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This Week’s Show 31st January 2019

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The H2R Nova Review

Firstly, it is great to know that Olight is one of the oldest brands that have been around since 2006.

The headlamp is light, seems to be built tough (metal and hard plastic), and has a whopping 2,300 lumens which light up the entire area. Styling is nice, and some of the added features are helpful like its magnetic charging ability..

I love the strap which just feels right, it is strong, thick, and soft. The headlamp light unit is attached to the strap by a very strong rubber clip.

The beam actually rotates between to any angle (360°) which is really useful and very practicable.

The headlamp light unit is made of metal – and is very strong indeed.

It looks more of a quality professional item than many I have seen and used.

The hard rubber clip that is in the strap in the front to hold the headlamp light unit is strong and well designed as well. You can tell that thought, design and longevity have played they part in its making.

With the addition of a metal clip which will hold the headlamp light unit firmly on your jacket, shirt pocket or belt simply turns it into a flashlight, two for the price of one.

Something I have not seen before is a magnetic charging facility, I think that’s quite cool, by the way.

So you have in the H2R Nova a top quality headlamp with up to 2,300 lumens and if required a top quality flashlight with 2,300 lumens, what a unique quality idea.

But is it any good?

Well firstly, who would use it?

I think some people will really enjoy this tough headlamp for the following activities:

Preppers and Survivalists

running – street or trail, fast or slow

cycling – street or trail, fast or slow

walking trails or streets

fishing

hunting – not an excellent tight beam, but some will be fine with it.

camping

Working on your vehicle or outdoors around the house at night

wildlife excursions at night – I think at 600 lumens, this is going to be just right for my needs, though I will need another battery to last long enough for my typical outing length.

OLight H2R Nova Headlamp PROS

600 lumens for 2 hrs 30 mins is pretty good – and almost as long as I need it for. Most people will be happy with this for max power.

2,300 Turbo boost will be helpful in some situations – even self-defense!

SOS function could be helpful someday.

Build quality and style are both quite nice.

The magnetic end is very strong and enables a new way to hold the light in some situations.

Super lightweight and good for most activities.

Nice to be able to hand-hold it comfortably – a headlamp and flashlight in one.

H2R NOVA CAUTIONS

The Turbo beam on this headlamp is so ridiculously strong that it’s about 10 times stronger than sunlight.

You could easily hurt your eyes and burn your retina in seconds. No im not joking, it’s really that strong.

So you need to be VERY careful not to look at the beam at or the bulb for even a couple seconds.

Years ago I did this with a less powerful light felt like I damaged my eyes. This one wouldn’t give you a chance to make a mistake like that You should treat it with respect!

The other caution about this headlamp is that I noticed it heat up in SECONDS on Turbo mode.

The beam itself is hot, but the unit gets SUPER heated in mere seconds as well.

This could be the reason that it dims after 1 minute.

During a test, I selected the 2300 lumens beam. It stayed lit for about a minute then dropped down to 750 lumens.

Having just one button on the top to activate the headlamp, it’s easy.

A push down turns the headlamp on in whatever mode you shut it off in. So, if you had it in turbo mode when you turned it off – it will turn on again in turbo mode.

You can double-click to reach Turbo mode and get it out of Turbo mode down to the regular low-med-high settings.

Once in the low setting, you can hold the button down to reach Medium.

Then hold it again to reach High.

To reach Moon mode, the headlamp must be off – and you hold the button down for 1+ seconds.

This mode goes for 45 days! It gives about 1/10th the light of a lit match. Not much, and you couldn’t hike with it at that level, but you could read something crucial, write, maybe type, but not much else!

So it a great idea when in your shelter.

There is an SOS mode – where the headlamp will flash in code – the S-O-S morse code sign. When the unit is off – just triple click to reach this mode.https://www.olightstore.uk/led-flashlights/olight-h2r-nova-headtorch

Driving in Snow and Ice

The weather

The weather is an important factor when you’re driving. If it’s really bad, it might be best to postpone your trip or use public transport. Simply ask: Do I really need to go out?

Always try to avoid driving in thick fog or icy conditions as the risk of a road traffic incident is far higher.

Many drivers run into difficulties in very bad weather. Follow the weather forecasts and general advice to drivers through local and national media.

Snow and ice

Starting off

IF you experience wheelspin when you’re starting off in deep snow, don’t race the engine because the wheels will dig in further, if you have traction control, turn it off, and then on after you have moved off.

You can try to move the car slightly backwards and then forwards out of the rut. Use the highest gear you can.

Driving in snow

When falling snow reduces visibility, use your dipped headlights as you would in heavy rain or fog. Falling or freshly fallen snow need not cause too much difficulty, providing you remember to

Increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front, remembering to look in your mirror before slowing down

Test your brakes, very gently, from time to time, but be sure to look in your mirrors before braking.

Snow can pack behind the front wheels or around brake linkages under the car and so affect steering and braking

Be prepared to clear the windscreen by hand. Your wipers, even with the aid of the heater, may not be able to sweep the snow clear. Snow might collect and pack around your lights and indicators

Drive with care, even if the roads have been treated. Conditions can change over very short distances

Try to find out about weather and traffic conditions ahead by listening to travel bulletins on the radio and noting any information on the variable message signs.

Driving in icy conditions

Overnight freezing usually results in an icy surface, especially on less-used roads. Look for signs of frost on verges, etc.

It’s even more dangerous when the roads are just beginning to freeze or thaw. The combination of water and ice adds up to an extremely slippery surface.

Rain freezing on roads as it falls (black ice) is an invisible danger. When driving on ice

You need to keep your speed down

Treat every control – brakes, accelerator, steering, clutch and gears – very delicately

If it’s very cold, treat all wet-looking surfaces as though they’re frozen because they probably are. If the road looks wet but there’s no sound from the tyres, expect ice.

What to do, if stuck in the snow

OK so you have a snow shovel in your vehicle during winter, you do have one don’t you? Having one can literally mean the difference between life and death…

You should also have a vehicle emergency pack with essential survival items in case you have to spend the night in your car, or walk miles home in freezing weather.

Even if you have a snow shovel, if the road is frozen hard, even after digging out around the wheels, it can still be difficult to gain traction and get un-stuck.

In this situation there is a way you can get traction and get moving again.

It can also work even if you didn’t have a snow shovel, so couldn’t dig out first, but only if the snow isn’t too deep.

This tip will only really work on hard surfaces such as roads, driveways and car parks, but here’s what to do –

If there is snow and you have a snow shovel, dig out as much snow around the wheels as possible.

No snow shovel, then do this!

Take out the floor mats in your car, turn them upside down and place them in front and underneath the wheels which are spinning, this will obviously depend on whether your car is front or rear wheel drive.

Jump back in the car and try to drive forward slowly and steadily.

If you escape, be sure to run back and pick up your floor mats.

If your car simply moved over the floor mats and immediately got stuck again, you can
keep repeating the process and inch forward.

A good idea is to carry the following, a hot drink in a flask, emergency food like, self heating meal, energy bars, charged mobile phone, torch, extra warm clothing, a small tarp, water, pee container, cat litter, and a map.

Bleach/Acid attack-What to Do

Over the past four years, there has been a significant rise in acid attacks across the UK.

In 2016, there were 454 attacks compared to 216 in 2015 and 162 in 2012, according to the BBC.

While full figures haven’t been made available for this year, there has been several high-profile instances reported over the past couple of months alone. Last month, the Evening Standard reported that six people had acid thrown over them in London in just 24 hours.

The instances have become so prevalent that senior doctors have now waded in to warn bystanders that they can make a real difference to the victim if they act fast.

The first step, consultant emergency physician Johann Grundlingh and colleagues write, is to remove the victim from further exposure as soon as possible.

Irrigation of the affected area with copious amounts of water is vital to remove the chemical and should be performed as soon as possible to minimise the long term effects of scarring and need for surgical reconstruction,”.

Even when the victim is in the emergency department, it is important to continue washing off all the acid with water “starting at the area of contamination or the face or eyes”.

Here is further advice if you or someone you witness has suffered a chemical burn.

Remove the chemical while protecting yourself. Wear gloves or use a towel.

Remove contaminated clothing or jewellery to prevent further burning.

Rinse the burn immediately with a gentle steady stream of cool tap water for 10 minutes or more.

A shower can be used as can mild soap on skin.

You must protect your eyes when washing acid off your skin.

Loosely apply a dry bandage, gauze or clean cotton clothing.

You should seek emergency care if:

The person is showing signs of shock (fainting, pale or shallow breathing).

The chemical has burnt through the first layer of skin and blisters have formed

The burn covers an area more than three inches in diameter and if the burn goes all the way round a limb or involves the eyes, hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks or a major joint like the knee or elbow.

Helping or getting help as soon as possible is essential because acid burns can cause physical and mental distress to people for the rest of their lives.

Martial Law

Whitehall officials planning for the event of a no-deal Brexit are looking at the possibility of bringing in martial law to dispel potential civil unrest.

Ministers are examining how to use the powers available under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to impose travel bans, curfews, confiscate property and send out the armed forces.

The main theme in all the no-deal planning is civil disobedience and the fear that it will lead to death in the event of food and medical shortages,”

Although there is nothing that can replicate the scale of chaos threatened by a no-deal Brexit, which will be about a thousand times worse than the volcanic ash cloud crisis, this is about the closest example we have in modern British history.

The only other thing that would be comparable would be something like a major Europe-wide war. A colossal act of self-harm.

BREAK

What is Martial Law

Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of normal civilian functions of government, especially in response to a temporary emergency such as invasion or major disaster, or in an territory.

Martial law can be used by governments to enforce their rule over the public, as seen in the following countries..

Such incidents may occur after a Thailand in 2014, and Egypt in 2013 when threatened by popular protest (China, Tiananmen Square 1989, 2009’s Iran that led to the takeover by Revolutionary Guards, to suppress political opposition (Poland in 1981); or to stabilize insurrections or perceived insurrections (Canada, The October Crisis of 1979.

Martial law may be declared in cases of major natural disasters; however, most countries use a different legal construct, such as a state of emergency.

Let’s pretend that the UK has been placed under MARTIAL LAW; that is, the “suspension” of the legal process.

Curfews, rationing of basic goods, enforced relocations, confiscation of firearms and supplies, and summary arrest/execution by soldiers, paramilitary police and other jack booted types wielding assault rifles.

Never take the government’s word at face value-except when they tell you that they’ll kill you.

Government and its components of career politicians, bureaucratic vermin, and their agents of enforcement, the SS ninja wannabes, have survived on illusion and lies, and for a lot longer than you’d think. It’s the very nature of the job; being part of an empire wrapped in the cloak of British political traditions of Freedom, that corrupts.

All that power, attracting the most venal along with the most patriotic to defend Britian.

All that license under ever mutable law written by money whores to lie, steal, embezzle, blackmail, extort, poison, torture, enslave, murder.

Is it any wonder then, that such human scum would get together and work “the system” to set themselves up as kings, dispensing with the pretty coverings of Constitutional limitations that trip their crimes like a prom dress?

They take as much as they can, while keeping YOU ASLEEP, AS YOU LET YOURSELF BE SEDUCED AND PUT ASLEEP BY THEIR FELLOW TRAVELERS IN THE MEDIA AND CORPORATE BOARDROOMS.

KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!

Do NOT tell anyone anything that could get you in trouble. Assume anything can get you in trouble, because it probably will.

Especially with any government official, but anyone looking to gaining a favour with the gov can and will snitch on you.

The rat who would sell you out for his thirty pieces could be: A small businessman looking for a in with the state so he can make money a little easier.

A former friend who’s looking to get some revenge. Someone desperate for even some food.

Times are tough and will get tougher.

Again, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!

Review the remaining rules of surviving MARTIAL LAW.

Because some rat on two legs you say the wrong thing to, WILL snitch to the “authorities” in exchange for favours or even brownie points.

KEEP YOUR BIG MOUTH SHUT!! ANY AUTHORITY FIGURE IS THE ENEMY!

you are waging a war of liberation-gathering intelligence or spreading disinformation or infiltrating-have no relation with nor voluntary contact with any soldier, police officer, bureaucrat, or anyone in authority in private life cooperating with MARTIAL LAW.

Assume they’re all liars, con artists, hustlers, thieves, and sell-outs.

Same goes to any fellow travellers in big business; they and government have been in the same bed for centuries.

Stay away from them as much as possible.

Tell them lies.

Don’t do any business with them.

Unless they’re sticking a gun in your face don’t even acknowledge that they exist. Shun them, their family and any sycophants that fawn over them for a few favours.

YOUR PERSONAL SURVIVAL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN OBEYING ANY DICTATE!

If you’re prohibited from having an item that helps you survive, get the item, AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.

If you’re prohibited from having extra food, medicine, guns (no brainer) then you will CACHE your prohibited items in a place where they won’t easily be found.

Use your imagination.

One idea is to store “whatever” in seal tight waterproof containers in remote wooded areas, known

ONLY TO YOU!

Firearms are metallic; they can be detected by metal detectors unless you store them deep underground or in a place they won’t think of looking right away, like sealed in wider metallic tubes, away from your property.

And if you by chance acquire or keep firearms knowing HOW TO USE THEM (sight alignment, trigger squeeze) and RELOADING AMMUNITION will be mandatory.

Remember OPSEC, now is them time to embrace the concept, refrain from using social media to gloat about your brexit preps, or what type of weapons you may or may not have.

Simply treat Martial Law, if it is imposed as just another threat to you and your family. After all they cannot lock us ALL up, can they?

Avoiding Civil Unrest

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

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

We only have to look back to the Mark Dugon incident   Other widespread civil unrest could be caused by financial inequities or collapse, food shortages, loss of confidence in government, BREXIT or storms that leave people homeless.

