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Cocktail Cabinet of the Apocalypse #1: the Nuclear Fallout

A modern classic, this cocktail requires a steady hand and a well-stocked cabinet. Pay close attention to your temperatures, or the layering effect won’t work!

Ingredients (serves 1):
1 tsp raspberry syrup
1/4 measure maraschino
1/4 measure yellow Chartreuse
1/4 measure Cointreau
1/2 measure well-iced blue Curacao
Chill all liqueurs, but put the blue Curacao in the coldest part of the freezer (or, if in the midst of a nuclear winter, on the doorstep outside. Not too far out, though: you don’t want to risk frostbite in your fingers from retrieving it…). Chill a shot glass.
Carefully pour the drinks in layers over the back of a teaspoon – except the blue Curacao.
When ready to serve, slowly pour in the Curacao over the back of the teaspoon… and wait for the fallout!
—Daystar out—

Cocktail Cabinet of the Apocalypse: an introduction

It’s said that there’s a cocktail for every occasion… and the apocalypse is no exception.

Just because it’s the end of the world, it doesn’t mean we have to give up the finer things in life. And besides, cocktails have their uses – even being a source of nutrition in their own right (stay with me, ladies, I’m going somewhere with this).
There’s a few factors to consider when choosing the drinks for your post-apocalyptic soiree, besides what ingredients you’ve been able to loot.
A long drink (for example, a Long Island Iced Tea) will provide more hydration than a shot of vodka, while a fruit-based cocktail (a Screwdriver) will give you a vitamin hit.
On the other hand, if there’s any danger of pollution, you might want to consider a largely spirit-based drink (step forward, classic Martini) as these are inevitably going to be “cleaner” drinks. And for a quick fix of salt & vitamin C, nothing beats a tequila slammer.
Even the most basic cocktails have their potential purposes: brandy and whisky have long been considered “medicinal”.
So let’s talk cocktails, and look at the most glamorous drinks for when the dying sun is well and truly over the yardarm…
—Daystar out—

Movie Week – Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

I know the first Mad Max is the real classic, Road Warrior is also probably a better film, but Thunderdome with Tina Turner and the crazy spherical cage fight make the third film my personal favourite of the series.

In a post apocalyptic world Max, having lost his wife and child in the first film and everything else in the second now risks losing his own life once again trying to retrieve the things stolen from him. He heads into Bartertown and not only must he survive, but this time he has to rescue others and take them somewhere safe.

The 80’s were a great time for truly mad films and Tina Turner rocks it in the post apocalyptic Bartertown.

The Apocalypse Has Begun!

posted by Honeybadger on Behalf of Danacea, Warrior Mum.
Parental Advisory on language ;p

The Zombie Apocalypse has started in Leicester Square. It has started in M&M World. It has started, and the colours of Hell are red, green and yellow. Satan is a giant chocolate in white gloves.


The trudging, starving nightmares don’t hunger for brains; they hunger for sugar. They don’t want flesh, they want candy. They want London-branded souvenir candy. And if that’s not enough, they want blinged-up shades with the M&M logo in diamante on the side.


Caught, in the midst of that horror, you reach for your weapons. Your trusty shotgun, used in all the movies; your toolbelt, your machete, your woodman’s axe. But you have none of these things – you’re Christmas shopping, and all you have are your elbows.


The hordes swamp you, they crush you on stairwells and they bear you to the floor. They tramp over you, oblivious. They must reach the chocolate; they must have the keychain, the t-shirt, the bag-for-life. You’re being swallowed alive by the garish primary colours of Hades and there’s a soundtrack, ringing in your brain, the soundtrack of your own ending. Will the last noise you hear really be Slade screaming, “It’s Christmaaaaaaassss!”


In your final moments, you rally. You reach deep within yourself for your last reserves of courage. You wield your trusty bag and your Doctor Martens and you fight, fight, to reach the door. But they will not let you pass – even as you see the Winter sky, bright and cold over the city, even as you reach for it, more of them are coming through the door.

They are endless.


