Category — EVENTS

Devon smallholders win right to build home
by AMY SUAREZ on MAY 14, 2014 - 2 Comments in EVENTS, LAND, OFF-GRID 101

Willand Devin couple win planning battle - go off-grid

They won their fight – you can too

A young family has won the right to live off the grid on their smallholding after a battle to get planning permission.

Dinah and Stig Mason were refused permission to build a house on the four-acre site in Willand, classified as open countryside.

Changes to planning laws mean the Masons can now convert an old barn on the site.

Mrs Mason said: “We’re ecstatic. We can finally live the life that we choose.”

We are going to have to spend a lot more money, but we have got our dream” (more…)

Building WIld
by TREETOPSJEN on MAY 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in EVENTS

Cabin Kings in their Getaway

Cabin Kings in their Getaway

The task is simple — take cabin-building to new extremes. Tackling this on “Building Wild” are opposites.

Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis knows cabins; he has five of his own. One is just to visit with his family; another is for what he calls his “happy hour” crew. “It just gets trashed every Friday night,” he said.

Paul DiMeo knew little about the cabin world. “It’s a lifestyle that a part of me longs for,” he said. (more…)

China’s housing crash may topple global economy soon
by AMY SUAREZ on MAY 2, 2014 - 0 Comments in EVENTS

So now we know what China’s biggest property developer really thinks about the Chinese housing boom and its consequences for the rest of the economy.
A leaked recording of a dinner speech by Vanke Group’s vice-chairman Mao Daqing more or less confirms what the bears have been saying for months. It is a dangerous bubble, and already deflating. In the year when China’s economy was set to overtake the USA in size, China may instead decide to get the trauma over and done with sooner rather than later. But the rest of the world should be under no illusions as to what this means. (more…)

Goodbye World – movie launch
by SPY_VONDEGA on APRIL 3, 2014 - 0 Comments in EVENTS

Goodbye World film posterThe big question for survivalists who choose to build themselves a cocoon is : do we fight them or feed them?
Filmmakers have become intrigued with this issue recently, with World War Z, It’s A Disaster, This is the End, After Earth, Oblivion, The Fifth Season, and Cloud Atlas all tackling the subject. Now add Denis Hennelly’s Goodbye World to that list.
In this heart-warming indie movie releasing in USA Friday 4th April, James and Lily live off the grid, raise their young daughter in a cocoon of comfort and sustainability. (more…)

Regulator control of Banks weakens sharply
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 29, 2014 - 0 Comments in EVENTS

Every bank should have one

Every bank should have one

The financial system is at even greater risk of crashing now that it was in the lead-up to the collapse of Lehman’s bank in 2008.

That is the conclusion of TWO separate reports issued in the past 24 hours, one from the Bank of England and the other from the US Federal Reserve.

The crisis is looming because Western banks have quietly expanded their lending in the less regulated Asian markets. And regulatory changes brought in amidst intense lobbying by the banks themselves, have made matters WORSE, by blurring the lines of oversight.

Six years after the crash, the financial system is no nearer to a transparent system whereby every transaction between banks can be traced and tracked, so that a dollar which goes into Citibank in New York, and then re-emerges out of the Caymans into UBS Zurich can be identified.

Scandalous but hardly surprising. (more…)

Send us your Off-grid Selfies
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 21, 2014 - 1 Comment in EVENTS, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

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Selfies round the world

Its time to put your head above the parapet – stand up for what you believe – let others know how GREAT it is to live off the grid and SHOW people the beauty of the life we have chosen to lead. SEND YOUR SELFIES to nick@0off-gird.net.

There are so many who doubt that off-grid community even exists, and who doubt that it is a viable lifestyle and doubt that they could do it themselves – even if the do believe in the viability of living off the grid.

PLEASE lets show the grid what we do, how we do it and who we are – - send us your selfies and we will showcase your lifestyle online – nick@off-grid.net. (more…)

Half-prepping equals NO prepping: lessons from the icepocalypse
by WRETHAOFFGRID on FEBRUARY 23, 2014 - 3 Comments in EVENTS, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

As a survivor of the Icepocalypse that recently gripped much of the South in crippling power outages and freezing temperatures, at least three lessons can be deduced from the experience.

  1. A very small minority of people are equipped to deal with an emergency in a competent fashion.
  2. A slightly larger number of people attempt to be prepared but fall short if the emergency persists.
  3. The vast majority of people are wholly unprepared for even a slight disturbance in their usual routine or living conditions.

While this statement may come as basic common sense to the majority of my usual readers, such observations do bear repeating. Indeed, it is important to remind ourselves of just how unprepared we may be, even though we may be more prepared than most of the rest of the population. (more…)

Nine last minute DIY Christmas gifts
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 22, 2013 - 1 Comment in EVENTS, FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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In this last weekend just before Christmas, some of us are still behind on gifts, and often there are extra friends, family and such who would appreciate a heartfelt, handmade gift. Thanks to the internet, there are loads of ideas on making quick and inexpensive DIY gifts, and more importantly, there is still time to put some of these together before the big day! (more…)

The Christmas rush has begun…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 1, 2013 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, EVENTS, FOOD, SHOP, WRETHA

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Unless you are blind and deaf or live under a very large rock, you are probably being bombarded with Christmas ads on TV, radio, internet, in the stores and such, it’s been a commercialized thing for a long time. You don’t have to fall into the money trap of this holiday, there are many things we can do to celebrate without having to go into a financial black (Friday) hole.

One of the things I am doing is I am making my own Christmas cards to give out, I am going to be using my newly acquired skills in Zentangle and doodling, I have made Christmas cards before, using scrapbook methods, this year they are going to be easier and quicker to make. (more…)


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