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

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

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

While civil unrest is something that can strike any part of the country it is perhaps the most
straightforward to avoid.  In the past we have seen civil unrest in large or even medium sized cities but it has not spread to the suburbs.

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

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

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

Remember in an emergency, population density is your enemy.

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

Civil unrest occurs most commonly from a planned protest or event.  If you hear there will be protests, or even a “peaceful march” in a particular location you should avoid those areas completely.

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t think that vehicle glass offers you any kind of defence.

A heavy tool or large rock makes quick work of it.

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

If that is the case you should have plans in place to fortify your home I recommend using the

plywood you should have stored in your garage and covering up any vulnerable windows.

The use of firearms in a situation like this is something that needs to be carefully considered and researched. “weapons” is your choice and you will have to justify your actions at a later date.

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

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

Choosing Game

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

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

Game has been a favourite British food forever, as it was once the main source of meat for many being wild and more importantly, free. Today many animals and birds, which were once wild, are now raised on farms including quail, deer and rabbit.

Game falls into two types; feathered and furred.

The season for wild feathered game starts officially on the 12th August, known as the Glorious 12th, and runs through to late February; furred game from August 1st until late April. Dates vary throughout the UK and Ireland for different types of Game and precise details can be found on the
Shooting UK website.

Buying Game

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

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

Knowing the age of the game is very important, as this will determine the cooking method. Young birds can be roasted whereas older birds are better suited to a casserole or pie.

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

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

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

Hanging Game

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

Hanging tenderizes the meat and allows flavour to develop.

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

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

Pheasant, partridge and grouse should be hung by the neck, wildfowl including geese by the feet.

This helps the meat to mature slowly and retain moisture – very important to avoid the game being dry when cooked.

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

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

Campfire Honey Pheasant

2 pheasant breasts, skinned
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup clover honey

Rub salt over pheasant breasts.

Place breasts on a grill over hot coals.

Brush on mixture of melted butter and honey.

Cover, repeating process until honey forms golden glaze over meat.

Cook until well done—usually between 10-20 minutes.

Quick Camp Honey Pheasant is great when served with potatoes and onions fried in a skillet over the campfire. Serves 2.

Eating Crows and Some Recipes

I think most people have a natural prejudice that has prevented most crow hunters from even considering this bird as wild game.

My experience is that the mere mention of dropping these birds on the menu brings a series of comments from my mates as if I had just suggested stir frying up a batch of common sewer rats.

And if you ever make the mistake of sharing these thoughts with a non-hunter, be prepared for the same reaction.

This is a shame since, properly prepared, the members of the Corvid family are as tasty as most other game birds and even tastier than some.

Besides, with crow populations as high as they are, what an untapped resource we have at our disposal.

Historically, crows, as well as other non-songbird species have been common fare. Remember “four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie”?

Our revulsion seems to centre around the fact that the crow and its close relatives are scavengers and therefore unfit to eat.

Well, as far as pigs and chickens are concerned, you just wouldn’t believe what these supermarket critters will stick in their mouths.

Seafood? You honestly don’t want to know what goes into a some shellfish before it ends up on that expensive seafood platter. I suppose the same goes for lobsters. The list goes on.

In short, it’s really just our cultural prejudice that limits our possibilities. You know, maybe crow meat just needs some clever marketing terminology.

Look what they did for Sweet Breads and Escargot…

Field Preparation

It will come as little surprise to anyone that even the biggest crow doesn’t make much of a meal.

However, the fact that it is often possible to take large numbers at a time can compensate for this.

Since a morning shoot can easily net from 10 to 100 birds, you want to limit the amount of time necessary to clean each bird.

Put out of your head any idea of plucking a crow like you would a goose or duck.

Besides the breast meat, there just isn’t enough edible meat on a crow to make it worthwhile.

Using this technique, you can extract the best meat of a crow within a minute or two with very little mess.

Lay the crow on its back in front of you with its head pointed to the right.

Take a finger and locate where the breast bone meets the upper abdomen.

With a sharp knife, make a cut across the crow (wing to wing) below the breast bone.

Don’t be concerned about cutting too deep, no edible meat will be damaged with this cut.

Holding the birds feet with your left hand, place 2 or 3 fingers under the skin where the cut was made and pull in opposite directions. The skinless breast meat should now be exposed.

Take the knife again and separate each breast half away from the bone starting in the middle and working outward.

You should end up with 2 lime sized pieces of crow breast. Discard the remains properly.

The meat can now be frozen, marinated or freshly prepared.

Recipes

Here are some recipes. Feel free to try these or to experiment with your own creation.

There is no reason why any recipe for dove, quail or grouse to be found in a wild game cookbook would not work just as well.

Then you can decide whether to tell your guests what went into the recipe before or after they have finished. Bon Appetite!!

Pre-Cooking Preparation

You can use this method with crows, coots, diver ducks and just about any fowl that may have a strong flavour.

Use as many breasts as you decide to grill and soak them from 2 hours to overnight in salt water then thoroughly rinse and dry the breasts.

Then use your favourite brand of Idressing and put enough to coat the bottom of a container you can put a lid on and put a layer of breasts, a layer of dressing, and keep layering till all the breasts are in the container.

Finally, top off with dressing and put in fridge overnight. The next day they will be tender and tasty.

Pan Fried Crow

Ingredients

2 eggs

seasoned bread crumbs or flour

oil or bacon grease

Preparation

Remove breast meat from as many crows as desired. Beat with meat mallet (for tenderizing).

Dip the pieces in beaten egg and then in bread crumbs or flour. Fry in oil in hot skillet. Leave inside a tad pink if you like that sort of thing.

This Week’s Show 24th January 2019

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Their mission is to create a commercially sound business in the developed world so they can get their product to those who really need it.

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Off Grid Tools 10% discount offer

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The Bug Out Survival Show 2019
Survival learning for all of your family
Saturday 04th May to Monday 06th May bank holiday weekend

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The Big5 Sauces Review

Firstly, I have to say that it is very unusual indeed for me to actually like every product in a range of sauces, I mean there is always one that is too Sharpe, fruity, strong etc. but with the Big5 sauces I have found the one complete sauce range that I love, and each one was a different culinary treat.

Having the first, meant that I could not wait to try the rest, and they did not let me down.

The Durban Curry is synonymous with the well known Bunny Chow, which is traditionally a spicy tomato based mutton curry served in a hollowed out bread bowl. 

This tasty cooking sauce is packed with flavour and has a good balance of spiciness that will not disappoint.

This was the first one I tried and I was going to vote it the one I liked the best, that is until I tried the others.

It is quite possibly the tastiest curry sauce I have ever eaten, if your only experience of curry is an Indian one, then you MUST try the Durban curry, as it is nothing like an Indian curry.

Its packed full of flavour and is best served as a lamb dish as is recommended on the jar. I wish I had had double the amount as I just wanted to carry one eating this wonderful dish, it is Gluten free and vegan.

Secondly was the Fruity Malay Curry, it was oozing fruity flavours on my taste buds, and combined with chicken fillets and rice is was the complete meal. 

But the flavours were not over the top, how do they do it, its just right, my taste buds say so.

The fruity Cape Malay Curry sauce is a household name in southern Africa. The blend of fruit and aromatic spices make it a winning formula when cooked with chicken, pork, beef or lamb.

Cape Malay cuisine has its origins in South-East Asia and the Cape Malays are well known for their culinary expertise. It is also gluten free and vegan.

Next was the Roast Garlic & Chilli Paste, now this little gem lasts the longest, as unlike the others “used in one meal”, and is also vegan.

This one can be used more than once as you put 30g and a cup of olive oil into a container mix them up and then put your meat in and marinade for at least an hour, I did mine overnight, using cubed beef.

Man the taste was fantastic, spicy, of garlic and with a hint of chilli too. 

The paste had taken on an orangey shiny look in which even my eyes told me this is going to be good, and it bloody was. I have more taste explosions planned for what is left in the jar.

This is Big 5's very own Roast Garlic & Chilli paste. By using the freshest Dutch Chillies and the highest quality garlic cloves, we created a fusion of heat and intense flavours to spice up every day cooking.
When mixed with some oil, the Paste makes a fantastic marinade for spicy chicken wings, steaks and ribs. 

Lastly, and as they say not least was the Zingy BBQ Sauce, well not having the weather for BBQ's it was to the grill I turned and with great success I can tell you.

I bought a load of spare rib individually cut and grilled them for 20mins then covered them in the Zingy BBQ Sauce for a further 20 mins.

If you want to turn bland pork ribs into finger licking good, (literally) then this is the sauce for you.

This has to be the most sweet and spicy offering from Big5 Sauces, or at least tastes that way on what would normally be boring pork rib.

I loved them and they did not last long, oh!, they is enough in the bottle for more than  one rtay of ribs, yummy.

This is Big 5's take on the famous Monkey Gland Sauce (contains no monkeys or glands!!), a sauce well known by many South Africans and found in most steak houses throughout South Africa. By using specially selected ingredients, we produced this unique BBQ, or Braai, sauce.  

With a little sweet and spice thrown in, the Zingy BBQ Sauce makes a perfect condiment to slow cooked meats, bacon sandwiches, breakfasts and so-on, or it can be used as a marinade for perfect sticky ribs.
Guys I think you guessed it, it absolutely loved them, I am hooked and will be ordering more on a regular basis.
Imagine being out in the woods, you have acquired some wild game any you brought a Big5 Sauce with you, simply brown your meat pour on the sauce and cook until ready and then sit back and enjoy, better than freeze dried cardboard, no contest.
You can get your taste explosion here: https://www.big5sauces.co.uk/

The Ultimate BREXIT Survival Course

In, out, who knows, deal, no deal, delayed article 50, another referendum, a general election, YOU pick, as you know as much as the other guy.

With this course you can can make it, you will KNOW what to do, how to do it and be prepared for what ever happens.

Whether you’re a remainer or leaver, this course promises to give you all the skills you need to Survive Brexit Armageddon.

Full details below.
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I did not know that

The US military once developed nukes that were small enough to fit into backpacks and trained suicide squads to carry them into battle.

Army chiefs created the special atomic demolition munitions – or SADMs – during the Cold War with the aim of using them against Russia if war broke out in Europe.

Teams of soldiers were trained to parachute into battle wearing nukes on their backs, before taking out strategic targets such as damns, railway bridges and arms dumps.

There was just one problem: The blast radius was so large that it would be virtually impossible for the troops to run away fast enough once the fuse had been set, making it a suicide mission.

Mark Bentley, from Wisconsin, volunteered for one of the units and said the soldiers were well aware of the risks.

He told the Army Times ‘The Army is not going to set a bomb like that and run away and leave it, because they don’t know if someone else would get a hold of it.

‘They have to leave troops there to make sure it’s not stolen or compromised, and that would just be collateral damage.

‘You didn’t go out with the thought that it was anything other than a one-way mission. If you’re Bruce Willis, you get away, but I ain’t Bruce Willis.’

Isn’t it strange that now we are trying to prevent our enemies from trying to do the very same thing.

The Underwater Russian Threat

On last weeks show I mention that Putin was not the only threat in relation to nuclear threats, as I was referring to nuclear accidents etc.

But listen to this new threat, we when I say new, that is because the MSM has only told us.

Moscow is set to deploy more than 30 underwater drones capable of carrying a two megaton nuclear warhead, which could obliterate Western ports, according to Russian state media.

Four submarines fitted with the torpedo drones, named Poseidon, will join the Northern and Pacific Russian fleets, state news agency Tass reports.

Each submarine can fit eight Poseidons, designed specifically to destroy ‘enemy navy bases’ and able to travel at up to 70 knots.

A ‘special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine’ currently under construction at the Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk, a port city on Russia’s White Sea, will be one of the Poseidon carriers, Tass said.

Last year, Russian state media claimed the Navy will be able to ‘mount various nuclear charges on the ‘torpedo’ of the Poseidon multipurpose seaborne system, with the thermonuclear single warhead to have the maximum capacity of up to two megatonnes in TNT equivalent.’

Speaking last month, Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would deploy its first regiment of hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles this year, saying the move meant his country now had a new type of strategic weapon.

Prepping For Brexit

You can now buy a £300 ‘Brexit box’ full of non-perishable food to prepare for a no deal, Really, major news last week here in the UK.

The company selling the Brexit Box, a supporter of this show by the way is https://www.emergencyfoodstorage.co.uk/products/brexit-box the box contains

60 servings of main meals + 48 portions of meats + water filter + firestarter.

So are you preparing for Brexit, should you prepare for Brexit. Well If it said on the news that an extreme weather event was on the way would you prepare then? If you were told that your area was due flood would you prepare then?.

Or would you start discussing whether on not the event was going to happen in the first place, would you come home from the pub and tell you wife not to worry about the bad weather reports or the flood reports as the gut down the pub says his mate says it will not happen?

I personally feel that if a threat to me and my family is identified then it is only right and proper for me to act upon it, I mean, what if I do not prepare and it happens. I know if I prepare and it does not happen I still win as I now have extra supplies, cosy.

Yes its politics, and yes they change hourly, but the fact is that there might be shortages, street protests, riots, troops on the streets, road blockages, yellow vest demonstrations, and these alone would prevent shop and fuel deliveries getting through and that’s without any border problems that may or may not happen.

I advise you to simply prepare just in case.

Think of tinned foods, pasta, water, heating, lighting, keeping warm in your home, having a GHB in your car, just in case you cannot get home.

Let’s hope that nothing happens or changes and that it was all project fear.

But what if?

