area you are going to for,

Rivers, lakes, streams, swimming pools, fruit trees and crops in general. Shops selling camping equipment, hospital and medical centre locations, police stations, shopping centres, fishing tackle shops, in fact the list is endless and limited only by your imagination.

In my opinion I think that every time you pack your suitcase for your holidays you are in fact Bugging-Out.

So bearing in mind what I have said perhaps some additions to your normal holiday items would be prudent.

Yes I know that luggage weight restrictions are a concern, but how many of us come back from a holiday with items of clothing that we have not worn?

Anyway you could always pay a little extra if you go over your 22kgs.

However what I have in mind should not weight too much at all.

These are the extra items I would pack, and I know it is not an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination, and that you will add to it yourselves.

Map of Holiday Country

Local language phrase book

Emergency supply of prescription medications.

Water filtration bottle each

Copy of your home deeds

Contact numbers

Bank details

Torches for each plus spare batteries

Multi-tool each

Hidden extra cash each

Decent footwear

Spare glasses

Feminine products

Emergency meet up plan if separated while on holiday.

If you are in a holiday complex then I suggest that you get everyone together and have a general meeting and decide what you all want to do.

I would ask the complex/hotel staff what they suggest, but do not leave your accommodation as it is at least a roof over your head, and if you do it may be denied to you upon your return.

There is of course a chance that the RAF/Navy will be able to take you home, that is if their planes and ships still work, and they are not involved in a shooting war.

If you are in a villa, camp-site, taverna, camper, caravan, tent whatever then you are on your own in real terms. But a lot of what I have said will still apply to you in any case.

I think that those stranded abroad post an EMP attack will have to make the best of their lot and resign themselves to life outside the UK for many years to come if not for ever.

This Week’s Show 31st May 2018

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SHOW NOTES Starting this week with Emergency Food in the Boot, then The Wilderness Gathering, Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, Boiled British Freshwater Fish Recipes, How to Make Nettle Soup, Considerations for Your Bug Out Location, The Pheasant Casserole and Partridge Curry MRE Review, Backpack Survival.

I’m back, and I have missed you all very much indeed, this station was the first in the UK, and thanks to you it is the best in the UK. My health has for many years been the one thing that has prevented me from doing my show.

I want to thank you all for standing by me, it means a great deal to me.

Tommy Robinson

Breaking News – Following a successful legal challenge, I can now fully report on the outrage of this arrest and sentence of 13 months!

Stalins Russia, Hitlers Germany, modern day China or N. Korea, these are the descriptions of the UK today.

Patriots across the world are in shock over the arrest of counter-jihad activist Tommy Robinson. Even worse, the British state has imposed sweeping reporting restrictions to stop people finding out what has happened.

All over the free world the ‘elites’ are imposing a Soviet-style clampdown and Tommy is just the latest victim of their hatred and fear of the truth. Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen of Britain First have also been recently thrown in jail. Others, like Lauren Southern and Jim Dowson, have been deported and harassed by authorities.

The West, the home of free speech and the birthplace of the very concept of liberty, is now as repressive as any old Communist regime. It doesn’t matter what group you are with or exactly which aspect of the new liberal totalitarianism you oppose, if you’re a patriot they are coming for you!

It’s getting worse literally by the day. Thousands of patriots are being gagged on Twitter and Facebook, or kicked off altogether. And this is happening in the USA too; the same far-left hatred of the truth is on the loose in the Land of the Free.

The liberties for which millions have fought and died have been trampled into the mud in Britain, and freedom is hanging by a thread in America too.

So this latest attack on Tommy Robinson, on is an attack on all of us; on you. Who will stand up if or WHEN they come for YOU?

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Emergency Food in the Boot

In the boot of my car is my 72hr BOB and I have for for some time been thinking of expanding that for say a week and certainly in the case of food.

So I have bought a 40ltr plastic box with a lid and I have filled it with ten year shelf life German tinned sausages already cooked and in tins, five year Bread, some high energy bars, home made trail mixes, ziplock bags of pre mixed Bannock mix, boiled sweets, chewing gum, all day breakfast tins, curries and stews, tea, coffee dried milk, Bovril drinks, and a tin opener. I think that is all.

With water purification covered in my BoB with three different types of tablets, the Putitab, Biox Aqua tabs and a liquid treatment called Purinize and the Water-to-go bottle I know over kill, but the tabs are very light and as it is an addition to my BOB and it is mine I will have what I want in it. You have that choice too.

I think that the car is one of the most important places to store emergency preparedness supplies because you usually are located in the same place as your car.

And, in the event that you are away from home when a disaster strikes, the roads may become unsafe or impossible to drive.

You may be forced to travel great distances and endure extreme weather conditions as you walk to a safe location or to meet up with loved ones.

Keeping emergency supplies in your car can also be a life-saver in the event you have a roadside emergency and become stranded in a remote location.

Emergency Food

Just keeping preserved food in your car is not enough because most shop bought food will not store safely in a car for more than a few months. My food will store safely in my car for a minimum of 5 year, in fact it is actually rated at 10 years.

However what ever food you decide upon even shop bought is not a problem if you rotate it which I recommend you do.

Emergency Water You should also keep a minimum of 3 days of emergency drinking water in your car emergency kit.

However, storing bottled water is not the smartest or cheapest way to store emergency water in your car. Because of the extreme temperatures that occur inside your vehicle, bottled water will store safely for less than 6 months.

My water pouches are US Coast Guard Approved, 5-year shelf-life, 3-day supply of emergency water rations.

Since water remains the most important survival item to have, you can see why I have tablets and filters which can be used to purify extra water for drinking without having to carry it in your kit if you have to walk to a safe location.

Emergency Shelter Supplies

If you get stuck in your car or have to travel by foot in the cold, you will need proper emergency shelter supplies. That is why you need emergency shelter supplies in your car boot.

I carry proper shelter supplies including emergency survival blankets, ponchos to protect yfrom the weather, and a tube tent for easy emergency shelter from the elements. I also have resuable heat pads, a tarp and duct tape just in case I have to cover up a broken window for example.

Emergency Lighting

If you have to get out of your car and walk to a safe location during or after a disaster, you may be stuck walking at night and the street lights may also be out.

People usually know that it is very important to keep emergency torches/flashlights in their car but often people forget that they also have to replace the batteries every 6 months.

I also have some 12 hour emergency lightsticks and a wind up torch. Don’t forget batteries…save yourself money and buy LED as they use much less power.

Emergency First-Aid Kits

Firstly every driver should have one now, never mind in an emergency. In a major disaster while people are at work, many may become injured as they evacuate the building due to dangerous debris.

