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    I'm a blacksmith, I'm pretty reasonable with some bushcrafting.
    Can do animal slaughter and butchery
    Don't have guns but do have functional swords
    In good shape and could walk/run for reasonable distance as and when needed

    These scenarios have occurred to me before, and I have made sure I have some useful equipment around
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    Use the yellow pages ( which most people get a free copy of afaik ) to find the address of the insurance company that you are with, go to there head quarters or offices and get new electrical equipment and get crack a lacking

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    @mac_shinobi Use the yellow pages ( which most people get a free copy of afaik ) to find the address of the insurance company that you are with, go to there head quarters or offices and get new electrical equipment and get crack a lacking to bludgeon rats and pigeons and eat like a King

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    I'd use yellow pages, as kindling. If you don't have one, I recommend you get a BBQ chimney firestarter. They A) light briquettes/lumpwood evenly within 10-15 mins, B) can be used for starting a proper fire quite easily, C) can be used as an improvised stove

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    No problem,

    I'd just cycle to this place, that I volunteer at, The Ancient Technology Centre | Home and carry on as though it were just an extended weekend volunteering session.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garacesh View Post
    @mac_shinobi Use the yellow pages ( which most people get a free copy of afaik ) to find the address of the insurance company that you are with, go to there head quarters or offices and get new electrical equipment and get crack a lacking to bludgeon rats and pigeons and eat like a King
    And convert the Burger King chain into Rat Burger King - A Double Rat Whopper please !! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    No problem,

    I'd just cycle to this place, that I volunteer at, The Ancient Technology Centre | Home and carry on as though it were just an extended weekend volunteering session.
    @Oaktech Do you have a family to consider? Wife/Husband, Children?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    @Oaktech Do you have a family to consider? Wife/Husband, Children?
    I'd take the missus with me, she's not a volunteer, but she's pretty down with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garacesh View Post
    YAR HAR FIDDLE DE DEE
    BEING A PIRATE IS ALRIGHT TO ME
    DO WHAT YOU WANT 'CAUSE A PIRATE IS FREE
    YOU ARE A PIRATE
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    I've just got a picture in my head of @X-13 on a tiny little boat shouting at people from the middle of a pond..

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    Well moving back, how many would now consider survival skills schools such as those run by the military?

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    I've attended several bushcraft/survival skills courses in the local area, including hunting without modern weapons, and shelter making.

    My friend and I every year do a canadian canoe trip down the river wye where we take very little food and no cooking equipment, we build shelters we cook on open fires, we fish as we go and we take down a rabbit or sometimes a duck. It's invigorating!

    I probably wouldn't consider a military course, the courses I've been on have been old-man-of-the-woods style.
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    Goodness no! We can learn enough to get by in our current society without having to do specialist schools. If our entire world is turned upside down, being prepared may help, but preparing for it from childhood? Seems like a huge waste of time when the chances of having to really use these skills are so incredibly remote!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Well moving back, how many would now consider survival skills schools such as those run by the military?

    Military ones are only designed for short term survival which would be an excellent start but you need to follow that up with Ray Mears type one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    Goodness no! We can learn enough to get by in our current society without having to do specialist schools. If our entire world is turned upside down, being prepared may help, but preparing for it from childhood? Seems like a huge waste of time when the chances of having to really use these skills are so incredibly remote!
    So I guess you dont like the scouts or beavers groups? lol

    My daughter has expressed an interest in joining the local Scouts group, which I think would be great for her. She actively wants to go picking for berries, apples and such like, as well as learning how to make fires and such like, I see scouts and survival courses as a continuation of that

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    Not so, scouts, cubs, and beavers can be valuable social clubs for children. They certainly aren't a military school doing specialist survival courses however.

    There's nothing wrong with being able to pitch a tent, start a fire, and catch a fish etc. Also, darning your own socks will be a useful skill in your apocalyptic future. The scouts are good for this, but its hardly survival training.

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