Fugitive Family
by SPY_VONDEGA on DECEMBER 10, 2014 - 1 Comment in people

America's Fugitive Family episode features cop-biter and his daughtersThe Irish Times reports on an American family being featured on Channel 4 TV tonight.

They have spent the last 14 years living in isolation on a 47-acre compound since granddad, John Joe, skipped bail and threatened to kill any law-enforcement officer who dared step onto his land.

Reaching into a cage, 16-year-old Bubba Gale grabs a pet chicken. But he has no intention of playing with it. Grinning, he lays it on to a tree stump and deftly chops off the animal’s head with his axe. (more…)

‘Risking it All’ TV series sees families downshift
by SALLY BUCHAN on NOVEMBER 19, 2014 - 0 Comments in people

A decent show about off-grid families, for once – started Tuesday at 10 p.m, TLC, in which three families sell virtually everything in their modern lives and move out where there’s no Internet, no technology, no nothing.

Some viewers may conclude that however annoying those junk emails may get and however much they hate the way their kids seem to be online 24/7, there’s a lot about the modern world we like. But others will be empowered to try it for themselves. (more…)

America’s Fugitive Family star on UK TV
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 12, 2014 - 0 Comments in people

The Grays - Armed and Dangerous - to star on TV

Grandchildren – innocent victims

In another portrayal of off-gridders as Raving Monsters, British Channel 4 has secured access to controversial American family The Grays, who have spent the last 14 years living off-grid in a heavily armed compound in Texas.

The 60-minute doc includes exclusive access to the family, who live outside Gun Barrel City in Texas, and was filmed over several months. (more…)

Living in a Fire Truck
by NICK ROSEN on OCTOBER 31, 2014 - 1 Comment in people


Forester Simon Danant started living in his 1980s Bedford truck last summer. Its a former Army fire engine.

He moves it around Cambridgeshire, living behind hedges or down green lanes for a week or two at a time. (more…)

Lights goes off-grid to get her Mojo back
by SPY_VONDEGA on SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 - 0 Comments in people

Lights out for Lights, electropoop singer

Lights out for Lights, electropoop singer

Hanging out with hippies in a New Mexico hot spring isn’t the first place you might picture Canadian electropoop singer-songwriter Lights — finding inspiration for her week-old new disc, Little Machines.

The 27-year-old songstress — born Valerie Poxleitner– had a case of writer’s block due to increased expectations after the release of her 2009 debut, The Listening, her 2011 sophomore album, Siberia, and its 2012 acoustic version.

So she set off for Taos, N.M., last August to get her mojo back. (more…)

Small budget, big dream, small home
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 - 3 Comments in people


After graduating from college, Dave Herrle got a desk job. He hated every minute of it. But in 2007, while hiking along the Appalachian Trail, Dave got a whole new perspective on the benefits of living a simple life. There in the woods, he promised himself that he wouldn’t spend anymore of his life doing a job that he didn’t enjoy. He also decided to build the home of his dreams. (more…)

Ex-cop predicts collapse
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 13, 2014 - 8 Comments in people

Former Law enforcement officer has had it with the man. Living off the grid is his solutionHarold Smith cam on our YouTube page today, commenting on our video Inside the Movement as follows:

I spent 20 years in law enforcement, and over that time I’ve seen a lot of changes not only in the federal government, but state and local.

At this moment I’m making plans to go totally off grid. Why? (more…)

Online privacy – talks series
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 5, 2014 - 1 Comment in people

how to protect your privacy online

Abhay: Knowledge is power

A californian hacker is touring the world giving advice on how to protect your own privacy.

This summer Abhay Agarwal is hosting dozens of conversations about online identity and the future of data privacy. His first talk, at a local hackspace in Oakland, CA named Sudo Room, went over really well, and he was offered sponsorship to give the talk around Europe (dates below).

Abhay is creating a new piece of technology for anonymous collaborative communication. (more…)

Happy Mondays’ Bez to stand for election
by SPY_VONDEGA on MAY 12, 2014 - 0 Comments in people

Bez from Happy Mondays

Bez goes solar – Happy Sundays

HAPPY Mondays star Bez is living off grid in Wales and planning a move into politics.

Bez, the boggle-eyed freaky dancer from Happy Mondays, the band that defined the hedonistic ecstasy-fuelled 1990s, says he now lives an “organic life” and grows his own food, following his recent decision to launch an anti-fracking campaign.

The dance star plans to stand as a candidate in the UK for Salford and Eccles in their General Election next year. (more…)

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