That is why businesses need to keep comprehensive emergency first aid kit, and why you should have one in your vehicle too.

Emergency Radios

If you need to travel by foot to a safe location after a disaster, you will need to know where to go. In order to avoid walking into a potentially more dangerous situation, you should keep an emergency radio in your car.

I have a solar powered/wind up radio as well as a CB radio this radio is highly recommended because ordinary battery operated emergency radios have many limitations such as the facts that batteries only last for hours and have an extremely limited shelf-life of around 6 months.

Emergency Tools

If you find yourself stranded on the the road without any tools you are in a dangerous situation. When broken down on the side of the road, you put you and your passengers at risk of getting hit by oncoming traffic and passing strangers.

Getting stranded can also be deadly due to extreme hot and cold weather conditions; especially following a disaster when emergency assistance may not be available. That is why you need to be self-reliant and keep a roadside emergency kit in your car.

The Wilderness Gathering

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then this is the family show for you – Wilderness Gathering, a unique Bushcraft event, is the longest running and still the original festival of bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.

The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere

Live Music

Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to – to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to – to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new.

Children’s Bushcraft

The Coyote Clubs were introduced in 2005 and host a comprehensive range of events and activities specifically tailored for children from 5 to 15 year old.

The Masterclass

The Masterclasses were introduced in 2005 and are your opportunity to study your favourite Bushcraft subject in depth with a leading Bushcraft instructors.

Where is it?

Located on a South Wiltshire farm with lakes and 30 acres of old oak woodlands. You get access to woodlands and fields to erect whatever shelter you want.

Add to this great food, local cider, mead, evening entertainment. great people and it’s now over 5 days it has to time to get booked

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Boiled British Freshwater Fish Recipes

Why should camp fire cooking be only grill bake and roast?

Why should camp fire cooking be bland?

Why not plan and prepare for your wild food meals?

These can be cooked using foraged greens or taken home and given the chief treatment.

Boiled Tench

Prepare the tench by scaling, gutting, removing the gills then washing and patting dry.

Place in a large pan then pour over just enough water to cover. Add 25g of salt per 1l of water added then bring to a simmer, cover and cook gently for about 10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.

Transfer the tench to a warmed serving plate and garnish with parsley. Accompany with melted butter.

Boiled Trout

This is a traditional British recipe for a classic dish of boiled trout that’s filleted and served topped with a truffle, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil. Ingredients: 2 medium trout, cleaned and scaled 2 summer truffles 2 garlic cloves 1 tbs. red wine vinegar 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil juice of 1 lemon sea salt, to taste


Bring a pan of lightly-salted water to a boil. Add the trout and cook for about 20 minutes, or until done through. Remove the fish then take off all the skin and fins.

Take the fish and carefully remove the flesh as four fillets (discard all the bones). Arrange these fillets on a serving plate.

In the meantime, place the truffles and garlic in a mortar and crush to a paste.

Add the vinegar and lemon juice and mix thoroughly to combine. Place the oil in a pan, add the truffle mixture and heat gently over a low flame (this should be just heated through, do not allow the sauce to fry).

Take off the heat and season to taste. Pour the sauce over the fish and serve.

Feed the 5 thousand

A fish boil is a fun, low-maintenance way to feed a large group of people — and although it is traditionally served outdoors, you can also bring the party inside.

Whether you’re planning an outdoor picnic or a big family get-together, a fish boil provides a nutritious, low-calorie meal for the entire family.

Step 1

Fill a large pot about three-quarters of the way up with water. Bring the water to a boil, either on your stovetop or outside on an open fire.

Step 2

Add the potatoes and 1 pound of salt for every 10 people, and then bring the liquid back up to a boil. Cook for 8 minutes, then add the onions to the pot.

Step 3

Add 2 pounds of peeled baby carrots, if desired. Wait until the water comes back to a boil, and then cook another 2 minutes. Double these cooking times for every 10 people you are serving.

Step 4

Add the whitefish and cook for 14 minutes. Use an instant-read thermometer to test the centre of the fish. If the fish reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit in the centre, it’s done.

Step 5

Place one piece of fish, three onions and two potatoes on each plate, then add a pat of butter and spoon some of the broth over the fish. Serve with a wedge of lemon.

How to Make Nettle Soup

With consumers being so bombarded with marketing for ready-meals, fast-food, and other chemical rubbish often I find people forget about some of nature’s ingredients that are normally right on their doorstep!

This recipe will go through how to make a nettle soup, which not only is a cheap and easy to make meal but also extremely good for you.

Nettles (which are rich in iron and contain lots of great vitamins) have been said by many to have anti-anaemic, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties.

It’s also a diuretic so is great for detoxing and helps remove toxins from the blood.

On top of all that it also is a great remedy against arthritis, rheumatic conditions, allergies, kidney disease…. (And the list goes on!)

All of that from a pesky weed that most of us avoid and ignore!


First things first, pick a good spot. I would try avoid any spots that are nearby to roads as you’ll likely get a mouthful of pollution, and try to look out for the smaller sized nettles as they are more nutritious and tasty for your soup.

The spot I found today was in a clearing in a local wood but the same principles can be applied to most of the world!

Now you have found your spot, onto some practicalities of nettle picking, wear a good pair of gloves.

If you get stung, take a look around for any doc leaves (big vainly leaves normally found nearby to nettles) as rubbing these on a new sting will relieve the pain.

Typically to make a batch of soup for four people you will want to get about half a bag of nettles.

At this point if you want to pick more nettles you might want to consider filing up your bags and then:

Preparing and freezing any leftover nettles for another day (just wash/cut/dry them and they will freeze well)

Making nettle tea by cutting off the tips (they taste less bitter in tea) and putting in a cafetiere.

You can also dry the nettles for tea by either hanging them up in a warm place (the airing cupboard.

Look up some of the other handy uses for nettles (you’ll probably be surprised how versatile they are!)


1 large onion

2 or 3 garlic gloves (or more or less to your taste)

2 or 3 potatoes

Splash of olive oil

Knob of butter

Organic salt and organic pepper (to taste)

Chicken stock (this is very easy to make from leftover chicken) or just use a cube

Cream (optional, to taste)

Cayene Pepper or Chilli Flakes (optional if you like your soups to pack a kick!)

Making the Soup:

Step 1 Prepare the nettles (again at this point you may want to wear some gloves to avoid getting stung).

Wash and drain the nettles.

You only want to use the fresh smaller young looking leaves so pick these off the stalk and discard the rest (or better still stick them on your compost pile!). I find using a pair of scissors is a fast way of doing this.

