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Fran and Nick are dear friends of mine, and would never ask for help, so Fran’s mother and the Outlaw, are doing it on their behalf.

My daughter, Fran is the strongest, most intrepid, free spirited woman I know. She has always known her own mind and from a small child, has stubbornly stuck to it. She is warm hearted, generous and caring and would give you the coat off her back if you needed it. She is an artistically talented vegan with skills in holistic therapies, energy medicine and restoring and up-cycling things. She has always had a dream of building a home on her own patch of land and living a carbon neutral life – off-grid.

She was lucky enough to meet a man, who shared her dreams and had the skills to help to make it come true. Over the past 8 years, Fran and Nick built an extraordinary house made of trees felled from 9 acres bought from the Woodland Trust in Glydyfrdwr near Llangollen. It was lovingly fashioned, a lofty 2 storey, multi-spaced testament to their skills, imagination and immense tenacity in the face of the testing elements of North Wales’ winters and the demands of 3 children.

For dear friends who are in need.
It had solar power, wood burning stoves, water piped from the stream, a bicycle powered washing machine, a dog and 3 goldfish. It was home to my beautiful grandchildren, two girls: Uisge, 12, Orrin 8 and Zephyr 6 have lived a life of many children’s dreams, running wild and free in their woods.

At lunchtime on Sunday 25th February this superhuman effort of human endeavour was reduced to a pile of blackened ash on a large patch of scorched earth. A small chimney fire grew to an inferno and whilst they did their best to extinguish it – all they could do was get the kids and the dog out, retreat and watch, everything they’d built and gathered over their lifetimes, go up in smoke.

She is thankful that the fire didn’t start in the dead of night. It’s unlikely any of them would have survived. We all feel lucky that they managed to escape. They live an alternative lifestyle without the luxuries we take for granted, including insurance and it’s unlikely they could have secured it. They are lucky that they have a core of generous, resourceful friends and family who have rallied in the immediate aftermath. They are now staying with Nick’s mum in Leeds.

After such a traumatic experience most people would upsticks and buy a ‘proper’ house. But Fran and Nick are not like most people. They are determined to return and build another dream house, only better. Using different, less flammable materials, but on the same carbon neutral principles.

Please help them start again. They lost everything: clothes, toys, books, furniture and tools, tools and more tools. It takes a lot of tools to build your own house from scratch.


Something that has been pointed out to me in regard to this website, a number of times is ‘why does the Outlaw publish so many ‘historical’ posts instead of posting about current events?’

The answer to that is quite simple, and I shall re-iterate what I answered then, which was that many events of today are not ‘new’, and one only has to look to history to find examples of similar or even identical events with which to draw comparisons from.

A case in point is something I happened upon last night, while I was doing some research for the book I am currently putting together about a building of historical interest in Wrexham, north east Wales, when I found an obscure reference to a survey of the Bromfield (Saxon Name) and Yale lordships, that had been undertaken by a Thomas Sheffield in 1315.

After a lot of searching, through books and various archives, I found a Doctorate Thesis in the Aberystwyth University Geography Archive ‘Spatial Patterns in the small town in the nineteenth century – a case study of Wrexham’, written by Sandra Irish B.A. (Hons) which was submitted in August 1987.

On page 102 of that document, there is a reference to this survey, and the date, but I can find little else about it, other than a few anecdotal quotes elsewhere, about ‘Famine’ and rather strangely ‘Cannibalism’.

In Wrexham?

So you know by now how it works, you start off by looking for something and you end up somewhere else, following clues and links and joining dots until you reach a point where you are reading about stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with what you were actually looking for.

Anyway, the anecdotal references I had found to ‘Cannibalism’ piqued my interest somewhat, especially with all the bullshit being promoted around the internet at the moment, with taglines like ‘Baby Eating’ and ‘Satanic Practices’ and ‘Satanic Ritual Abuse’ etc, so locating actual historical evidence of ‘Cannibalism’ on any scale occurring in Britain or mainland Europe, could, and I emphasize the word ‘could’, add some weight to at least some of these claims.

