• Preparedness goes mainstream?

    Preparedness goes mainstream?

    Is it just me or since the “cost of living” crisis hit, preparedness went mainstream? As preparedness practitioners we used to get called “nutters”, “conspiracy cooks” and worse. The mainstream media would ridicule us and the “authorities” would try and imply we were some sort of threat to ordinary everyday society. Well, it seems the…

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  • Scaremongering or is World War 3 coming?

    Scaremongering or is World War 3 coming?

    28th June 2022 and there is grim news in the papers and on the news websites. Increasingly the media are referring to the outbreak of World War 3 as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Grim news The UK Chief of General Staff of the Army has describe this time as the UK’s “1937…

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  • Dutch oven cooking

    Dutch oven cooking

    One of the things I like to do when I’m camping is the cooking. I really don’t think there’s a better cooking experience than preparing food in the fresh air and for that I normally end up using my dutch oven. If I’m cooking for a group I can fill the dutch oven right up,…

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  • It’s that time of year again

    As the temperatures once again dip below zero, we start to reach the end of the year. Inevitably people look back over the year that has passed and forward to the one yet to come. For many of us 2021 has not been a good year. People have had their lives impacted so heavily by…

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  • Car equipment now we’re back out and about

    Car equipment now we’re back out and about

    Now the lockdown rules are easing and hopefully before too much longer, removed completely, we’re all heading back out and about in our cars. Some will not have driving a car for quite some time, so what should we be considering before getting back on the road? You’ve done your mechanical checks. The fluids have…

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  • Discovering the old ways

    Discovering the old ways

    Have you changed the way you live during the pandemic lockdown. I’ve found I have reverted to the old ways of doing things. Being confined under lockdown rules has actually seen me start to use my telephone landline again. I’d not really done that for a couple of years and had even enquired about getting…

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  • Are we now seeing light at the end of the tunnel – or a false dawn?

    Are we now seeing light at the end of the tunnel – or a false dawn?

    Could it be we are now starting to see light at the end of the tunnel? Could this latest national lockdown have broken the back of the pandemic across the UK? Are we nearly there yet? The plaintiff cry most parents will only remember as a distant memory, but dare we ask just that? Are…

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  • Everything can’t be done at once, so prioritise

    Everything can’t be done at once, so prioritise

    Preparedness can get expensive, and really quickly. People can throw an awful lot of money, time and effort at it, yet achieve very little. It is not long before they realise that everything cannot be done at once. With the limited resources available to use all we have to prioritise to get maximum effect, in…

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  • Are you still panic buying?

    Are you still panic buying?

    Back in March 2020 I saw something I had not seen since I was a small child. Empty shelves in my local supermarket. Panic buying spread rapidly across the country and demand quickly outstripped supply. The great panic of March 2020 had begun and at one point it looked like there would be no stopping…

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