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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Show Content 19th April 2014

Show Notes
I start this week with the Blizzard Survival Discount Offer, Ribz Discount Offer, Wilderness121 Discount Offer and Field Leisure’s Discount offer, THE BUSHCRAFT SHOW, Rapid 2 - Two Person Tent Review, The Birch Tree, How to Choose the Best Survival Knife, The LuminAID Review, Building a Survival Shelter, Paper Shower Review, Support these companies, Wild Garlic, The Austrian Pup Tent review, Flooded Out- Humour, So You Want Your Own Land, The Mule Light Review, Has Anyone Tried This? More companies to support, Lifestraw Personal Review, An Army Marches on Its Stomach I march ON My Feet, Further companies to support, Dirty Bomb Attack, Live Fire Emergency Fire Starter Review, Fiddleheads, ELEVENTH WILDERNESS GATHERINGPlus the interview with Stuart Lawrence from Wildmansticks and Acorn Survival.

I have sorted out some great discount offers for you dear listener so many thanks to those companies for offering special discounts just for you.
Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer
Blizzard Survival .com have a fantastic offer for you the listener they are offering  a 20% discount on all goods bought from them at
The Ultimate in Lightweight Thermal Protection.
The Blizzard Survival Brand incorporating Reflexcell™ material has become the new standard wherever thermal performance in a lightweight compact package is essential - for military use, casualty care, emergency preparedness, disaster relief, personal survival, outdoor activities...and more.
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Life-saving technology has never been so affordable.
Their product represents a step change in the way both civilian and military users prepare for emergencies and treat trauma cases.
Here is an exciting New Product from Blizzard Survival
Blizzard has launched the Blizzard Heat Blanket an insulated and active warming system for the whole body. Utilising its unique 3-ply Reflexcell™ material in a reflective insulating blanket with self-activating heating pads it incorporates front & side vents for easy access, and integral hood for head protection. Now is the time to visit
All you have to do to get a 20% discount is enter the code “PREPPER” at the checkout, it is that simple. Thank you Blizzard Survival.
A front pack is a pack or bag that allows for access of equipment from the persons chest. Front packs first and foremost allow for easy access of gear without the removal of any equipment.
In many adventure outdoor activities it can be critical to the sport to have the ability to reach essential gear fast without the removal of a backpack. Simplicity is the foremost purpose of the front pack but there are many additional benefits as well.
Weight distribution and balance is a key element in the utility of the front pack. Shifting weight forward in situations when carrying heavy loads can be critical to the comfort and balance of an individual.
Backpacking is a sport where in many situations it is critical to both minimize and maximize the contents of your load for a longer or lighter duration of stay. The ability to move small amounts of weight to the frontal region significantly reduces overall stress on a person’s shoulders and back.
Moving a small amount of heavy equipment forward to a front pack can allow for an individual to either maximize or minimize the overall load contained in a backpack.
In all there are unlimited uses for the front pack. Front packs are the best compliment to any outdoorsman’s gear when accessibility, functionality, mobility and simplicity are required.
From horseback riding, long distance biking, motorcycling and kayaking. All sports where fast and easy access of gear is essential, a front pack is your best solution and as you can imagine it is going down a storm within the prepping and survivalist community.
Here's your code for 30% off all RIBZ
Your summer code is "TRAILBLAZE" and can be used in the coupon section within the Store.    Have a Great Summer!
Wilderness121’s 10% discount
The new supplier of Purificup to the UK is Wilderness121 and they really mean business, having spoken to the director Rob Williams he has agreed to offer you dear listener a 10% discount just by putting the letters UKPRN into the code box it is that simple.
Now pop along to and check out their great range of survival related products.
Now thanks to the Managing Director Paul listeners visiting Field Leisure - The Bushcraft & Wilderness Store    at can get 10% OFF by entering the code UKPRN at the checkout now Paul guarantees next day delivery all over the UK and fast European and US delivery and that is reassuring and refreshing too
So a big thank you to Blizzard Survival, Ribz front pack, Wilderness121 and Field leisure for your great offers to listeners of this programme.
When: 24-26 May 2014
Where: Catton Hall, Derbyshire
The Bushcraft Show is set to enthral and entertain families and individuals of all ages in a celebration of all things bushcraft over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Visitors are travelling from around the world to attend the most exciting, entertaining and educational bushcraft event of the year.
The show provides an all-inclusive experience that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world…
Why? We have Massai Warriors from the Rift Valley Kenya who will entertain and teach you some of their Massai ways; from cultural dancing to native beadwork, find out if you have what it takes to be a Massai Warrior. CODY LUNDIN, co-host of Discovery Channel’s television series Dual Survival and author of 98.6 Degrees and When All Hell Breaks Loose is coming from the USA to teach his skills in a hands-on practical manner. Also coming over from the USA is DAVID SCOTT-DONELAN who is regarded as one of the world’s most effective and capable tracking instructors, sharing knowledge and experience gained over almost 50 years.
Very few people have the skills to match JOHAN SKULLMAN’S outdoor knowledge. As an officer in the Swedish Armed Forces, he has spent over 30 years in nature’s most unpredictable environments.
He is the author of classic books such as, Soldat I fält (Soldiers in the Field) and Vintersoldaten (Winter Soldier) that are still used in the Swedish Armed Forces. Today he works at Fjällräven as an equipment expert and test manager and he will be sharing his skills and expertise at the show.
John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman, author of The SAS Survival Handbook, says he wouldn’t miss coming to the
Bushcraft Show for the fourth year running! This survival expert led numerous operations including the SAS Counter-Terrorist Team that ended the Iranian Embassy siege in London and brought the SAS into the media spotlight, he also ran the SAS Survival School and trained the first members of the US
Green Berets who returned to the USA to form the famous Delta Force (US Special Forces).
We have the author and living legend of British canoeing RAY GOODWIN teaching you how-to pack a boat and the art of portage, hear his personal accounts of bushcraft on his inspirational canoe trips and wilderness journeys and you can even take a tuition session with him! Tracking Expert PERRY MCGEE, son of the late Eddie McGee author of No Need to Die, will be teaching you essential tracking skills on a variety of terrains. In addition, there are many leading bushcraft, wildlife, woodland craft and survival experts on hand at the show.
If that’s not enough you can experience numerous activities, demonstrations, talks and see a host of trade stands, specialist instructors, expert speakers and so much more... all in a wonderful setting, with like-minded folk. Whether you’re a bushcraft enthusiast, love the outdoors or simply want to learn more about this fascinating topic, there is something for everyone!
There’s plenty for the children to do - Stories from the Wild Man of the Woods, Birds of Prey, Craft
Activities, Woodland Games, Low Ropes Course, Weaving and Whittling, Knife Safety classes and much more...
You will be able to track animals in the woodland and find their prints and signs without disturbing the animals, learn about all types of plants and wildlife with one of the many bushcraft experts, see a wonder of nature as a Land Rover is pulled by blades of grass! There are activities running throughout the whole weekend and with most of them included in the price of your ticket, it really is great value for money!
