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Brexit box - good expedition food??
« on: January 16, 2019, 12:39:22 pm »
I don't know if any of you have seen  these boxes, I am not getting political, but do you think it's worth getting because even if there is no-deal the 48 freeze dried meals you get could be very handy for expeditions.

Looking on-line a typical meal of this sort costs around £8. I worked out for the meals alone in this it's £6.25 each in the box, but I probbably won't eat 48 of them over 5 years. But you also get water filtration kit (could be used underground I guess) and some fire starting gel (not much use underground) so a good deal?

Has anyone bought one of these boxes? Are these meals of good quality, good amount of calories etc? I assume they are the kind where you just add boiling water?
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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2019, 05:01:13 pm »
That sounds a bit post apocalyptic. I have a food stockpile in case of a no deal (based on my colleagues views) because I expect a temporary but irritating rise of price on almost everything: but it's made up of things I will eat anyways, so if nothing happens post Brexit then I just have fuller cupboards (I'm talking pasta, tins etc)

As far as expedition goes, the expeds I've been on (rather we really) usually cook large group meals rather than use the pouch style ones. Some of the pouch style ones are okay but usually not as a good as a normally cooked meal IMO

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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2019, 05:14:27 pm »
There's always someone ready to profit, isn't there?

https://www.emergencyfoodstorage.co.uk/products/brexit-box

Bit of a bizarre mixture - the packets are all single servings, no two the same. So if you're a couple, you'll be having some strange mixtures. Then the tinned meat has 24 servings, so assuming there's two of you, once you crack open the diced chicken, you'll be having chicken for breakfast, dinner and tea for 4 days straight. That's unless you can freeze it, and if you're confident that there won't be power cuts, why not just find cheaper things to fill your freezer with?

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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2019, 05:23:02 pm »
You need to get petrol in and stockpile it urgently.

Ah, sorry no forget it. Exon haven't paid for this yet
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 05:47:08 pm »
. . . and we were doing so well, with no-one mentioning the disaster which Brexit has descended into.

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 05:50:42 pm »
It's a lot cheaper (and probably pleasanter) to stockpile tins of various curries/chillies/stews. I've done it every winter since the village became an island for a few days during storm Desmond and there was rioting in the co-op over the last loaf. Anything that doesn't get eaten in an emergency will do nicely for camping in the spring.

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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2019, 08:17:22 pm »
Those boxes cost £ 300 . Still think it's a good buy ?

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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2019, 08:59:33 pm »
I did some stockpiling in 1999 when our IT expert told us he believed in the Millennium Bug. He bought a generator, huge quantities of fuel and a disturbingly large amount of baked beans. I was less enthusiastic but found myself with more beans and corned beef than I could ever want. My only advice is, if you buy, make sure you get good quality stuff and get a reasonable variety...

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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2019, 09:39:36 pm »
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2019, 10:57:38 pm »
Surely the government has a strategic reserve?

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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2019, 08:39:58 am »
I did some stockpiling in 1999 when our IT expert told us he believed in the Millennium Bug. He bought a generator, huge quantities of fuel and a disturbingly large amount of baked beans. I was less enthusiastic but found myself with more beans and corned beef than I could ever want. My only advice is, if you buy, make sure you get good quality stuff and get a reasonable variety...

So what happened when the millennium bug hit, I can see you survived so was not hit by a falling plane.
A lot of the stuff we are fed seems to have an unpleasant smell to it for some reason.

