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  • apparently supermarkets have just a couple of days reserves


    It is actually possible to feed a family on a large bag of rice for one week (to stave off hunger) but the typical panic buy is things that go off far too quickly (fresh fruit, milk, bread, veg).

    "The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do."

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    You'd be surprised :whistle:


    Its not something I'm an expert on so you might be right,but most people seem to have cupboards full of food and bags of rice/pasta etc.Theyre not gonna be able to have something fancy or different every night but theyre not going to starve in a fortnight even if the supermarkets are sold out.Hell you can survive on water for a fortnight if needs be..It'd be a threat to peoples comfort and take-for-grantedness,not a life or death thing (for the majority)

  • Its not something I'm an expert on so you might be right,but most people seem to have cupboards full of food and bags of rice/pasta etc.Theyre not gonna be able to have something fancy or different every night but theyre not going to starve in a fortnight even if the supermarkets are sold out.


    You're just looking forward to armageddon :pp


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    Hell you can survive on water for a fortnight if needs be..It'd be a threat to peoples comfort and take-for-grantedness,not a life or death thing (for the majority)


    Indeed....but after 48 hours without food it is a long way from pleasant....and after 2 weeks people would be very weak (although it may help ease the issue with obesity :D ).

    "The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do."

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    You're just looking forward to armageddon :pp


    :reddevil: :whistle:

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    Indeed....but after 48 hours without food it is a long way from pleasant....and after 2 weeks people would be very weak


    Actually no.We eat way more than is neccessary and are generally fairly inactive.After the initial hungers passed the body compensates and people will feel fairly euphoric,as long as theyre hydrated.And it wouldnt be two weeks of starvation anyway coz theyd have food for the first bit..or all of it if they were sensible :pp

  • I'd dust down my in depth knowledge of survival tips and techinques i think! Id dust off my old army field cooker, and survive using that and that alone! Drink wise...id boil up my own wee...make a funnel device from some metal and then drink the condensed water from my wee...easy!

    Then, with food...i'd sneak into the allotments opposite and 'borrow' some food...althuogh if everyone was in the same boat then maybe id have to think outside the box...i know...i would head over the road to the river and catch me some fishes! :D


    Yes but doodles, you've forgotten the most important thing. The LOOK. Come on, you have to get the scarf out, dig out the camo netting and the military jacket for that casual urban survival specialist about town look.....:D


  • Actually no.We eat way more than is neccessary and are generally fairly inactive.After the initial hungers passed the body compensates and people will feel fairly euphoric,as long as theyre hydrated.And it wouldnt be two weeks of starvation anyway coz theyd have food for the first bit..or all of it if they were sensible :pp


    Your blood sugar would be all over the place if you ate nothing for 2 weeks....and of course you wouldnt know it was only 2 weeks that you'd have to go without....so add in a little desparation :whistle::D

    "The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do."

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    Your blood sugar would be all over the place if you ate nothing for 2 weeks....and of course you wouldnt know it was only 2 weeks that you'd have to go without....so add in a little desparation :whistle::D


    Your hypothetical question said 2 weeks :pp
    And yes blood sugar would go a bit awol but itd stabilize.I'm quite up on the effects of fasting for that length of time :p

  • Yes but doodles, you've forgotten the most important thing. The LOOK. Come on, you have to get the scarf out, dig out the camo netting and the military jacket for that casual urban survival specialist about town look.....:D


    Strangely...i have a rather large camo net here in the house from the old days lol

  • Your hypothetical question said 2 weeks :pp


    It said 2 weeks but you wouldnt know it was 2 weeks :D Its more a question of how you could cook/eat/stay-warm/drink etc if such a thing happened :p


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    And yes blood sugar would go a bit awol but itd stabilize.I'm quite up on the effects of fasting for that length of time :p


    :whistle:

    "The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do."

  • Actually, we are pretty much ready for this scenario. As it is, we only go into town for shopping once every two weeks, so we normally have enough food on hand to last that long.


    Because we have frequent power outages, that can last several days (the last big one was eight days), we have a generator, and enough petrol to run it intermittently for quite a while. The generator means that we can pump water from the well. We also have a solar-powered pump that can pump rainwater if necessary.


    We heat the house with wood, and have a two-year supply in the woodshed. We cook on the wood stove during power outages.


    Not that I am advocating being a fanatical survivalist, but the Boy Scout motto (Be Prepared) is good advice.