Hold the world’s most extreme animals in your hands, cuddle a cockroach, snuggle up to a snake and tame a tarantula, there’s Open Canoeing, Archery, Axe Throwing, Campfire Cookery,
Tracking, Fire lighting, Star Gazing and Storytelling. And, that’s not all 4X4, Raku Pottery Firing,
Whittling Sessions, Campfire Music, Wilderness First Aid, Bushcraft Career Advice, Expedition
Preparation, Competitions, Rifle Shooting, Flint Knapping, Game Preparation, Woodland Crafts and so much more! Add to this delicious locally sourced food, local ales, evening entertainment in the Tipi’s and an evening campfire surrounded by newfound friends.
“We just can’t wait!” says Simon Ellar show organiser, "We have created a show that cannot be experienced anywhere else, with such talented and skilled outdoors people gathered together in one place to learn from one another and most importantly, have fun!
We specifically placed the show in the half-term week to open up the event to families. As a father of four, it is important to me that the show includes as many children’s activities as possible to encourage children to learn new bushcraft skills and increase their love of the outdoors, moving them away from indoor activities which usually involve technology."
The Bushcraft Show this year has a new location at the stunning and privately owned Catton Hall
Estate, ideally situated in the centre of England, in Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire. The 250 acre Estate has been owned by the same family for over 600 years and is perfectly laid out for The Bushcraft Show 2014, having a 10 hectare Showground and Campsite surrounded by a lovely deciduous woodland with the River Mease to one side and exclusive access to an exquisite lake and the River Trent.
The show is sponsored by a select number of outdoor companies whose support helps to make the show a great success, our thanks to this year’s sponsors; Woodland Ways, 1948 Original Equipment,
Nordic Outdoor, BG Craghoppers and Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine.
With only three days to try all the activities at the show, it is set to be a fun-filled weekend full of adventure and discovery!
Information about The Bushcraft Show – including: tickets, prices, timetables, accommodation, the full entertainment programme and details of the wonderful location are available at: or call 0333 4567 123 (option 2)
3. The Bushcraft Show is run by Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine
Rapid 2 - Two Person Tent Review
The Rapid 2 can accommodate up to 2 campers. It's easy to pitch, with an umbrella action that pulls it up in one swift move. The Rapid 2 is ideal for summer camping or festivals. It folds down easily, fits into a backpack, and comes with an integral groundsheet to keep you dry and warm. Buy today and start enjoying the outdoors.
Additional Information
Outer - 130 x 210 x 90cm (L x W x H)
Outer - 190T Polyester with PU coating Sewn in 120gm² Polyethylene groundsheet
2 seasons
Fire retardant
Number of people
Yellowstone Outdoor Camping
This quick pitch tent pitches in a matter of seconds, all you have to do is peg it down!

This fast pitch tent in green comes with an impressive 2000mm hydrostatic head, taped seams and an integrated polyethylene groundsheet - protecting you from the elements and unpredictable British weather.

This 2 person tent offers plenty of sleeping space for 2 campers and has an easy access door and rear vent for increased ventilation - perfect for hot weather!

Supplied in a 68cm x 3cm carry case and weighs just 2.16kg.
  • 2000mm hydrostatic head and taped seams for waterproof protection
  • Quick pitching design, remove from the carry bag and peg it down
  • 2 person capacity with easy access front door
  • Eye-catching bright green - easy to spot at the camp site
  • Includes pegs for pegging the tent down
Overall I would have to say that this inexpensive entry level tent does what it says on the tin, it will protect you from the elements which is all you can ask for.
But it also offers more I feel, firstly there is the ease with which it is set up literally in seconds, there is plenty of room say for one person and kit or for two but perhaps topping and tailing would be the order of the day.
It is not too heavy and will pack into or onto most backpacks without a problem or could simply be carried by hand in its carry bag.
I will soon be reviewing this tent for my new youtube video channel so keep tuned for information.
You can order yours from
The Birch Tree
The slender white barked birch tree can be found growing on the hills and mountain sides in the more temperate areas of the far north. It is considered to be a small tree (some birches are even classified as shrubs) with distinctive white bark that is marked with fine horizontal lines and a dark green triangular (or rhombus shaped) leaves with saw-toothed edges. The bark, for which the tree is most known for, starts out smooth and silvery white then turns bright white as it matures. The bark also develops large black cracks in it as it ages.
For centuries, Birch has been used to treat a large number of different maladies. Birch based brews have been used to help cleanse the body of toxins or intestinal parasites. The leaves have been used to treat infections and skin irritations and the buds have been used as diuretic to help with various bladder ailments. The wood coal has been used to help deal with toxins, the bark, ripped into bands and moistened with water has even been used to help stabilized fractures.
Here are some other things that Birch has been used for:
Intestinal parasites
Flu, fever, colds
Sinus problems
Poor Circulation
Liver Problems
Urinary Tract Health
The Birch tree has many amazing traditional healing properties and recent medical research has shown that the leaves, buds and bark of the birch do indeed have many beneficial substances that can lead to better health and well-being.
The buds of the birch tree, for example, have been shown to be high in Vitamin C, flavonoids, and tannins making them helpful in the prevention of viral infection and the formation of cancer. A decoction of birch buds has also been shown to help increase urination and to aid in the abatement of oedemas.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about the birch tree is the compound that is actually responsible for making the bark so white and shiny. Birch bark is rich in a compound known as botulin, a powdery substance that displays many valuable pharmacological properties.
Studies have shown that botulin could be potentially effective in the treatment of skin cancer, respiratory syncytial virus, pneumonia, and has even been tested for its effectiveness against HIV virus.
The unique biology of botulin and betulinic acid have also been shown to help protect the liver from toxic chemicals, and to help reduce the toxic effects of radiation and chemo therapy. It has also been shown that places where birch is abundant and the bark is used for many household items have displayed longer lifespan and less incidences of oncologic disease.
The birch has been prized for many centuries for both its aesthetic beauty as well as for its medicinal value. Throughout the regions where it grows it has becomes a symbol of health, healing, renewal and longevity, and modern research has shown that there is more than just a grain of truth to these myths surrounding this truly magical plant.
Using birch brews or infusions can help cleanse the body, clear the skin, strengthen the hair, and even help reduce the risk of tumours.
To treat diarrhoea brew birch bark tea. Use a teaspoon of ground birch bark and 8 ounces of boiling water. Allow the bark too steep for 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups spaced 4 hours apart to eliminate this health problem.
You can address skin conditions with a birch bark paste. Use sufficient water to cover the bark. Boil until soft and then mash with a kitchen hammer or pestle. Apply the paste to sores, abrasions and inflammations. Repeat daily and watch for improved skin health within a week.
Soothe sore muscles by rubbing them with birch oil, also called birch tar. Massage with the oil after exercise to reduce pain and stiffness.
