The British beings preparing for the end of the world – BBC News

Published in Odd and Fun on 15th December 2017
The British beings preparing for the end of the world – BBC News
Image caption In the event of a catastrophe, prepper Peter Stanford plans to take to the waterways in his canoe.

British survivalists – known as “preppers” – are fixated on the need to survive in the event of a disaster. What motivates them?

Besides a stream in the middle of the Bedfordshire countryside, Peter Stanford – who describes himself as a motivational life manager – is pumping up his inflatable canoe by hand.

This is his chosen method of transport for escaping an “apocalyptic situation”, which he considers as anything from a financial crash to a repeat of the London riots.

“I’m not living on a knife-edge waiting for a catastrophe to happen, ” he explains.

Stanford is hoping to take to water after sunset – for the purposes of the treat of darkness – to practise what might happen if he needed to flee. He believes this “wouldve been” optimal time of day to represent his flee, so as not to be seen by others who might had intended to plagiarize his resources.

He has already invested in a second canoe so that his son and former marriage can connect him.

“We do have strategies and a locating in place where particular own family members could actually meet up, ” he acknowledges, keen to stress he would never coerce his son to partake in his long-term interest.

Stanford’s decision to “prep” was activated virtually 20 years ago after hearing the first-hand knows of friends in the armed forces, who had construed parts of the world were destroyed by war.


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This armed topic extends throughout large parts of the prepping parish – including in its survivalist posture.

In a farm in Bedfordshire, prepper Lincoln Miles depicts off what he says is Europe’s exclusively prepping patronize, where he exchanges everything from crossbows to clothes designed to help people survive in the case of nuclear disaster.

“I established the store to coincide the growing challenge, ” he excuses. It is difficult to know how many peppers there are in the UK as most keep their activities behind closed doors so as not to be recognised, but anecdotally all levels of society was considered to be growing.

Miles’s shop is littered with bayonets, displayed in almost every corner of the storage. Most are illegal to carry without good reason, something it would be difficult for preppers to claim they possess.

These weapons, however, are not the only contentious parts in the shop. Hanging proudly at the back is the Confederate flag.

“I see it as a symbol of freedom and separation from the governmental forces, ” Miles explains.

The flag is also tattooed on his arm, and hangs on the rear-view mirror of his auto. Despite its associated with the US Civil War and undertones of racism, Miles interprets it as the perfect emblem of a prepper.

Image caption The Confederate flag hangs at the back of Lincoln’s accumulation

“It’s about relying on yourself, and not relying on anybody else – the government, your neighbour. Anyone but yourself, ” he says.

Prepping is conventionally links between the US, with “self-sustainability” and democracy from the government being large-scale ingredients – a feeling Miles shares.

“We have blockers for telephones to stop people like the government tracing them. It’s a knowledge they’re retracing us, so this gives us impunity from that. We trust them too much.

“In fact, we trust a lot of people too much. In seasons of involve, they won’t be there for us.”


Prepping vocabulary

There are a number of terms used by the prepping community to describe their rehearsal. Here are some examples 😛 TAGEND

Prepper – An person who prepares for a cataclysmic event.

When Stuff Reaches the Fan – The pervasive chaos and panic that sets in after a disastrous event.

Bugging In – Staying at your spot until it is safer to bug out.

Bugging Out – Leaving your current location and moving to a safer site.

Bug Out Bag( Bob ) – A luggage that contains all the requisites needed to survive after a disaster.

Zombie – The refer for the unprepared and aggressive mints who may wishes to plagiarize a prepper’s resources.


The idea of every person for themselves comes up often in the world of prepping – most preppers tend to look inwards at their own survival as opposed to that of a community as a whole.

In the groves of Hertfordshire, Michael Sanderson – known to most as Roach – has a knife that suffers his name.

He sits alongside his self-modified four-by-four vehicle, boasting a tent big enough for him, his wife and his two children on the ceiling. Attached to the car’s back is a table and a hob on which he cooks bangers and mince.

“This isn’t survival, this is just living simply, ” he justifies. “I don’t crave the world to discontinue, I don’t want bad things to happen to good people. But I’m not in control of the world.”

Roach is an ex-military man who wasted most of his working life in the armed forces as a paramedic. He has viewed events many of us would never wish to experience, and believes it was this that gave him on course to becoming a prepper.

“I’m not paranoid. These things can and do happen, ” he excuses, referencing insult he has received about his cognitive state. Roach says he has even had two cars set alight as a result of prepping.

His view, nonetheless, is that prepping is plainly about remaining in control.

“It’s not just about the end of the world, we prepare for everything – what the fuck is happen if you lost your job tomorrow? Would you have enough food and money to exist and provide for your family? “

The name Roach comes from Michael’s YouTube channel, armouredcockroach, where he shares examples of his prepping with other parties around the globe. He accepts those who do not prepare are naive.

“When people say ‘Roach, I can’t believe you’re a prepper’, I respond with, ‘I can’t believe you aren’t’. It’s important we underestimated how quickly events could move sour.”

Roach acknowledges he is taking it more far in the eyes of numerous, but he holds prepping is a broad-minded theory and many of us are prepared whether we know it or not.

“You could apply every save penny you have in the bank for a rainy day, that’s prepping. You could pay your mortgage off 10 years early. Whatever you decide you need to do to prepare for the future, that induces you a prepper.”

The Victoria Derbyshire program is providing information on weekdays between 09:15 -1 1:00 BST on BBC Two and BBC News channel.

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