Feds admit they can’t protect electrical grid from terror

A new federal report, “Surviving a catastrophic Power Outage” warns that the United States’ response plans and resources would be hugely “outmatched” by a catastrophic power outage, which could leave society in disarray and many people dead.

“We found that existing national plans, response resources, and coordination strategies would be outmatched by a catastrophic power outage,” said the report, which was released days ago.

“Significant public and private action is needed to prepare for and recover from a catastrophic outage that could leave the large parts of the nation without power for weeks or months, and cause service failures in other sections – including water and wastewater, communications, transportation, healthcare, and financial services – that are critical.”

WND has reported for years on the threat of an electromagnetic pulse attack, or EMP, from a solar flare or a nuclear explosion above the nation.

The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council was set up right after 9/11 to advise on practical strategies for industry and government to reduce the many risks from such an event.

But the study looked at not just EMP but at any major power-system failure. And it comes just as the threats of terrorist attacks on the electric grid are rising.

PJMedia reported the newest terror threat on the power grid.

“The image shows a faceless figure in a black hoodie with the Islamic State flag holding a bomb with a lit fuse with transmission towers and lines in the background. Along the power lines is the phrase ‘Just Terror’ – the ISIS slogan for lone jihadist operations – and blood-spattered ground,” the report said. “The poster directs jihadists to ‘make a surprise for the Crusaders.’

“The infrastructure threat is uncommon in ISIS propaganda, which has focused more on knife, vehicle or gun attacks in crowded areas such as festivals or music venues. Suggested targets have ranged from well-fortified locations, such as the U.S. Capitol or UN Security Council, to soft targets with little symbolic significance,” PJMedia reported.

“At the end of last month, another ISIS-allied media group encouraged jihadists to ‘kill the infidels in ways which no one else ever used’ including ‘electricity’ among methods such as snakes, poison gas, poisoned arrows, and wild animals.”

The new NIAC report was based on interviews with dozens of senior leaders and experts, as well as an extensive review of studies and statutes.

The team recommends that the nation “design a national approach to prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic power outages that provides the federal guidance, resources, and incentives needed to take action across all levels of government and industry and down to communities and individuals.”

Then, the report says, leaders need to improve understanding of “how cascading failures across critical infrastructure will affect restoration and survival.”

So what about the UK, are we better protected from the effects of EMF.

You guessed it, NO we are not.

A nuclear device detonated up to 500 miles above the earth’s surface could generate an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) with a “devastating” effect on power supplies, telecommunications and other vital systems, the Commons Defence Committee said.

It warned that countries such as Iran – which is resisting international pressure to end its nuclear programme – and even eventually some “non-state actors” could acquire the technology to mount such an attack, in a scenario akin to the plot of the 1995 James Bond film ‘GoldenEye’.

Terrorists could also build a “crude” non-nuclear EMP weapon, with the power to cause disruption over a more limited area.

But despite the vulnerability of the UK to such an attack, the committee accused the Ministry of Defence of appearing “complacent” and “unwilling to take these threats seriously”.

It said ministers should start work on “hardening” the infrastructure to protect against an EMP attack “as a matter of urgency”.

That my friends was in 2012.

James Arbuthnot, chairman of the defence select committee, called on key infrastructure to fit ‘hardened’ microchips resistant to EMP attack.

“I personally believe that it is quite likely to happen, because it is a comparatively easy way of using a small number of nuclear weapons to cause devastating damage.

“The consequences if it did happen would be so devastating that we really ought to start protecting against it now. Our vulnerabilities are huge.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It would have a far more devastating impact to use a nuclear weapon in this way than to explode a bomb in or on a city. It would, over a much wider area, take out things like the National Grid on which we all rely for almost everything. It would take out the water system and the sewage system. Rapidly it would become very difficult to live in cities – within a matter of days.”

“The defence is to build up the resilience of the electronic infrastructure by gradually replacing the incredibly delicate and vulnerable systems and chips and connections with the more hardened systems that are available at a not very expensive price during your routine maintenance.

“I wish the Government would address this with rather more energy, cohesion and focus.”

It is not only EMP weapons that have the power to wreak havoc. The committee said a naturally occurring “space weather event” caused by changing conditions in the sun’s atmosphere could have a similar effect.

The most severe example – known as the Carrington event after the astronomer who observed it – occurred in 1859 when a massive solar flare sent enormous electrical currents surging through telegraph systems causing shocks to telegraph operators and setting fire to papers.

So there you have it, the only way to protect your electronic items is build your own Faraday cage.

BREAK

THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 2019 15th to the 18th 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 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 boat building, bow making, 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.

Even one on Nuclear survival.

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

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

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

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

The catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks.

The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.

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

Any Beer Stew

Any BEER beef stew is just the thing on those wintery cold days, the stew features beef, smokey bacon, onion, celery, carrots and more, all cooked and marinated in any beer you like and Worcestershire sauce for a couple of hours.

Now you have a choice pre cook at home and place portions into ziplock bags and at your campsite simply cook in the bags in boiling water until hot. And there is no washing up either.

Stew:

  • 2 lbs. stew meat/beef chunk

  • ¼ lb. applewood-smoked bacon

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 stick celery, chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 2 turnips, peeled and diced

  • 2 parsnips, diced

  • 4 oz. tomato paste

  • 12 oz. Any Beer

  • 4 table spoons of beef gravy/sodium beef broth

  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 3 sprigs thyme

  • chopped parsley

  • ½ lb of your fav mushrooms, chopped

Dumplings:

  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour

  • ½ tsp. garlic powder

  • ¼ cup shortening

  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar

  • ⅔ cup milk

  • 1-2 tbsp. mixed fresh herbs, chopped

  • Make up this mix prior to setting off.

  • Directions:

  • Cook the bacon in a large pot over medium heat.

  • Remove the bacon from the pan and set it aside, but leave the grease in there.

  • Season the meat with salt and pepper and cook it in the pan until it’s browned.

  • Set the beef aside.

  • Cook the onion, celery and carrots in the same pan until soft. Add a bit of oil if needed.

        • Now add the tomato pasta and stir.

        • Pour the beer and Worcestershire into the pan and let it come to a simmer. Stir the entire time.

        • Place the beef back into the pot and add the beef stock, bay leaf and thyme.

        • Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours.

        • After the 1 1/2 is up add the carrot, parsnips, and turnips and let it cook for another half an hour, covered.

  • Make sure to also remove the bay leaf and thyme. If the entire stew is too thick, add more beef stock.

        • Toss in the mushrooms and cook for 10 mins, uncovered.

        • In a separate bowl, combine the flour and garlic powder. Add the shortening until the mixture looks like crumbs, then stir in the cheddar cheese and milk.

        • Turn the dough into small balls and throw them into the stew. Cover the pan and cook on medium/low heat for 25 minutes.

Homemade Cheese

What you will need

4 litres 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 or other flavourings like orange or lemon zest..

 Nuclear Survival Course

Why not book onto my Nuclear Survival Course, it based on my experience and training as an NCO in the Royal Observer Corps and my recently published book The Complete Nuclear Survival Guide.

The next course runs on the 12th, 13, 14th of April at the best government training site in the UK in North Yorkshire. Full details are available here http://www.ukpreppersradionetwork.co.uk/the-nuclear-urban-wilderness-survival-school/

Survival Mistakes

Wilderness survival techniques are arguably a matter of life and death. Turning into a self-sufficient survivor does not happen at the snap of a finger.

It takes knowledge, proper gear, and preparation. By planning for the worst before it happens you could be saving your life and other’s.

According to some of the top wilderness survival websites, there are eight common mistakes that can cost you big in the wild. The first is no shelter, which really turns into a double barrelled mistake. If you do not have a proper shelter with you or lack the knowledge to build one with what is around you-you might be in trouble.

It is vital to create a shelter that keeps you dry and limits exposure to the elements, especially the wind.

The second biggest wilderness survival mistake is being caught without a working navigational tool. It is easy to get turned around in the middle of thick bushes and trees. A map and a compass are failsafe standards any wilderness adventurer should pack.

Thanks to technology, a GPS is a handy tool as well. GPS devices are small, compact, and generally able to work for a descent timebperiod if kept at full charge. Keep navigational tools with you at all times.

Learning how to utilize cardinal directions by the sun and stars is also
beneficial.

Another common mistake that can cost you is lack of knowledge and preparation.

There are five key things you should be knowledgeable of first:

How to build shelter

How to signal for assistance

What is safe to eat and how to find it

How to build and maintain a fire

How to locate water and safely prepare it

Never underestimate the risk factor. The most innocent of outdoor excursions-fishing, hiking, hunting-can turn into a wilderness survival situation. Always be prepared.

Don’t be caught with the wrong clothing. A rule of thumb is to always dress in layers, making the outer layer warmer than what you should need. Research indicates that most hypothermia cases develop in temperatures over 40 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to lack of proper clothing.

Water is essential to survive.

The problem is finding drinkable water. Waterborne organisms can cause severe diarrhoea and vomiting, which increases dehydration. Carry a supply of pure drinking water along with the ability to filter water by boiling, chemical tablets, or filters.

Finally, be sure to have a signal plan and know how to create and maintain a fire. Almost any outdoor/camping supplier has sections dedicated to signal devices. Whistles, mirrors, high beam torches, and fire starting devices are all easy to carry signal devices. Couple these with learning how to create your own emergency signal by using trees, rocks, dirt, or even snow.

Fire is vital to wilderness survival. It can warm, protect, and heat food or boil water. You can even use it to signal for help.

Do not underestimate learning how to make and maintain a fire. Take time to prepare
for your outdoor excursions and you will be able to tackle whatever kinks come
your way.

When it comes to survival skills, the smallest of mistakes could have a huge impact on your ability to stay safe.

However, there are a few things which can help to avoid making such mistakes, and will ensure that your survival skills are as effective as possible.

If you find your survival skills being put to the test unexpectedly, then the natural reaction can be to panic.

However, this is often the worst thing you can do, as you need to be thinking as clearly as possible in such situations.

You might not be able to simply google ‘survival techniques’ whilst checking your facebook page and playing cheeky bingo, but if you have done your research, then you will already be well prepared.

You simply need to keep a clear head, and remember all the skills which you have learnt.

Often, people panic the most when it comes to putting up a shelter, and tend to rush the process. In actual fact, it is worth spending extra time making sure that your shelter is safe and secure, and unlikely to collapse without warning, OH! And water and wind proof as well.

This Weeks Show 17th January 2019

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The water-to-Go 15% discount offer, The Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, The Titan Depot 15% discount offer, The Wilderness121 10% discount offer, Now you can get 10% DISCOUNT on all products at OFF GRID TOOLS, Campfire Skillet Breakfast, How to Store
Meat for Years With Out Refrigeration, Be Prepared… For a Power Cut, What is a BOV, and Do I Need One? BREAK Prepping/Survival Tips, Caching Supplies, Catapult or Slingshot Small Game Hunting, Ground to Air Signals, How do you make char cloth?

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Water-to-Go seeks to address 2 of the biggest problems facing the world at the moment access to safe, clean drinking water and the pollution caused by single-use plastics.

Their mission is to create a commercially sound business in the developed world so they can get their product to those who really need it.

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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 www.blizzardsurvival.com

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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. www.blizzardsurvival.com

The Titan Depot 15% Discount offer

Fantastic prices and a great selection of survival and prepping gear and loads more

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Wilderness121’s 10% discount

Wilderness121 really mean business, having spoken to the director Rob Williams he has agreed to offer you dear listener a 10% discount just by putting the letters UKPRN into the code box it is that simple.

Now pop along to www.wilderness121.co.uk and check out their great range of survival related products.

Off Grid Tools 10% discount offer

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I had a good chat on messenger this morning with Jimmy Morrow from Norn Iron

It turns out that he’s the guy to go to if you want a Nessmuk, he work quality speaks for itself.

Check out his site at. https://www.dreadnoughtforge.co.uk/

Why not book onto my Nuclear Survival Course, it based on my experience and training as an NCO in the Royal Observer Corps and my recently published book The Complete Nuclear Survival Guide.

The next course runs on the 12th, 13, 14th of April at the best government training site in the UK in North Yorkshire. Full details are available here http://www.ukpreppersradionetwork.co.uk/the-nuclear-urban-wilderness-survival-school/

Campfire Skillet Breakfast

I love a good Campfire Breakfast. Combine a skillet breakfast made campfire style and it’s irresistible to me and the whole family.

I mean, seriously, hash browns with melted cheese, ham, eggs, and green peppers…This Make in advance Western Skillet Campfire Breakfast is the best campfire breakfast ever!

Ingredients

  1. 30 oz. of frozen shredded hash browns

  2. 1 cup of diced ham (about 8 thick slices of ham) – I bought a pre-sliced boneless ham and used the extra for sandwiches

  3. 1 diced large bell pepper

  4. 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

  5. 8 eggs

  6. 1/4 cup of water

  7. 1 tsp. of onion powder

  8. 1/2 tsp. of salt

  9. 1/2 tsp. of ground black pepper

  10. 9×13 Foil Cake Pan

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix the hashbrowns, diced ham, and green pepper, and cheese

  2. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, water, onion powder, salt, pepper

  3. Add the egg mixture to the hashbrown mixture and mix together

  4. Use a cast iron frying pan or spray a 9×13 foil cake pan with non-stick spray

  5. Pour everything into the cake pan and cover with foil

  6. *You can store this in a cooler or refrigerator for a couple of days if made at home.

  7. When you are ready to cook, you can cook on the coals – just place the cast iron pan or cake tin over medium coals and cook for the same length of time as if in the oven.

  8. Move around the grill several times during cooking to ensure even cooking preheat grill to medium heat and cook over the flame for about 40-45 minutes or until egg is cooked through.