I avoided the ‘Truther’ websites and forums, especially those who are pumping out this kind of stuff regularly, and purposely looked for sources that were both historically ‘Mainstream’, as well as Contemporary therefore would be generally acceptable to the average person.

What I found was interesting, inasmuch as even WIKIPEDIA (although horrendously flawed, is generally the average person’s go-to reference point), has a number of pages about this very subject, but, being part of another historical event, (which admittedly I was not overly familiar with) could be easily overlooked.

Although WIKI makes no reference to the survey I was looking for, what it does mention is an event known as ‘The Great Famine’, which began in 1315 and continued for the next four years, brought great hardship and starvation to much of Europe and ‘Chroniclers of the time noted many incidences of cannibalism’….

‘In the spring of 1315, unusually heavy rain began in much of Europe. Throughout the spring and the summer, it continued to rain, and the temperature remained cool. Under such conditions, grain could not ripen, leading to widespread crop failures. Grain was brought indoors in urns and pots to keep dry. The straw and hay for the animals could not be cured, so there was no fodder for the livestock. The price of food began to rise; prices in England doubled between spring and midsummer. Salt, the only way to cure and preserve meat, was difficult to obtain because brine could not be effectively evaporated in wet weather; its price increased from 30 shillings to 40 shillings. In Lorraine, wheat prices grew by 320% making bread unaffordable to peasants. Stores of grain for long-term emergencies were limited to royalty, lords, nobles, wealthy merchants and the Church. Because of the general increased population pressures, even lower-than-average harvests meant some people would go hungry; there was little margin for failure. People began to harvest wild edible roots, plants, grasses, nuts and bark in the forests.

A number of documented incidents show the extent of the famine. Edward II, King of England, stopped at St Albans on 10 August 1315 and had difficulty finding bread for himself and his entourage; it was a rare occasion in which the King of England was unable to eat. The French, under Louis X, tried to invade Flanders, but in the low country of the Netherlands, the fields were soaked and the army became so bogged down that they were forced to retreat, burning their provisions where they left them, unable to carry them away.

In the spring of 1316, it continued to rain on a European population deprived of energy and reserves to sustain itself. All segments of society from nobles to peasants were affected but especially the peasants, who represented 95% of the population and who had no reserve food supplies. To provide some measure of relief, the future was mortgaged by slaughtering the draft animals, eating the seed grain, abandoning children to fend for themselves (“Hansel and Gretel”) and, among old people, voluntarily refusing food for the younger generation to survive.

*The chroniclers of the time noted many incidents of cannibalism.*

The height of the famine was reached in 1317, as the wet weather continued. Finally, in that summer, the weather returned to its normal patterns. By then, however, people were so weakened by diseases such as pneumonia, bronchitis and tuberculosis, and so much of the seed stock had been eaten, that it was not until 1325 that the food supply returned to relatively normal levels and the population began to increase again. Historians debate the toll, but it is estimated that 10–25% of the population of many cities and towns died. Though the Black Death (1338–1375) would kill more people, it often swept through an area in a matter of months, whereas the Great Famine lingered for years, prolonging the suffering of the populace’. – WIKIPEDIA

That of course does not ‘Prove’ that Cannibalism is practiced today by any means, only that extreme hardship had forced a number of people out of sheer desperation and extreme hunger, to do the unthinkable in order to survive – that appears to be a historical fact.

There is of course the now infamous Sawney Beane case, where an East Lothian native in the 12th Century, along with 47 other members of his murderous and cannibalistic family, were executed:

‘Their crimes were considered so heinous that the normal justice system, for which Scotland is so renowned, was abandoned and the entire family were sentenced to death. The following day the twenty-seven men of the family met a fate similar to that of many of their victims, by having their legs and arms cut off and being left to slowly bleed to death, watched by their women. The twenty-one women were burned like witches in huge fires.’

So even in the 12th Century, cannibalism was considered so heinous a crime that the Scottish  justice system was abandoned.

As many of these recent ‘Baby Eating’ claims are known to be emanating from over the Scottish border, could they be using the Bean case, as it’s local to them as a point of reference?

Because I would bet a pound against a pinch of pig manure that they are not aware of what happened during the ‘Great Famine’, and out of great necessity only.