Repel insects as they carry diseases that can compromise health. Use birch bark extract. It has a high concentration of acid that wards off mosquitoes, gnats and other bugs.
Combine 25 drops with 4 ounces of water. Use a spray pump bottle to distribute the mixture evenly over exposed skin.
Accelerate hair growth by brewing a tea using two handfuls of birch leaves. After shampooing, use the tea as a final rinse. Massage the scalp.
You can also increase urination as this is important for the overall health of the urinary tract and prevention of kidney and bladder stones. Brew a birch leaf tea or take a tincture made from 2.5 grams of dry birch leaves. Drink one cup of tea or 25 drops of tincture, 3 times a day.
How to Choose the Best Survival Knife
All those who have ever devoted a quality amount of time in the outdoors will vouch for the effectiveness of a good knife but to the survival professional his knife is one of their best friends and the most securely guarded of his survival equipment.
These days most people have forgotten the importance of always having a survival knife.
Without a doubt it is now normal to meet those who are scared of knives and question people who keep them. It is an unfortunate fact that many present day individuals have no clue regarding the numerous functions of a great survival knife.
When I was a little boy around 10 years old my father gave me a pen knife and I used it every day from sitting on my back step whittling to using it every day, all day without even thinking about it.
I then joined the boy scouts and was able to wear a “bone handle sheath knife” and I have to tell you that whichever knife I had it never crossed my mind to stab someone with it, even in anger on the day my next door neighborough shot my frog with an air rifle as I released it into a local stream
A great survival knife is a vital piece within your survival equipment and is among the essentials that all survivors need to have with him or her.
With a capable knife you can take or acquire almost anything you need to thrive as well as succeed in the outdoors. With this in mind, your selection of the best survival knife for your requirements has to be dependent on solid build quality, correct parts, craftsmanship, and capability.
To newcomers, survival knives usually conjure up images of the huge Rambo style knives as shown in Hollywood cinema.
Though they look like powerful tools that could take on everyone, these oversized blades really are a phony from the best of blades used by survival pros.
The big blades have problems with being tough to handle as they are very hefty and huge. Additionally, double edged knives are recommended mainly for thrusting. As their tips are fairly weak they are prone to breaking up.
A number of survival knives are sold which may have hollow handles – the idea being you can stash survival necessities like matches, compass, and various strings within the water-tight handle.
One issue empty grip survival blades experience is that they are prone to being sluggish compared to solid handle selection and also they can easily break at the hilt as the handle or the blade fly’s during heavy use.
There are exceptions, but usually you’re best holding the survival gear somewhere else.
One benefit is if you should lose your survival knife you will still have survival kit items to use.
The best survival knives need to be functional in the number of things they are often called upon to do. At the same time mass and weight are crucial considerations just like any survival items.
Some people advise that the ideal survival knife blade length is approximately four to six inches long. This particular size blade gives good mixture of size and control.
If a larger sized survival blade is necessary then you would possibly be best taking a machete or an axe. Whatever the case, you would still do well with a normal sized survival knife.
The best survival knife is constructed of one joint of metal, to which there might be sections of material joined to create a snug grip. This kind of construction is well known in the blade community as “full tang” or “narrow tang”.
Full tang survival knives are manufactured so that the blade fuses the handgrip. Typically 2 parts of materials attach to each side of the steel to create a secure handle.
To be able to save money on weight and mass some knives avoid adding grips and the steel remains bare, these can be wrapped with paracord to make a comfortable hand grip for example.
Narrow tang survival knives reduce the proportions of the blade material as it makes its way into the grip of the knife. A handle is then connected on the smaller bit of the blade.
Often the knife handle consists of leather-based disks. Narrow tang knives sometimes use a pommel attached to the handgrip end of the tang.
Cheap survival knives tend to be made in order that the metal blade is split from the handgrip. The weaker point on these terribly made blades is when the blade and grip are bolted and glued together. You’d do best to stay away from such cheap knifes in favour of the full tang or narrow tang types.
There are two major forms of knife blades that the survivor need, specifically smooth and serrated. Serrated survival knife blades do best at slicing artificial materials, garments, and skin.
For self- defence and paramedics, serrated sides make the perfect choice.
A downside of serrated cutting sides is that they are tough to sharpen effectively in the wilderness. This is really a major disadvantage in a survival situation where keeping a sharp edge in the course of tough use is extremely necessary.
In addition, serrated knives don’t have an effective blade for carving and chopping.
A plain smooth edged blade is the blade of preference for almost all survival circumstances. This kind of blade is useful for chiselling, dicing, and sawing.
Although it might not chop through nylon material webbing, clothes, or flesh as efficiently as a serrated blade, the straight bladed knives will still make quick work of such elements.
The added benefit of the normal blade is that you may sharpen your survival knife on a stone or piece of cement should you not have a normal sharpening rock on hand whereas the serrated blade typically needs special sharpening equipment and technique.
Around the back of numerous survival knives are a saw designed for sawing through metal or solid wood. In lots of situations, as in the Rambo variation knives, these saws simply do a bad job at very best.
In the event you require a small saw in your survival tools you would thrive to add a tool specifically developed for this instead of use your knife for this purpose.
The best survival knife will usually have a blade width of around 6/32 and 9/32 of an inch. Any thinner and the knife will become too bendable. It is crucial that the tip of the knife sustains its durability, as this is a likely spot where the knife could fail.
There’s two primary forms of metal used in producing top quality survival knives:
Firstly stainless-steel knife blades are decay immune and function really well in damp settings. They need much less care compared to carbon steel knives. Disadvantages to using stainless steel in knives is because they tend to be more costly, are more tough to sharpen, and might not hold an edge as nicely.
Carbon Steel knife blades however may rust if not used frequently or sprayed. Many people think carbon steel knives hold an edge much better than their stainless steel counterparts.
I carry the Chris Caine Companion which is in my view the complete survival tool
The LuminAID Review
The LuminAID is a solar-powered, inflatable light. Charge it on the go and inflate to create a lightweight, waterproof light.
The LuminAID Light packs flat, is highly portable, and is water-resistant. Take it with you on your next trip or adventure to light your path ahead!
LuminAID is a portable solar-powered light that packs flat and inflates to create a lightweight lantern. Portable, lightweight and sustainable, the LuminAID provides up to 16 hours of LED light, although ideal for recreational use outdoors including camping, backpacking, expeditions and festivals it will solve your emergency lighting problems when SHTF.
Hook it on your backpack to take with you on your next adventure and use the LuminAID in a tent or as an outdoor light. The re-charge time is 7 hours and LuminAID can be recharged up to 500 times
3 ounces / 85 grams
12.5” L x 8.5” W (when deflated)
Hundreds of recharge cycles, designed to last multiple years of continuous use.
The LuminAID can hold a full charge for over 4 months. Before storing for an extended period of time, it is best to make sure the battery is fully charged. We also recommend charging every 1-2 months to keep the battery at optimum condition.