Notes

To enjoy this treat at home bake in Oven – Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, place foil pan on a baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until eggs and hash browns are cooked through.

How to Store
Meat for Years With Out Refrigeration

So you are living off the land post SHTF and you manage to kill a deer or domestic cow, as you cannot eat it all at the same time you will have to find a way to preserve the rest of the meat.

Now if you lived in the frozen north you could place your extra meat underground and keep it edible for months.

If you lived in the desert you could even hang the extra meat out to dry in the sun.

But what if you live in the UK which has a temperate climate, how will you preserve this extra protein now?

Dehydrating

Dehydrating if you have emergency power is a chemical-free way to preserve meat so it becomes too dry for microbial action. Compared to traditional sun-drying, using an electric dehydrator is faster and safer.

Whether you like the chewy texture of beef jerky cut along the grain or the more crumbly cross-cut chips, the slices need to be thin to ensure thorough drying inside and out.

Fat in the meat may go rancid when kept, so be sure to remove all skin and fat before slicing the meat into strips not more than one-fourth of an inch in thickness.

Lean cuts and chicken breasts are preferable to fattier portions.

Make sure your dehydrator has a temperature setting of 165 degrees Fahrenheit required for heating the meat strips to destroy harmful bacteria like E.coli and Salmonella.

It is much safer if you thoroughly heat the prepared meat in an oven set over 250 degrees F for 10-15 minutes before transferring it to the dehydrator.

Continuous running of the dehydrator at its maximum temperature for 16-20 hours will make the jerky sufficiently dry. Store the dried jerky lightly packed in airtight containers. It will stay good at room temperature for up to two months.

Extend its shelf life by storing in the freezer or by vacuum sealing it.

Curing with salt

However if you have no power then common salt is the dehydrating agent that helps preserve the meat.

Meat cured with salt is safe, as salt acts as an anti-microbial.

There are basically two ways to salt-cure meat. Rubbing salt on the meat and letting the juices drain off will result in a dry product.

The process is as easy as mixing salt with the meat, but for better flavour, spices and herbs are often used.

Meat can be preserved in salt solution, too; it is called “brining.” You can add brown sugar or honey for extra taste.

Another traditional curing process called “biltong” involves marinating the meat in vinegar prior to salting and drying.

Commercially available salt-cured meat products contain several additives to improve their texture.

You can cut down the chemical load by curing the meat with “Maldon Salt,” which is free of additives.

Specially formulated “curing salt” contains about 6 percent sodium nitrite, a chemical that’s known to offer some protection against botulism, but bad for you over the permitted limits.

The recommendation is one ounce of curing salt per quart of water.

Whatever method you use, the success of meat preservation hinges on the quality of the meat used. Always go for the freshest cuts.

Be Prepared… For a Power Cut

Winter is on the way or depending on where in the UK i.e. Somerset, Yorkshire it is already here.

Depending on where you live, experiencing a power cut can range from being moderately inconvenient to a complete nightmare.

Being prepared means that a power cut needn’t be a disaster…

Emergency supplies

Last winter there were families in remote parts of the country where a power cut left them stranded for days without heat, light, cooking facilities and hot water. Shops had to be closed and heavy snowfall blocked roads and railways.

With a power cut – no matter where you are – can cause real problems.

Candles can be dangerous, keeping warm is difficult and milk and food may turn rancid. A little preparation is definitely worthwhile.

Here’s an emergency check-list of what you should have in the house:

Candles, minimum four to five dozen.

Candle stick holders. In a pinch, fold aluminium foil around the candle bases

Matches and disposable lighters.

Emergency heater

Torches and extra batteries.

Canned goods and dry food mixes

Water and juices.

Extension cords, long enough to reach your neighbour’s house.

Hand tools such as hammer, screwdriver and wood saw.

Seasoned firewood.

Extra blankets.

Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils.

First-aid kit

Fire Extinguisher

Remember to keep these things together and in a place where they will be easy to reach and find in the dark.

It’s also a good idea to keep some emergency lighting on each level of the house, a lighter with candles
should be fine until you can access the torches.

Try to get children used to candles – from distance!

Bath-time is a good time to introduce candlelight – it makes a relaxing atmosphere and your child is safely contained in the tub.

During a power cut you’ll only be able to use them on high surfaces.

Do not walk around with a lit candle, use torches instead to get about the house.

During a power cut

You will find the temperature in your home drops quickly.

Keep a small baby close to you for warmth, and consider co-sleeping. Toddlers will need extra clothes and blankets at bed times.

A torch may make an impromptu night-light.

However even adults will need extra layers of clothes as well as blankets hats and gloves.

Report the power cut to your electricity supplier immediately.

They should have a 24-hour emergency telephone number that is on your electricity bill or in the front of the yellow pages.

Tell them if you have a young children, elderly person or those with medical problems in the
house and ask for an estimated length of time.

If the power cut is going to last several days, consider staying with a friend or relative with power.

Having no heat or light is going to be, at the best, inconvenient and at the worst, dangerous.

And finally…

Get your family into good habits. Stairs should always be kept free of toys and clutter in case you do end up stumbling around in the dark.

What is a BOV, and Do I Need One?

Firstly this is for Paul who emailed me last week wanting to know a bit about BOV’s.

A BOV or Bug Out Vehicle is some form of transport that will take you away from your current location in a time of crisis or distress.

Almost anything that will move can be considered a potential BOV candidate.

That includes motor vehicles, animals, human powered devices or anything that can carry or tow some kind of load.

The next question is “do I need one?”

The simple answer is yes, it is very likely that you will need something to move you and
your stuff around at one time or another.

Even if you are well set up in a great location, there may come a time you will need to move.

I can’t elaborate on what the circumstances may be to make you move, but I can make some
suggestions that will help you decide what you may require when that time
comes.

Firstly, how many, how far, how much, how often?

This is where you start to question what you need to move and how far you need to move
it.

If it is just one person, and they have a small bag of things, then the demands are not great.

However, if it is your whole family, and everything goes with you including the kitchen sink, then you will need something more substantial.

How many?

So, how many people are included in the group that are willing and able to move from your established location?

Take into consideration that if your group is large, some might not wish to go even if it is against their better judgment.

Some of the group may have special requirements that will take up more space, things that cannot be left behind like medical equipment or wheelchairs.

Also consider that you may even have extra people to move around. You never know what might happen, and if you can make provision for these possibilities, within reason, more power to you.

How far?

Is your new location across the road, across the city, across the county, across the country, maybe even across the world! You will need to identify the location you wish to get to, and what might be required to get there.

That includes consumables, possible repairs and any chance you might have to adjust your course. Make allowances in your plan to get there via the ‘scenic route’.

How much?

This is what you plan to take with you if you do have to move. If you are in a set location with good resources and a chance of living well, then your absence may be short, until you can return.

In that case, short term items are of prime consideration, with a few longer term items thrown in
just in case.

If you plan to bug out, and stay bugged out, then you will have to take a lot of gear with you. You must make plans to take all that gear with you safely and efficiently.

You may have to leave some of it behind, or hide it until the time is right to retrieve it. You may have to hide some of your gear beforehand to lessen the burden later on. This must all be considered
and factored into your plan.

How often?

Do you plan to move once, a few times or be continually on the move? If it is just once, think about where that one move is going to, and will you have to move again?

If the answer is yes, then your plans for the one move have already failed. Also, if you plan to continually move, will you be able to stay for an extended period in one spot if the circumstance permit?

You must be willing to be flexible in these plans, even ifyou have no thoughts of going anywhere, it is wise to be prepared ahead of time if the unthinkable occurs and you do have to move.

Different styles of travel require different modes of transport, and the transport you select must be able to follow those plans, orn you aren’t going anywhere!

In the end, if you plan to survive for a long time, you will very likely have to move around a little no matter how well prepared you are, as even the best-laid plans sometimes fail.

Whichever way you decide to go, a good reliable BOV should always be placed high on the list of
needs, even if it is just as an emergency.

BREAK

Prepping/Survival Tips

As more catastrophes seem to be accelerating more and more I am becoming convinced that the collapse of society is only a matter of time.

The true survivalist can feel that they are ready for the chaos, but without actually experiencing these extreme adversities first hand are they?

In the military soldiers are conditioned and trained beforehand and made to be as prepared as possible for the real hardships on and off the battlefield.

The survivalist can to be more mentally and physically prepared for the falling apart of civilization that so many survivalists and the general public feel is inevitable.

Self-reliance also has to do with being ready for the sudden loss of everything we all have become way too accustomed to.

Experiencing a type of mock realism can get you more mentally prepared for when society starts
to quickly disintegrate around you.

The following tips (suggestions) should help you, ‘the survivalist/prepper cope better when things do start to fall apart.

See what it is like to go without the utilities such as electricity by turning them off for at least a couple of hours.

Go at least 24 hours without electronic conveniences; no computer, no television, no cell phone, etc.

This will be a wakeup call for many.

The internet will not be there after many catastrophes, become use to receiving information from other sources such as books.

Spend some nights using only candles and or battery operated lights to illuminate the darkness.

Start storing rainwater and start watering your plants and garden with it.

Try cooking some of your meals using a solar oven, barbecue, fire pit, something not dependent on the electric or gas companies.

Flush the toilet for one day or more using only water you have previously stored, or use a portable toilet.

Instead of throwing away a piece of damaged clothing, try to repair it, sew it, then wear it again.

Take any household item and write down every creative way you can use it.

Find other means of some of your trash disposal, something else rather than the city or county trash pick up services.

Have a fake imaginary illness and fictionally treat that sickness with only what you have available to you in your home.

Gather your family and even your friends together that feel like you do, and see what it like for all of you to be confined to a smaller space.

Use ‘other” means of cooling or heating your home for a few days that is of course safe.

Actually walk or bicycle to run some of your errands other than using a motor vehicle.

Start spending some very quiet time alone. You may have to be alone after ‘it’ happens.

Try using alternative means of bathing occasionally, like using one of those solar showers, or heating water over a fire to be used to bathe with.

See what ingenious gadget made from junk you can think of to make hard times easier.

Try washing dishes and clothes on occasion without using the dishwasher or washing machine, dry clothes on a clothes line.

Experiment by trying to purify dirty polluted water, without drinking it, and see how clean you can get it.

Scavenger hunt. Take some time and collect everything, not, you find on the ground and ask yourself, what can I do and use what I have?

Take along a pad of paper and write down everything you see at a park or recreation area.

Observation skills will help you stay alivebetter after chaos breaks loose.

Try to locate someplace off the beaten path using only a paper map, compass, or landmarks.

Spend some days outdoors when the weather is miserable (not dangerous), like raining all day long, you may have to live this way in the future.

See how fast you can get your essentials together and ready to leave.

If you plan to stay where you are, thoroughly become familiar with every street, landmark, trees, houses, etc. within 2 miles of your home, walk the area often.

The truly “ready” survivalist should be training themselves to be prepared to undergo things that are going to be vastly different and very difficult to adjust to and handle.

By using some or all of these  prep tips now and before the aftermath of “the nightmare” that is coming, you will be more adapt at handling it.

Add your personal preparation exercises to this to make you even more mega disaster ready.

Caching Supplies

If your Urban Survival Plan is to Bug Out at the appropriatetime to a safe location, which may be a family farm or a friends remote home, you need to consider pre-locating some supplies, material and equipment close to this safe location in case you do not have the chance to upload your vehicle
with everything you are planning on taking, or, in case you are regulated to moving on foot to this safe location.

One method to pre-locate Survival supplies would be just to have your friends or family stock it for you.

However if you drop off a few padlocked foot lockers at your safe location, you run the risk of it not being there when you arrive.

What happens if you are late in arriving there and they get curious as to what you have in those foot lockers or worse yet, didn’t plan well themselves and are scavenging for food or whatever you have in these foot lockers?

What happens if your friends or family get overrun?

One of the best ways to pre-locate Survival Supplies is by Caching. Caching is the art of preparing, packaging and hiding items so you can retrieve them when needed.

There are a few considerations for stashing caches.

You want to emplace them in a location where you can get to them in case the safe location is compromised.

What happens if you finally get to your safe location and you see an angry crowd surrounding your friends house and your friends hanging in the tree or lying face down on the ground?

The caches have to be well hidden and survive accidental discovery by passers-by and from discovery by people who may think you have hidden something in the area.

You have to be able to find these caches, months or years after you emplace them – don’t trust your memory, prepare a cache report.

The Survival items must be prepared well and the cache container should provide protection from the elements, most notably water or moisture.

Good cache containers are surplus military ammunition cans, sealable buckets and large PVC tubes. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) makes excellent cache containers since it is relatively cheap and easy to find, and can be water proofed easily (using PVC cement) and painted to help camouflage and
hide.

Plus PVC pipe in available in many different sizes (diameters) so you can custom make cache containers to what you want to cache. However, the larger the container, the harder it is to hide it.

So you will have to determine which cache concealment method (below ground cache, above ground concealment cache or submersible cache) is necessary.

The general idea being to bury the cache containing your Survival supplies. Some locations, such as rocky areas, may require an above ground concealment cache.

You will have to determine if you want each separate cache to be a mix of Survival items you forecast a need for, or if you will have separate caches for each Survival item group, e.g..food, water, matches/butane lighters, clothing, etc.

The ability to make a fire, maybe some clothing, sparefootwear, flashlights, water, medical supplies are all items you would want to consider.

When you emplace the cache you will need to record, in some fashion, where it is. It is not a case of simply recording the coordinates on your GPS.

Consider an easily recognizable Initial Reference Point(IRP) which should be a terrain feature which will not move Crossroads, maybe a bridge for example.

