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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Show Contents 17th January 2015

Show Notes
This week I begin with What to do in a Terrorist Attack, then the Blizzard survival 20% Discount Offer, Fukushima and the threat we still face, The Ribzwear 30% Discount Offer, Treating Wounds with Sugar, The Wilderness121 10% Discount Offer, Ebola a Threat we Face, So you are stuck in snow, THE TWELTH WILDERNESS GATHERING 2015, The Midimax 10% discount Offer, Edible Flowers, The Field Leisure 10% Discount Offer, What a Farce, Preppers will be next, the Chap Stick, Multi-use Survival Kit, The Buggrub 10% Discount Offer, The Bug out Week End is coming.





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What to do in a Terrorist Attack

In the late 60’s/early 70/s I lived in Northern Ireland and during this time we saw the height of the troubles with daily bombings and shootings on our streets.

Even to the point where the terrorist would place large bombs in the actual doorways of the pubs which were full of people and warn them not to more for so many minutes.

Needless to say that when the bombers left so did the people inside as the timers were not very good in those early days of terrorism.

We took many precautions back then that may seem very strange to you now.

The first thing that happened was a back street industry began in the ability to re-tune our radios to receive not the normal programmes but also the police, Army, and believe it or not Taxis as if they were sending taxis into an area then it was usually safe for us to go there too.

Bomb threats happened as I said daily and it got to the point where it became annoying having programmes interrupted continually by bomb warnings that were in areas that you did not actually live in.

Today 40 years later nothing has really changed at all, as today we still face the terrorist threat.

Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence by a person or group. The goal is to intimidate or coerce societies or governments in an effort to promote political, ideological beliefs or religious beliefs.

These attacks can take many forms, and could happen at any time in any place. Terrorists typically exploit vulnerabilities, and may use technology, hazardous materials, biological agents or other methods to create devastating disruptions to the community.

Terrorism thrives on fear. By planning how to respond to a terrorist attack, you can greatly improve your chances of survival. You can also lessen the impact of the attack by reducing the fear in the aftermath.
Take precautions when traveling.

Do not accept packages from strangers and do not leave luggage unattended. You should promptly report unusual behaviour, suspicious or unattended packages, and strange devices to the police or security personnel.

Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Plan how to get out in the event of an emergency. Also, be prepared to do without services you normally depend on— electricity, telephone, natural gas, petrol pumps, cash registers, Holes in the wall/ATMS, and Internet access.

Bomb Threat

If you receive a telephoned bomb threat, you should get as much information as possible. Try asking the following questions:

When is the bomb going to explode?

Where is it right now?

What does it look like?

What kind of bomb is it?

What will cause it to explode?

Did you place the bomb?

Try to keep the caller on the line and record everything that is said. Notify the police immediately. If the threat seems credible, evacuate the building immediately.

During
If a terrorist attack occurs, it is important that you remain calm and follow instructions from local officials and emergency service personnel.

You should be aware of your surroundings and watch for additional attacks.

Listen to local TV and radio for directions and travel information and instructions from local officials. If you are in a position where the attack occurs near you, check for injuries and provide first‐aid. This is a situation when a GHB will be of use as well as a plan on how you will get home.

In your home

If the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a torch/flashlight. Do not light matches or candles or turn on electrical switches.

Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards. Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater.

If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.

Turn off any other damaged electrical appliances or equipment.

Confine or secure your pets.

Call your family contact—do not use the telephone again unless it is a life‐threatening emergency. In some cases, mobile phones will not work. Consider other ways of communicating. Remember in the recent Paris attacks the authorities shut the mobile networks down to prevent the terrorist talking to each other.

Check on your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or disabled.

If you see or hear an explosion

Call 999 or 112

Get under a sturdy table or desk if things are falling around you. When they stop falling, leave quickly, watching for obviously weakened floors and stairways.

As you exit from the building, be especially watchful of falling debris.

Leave the building as quickly as possible. Crawl low to the floor if there is smoke. Do not stop to retrieve personal possessions or make phone calls.

Do not use the lifts.

Check for fire and other hazards.

Once you are out, do not stand in front of windows, glass doors or other potentially hazardous areas.

If you are trapped in debris: Use a torch/flashlight, if possible, to signal your location to rescuers.
Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are.
If possible, use a whistle to signal rescuers.
Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.
Avoid unnecessary movement so you don’t kick up dust.

Cover your nose and mouth with anything you have on hand. (Dense‐weave cotton material can act as a good filter. Try to breathe through the material.)

Be wary of suspicious packages and letters. They can contain explosives, chemical or biological agents.

Be particularly cautious at your place of work. Some typical characteristics of suspicious packages may include:

Unexpected or unfamiliar senders.

No return address or a return address that can’t be verified as legitimate.

Marked with restrictive endorsements such as “Personal,” “Confidential,” or “Do not X‐ray.”

Have protruding wires or aluminium foil, strange odours or stains.

Show a city or location in the postmark that doesn’t match the return address.