This is an amazing product and a great solution to emergency lighting problems which is not only waterproof it actually floats as well.
The LuminAID is totally safe for use inside tents debris shelters and of course for use by children as it cannot be a fire risk at any point during its usage.
Building a Survival Shelter
Knowing how to build a survival shelter can save your life.
While lack of food can kill you in 3 weeks, and a lack of water kill you in three days, exposure can kill in a matter of a few hours!
Regardless of what type of outdoor survival situation you find yourself in, you may need to build a shelter until a more permanent solution can be found.
Lean-to shelters are the easiest to build and can be constructed from almost any material. A blanket or tarp suspended on one end and weighted down on the other is considered a lean-to.
Wood supported by any upright is also a lean-to. All of these will provide some protection from wind, sun, rain, snow and all can be made with items that can be found or carried in a survival backpack.
Conical structures will also provide emergency shelter and while they are a bit more difficult to create can be made from items easily located.
Branches, sticks, lumber and pipe are all materials that can be used to construct a conical shelter. Arrange your support material in a circular motion. Starting with two poles on each side, prop them up so that they help support each other.
Working on a north/south and east/west grid, create a circle of supports. As you fill in the gaps on each directional side you will find that the structure becomes more stable.
Choose one area to leave open for your entryway. You can place a few branches or sticks sideways at this area weaving them into the outer supports to reduce the height of this opening.
You can close up this opening with a blanket, backpack or rubbish bag once you are inside.
When the basic shell has been constructed you can cover this conical structure with smaller branches, cloth such as blankets, curtains, carpet and so forth. Leaves and grass also work as a covering.
If your structure is constructed in an area where there is no danger of escaping natural gas or propane you may build a small pit fire inside. There will be a natural centre hole in conical shelters that will allow the smoke to rise and escape from inside.
A tipi structure is also an option for some. Taller supports are tied together at the top forming an inverted ice cream cone shape. Around these poles, fabric such as sheets or blankets, carpet or plastic is placed.
Again if this structure is in an area where no danger of escaping natural gas or propane is present, a small pit fire for warmth and cooking may be placed inside.
Tents and other types of pre-made shelters are useful as well.
Many modern tents are small, lightweight and some are designed for very cold temperatures. While these modern shelters have specific types of stoves and heating equipment that must be used they can be a valuable shelter option for some.
Canvas was once the fabric of choice for many temporary outdoor structures. Unfortunately, it is heavy and is a poor choice today for the survival backpack. However, it is possible to pack one of those lightweight silver tarps in a backpack and then have it available.
Drape it over a pole lodged between two trees, so that each end touches the ground. Anchor the ends with rocks and logs and close one end with branches, twigs and leaves.
Providing shelter during an emergency is as important as water and food will be.
Before you find yourself in an emergency situation you need to practice making a survival shelter. Having the supplies for an emergency without having the skills to use them is like not having the supplies in the first place.
Be prepared. Practice your skills before you need them.
Paper Shower Review
When you need a “shower on the go”, chances are you have been using traditional wet wipes. While these are good for a quick wipe of your hands and part of your face, they are not ideal for a complete body wipe.
It was these usage limitations of wet wipes that led Dr Jim Bahcall to develop a unique concept for “freshening up” when soap and water are not available: The Paper Shower.
Paper Shower is a unique body wipe that combines an oversized wet towelette with an oversized dry towelette.
The wet towel is fully saturated with specially formulated water-base solution. The wet and dry towels are large and wet enough to provide you with a complete body wash. The soft durable dry towelette is used to absorb any excess water, dirt and/or sweat, leaving your skin clean and fresh.
So how do Paper Shower body wipes stack up to traditional wet wipes?

Paper Shower
Traditional Wet Wipe
Cleansing Formulation
A water-base solution with soap, skin moisturizer and very low alcohol content. This means your skin will not become dry after usage
Contains very little water but has a high alcohol content. This means they not only dry out super fast when you are trying to use them but they also dry out your skin
Made of a thick durable, yet soft, fabric which will not tear or fray during usage
Thin and easily torn
Both wet and dry towelettes are
10″ x 12“
A typical wet wipe is only 4″ x 6″
Paper Shower is big and wet enough to provide a full body wash
Too small and not wet enough for anything more than a hand and face wipe
Both Paper Shower -Original and Fresh are unscented
Wet wipes are typically highly scented
If you are looking for a wipe that can wash your entire body leaving you clean and dry with no overpowering scent then Paper Shower is the sure winner.
Combination of a Wet and Dry Towelette
Paper Shower – Original is a unique body wipe system that leaves you clean and dry
Designed to provide you with a refreshing body wipe when on the go when soap & water aren’t available
Wet towelette is low in alcohol to eliminate the drying out your skin
Perfect for the traveller, commuter, camper and hiker Is great for kids on the playground or when spending time at the beach.
Towelettes Size: 10” x 12”
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Wild Garlic
Schedule your harvest effort for between early spring and mid-summer, adjusting the schedule for local climate. If you are in the North set out to harvest the garlic later in the season, as the garlic will mature later.
Identify the wild garlic plants. They have long, green, hollow blade-like leaves that bear some resemblance to chives. When wild garlic is in bloom, the plant's leaves are topped by white flowers.
Kneel or squat in front of the patch of wild garlic and cut the individual leaves from the plant as close to the ground as possible. If the wild garlic has blossomed, keep the flowers as well as the green leaves and blades.
Place the wild garlic in a collecting bag or basket. Once you have taken the wild garlic home, store it in a cool, dark place until you are ready to use it.
You will be able to identify it easily by the smell but you must wash all collected leaves and plants properly before using.
The Austrian Pup Tent review
This army surplus tent comes packed in two halves, to be issued to separate soldiers in the field and it Includes all tent pegs and poles waterproof neoprene backed nylon material and is an olive green colour.
  • The two halves button together to make 1 tent and it was designed for 2 people to share the weight - 'buddy system' each man carries half a tent each - 1 set of poles & half the pegs.
  • You then simply button the 2 halves together to make the tent and use the cord loops to peg down and then button the ends to close the doors
  • I think it is a great survival item and it is also very cheap. Its size is approx. 66 inch from pole to pole length and 32 inch from the pole to the tapered ends / doors
  • This tent does not include a ground sheet, so therefore I would use it as an A-frame shelter or a debris shelter and plan to use vegetation on the ground to prevent ground chill.
  • I would also recommend piling soil or sand around the bottom edge of the Pup tent which will help seal the base which will also help trap heat, the soil used will in turn leave a small trench which would drain off any excess rainfall which you could then collect if required.
I have to say that I was impressed with it, although it is a cheap make do type of shelter it does what it says on the tin and that is all I can ask. OK I improved it with the soil and the vegetation base but would you not agree that everyone will improve their shelter if they can? You can always buy a ground sheet for a few quid but then that is even more weight to carry around.