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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2019, 09:38:42 am »
Water availability is a key issue here.  The stuff needs to be re-hydrated, so either need to carry water or have a supply at destination.  A means to heat water is needed, nice to have the Fire Dragon gel but no box of matches to light it, or a container to heat is included.  They do offer a £595 version that covers some of these ommissions! https://www.emergencyfoodstorage.co.uk/products/deluxe-brexit-box
The fuel gel makers, BCB International, have various other products  http://bcbin.com/?s=Fire+Dragon&post_type=product
I have used the gel and it's OK, but the solid fuel version and folding cooker may be more practical (I'll probably get one in due course, but currently use a small ultra light gas stove).
The freeze dried stuff is OK to eat (not exactly Michelin 3 star though) and has plenty of calories to provide energy.  The design is really for long term 'zombie apocalypse' bunker storage, or light weight to carry if on the move.  So if/when  Brexit turns out the same as the millenium bug then the supplies are still there for a good few years.
For domestic use, as some previous posters have said, a few extra tins of beans, tuna, curry, etc. are cheaper, and still have several years shelf life.  Disadvantage is bulk and weight, but not an issue if you don't have to carry it. Things like sugar, salt and honey last pretty much for ever if well stored. Dried pasta lasts ages too.
For rescue dumps etc. something like the Seven Oceans liferaft rations and water may be an idea  https://evaq8.co.uk/FOOD-and-WATER.html
Don't forget the bog roll, a spoon, Tabasco, and some bottled water.
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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2019, 09:45:37 am »
If bog roll runs out, sales of the Daily Wail will soar....
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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2019, 09:55:49 am »
If bog roll runs out, sales of the Daily Wail will soar....

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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2019, 10:42:11 am »
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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2019, 01:05:12 pm »
Well I have decided I am going to start stock-piling, but probably not splash out on the Brexit box. Tins of food and long-life milk kind of stuff will do for now.
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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2019, 01:48:11 pm »
I'm off to France and Belgium next week to stock up.   ;D
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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2019, 02:33:54 pm »
I am doing bugger all, same as millennium bug, bird flu, the 2015 end of the world etc

When the time passes and Jack happens all the panic mongers and pushers disappear into the sunset like the Lone Ranger.
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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2019, 04:04:35 pm »
I am doing bugger all, same as millennium bug, bird flu, the 2015 end of the world etc

Yes, the Millennium Bug (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2000_problem) where dates were stored without the first two digits in the year. There was a lot of hooh-hah at the time in the papers and TV, etc. with ridiculous claims on what would happen (planes falling out of the sky,  power station exploding), but a lot of problems were actually prevented because of a lot of hard work in the IT industry at the time.

I remember all the additional work we had to do at the time (and no, I wasn't a contractor so didn't earn any extra money), and as it was done correctly, a lot of issues were prevented. So "nothing" happened, because the issues were recognised and dealt with before they could happen. And then it was found that 2000 would be a leap year after all...



Still, we've got 2038 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2000_problem#Year_2038_problem) to look forward to!

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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2019, 04:30:18 pm »
Yes, the Millennium Bug (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2000_problem) where dates were stored without the first two digits in the year. There was a lot of hooh-hah at the time in the papers and TV, etc. with ridiculous claims on what would happen (planes falling out of the sky,  power station exploding), but a lot of problems were actually prevented because of a lot of hard work in the IT industry at the time.

I remember all the additional work we had to do at the time (and no, I wasn't a contractor so didn't earn any extra money), and as it was done correctly, a lot of issues were prevented. So "nothing" happened, because the issues were recognised and dealt with before they could happen. And then it was found that 2000 would be a leap year after all...

Absolutely - one of my responsibilities at the time was managing a team that was tasked with testing every bit of software and hardware we sold, and getting problems fixed either internally or by our suppliers. I remember we established that the Fortran compiler from a major computer manufacturer couldn't handle the problem. If that hadn't been fixed, who knows how many bits of software would have failed all over the world.

People do not seem to realise that the fact the Millennium Bug turned out to be a damp squid  was actually a very major achievement for the IT industry.

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« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2019, 04:50:24 pm »
Let's face it, at 75 I've not got too many years to worry about.   :unsure:
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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2019, 05:38:42 pm »
Let's face it, at 75 I've not got too many years to worry about.   :unsure:

Isn't this the attitude that got us into this sub-optimal situation?

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« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2019, 05:41:37 pm »
Working dogs and live by the moors......that's protein sorted

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« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2019, 06:55:32 pm »
Let's face it, at 75 I've not got too many years to worry about.   :unsure:

Isn't this the attitude that got us into this sub-optimal situation?

No it isn't.

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« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2019, 07:47:21 pm »

People do not seem to realise that the fact the Millennium Bug turned out to be a damp squid  was actually a very major achievement for the IT industry.

yes and either people couldn't do sums or read a calendar else such a bloody stupid language like Fortran that actually used algorithms for dates to save a little bit of disk space would never have been developed.
So who landed us with it in the first place?
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« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2019, 08:09:47 pm »
Let's face it, at 75 I've not got too many years to worry about.   :unsure:

Isn't this the attitude that got us into this sub-optimal situation?