Are of unusual weight given their size or are lopsided or oddly shaped.

Are marked with threatening language.

Have inappropriate or unusual labelling.

Have excessive postage or packaging material, such as masking tape and string.

Have misspellings of common words.

Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated.

Have incorrect titles or titles without a name.

Are not addressed to a specific person.

Have hand‐written or poorly typed addresses.

After a Terrorist Attack
You can expect heavy police and security involvement at the local, county and even national levels.

These agencies will investigate the incident and the location will be treated as a crime scene.

Your workplace or school may be closed, and there may be restrictions on domestic and international travel.

You and your family may have to evacuate the area, as instructed by the police or other safety personal. You should also expect extensive media coverage and increased police activity, even if the attack did not occur in your immediate area.

What to do in a terror attack

If you have not already done so, then now is a good time to make yourself aware of a few tips on what to do if you're unfortunate enough to be caught up in a terror attack.

Surviving a terror attack

If you are involved or close to a terror incident you must exercise heightened security awareness and follow the directives of local authorities.

Here are a few safety first tips:

Stay inside your home, work place or any other accommodation you are in at the time.

Do not go out onto the streets.

Be alert to local news developments.

Stick to any imposed curfews or security restrictions.

Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behaviour. Unusual behaviour and strange devices should be reported to the police or security personnel promptly.

If you are in a building located close to the site of a terrorist attack, stay away from the windows.

If in the vicinity of an attack, do not stay to watch what is happening, as you will only get in the way of the emergency services. There is also a risk that additional attacks may occur.

Make a mental note of safe havens, such as police stations and hospitals.

If there's a bomb blast

Leave the area as soon as possible

Stay clear of glass shop fronts.

If you are injured attend to yourself before others.

Obey all instructions and orders that are given by local police.

Make your way to a pre-planned secure area.

If you return to your home or hotel stay away from the windows.

Listen to television and radio reports.

Contact family or friends and let them know your situation.

Write down what you saw before and after the blast it may help the authorities in their investigation.

If you are injured

If you are injured or become ill please seek medical aid.

Be aware that any functioning hospitals and clinics may be busy caring for large numbers of people who have been injured in the incident.

Preparing for terrorism on holiday abroad

Before visiting a country where there is a risk of terrorism you should first obtain as much information on that country as possible.

When you arrive, stay away from those areas that may have been the target of terrorism in the past.

Identify the main tourist areas and stay away from those which appear less secure.

Make yourself aware of your surroundings. Be aware of the conduct of people near to you.

Stay away from large gatherings or demonstrations.

Know the telephone numbers of local police, hospitals and your Embassy.

If you are with friends identify a rendezvous point to meet should there be an incident.

Prepare a plan to evacuate should there be an incident.

Know the telephone numbers of local transport and hire car companies.

What is happening to me and who do I call?

It is important to remember that the situation you are in can be extremely stressful.

Call home and your country's Consulate or Embassy to let them know where you are, if you are alright and if you need any assistance.

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Fukushima and the threat we still face

The Fukushima nuclear disaster isn’t over, the radioactive waste is still leaking, and it isn’t just a Japanese problem.

I remember exactly where I was when news of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami broke in the UK. Sitting on the edge of my settee, I watched in horror as it became obvious that the nuclear power plant at Fukushima had been seriously affected.

The fact that someone thought it was a good idea to build a nuclear power plant on the coast, in an area known to see frequent earthquakes and tsunamis is mind boggling, but it’s nothing compared to what happened immediately after the meltdown.

Within days, so-called “nuclear experts” were reassuring the rest of the world, that while Japan was screwed, we had nothing to fear.

Well, fast forward a year or two, and Fukushima is still a nuclear disaster. Just days ago, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency, this time because of a build-up of radioactive groundwater near the plant.

In July, Tepco (the energy company that operates the Fukushima plant) admitted for the first time that radioactive groundwater had breached an underground barrier and been leaking into the sea, but said it was taking steps to prevent it.

The head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force, Shinji Kinjo, recently told the Reuters news agency that the countermeasures were only a temporary solution, however, and groundwater contamination was imminent.

So let's pause here for a note about water: There is only one ocean.

All the rivers, streams, and aquifers of the world are replenished by rain evaporated from that same ocean. It is complete foolishness to talk about this in terms of 'Japan's water' or 'American water'. It's our water.

And thanks to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it's all contaminated with toxic levels of radiation. That's what makes this next bit particularly disturbing.

While the government has deemed some areas safe enough for part-time access, locals and activists say conflicting science and official secrecy surrounding the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl have bankrupted public trust.

On Wednesday, just weeks after beaches south of the reactor were reopened, plant officials admitted that up to 300 tons of contaminated water are flowing into the sea each day.

The good news is this is less than what was flowing into the ocean immediately after the disaster.

The bad news is, since its mostly groundwater, the type of radiation now making its way into our ocean poses even more risk to human and animal life.

