Essential Survival Tools for the Wilderness

Whether you’re spending the night in the woods or genuinely fighting for your survival in the deepest parts of the wilderness, having the appropriate equipment at hand is absolutely essential. You’ll need to make sure you are fully kitted out with everything the experienced adventurer or explorer would keep with them.

Remember that the items included in this list are designed to keep you alive and not to keep you comfortable. The more time you spend in the wilderness or the more experience you have in these situations, the more you will learn about what each piece of equipment can be used for, allowing you to customise your kit to suit your requirements.

Survival Tool 1 – Knife

A knife may well prove to be the most important tool of all and is absolutely vital if you hope to survive the wilderness. There are many different uses for a knife, ranging from everyday camping requirements to hunting. A knife significantly increases your chances of survival, so always have a pocket knife with you.

Folding blades are not the best choice of knife as they do not have the same amount of strength or durability as a fixed blade. Some of the various uses for a knife include cutting ropes, building weapons, opening packages, starting fires, cutting bandages and even relief from boredom.

Survival Tool 2 – Water Bottle/ Storage/Hydration System

Water is essential if you plan to survive in the wilderness and that’s pretty obvious. However, if you do come across a resourceful supply of water during your travels, you’ll need to have an appropriate method of storage.

Many people watch the movies and notice those distinctive canvas packs and presume these to be the best way to carry water around, yet this is certainly not on the preferred list of storage options. Hydration systems prove to be the most efficient form of water storage and are easy to carry around.

Survival Tool 3 – First-Aid Kit

First aid-kits include everything you would possibly need to treat an injury that you sustain in the wilderness. Without proper medical, even the smallest of cuts can prove to be a problem due to the risk of infection.

first aid kit

A first-aid kit should include all the medical equipment required to treat an injury. It’s quite possible for complications to arise without proper treatment but items such as bandages, cleaning wipes, plasters and other supplies will help you. Any prescribed medication should also be kept in the first-aid kit at all times.

Survival Tool 4 – Backpack/Pack

All of the stuff you’re hoping to bring with you will need to be carried in some way and the standard procedure for most people trekking through the wilderness is to keep a comprehensive backpack with them.

The more pockets on your backpack the better as you can organise your things and know exactly where to go if you need something. You can also pick up useful items along the way and store them in your backpack.

Survival Tool 5 – Cords/Rope

Rope is an incredibly useful tool that benefits all kinds of survival scenarios, with parachute cord proving to be a light, strong and space-friendly option for most. You should bring a spare paracord as well in case you plan on camping overnight.

There are many different uses of rope or cord including hoisting food away from wildlife, making splints, repairing tents, fishing line and building emergency shelters. If you want to create a strong knot or grip around an object, wet the rope first. As it dries it will tighten and create a strong knot.

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Appreciation of Porcelain Gifts

Giving meaningful gifts have long become tradition worldwide, although heartfelt gifts hold different significance for different people. People may give a gift to say thanks, to commemorate a special milestone or even just as a spontaneous want to show love. They can be small or large, what matters is that they come from the heart.


Porcelain is a fantastic way to show how much you care, using beautiful figurines that have been painstakingly created into tiny snapshots of life and love. Popular figurines for porcelain are ballroom and ballet dancers, delicate animals and fantasy creatures as well as breath-taking pieces of mothers and babies. With esteemed companies such as Nao and Lladro producing a wide range of different porcelain figures suitable for a range of occasions, you can find something for every event. Here are a few examples of occasions where a porcelain gift would simply be the cherry on top of a remarkable event.


Normally a teddy bear is given at a christening, but why not buy something a bit more…eternal? Giving a beautiful teddy bear figurine at the christening is a great way to show your love and it is a gift that can be kept until the child is older, so that they may enjoy it themselves or show it to their own children.


Personal achievements are often the ones you are most proud of. However it mean just that little bit extra when other people congratulate you on your achievements. Graduation from University, whether it is a BA, a Masters or even a PHD, is a fantastic achievement and one that you carry with you for the rest of your life. So why not further add to that pride by gifting a graduating friend or relative with a beautiful porcelain degree or graduation hat?