Preparing the nettles for the soup

Step 2 Peel and chop your potatoes, garlic, and onion and fry them on a high heat in a saucepan with a bit of olive oil and some butter until the onion is soft and the potatoes have started to go brown.

If you want a spicy “sting!” to your soup then also add in either some cayenne pepper or some chilli flakes to taste.

Making the nettle soup mix

Step 3 Add the nettles into the pan and mix around with a wooden spoon and after 30 seconds or so add a litre of boiled water and your chicken stock. (If you have made the stock fresh you may need a few extra cubes to get in more flavour)

Step 4 Boil the soup on a medium heat until the potatoes are soft (normally takes between 12-15 minutes).

Step 5 Take the soup off the heat (and ideally let it cool for a bit) then blend the whole thing till you have a smooth consistency.

You can return the soup to the pan on a high heat after this briefly to warm it up ready for serving adding in any salt and pepper to taste.

Step 6 Serve the soup with some nice organic bread and if you like you can add some cream by swirling around in the bowl with a small spoon for a mind blowing and decorative finish!

Considerations for Your Bug Out Location

If worse came to worse and the world was in chaos, where would you go?

Many people already have determined where they would go – a bug out location – a spot where they could lay low and live for a while if things got pretty bad.

If you haven’t decided where you’d go during an emergency, or you already have an idea, here are a few points to consider.

How far away?

How far away is your bug out location going to be from your home?

With some disasters it doesn’t need to be very far away.

For example, a flood zone might only take up a few miles and you might be able to walk to your bug out location.

Other disasters, like an economic disaster or nuclear one, might require you to get a little further away from your home.

What kind of shelter?

Once you get to your bug out location, what kind of shelter are you going to live in?

Is there a house on the property?

Are you going to be staying in a tent?

The type of shelter that you have might affect how long you are able to stay in the location.

If you have to go to your bug out location in the dead of winter, you might be moving if your only have a tent.

Many people even considering purchasing land in a more remote location so they don’t have to worry about living on someone else’s property.

This would allow you to build a home and place supplies there.

Bug out location example

Do you have an emergency bag?

I’ve talked previously about what kind of items you’d want in an emergency bug out bag or 72-hour kit.

Depending on what are you’re in, your emergency items might differ.

For example, if your bug out location is right next to a river, you might want a water filter instead of large water containers.


Speaking of water, it’s important to know where you will have access to water during an emergency.

If man-made water sources aren’t working, you might need to choose a location that has it’s own natural water source.

You might want to choose a location close to a lake, river, stream or natural well. Mind you, if man-made water systems are out of service, a lot of people are going to be looking for water in these locations.

You’ll also need to consider how susceptible those sources are to contamination.

Nearby food

Depending on how long you plan on staying at your bug out location, food might be a major consideration.

Are you going to have enough animal or plant life around you that you can just live off the land?

Are you going to be packing in all your food? Is the ground suitable for planting?

Popular for other people

If you think you’ve found the perfect place for you, there might be others that think the same.

While at times, preparing to defend yourself is necessary, you might have a leg up if you know how to barter and maintain a good relationship with other people who are also bugging out in the same location.

How are you going to get there?

As I say, this really depends on how far away your location is from your home. If it’s close to your home, you might consider walking or riding a bike.

If it’s far away, are you going to be driving? This also has an impact on your ability to prepare with food and water.

If you are going to be packing in a lot of water and food, how far you have to travel might be a big decision.

How many people are you planning for?

Is it just going to be you? Your spouse? Your children? Friends? Extended family?

Many times, people will join with a family friend to buy property and build a home on their bug out location. This is probably one of the first things you’ll need to determine because it has a huge effect on your food storage, water storage and other emergency supplies.


How are you going to get in contact with others?

Going to bug out location doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t need to communicate.

Are you going to be too far away that you don’t get cell phone coverage? Are you going to get radio and/or TV coverage?

Staying in contact with people will help you know what is going on and help you stay prepared.

Medical Care

Are you going to have the right supplies at your bug out location? While you might have enough food and water, what if you have a large cut and can’t heal yourself?

You might consider a bug out location that is close enough to civilization that you can go to a hospital or find the right drugs that you need but is also far enough away that you can escape if you need to.

So what else?

What do you think? What other considerations did you take into account when you were determining your bug out location?


The Pheasant Casserole and Partridge Curry MRS Review

The Coury Food Trust and What They Do

In simple terms, they are a charity food producer making top quality protein based food which they donate to charities who feed people in need. The charity is funded by individual donors, corporate supporters and charitable organisations.

They started by speaking to charities that told them they get a lot of nutritionally low value food – but very little meat and they had little chilling or freezer capacity. They knew there were affordable, plentiful and nutritional meat sources available which they could turn into meals and they worked with charities on the product design.

Currently they have two products, The Country Casserole, a nutritious and warming pheasant casserole and The Country Curry, a mildly spicy partridge curry.

In 2016 they produced 20,408 meals and in 2017 they produced 100,000 meals. These meals are donated to those in food poverty either directly to people in need, charities who feed people in need or through amazing charities like FareShare who distribute food nationwide to other charities.

They wanted to increase thier financial sustainability, so, they sell our meals on the basis that for every meal purchased another will be distributed to someone in poverty. The charity is not for profit so all money raised from selling our produce goes back to feeding more people in need. Currently they sell to supporters, online and are looking at farm shops. They also sell or aim to sell at events such as Fairs, Country Shows and Music events.

The Partridge Curry was very tasty indeed if not a little hot/spicy, but warming and filling when eaten with rice.

The Pheasant Casserole did not disappoint either, I love it very tasty and filling when eaten with mash.

These meals are not only worth in they are as MRE’s are supposed to be filling, easy to store (room temp) easy to heat and for everyone you buy you know that the Country Food trust will donate a Partridge Curry or Pheasant Casserole to a person in poverty, what a great idea.

The Pheasant Casserole and the Partridge Curry from The Country Food Trust (meat supplied by


There’s a lot of confusion about what survival means.

To some, it’s getting through the aftermath of an airplane wreck in a desolate area. It can mean knowing when to avoid walking in radioactive wastes.

Or, it can mean knowing how to barter with troops in the aftermath of riots, war, and looting. To others, survival has to do with avoiding danger and knowing how to deal with it when it breaks into your home in the dead of night.

Survival ideas abound and there are as many definitions and strategies as there are survivalists. Some have good ideas for survival and some have unsound tactics.

Bad ideas can mean extra work or trouble in everyday life; bad ideas during a survival situation get you killed.

On the job training doesn’t work when you’re dealing with poison and gunfights. Or survival.

One of the most dangerous ideas as far as I’m concerned is that of “backpack survival.”