Soil can naturally absorb the cesium in groundwater, but other radionuclides, such as strontium and tritium, flow more freely through the soil into the ocean.

Tritium represents the lowest radioactive threat to ocean life and humans compared with cesium and strontium by comparison, strontium poses a greater danger because it replaces the calcium in bones and stays for much longer in the body.

From my point of view the question has to be, is it safe to eat Pacific Tuna and other seafood from that region?

While it’s natural and appropriate to be concerned about radiation, in this case the concern is unfounded I feel.

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences evaluated the health risks of consuming Pacific Bluefin tuna after the Fukushima event and found the following:

A typical restaurant-sized portion of Pacific Bluefin tuna (200 grams, or 7 ounces) contains about 5% of the radiation you would get from eating one uncontaminated banana and absorbing its naturally occurring radiation.

All foods on the planet contain radiation. Like every other toxin, it’s the dose of radiation (rather than its simple presence) that determines whether it’s toxic to humans.

Levels of naturally occurring radioactive isotopes (polonium-210 and potassium-40) in Bluefin tuna are greater by orders of magnitude than levels of radioactive isotopes from Fukushima contamination (cesium-134 and cesium-137).

In fact, levels of polonium-210 were 600 times higher than cesium. This suggests that the additional radiation (in the form of cesium) from Fukushima is insignificant from a health perspective.

Even at very high intakes (3/4 of a pound of contaminated Bluefin tuna a day) for an entire year, you’d still receive only 12% of the dose of radiation you’re exposed to during one cross-country flight from LA to New York.

Assuming the very high levels of fish consumption above, the excess relative risk of fatal cancer would be only 2 additional cases per 10 million similarly exposed people.

And there’s reason to believe that number is no more than chance. Statistically significant elevations in cancer risk are only observed at doses of radiation that are 25,000 times higher than what you’d be exposed to by eating 3/4 of a pound of Bluefin tuna per day.

Some bottom-feeding fish right off the coast of Japan contain much higher levels of radiation (i.e. >250 times more cesium) than those found in Pacific Bluefin tuna.

Even if you consumed 1/3 of a pound per day of this highly contaminated fish, you’d still be below the international dose limit for radiation exposure from food.

Finally, according to Dr. Robert Emery at the University Of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston says you’d need to eat 2.5 to 4 tons of tuna in a year to get a dose of cesium-137 that exceeds health limits. That’s 14 to 22 pounds of tuna a day.

 

Fukushima proved that we are not safe from nuclear disasters. It leaked radiation into the environment – the air, the ground, and the ocean waters – and this impacts our health across the world.  

Recent samples taken off the coast of Fukushima found fish there were “124 times deadlier than the threshold considered safe for human consumption.”

As ocean waters move the toxins, scientists expect repercussions to the Pacific Coast and beyond

A study published in the International Journal of Health Services found that thousands of Americans have already been affected by radiation drifting to their shores from Fukushima.

Despite what I have said Nuclear energy isn’t safe, it won’t ever be safe, and what happened at Fukushima is just another reason to get out of the dirty energy game for good.

I have sent an email to the major UK supermarkets asking were their tuna comes from, when I receive their reply I will tell you and then you can make your own informed choice.

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Treating Wounds with Sugar

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

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

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

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

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

The reason sugar works to treat wounds is because sugar tends to draw water into its midst, through osmosis. This action both dries the bed of the wound to promote new tissue growth and dehydrates the bacterium that causes the infections in wounds, leaving the bacteria weak and fragile.

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

The reason why it works is because sugar is hygroscopic and functions to dehydrate all bacteria. Bacterium of course requires water to survive and to multiply. Thus, the lack of water results in bacterial death.

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

Some studies have concluded that honey mixed with sugar can enhance the healing. It may be that the viscosity of the honey allows greater penetration into the wound and allows better contact with the wound. Honey also has certain anti-bacterial properties according to some experts.

The same theory applies when cooking oil is mixed with sugar to treat wounds. The oil or honey is mixed with sugar and applied as a salve. Petroleum jelly can also be applied to the bandage to help keep the sugar in place.

Puncture wounds are typically left open to promote healing.

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

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

In a survival situation, sprinkling granulated sugar in a wound may very well stop or prevent a serious infection. You must have clean water to irrigate the wound so that fresh sugar can be reapplied.

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

Proper hand sanitation is critical as well as having clean bandages available. Used cotton bandages can be rinsed well with clean water and then boiled for 10 minutes or longer to sterilize. The drying and handling process must be such as to prevent contamination of the bandages.

You can also mix povidone iodine (10 percent solution) with the sugar creating a paste to apply to the wound. The iodine will kill any bacteria present in and around the wound and the sugar will help stop any new growth.

POVIDONE IODINE WARNINGS

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

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

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

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

Sutures

People tend to want to suture wounds in a survival situation before attempting other methods of wound closure or protection. Suturing is invasive and you should only suture if all other non-invasive methods have failed, when butterfly bandages or standard plasters will not close the wound properly for example.