Love is a wonderful thing. When a couple announces their engagement, normally champagne is poured, flowers are given and the long walk starts towards planning the wedding and the start of their new life together. Mark this occasion forever with a lovely figurine of two dancers, or a pair of swans with the date of engagement or the planned wedding date painted on the base.

New Baby

With so many tiny porcelain babies available in stores and online as well as gorgeous mother and baby porcelain joint figurines, this seems like the obvious gift to give a couple expecting a new little addition to their family. In some cases you can also personalise the baby, or pick a certain colour scheme to represent the gender of the baby. It is up to you.

In Remembrance

Family members taken before their time, dear loved ones finally departed, beloved pets lost in tragic accidents. Death happens all the time and it is heart-breaking and time-stopping when it happens to someone close to you. A small gift yet meaningful all the same, is a porcelain figure representing the love lost and honouring their memory. It could be a symbol of their hobbies; a ballet shoe or a piece of delicate jewellery, or it could be a simple representation of their passing; such as an angel or a dove.

Porcelain gifts are expensive, however they come from the heart and certainly earn their space on the recipient’s windowsill or at their desk for years to come. They may often seem like a small token of affection, but the meaning behind the gift and the joy that it brings in simply looking at it and remembering the giver fondly, is well worth the price you pay. Whether you want to buy it for a close friend or relative who is moving away, you feel it fit to give to a loved one who has recently come through hard times, or just as a meaningful birthday gift, say ‘I love you’ without using words by using a beautiful porcelain figure.

Article provided by The Chinaman; the china and porcelain gift specialist with a beautiful shop in Sevenoaks and two websites packed full of stunning figurines, crockery and much more.

Music Festivals Marbella | Starlite

Summer Concerts in Marbella – Starlite Festival 2015

The Spanish coast will be welcoming numerous famous guests this summer for the premier music and dance festival that is Starlite in Marbella. The fabulous festival lasts for a month and includes a programme filled with huge concerts, parties, shows and premieres. The list of famous names appearing throughout the month has grown considerably over the last few months, with some monumental names preparing to take to the stage between July 18th and August 22nd.

A History of Starlite

Starlite is famous for attracting festival-goers from all over Europe to an event defined by culture and community. Hosted at Marbella’s quarry, a natural open-air amphitheatre, Starlite provides us with a complete cultural programme for one month every year.


The stars that regularly make an appearance each year embrace the warm social atmosphere and regularly mingle among the audience for drinks, food and the unique experience in general.

Starlite is famous for its musical performances and for playing host to some of the industry’s most iconic figures, including Tom Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Adams, Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Tony Bennet, Malu and Alejandro Fernandez. Alongside these huge names, Starlite is considered a major ambassador of what Spain has to offer to its tourists.

Starlite was founded over thirty years ago by three visionaries, Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Julio Iglesias and Placido Domingo. They were eager to create a music festival that would be internationally recognised for its contribution to both music and community spirit. The festival was set up in Marbella’s quarry and celebrated from 1983, year upon year.

Who’s Performing?

The considerable array of start performers appearing in Marbella this summer include Lionel Richie, Lenny Kravitz and Andrea Bocelli. Lenny Kravitz is one of the biggest names in rock music, while he’s also made a name for himself as an aspiring actor having appeared in a handful of films and productions. Lionel Richie is one of the best-selling musicians of all time and is probably most famously known for the line “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” Andrea Bocelli never fails to provide spine tingling performances wherever he goes, with the tones of this world-famous opera star set to take to the stage at Starlite once more.

The music has always played a huge part at Starlite festival, but it’s important we don’t forget, alongside these wonderful musicians and beautiful melodies, the social attractions and communal spirit that is ever-present. The Starlite Lounge is open between 8pm and 6am and makes for the perfect place to mingle with fellow festival-goers. It also plays host to various fashions shows, performances, art exhibitions and restaurants. At the stroke of midnight, the Lounge transforms into the idyllic festival atmosphere with parties, DJ’s and soirees all taking centre stage.

Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas will be making an appearance to host the famous Starlite Gala. Banderas is one of Malaga’s famous sons and continues to work immensely hard to help local charities gain more recognition. This year, with the help of Antonio Banderas, the Gala will look to raise money for disadvantaged families and communities.

What Next?

If you’re captivated by the prospect of visiting one of Marbella’s most memorable summer festivals, you can found out all you need to know about tickets and travel on the official Starlite website. Tickets are sold independently so you can choose which acts you’d like to see. Remember that the biggest names will sell out fast, so don’t hesitate in getting your hands on tickets to this wonderful summer event.

Article provided by Marbella’s largest real estate agent, Panorama Properties.

Modern libraries encourage Children to read

Getting children interested in reading can be an easy job or a hard job depending on the child and the chosen literature. While it is important to read to children from a very young age to improve their literacy and verbal skills, some children seem to lose an interest in books after a certain age and this can make it awkward for study periods or parts of school where reading is an essential skill.


While many children can read, considerably less consider reading to be an enjoyable activity. Reading is a fantastic, quiet and calming way to pass the time for all ages and it can capture the imagination and increase vocabulary in ways that watching television or simply speaking to others may not. By encouraging solo reading from a young age, you open up language opportunities that might otherwise be missed from just watching TVs or socialising with other children.

However to a child, many libraries don’t exactly look like very exciting places to be, even if you’re going to spend most of the time there engrossed in a book. Part of what makes play areas, theme parks and areas like cinemas and bowling alleys so attractive to children is the colourful and bright atmosphere that seems so welcoming. Libraries are built for peace and quiet and often have muted colours to help people collapse more readily into the books fantasy or factional world. In order to encourage children to start going to libraries of their own, you need to entice them with things that are of interest to them.

Bright, colourful furniture

Children love colours, the brighter the better. While this may not necessarily be the best atmosphere for adult literature, creating a bright and exciting environment including brightly coloured furniture will appeal to a child’s imagination and their sense of wonder, making them more eager about going to the library.

Themed libraries are a great way of engaging a child’s imagination, whether it is a space theme, a jungle theme or even a Wild West theme. Children love the idea of sitting in the midst of all the action, so why not create homework desks that look like old cowboy wagons, or have a big painted jungle snake wiggle its way around the entire room? Colours and scenes will inspire children, help them pick out books they like and perhaps even start to make their own stories.

Large and clearly labelled signs

If your children want to become a little more independent while at the library, it is important to make sure signs are large and clearly labelled with the different sections on them. Picture hints might be a good idea as well, for the younger ‘readers’. As a child, it can be frustrating to be in an unfamiliar place with no way of finding out where you want to go or what you are looking for, so clearly labelled signs are always helpful.

Free Wi-Fi/A Wi-Fi section

While reading is essential, it is also important to be able to cater to the needs of the modern day. Free Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi hotspots are essential in the renovation of a children’s library, as a place for study is not only for books and reading. Study can easily be done while on a computer or a mobile device and it is fairly simple to set up a block to certain sites to ensure that the Wi-Fi is not misused.

Comfortable Reading Areas

Bean bags, comfortable arm chairs or even long sofas are a great addition to any library. Bean bags are a flexible choice as you can bundle them together for a study group, or move one to one side to read alone. While plastic chairs have their merit for homework sections of the library, you want to create an environment where children feel safe settling down with a good book for an hour or two of quiet reading. For this, comfortable chairs and a well-established reading area is essential.

Whether you simply decide to renovate one corner of the library to make it more comfortable for children, or you are planning on a full scale renovation project of the school library or the children’s library of your town, make sure you tailor it to meet the needs of your target audience. After all, the children are the future!

Article provided by Mike at Sussex based Whiteleys Office Furniture.