It wasn't an attitude that got us into this mess sub-optimal situation, it was a lack of opportunity back in the mid to late 20th century.
You won't hear it mentioned on the news, or said by politicians, but it does surface sometimes in discussion programs on Radio 4.

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« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2019, 08:28:12 pm »
I've heard it convincingly argued that the Brexit mess is due to certain leave campaign politicians' abilities to lie like a cheap carpet, whilst driving thousands of unnecessary miles in a certain large red vehicle, whilst their sanctmonious colleagues blame their electorate for global warming.

But what would I know? I'm just one of that electorate who has to suffer the results of giving these people the power.

We really deserve a second referendum on the options which have since emerged, one of which is staying in the EU. That's probably the "least bad" choice of the lot, as agreed by almost all businesses which support the economy.

Never mind a Brexit box - better get a Brexit supply of medicines stashed, in case you're ill.

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« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2019, 10:11:38 pm »
People do not seem to realise that the fact the Millennium Bug turned out to be a damp squid  was actually a very major achievement for the IT industry.

yes and either people couldn't do sums or read a calendar else such a bloody stupid language like Fortran that actually used algorithms for dates to save a little bit of disk space would never have been developed.
So who landed us with it in the first place?

Probably those who went to their managers and said:

Programmer: "We can either store the whole four digits for the year or save storage space and just store the last two digits."
Manager: "How much will it cost us to store the full year?"
Programmer: "Well we have 9.8 million customers so with all that data, it would cost £XXX (in today's money £250,000) to buy the extra storage capacity."
Manager: "It's two digit years then!"
Programmer:  "Mind you, in thirty years time we may have a problem when the next century starts deciding what century the two digits are in."
Manager: "You want to spend  £XXX (in today's money £250,000) in case there is a problem IN THIRTY YEARS?!!"

Guess what was decided.
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« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2019, 04:55:47 am »
I think we should definitely abide by the first vote, the one in 1975. At least back then, we weren't told such a pack of lies by politicians. Alan Sugar has it right when he says that, if said politicians were company directors, they'd be prosecuted.

 No one can tell me that when they voted in this latest debacle that they had the slightest idea of the true ramifications of leaving the E.U., and now two years down the line we at least have an inkling, how can anyone possibly regard a better-informed vote on the issue as being undemocratic?
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« Reply #29 on: January 18, 2019, 09:39:01 am »
Being in the IT industry I can tell you on the millennium bug was never fixed, it was just kicked down the garden path with a fudge. We will likely start seeing the effects by about 2050 if those old systems are still in use. The reason being the test was if year < 49 then it's the 21st century (append 20), else append 19 as it's the 20th century so by 2051 systems will think it's 1951. Other systems depending on how old they are may had have a different test the value might be 70 so we won't have an issue until then, but the fix was the same, it will break before 2100.

The big difference between no-deal fear and the fear of the millenium bug is most of us knew it would not be much issue, but with Brexit there is ton of  evidence it will be a disaster as you just need to look at what has happened already to the value of the pound, jobs lost as plants relocate, millions and soon to be billions wasted on deal preparations etc etc. Not to mention simple logic as tarrifs mean prices go up that's how they work. There might not be chaos as It's possible they will just wave them through when they start queuing but that's a 50/50 chance, one I think we will be silly to not start stock-piling for, I mean they are calling in the ARMY!
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Re: Brexit box - good expedition food??
« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2019, 11:20:52 am »
Being in the IT industry I can tell you on the millennium bug was never fixed, it was just kicked down the garden path with a fudge. We will likely start seeing the effects by about 2050 if those old systems are still in use. The reason being the test was if year < 49 then it's the 21st century (append 20), else append 19 as it's the 20th century so by 2051 systems will think it's 1951. Other systems depending on how old they are may had have a different test the value might be 70 so we won't have an issue until then, but the fix was the same, it will break before 2100.

You may be right in that such a strategy was followed for some systems, but certainly not in the ones I was involved with, which included working and Boeing and major clearing banks.  Having said that, there will be little if any of the legacy technology left by 2050 - by then such systems will be 70+ years old.