Another thing I would like to draw attention to, although it’s unrelated to the eating of people or babies, is another event which happened prior to 1315, (also referred to in the WIKIPEDIA page) and which is believed to have been the cause of the famine:

‘The onset of the Great Famine coincided with the end of the Medieval Warm Period. Between 1310 and 1330, northern Europe saw some of the worst and most sustained periods of bad weather in the entire Middle Ages, characterized by severe winters and rainy and cold summers. The Great Famine may have been precipitated by a volcanic event, perhaps that of Mount Tarawera which lasted about five years.

Changing weather patterns, the ineffectiveness of medieval governments in dealing with crises and population level at a historical high made it a time for little margin for error in food production.’

Which shows that ‘Global Warming’ or ‘Climate Change’ is not a new thing either, it’s a perfectly natural cycle, (every few thousand years) is entirely predictable, and is certainly not ‘ManMade’ as every western Government has claimed for the last decade or so, and that there are not that many things that are entirely ‘New’….

*I will continue searching for the Wrexham Cannibals though, in case you were wondering …. It would make a great story.*

As most of the food on sale these days is very likely to be devoid of any nutritional value, many more people are turning to nutritional supplements in an effort to redress the balance.

Have you wondered, where those supplements and so-called ‘Health Foods’ come from?

Have you considered whether the stuff you are taking, has any actual health benefits?

What about the companies behind them, have you ever given them much thought?

There has been a boom in companies offering a vast range of supplements and health-related paraphernalia, both online and on the High Street, but for the purposes of this article, I shall concentrate on the largest.

Holland and Barrett, the biggest ‘Health Food’ chain in the UK.

Founded in 1920 as “Heath & Heather” it changed it’s name to the more familiar moniker in 1970.

The H & B Blurb:“We are Europe’s leading retailer of Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Supplements. Our stores are a familiar sight in almost every major city and town across the United Kingdom and Ireland, where we operate over 550 outlets.”

Holland & Barrett stock a huge range of ‘Health Products’, far too many to list here, so I will focus instead on the selling methods used.

Whole foods.
H & B sell a comprehensive selection of dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and suchlike.

Naturally, it’s advertised as being fully “organic,’ the majority also being advertised under the ‘Fairtrade’ umbrella.

So what does the ‘organic’ label really entail?

In Holland & Barrett’s case, it is completely different from anything you would recognise as being grown in your own garden or allotment.

The ‘Organic’ farmers that supply H & B with the bulk of their produce, spray their crops with ‘natural’ pesticides such as the noxious Microbe BT, which kills bees, ladybirds and butterflies as well as the pests it’s designed for, by releasing the same toxin made by genetically modified plants.

If inhaled, it can cause bronchitis and even cause and worsen existing asthma.

They treat fungus infestations on their crops with a copper solution which also poisons earthworms and friendly bacteria.

Most modern pesticides are designed to be fully biodegradable, but ‘natural’ pesticides, like copper, stay in the soil forever.

They also use Derris which can cause Parkinson’s disease; PYRETHROIDS, which cause tumours in mice; and potassium permanganate which kills fish.

At least three dozen ‘E’ numbers are allowed as additives, preservatives, flavourings, binders, anti-caking agents, antioxidants and processing agents in ‘organic’ food.

*The Canadian Food Safety Agency, discovered pesticide residues in as many ‘Organic’ baby foods as conventionally produced baby food.*

For cleaning and disinfection, organic farmers use the same chemicals as conventional farmers, including formaldehyde, caustic soda, nitric and phosphoric acid, quicklime, alcohol and other highly toxic chemicals that can contaminate food.

What about ‘Fairtrade?’

Are you aware that it favours certain farmers, and not always the poorest, which draws what may be their only form of income, away from those who are left outside the ‘Fairtrade Umbrella’.

The farmers it does help, are forced to adopt a co-operative management system, which is potentially open to corruption and heavily steered toward being resistant to rapid local economic development.

It’s complex system of certification, also means that the farmers have to pay extortionate fees to take part, without even a guarantee that they will sell any of their crop at the Fairtrade minimum price at all.

So when you’re buying or eating your ‘Fairtrade’ produce, seemingly safe in the knowledge you are helping poorer farmers, it may be wise to research it further.