From the IRP a distance and direction to a Final Reference Point (FRP) which should be another terrain feature that will not move, such as a rock outcropping or a large and distinguishable tree for example.

From the FRP a direction and distance to the buried, submersed or above ground concealed cache.

You may want to consider recording what tools you will need to recover the cache, such as a metal rod for probing for a buried cache and a shovel to dig it up with.

Catapult or Slingshot Small Game Hunting

Like most British kids I played with a handmade catapult, hand made by me that is. Now OK, I say handmade but in truth it was a cut “Y” shaped branch of the right size with elastic bands, but you know, it actually worked.

The upgrade then was for a steel caty with bands fitted by the manufacturer.

Last year I was sent the Survivalslingshot from www.survivalslingshot.com and I fell in love again with this form of hunting.

We as members of the preparedness community should consider slingshots and their effectiveness as a small game hunting tool, especially in a large-scale disaster scenario where food stockpiles may run out.

So let’s talk about slingshots and their usefulness as a disaster prep.

 Before we even get into this topic, we need to make a couple things very clear.

First, a slingshot is not a toy, it’s a weapon.

You should be taking just as many precautions and safety procedures with a slingshot that you would with any other weapon.

In fact, due to the inherent design of a slingshot, you will want to take even greater precautions, especially in eye protection. If you don’t believe me, go to YouTube and search for “slingshot accidents”. Warning: some of those videos are quite graphic.

Secondly, before the clever emails roll in, yes there are several other weapons that are better suited for hunting than a slingshot.

Depending on the situation though, there can be several advantages to using a slingshot over other types of hunting tools, which I will cover later.

The benefits of using a slingshot for hunting

On the surface it might seem that slingshots would be one of the worst choices for a hunting weapon.

They’re not nearly as powerful as a bow (let alone a firearm), they take a lot of practice to be accurate with, you have to be much closer to your target and they’re usually pretty limited as far as what kind of game you can really go after with it.

However, there are actually quite a few benefits for using a slingshot instead of a normal hunting weapon, including:

They are easier to use in an urban areas – IE you’re unlikely to get reported to the police for shooting a slingshot in your backyard.

They are legal to openly carry in most areas

They don’t attract nearly as much attention as a firearm or bow

They are one of the quietest ways to hunt game

Finding ammo for a slingshot can be as easy as picking up a rock off the ground

They have very few parts and can be made and maintained very easily

You don’t need any sort of documentation or licenses to own a slingshot

A commercial slingshot is a fraction of the cost of any other hunting tool

Slingshot hunting is very challenging and can teach you to be a better hunter all-around

In a SHTF, long-term disaster scenario, slingshots will be perfect for hunting small game when ammunition and gun parts are scarce and you want to be as quiet as possible.

Follow the seasons  

Just because you’re hunting with a slingshot doesn’t mean you’re exempt from hunting seasons. Although in many areas small game hunting is legal year-round, some countries have specific seasons when you can hunt specific small game.

 Safety- slingshots really can kill you

 A slingshot is simply a modified form of a Sling, which has been used for hunting and even defensive purposes for literally thousands of years. It’s not a toy. It can kill someone.

Most commercial slingshots can shoot projectiles anywhere from 150-300 feet per second. Specialty hunting slingshots can actually reach over 400 feet per second.

Combined with the heavy weight of most slingshot ammo, this is more than enough power to kill someone.

Types of slingshots

There are several types of slingshots on the market today ranging from a simple plastic fork with cheap bands, all the way to top-of the line hunting slingshots outfitted with super-strength bands, stabilizing bars and even laser sights.

Usually with gear, the rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for, however it’s been my experience that slingshots are kind of an exception to that rule.

Some of the most expensive commercial hunting slingshots out there are pure JUNK.

They’re inaccurate and wear out faster than even traditional, forked stick, backyard-made slingshots.

It almost seems like the designers were much more concerned about making the thing look cool instead of actually making it functional.

In my opinion, the best slingshots are homemade. I’m not talking about a simple “Y” shaped stick in your backyard, but actually designing a slingshot out of high-quality material that fits your hand perfectly and experimenting with several band and pouch options until you have something that is tailor fit just for you and serves your purposes.

Types of slingshot bands

There are several types of pre-made bands you can buy for your slingshot. Most are made out of decent quality rubber and will last for at least a few months of normal use before noticing any decrease in performance.

That being said, a lot of people don’t actually recommend buying pre-made bands for slingshots. For one, they’re overpriced.

Secondly, slingshot hunting is, unfortunately, not that popular. Slingshots in general aren’t all that popular. When you buy a package of those replacement bands, it’s very likely they’ve been sitting on that shelf for over a year. For slingshot bands, that’s not good.

Your slingshot bands need to be changed regularly. Not only will they deliver a more consistent shot and velocity but it’s much safer this way.

Bands that have been sitting around a while will dry out and could even be cracked straight out of the package. There’s a real chance that it could break on your first shot and cause injury.

 So why not buy band material and make your own. It’s extremely simple.

The most common band material is called TheraBand Gold. It’s the industry standard for custom slingshot makers.

Hunting Slingshot ammunition

Yes, you can shoot rocks and pebbles out of your slingshot with no problem. It’s been done for generations. That being said, natural materials shouldn’t be your usual ammunition for a slingshot.

Rocks and pebbles are oddly shaped, have edges that could hurt your pouch and bands aren’t usually weighted correctly to give you consistent, accurate shot placement. Your best bet is to go with steel or lead shot.

Personally I like steel shot better for hunting. I believe it’s just a better round for the distances I like to shoot. Your experiences can and will be different depending on your setup. One major advantage steel shot has though is that it is magnetic, which makes it easier to collect after shooting it.

Don’t hunt if you can’t hit your target reliably

Hunting with a slingshot isn’t easy. You have to be much closer to your target since the slingshot doesn’t generate enough energy to keep the heavy projectile from falling mid-flight.

You also have to be experienced with approaching small animals without spooking them.

Additionally, slingshot ammunition doesn’t cause piercing damage, it causes blunt force damage. This means that you have to put your shots in an area that isn’t going to cause internal damage to your animal which can spoil your meat. This means headshots only guys.

 My rule of thumb for this is simple. If you can’t hit a target the size of a 2P piece consistently, keep practicing and don’t go out hunting. Killing an animal humanely is a responsibility of every hunter.

Continue practicing at varying distances from your target. Once you get proficient enough that you can hit a target the size of a 2P piece reliably, then you’ll be ready to take those headshots on small game.

Ground to Air Signals

When you’re in distress in the outdoors and you need to call for help, you can use a number of
different rescue signal techniques.

But if you believe that an airplane, helicopter, or other airborne rescue party may be searching for you, then you can use the five-symbol ground-to-air emergency code to signal a specific message in advance of the aircraft’s landing.

Most importantly, the ground-to-air emergency code can help let rescuers know whether or not anyone in your party is injured, and it can guide them more effectively towards your location.

The five ground-to-air emergency code symbols and their meanings are as follows:

Require Assistance: V

A V-shaped signal
communicates that you need assistance, in general, but it doesn’t imply that you or someone in your party is injured.

Require Medical Assistance: X

Use the letter X to communicate that you or someone in your party needs medical attention.

Whereas the V symbol communicates a call for help, the X symbol communicates a more
urgent request for assistance.

No or Negative: N

The N symbol can be used to communicate your negative response to a question that the aircraft or rescue organization has asked.

Yes or Affirmative: Y

The Y symbol can be used to communicate your affirmative response to a question that the aircraft
or rescue organization has asked.

Proceed in this Direction: Arrow, pointing towards the location

Place an arrow-shaped symbol with the head, or point, of the arrow indicating the
direction of your location.

This symbol is a good one to use when rescuers may need additional information about how to reach your location after they have identified another ground-to-air signal, such as a group of X symbols in an open area indicating a need for medical assistance.

Place the arrow in a position that will guide rescuers from the open area towards your location.

Tips for Using the Air-to-Ground Emergency Code:

Signal using the air-to-ground emergency code as you would signal with other methods, such as a
smoke rescue fire.

Remember these key ideas when arranging signals and communicating with rescue crews:

As with other visual signals, signalling in threes communicates and confirms distress.

Choose a large, open area as close as possible to your location for the signal location.

Choose to place signals on the highest, flattest terrain you can find near your location.

Choose a signal that will contrast with the underlying terrain. Choose dark-coloured branches, for
example, on top of white snow.

Go big! Use several rows of rocks or debris to build each part of a signal letter so that it is
thick enough and big enough to be seen clearly from above.

Be prepared to use a back-up signal, such as a signal mirror, to confirm your location as soon as
you see aircraft in the area.

How do you make char cloth?

The simplest prepper method of making char cloth is to take something like pieces of cotton a t-shirt or old jeans and put it into a small tin, like an altoids tin or an air pellet tin.

You can also use a tuna tin, coffee tin etc. as long as you can seal it fairly well after you put the
material in it and it won’t burn itself up.

I wanted to make some char cloth just using stuff I had lying around the house so instead of an altoids tin I used an old pellet tin I had lying around.

You need the gasses to escape from the inside after they’re released from the cotton, so you need to poke a small hole in the tin with something like a nail.

You don’t want it too big though, or oxygen will get in and your fabric will catch fire.

I got my Gillie Kettle out and lit it and put the old pellet tin on top then I cut a strip denim from some old jeans about as wide as the tin is long, rolled it up and put it into the tin.

The smoke was coming out of the hole in the top of the tin, and if I was to put a flame to it, that smoke would catch fire.

This is essentially a mini-gasifier. That gas is flammable enough to be used in a generator or carb for an engine.

Then, you just cook the tin in the fire for a while until you don’t see any more smoke coming out, and that’s it.

Depending on how much stuff you have, how big your tin is and how hot your fire is, it should take anywhere from 15-45 minutes. 

Obviously, the proof is in the pudding so I took out my magnesium fire starter that I keep in my pocket as a part of my EDC kit, and it lit after one spark.

That’s really all there is to it. You should experiment with different types of fabrics and different temperatures and times to heat it up but it’s not really all that hard.

You don’t even need to use cloth. Almost any organic material should work, such as wood or plant fibres.

You just need to get all the gasses out without burning it.

Char cloth vs other tinder?

Char cloth catches so easily that just one spark will usually catch, so not only can you place it right under your tinder bundle, things like a breeze or damp air shouldn’t be a problem. It will burn usually for a few minutes too, giving it enough time to catch.

Because it doesn’t give off a flame though, char cloth isn’t really going to be able to catch kindling.

Other tinder like dry leaves, grass, cat tail fluff, etc. burns pretty well but isn’t always easy to catch from a spark. Especially if it’s damp out.

Putting them together though, makes a powerful combination.

How to use char cloth to start a fire.

Char cloth catches easily but it won’t burn hot enough to catch twigs on fire unless they’re REALLY tiny.

You also probably won’t have a lot of char cloth in your kit. It will, however, burn enough to catch other tinder on fire.

By making a tinder bundle out of dry material that burns quickly and then putting the char
cloth inside it, you make an easy-to-light pile of stuff known as a nest that
will burn hot enough to catch twigs.

Having a successful fire started is all about sticking to the sequence of fire starting.

The spark catches the char cloth.

The char cloth catches the rest of the tinder.

The tinder then catches your kindling.

The kindling catches the fuel wood and you can then boil water or cook a meal.

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Post Brexit Food Shortages

Here is another very good reason to prep, to prepare enough supplies for your family as Brexit approaches.

Whilst the government has acknowledged the need to avoid a cliff-edge after Brexit day, a customs union in itself won’t solve the problem of delays at ports.

So to ensure supply chains are not disrupted and goods continue to reach the shelves, agreements on security, transit, haulage, drivers, VAT and other checks will be required to get systems ready for March 2019.

Britain’s food industry has warned that labour shortages after Brexit could leave over a third of its businesses unviable.

In a survey of the Farm to Fork supply from the Food and Drink Industry, 36% of businesses said they would be unable to adapt if they did not have access to EU labour after Brexit.

A severe labour shortage is becoming a realistic outcome in a sector dominated by European workers.

Thirty percent of the UK food and drink manufacturing workforce are European migrants, and the Brexit vote already appears to be deterring EU workers from moving in Britain.

I also thin k that food prices in the UK will increase if EU workers leave the country post Brexit, food and drink industry groups have already warned the government.

What should I be stocking up on?

Start with non-perishables – toilet rolls, cleaning stuff, toiletries. Plus some foods which last forever – sugar, salt, soy sauce, honey.

Then buy dried foods which last 5 – 10 years – rice, pasta, dried beans, oats. Think about how you’re going to store them.

Last buy tinned foods.

Don’t forget water.

Remember to rotate the perishables.

THE UK’s coming food shortages will make the nation’s allotment gardeners into the undisputed rulers of the country, experts have confirmed.

As rocketing prices and scarcity of produce become increasingly likely in the wake of Brexit, those with the ability to grow their own fruit and vegetables are poised to receive the universal adulation they always believed they deserved.

Perhaps it’s time to plough the lawn and start food planting instead.

People could be warned to ‘vary their diet’ if we leave the EU without a deal.

This was a recent MSM headline.

Well dear listener the article went on to say the following:

If we ‘crash out’ in March next year, current agreements on importing food will no longer stand, meaning there could be large scale disruption to food supply.

Don’t worry – ministers say we will have enough to subsist on (and who doesn’t love tinned sardines, Ryvita, and Kendal Mint Cake?)

However, we may have to change what we currently eat, as certain perishables become more difficult to get hold of.

Leaked plans shown to The Times show fruit from Spain and vegetables from the Netherlands might be among the goods affected if trade from the EU is limited or stricter checks are put in place.

