Calling all uk preppers

Discussion in 'International Current News & Events' started by amyeruse, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. amyeruse

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    DOCUMENTARY RESEARCH

    - Do you hope for the best but prepare for the worst?
    - Are you investing in your own security against the unknown?
    - Do you believe in developing the knowledge, skills and stores to

    We are Kowalski, a production company making thought provoking programmes for UK and international broadcast. We are developing an idea for a documentary film about people in the UK who prepare now for future crises. The programme is for Channel Four’s flagship documentary series ‘Cutting Edge’.

    We are keen to speak to individuals and families in the UK who believe that a level of preparedness is increasingly important and have taken action. You might be working towards self sufficiency with permaculture in case of crop or energy failure, have a store of food and water in case you are forced to remain in your home or a rehearsed emergency plan in the event of disaster.

    This is an important subject, so if you believe in being prepared and have the time for a chat to help our research, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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    Amy Ruse
    Development Producer - Kowalski
    t: +44(0)20 7882 1021
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  2. sailaway

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    As an a American Prepper, I would be interested in viewing your show. With the price of petrol, I am of the impression most English live in the cities. Are most of your preppers heading for the security of the countryside? Being an island nation, how many preppers are thinking of the security of a sailboat? Welcome aboard! :2thumb:
     

  3. amyeruse

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    Thanks!

    No doubt there are people more qualified than me to tell you about the British prepper experience, but I have been researching this for several weeks and from what I've learned the concensus is that when things go bad for whatever reason, a city is not a good place to be. Most preppers I think are either already living in a rural location or are working towards that. It's an interesting point you raise about taking to the sea - I suppose it could work, but there's limited space aboard, which I think might raise concerns amongst some people. Also, we are an island, but not all of us are sailors! Another thing I think is true for the UK is that, unlike the US, most preppers feel it's proabably safer to sit tight in their homes if at all possible, rather than getting out.

    Thanks for your encouragement for the documentary project. It's early days so no idea yet when it will air, but will post details when I know.
     
  4. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

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    Instead of documenting someone's preparations - what about taking the knowledge from members here (doesn't matter what the country is) and apply that to yourself and document your journey to a fully prepared lifestyle?
     
  5. Canadian

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    Yeah, do it yourself. Tell your friends and family what you're doing. See how crazy they think you are for doing it. Find out how restrictive U.K. gun laws are. Put chickens in your back yard.
     
  6. Vertigo

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    With all respect, I would say anyone who is willing to go on a tv show and show off ones gear and supplies for the rest of the world to see them, has either not fully understood what preparedness is all about and just gets a kick out of it or has some kind of economic interest in it. Like say, promoting a book or a brand you sell...

    In any case, no one will ever get me to give my consent to expose my private lifestyle.

    V.
     
  7. The_Blob

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    +1 to THAT! :help:
     
  8. amyeruse

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    An interesting approach and one which some have done on your side of the world...not sure if you've come across Neil Strauss's book 'Emergency: This Book Could Save Your Life'? Although I suspect his involvement was driven by his desire to sell books (his last project/book was about how to pick up women)

    There's certainly things I've learned from my research which I will be incorporating into my personal lifestyle. However, it's just not practically possible to live the life of the subject I'm researching for every project I work on.

    Thanks for your interest.
     
  9. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

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    I don't understand why it could not be pratical. We have members here that are preparing in apartments, small houses, as well as on acreages and farms / ranches. Becomming prepared isn't just growing gardens - it is a mind-set.

    It is telling yourself that the skills that are being lost due to commercialization and specialization can be yours again. Learn to work with your hands and your brain. Learn to cook instead of going to the nearest fast-food-joint. Learn to make soup and can it instead of buying pre-made condensed soups that all you need to do is add a bit of water (or milk) and warm it up.

    Set aside a section of your home for shelving and drawers. On those shelves and in those drawers you will have your emergency supplies - dried and canned food, blankets to keep you warm in winter, small propane cylinders for portable BBQ and stove. Stock up on the "nice-to-haves" - soap, shampoo, ArmPit-stick. Stock up on the first-aid supplies and take courses in wilderness first-aid. Learn to shoot with accuracy. Learn to bait a hook and catch fish. Learn to clean the meat and get it ready to eat.

    Just so that you know - I have a tiny house on a small lot in a very large city. My house is ~820 sq ft (~76 sq m) and I have set aside a portion of my basement just for stocking up on supplies. I have a "very small garden" in the back yard to grow what I can. I have my camping gear and hiking gear and cross-country ski gear setup in such a way that it only takes a few minutes to get packed up and gone. I drive only 4x4's (Jeeps) and all of my Jeeps are setup to enjoy the back-country and - with that - setup to get outta dodge quickly.

    There really isn't very much that you would need to do with your own life to adjust towards a self-sufficient life-style.

    Look for the posts by Mary as she prepares her apartment for extended living without outside support. Look for the posts by Canadian as he sets up his condo for extended living. Look for the posts by sailaway as he prepares to live on a sailboat .... each person here has great ideas on what would work for them and they are all incorporating those ideas into their everyday life.

    It isn't a "quick-n-easy" journey - but - it is a rewarding one.
     
  10. SurvivalNut

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    NaeKid, one of the best posts I have ever read. Simple, no blaming, excuses, whining or hand-outs, just self realization, awareness and responsibility.

    I want to be in that club. Thanks for sharing.

    All I can say is AMEN!
     
  11. NaeKid

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    It is what I believe - taking full responsibility for yourself and those under your direct care. Now - if the government could take that and allow people to "sink or swim" - the world would become a much better place ....

    I can think of quite a few types of people that I would love to see sink ;)
     
  12. sailaway

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    Me Too!!!!:congrat:
     
  13. Canadian

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    I'm a big fan of personal responsibility.
     
  14. sailaway

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    I've been to and through London a couple of times and I am amazed that the citizens have no firearms, I understand there are alot more stabbings.:confused: I guess that makes it more up close and personal. I wonder when they did away with them. I have a couple of English Double Barrel Muzzle Loaders that date to the 1860's. If everyone on their island trained to shoot, they would have been well prepped for WWI and WWII. I've seen their Bobbies running down the street carrying clubs while in persuit of a criminal. How do you combat a well armed international terrorist there? I guess you call on 007, he carries a Walther PPK. All kidding aside I really think being adequately prepared includes training with firearms even if it's for hunting for something to eat.
     
  15. amyeruse

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    I live in London and if it came down to it, I would rather be faced with a knife than a gun. I think it takes alot more nerve to get close and stab someone than it does to fire a gun at them.
     
  16. diane5000

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    On the same page as NaeKid


    I second the motion with all NaeKid had to say. If one analyzes the big picture, one recognizes that todays common man is no longer capable of common sense... through constant commercialism in his lifetime he has lost the ability to perform the simplist of tasks. Diane

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