Advertising a product as either/both ‘Organic’ or ‘Fairtrade’ will give the product a big mark up on the price.

A massive mark up in fact!

Anything heavily promoted as being ‘Natural’, is a misnomer, as vitamins and minerals occur naturally in many foods, thus making them entirely ‘Natural’, so why would the advertiser feel the need to stress that they are ‘Natural?’


When these naturally occurring vitamins are isolated, then converted into artificial (commercial) forms, like ascorbic acid for example, these purified synthetics act on the human body in the same way as drugs.

At that stage, they are no longer even classed as ‘Vitamins’, and to market them or even describe them in that manner, is totally inaccurate.

Magnesium Stearate, also known as stearic acid, is used as a lubricant in over 90% of the vitamins and supplements sold and consumed today.

It’s added to enable the manufacturers to run their machines more efficiently and save them money, but it also creates health problems for the consumer.

Ingested in an artifical form, Magnesium Stearate destroys T-cells (used in primary immune function).

Artificially produced Ascorbic Acid will even block the uptake of real vitamin C.

It’s produced with the lowest production costs being the primary aim.

The additives are there to bulk out the product, and also ensure that they move through the manufacturing equipment at the quickest (and most cost effective) speed.

Additives also ensure a uniform and “attractive” look.

Holland and Barrett and indeed most of, but not all vitamins/supplement stores and suppliers are nothing more than Snake Oil Salesmen, and when you discover who actually owns them, it begins to make more sense.

Up until 2010, they were owned by NBTY before being bought out by THE CARLYLE GROUP for almost 4 Billion Dollars.

Over the past 30 years or more, NBTY have also been covertly buying up health supplement stores and any related companies.


NBTY were formerly known as Arco Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Most people today, no longer value, or have lost altogether the natural ability to understand traditional ways of preparing and eating their own food.

They will however, happily exist on a government regulated, nutritionally deficient food supply, relying on chemical supplements to compensate for what their bodies are screaming out for.

Proper Nutrition.

The early indigenous populations were naturally and acutely aware, that existing alongside nature in total harmony, was the only real path to good health.

Wild animals and those who are allowed to roam free, naturally obey her laws, and as a result have excellent teeth, also enjoying overall good health under normal conditions.

One of Nature’s unwritten dietary laws state: “If it rots your teeth, just leave it alone.”

It’s worth remembering, that without the safety net of modern dentistry, people might also be far more careful about what they eat.

The Inuit are only one example of an ancient people that prove beyond doubt, that humans can survive in good health, without developing diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay or constipation, purely on a 70% (saturated) fat carnivorous diet.

The Inuit have for generations, demonstrated how early Native Americans managed to survive their own harsh winters, they have also shown how the earliest humans survived the Ice Ages, and the value of the complete nutritional needs readily available in wild (therefore unadulterated) fish and game.

You may have been taught in school, that the Inuit were notoriously short lived, so you may also have never really been aware of the lessons that they can teach about good nutrition.

In fact, most Inuit groups had a significant number of elderly individuals among their numbers, often living to 80 years and beyond.

Their often-quoted high mortality rates, came mainly from accidents, violent conflicts (human and animal), and infectious disease as opposed to chronic disease.

The introduction of western diseases have long been cited as a major factor in Inuit mortality rates, much as wars and diseases such as syphilis, small pox, measles and influenza, introduced by European ‘settlers,’cruelly decimated the populations of Native Americans.

To say these people were short lived, exclusively due to their diet is quite simply, wrong.

Theirs are the diets that carried early humans right through to modern times and modern longevity, to the point we have reached today.

With fleets of ambulances, unnecessary surgery, heart valve replacement and bypasses, injectable insulin, chemotherapy, antibiotics, artificial pharmaceuticals and cosmetic dentistry that modern humans rely on, in order to stay ‘well.’

So why didn’t the Inuit people endure the chronic illnesses most ‘civilised’ nations firmly believe, comes from the ingestion of saturated fats?

What exactly did they eat?

Offal was one thing, (liver, kidneys etc) which are a rich source of minerals and the B and C vitamins.