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

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

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

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

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

What Is In a Survival Medical Kit for Treating Wounds?

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

Make sure you have bandages (compression and pressure) and/or clean material to make bandages. Clean water is critical so you will need the means to collect and purify a water source.

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

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

Constricting or stopping blood flow to a limb can cause damage to tissue that is irreversible and can cause the loss of limb. Typically, a tourniquet is applied when there is an amputation of a limb or when there is, an arterial wound and bleeding cannot be controlled by compression.

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

Have thermal blankets for treating shock

Medical Gloves

Razor knife or scalpel that has been protected from contamination

Over the counter or prescription pain medications

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

Sugar will have to be packed so that it does not absorb moisture from the air and so it is not contaminated with dirt and other debris. Allowing the sugar to absorb moisture may reduce its effectiveness in treating wounds.

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

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

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

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

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Ebola a Threat we Face

Firstly whether not you believe that Ebola is manmade, i.e. a weaponized virus or a two year old little boy was bitten by a fruit bat, the fact is that this a deadly virus and in my opinion a great threat to us all.

With that said I still cannot come to terms with western governments drastically failing to quarantine anyone within the contaminated areas for at least 21 days “before” being allowed to return to their own countries.

Surely to prevent its spread this should be the very minimum in precautions taken, but these health workers seem almost selfish in their need to want to return back home within the gestation period, knowing full well and fact better than most people that they themselves could cause the deaths of their family members, friends, colleagues and yes you and me.

So why do they do this? Well I think this are part of the plan to create a fear culture that will in time accept the need to have anti-virus injections on masse for their own protection, (and goodness knows what else will be in the syringe).

The idea of an “extra” ingredient which would weaken your immune system if another “modified” virus was to be introduced into the mix is not that far-fetched, is it? Past history clearly shows this.

I would also like to know why “every” medical person who has returned with Ebola has been “cured” but nearly 8,000 have been taken by Ebola, is there a cure for those citizens of countries who can afford it?

Why is there no more Zmapp? If it works and clearly it has.

If you think about it, there is evidence that Ebola was manufactured at Fort Detrick USA. In fact the US holds the “Patent” on Ebola, is this the smoking gun?

One way this outbreak could have happened I suggested is by trying to circumvent the Biological Weapons Convention to which the US government is a party.

Now it appears that the CDC and several others US bio-warriors exported Zaire/Ebola to West Africa, to their labs there, where they were doing bio-warfare work on it. So, I believe this is the origins of the Zaire/Ebola pandemic we are seeing now in West Africa.

So, as always bio-warriors do use offensive and defensive bio-warfare work, violating the Biological Weapons Convention. So effectively they try to offshore it into West Africa where Liberia is not a party and Guinea is not a party. Sierra Leone is a party. But in Sierra Leone and Liberia there were disturbances which kept the world from really paying attention of what was going on in these labs. 

I am very curious to know why the west are sending soldiers to these Ebola affected countries instead of medical staff. Cuba has sent qualified doctors surely doctors are needed more that military units, soldiers are not trained to stop the spread of virus’s and as I have said there is no quarantine for them to enforce.

Could it be that these soldiers are in fact an invasion force and are being used to collect blood samples from the infected for further research? I don’t know but something does not add up here.

Now it appears that on Wednesday multiple Iraqi media sources reported that an Ebola outbreak may be underway among ISIS fighters in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Three media outlets, both Iraqi and Kurdish have reported suspicious infections although there has been no World Health Organization confirmation.

Faced with the terrorist occupation, verification of the outbreak is difficult for outside agencies and much of the domestic medical professionals have fallen victim to the primitive murderers.

WHO director of communications, Christy Feig, said “We have no official notification from [the Iraqi government] that it is Ebola”.

She added that the WHO is attempting to offer assistance to the Iraqi government in the investigation of the possible outbreak.

The Kurdish media outlet Xendan reported that the symptoms of the infected persons are consistent with those of Ebola but it remains unknown whether or not the capability for testing exists under the current terrorist invasion.

The official pro-government newspaper al Sabaah cited an unnamed source inside a Mosul hospital as confirming that the disease was brought in by terrorists who originated in “several countries” and Africa.

He added, “In this context, the lack of medical infrastructure, supplies and practitioners in the city suggests that the outbreak could quickly lead to further infection of both ISIS fighters and residents of Mosul.”

It would be a simple matter, if an outbreak were to occur, for infected terrorists to make their way to the United States or other Western nations, particularly if they hold Western passports or by crossing our wide-open southern border.

So my fellow preppers it is not over and we may have yet to deal with Ebola on our terms and it will be up to us to prepare as our governments will not help us, we can see that be the lack of quarantine in these infected areas and also by our open borders over which threats are allowed to pass.

So you are stuck in 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Edible Flowers

Roses are a medicinal flower that have been used since ancient times for their nutritional and healing benefits.

Rose petals are rich in vitamins C, A, D, E & B-complex and minerals such as zinc, iron, and selenium. Rose petals contain sedative, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and mood enhancing properties.