In your last moments, you understand. As the horror finally devours you, there is one blazing truth left in your mind…

Fuck me, chocolate or not, I am NEVER setting foot in that place again.

Music for the Apocalypse #9: Blow Me Away by Breaking Benjamin

The theme song for Halo, a setting where aliens and various other things are trying to wipe out not only humanity but also all life in the galaxy. There are aliens and zombies!(Kind of)

Movie Week – Dog Soldiers

by GClarkHellery

Men in uniform, werewolves and Sean Pertwee, what more can you need for a Saturday night in?

A group of soldiers are on maneuvers in Scotland, but they are not alone.

Werewolves on the loose in Scotland!

The werewolves do what werewolves do best – the maul and main with lots of blood and growling, unlike some of the more ‘cuddly’ versions recent movies have given us. The costumes and movements for the werewolves are stunning (director Neil Marshall cast ballet dancers as the werewolves so they are very graceful) and the camaraderie of the men is brilliant. Running jokes, such as the England v Germany football match, run through the film to lighten the mood but it has it’s dark and scary moments as well.

Possibly my favourite scene is Sean Pertwee (did I mention I’m a fan??) is locked in the toilet (sorry ‘carzy’) with werewolves trying to get in. Hilarious and scary at the same time.

Described as ‘A Bitch of A Movie’ we all have that ‘wrong time of the month’ when we shouldn’t be around people – especially people with guns!

I’d say it’s the near perfect couple movie: there’s enough action for the blokes, but enough intrigue and mystery (and did I mention Sean Pertwee??) for the girls. Enjoy.

Movie Week – Battle Royale

by GClarkHellery

In the near future, the Japanese government becomes concerned about the growing power and poor behaviour the children of Japan are displaying. They therefore create ‘Battle Royale’

Randomly selected, a group of high school students are deposited on an island. Each is given a bag containing food, a map and a ‘weapon’ – the latter ranging from guns, knives to a saucepan. The aim is to survive for three days.

Easy right?

Wrong. Only one person is allowed to survive. Class feuds explode (sometimes literally!), and friends turn their backs on each other. Well, actually they don’t because as soon as you turn your back, there’s a knife in it.

Brutal, shocking but ultimately filled with heart, Battle Royal is a fantastic movie, showing the extent children, and their teachers, will go to to survive.

Weaving for the Apocalypse: Making your own Rugs

by Apocalypse Womble

There’s not much to do in the winter months, whether you’re hiding from zombies, isolating yourself from plague, or trying to wait out a nuclear winter. But one thing you can do to bring some of the comforts of home to your fallout shelter is weave yourself a rug.

A basic frame loom.

Make no bones about it, this is not a quick project, but it’s a handy thing to occupy yourself with and help keep cabin fever at bay. Whether you’re weaving an extra blanket or a rug to cover the hard concrete floor of your fallout shelter, this is an easy skill to acquire that will win you friends.
Of course, a proper loom can make a doddle out of this process, but not everyone can be lucky enough to acquire such a thing when the four minute warning goes out. Fortunately, it’s very easy to construct a basic frame-loom from four pieces of wood and a bunch of nails.
This is a one meter by one meter loom, and just about the right size for easy handling. Nail your pieces of wood together firmly at the ends to form a square, then hammer in the nails for holding your warp in place. This useful website suggests simply looping your wool around the top and bottom beams of your loom, which I must confess I’d never thought of, but using nails will make it easier to keep your warp in place and evenly spaced. In the above photo I’ve spaced the nails at 5mm apart, having measured and marked the wood before hammering the nails in place. Once you’ve done this at both ends, you have your loom!
Next, get your yarn and tie it to a nail at one end (I recommend using a slipknot), stretch the yarn to the other end of your loom, loop it around your first nail’s opposite, and pull it taught back down to the next nail along on the first beam. Carry on back and forth across the loom until all nails have been looped, trying to maintain an even tension. Tie off at the last nail with a double knot.
Next, get the yarn you want to use for your weft. Tie it firmly to the first strand of warp at least two inches from the nails. If you don’t do this, as I discovered, it will be very difficult to maintain an even tension, and you’ll get a result something like this (right). Having tied your yarn to the warp, you now want to weave it up and down, over and under the strands of the warp. To do this you’ll want to divide up your wool into smaller balls so that it’s easier to pass through the warp, as you can see I did in the picture below. You will also need to be careful to keep your weft nice and loose to ensure that you’re not tightening the warp ever inwards (again, a mistake I made with my first effort).