They say government planners are looking at whether a point could come when people have to ‘vary their diet’.

Somehow, I don’t think that’s the kind of ‘varied diet’ that nutritionists have in mind.

The government is drawing up contingency plans for ‘no deal’ at a cost of £4 billion, as Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement looks unlikely to get through parliament.

Of course, a lot can change in three months, and we have to hope that Parliament gets things together enough to avoid a return to rationing.

But, with diet changes being talked about as a possible outcome, plenty of people have questions…

OK, fact, we will not starve without Spanish fruit or Dutch veg.

As for changing what we eat, well, we actually do that all the time, you know, we swap between tinned or frozen foods to fresh and back again. In the winter we eat pickled foods and we even store such foods and others to cover times when we may not have the opportunity to get out and buy fresh ones.

We British have a very varied diet and one that is not set in stone at all.

Whether you are a prepper or not, common sense dictates that you air on the side of caution and simply buy a little more of what you would have already bought, just in case.

If nothing happens then you have extra supplies that you can simply eat or even keep stored, your choice.

China and Russia have joined forces and are going ahead with controversial plans to heat and alter the Earth’s atmosphere.

This project, experts claim, has potential military applications as it can disrupt satellite communication, a distinct advantage in the event of war or espionage.

Charged particles, known as ions, create a reflective layer over a specific region of land and cause a satellite communications blackout.

The two superpowers have conducted several joint experiments which altered the chemical composition of the air high above Europe and China ans to expand the use of the technology.

The South China Morning Post reports that one experiment involved a region half the size of Britain (126,000 sq km/49,000 square miles) more than 310 miles (500 km) above Eastern Europe.

Vasilsursk, a small Russian town, experienced a spike of electricity which had ten times more negatively charged subatomic particles than nearby regions.

Further experiments included increasing the temperature of an ionised gas in the atmosphere by more than 100°C (212°F).

Electrons were sent into the sky by a specialist facility in Vasilsursk which was built during the cold war.

Military interest in the ionosphere is not new but technological advancements has made its manipulation possible.

Changing the ionosphere over enemy territory can disrupt or cut off communication with satellites, a distinct advantage in the event of war or espionage.

Changing the atmosphere has sparked further fears as theorists claim the technology may be used to modify weather patterns, cause natural disasters and even interfere with proper brain function.

Both the US and the Soviet Union developed sites to alter the ionosphere during the Cold War but China has redoubled these efforts and is now building its own.

Purportedly, the advanced facility in Sanya, Hainan will be able to manipulate the ionosphere over the entire South China Sea.

Some have raised concerns that this technology could be manipulated to modify weather and cause natural disasters, although most experts believe this is nothing more than a conspiracy theory,

Extra criticism has come in the shape of claims the radiation could affect the true function of human brains.

Dr Wang Yalu, an associate researcher with the China Earthquake Administration who took part in the study in June, rejected these claims.

‘We are just doing pure scientific research. If there is anything else involved, I am not informed about this,’ she said in an interview.

Basically if they “perfect” this as a weapon, which I believe is what they are attempting then the EMP weapon will be out of date.

It’s not just Putin or ISIS

The UK government secretly planned to dump the radioactive hulks of 22 nuclear submarines in the sea off north west Scotland, documents released by the National Archives reveal.

A survey for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 1989 identified six sites for “seabed storage” of defunct naval submarines near the islands of Skye, Mull and Barra for up to 60 years – and probably longer.

Detailed and highly confidential MoD studies concluded the plan was “feasible” and would “obviate the international problems which we would face were we to dispose of these vessels in international waters.”

According to one MoD official the aim was “to remove submarines from public view”. Another hoped that “everyone will forget about these submarines and that they will be allowed to quietly rot away indefinitely.”

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recorded more than 500 safety mishaps with nuclear submarines on the Clyde since 2006 – half of them in the last four years.

UK defence minister, Stuart Andrew MP, has disclosed that there have been 259 “nuclear site event reports” for Trident submarines based at Faslane over the last 12 years. Over the same period there have been 246 safety events on nuclear-powered but conventionally-armed “hunter-killer” submarines berthed or docked at the naval base.

Overall 23 incidents were categorised as having a “high potential” for leaking radioactivity into the environment or within a submarine or building. Some 148 incidents were said to have a “moderate potential for future release or exposure”.

The weapons were being moved between Birmingham and London along the M40 when the convoy was forced to stop on the carriageway.

An escort vehicle travelling with the convoy, which was carrying four nuclear warheads, was forced to stop on the hard shoulder of the M40 near junction nine near Bicester at around 11am on Monday.

UK nuclear weapons convoys ‘have had 180 mishaps in 16 years’

Military convoys carrying nuclear weapons through Britain’s cities and towns have experienced 180 mishaps and incidents, including collisions, breakdowns and brake failures during the last 16 years, according to a report produced by a disarmament campaign.

The incidents catalogued in the report – based on official logs released under the Freedom of Information Act – include fuel leaks, overheated engines, clutch problems, and other mechanical faults in the convoys.

At other times, according to the report, the convoys went the wrong way, were diverted, and lost communications with commanders. The rate at which the incidents have occurred has risen in recent years, with 43 in the last three years.

Serious safety concerns’ over UK nuclear plant at Sellafield

AN investigation into the UK’s most hazardous nuclear site has revealed a host of ‘serious safety concerns’, including the risk of a radioactive plume spreading over western Europe.

The BBC Panorama programme highlighted potential risks at Sellafield, a nuclear fuel reprocessing and nuclear decommissioning site in north England.

Nothing about nuclear fuel production, or its use in what ever format is safe.

The Underground Bomb Shelter

Basically, an underground bomb shelter is an enclosed, sheltered room which has been built in such a way as to protect you from nuclear threats.

When I say sheltered, I mean “underground”.

At least 3 feet of soil rests above the shelter, shielding the occupants from radioactive fallout. The underground bomb shelter should be constructed in such a way as to provide maximum protection from a nuclear attack.

This primarily means you will need shielding from the blast wave and protection from radioactive fallout.

Unlike the Cold War era when we would have some warning of an attack, in today’s world where the greatest possibility of a nuclear explosion will be delivered via terrorists, you will not receive notice of an impending attack.

The unfortunate souls who are vaporized by a terrorist’s nuclear blast would probably be reserved to an area 1 mile in diameter.

The blast wave will move out so fast that people within 5 miles won’t have time to escape unscathed.

Those located 5 to 20 miles from the blast will probably see the mushroom cloud or panicking people and be able to make a hasty entrance into an underground bomb shelter in time to escape fallout hazards.

Many baby boomers (people in their 50s) will race to local fallout shelters once maintained by the Civil Defense plan but no longer stocked with supplies.

They are the ones who grew up doing monthly “duck and cover” drills in primary or secondary school.

The decision will improve their chances of receiving less radiation than most. But, many will die.

Within half an hour, most of us will probably know a nuclear strike has taken place, and when and where it happened.

Fallout charts will pepper the news and warn people in the predicted area.

Those of us who have built a shelter will have ample time to secure ourselves within the shelter.

Everyone else within the expected fallout zone will frantically pack their bags and hit the road in hopes of escaping the fallout, which could be falling 50 miles from ground zero an hour after the explosion.

The traffic jams will see large numbers of people exposed to the radiation within the fallout.

Those poor souls will be dead within hours.

Some people within the traffic jams will escape with their lives by heading in a direction perpendicular to the expected fallout zone.

If you are caught in a traffic jam, you have but minutes to make the decision to put the SUV in 4 wheel drive and head North or South – even if they have to cross a field.

For the most part, everyone caught in the fallout within the first 48 to 72 hours will die.

Those who survive the blast, which can be lethal up to 10 miles from ground zero, will survive the dangers of fallout if they are in an underground bomb shelter.

Where should my underground bomb shelter be placed?

Anywhere that makes it quickly accessible.

In certain situations, you may only have a few minutes to secure you and your family.

On the other hand, you may have a few hours.

This all depends on location of detonation, weather, and your distance from ground zero.

The problem is, no one knows exactly where the first attack will take place.

Therefore, it is recommended you choose a location near your home – preferably in your back garden.

The optimum location is one that has the underground bomb shelter situated deep enough to provide a 36-inch (or more) barrier between the shelter and the surface of the ground.

A location under the patio or garage you are thinking about building would be perfect. If you are building a new house, include space for an underground bomb shelter in your basement.

Just make sure you allow for the 36 inches of space below the ground floor.

How much warning time will I receive?

That depends on the type of attack.

If it comes via missile, you may get several minutes warning from the emergency response system (if the American military – NORAD – even puts out such a warning).

Most likely the UK’s first nuclear attack will come in the form of a “dirty bomb”, a 1 to 10 kiloton nuclear device.

In that case, you won’t have any warning about an impending explosion.

If you are close enough to ground zero and survive the explosion and blast wave, your warning will be obvious.

If you are some miles (10 or more) away, you’ll probably have at least a minute or two to prepare for fallout. Of course, everyone in the UK (and the world) will know about the attack within an hour.

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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!

Step-by-step Instructions for Making 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 needles.

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!

Steeping Tea Allow needles to settle enjoy your refreshing tea!

For a Medicinal Tea:

(This process releases more of the oils & resins that contain the medicinal compounds, and tastes a little like turpentine.)

Bring about a cup of water to a full boil. Add approximately one tablespoon of chopped needles to the boiling water and cover. Allow the needles to boil in the water for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow the tea to continue to steep, covered, until it is cool enough to drink. (Most of the needles should sink to the bottom.) Pour the tea into a mug, leaving the needles behind, and enjoy!

Drink this tea several times a day for maximum medicinal effect. (Make it fresh each time.

Enjoy your tea!

With cold & flu season approaching Pine Needle Tea is a gift of health as well as an enjoyable experience.

And since Pine is best used fresh, it’s a perfect excuse to get out & enjoy the change of seasons!

Prepper-Survivalist- What’s the Difference?

I would say that not all survivalists are preppers but all preppers are survivalists. Now having probabley confuced you even more, I shall continue.

Preppers prepare for a natural or man-made disaster that would remove the comforts of modern life for an extended period of time.

Here I am talking about an EMP/CME, Nuclear accident, attack, biological or chemical, floods, earthquakes, all types of bad weather etc. plus loads more.

I suggest that “everyone” is in fact a prepper whether they will admitt that or not. Anyone who has a spare wheel, first-aid-kit, umbrella, waterproofs, fire extinguisher or even a flashligh is preparing for something. The “prepper” as they have been portrayed in the media takes it a stage further that is all.

The prepper plans to be able to survive this SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event by having srote of water, food, weapons, ammo, medicines, fuel, etc.etc.

A prepper I would suggest is a single person looking after number one, or a family man/woman looking after his/her family and they focus only on that to the exclusion of others around them.

In fact their only focus is to acquire everything they would need to survive any disaster that affects them.

Any cross over between the prepper and the survivalist is to me quite obvious as if the prepper loses his/her stores then they too will have to survive on little if anything, in fact they would then by a survivalist, if that is of course, they had bothered to learn the relevant skills and knowledge.

In any case in the long term the prepper will use up all the stotes they had gathered and what will they do then? again the only option will by to revert to being a survivalist living on knowledge and learned skills.

The survivalist however in my opinion plans to survive using knowledge and skills gained from experience over a perion of time. The survivalist learns how to provide shelter, clean water, make fire, hunt, trap, fish, forage, cook, navigate etc.etc. with the minimum of equipment because survival situations happen when we are least prepared, or when we are miles away from our preps.

The Homesteader is a combination of both prepper and survivalist and is perhaps the ideal that all preppers and survivalist aim to be.

They are usually land owners, with a shelter of some type with access to water, crops, livestock, and preps made from the surplus of their production.

They know how to can, smoke, dry and to preserve their extra foods for another day. They have moved off grid in many cased thus removing their dependence upon the society and the system they have removed themselves from.

I hope this helps you understand and goes some way to answering your questions.

The Priorities of Survival

You have been making you way home during a man-made disaster involving economic collapse and during your trip home the roads were blocked with abandoned vehicles and you have taken refuge in the area around a lake.

You now know you have water, fish and small animals to sustain you BUT?

Now I like to think there are 7 Enemies of Survival and knowing the 7 Priorities of Survival will greatly increase your chances and abilities in surviving the aftermath of a disaster.

The first of the seven is a Positive Mental Attitude.

As attested by those who have survived both Man-Made, Natural Disasters and wilderness emergencies, a positive mental attitude is the most essential element in any survival situation.

The second of the seven is First Aid.

If any injury from the disaster is life threatening, such as rapid blood loss, first aid becomes the most important thing to do.

The third of the seven is Shelter.

Extreme cold or hot weather conditions make finding or building a shelter of top importance. At such times even painful but minor injuries must wait until shelter is available. This is even more urgent if night is approaching.

The forth of the seven is Fire.

Often, along with shelter, you will need a fire for warmth and signaling. Fuel should be secured and the fire started before dark.

The fifth of the seven is Signaling.

When you have taken the first steps in dealing with the emergency, you might need to prepare rescue signals depending on your situation.

The sixth of the seven is Water.

Under all circumstances, water is essential. You can live only a few days without it. Finding water is even more urgent when the weather is hot and dry.

And the seventh of the seven is Food.

A healthy person can live several weeks without food; it does not rate high as a survival priority.

Pick Your Training Ground

The first thing you’ll want to do is pick a spot where you’ll be practicing. Ideally this would be a place that is near your home, is accessible during both the day and night, and has the resources you need to practice the various survival skills. This will be your training ground.