They are known to soothe sore throats, nervous tension, anxiety, headaches, peptic ulcers, hypertension, fluid retention, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and heart disease.

Rose petals are also often used for painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea) and for digestion issues such as flatulence, constipation, and diarrhoea.

Fresh organic rose petals are a wonderful addition to fruit salads, green salads, desserts, and a variety of healthy meals.

Rose petal tea is also a soothing and relaxing way to enjoy its benefits. Simply use 1 teaspoon of dried rose petals to 1 cup of hot water and allow to steep for at least 10 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired.

Rose water can also be made by placing 2-4 cups of rose petals in a pot and pouring just enough water to cover them, Simmer for about 45 minutes and then allow to cool. Strain and store rose water in the fridge, it will be good for 7-10 days.

Rose water works as an astringent and as an anti-aging & beautifying tonic for the face and skin. Rose petals are also an excellent addition to your bath and can help provide relief for dry, itchy skin, bug bites, sunburn, acne, and eczema. Make sure to always seek out organic or unsprayed roses since conventionally grown rose petals often contain harmful pesticides.

Why Grow Edible Flowers?

Edible flowers are perfect for anyone with an interest in gardening or food, and are the most versatile plants to have in the garden, providing a visual and culinary feast. For those of you who need convincing, just see how edible flowers can benefit your garden…

Make the most of your space

You may be lucky enough to have a large garden or allotment, but if not then why not grow an edible garden to make the most of the space you have? Why grow flowers you can only look at? Grow flowers that you can eat as well!

You only need a small courtyard garden, balcony or windowsill to enjoy edible flowers. Here is a range of edible flowers which are suitable for small spaces or window boxes.

Get two crops for the price of one!

Ever had so many runner beans you just do not know what to do with them? Gone on holiday and come back to find that your radishes have gone woody and started flowering?

There are many vegetables which can provide you with two crops, with edible flowers either before or long-after the vegetable is ready to eat.

The flowers can often be tastier than the vegetable itself, and make a fantastic addition to any savoury dish. Rocket, radish, squash, courgette, peas, beans and mustard are just some of the flowering vegetables you can enjoy.

Grow them anywhere

You are only limited by your imagination…

Enhance your vegetable garden

As well as the benefits of companion planting, brighten up the look of your vegetables both on the plot and the plate by adding some beautiful edible flowers.

Happy bees and butterflies

We all know the importance of helping out bees and other pollinating insects by enriching our environment with beneficial plants so why not plant edible flowers that they enjoy as well as you?

Natural pest control and companion planting

Many of our edible flowers are perfect for companion planting. Try planting borage next to your strawberries for even sweeter fruit, marigolds next to your tomatoes to deter black and greenfly, or try garlic chives next to your carrots to help ward off carrot roof fly. Use permaculture to improve your garden.

Easy gardening

For the amateur, or busy, gardener, edible flowers are quick and easy to grow.

Safe for children

If, like me, you have small children (Grand children in my case) then you want to be sure that your garden is a safe place to be.

Many common garden plants are poisonous so why not fill your garden with edible flowers instead? Be assured that if any flowers do get subjected to a toddler taste test they will come to no harm.

You can also get them to grow the flowers they like and then allow them to eat them there and then, no preparation etc.

Enjoy edible flowers all year long

By sowing a range of edible flowers you should be able to have something to harvest all year long. Why not learn ways of preserving them to enjoy all year round. Add a little bit of summer to winter meals.

Know your flowers are free from pesticides

By growing your own edible flowers you know that they are free from pesticides and pollutants and are safe for the whole family to eat.

Here are some edible flowers that need planting this month

Pansies are easy to grow, they are brightly coloured edible flowers which bloom for much of the year.  The flowers are up to 8cm diameter which, combined with the distinct colours and mild, sweet flavour, make them popular edible flowers.

Pansies are most commonly used to decorate cakes and desserts, are ideal for sugaring and beautiful when scattered over salads or used to garnish sweet and savoury dishes.

Dianthus ‘Parfait’ are a compact and striking dianthus with vivid pink, red and white coloured flowers. They are perfect for containers and small gardens. Their eye-catching colours and large petals make them particularly well suited to decorating cakes and desserts, for adding to salads and crystallising.  The edible petals are mild in flavour making them ideal for adding to a wide variety of foods.

Polyanthus are pretty edible flowers in a variety of reds, yellows, pinks and blues. The young leaves are also edible and can be added to salads or used as a green vegetable.  The edible flowers are commonly used to decorate cakes and desserts and also to add to salads.  They give beautiful results when crystallised.  Polyanthus are a hardy perennial which will provide you with a colourful carpet of flowers early in the year.

A delicate blue and white viola with a mild sweet, ‘green’ flavour.  These violas are very easy to grow and flower for much of the year.  Violas are popular edible flowers as the whole flower may be eaten.  They have a wide range of culinary uses and are most commonly used to decorate cakes and desserts.  Violas are ideal for sugaring and beautiful when scattered over salads or used as a garnish to sweet and savoury dishes.