A “backpack survivalist” is a survivalist that plans on leaving his home ahead of a disaster and taking to the woods with only what he can carry out with him.

He plans to survive through a strategy that is a sort of cross between the Boy Scout in the woods and Robinson Crusoe.

The backpack survivalist plans on outrunning danger with a four wheel drive or a motorcycle and hopes to travel light with a survival kit of everything he might need to cope with the unexpected.

He hasn’t cached anything in the area he’s headed for because, chances are, he doesn’t know where he’s headed.

Somehow, he hopes to overcome all odds with a minimum of supplies and a maximum of smarts.

Certainly it is a noble cause; but it seems like one destined to failure. And that’s not survival.

Hold on a minute. Backpack fever or bugoutosis does makes sense when you’re facing a localized disaster like a derailed train with overturned poisonous gas tanks.

A potential nuclear meltdown, an impending hurricane or severe flooding, or similar disasters where there is a safe place to run to.

During such a time, it makes perfect sense to retreat and come back when things settle down.

Likewise, some people have to work in dangerous areas.

For them, donning a backpack and heading for a retreat that they’ve prepared beforehand is a viable survival strategy.

These people aren’t backpack survivalists.)

Let me make a confession. Yes, I once was a closet backpack survivalist. I had an ALICE pack and had it packed with all I could carry.

As I learned more about how to survive, I realized I needed to carry more.

Soon I discovered that, just for my family to survive for a very few days, I’d need a pack mule and/or a hernia operation… Something was very wrong.

Probably most survivalists start out the same way. Things are bad so let’s bug out.

As backpack survivalists, we make elaborate plans centred on the idea of “bugging out” of the area we live in.

We hope to travel to an area that is safer than the one we’re in and plan on living off the land or on some survival supplies we’ve hidden in the area.

On the home front, we carefully prepare a stock of supplies that we can quickly cart off in a car or van when things start to look bad.

As more and more plans are made and as ever more survival gear is purchased, the survivalist realizes just how much he needs to cope with in order to survive.

If he is any sort of realist, he soon amasses enough gear to warrant a truck or more likely a moving van just for carrying the survival equipment.

(And don’t laugh, there are survivalists who have large trucks for just such use.)

Some brave souls continue to make more elaborate plans and some of these survivalists may be able to pull off their plans.

Those who have really thought things out and have spared no expenses may manage to survive with a bugout strategy.

But I think there are more logical and less expensive ways to survive a large crisis.

Forget all your preconceived notions for a minute.

Imagine that there is a national emergency and you are an outside observer?

What happens if a nuclear attack is eminent, an economic collapse has occurred, or a dictator has taken over and is ready to round up all malcontents (with survivalists at the top of the list)?

Situations change with time. The survivalist movement and backpack fever first started up when fuel guzzler cars were about all that anyone drove.

That meant that a survivalist with some spare fuel could outdistance his unprepared peers and get to a retreat that was far from the maddening crowd, as it were.

With cars getting 30 or even 40 miles per gallon, it isn’t rare for a car to be able to travel half way across the country on less than a full tank.

The exodus from cities or trouble spots will be more limited by traffic jams than lack of fuel even if the petrol stations are completely devoid of their liquid fuel too, there are a lot of people thinking about what to do if the time for fleeing comes.

And about half of the people I know are all headed for the same spot: an old Railway Tunnel void of water and food.

I suspect that the battle at the entrance of the old tunnel will rival the Little Big Horn.

No matter how out of the way their destination, most survivalists are kidding themselves if they think others won’t be headed for their hideaway spot along with them.

There are few places in the UK which aren’t accessible to anyone with a little driving skill and a good map.

There are few places which aren’t in grave danger during a nuclear war or national social unrest.

Though most nuclear war survival books can give you a nice little map showing likely targets, they don’t tell you some essential information. Like what the purpose of the attack will be.

The enemy may not be aiming for military targets that day; a blackmail threat might begin by hitting the heart of the farmland or a number of cities before demanding the surrender of the country being attacked.

The target areas on the maps might be quite safe.

And the maps show where the missiles land IF they all enjoy 100 percent accuracy and reliability.

Does anyone know of such conditions in war? With Soviet machinery!? Targets may be relatively safe places to be in.

Added to this is the fact that some areas can be heavily contaminated or completely free of contamination depending on the wind directions in the upper atmosphere.

Please keep a crystal ball in your survival gear?

But let’s ignore all the facts thus far for a few moments and assume that a backpack survivalist has found an ideal retreat and is planning to go there in the event of a national disaster… What next?

His first concern should be that he’ll have a hard time taking the supplies he needs with him.

A nuclear war might mean that it will be impossible to grow food for at least a year and foraging is out as well since animals and plants may be contaminated extensively.

An economic collapse wouldn’t be much better. It might discourage the raising of crops; no money, no sales except for the barter to keep a small farm family going.

With large corporations doing much of our farming these days, it is not unreasonable to expect a major famine coming on the heels of an economic collapse.

Growing food would be a good way to attract starving looters from miles around.

Ever try to pack a year’s supply of food for a family into a small van or car? There isn’t much room left over.

But the backpack survivalist needs more than just food.

If he lives in a cold climate (or thinks there might be something to the nuclear winter theory) then he’ll need some heavy clothing.

Rifles, medicine, ammunition, tools, and other supplies will also increase what he’ll need to be taking or which he’ll have to hide away at his retreat site.

Shelter? Building a place to live (in any style other than caveman) takes time.

If he builds a cabin beforehand, he may find it vandalized or occupied when he gets to his retreat; if he doesn’t build it before hand, he may have to live in his vehicle or a primitive shelter of some sort.

Thus, a major problem is to get a large enough vehicle to carry everything he needs as well as to live in.

There is a major problem of timing which the backpack survivalist must contend with.

He has to be packed and ready to go with all members of his family at the precise moment he learns of the disaster!

The warning he gets that warrants evacuating an area will have to be acted on quickly if he’s to get out ahead of the major traffic jams that will quickly develop.

A spouse at work or shopping or kids across town at school means he’ll either have to leave them behind or be trapped in the area he’s in.

A choice not worth having to make.

Unless he’s got a hot line from No 10, the backpack survivalist will not hear the bad news much ahead of everyone else.

If he doesn’t act immediately, he’ll be trapped out on the road and get a first-hand idea of what grid lock is like if he’s in an urban area.

Even out on the open road, far away from a city, a motorway can become hectic following a football game…

Imagine what it would be like if everyone were driving for their lives, some cars were running out of fuel (and the occupants trying to stop someone for a ride), and the traffic laws were being totally ignored while the traffic police tried to escape along with everyone else.