They also ate raw meat (a source of Vitamin C) and fats, also making use of the bones and skin (‘snout to tail’ dining) and promoted natural fermentation, using rotted ‘stink fish’, which was an Inuit source of probiotics.

Since most people today eat an omnivorous diet almost devoid of organ meats, relying instead on steroid-heavy and adrenaline saturated muscle meats, they would be far healthier eating nutrient-dense vegetables along with animal foods (meats, fish, eggs, and poultry, which are an ancient and natural, source of B12).

A untainted, clean source of raw animal foods would clearly help anyone optimise their health.

Properly prepared bone broth (soup stock) for example, would help prevent the modern epidemic of mineral deficiencies, replenish and repair bones and joints, promote regular and restful sleep and also keep the skin looking youthful.

The fats derived from naturally raised animals are also needed to sustain energy levels and support the internal organs.

It may also be worth remembering, that fermentable carbohydrates (sugars and starches), the Inuit lacked in their diet, also heavily stress the bodies’ insulin producing cells, promoting obesity, strokes, heart disease, diabetes, and also feed many cancers.

creation v evolution

There is no satisfactory explanation that I have found for how humans came to be on this planet.

‘Evolution, Creation or something else?’

Discounting Darwin’s Theory and God, only one plausible option remains that makes any sense to me, a ‘third option’ if you like.

To me, if Darwin was right, why are there still great apes if, as he concluded that all humankind evolved from them?

If God was the ‘Creator’ and the world’s population stemmed from just one man and one woman, what is the explanation for the diversity between the races of the populated parts of the world?

I am confident that these questions can and will be enthusiastically answered by any number of knowledgeable people.

Based on their personal religious beliefs, scientific ‘research’ or even their documented historical ‘evidence’ that can, I am certain be produced to reinforce any claims and back up their pet theories.

But it does not answer my basic question why humankind is so ill-equipped to survive on what is to all intents and purposes, an ‘alien’ environment to them as a species.

Humans are born helpless, naked and extremely vulnerable to almost every other lifeform on the planet.

They simply cannot easily survive even the mildest weather conditions, without external protection which has proved insufficient when compared to animals who naturally acclimatise.

No other creature has the need for clothing, or needs to build machinery to travel any distance or to fly, or to cross large water courses and oceans.

Humans cannot naturally fly or dive to the depths of the oceans, they cannot function well on top of the highest mountains, nor survive for long periods deep underground.

The sun burns their skin, even too much oxygen can prove fatal to them and their science cannot definitively explain why this appears to be the case.

Everything naturally occurring has to be adapted to suit them, even most of their food has to be cooked, as their basic physiology does not lend itself to easily digest food in it’s natural form.

A cursory glance at human teeth, coupled with a basic knowledge of how the intestinal tract was designed to function should tell you everything you could need to know about that.

Only the ancient, indigenous people’s seem to be the ones equipped to exist in complete harmony with this planet, striking the perfect balance with all that this planet provides.

Through teachings handed down through the generations, they know the answers as they are a direct link, an unbroken chain stretching right back to where it all began.

Thousands of years before the madness, before the greed and the lust for power and land ownership, before the wars and genocide and the perversion of mankind’s history through corrupt historians.

As for everybody else?

You will have to wait and see how that turns out eh?

Mycelium is a single-celled organism that can travel several inches a day.

It possesses only one cell wall that protects it from infection, yet it thrives more prolifically than any living entity within this realm.

It is this proliferation that is directly responsible for decomposing of plant debris, while at the same time providing essential nutrients to the plant and animal Eco system.

It could be said that mycelium is the earth’s life support system and should be better understood, more respected and protected as befits it’s vital importance.

Better informed Scientists have described Mycelium as:

“the neurological network of nature” that can “expand to thousands of acres in size in cellular mats achieving the greatest mass of any individual organism on this planet”.

The fruit of Mycelium is the good old Mushroom.

They in turn can produce spores capable of traveling great distances on the wind, on clothing, in animal faeces and even on envelopes and packages in our mail.

There are four main types of fungi: saprophytes, parasites, mycorrhizal and endophytes.

The saprophyte subtype is largely responsible for recycling organic debris and providing nutrients to the plant and animal world.