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What a Farce

A report reveals how incorrect advice from the Government’s Science and Technical Advice Cell to Cornwall Council, and a breakdown of communications with a local team, led to order being given for the wrong village to be evacuated.

Their eventual advice to Cornwall was severely flawed and wrong, the report found. They were instructed after the end of the release of nuclear material that Torpoint should be evacuated and countermeasures deployed, whereas there had been no such evacuation direction to responders in Plymouth where the release was occurring.

It noted: Development of the scenario highlighted the need to have a better aware and trained workforce in Cornwall.

The response at Plymouth council became chaotic after the National Resilience Extranet, a highly secure government server used to respond to major emergencies, went off-line, forcing officials to communicate using their personal email addresses.

Over-enthusiastic staff South Western Ambulance Service triggered surprise after going beyond the planned exercise and driving a “casualty” suffering from radioactive contamination to hospital.

“There was a problem with the patient handover as there was no forward bronze [commander] so the local first aiders decided to carry on to Hospital, which caused confusion because the Hospital was not expecting any patient play during the exercise,” the report said. It added, dryly: “It would not happen during a real life emergency.”

Senior NHS officials, whose role on the day was “assess on how a nuclear emergency would impact on health services”, complained they were unable to fulfil this because “there were no plans to include casualties outside of the dockyard.”

They added that a broadband connection they had paid for was not available.

The local fire service complained of a “lamentable” lack of maps and charts, and said they were kept in the dark over the risk posed by the radioactive cloud, with the dispatching of fire engines “confused”.

The Met Office was tasked with monitoring the wind speed and direction, in the hope of tracking where the radioactive plume from the stricken submarine might float.

However, the forecasters were an hour late arriving after the wrong names were given to the security list on the door – and when they were given access to the war-room, many did not understand what they were talking about.

Staff from Devon County Council were left confused by not knowing “whether the wind was blowing from or to the direction named.”

It became clear during the exercise that not all agencies understood the conventions used in communicating wind directions. This was also noted in the media cell – where the term ‘downwind’ was used. There appeared to be a lack of understanding what this meant in relation to the ‘plume’, the report said.

Believe it or not a report concluded that the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall and government scientists tasked with responding to a nuclear disaster at sea are well-prepared and communicated well. Overall, the Office for Nuclear Regulation deemed the exercise a success, it said.

Now these officials are planning to use social networking websites Facebook and Twitter to notify members of the public about an unfolding nuclear crisis. And if you are not on these sites? Or in fact not even on the internet at the time, what then?

I have to say that the use of social media is a far cry from the original four-minute system which was developed during the Cold War, in which the public would be alerted by air ride sirens, television and radio.

In my opinion the Royal Observer Corps which provided a fallout monitoring service as well as a basic weather reporting role should never have been stood down. With the state the world is in today, with so many dilapidated Nuclear power stations around the world, with the ever present terrorist nuclear threat I think we have never been so vulnerable.

So there you have it, after decades of having nuclear subs and decades of training on what if? It has all been a waste of time and money.

Nothing has been learned and there is no cohesion between the emergency services local government and the public. That my friends is putting our lives in danger.

My advice to you is prepare, prepare and did I say prepare.

Preppers will be next

My fellow preppers the times are a changing for real. Governments here and in the US are planning to curtail our liberties in the name of freedom and security and that we all know is a total con.

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

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

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

I also mentioned in last week’s show that the EU is now planning to make it illegal to store heirloom seeds or grow anything that is not on their list.

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

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

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

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

These new orders which will be in the Conservative election manifesto, would extend to any activities that “justify hatred” against people on the grounds of religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

The obvious problem with this is that Leftists and Islamic supremacists constantly advance the false claim that opposition to jihad terror and Islamic supremacism is justifying hatred against people, and the Cameron government clearly endorses this view. So this law will be used to curtail any opposition to the advance of Sharia in the UK.

In the US the Government is actively seeking those who criticize government, specifically Barack Obama, and arresting them without charging them. They are remanded to mental health institutions where they are given “training” on how to view the world.

Remind you of a little book that George Orwell wrote?
It gets worse.
Most of the victims of the government’s kidnapping scheme are veterans.

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

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

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

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

Persons may also receive such a label if they are considered free thinkers, nonconformists, or individuals who are suspicious of large, centralized government… At one time the accepted protocol among mental health professionals was to reserve the diagnosis of oppositional defiance disorder for children or adolescents who exhibited uncontrollable defiance toward their parents and teachers.”

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

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

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

OK we only have ourselves to blame as we voted for them. But they are now becoming a deadly enemy as they trample over our laws and constitutions in a mad race to their NOW.

Successive US governments have continuously chipped away at the provisions of the American Constitution to a point where it in real terms no longer exists.