Setting up Shelter

Whether you live in an arid, temperate, or cold environment, exposure is often the first cause of death for those caught in a wilderness-survival situation. For this reason, shelter will be the first step to take.

Choose your Shelter

If you’re new to wilderness survival, this step would be simply building a tent or setting up a tarp shelter. As you get comfortable with that you’ll want to move on to making a primitive shelter.

Since I cannot cover every shelter that is possible to build from the resource on your training ground, you’ll need to do some research in determining what type of shelter is best for your environment.

The key factors are that it keeps you protected from the elements (dry when wet, shaded when hot, warm when cold, etc.).

For example, I live in the North East — a place that abounds in trees and forest debris. My shelter of choice here is the debris hut which is basically a framework of sticks that is stuffed inside and out with leaves or other natural debris for insulation.

This will keep me both dry and warm without the need for a tarp or sleeping bag.

Build it

Chose you location and look up for widow makers.

Once you’ve chosen your shelter type, start building it. Again, this could be in one easy go (like setting up a tent) or if it requires normally an hour or two to build (like a primitive shelter) you must be aware of weather changes and loss of light.

Test it

Knowing how to build the shelter is only half of the process. Sleeping in a shelter you built is really the best teacher.

It will teach you to overcome the fear of being alone, the dark, as well as sleeping in something other than your bed.

In the case of a primitive shelter, it teaches you how best to insulate it, where to build it, what materials to use and so on.

If you don’t make it through the whole night, that’s fine. Take note of what needs to improve and use that for the next step.

Refine it and Retest

Now that you’ve tried it for a night, make the improvements to the shelter and try it again.

If you used a tent, this part might include putting down ground insulation to prevent ground chill, or even moving location for a more even surface.

Remember, a shelter will protect you from the elements take the time to make a good one.

Step 3: Finding, Collecting and Purifying Water

Dehydration is a major concern in not just arid environments but in cold environments as well. Since most publications say we cannot go for much longer than 3 days without water, this will be the next skill you will practice.

Finding Water and Collecting Water

The first part of this step is to find a source of water. This could be morning dew (in which case it is already purified), ice or snow, a body of water, a dried out river bed, setting up a solar still and so on.

Once you’ve found your water source, you’ll want to practice different means of collecting it such as soaking it up with a cotton shirt, long grasses, discarded bottles or cans that you find lying around and so on. In the beginning, use your own containers and as your skill grows you can practice making your own or finding field expedient ones.

Purifying Water

If the water you collected requires purifying then you’ll need to practice how to do that. This could be practicing using a commercial filter, water-purification tablets, or fire.

Finding and Preparing Food

Most of the time you spend ia a Survival situation is taken up in this step. If you’re a beginner, you’ll skip finding food and just practice outdoor food preparation and cooking over a fire.

But as you run out of your food stores, or arrive in a survival situation without any food you will need to start gathering and preparing wild edibles, procuring meat through trapping, fishing, hunting and so on.

It also includes gutting, skinning, cleaning and preparing the animal, cooking it, and of course, eating it.

Using a trapping example, you might spend an hour one day making a set of snares or building primitive traps.

Then when you have some time, you’ll set them up (be sure you have the necessary permits) and check on them regularly to see if you caught anything.

If you don’t succeed, take note of any improvements you can make (different bait, different location etc.) and make those changes the next time.

When you do catch or hunt something, you’ll be practicing skinning, cleaning, and preparing the animal to be eaten.

Since you’ve already know how to make fire you can simply set up a fire and cook it that way.

I would like to think that whatever survival aid you bring with you to help you survive, you will during the 42 days find a natural low tech way to provide the same result.

From Camping Mode to Survival Mode

Your camping gear is the starting point for your survival plan.

History is a magnificent tool for understanding the present but it is also great at foretelling the future.

If there is one thing you can accurately say about history it is that it will repeat. Peace and war, feast and famine, prosperity and depression, all cycle as random eddies in the river of time.

Thus it is prudent to consider that a desperate situation is not only possible but, if we believe history, quite likely.

This realization mandates developing a mentality and a plan that prepares us for the ability to simply surviving.

What happens if your town has five fire engines and your house becomes the sixth fire burning? Unless you are willing to fight the fire you are just plan out of luck.

So self sufficiency is the way we must learn to think in order to survive.

Survival at Home

Perhaps you have seen the movie “Contagion” where a really bad and untreatable virus spreads throughout the world.

Much of what is enacted in the movie is, in fact, how I think governments would handle such a situation.

Schools and businesses would be simply closed and you might even find yourself restricted to your own home.

This would put us at the mercy of government emergency services.

What happens when the governments’ survival resources run out or are stretched beyond the limit of their capabilities?

Desperate people do desperate things.

If conditions deteriorate to this point, we may need to “get out of Dodge”, so to speak.

Head for the hills.

Here is where preppers and survivalists, in fact campers in general have a decided advantage over the standard population.

In a minimal sense we have to configure for survival every time we just go camping. Whether you are setting up for a weekend trip or a two week one you will have had to addressed these basic survival needs:

water

food

protection from the elements

Thus all you have to do is add a food and water stash to your basic camping equipment inventory and you have the core of a survival plan put together.

Choose a couple of good spots to locate your survival camp away from built up areas, as these places will most likely be chaotic.

Again, desperate people do desperate things so get away from the masses.

Gather the tribe.

Plan where your family and selected friends will be when things start falling apart.

They can meet you there where you can pool resources and efforts.

The wolf pack mentality is very useful when in the survival mode.

Setup your survival base camp in a familiar out of the way spot near water ( have a purifier) and natural food sources.

Having the means, knowledge and ability to protect yourself and your loved ones maybe essential to your collective survival.

In the mean time:

Consider learning the following skills:

How to identify and prepare natural foods in your area.

How to start a fire without matches.

How to hunt and fish.

How to shoot and defend yourself.

I know it’s ugly to think about but remember what history has taught us about the dark side of human nature.

This Week’s Show 20th December 2018

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Survival Cooking and Foraging

Although cooking outdoors is often a great way to prepare food, the chances are that, in a survival situation, you’re not going to have the right types of food or cooking utensils to make it much of a pleasurable experience….or, so you might think!

Your skills and knowledge of how to gather food and water using natural means and to prepare it correctly will often give you an even greater sense of achievement and will boost your morale even further which is important, in addition to providing you with the nutrients which will help you to survive.

Initial Preparation

Unless you’re an expert in foods in the wild which can be eaten raw, you need to ensure that you cook all the food which you’ve harvested thoroughly to make sure it’s free from parasites and you should check that there are no visible signs of disease or abnormalities.

This goes for plants too, some of which are safe to eat when cooked but highly toxic if eaten raw.

Different Methods of Cooking

Rock Boiling

This technique comes in handy when you’ve not got a container which can be placed upon or over an open fire. You need to gather some small rocks or stones which won’t shatter or crumble and heat them in the fire for about 2 hours.

In a survival situation, make sure you have a backup set of rocks in the fire when the others have been removed to help with the continual cooking. Once the rocks are hot enough, you can remove them from the fire and put them into your container of water which will then begin to boil.

At that point, you can start adding your food to the container to cook it. You need to ensure that you’ve got more rocks to add if you want the pot (or whatever your container is made from) to keep boiling.

Spit Cooking

You can make a spit out of a sapling and simply skewer a gutted, skinned and cleaned small animal or fish which you can then suspend over the heat turning it regularly. To ensure its cooked through, it’s better to do this over coals or some other type of low intensity burning material as opposed to over open flame.

Pit Cooking

This is great if you want to steam your food. Basically, you need to dig a pit or hole in the ground and line the bottom of it with rocks.

Then, build a fire on top of the rocks and let that burn for a couple of hours until the rocks beneath are red hot.

Then scrape out the remainder of the fire and place some non-poisonous grasses about 7 or 8 inches deep on top of the rocks.

You then place the food you’re cooking on top of the grasses. Wrapping the food in large leaves first is often a good idea if you want to seal in the juices from your food.

Then place some more grasses and seal the pit with some bark or similar material and some earth. After a couple of hours, just remove the earth, bark and grasses, not forgetting they’ll be hot and your food will taste delicious and it’s a method that also helps to retain the food’s natural juices.

Rock Frying

Following a similar process to the rock boiling technique, once again heat the rocks in the fire and, once removed, you can use them almost like a frying pan.

Other alternative methods include building a rock oven for baking but for a quicker solution to cooking things more slowly, use a rock or slab of wood as a reflector by propping it at about a 45 degree angle from the fire.

As it heats up, you can then use it like a grill remembering to turn the food over to ensure its evenly cooked.

Enjoying a meal when faced with a survival situation is going to be a fantastic morale booster and the gathering of the food and its preparation is all part of that.

Not only will it help pass the time of day and keep your mind occupied, it will sustain you and give you energy for the days ahead, should a rescue or escape not be immediate.

Many people believe that they will never find themselves in a survival situation, but it can happen to anyone and the importance of knowing the plants and berries that you can safely eat to sustain you, cannot be emphasised enough.

Whilst there is an abundance of food to be found in the natural environment, there are also plants and berries which if eaten, can cause you severe stomach upsets at best and at worst, can kill you.

The ‘look’ of a particular plant or berry is simply not enough and if you can’t identify it, then the advice is to leave it alone and not to risk eating it.

Therefore, if you’re out in the woods, it’s useful to have a basic knowledge of the vegetation that grows in a specific area you’re visiting and know how to identify which plants are safe and which are toxic.

Avoiding Temptation

Hunger pangs are highly likely to ‘kick in’ if you are stranded for some time without food but it’s important to remember that you can actually survive for a few weeks without food as long as you have enough water to sustain you.

Therefore, no matter how abundant and tempting plants and berries might be, you should never eat any wild vegetation unless you are 100% sure you can identify it.

What You Can Eat in the Wild

There is a vast range of things which grow in the wild, which are safe to eat and will help to keep you nourished when faced with a survival situation.

Dandelion leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, the roots make a welcoming hot drink (if you’re not I

n a survival situation and want a natural snack, the flower itself can be dipped in batter and made into a fritter).

Nettles can be steamed or boiled and make a useful substitute for your ‘greens’ and of course, there’s nettle tea! The roots of the burdock plant can be boiled and then eaten like potatoes and pitted rose hips are packed with vitamin C.

You may also find more common foods like blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. However, be absolutely sure you know what you are eating before putting it in your mouth and also remember that some wild plants need to be cooked before they are safe to eat.

What Not to Eat in the Wild

In brief, you shouldn’t eat anything that you can’t identify. However, there are a few clues as to the kinds of things you should definitely steer clear of.

Anything that has thorns or spines you should treat with suspicion and unless you are highly knowledgeable about mushrooms and fungi, you should keep away from them as, although you can eat many fungi, some of them are deadly.

Plants with shiny leaves or with umbrella flowers or which have yellow or white berries or a milky sap (except dandelions) are also highly ‘suspicious’ and should be avoided. And if a plant gives off a pungent odour, you’re better off leaving it alone.

Other Food Survival Tips

Many people fall ill because they assume that if an animal is eating a particular plant or berry, then it must be safe for humans.

This is not the case.

Also, make sure that if you’ve found what you know is a patch of plants that are edible that all the plants you gather are the same species, as there may be similar looking plants growing in the same area but which are highly dangerous.

You also need to know which plants need cooking first to make them safe as some plants are still harmful if you eat them raw.

Some survival books will show you how to do an edibility test on a particular plant if you cannot identify it.

This is a quite lengthy process beginning with testing a small portion of the plant on your skin to see if it causes an allergic reaction, then on your lips and tongue etc. but it is a painstaking, lengthy process and doesn’t offer a 100% guarantee as to the plant’s safety and should only ever be used in an absolute emergency.

There are plenty of resources on the internet to show you how to conduct a plant edibility test but you should treat these with some caution.

The only way is to be sure that you have identified the plant in question is by doing your research in order to be confident about what is edible and what isn’t.

The EMP Threat

I have dealt with EMP many times before, but always from the prepping point of view. Some may have thought EMP, how daft, how silly. Well, dear sceptic, here is the military view.

One of the most important conclusions in a new report by the U.S. Air Force’s recently established Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF) is traditional deterrence, based on threat of retaliation, may not work against nuclear EMP attack.

EDTF’s independent analysis concurs with warnings made by the Congressional EMP Commission for 17 years.

A single nuclear weapon detonated over the United States or the UK at high-altitude (30 kilometers or higher) would produce no blast or radioactive fallout or other effects injurious to people, usually associated with nuclear blasting a city, as at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Instead, a high-altitude nuclear burst would generate an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), like a super-powerful radio wave that would cause protracted blackout of electric grids and destroy all kinds of electronics across a vast region.

Communications, cars, airplanes, computers, electronics that support business and finance, industrial production and the supply of food and water, would suddenly be destroyed, literally at the speed of light.

A nuclear weapon burst 30 kilometers above the United States would generate an EMP field on the ground about 600 kilometers in radius. Catastrophic consequences would cascade far beyond the EMP field, causing the electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures to collapse over a much larger region.

Such an EMP attack could be delivered by a balloon, an aircraft doing a zoom climb, or a short-range missile launched off a freighter. Any of these attack modes could be executed anonymously, thwarting deterrence.

A nuclear weapon burst 400 kilometers over the U.S. would generate an EMP field on the ground 2,200 kilometers in radius, covering most of North America, including all 48 contiguous United States, most of Canada and much of Mexico. .

The same would happen to the UK and most of mainland Europe

A satellite or medium-range missile launched off a freighter could execute such an EMP attack anonymously, thwarting deterrence.

Hundreds of satellites are in low-earth orbit, including two North Korean satellites that the EMP Commission warns may be nuclear-armed for surprise EMP attack.