Just trying to get off or on major motorways might become impossible.

If things bog down, how long can the backpack survivalist keep those around from helping to unload his truck load of supplies that they’ll be in bad need of?

Telling them they should have prepared ahead of time won’t get many sympathetic words.

Even on lightly travelled roads, how safe would it be to drive around in a vehicle loaded with supplies?

Our backpack survivalist will need to defend himself.

But let’s suppose that he’s thought all this out. He has a large van, had the supplies loaded in it, managed to round every member of his family up beforehand, somehow got out of his area ahead of the mob, is armed to the teeth, and doesn’t need to take a motorway route.

When he reaches his destination, his troubles are far from over.

The gridlock and traffic jams won’t stop everyone. People will slowly be coming out of heavily populated areas and most of them will have few supplies.

They will have weapons (guns are one of the first things people grab in a crisis according to civil defence studies) and the evacuees will be desperate.

How many pitched battles will the survivalist’s family be able to endure? How much work or even sleep can he get when he’s constantly on the lookout to repel those who may be trying to get a share of his supplies?

This assumes that he gets to where he’s going ahead of everyone else. He might not though.

If he has to travel for long, he may discover squatters on his land or find that some local person has staked out his retreat area for their own.

There won’t be any law to help out; what happens next? Since (according to military strategists) our backpack survivalist needs about three times as many people to take an area as to defend it, he will need to have some numbers with him and expect to suffer some casualties.

Does that sound like a good way to survive?

What about the local people that don’t try to take over his retreat before he gets there?

Will they be glad to see another stranger move into the area to tax their limited supplies?

Or will they be setting up roadblocks to turn people like the backpack survivalist away?

But let’s just imagine that somehow he’s discovered a place that doesn’t have a local population and where those fleeing cities aren’t able to get to.

What happens when he gets to his retreat? How good does he need to be at hunting and fishing?

One reason mankind went into farming was that hunting and fishing don’t supply enough food for a very large population nor do they work during times of drought or climatic disruption.

What does he do when he runs out of ammunition or game?

What happens if the streams become so contaminated that he can’t safely eat what he catches?

Can he stake out a large enough area to guarantee that he won’t deplete it of game so that the next year is not barren of animals?

Farming? Unless he finds some unclaimed farm machinery and a handy storage tank of fuel at his retreat, he’ll hardly get off first base.

Even primitive crop production requires a plough and work animals (or a lot of manpower) to pull the blade.

No plough, no food for him or domestic animals.

And domestic animals don’t grow on trees. Again, unless he just happens to find some cows waiting for him at his retreat, he’ll be out of luck.

(No one has packaged freeze dried cows or chickens at least, not in a form you can reconstitute into living things).

Intensive gardening? Maybe. But even that takes a lot of special tools, seeds, know how, and good weather. Can he carry what he needs and have all the skills that can be developed only through experience?

Even if he did, he might not have any food to eat. Pestilence goes hand in hand with disasters.

Our modern age has forgotten this. But during a time when chemical factories aren’t churning out the insecticides and pest poisons we’ve come to rely on, our backpack survivalist should be prepared for waves of insects flooding into any garden he may create.

This Week’s Show 12th April 2008



It’s a packed show tonight starting with The Country Food Trust and What They Do, then the Wilderness Gathering 16 to19th August 4 Days, Wild Garlic Butter, Pine Needle Tea, Dandelion Coffee, Dandelion Fritters, Catapult Hunting and UK Law, Fear and What It Does, The Zip Lock Bag Omelette, Being Prepared, My Survival Fishing Kit,

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To enter all you have to do is like and share the post on my FB page marked The NSS Competion.

The show on the 12th and 13th of May at the Yorkshire Show ground in Harrogate will encompass all aspects of shooting, and includes airguns, specialist outdoor clothing/ tactical clothing ,military surplus stalls, accessories, game bird/ pigeon preparation demos, Woodland Ways have demonstrations on game prep fire lighting etc.

The Pheasant Casserole and Partridge Curry MRS Review

The Coury Food Trust and What They Do

In simple terms, they are a charity food producer making top quality protein based food which they donate to charities who feed people in need. The charity is funded by individual donors, corporate supporters and charitable organisations.

They started by speaking to charities that told them they get a lot of nutritionally low value food – but very little meat and they had little chilling or freezer capacity. They knew there were affordable, plentiful and nutritional meat sources available which they could turn into meals and they worked with charities on the product design.

Currently they have two products, The Country Casserole, a nutritious and warming pheasant casserole and The Country Curry, a mildly spicy partridge curry.

In 2016 they produced 20,408 meals and in 2017 they produced 100,000 meals. These meals are donated to those in food poverty either directly to people in need, charities who feed people in need or through amazing charities like FareShare who distribute food nationwide to other charities.

They wanted to increase thier financial sustainability, so, they sell our meals on the basis that for every meal purchased another will be distributed to someone in poverty. The charity is not for profit so all money raised from selling our produce goes back to feeding more people in need. Currently they sell to supporters, online and are looking at farm shops. They also sell or aim to sell at events such as Fairs, Country Shows and Music events.

The Partridge Curry was very tasty indeed if not a little hot/spicy, but warming and filling when eaten with rice.

The Pheasant Casserole did not disappoint either, I love it very tasty and filling when eaten with mash.

These meals are not only worth in they are as MRE’s are supposed to be filling, easy to store (room temp) easy to heat and for everyone you buy you know that the Country Food trust will donate a Partridge Curry or Pheasant Casserole to a person in poverty, what a great idea.

The Pheasant Casserole and the Partridge Curry from The Country Food Trust (meat supplied by

Wilderness Gathering 16 to19th August 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 ten 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 campfire 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.

There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha and 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 onsite 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 or call 0845 8387062 you really won’t regret it.

Wild Garlic Butter

Now, are you ready for the easiest recipe ever? To make your own wild garlic butter, all you’ll need is:
250g Butter
1 Shallot
1 tbsp chopped parsley
4/5 wild garlic leaves, washed
Add all ingredients to a blender and blitz until combined. Season to taste.
Now roll it up in to a sausage shape and wrap it in “cling Film” and put into the freezer. When needed simply slice off as much as you want.
Or cut sausage into slices and separate with greaseproof paper.
This will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for two weeks.

Pine Needle Tea

I thought that would introduce you to a simple tea that is delicious, healthy and a great immune booster.

For those of you who are new to the world of plants, a safe and simple tea can be made from the common Pine trees that surround us.

Pine Needle Tea has long been a favourite of traditional and indigenous peoples, both for its refreshment and for its medicinal values. You may not realize that Pine Needle Tea contains 4-5 times the Vitamin C of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and is high in Vitamin A.

