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by featherstick
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: What do you value most?
Replies: 39
Views: 3428

Re: What do you value most?

My WW2 history book explained that tea was going to be rebranded to a "national brand" as was done for other rationed goods but there was such an outcry that they had to abandon the idea and let people continue to buy their favourite blend in order to maintain morale. I have seen a reference somewh...
by featherstick
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: How are you preparing
Topic: What made you become a prepper?
Replies: 22
Views: 659

Re: What made you become a prepper?

I've always been a prepper I think. As a kid I had a First Aid kit and "emergency rations" squirrelled away. Was always interested in survival skills, nature, woodcraft, but also in emergency response. I think there's a few impulses that led to my current prep situation: - Being the oldest in the fa...
by featherstick
Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Eat like a Peasant?
Replies: 32
Views: 928

Re: Eat like a Peasant?

UK GDP was USD5000 or so in 1900 - this translates to an enormous USD150,000 at today's prices. Yet the working class could barely put bread on the table. Who got all the money then? (ETA "politics" in a very broad sense) Income inequality, it's a real thing, not a political point. featherstick, I ...
by featherstick
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Eat like a Peasant?
Replies: 32
Views: 928

Re: Eat like a Peasant?

Urban working class people had a hard time of it until the 1950s or so. Makes you think; we have been relatively well off for quite a short period of time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_history_of_the_United_Kingdom#1900%E2%80%93191 UK GDP was USD5000 or so in 1900 - this translates to an ...
by featherstick
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Ikea Bulb
Replies: 10
Views: 1542

Re: Ikea Bulb

Where did you get the George Foreman grill with inbuilt MP3 player?
by featherstick
Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Heating Rooms with no mains power
Replies: 37
Views: 4002

Re: Heating Rooms with no mains power

A few years ago, SWMBO went away for a few days and we had a sudden snowfall so I couldn't go to work. I decided to experiment and turned the heating off. The temperature in our small, 2-up, 2-down mid-terrace house fell quickly to about 16C and stayed there. The boy and I layered up as we got cold....
by featherstick
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Who thinks a space earth ship is the ultimate idea?
Replies: 17
Views: 2059

Re: Who thinks a space earth ship is the ultimate idea?

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy goes into a lot of detail on the processes of terraforming Mars (and the subsequent politics). It's great fun.
by featherstick
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Finance
Topic: 2020 Potential Economic Collapse
Replies: 328
Views: 38103

Re: 2020 Potential Economic Collapse

No Deal Brexit more likely than ever following today's announcement. Check your preps. And yes, the country probably will collapse.
by featherstick
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Thermo flask under £20
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: Thermo flask under £20

A lot depends on the "quality" of the vacuum - I use inverted commas because of course you either have a vacuum or you don't.... I've had lots of thermoses that look good but lose heat rapidly. The best I've found is a Thermos-brand one (got its LSGC medal now) and a Kuhn Rikon one - even though bot...
by featherstick
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Medical and Healthcare
Topic: How many times can you use a disposable FFP3 mask?
Replies: 8
Views: 2140

Re: How many times can you use a disposable FFP3 mask?

If you're using a mask with an outlet valve then you might as well not bother. The purpose of facemasks is to stop YOUR stream of potentially virus-laden moisture droplets from entering the atmosphere, not to prevent you breathing it in. If you're really concerned about proper facemask use, then use...