Weighting around 1.4kgs complete it is 5' 10" long 4' 7" wide and 3'6" tall. I do see it as an emergency or survival shelter that would keep you dry and safe if the need arose and when shared between two would be useable for hiking, fishing, mountain climbing, and of course survival and prepping. Combine that with a price of around £20 it is very easy to see the attraction in this low price entry survival system.
At £14.99 it is really worth a punt from
Flooded Out- Humour
It rained for days and days and there was a terrific flood. 
The water rose so high that one man was forced to climb on top of his roof and sat in the rain. 
As the waters came up higher a man in a rowboat came up to the house and told him to get in. "No thank you, the Lord will save me!" he said, and the man in the rowboat rowed away.
The waters rose to the edge of the roof and still the man sat on the roof until another rowboat came by and another man told him to get in. "No thank you, the Lord will save me!" he said again, and the man rowed away.
The waters covered the house and the man was forced to sit on his chimney as the rain poured down and a helicopter came by and another man urged him to get in or he'll drown. "No thank you," the man said again, "The Lord will save me!"
After much begging and pleading the man in the helicopter gave up and flew away. 
The waters rose above the chimney and the man drowned and went to heaven where he met God.
"Lord, I don't understand," he told Him, frustrated, "The waters rose higher and higher and I waited hours for you to save me but you didn't! Why?"
The Lord just shook his head and said, 
"What are you talking about? I sent two boats and a helicopter?!"
So You Want Your Own Land
Do you hold a dream to live off of the land and experience the joy of sustainable living? There really are countless things to consider when living off the land. However, these things are on my priority list and I think they should be on yours.
1. Land
2. Natural Fresh Water Source
3. Food
4. Shelter
5. Power
6. Medical Skills
7. Methods of Communications
8. Disposal of Waste
9. Positive Mental Attitude
I put land as the number one priority on this list ’cause without land, there’s no living off of it! There is a huge debate about how much is enough. I say, you make do with what you have.
But in order to produce enough to truly live off the land, you will need at least 5 acres. This allows for enough space to produce for your family and your animals. When considering where to purchase cheap land you must consider things such as acreage, amount of timber, quality of soil, presence of water, cost of land taxes, and weather.
Natural Fresh Water Source
We can live days, even weeks without food, but we will surely die without water in about 3 days. A fresh water source is crucial to your success in living off the land. Whether it is a lake, river/stream, spring or well, it must be close by and it must be drinkable.
The cost of digging a well depends on your location, water table, and contractor, but you can expect to pay up to £3,000. Water Storage (tanks, cisterns, aquifers, and ponds for domestic supply, fire and emergency use )is also a necessary system to consider and install.
Nutrition, and the production of food, is super important and a key factor in living off the land not only for your family, but for your animals as well.
In most zones a greenhouse for the winter is a must as well as a garden in the summer. Books such as The Winter Harvest Handbook teach sustainable year-round gardening methods and will give you a good price point for getting started. Additionally, you’ll need a working knowledge of traditional food preservation techniques using salt, oil, sugar, alcohol, vinegar, drying, cold storage, and lactic fermentation. Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning is a great resource for this.
Production animals (i.e. bees, chickens, cows, ducks, goats, pigs, rabbits, and sheep) provide a fresh source of food, among countless other things.
The start-up cost of purchasing your animals will vary as will the initial cost of heirloom garden seed. Depending on where you wanted to start, chickens and goats seem logical to me, you may be looking at around £500 for animals, garden, and seed. If £500 seems like too much initially, get started with a small flock of chickens; the eggs alone are enough to sustain and nourish.
When constructing your home/shelter, positioning it for power efficiency is of upmost importance. When living off the land, the hope is, our use of power will decrease. Some of the sources for off-grid power are wood/fire, solar, wind, and hydro. Ideally, your property and/or your local area should contain enough timber to provide a heat and cooking source.
The old-fashioned cook top stove would need to find its place in your home. Solar chargers, wind turbines, and water powered generators are all rather expensive forms of generating power, initially.
Which one’s better? It depends on who you talk to and where you live! Anyway you go, you can plan on investing around £2,000. Bottom line, the less power you need the less power you have to generate. Power conservation is your best bet when choosing to living off the land.
Medical Skills
Basic medical skills are a necessity for anyone living off-grid. Simply because in most cases you will be quite a distance from the nearest medical facility and you may not hold health insurance.
For a £50 start-up cost you can construct an emergency medical kit.
Purchase books like Where There Is No Doctor, Where There Is No Dentist, Where Women Have No Doctor: A Health Guide for Women.
And for sustainability’s sake you will need to learn how to make homemade herbal bandages, tinctures, and syrups; all of which require knowledge of medicinal herbs.
Methods of Communications
Communication has been and will always be a very important aspect of our lives. Modern technology (aka The Internet) has dramatically changed the way we communicate with others.
There are a variety of Satellite Internet Services providers that are for the most part, pretty inexpensive. The initial equipment and set up fee will cost you approximately £200 with a monthly charge of around £30 depending on what provider you go with.
If you don’t want the monthly charge? CB radio works well for local use and the Ham radio is better for long range communications.
Disposal of Waste
In order of least expensive to most expensive, here are 3 options for the disposal of human waste.
Humanure. Composting human waste is free. The most amazing system has been created and you can read all about it in
The Humanure Handbook. If you are even remotely considering living off-grid this book should be in your home library.
Incinerator Toilet. The waterless incinerator toilet can be set up anywhere and is the perfect alternative to a septic system. One of these lovely things will cost you approximately £1.000.
Septic System. The septic system is the most expensive costing anywhere from £5,000. This system requires modern electricity and running water in addition to routine maintenance.
Positive Mental Attitude
If you are going to live off the land and thrive, you have to have your mind right. A positive mental attitude, and a willingness to learn, will see you through the tough times of sustainable living.
However, living off the land is no joke. It’s not romantic or sexy. It’s blood, sweat, and tears. It’s up with the sun and working for hours.
It’s unpredictable. An agrarian way of life is a willing submission to the laws of nature and to the Creator. This will cost you everything!
Don’t ever give up on your dreams of living off the land! I promise there is a way…you just have to find it.
The Mule Light Review
What Makes UVPaqlite Products Brighter?
Glow-in-the-dark intensity (brightness) depends on the particle size; generally, the bigger the particles, the better the glow. Our products use patent pending large crystals of strontium aluminate making them brighter, charge faster, and even glow longer than other glow items available.

How Do the Crystals Charge?
Strontium aluminate is a photo luminescent phosphorous material, it absorbs photons (electromagnetic radiation) & UV rays to charge. It does NOT require direct or indirect sunlight to charge. It will charge well in low level indoor light conditions.

Your Eyes Should Be Adjusted to the Dark.
Our products work best when your eyes are fully adjusted to the dark because the light diminishes over time. When your eyes are fully adjusted to the dark a little light goes a long way.
