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What changes can we make to our lives to deal with the economic and energy crises ahead? Have you already started making preparations? Got tips to share?

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PS_RalphW wrote:I didn't want to bring up such a mercenary topic on a serious thread, but the price of chocolate is feared to rise on the damage Ebola is doing to the west African cocoa trade.
Already stocked up in response to that dodgy chap who bought the entire futures market. You can have some if you like - at a price - only a short drive up the A14... :D
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Hope the price plummets and bankrupts the b'stard!
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I hardly eat any of the stuff so I'm doing my bit there :)
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That's why you are so slim!! :-)
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I've sent a bullock off to the abattoir. Weighs about 330 kg dead weight so should last us a week or two!!
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kenneal - lagger wrote:I've sent a bullock off to the abattoir. Weighs about 330 kg dead weight so should last us a week or two!!
That is a good size to dress them off at. Let us know how you find the finished product when brought to table and the comparison to bought at market.
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I've asked them to hang it for four weeks before butchering, which they often do although they sometimes cut it after only two weeks, so it will be a while, hopefully, before I can report back. He's a four year old animal so is well matured but will be better for a long hanging.
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Distillation/purification is a must but it wouldn't be such a bad idea to have few (or more) bottles of mineral/clear water hanging around.
Canned fruit, meats and long-lasting preservations as well obviously.
This is all food but if worst case scenario starts playing out I'd also add a stockpile of batteries because you just never know plus some candles. They aren't heavy, don't take much space and who knows...
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Anybody know what kind of candles are good to purchase for stability, light output, longevity for short term power failures of maybe 1 or 2 nights? Links would be good. :-)
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Tealights? Or better still, wind up LED lanterns to eliminate fire risk.
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snow hope wrote:Anybody know what kind of candles are good to purchase for stability, light output, longevity for short term power failures of maybe 1 or 2 nights? Links would be good. :-)
Standard "household" or "dinner" candles of reputable make and white or light coloured.
Tea lights or large decorative candles are better than nothing but not ideal for lighting as the flame becomes recessed into the candle and much of the light thereby wasted.

I have previously used Manchester candles with satisfaction.
http://www.manchestercandle.com/dinner- ... at_71.html
They are a trade only supplier but will in practice supply the public subject to a minimum order which is substantial.

For more modest requirements, try fleabay, suggest sticking to well known brands and avoiding the unknown.
For example
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Prices-Househ ... 3a8ce3677a
50 Prices candles for £20. Other vendors have broadly similar offers.
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We use these.

Not your 'Bag-of-100-for-a-pound' thingies, I know but...

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emordnilap wrote:We use these.

Not your 'Bag-of-100-for-a-pound' thingies, I know but...

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Organic candles? Bet you're one of those poncy types who gets organic hay for their pet unicorn.
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Just maybe, those tea-lights are not made from palm oil that was grown at the expense of rain-forest destruction?
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kenneal - lagger wrote:I've asked them to hang it for four weeks before butchering, which they often do although they sometimes cut it after only two weeks, so it will be a while, hopefully, before I can report back. He's a four year old animal so is well matured but will be better for a long hanging.
While OK for the steamship rounds and the steaks cut from them etc. I find four weeks a bit long for the hamburger cuts and other thin sections. To each his own though , it is entirely a matter of personal tastes.
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