From the second row onward you’re going to need to push your current row downwards so that it sits snugly against the row before. I improvised and used a knitting needle to beat the wool down after finishing a row. In an apocalypse situation it’s always important to know how to improvise, but if you have the materials, it would be better to use a wooden slat as a ‘shed’ stick. This is simply a bit of wood that you put through your warp (alternating up and down) and periodically shove downwards to keep your weft in order.

Shed Stick

Once you’ve woven as much as you want, or until you find you can’t get your weft through the warp anymore, tie off the weft at one end and free your work from its nail moorings. You will now need to tie off your ends. Cut each of the loops that went over your nails as you go and tie the ends together in double knots. The more room you left between the nails and where you started and finished your weaving, the easier this will be. Once this is done, you’ll have your first square of rug or material – congratulations!
What you do with this next depends on the sort of yarn you used. The yarn I used for my test piece was too thin to form a rug, but good for use as the backing for a carpet (more on that in a later post). A thicker yarn can make a reasonable rug, especially if you sew the pieces together. I managed to make a very serviceable rug for my kitchen floor when living in a particularly cold and poorly insulated flat. (You can see a picture of it in construction to the left.) I’ll certainly be taking it with me to the bomb shelter.

The bigger your yarn, the thicker your rug, and the quicker your weaving will go. With this in mind, another enterprising thing to do is to tear old T-shirts into strips and construct a larger loom to weave with these. It may not be pretty, but you’ll have a new covering for your fallout shelter in no time flat. Having said that, these ladies seem to have ended up with some nifty looking rugs by messing about and experimenting, so why not have a go!

Apocalypse Womble out.

Know Your Idols #14 Private Benjamin

by HoneyBadger

Ok so Private Benjamin didn’t survive or even face an apocalypse, but she is further proof that even a spoiled little fluff of a thing can grow up, toughen up and be ready for war.

What’s her deal?
Judy Benjamin is a bored, spoilt rich girl and she joins the army after seeing recruitment posters saying they send you to exotic places. She arrives with trunks full of make up and heaps of attitude and expectation to basic training where she gets a rude awakening. Through the film, she finds herself, toughs it out, becomes a good Private and valuable part of the team. Since she’s played by Goldie Hawn she also manages to look cute in fatigues.

It’s all about her personal journey rather than her ass kicking, but she is transformed from a useless socialite into a tough soldier and if she can do it any of us can. Although of course this was the 80’s so there is a lot of silliness in the film.

In fairness to Benjamin, she has had some tough breaks, her husband dies on their wedding night and she has to deal with sexual harassment in the army, so while this is in many ways a decidedly silly movie, there are still useful lessons to learn from our girl.

Research: Private Benjamin 1980

She says:
Oh god, you can’t mean me. I worked the night shift! Go check out the bathroom, it’s FABULOUS.
Don’t bad French artists have telephones?
Has anybody ever died from basic?

Judy Benjamin demonstrates the adaptability, spirit and remarkable inner toughness that ever apocalypse girl needs to be able to call on when the worst happens.

Honeybadger out.

Dating in an Apocalypse #5 Alien invasion

ok Alien invasion is a little vague. Are we talking Independence Day/War of the Worlds open warfare or the more subtle approach of say The Visitors? Perhaps it’s the mindless destruction of Ridley Scott’s Alien using us as incubators and food or we could be victims of Predators dropping by for a hunt.

In most cases the issues are the same, similar to with dragons, what are the chances of your survival and his? Where do you see the relationship going? Is he Will Smith or is he going to get eaten? V however raises new challenges.