It is also an expectorant (thins mucus secretions), decongestant, and can be used as an antiseptic wash when cooled. So not only does it taste good, but it’s good for you!

Each variety of pine has its own flavour to impart, so experiment and see which needles you like best. And feel free to mix and match!

Just remember that while all Pines are evergreens, not all
evergreens are Pines! So head out to the local woods or park, positively identify your pine trees, bring back some needles and give this one a try!

Here is how to make Pine Needle Tea:

Collect a small bundle of green needles, the younger the better. (A small handful will be plenty.)

Remove any of the brown, papery sheaths that may remain at the base of the needles. (They just pull right off.)

Chop the needles into small bits, about ¼ to ½ inch long.

For a Refreshing Tea:

Heat about a cup of water to just before boiling.

Bring water almost to a boil

Pour the hot water over about a tablespoon of the chopped

Allow to steep (preferably covered) for 5-10 minutes, until the majority of needles have settled to the bottom of the cup. Enjoy your delicious tea!

Dandelion Coffee

Having washed the roots thoroughly roast them until they have changed colour from being off-white to light/dark brown.

Then crush/blitz I to a powder.

For each 8 oz of water you are making, use 1-2 teaspoons of the roasted root.

Add the root to simmering water and continue to simmer while covered for 7–15 minutes

The resulting brew will be darkly coloured.

I enjoy my dandelion coffee with cream, and many people enjoy adding honey as well.

Dandelion Fritters

This time of year, one of my favourite activities is making and eating dandelion flower fritters.
The simple dandelion is one of my favourite herbs.

Did I just say herb in reference to dandelion

Yep!  This plant is tenacious, despite many peoples best efforts to eradicate it from their lawns, and thankfully so since she has so much to offer.

But, I was going to tell you about fritters.

First of all I love gathering the dandelion flowers – just the tops for fritters.

Pick them in the sunshine when they are open, and when you have time to make the fritters right after gathering.

Bring your flowers inside, wash well, find a bowl, and mix together one egg and one cup of milk.
Stir in a cup of flour and your fritter batter is ready to go.

Catapult Hunting and UK Law

It is completely legal to shoot rabbits with a catapult with the intention to kill. So if you are looking for dinner you can use a catapult, it is legal.

However you must:

Have permission from the landowner to do so first!

Be proficient enough to be able to kill, and must use suitable projectiles to ensure this! For example steel ball bearings.

Intend to kill.

It is also important to note: The Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996 which makes it an offence to injure, maim, beat with sticks, torment, burn, wild animals etc. .

In other words not to kill but merely to cause suffering.

Therefore if you are seen shooting at a rabbit time and time again without killing or stunning the rabbit only hitting it, this could be seen as contrary to this act, and would need to answer for it, possibly in court.

Therefore power, accuracy, using adequate and suitable projectiles, and at a range whereby an accurate shot will kill, is vital to be and be seen to be within the law.

Anyone hunt with a catapult?

When I was younger I used to make my own catapults and hunt rats, squirrels and pheasants with steel bearings.

I was playing out in the snow today with my hand made EL Cocodrillo Catapult from and was amazed that I was back to grouping bearings in a 1.5 inch group at 20 yards again in no time.

Think I will have to practice some more and maybe have a hunt on the tree rats around here.

This catapult as with all of Elite’s catapults is designed to fit into your hand and feel like it is supposed to be there it is so easy to use.


Use an old cardboard box, full of crumpled papers such as computer paper, newspaper etc., and take a couple of drawing pins, staples or tape etc. and fasten a target on the box – and shoot away.

At the end of the session, you can take out the papers and shake them lightly, recovering your ammo – for your next volley.

Be sure to try various distances, and various sizes of ammo, and varying weights – practice as much as you can before actually going out hunting.

I usually like a bull’s eye of about two inches square, with the target placed about 10 feet away to start, and then extend my distance out to twenty five yards.


Firstly, be ethical, and practice at home with your catapult before venturing out in to

the field to hunt for rabbits, grouse, pheasants, pigeons, squirrels etc.

We want good clean killing shots. As well, be ethical, and take only shots at close range, learn how to hunt various animals, so that you get very close to them before taking your shot.

Nearly any ‘small game’ can be shot and killed effectively at close range with a catapult, but rabbits & pheasants are likely the easiest because they often ‘stand still’ and will allow a catapult hunter to get within several feet allowing for an excellent shot.

Often these animals will hold tight for a second and even a third shot if need be. Your adrenaline will be surging – and you will experience ‘buck fever’ so – beforehand – practice, practice, practice!

Get as close as you can to your quarry, and by using the same catapult draw technique that you use for target shooting, but with the heavier hunting ammo, draw back, taking aim at the head of your target/quarry, and let fly!

Pigeons, especially in barns can also be great sport, in that one usually has an excellent shooting opportunity, and you won’t put holes in the roof, either. Most farm folk don’t like pigeons in their barn: pigeons are carriers of much disease!

Small glass marbles (like you played marbles with, as a kid!) work well for this plinking, and is a cheap source of ammo that is obtainable by all. I don’t recommend using them for hunting purposes.

Fear and What It Does

What can freeze a human being on the spot, erase the memory of every plan, cause a heart attack, and possibly dirty your pants as well? Fear. You’ll notice it’s a four-letter word and should be treated as such.

It is insidious, diabolical and sneaky and can really turn rock-solid men or women into melting crying wimps.

Fear is usually the result of some sort of sensory overload – something you see, hear, feel, even imagine- that sets off a string of involuntary responses in your body.

You can learn to identify it and manage it, but you cannot control it unless you eliminate the source of the fear and thus the fear altogether.

There are different levels of fear as well, from low-level anxiety to all-out panic attacks.

Your body has different levels of involuntary responses to each.

It can be very helpful to know what your body is doing while you’re going through such episodes, so that you can plan to be prepared during anything.

For the purposes of this article – keeping yourself alive in a survival situation- we’re going to focus on a genuine, heart-stopping event of fear – like a terrorist attack or a wild animal attack.

Events that you hope to never encounter, but when you do, you “will” be afraid.

It is important to realize that all human beings are susceptible to fear and it’s okay. God designed our bodies with responses to keep us alive.

But these same responses, if we’re not aware of them and educated, can create a survival dilemma.

So, let’s look at what happens in our bodies when the terrorist attacks and think through what we can do to best maximize our survival potential considering these phenomena. What goes on when the panic button goes off?

The terrorist attacks (and I want to say, THIS is my own personal nightmare scenario) having lived through the “troubles” in N.I. I have seen many bombs explode, seen and heard gun fights and lived through uncertainty for many years.