For example the light is measured at 39,000m immediately after charge, 1245m at 10 minutes, and 226m at 60 minutes.  It continues to be visible by the human eye more than 24 hours after the initial charge. When your eyes are adjusted to the dark, 226m -3m of light still provides a functional light source.

You can find glow in the dark items all around: stars on the ceiling, toys, frisbees, water bottles, stickers, clothing, and most recently emergency exit signs. All of these products utilize different glow-in-the-dark powders to achieve different levels of brightness and cost.
Basically, you get what you pay for when it comes to glow in the dark. These differences can be seen when comparing the glow in the dark items bought in a pound shop to the glow in the dark exit signs like those installed in public buildings, and the products we make.
What is the Mule Light? The Mule Light is a hybrid light. It combines the brightness & efficiency of LED lights with the reliability & simplicity of glow in the dark. The Mule Light uses a high intensity LED flashlight & a U.V.Glostik made from enhanced glow in the dark crystals to create this hybrid light. It is designed to conserve battery life and reduce waste caused by disposable glow sticks.
How does the Mule Light work? The Mule Light works in energy saving cycles:
4 second bursts of light from the flashlight every 2 or 4 minutes keeps the glow in the dark crystals at a super bright level allowing users to maintain a glow stick illumination for 300 - 600 hours. It's do you keep glow in the dark at really bright level? You keep recharging it with a light source.
How Does Hybrid Technology Conserve Battery Life? The Mule Light turns on & off in timed intervals. Four seconds ON - turns OFF for 2 or 4 minutes. During those 2 or 4 minutes your batteries are not being drained, the lighting is coming from the glow stick.  Read the scenario below for more understanding.
This product is mind blowing in the way it works, it is simply the best light source I have ever used that illuminates an area without blinding light and also attaches to any product or bit of kit that you need to locate in the dark.
I also intend to review this product on youtube.
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Has Anyone Tried This?
Your compass is a measuring tool that can be adapted to a variety of needs. It can be used to measure more than just direction.
You can use your magnetic compass to determine the width of a stream or small body of water without having to get wet. 
This quick and easy method of determining distance using a compass may just come in handy. In any case, it is always a good trick you can use to amaze your fellow survivors.
Here is how it is done.
Standing at the edge of the water, sight an object directly across from you on the far bank. Take a compass reading on this object and mark the spot where you are standing.
Walk along the stream until the compass reading to the same object across the stream changes by 45-degrees and mark this spot also. Now measure the distance between the two marks you set. 
This will be equal to the distance between the first mark and the object you sighted across the stream.
For example:
Say you are standing next to a stream and directly across from you on the opposite bank is a large tree. Take out your compass and sight the tree. 
Let’s pretend the compass reads 300-degrees (Azimuth type compass) or S30W (Quadrant type compass).
Mark this spot and then walk either downstream or upstream until the compass sighting on the same tree reads 45-degrees in either direction from your first reading (either 255-degrees or 345-degrees on an azimuth type compass, S15E or N15W on a quadrant type compass).
Mark this position also. The width of the stream is equal to the distance between your two marks on the ground. If you have practiced pacing (and every survivor should) you can count the number of paces between the two marks and calculate the width of the stream.
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The award-winning personal portable water filter. Safe water, no matter where you are.

LifeStraw Personal is a super lightweight, portable, water filter weighing only 56 grams and filtering 1,000 litres of water. LifeStraw was invented by Swiss-based company Vestergaard in 2005 and has since been deployed in most of the major international humanitarian disasters. LifeStraw has become popular with intrepid explorers, campers, trekkers and outdoor enthusiasts across the world. Weighing only 56 grams and with dimensions of 22.5 x 2.5 cm, LifeStraw is the easiest solution to staying hydrated whilst on-the-go.
• Filters a minimum of 1,000 liters of water
• Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)
• Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction)
• Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns
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• Life time: 5 years when stored at room temperature
LifeStraw Go is an innovative new personal water filter, which enables you too easily and safely transform contaminated water to crystal clear drinking water. With LifeStraw Go you no longer have to be concerned about your local water source. LifeStraw Go can filter a minimum 1,000 litres (264 gallons), considerably more than alternative water filters. The Go filter does not require any batteries or contain any chemicals. Furthermore, LifeStraw Go's filtering efficiency is unique. The hollow fiber membrane technology allows Go to transform even highly contaminated water into clean and safe drinking water.
• Filters a minimum of 1,000 litres of water
• Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>6Log10 reduction)
• Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>3Log10 reduction)
• Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns
• Dimensions: 235mm x 80mm
• Weight: 225 grams
• Good storage capacity - 670 ml
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An Army Marches on Its Stomach I march ON My Feet
Out of all the challenges, difficulties and obstacles that you face during selection, training or on operations, there are very few problems that lay claim to actually stopping a person more than a busted foot. 
From shin splints, to back problems, sprains and blisters, these and numerous other problems can make a difficult challenge in the field downright miserable.  However, proper foot care seems to be the most vital when it comes to surviving in the field.  You must always remember your feet are your primary mode of transportation, treat them well!
During a march in Holland, one of the nastiest things I witnessed was a blister that covered a guy’s entire bottom foot.  In the end, the worst part wasn’t just that he had this massive blister, but the fact that he neglected to treat the wound immediately. 
He waited until after it burst, which led to a nasty infection, before treating it.  Needless to say, this was the end of the road for his March attempt that year.  Can you imagine a year's worth of training only to be defeated three days into it, for something as simple as a blister?  This unfortunate scenario he experienced could have been easily prevented...devastating!!
As a soldier, it’s imperative that you make the choice to be proactive when it comes to taking care of your body.  Being reactive means taping hot spots and fixing blisters as soon as they develop.  It requires you to make fixes to your feet under less than ideal conditions and sometimes it will be with inadequate material.  Being proactive on the other hand means learning what works for your feet and knowing how to treat any potential problems before they develop. You need to become aware of what resources are available, ensuring you use preventative measures to keep blisters from occurring in the first place.
Your training should be done in the gear you typically use, even down to the weight of the backpack. By training as realistically as possible you give your body the time needed to adjust and avoid subjecting your feet to new stress during actual competitions or missions.
Blister Care
Special Forces selection is the ultimate test of a soldier’s endurance, training, tactics, mental resolve and proper body maintenance.  A common obstacle faced on the field that often prevents many from finishing selection results from blisters occurring to soldier’s feet. 
Of course anyone can slap on a piece of moleskin and Vaseline, hoping for the best!  However, the key to proper foot care is being aware of how to actually fix a blister so you can keep soldiering on and this takes practice.
Blisters form when the membrane connecting your outer skin layer (epidermis) and the underlying layer (dermis) becomes separated due to heat and friction.  As a result, the space between these layers becomes filled with fluid.
Here are some tips on how you can help prevent blisters from forming:
File down any calluses with a pedicure file so that if a blister develops, you can access it to properly treat it. If you allow thick calluses to remain, they will be next to impossible to get underneath in order to fix.