  • Funnily enough, back in...it must have been September, I bought a little stash of rice, lentils and tins of sardines (?!) convinced that if everything did indeed go tits up, I'd need to care for my friends who'd been making fun of my plans to buy said stash of rice etc. I'm not sure what I'd do water-wise, and I really ought to have made the veggie patch that I said I would, though!

  • Funnily enough, back in...it must have been September, I bought a little stash of rice, lentils and tins of sardines (?!) convinced that if everything did indeed go tits up, I'd need to care for my friends who'd been making fun of my plans to buy said stash of rice etc. I'm not sure what I'd do water-wise, and I really ought to have made the veggie patch that I said I would, though!


    Cheap (a la "Tesco's value") bottled water will last a fair while :)


    For less than a fiver you can buy enough water, rice and lentils to feed yourself easily for 2 weeks :D

    "The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do."


  • The advantage of not living in the city?

    "The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do."

  • Collecting a rainwater storage barrel next week (600 gall). I already use mostly solar elec, the cooking and water heating is bottled gas (I have enough gas to last me a year atm). Foodwise I have a storecupboard that would keep me fed for at least a month, but I may be getting a bit bored with tinned stuph by then... But then there's all those lovely lambs bouncing around outside :whistle::reddevil: Failing that I know there's a decent fish stock in the river over there...
    And no I'm not telling you where I live :D

  • well people coped during the war they all helped each other out, they grew their own food, made & repaired there clothes & somehow they got on with it.
    we have some food growing, providing the slugs dont bugger it up, got a couple of damson trees [pick them before the birds do] & a camping stove, got plenty of tinned stuff for now & the freezer is full, but i dont know what i would do for water apart from maybe the water thats in the tinned food, not enough to wash with & washing the clothes so fucked there really, maybe i could dig for water in me back garden, but that would take up a lot of my energy, any one got any suggestions for what i would do for water?

  • I've got camping stoves and lots of gas, candles and oil for my lanterns. Loads of extra blankets and sleeping bags for warmth.

    I haven't got enough food stocked for two weeks :o

    I was comfortable in the knowledge that I know where several viable springs and wells are locally. Then realised they aren't in walking distance :o

    My vehicle will run happily on a near 100% veg oil mix once steeped with a dash of petrol for a few days, allegedly.

    Realistically, I'll have to look into making a trailer for a bike!

    Makes me wish (for the umpteenth time) that I was still living on a small holding and working with 'osses :(. It's also confirmed for me that I'm not actually where I want to be at all :eek:

  • I was brought up on the basic things in life, so i recon my family and i would be ok.
    Back to poaching methinks:hippy:

  • Luckily there's a well outside, and I keeps a spare big bottle of gas. Makes me think I should get a larger jerry can for the generator though...but hey, that's a luxury, not an essential.


    All the City people will love to see a sky full of stars again, without all those streetlights spoiling it, but yeah, I'm glad I'm not in a City if such times happen soon.

  • Just 2 weeks?
    I would hardly notice that anything was changed.
    OK so I wouldn't know it was just 2 weeks to start with so I get the panic bit...
    There are plenty of tins and packets in the cupboard...
    There are vegtables in the garden, there are fields full of vegtables close by, and the sheep round here outnumber the humans by about 100 to 1, and that's before I start on the rabbits or blackbirds.
    There is a well and lots of little springs for water.
    However I should think about a little panic buying of tobacco and coffee before it's all gone and plant a much bigger veriety of madicinal herbs.

  • any one got any suggestions for what i would do for water?


    Collect rainwater. You could use surface water, too (rivers and streams), if you filtered it. You can get portable water filters made for hikers and backpackers that will filter out all bacteria.

  • I always have a full store cupboard.. tinned stuff, plus dried stuff, including , flour, sugar etc.. soya milk, and a freezer full of stuff!
    water would be the only real issue..
    unless it rained, then we'd be ok.. although having said that, we have two full water butts..
    have small amount of veg growing, but still small and not ready yet..
    Plus we have a pile of wood outside, and two outdoor cooking thingys..
    Its habit with me, feel weird if the cupboards are empty, so it never happens!
    can we come play Island marauders with you please??
    so dinner at my house then!

  • Collect rainwater. You could use surface water, too (rivers and streams), if you filtered it. You can get portable water filters made for hikers and backpackers that will filter out all bacteria.


    why didnt i think of that, great idea :D

  • I wonder what would happen if we did take over 'The Mount'...:reddevil:


    If the flying pig flu panic gets any bigger, we might find out :eek::D

    "The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do."