The first bombs where frightening and we where scared, but as time went on we became used to them and in fact got annoyed when TV programs where interrupted with requests for shop owners to return to their premises.

You see the fear was in the uncertainty not the explosion itself.

Right away you will have a racing heart rate, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) goes hog-wild by immediately releasing tons of stress hormones- called adrenaline – into the circulatory system.

This is a reflex. You can’t control it.

The chemical cocktail is the basis for the body’s fight-or-flight- mechanism and is characterized by several factors including an increased heart rate (from 70 beats per minute to more than 200 in less than one second), increased cardiac output, higher blood pressure, and increased blood sugar.

Blood is diverted from organs to the larger muscle groups, resulting in increased strength capabilities and enhanced gross motor skills while the breathing rate accelerates, thereby transporting greater amounts of oxygen to the newly recruited muscle fibers.

At the same time, sweating increases to cool the muscles. Minor blood vessels in the arms and legs constrict to reduce bleeding from potential injuries, digestion ceases, and muscle tremors take over.

The pupils dilate, reducing depth perception, while axillary muscle performance takes a nosedive, creating blurred vision. And, as if this isn’t enough, the field of sight narrows, producing tunnel vision.

To a greater or lesser extent, time appears to pass more slowly, called the tache-psyche effect, allowing for increased reaction time to perceived emergency.

So, if you wind up outdoors faced with your real fear, you better have thought out a plan of action beforehand, wouldn’t you say?

You can’t see well, your judgement is impaired, your circulatory system could be messing with your core body temperature, putting you at risk, and you have no fine or complex motor skills.

One thing he adds later, is that you also lose parasympathetic nerve system control – read: bowel control. Down in those war trenches it got nasty…

Think through all your gear in your pack. What kind of fire starter/s do you have packed? Things that need fine motor skills to get a fire going? How about your shelter?

Complicated or simple? Always consider the worst-case scenario and using these facts about your body in crisis, plan for survival!


The Zip Lock Bag Omelette

And this is what you will you will need:

A large size plastic freezer ziplock bag for each person

A permanent marker

2 eggs per person

A large pot of water

Tongs optional

Ideas for ingredients to add to your Omelet:

 Precooked meat
(bacon, sausage, ham)


Any kind of green pepper, sweet or hot pepper





Salt and pepper, or seasoning of your choice

Diced Tomatoes

Any foraged foods.


Break your eggs into the bag add your ingredients, now squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible and zip it shut.

Move the ingredients gently around to ensure they are mixed then add the bag into the boiling water for about 13 to 15 minutes. Job done

Being Prepared

A popular misconception about being prepared is that you are preparing for a total, catastrophic meltdown that throws us all back to the stone age.

One minute we’re living, the next we’re running around in chest rigs and getting into fire fights with those who would take what we have.

A SHTF event can be anything from an aggravating annoyance to what I have just described.

You can move or leave if it’s a localized event so it’s not SHTF

There are any number of scenarios where this simply isn’t true medical issues, family responsibilities, jobs, resources, quickness of weather events, etc. can all conspire to prevent you from dashing off to safety.

And even if you could, I can’t think of a worse case of the poop hitting the ventilation than having my home destroyed or a family member killed.

Minor things like flat tires are so easy to deal with that they aren’t SHTF events

Really? Your car gets a flat in a coned off work area on the motorway, it’s hanging out into a lane of traffic and the flat tire is on the traffic side.

As those cars whiz by your head please explain to the class how you aren’t in a bad situation.

Take it a step further. Now it’s your wife or daughter. When they call you on the phone in hysterics just tell them to suck it up and how “minor” the situation is.

Let me know how it turns out.

You break your leg. Not a SHTF event, right? What if you just started a small business? You have three contracts at different places and are a one-man operation.

Now you can’t work, can’t bill and can’t make money. Oh yea, your contracts will likely replace you with someone else.

Call me crazy, but something like that seems bad, no?

Because a situation is minor for you doesn’t mean it will be minor for all in your care.

Furthermore, any number of circumstances can ambush you to turn a minor event into a
full blown catastrophe.

You go out to dinner with the family. You are on the way home and find your house has burnt to the ground.

A chemical truck spills and releases toxic gas into the air. You must leave and leave right now.

You have just enough time to grab your family but must leave your dog standing on the front porch.

A major blizzard snows in your elderly father. His power goes out and he needs his insulin to survive.

There is no way for him to leave, and very little chance of someone getting to him.

You move into a dream home for which you have saved your entire life. Six months later an earthquake damages it beyond repair.

You then find out your cut-rate insurance doesn’t cover the damages and you don’t have
the money to fix your house.

You are on the way to take your oldest son to college. As you pull out of the driveway the phone rings. It’s your boss and you’ve just been fired.

Now sure, those are fabricated situations. But you can’t deny that in each one of them some level of crap has solidly hit the fan.

If I prepare for Mad-Max I’m prepared for all of the smaller things that could happen

People who focus on Mad-Max also tend to focus a lot on MRE’s and guns.

They also tend to overlook little things like tire repair kits, quality foot ware, cooking equipment, how they will take care of bodily waste, etc. etc.

While you are planning for your trip to live in the woods, did you remember to buy rock salt so when your driveway is a sheet of ice you can get out?

You know what else they tend to overlook?

Training. Yea. really important to know how to do stuff, not just have all the gear and no idea.

It’s just too easy to get wrapped up in the fantasy land of becoming a wandering one-man army in your brand new multicam kit and your 1000-yard rifle when all you think about is SHTF.

Trust me, it will cause you to overlook a simple preparation along the way.

My Survival Fishing Kit

Many commercial survival kits contain a few small hooks, tiny, weights, and a short length of lightweight fishing line.

With some live bait an amateur could use that miniature fishing kit to catch a few small fish for food.

However, small fish contain very little meat and it would take many of them to make a meal.

There will be many setbacks, such as broken lines and lost hooks. A tiny fishing kit of this type might help catch a few small fish, but it isn’t going to do much good in a real survival situation.

Further, most would not know how to use that gear to catch fish when live bait is unavailable.

I love fishing and I wanted to design a survival fishing kit for myself, a kit I could have fun with as well as a kit capable of providing fresh food in a survival situation.

It stands to reason that commercial fishing line will be far better than any fishing line I could make in a true survival situation.

Generally speaking, a half-mile of commercial fishing line weighs only about one-quarter of a pound, can be contained on a spool the size of a human fist, and costs less than a typical fast-food lunch.

With the internet and a little surfing you can source cheap line in fact some is free if you pay shipping.

For me it is simply a must-have item for fishing kit.