Taping is a great way to prevent blisters from forming as it provides your skin with an extra barrier of protection.  I recommend taping the night before so the tape has time to conform to your feet.  By taping the night before, it’s one less thing to worry about the next day and if it does come loose, it will take less time to fix. 
Micropore works well, conforms well to the foot’s shape and is breathable
Tape any areas that have blistered before or you know may be a friction point. Spread Tincture of Benzoin over the area to be taped. Allow the Tincture to become tacky, and then tape as flatly and neatly as possible. Cut off any wrinkles or corners of the tape.
I recommend hardening the soles of your feet by rubbing on white spirit daily which will gradually make your soles harder.
Having appropriate socks is another great asset in preventing blisters.  Make sure you’ve tried your socks out prior to the event. With regular socks, seams are sometimes a problem (it can help to turn the seam-side out).  Any sock needs to fit well, with no wrinkling. 
Cotton socks provide no wicking, tend to make balls and be irritating.  Also, ensure your socks are cleaned well of any dirt or sand, as any amount of sand or dirt tends to cause blistering.  Find the best socks for your feet, preferably ones that wick moisture away from the skin, with seamless toes. Some soldiers prefer single-layer socks, others like double-layer, and still others use a two-sock combination.
Remember, if you choose a thicker sock it means hotter feet, which leads to sweaty feet and moist skin.  Voila, sweaty feet and moist skin is the perfect recipe for a blister!  While in the field, change your socks regularly and always keep an extra pair in your pack. Socks…you can never have enough!
Shoes and boots:
It goes without saying that appropriate footwear is essential. Make sure you have shoes or boots that fit properly, are broken in, and are appropriate for the terrain and weather you will encounter.  Make sure shoes aren’t black; they absorb too much heat (not much you can do about combat boots). 
Ensure insoles are insulating.  I wear padded orthotics that also provide insulation against the heat but I don’t recommend trying something you haven’t trained with before. You need a good outer sole for traction (with a combat boot if you can get away with it, have them modified with a VIBRAM sole), enough room in the front/toe area so that toes aren’t crammed close together.
Remember that in hot weather and over long hikes your feet will swell.  You can use socks of different thickness to accommodate an initially looser fit, so remember to pack various types of socks.
Gaitors are very useful and a light piece of gear.  They go over your socks and the top of your shoe to prevent grass seeds, sand, stones, sticks and grit from sneaking their way into your socks and shoes. 
By preventing these irritants from entering your shoes, you prevent blisters because these irritants will cause friction and blisters. 
Therefore, the cleaner you can keep your socks and the inside of your boots, the better.  It’s absolutely essential that your gaiters fit correctly, i.e. not too tight on your skin and that they stay around the top of your boot.  Make any other of your own adjustments as you find necessary.
Treating Blisters After They Develop:
First, clean the area with alcohol. Second, drain the blister by cutting a hole in it.  Don’t use a pin prick to drain the blister, otherwise, it will refill.  Next, place Second Skin over the blister. 
Try to leave the skin intact over the blister; otherwise, the blister becomes more susceptible to infection.  Treat the area with Tincture of Benzoin, once again, so that the tape will stick and then tape over the Second Skin.
 Make sure that the foot is dry, because once the skin is moist from sweat it becomes harder for the tape to stick.  I use foot powder to dry the feet after the benzoin before I go ahead and tape the foot.
The number one factor in appropriate foot care is being aware of what your feet need and how to take care of them, before you have to do it.  I've fixed my feet hundreds of times over the years and the best results always happened when I took the time to prep my feet long before heading out.
To have and keep healthy feet, you have to know what works for them in different environments and the terrain you'll find yourself in (desert, jungle, mountains, muck).  You also have to know what to do when suddenly what seemed to have worked in the past no longer works.  In other words, you’ll need a fall back plan with the equipment to back it up and the knowledge of how to use it.
Lubricate your feet.  Reapply lubricants frequently making certain that you clean off the old layer before applying.  Make certain that your feet are clean and dry. Dirt will irritate the skin, making it a hot spot for a potential painful blister.
Remember that lubricants have a softening effect and could make your skin tender and more prone to blistering.
If lubricants don’t work for you, then I recommend that you try powders. Powders help to reduce friction between your feet and socks by absorbing moisture.  Dry skin is more resistant to blister formation than soft, moist skin. 
Powders can cake in the presence of moisture (this includes sweat), causing blisters, so lightly dust your feet with powder and don’t go overboard!
Another great source of protection for your feet is the use of skin strengtheners.  Strengtheners work by coating the feet for protection and drying the skin. The most commonly used is a tincture of benzoin, also known as FRIAR’S BALSAM.
Learn how to tape like a pro!  Practice taping and then practice some more.  Keep taping until your taping is perfected and you will have happy feet and an easier time in the field.
When taping your toes if you tape one, you must tape them all. The tape is certain to irritate and create friction on the neighbouring digits creating blisters on all your toes.
Trim your toe nails to avoid toe blisters. Cut them straight across and file them so the front edges are smooth and will not catch on your socks.
Keep well hydrated to reduce swelling of the feet. When you are fluid and electrolyte deficient your skin will more easily rub and fold over itself causing blisters.
Take off your shoes and socks to air your feet whenever you rest so that they dry out and elevate them above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.
Understand the benefit of taking a few minutes early on to deal with hot spots and minor blisters before they develop into a serious problem.
If you push on not wanting to hold up your team, remember that within a few hours you, or a teammate, will be in pain, will travel even slower and ultimately may not be able to complete the training.
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Dirty Bomb Attack
Dirty bomb attack now a 'real threat' to Britain as nuclear waste smugglers swap tips online, Foreign Office warns
Minister Alistair Burt uses speech to warn nuclear terrorism, once unthinkable, is now a real possibility
More information about nuclear weapons is available online than ever
The Middle East minister says global terror networks are 'thriving'
A dirty bomb attack is a ‘real threat’ faced by Britain, the Foreign Office warned today.
the government claims nuclear terrorism is still one of the biggest threats to global peace.
Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt used a speech in London to warn of the dangers posed by a rise nuclear weapons being smuggled around the world.
Alistair Burt will say countries around the world face a 'real and global threat' of a nuclear terror attack. South Korean radiologists are pictured taking part in an exercise in dealing with a possible radioactive terror attack at the Kimpo airport
Alistair Burt will say countries around the world face a 'real and global threat' of a nuclear terror attack. South Korean radiologists are pictured taking part in an exercise in dealing with a possible radioactive terror attack at the Kimpo airport
He warned  that information freely available on the internet combined with nuclear material become more widely available means an attack, once ‘unthinkable’ is not a ‘real and global threat’.
Mr Burt, who has responsibility for our counter-terrorism policy, said the UK’s National Security Strategy identified nuclear terrorism as a primary danger to Britain.
