This Week’s Show 31st 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, The H2R Nova Review, Driving in Snow and Ice, Bleach/Acid attack-What to Do, BREAK Martial Law, Avoiding Civil Unrest,  Choosing Game, Campfire Honey Pheasant, Eating Crows and Some Recipes, Boiled British Freshwater Fish Recipes, The Importance of Water.

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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


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


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.


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.

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.


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?



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.


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.


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.


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


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

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.


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


2 eggs

seasoned bread crumbs or flour

oil or bacon grease


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.

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