Fishing line is available in many different strengths and styles. For example, a hooked quarter-pound fish tugging on a small 6-pound test monofilament line will probably not cause it to break, but the line will likely snap if you have hooked a twenty-pound fish.

Abrasion from jagged rocks and underwater obstructions will also weaken a fishing line, as will fishing in extremely cold water.

Having a stronger fishing line than you expect to need is the key, but smaller fish can become “spooked” by a strong large-diameter fishing line. A fluorocarbon line can overcome this problem as it is nearly invisible in the water, but small-diameter fluorocarbon lines can still break when big fish are hooked.

In a survival situation a person would want to catch fish of all sizes so a versatile line is needed.

Chosing the best all-purpose survival fishing line is a matter of personal opinion, but I would recommend a braided line which generally has 3-5 times the breaking strength of a monofilament or fluorocarbon line.

For example, a braided line having a 50-pound breaking strength can have a line diameter equivalent to a 10-pound monofilament or fluorocarbon line. Even with mild abrasion damage, such a strong braided line would continue to be useful for fishing as opposed to most lightweight monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line of equal diameter.

Remember the weakest link in the set up is at the knot which ties the line to the hook, a fact which is especially true for braided lines.

I suggest having pre tied hooks to line with you, it’s a lot easier than than trying to do this with freezing cold fingers.

Fishing hooks can be crafted by hand from wire, wood, or bone with unpredictable results, but off-the-shelf hooks are far superior in strength, sharpness, design, and function.

Plenty of straight hooks in small and large sizes as well as medium-sized treble hooks are also must-have items for survival fishing kits. Both modern-day fishing line and hooks are so useful, effective, dependable, and affordable it makes little sense to be without them and try to make your own.

From a minimalist perspective strong fishing line and hooks are the two primary items in my fishing kit and I would be content just having that. However, I can greatly improve my kit without adding much bulk by including the following:

Multi-tool containing pliers and a single-edge knife blade (for hook removal, scaling/cleaning fish, and crafting artificial lures)

Container with lid (such as a small tin or margarine tub, used to contain the miscellaneous hardware noted below, also useful to hold live bait when needed)

Many large and small paper clips, safety pins, rubber bands; as well as a few strong finishing nails (miscellaneous useful hardware)

A small pack which will be useful for storing the entire fishing kit

Of course, a telescoping fishing rod and a reel can be useful too, but they are bulky and can break fairly easily.

I have the Pen Fishing Rod and Reel which I really love to fish with.

Other fishing kits use a small hand-held stick (or dowel rod) so the line can be retrieved by hand in the same way as when flying a kite.

I also have a small assortment of plastic baits, spinning lures, but don’t go overboard as the kit should be as compact as possible.

There are many ways to catch fish using hooks and line, one of which involves live bait.

Anything can be used as bait: worms, crickets, various bugs of all types, as well as pieces of raw meat. Small fish can be used as bait to catch larger fish.

Food such as fruit, bread, and kernels of corn can attract fish. Simply attach the bait to a hook which is tied to a line and cast the baited hook into the water.

Don’t expect instant results as several hours might pass before you catch a fish, if at all.

Use a short length of nylon cord to retain captured fish by feeding one end of it into the mouth of the fish and working it out through the gills. Allow the captured fish to remain in the water while securing both ends of the nylon cord on the shoreline so the fish do not swim away.

If weight is needed to keep the bait on the bottom of the water then rocks can come in handy for this purpose.

Using a separate three-foot strand of nylon cord, repeatedly wrap and tie the rock into a cocoon of sorts which can easily be tied to a baited fishing line.

I do not use floats as are not usually needed to catch fish, but when necessary they can be fashioned from nearly any piece of buoyant material.

The small paper clips and safety pins can help serve as attachment points for weights and floats while the large paper clips can be used to create artificial lures.

There are two main types of artificial lures we can easily craft using common and natural materials. One is a weighted jig we can bounce on the bottom of the lake to imitate the actions of a frog or small fish.

A lure is not live bait, but with some practice we can convince predatory fish that it is alive.

Using a large straight hook and a rubber band, tightly bind a pea-sized rock near the eye of the hook. Within the many folds of that same rubber band attach several 2” pieces of nylon cord and fray the ends to create multiple separate strands of loose fiber.

These loose string tips will mimic hair or phalanges and add a bit of realism to our artificial lure when it is in the water.

Attach the lure to the fishing line, cast it into the water a fair distance from shore, and allow it to descend to the bottom.

Lightly tug on the fishing line every few seconds so the jig rises up from the bottom about 6-12” and then allow it to fall back to the bottom again. Repeat this fairly slow process until you have fully retrieved the lure, then cast it back out into the water and repeat the retrieval process again.

During the retrieval process, keep your eye focused on the fishing line at the point where it touches the surface of the water.

If the fishing line appears to be moving quickly in an unexpected direction chances are you have hooked a fish, so tug hard on the line to set the hook.

A jig is especially effective in places having lily pads or lots of underwater grass where larger fish might be hiding.

From my own personal experience using this technique, I have hooked several fish in 24 inches of water or less with some hooks being set when the jig was a few inches from the shoreline.

Another type of artificial lure we can craft is a plug which appears to swim in the water rather than bounce on the bottom. Slide a treble hook onto a large paper clip, tightly wrap a rubber band around the paper clip several times so the hook won’t slide off, and fasten the other end of the paper clip to the fishing line. Although small and very simple in appearance, fish can be enticed to believe this lure would make a good snack. Additional bulk material and weight can be added as desired.

Just about anything can serve as a plug, even an old metal bottle cap. In that example, fold the bottle cap in half using pliers (printed side out), use the nail with a “rock as a hammer” to create a hole on each pointed end of the folded cap, affix one end to a treble hook while the other end is tied to the fishing line. This kind of lure works better in streams and rivers as the moving water will help keep the lure in a near-constant swimming motion which can attract fish.

This simple fishing kit can offer numerous other fishing possibilities, especially when combined with objects found in our surroundings.

Having so many hooks, strong line, and nylon cord you could also create a trot line having many baited hooks. Bait a dozen hooks, tie them to 12-inch lengths of fishing line, and tie each of those pieces of fishing line to a 15-foot length of nylon cord at one-foot intervals. Secured in the water using a stake at each end, a nylon cord trot line can capture multiple fish even when it is left unattended for several hours. (NB illegal in the UK)

A decent and useful survival fishing kit need not be large or expensive, but it should be better than one which can fit inside the handle of a survival knife.

I say buy a good supply of strong fishing line and hooks as making these items by hand would be unnecessarily frustrating and time-consuming in a survival situation.