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

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

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

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

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The Chap Stick

When you’re selecting what to put into your survival kit or bug out bag, it’s a good idea to pack items that have multiple uses.

This is one of the best way to be prepared for all types of situations without taking up more space than necessary.

There are dozens of multi-use items, but I want to look at the humble Chap Stick

Moisten chapped hands and scrapes. This helps them heal faster and keeps them protected from the elements.

Stop small cuts from bleeding. Obviously this won’t work for deep cuts, but it’s great for little cuts for example if you cut yourself shaving. It will also keep dirt and other things out thereby reducing the chance of infection.

Protect your skin from the cold. In extremely cold weather, rub it on exposed skin to help prevent frostbite.

Protect your skin from the sun. Chap Stick can also be used as sunscreen. It’s not as effective as regular sunscreen, but it will do as long as you’re not in the sun all day. Just don’t get any in your eyes!

Prevent blisters. If there’s a spot on your skin that is getting rubbed raw, put some Chap Stick on it to prevent a blister from forming.

Reduce glare. If you’re in a bright desert or snowy area, dip Chap Stick in black ashes and rub it under your eyes. This will keep you from going snow blind.

Use it on kindling. Rub it on cotton balls, lint, cloth, gauze, or even dried bark to make kindling that burns easily and for a long time.

Make a candle. Cut a Q-tip in half, rub the cotton end on the chap stick, then turn it over and stick the other end into the chap stick and you’ll have a small candle. It won’t burn all evening, but it is a good temporary candle that will make it a lot easier to get a fire started.

Lubricate your bow drill. The bearing block needs to be lubricated so the spindle will spin more easily. If nothing else is available, Chap Stick will do.

Lubricate threads. I’m talking about the ones on metal twist caps or outdoor light bulbs. This will prevent them from rusting.

Lubricate zips that are stuck. This will make them easier to move and make them a little more water resistant.

Lubricate tools, screws, and nails. Any tool with moving parts and friction can benefit from the Chap Stick. Also, if you put it on screws and nails it will be easier to drill / hammer them into place.

Keep knives from rusting. Now this one I really like rub it directly onto the blade. Very helpful if you’re on the move and it’s raining.

Patch holes. If you have any tiny holes in your poncho or tent, a little chap stick will plug it up.

Protect leather. This is a must for those who have leather sheaths just rub it all over anything leather such as a sheath or shoes. This will protect the leather and make it somewhat water proof.

Clean glasses. Rub a dab of Chap Stick all over the lens then polish with a thin cloth. This will clean the lens and keep them from fogging up.

Take off a ring. If your hands swell up, rub Chap Stick on your fingers and the ring will slide right off.

Hide cash. Take off the caps on both ends, clean it out really well, then roll up some cash and stick it in there. Great way to hide money.

Make a tiny survival kit. Several little things can fit into an empty chap stick tube such as pills, a tiny compass, a Q-tip (for kindling), strike-anywhere matches, steel wire, the tip of a pen for writing, a hook and fishing line, etc.

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Multi-use Survival Kit

Just as with the Chap-Stick having multiple uses, practicing this mind set is an excellent way insure that as much of your survival gear as possible meets the needs of our Bug out Plan.  

Multi-purpose survival gear items improve our survival kit in multiple ways:

Save space

Why bring 3 items when you can use 1 do the same jobs?  Consolidating items to save space will free up room in your Bug out Bag to carry other useful survival tools or more food and water.

Save weight

There are many dangers in weighing yourself down with everything plus the kitchen sink, so reducing the number of items you carry will pay increasing dividends the longer you have to travel.

Increase simplicity/Reduce clutter

Your Bug out partner has just slipped and gashed themselves, quick get the first aid kit!!!!  It’s in there somewhere, under all the other cool survival supplies that I packed…..just wait a minute….. I just need to find my torch/flashlight…     The more items you pack the harder it will be to find what you need.  Stick to the essentials – Pack less and improvise more for an efficient survival kit.

Here is a list of the best multi-purpose survival tools below.  

For most purposes, there are a great number of options of items to consider when building your best survival kit.  

Here are some of the best item suggestions I could find for those of you who do not have the time or inclination to search on their own based on utility, size, and weight.  

However as always, you need to choose the best items for YOUR survival.

Survival Axe

These come in many sizes and blade types but most of them will do the jobs of a hatchet (obviously), pry tool, shovel, and wrench.  

You should look for any opportunity to remove high weight to volume ratio items such as steel tools to build the best survival kit, so being able to leave behind any of these is a good step.  

Survival Knife

For me I chose to have a large survival knife like the Chris Caine Companion for chopping etc. and a small survival knife for skinning, gutting and finer work like the Chris Caine Survival Knife, So I do not need or carry an axe but this is my choice, and mine alone.

 Survival Whistle

These are generally quite cheap and are cover a lot of the basics.  Some survival whistles combine a compass, dry container with the whistle and some even have a fire starting flint within.