EMP could instantly destroy and disrupt U.S. satellites and their ground stations, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) radars, and other National Technical Means needed to identify an attacker.

The USAF’s Electromagnetic Defense Task Force warns:

“In a Western society governed by law and international standards, attribution is essential to viable deterrence.

The party deterring must have the ability to identify an actor and justifiably hold an actor at risk.”

Moreover: “When an aggressor cannot be identified, the situation may embolden or persuade that actor to be aggressive.”

The EDTF Report’s “Stuckenberg Model for the Spectrum of Conflict” introduces between peace and traditional war a broad “gray zone” for acts of aggression short of traditional all-out warfare that are as yet unaddressed by classical deterrence theory, and may be undeterrable.

EMP attack and other attacks in the “Electro-Magnetic Spectrum (EMS)” are in the gray zone, posing unprecedented challenges to deterrence, according to the USAF Electromagnetic Defense Task Force Report:

“Traditional deterring efforts afford little or no utility in preventing adverse enemy action in the EMS [Electro-Magnetic Spectrum].

In many respects, this is not dissimilar from deterrence activities in cyber space—which are almost completely ineffective.”

Furthermore: “Strategic EMS gray zone challenges can conceivably threaten a nation’s survival.

Gray zone EMS threats, such as EMP, were addressed by the Commander of the United States Strategic Command, General John Hyten, during his remarks at the Air Force Association Convention on 20 September 2017, when he noted,

‘EMP is a realistic threat and it’s a credible threat.’ General Hyten went on to note that civil society is not prepared to address the challenges associated with an EMP attack.

EDTF supports this position.”

Alarmed by the lack of progress being made by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy protecting the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures — upon which the Department of Defense depends to support military bases, conduct operations, and defend the nation — the USAF launched its Electromagnetic Defense Task Force at a summit of experts on August 20-22, 2018, to find solutions and spur Washington to action.

The EDTF Report is the product of 135 leading scientists, strategists, and scholars representing more than 40 Department of Defense organizations, including NATO, academia, and the private sector.

The U.S. Air Force EDTF Report warns that EMP and other Electro-Magnetic Spectrum threats are a clear and present danger warranting highest-priority action from the White House.

The EDTF Report calls upon the White House to launch an EMP “Manhattan Project” to protect civilian and military critical infrastructures on a crash emergency basis.

The recently published National EMP Strategy by the Department of Homeland Security plans continued study of the EMP threat until 2026.

So, spanner in the works time.

China and Russia have joined forces and are going ahead with controversial plans to heat and alter the Earth’s atmosphere.

This project, experts claim, has potential military applications as it can disrupt satellite communication, a distinct advantage in the event of war or espionage.

Charged particles, known as ions, create a reflective layer over a specific region of land and cause a satellite communications blackout.

The two superpowers have conducted several joint experiments which altered the chemical composition of the air high above Europe and China plans to expand the use of the technology

So watch this space.

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BREAK

EU Civil Unrest

France prepares ‘last resort’ chemical weapon that can be smothered around Paris to keep Yellow Vest rioters away from key buildings as anti-Macron protests continue

When a government is so afraid of its people that they plan to attack them with chemical weapons, its time to change the government.

French security forces could smother the centre of Paris with debilitating powder 

The chemical can be spread across an area of size of six football pitches in ten seconds

Police desperate after five weekends of ‘Yellow Vest’ rioting around France  

Paris alone saw 168 arrests with police using water cannon, batons and tear gas 

Now senior officers have confirmed that some of the 14 armoured cars deployed by gendarmes contained ‘a radical device that was only to be used as a last resort’ against their own citizens.

A gun-like distributor on the vehicles’ turrets can spray the powder over 430,500 sq. ft. in ten seconds, Marianne magazine reports.

The high-density noxious product contains the same power as 200 tear gas grenades, and is designed to knock people out indiscriminately in an emergency.

A source at the Paris police prefecture said: ‘If a large crowd forced barriers through the security perimeter, then the powder would be used as a last resort in order to stop them.’

But it is sure to raise concerned questions among civic rights groups, as well as monitoring organisations, including the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, of which France is a member.

Colonel Richard Carminache, of the Gendarmerie, confirmed that the controversial devices had ‘never been used in cities to my knowledge.’

Each distribution would result in ‘a highly concentrated teargas cloud, the equivalent of 200 grenades in one go,’ said Col. Carminache, who added: ‘It’s best to run to get out’.

Teargas is classed as a chemical weapon, and is actually banned from warzones, in line with international agreements.

Across Europe we have seen similar unrest and demonstrations, that the MSM has chosen to ignore and to keep us in the dark about what is going on and why.

They have however chosen to report cars burning and scenes of riot which have all been in Paris. The have not shown the blocked roads across the country with no violence, where motorists show solidarity with the “Yellow Vests” by displaying there own yellow vests on their dashboards.

The beginnings of a UK yellow vest movement have been seen in Somerset, over council tax rises against service cuts, and I feel sure this will evolve across the country.

So how do we deal with a UK yellow vest protest?

Firstly, protest is legal in the UK, as long as it is peaceful.

Secondly even if it does happen you can be ready for it by simply planning for it. If you are aware of when and where it may be happening then act accordingly.

Ensure that you have enough fuel in your vehicle to last and if not then fill up when and where you can.

Carry extra cloths, water, snack bars etc, mobile phone charger/power bank, map of alternative routes to and from work and home.

People power has worked in the UK before, remember:

The Ulster Workers’ Council (UWC) strike was a general strike that took place in Northern Ireland between 15 May and 28 May 1974, The strike succeeded in bringing down the power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive.

If truck drives and tanker drivers join in then preppers will be very well placed to ride out the storm as they are already prepared.

Chemical Attack on the UK

Jihadis are plotting a devastating CHEMICAL WEAPONS attack in Britain and could launch a chlorine bomb on London Underground, security chiefs warn

Before the novichok attack in Salisbury, the Government’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) put the risk of a chemical weapons strike by jihadis at 25 per cent.

Security sources say that has now surged to more than 50 per cent. There are particular fears over the potential for a chlorine bomb to be detonated on the London Underground.

The threat is considered so severe that terror chiefs secretly met with emergency services bosses a fortnight ago to ‘war game’ their response to such an atrocity.

If a Chlorine Gas Attack happens, here is what to do.
Be aware of any yellow-green gas floating around with the strong smell of bleach.

Some soldiers in WWI described it as pepper and pineapple. If you are exposed to chlorine gas, you may have trouble breathing or seeing and will feel a burning sensation.

Move quickly into an area with clean air in order to minimize exposure to the gas.

If indoors, exit the building as quickly as possible.

If outdoors, move to the highest ground.

Since chlorine gas is more dense than air, it will sink to the ground.
Grab a cotton pad or any fabric and soak it in urine.

Hold it up to your nose as a mask. The Canadian military survived the first large-scale chlorine gas attack in WWI by using urine instead of water, under the presumption that the urine crystallizes the gas
Remove all clothing that may have been exposed to the gas, being sure not to let the clothes touch your face or head.

Cut the clothes off so that they don’t need to make additional contact with your skin as they’re peeled off. Seal the clothes in plastic bags.

Clean your body thoroughly with a lot of soap and water.

Rinse your eyes with water if your vision is blurred or your eyes burn; if you wear contact lenses, throw them away. However, water mixed with Chlorine gas can turn into Hydrochloric acid, so be careful.
I hope this piece has helped you understand the possible threat that we now face, and given you some idea of what is best to do.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

For months I drove down to Southern Italy and back once a week a 3,000 mile round trip. Although the contract was to deliver within 24hrs, my best ever time was 19hrs 30mins.

I can promise you that I do know what not enough sleep feels like and when driving it is bloody scary indeed.

Especially when on a motorway with no junctions available to pull off and rest.

Whith this being a weekly problem I started cat napping, setting my mobile alarm for 10 or 15mins and literally switching off. This is or was enough for me to then be able to carry on for a 100 or so miles.

A worn out look, red eyes, black circles, staring into space, disorientation, headaches, stumbling, uncontrolled shaking, thirst, irrational thinking, problematic problem solving, and Zombie-like appearance and behaviour.

You’re alive, but you have the Zombie look which can definitely have a serious impact on your SHTF event behaviour and performance, so plan for it happening at some point.

You won’t know it, when you got it

According to the most basic definition of sleep deprivation from Wikipedia, “it is the condition of not having enough sleep. A chronic sleep restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness, and weight loss or gain.

It adversely affects the brain and cognitive function. Sleep deprivation over long periods of time can cause diabetes, effects on the brain, effects on growth, impacts on the healing process, loss of attention and functional memory, over all decline of general abilities, and many other conditions.

It is not a simple condition that can be ignored, especially for preppers and survivalists and others caught up in a survival scenario.

The worst part of having this condition is the fact that once you have it, it may already be too late to recognize you have it. It’s like boiling a frog in water by slowly raising the temperature of the water.

The frog never notices the changes until its dead, and rarely does a person as sleep deprivation creeps up upon them.

All of you died-in-the-wool preppers have long ago debated the pros and cons of either going it alone or with a limited number of close family members or a much bigger, but perhaps still manageable sized group.

Obviously going totally solo is the toughest route, and frankly I personally think the most impractical. Few people if any have all the collective skills and knowledge needed to survive a SHTF by themselves.

In a group Bug-In or Out the “team” can learn to rely on each other.

There is an immediate system of checks and balances for everything from gathering/preparing food, doing security work, area maintenance, health checks, and everything else.

One of the high level advantages to working within a group is that each person can monitor how each other person is doing.

This is critical when it comes to members that are on medications, or have pre-existing conditions. It is particularly helpful for everyone to watch each others behaviour in potential cases of depression, paranoia, fear, shock, and conditions like sleep deprivation.

This group partnership also pays huge dividends when it comes to everyday accidents, minor or serious.

If the onset of any of these is caught early enough, then accommodations among the group can be made to deal with them to a positive conclusion.

In this case its sleep deprivation which if on your own could evolve without much warning, and then it’s too late.

In a group each can easily see signs that the lack of dedicated sleep is impacting a person’s performance and behaviour.

Catnaps, Mini-sleeps, Dozing, and Rim Sleep

Eventually you will sleep. But the primary question is do you want to maintain the control of the how, when, and where or have the lack of sleep inadvertently control you?

The best strategy is to plan for sleep just like any other necessity of maintaining all other daily activities within a Bug-Out or Bug-In set up.

All people sleep at different times and flexible rates with varying intensities. In a normal daily routine many of us work eight hours a day, and sleep eight hours a night. But then these days such a schedule seems far more rare than standard. There are many work/rest schedules for a lot of people that certainly don’t fall within the realm of eight hour set periods.

Lots of people work shift work, odd schedules, weekends, and nights. They find sleep when they can, however poor the quality.

One way or the other we all have some sort or manner of a routine. During a SHTF episode that routine is going to be totally disrupted and often turned completely upside down or inside out.

Many of us will have to relearn how to grab some shut eye any way we can. Some should be better than none.

So, during a SHTF develop as fixed a schedule as you can.

Work toward trading off duties with others so that everybody can find time to sleep. You may not be able to lie down on a bed for several hours.

A good recliner or a soft spot out in the woods can work, too. Its very important the comfort factor must be addressed. Nobody sleeps well on a rock, standing up in a corner, or across the bonnet of a car.

As you prep or a Bug-Out in particular since the comforts of home will no longer be available for the most part, do plan for high quality options in a sleeping bag, portable pad, and some sort of pillow.

Same for a Bug-In make plans to sleep however short lived. Catching a few catnaps or dozing for a short time will help if prolonged sleep is not possible.

Find a soft, quiet place and take full advantage of every opportunity to sleep despite how minor. Otherwise sleep deprivation will creep in and take control over you. Avoid that at all costs.

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-anemic, 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!

Preparation:

First things first, pick a good spot. I would try to 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!)

Ingredients:

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 chilly 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!

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

Method

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.

Post Brexit Food Shortages

Here is another very good reason to prep, to prepare enough supplies for your family as Brexit approaches.

Whilst the government has acknowledged the need to avoid a cliff-edge after Brexit day, a customs union in itself won’t solve the problem of delays at ports.

So to ensure supply chains are not disrupted and goods continue to reach the shelves, agreements on security, transit, haulage, drivers, VAT and other checks will be required to get systems ready for March 2019.

Britain’s food industry has warned that labour shortages after Brexit could leave over a third of its businesses unviable.

In a survey of the Farm to Fork supply from the Food and Drink Industry, 36% of businesses said they would be unable to adapt if they did not have access to EU labour after Brexit.

A severe labour shortage is becoming a realistic outcome in a sector dominated by European workers.

Thirty percent of the UK food and drink manufacturing workforce are European migrants, and the Brexit vote already appears to be deterring EU workers from moving in Britain.

I also thin k that food prices in the UK will increase if EU workers leave the country post Brexit, food and drink industry groups have already warned the government.

What should I be stocking up on?

Start with non-perishables – toilet rolls, cleaning stuff, toiletries. Plus some foods which last forever – sugar, salt, soy sauce, honey.

Then buy dried foods which last 5 – 10 years – rice, pasta, dried beans, oats. Think about how you’re going to store them.

Last buy tinned foods.

Don’t forget water.

Remember to rotate the perishables.

THE UK’s coming food shortages will make the nation’s allotment gardeners into the undisputed rulers of the country, experts have confirmed.

As rocketing prices and scarcity of produce become increasingly likely in the wake of Brexit, those with the ability to grow their own fruit and vegetables are poised to receive the universal adulation they always believed they deserved.

Perhaps it’s time to plough the lawn and start food planting instead.