The coming apocalypse and how to survive it
You have probably noticed that many of my posts are entitled "Views of Scotland". If I had chosen blogging software which allowed me to categorise my posts, I would have included "Views of Scotland" as one of the categories. Another one would have been "The coming apocalypse and how to survive it". I have a morbid fascination with the notion of an apocalypse and I am determined, if at all possible, that were an apocalypse to occur, I should be one of the survivors. So, naturally, I have read the Preparing for Emergencies booklet from cover to cover. It's a bit of a disappointment. The old Protect and Survive booklet was a much better read, containing lots of fun things to do, like building a fallout shelter in your living room. To be fair, I suppose the emergencies in question, while nasty, fall somewhat short of an apocalypse, so the target audience is likely to include many more people than your typical apocalypse enthusiasts.
One book, which looks like it might be worth a read, is the Zombie Survival Guide, excerpts of which are available here. Having been scared witless by such films as Twenty Eight Days Later, and the recent remake of Dawn of the Dead, it comes as a relief to learn that
...the body of the undead is, for all practical purposes, human. What changes do occur are in the way this new, reanimated body is used by the now-infected brain. There is no way a zombie could fly unless the human it used to be could fly. The same goes for projecting force fields, teleportation, moving through solid objects, transforming into a wolf, breathing fire, or a variety of other mystical talents attributed to the walking dead. Imagine the human body as a tool kit. The somnambuli brain has those tools, and only those tools, at its disposal. It cannot create new ones out of thin air.
Snippets of information such as this are essential for reducing anxiety, so that what may, at first sight, appear to be a hopeless disaster, will in reality be a manageable ordeal.
For more on the coming apocalypse, read Brian Micklethwait's The Menace of the Apocalyptic Individual.