Multi-tool

Anything with both the words “multi” and “tool” in it is worth having a look at.  There are a great many options for multi-tools – focus on weight and practicality when looking.  Are you going to really NEED the one with the Allen key and corkscrew?  Stick to the basics of a straight blade, saw, and tin opener and add what few other options you see fit.  

Some bonus items that are rarely thought about are a magnifying glass and USB stick.  These come on some multi-tools and can be used to start fires and store important family records, respectively. But do not forget the bottle opener.

Tarp

There is so much you can do with a tarp, it is a multi-tool all in itself.  Besides the obvious of keeping gear dry and being used as a shelter, they can also be used for signalling and be easily turned into a stretcher to carry the injured and can even be used to collect rain water plus much, much more.

Plastic Bags

It is good to have a few of these as they have many, many uses and are very light and small.  Plastic bags can be used to carry water, keep clothes and fire starting kits dry, store food, and organize small items, and I recommend using zip lock freezer bags because they are resealable.

Duct Tape

Good old duct tape, where would the world be without it?  Duct Tape can be used as an emergency bandage, to secure a splint, to reinforce or repair waterproofing, as a rope replacement for shelter building, and taped over sore spots to prevent blisters and of course to secure a prisoner for example.

Bandana

A bandana can be moistened and tied around the neck to help keep you cool, be used to filter water, will protect you from the sun, be used as a bandage, it can be utilized to tie on a splint, or be a replacement for rope in tasks such as shelter building.

Paracord

I only use the 550lb strong paracord cord as it can be used to pull a person to safety or used in shelter building, ascending or descending inclines, as a clothes line, to fasten a splint, or to build a snare.  

Sanitary Pads/Tampons

These are often overlooked but are highly versatile. In addition to its intended use, a sanitary pad can be used as a bandage, it can be shredded and used as tinder, and it can be used to filter sediment from water.

YOU’RE Grey Matter

Remember the more you know the less you will have to carry.

Your own brain is the most valuable multi-purpose survival tool that you have.  The “WILL TO SURVIVE” is the best survival tool that you will ever have. Many, many people have survived dangerous life threatening situations with just that alone.

Rely on your knowledge before any of these other tools I have mentioned, will get you out of most sticky situations alive.

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The Bug out Week End is coming


Community of UK Preppers on FB are having a (Bug out weekend)
So why not join them on the 2nd to the 4th may 2015 to share and learn ideas with other like-minded people

Location

The location is Winteringham Lane, West halton. DN15 9AX

Available Spaces
All spaces are designated specific areas of the Bug Out Weekend location that are suitable for that type of bugging out system as the location is a wild managed area and has a range of different types of ground.

All the places listed here are for the tree covered areas of the location.

1. Hammocks: ---------------------15 spaces.

2. Tarps and tents----------------10 Places

3. 4x4 and off road vehicles----20 places.

4. Campervans and trailers----15 places

There is a large open ground area of the location for the Bug Out Weekend to use whatever system you choose, but I will be limiting these spaces to 40 spaces.

Admission Fee
£20.00 for adult over 16 years

£10.00 for child under 16 years

Free for child under 10 years

Traders and promoters are welcome for no extra cost to the entrance fee

Anyone who says they are going to the event must pay a non-refundable £5.00 deposit per person to secure their place.
How to make deposit payment.
Only if you wish to attend say you are going and I will message you and give you the Paypal address with a payment reference number.

Once payment has been made i will send you your payment receipt reference number. This number is to be presented on entry to the Bug out Weekend where the deposit will be deducted from the admission cost.

Arrangements
Please arrange any train Tickets to Scunthorpe as soon as possible (ASAP) as this will save you money and could be cheaper than your own car.
We can arrange to pick you up from Scunthorpe Train Station and drop you back off for a fee of £3.00. Please let me know as soon as possible if you require this service.
Facilities

There will be a toilet facility in place.

There will be ranges for Archery, Crossbow, Air rifle, live round rifles and shotgun too.

There will be a solar Shower available with hot water available if needed..

There will be a Marquee set up in case of any wet weather so it won't stop people who want to do a bit of socialising

There will be a BBQ for anyone who wants to have a good old meat feast at the cost of £5.00 per head

UK Firearms Licensing Act

For anyone who wishes to bring along a gun or rifle that requires to be licensed under the UK Firearms licensing act 1968.

It is every owner’s responsibility to ensure they are covered under the Uk Firearms licensing act and proof of cover for any such firearms must be shown before you are allowed entry to the Bug out Weekend meeting.

The organisers or associates will not be held responsible for any transportation of unlicensed Firearms to or from the Bug Out Weekend.

See the link below
https://www.gov.uk/firearms-licensing-police-guidance
Ranges

Strict safety rules and timing guidelines at the range points must be followed at all times.
Disclaimer

All guidelines and disclaimers will be presented on entry to the Bug Out Weekend meeting by security staff.

All guidelines and disclaimers must be read and understood before entry to the Bug out Weekend.

To be sure of a place go to FB and find the bug out weekend “CUP”