He said: ‘Nuclear terrorism is a real and global threat.  A successful attack, no matter where in the world it came, would be catastrophic.
Catastrophic for the immediate devastation and terrible loss of life, and for the far-reaching consequences – psychological, economic, political, and environmental.
Such an attack was unthinkable just a generation ago.  But it is now a possibility we need to confront with the utmost vigilance.’
Mr Burt said nuclear material is becoming ‘more available’ as more countries develop nuclear energy.
Mr Burt warns there is more information about nuclear weapons on the internet than ever before
In today’s world of modern communication, information is spreading faster.  Like nuclear energy, this brings huge benefits, but it also brings significant risks.  There is more information about nuclear weapons on the internet than there ever has been.
As is the case in cyberspace, the danger is stateless in geographical space.  It is impossible for any national government or police force, no matter how advanced, to contain on its own.
Global smuggling networks are thriving.  Criminal cells operate across borders and across continents.’
He said the UK has been at the ‘forefront’ of tackling illicit trafficking of nuclear material.
It was an issue very much at the forefront of our security preparations for our hosting of a successful London Olympics this summer.’
He also lifted the lid on the UK’s secretive Atomic Weapons Establishment which works on detecting the trade in nuclear material.  ‘This is a rare opportunity to publically acknowledge that their work has been central to the defence of the United Kingdom for over 50 years,’ he said.
Mr Burt’s stark warning came as he addressed a meeting in London of experts from around the world discussing ways to prevent a devastating attack.
His warning comes as global experts gather in London to plot how to thwart catastrophic attacks that could kill thousands.
Fears were high that a bomb attack would target the London Olympics this summer, Mr Burt will admit.
Last month Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi warned: ‘Nuclear terrorism remains one of the greatest threats to our global peace and security.
A successful attack, no matter where in the world it came, would be catastrophic.’
The Foreign Office is working with dozens of countries to bolster the UN Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.
The convention allows for international cooperation in the investigation, prosecution and extradition of anyone plotting terrorist acts involving radioactive material or a nuclear device.
Live Fire Emergency Fire Starter Review

Live Fire is another one of the innovative products that are made in the USA. It is a great emergency fire starting tinder that will easily catch a spark from a Ferro rod and will burn long and hot. It is 100% waterproof and wind resistant which makes it super reliable when you need a fire fast!

It can burn for many hours and is ideal for fire lighting and when you have got a fire going simply shut the lid and you have it for next time. Burn times will obviously vary on how far the lid is open and how much is burning at any one time but from test they have achieved 27 minutes to many hours.

  • Waterproof
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  • Lightweight - Sport Size: 15g - Original Size - 26g
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​Caution should be observed as the tin can get hot when in use.
Those who know their charms can hardly wait for fiddlehead fern season every spring. Wondering what all the fuss is about?
What Are Fiddleheads?
Fiddleheads are the tightly coiled tips of ferns. The fiddleheads we eat are usually from the ostrich fern. They are available only in early spring, when ferns grow their new shoots. The young fern fronds are mainly available by foraging (other ferns can be toxic, so never forage without an experienced guide.).
What Do Fiddleheads Taste Like?
Fiddleheads have a grassy, spring-like flavour with a hint of nuttiness. Many people agree that they taste like a cross between asparagus and young spinach. Some detect an artichoke flavour as well, and even a bit of mushroom.
Where to Find Fiddleheads
Foraging for fiddleheads is a favourite spring activity in many areas where they grow.
Choosing Fiddleheads
Look for bright green specimens with tightly coiled tops. You want only 1 to 2 inches of stem attached to the coil. Anything longer should be snapped off and discarded. Shortly after harvest, fiddleheads start to turn brown, drying out on the ends and turning mushy in the coils.
Preparing and Storing Fiddleheads
Rinse fiddleheads in several changes of cold water, removing any dirt or grit, before using. Fiddleheads are delicate items that quickly lose their bright flavour and crisp texture. Use them as soon as possible after harvest to experience the best taste and texture. If you need to store them, wrap fiddleheads lightly in plastic wrap and keep chilled.
Cooking Fiddleheads
Fiddleheads should be at least lightly cooked (some say they should be completely cooked). Raw fiddleheads can carry food-borne illness and/or cause stomach upset if eaten in large quantities.
Fiddleheads are tasty steamed or sautéed, and pair well with butter, lemon, in egg dishes, with hollandaise sauce, or in combination with their foraged brethren, morel mushrooms. Because of their short season, many fiddlehead fans like to pickle them to enjoy once the season passes.
This simple sauté highlights the fresh flavour of fiddlehead ferns with a savoury richness of browned garlic. Note that vegetable, not olive, oil is called for—you want a neutral, clean flavour that won't compete with the delicate fiddleheads.
Similarly, if you choose to use the garlic or shallot, slice them rather than finely chop or mince them—the bigger pieces will keep their flavour from overwhelming the pretty ferns.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • 1 Tbsp. salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 pound fiddlehead ferns
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or 1 small shallot, sliced (optional)
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (completely optional)
  1. Trim and rinse fiddleheads, removing any brown ends or mushy parts.
  2. In a large pot bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Add salt and fiddleheads. Cook 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add fiddleheads. Cook, stirring, until they start to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, if you like, and cook, stirring, until garlic is fragrant and just starting to colour, about 1 minute. Salt to taste. Serve immediately.]
Pickled Fiddleheads
The season for fiddlehead ferns is usually quite short. Make it last by pickling part of your haul with this easy recipe. Since the fiddleheads cook down a fair amount in the pickling process, it's important to blanch them first so you can fill the jar full. Feel free to double this recipe, if you like.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 1 Pint Pickled Fiddleheads
  • 12 oz. fiddleheads
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1/8 tsp. whole allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. black peppercorns
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Also bring a smaller pot or medium saucepan full of water to a boil.
  2. While water is coming to a boil, clean off the fiddleheads and trim off any browned or wrinkled ends.
  3. When the smaller pot is boiling, add the salt to the pot. Dump in the cleaned fiddleheads and let boil for 5 minutes. While they boil, prepare a large bowl of ice water. Drain the fiddleheads and dunk them in the ice water. Swish them around to cool them off completely and drain them again.
  4. Pack the blanched, cooled, and drained fiddleheads into a pint-size jar. Pour enough cider vinegar over fiddleheads to cover. Pour out the vinegar into a small saucepan. Add the sugar, mustard seeds, allspice, and pepper to vinegar and bring to a boil.
  5. Pour the vinegar mixture over the fiddleheads. Seal the jar and process in the larger pot of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  6. Let the jar sit until cool. Store in a dark place at least 2 weeks and up to 6 weeks before serving. Refrigerate once opened.
THE ELEVENTH WILDERNESS GATHERING 2014 14th to the 17th August
The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills. The previous ten years have seen this event grow from a small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.
The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the campfire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.
The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.
The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness skills classes for all.
There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha 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 group’s 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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