Getting back to the forest

Can you feel it? Can you sense the better weather coming? It is normally at this time of year that I start hankering to get back into the forest. There’s nothing better for relaxing than getting out amongst the trees and immersing yourself in nature. Where I live I have to travel for around 30 […]

Making a torch

Making a torch is an important skill. Making a good torch is even better. I saw the video below on the Survival Lilly YouTube channel. She is based in Austria and has a whole host of bushcraft and camping related videos on her channel. In this one, Lilly uses pine resin (naturally flammable) and other […]

Legends and Superstitions of the County of Durham

County Durham is an ancient place with a deep and rich history. So it is really not too surprising to find there are a number of legends and superstitions that date back centuries that relate to the area. Modern re-telling of these legends can often seem a little formulaic, so I was really interested when […]

The Ruwa incident of 1994

In September 1994, Friday the 16th started off like any other day for the students of Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe. By the end of the day, their lives would be changed forever. For those who have seen something in the sky that they cannot explain, a number of thoughts will go through their mind. […]

I can’t explain it. Can you?

Every so often in life, you experience something that you simply can’t explain. No matter how much you try to rationalise things, use scientific principles, there is no explanation. In the early part of 2018 I had one of those experiences. Let me make it very clear. The photograph above is a PHOTOSHOP representation of […]

Knowing when to turn back

We have had a little snow today here in the UK and as usual, the media have gone into a tailspin over it. However, when bad weather hits, knowing when to turn back is extremely important. I have only once ever set out on a journey and had to make the decision to turn back […]

The Gateshead Ripper?

Most people will have heard of “Jack the Ripper“, the person responsible for the gruesome murders in Whitechapel, London, during the autumn of 1888. But did you know that for a short period of time, a man from County Durham was suspected by the Police of being the Ripper? Looking back at newspapers of the […]

The Whitechapel Murders of 1888

The Whitechapel murders of 1888 sent a shiver down the spine of late Victorian England. What would become a series of murders, never to be solved despite one of the biggest investigations in history, still generates arguments and theories 131 years later. Victorian Whitechapel was a district of extreme poverty in the capital city of […]

What are you preparing for?

Your environment What do you know about the space around you? It seems like a fairly obvious question to ask doesn’t it? Do you have factories near to where you live? What type of home do you have? Are you in a high-rise building or do you live in an isolated cottage. Where you live, […]

Food – spreading the risk

The Nation’s Food Supply Food. It is something we deal with every day of our lives, but many of us give little thought to the supply chain that keeps our supermarket shelves stocked. The UK’s supermarkets tend, like many other businesses these days, to operate on a ‘just-in-time’ delivery system. Some people have speculated that […]