Mycorrhizal fungi are vital to the health of forests because it transports nutrients to different species of trees.

Various mushroom varieties possess potent anti-microbial properties.

It should also be remembered that a, “mouldy cantaloupe melon sent to an army research lab in 1941”, …led to the identification and extraction of strains of penicillium chrysogenum that led to the commercial synthesis of penicillin.

Further research led to the discovery that the extract of mycelium from the mushroom Fomitopsis officinalis, “protects human blood cells from infection by orthopox viruses including the family of viruses that includes smallpox.”

Specific varieties of mushrooms possess antiviral activity against such Virii as:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes Simplex
  • HIV
  • Influenza
  • Pox
  • Tobacco Mosaic Virus

Several varieties of mushrooms are sources of other medicinal compounds including triterpenoids and glycoproteins.

Mushrooms have also shown to have therapeutic effects against specific cancers.

There is strong evidence that fungi from old growth forests have massive potential as the source of new and vital medicines.

But even mushrooms may now be an endangered species.

Studies now seem to indicate that mushroom colonies are shrinking around the world.

Deforestation and the increase in mechanised agriculture have contributed along with pollution and pesticides to this loss.

It can not be emphasised strongly enough that the preservation of this priceless resource is of vital importance to the future of this planet………

Further Reading:

Now that the SARS-Associated Coronovirus has appeared at some hospitals in Britain, the W.H.O. are again planning to scare the living daylights out of the population, with another of it’s pre-written ‘Preparedness’ announcements.

Entirely composed to cause mass hysteria, and designed specifically around the fact that people universally believe the World Health Organisation’s totally fictitious ‘Warnings’ of an imminent Pandemic.

Remember the ‘Swine Flu?’

Based on the W.H.O’s past history, and it’s connection to the corrupt and power-hungry group of individuals who operate under the NATO umbrella, I fully expect the propaganda to start appearing very soon.

With the world in panic mode from global SARS hysteria, the carefully stockpiled anti-viral drug Ribavirin, will be ‘discovered’ to be the only cure and preventative measure from this new plague-like illness.

Despite their complete lack of effectiveness, and totally relying on the public’s lack of knowledge regarding the Pharmacological Industry, the drugs would be rolled out by the Government en masse, and eagerly swallowed by the handful.

I have therefore been considering what choice I would make if we were really facing an impending and deadly pandemic virus, such as SARS or similar?

Would it be a heavily promoted drug which has relatively low availability, extremely high costs and horrendous side effects, which in all truth would not work, or a time-tested, extremely safe, cheap and highly effective herb?

A herb like Glycyrrhizin, maybe, which is the main sweet-tasting compound found in Liquorice.

A study on glycyrrhizin’s inhibitory activity against SARS-associated coronovirus which was published in the Lancet in June of 2003, purposely received no mainstream media coverage, despite its profound importance to human health.

Why is it you think that was?

After all, Liquorice has a rich and ancient history of use as a medicine, being rooted in Indian, Chinese, Greek and Egyptian traditions.

Technically a legume, related to beans and peas, its sweetness results from the presence of glycyrrhizin, a compound 30-50 times sweeter than sugar.

This compound is what gave licorice its name, which derives from the Greek word γλυκύρριζα (glukurrhiza), meaning “sweet” (gluku) “root” (rrhiza).

But glycyrrhizin’s properties don’t end with its sweetness; it is also one of the most powerful antiviral compounds ever studied.
Glycyrrhiza glabra

Liquorice’s potent antiviral properties are not limited to SARS-associated coronaviruses, but have also been studied in connection with another epidemic/pandemic capable and potentially lethal virus, namely Influenza.

Liquorice is promoted in the mainstream as a “dangerous herb,” due to its ability to stimulate blood pressure when consumed excessively, but measured against the higher toxicity of most mainstream drugs, this is yet another lie put out by the large pharmaceutical companies.

It is important to be aware that even when the glycyrrhizin is isolated and concentrated pharmaceutically, its relative toxicity is extraordinarily low, when compared to antiviral drugs like Ribavirin.

Consider also, that glycyrrhizin is much cheaper… So very little cash can be made from it!….