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« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2019, 11:26:01 am »
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« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2019, 12:38:46 pm »
I didn't say we weren't told any lies, but that's not the point (leaving aside the obviously rabid pro-Brexit rantings of your sources). I happened to be very interested in the original process of joining the Common Market back then, and although we had many differing opinions on whether or not we should join, and much campaigning, we didn't have the likes of Johnson etc. telling such bald-faced porkies, e.g. the money for the NHS that never was.
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« Reply #34 on: January 18, 2019, 12:57:03 pm »
The closer Europe sticks together the better, given a possible military threat from super powers such as that just to the east.

I've always counted myself lucky not to have to have lived through any major wars but those who brought me up endured difficult times, partly because Europe was so fragmented. As a teenager, that never worried me; I had far better things to think about. But having a bit more experience of life now I realise just how bad wars are and how vulnerable a single nation can be. If we were to leave the EU that just tips the balance in favour of not being able to deal with such problems in a fragmented Europe.

(yes I know this is really about customs and trade but leaving would adversely affect our ability to resist aggressors, if only indirectly.)

So no, I'm not stockpiling anything, as I hope common sense prevails, a proper referendum takes place (without a deliberately misled electorate) and we don't sever our ties - i.e. the least bad option of all possible outcomes.

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« Reply #35 on: January 18, 2019, 12:57:53 pm »
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« Reply #36 on: January 18, 2019, 01:31:41 pm »
Is a 'lie' something which a polititian says that you don't aree with or an actual 'lie'?
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« Reply #37 on: January 18, 2019, 02:48:23 pm »
Is a 'lie' something which a polititian says that you don't aree with or an actual 'lie'?

In Boris Johnson's case, it's an actual lie if his lips are moving when he speaks

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/18/boris-johnson-falsely-denies-issuing-turkey-warning-in-brexit-campaign

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« Reply #38 on: January 18, 2019, 02:48:43 pm »
Vaguely wandering back to the ration side...  Fuel as well as water availability comes to mind if both are limited once the world ends.
For example: For the freeze dried stuff you need to bring just enough water to the boil, pour in the bag, and let fester for a while.  Similarly the likes of instant noodles, pot noodles, and couscous are similarly fuel and water efficient.  Left over water can be used for a brew.
Boiling up spuds, pasta, etc. takes some time and so uses quite more fuel and water as you generally have to drain.
Tinned curry, beans etc. only needs heating up as it's already cooked and hydrated, so saving fuel.


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« Reply #39 on: January 18, 2019, 03:59:05 pm »
Is a 'lie' something which a polititian says that you don't aree with or an actual 'lie'?
No, a lie is a lie, a porker, being economical with the truth, a big fat fib. Try Googling “Boris Johnson's Lies” for a healthy dose of pure, unadulterated fabrication.
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« Reply #40 on: January 18, 2019, 04:05:57 pm »
P.S. tell us a joke or something Tony, I need cheering up!


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« Reply #41 on: January 18, 2019, 05:17:50 pm »
(Grins) - that's more like it!

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« Reply #42 on: January 18, 2019, 06:53:53 pm »
Quote
Try Googling “Boris Johnson's Lies” for a healthy dose of pure, unadulterated fabrication.

And if I googled Trump?
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« Reply #43 on: January 19, 2019, 08:59:18 am »
Boiling up spuds, pasta, etc. takes some time and so uses quite more fuel and water as you generally have to drain.

It's a good point about how much fuel and water is consumed. But potatoes can be cooked without water, and it's not difficult to learn to cook pasta in just enough water, so it's all been absorbed by the end of cooking  - pasta may end up a bit claggy, but still edible.

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« Reply #44 on: January 19, 2019, 01:35:36 pm »
Boiling up spuds, pasta, etc. takes some time and so uses quite more fuel and water as you generally have to drain.

It's a good point about how much fuel and water is consumed. But potatoes can be cooked without water, and it's not difficult to learn to cook pasta in just enough water, so it's all been absorbed by the end of cooking  - pasta may end up a bit claggy, but still edible.
A pressure cooker minimises both problems (amount of fuel and water required).

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« Reply #45 on: January 20, 2019, 09:21:02 am »

A pressure cooker minimises both problems (amount of fuel and water required).

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