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Thoughts from January 2008

nice bird

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Iona brought her budgie, Tweet, into Dub Towers last week.

After spending a tiring day posing for pictures, perching on various shoulders and dictating important letters, Tweet then got back into her colour coordinated trailer and caught the bus home.

She's no diva, that budgie.

alpine furniture update

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Regular readers will know that we opened an office in Austria at the end of last year and are slowly gearing up to sell lots of drinks there. Last time we visited, Franz had found a desk, finally ending the furniture shortage that saw him resort to using his wife's breastfeeding chair for office comfort.

Well, today things moved on a step or two. Our Austrian friends sent us over a picture of Franz actually putting a desk together (above). And we can also see a new yellow chair in the background, in front of 'Old Faithful' (the breastfeeding chair). Things are on the up.

Next week - Jess buys some indoor plants for the office and Line rinses some mugs.

how do you like them bananas

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Top bananas at a Rainforest Alliance credited farm we visited.

Bananas are hands down the worlds most popular fruit. They are the most important food crop after rice, wheat and maize. That's a pretty important role to play.

Seeing as bananas are so important, and that we use them as an ingredient in all of our smoothies, we like to make sure we choose exactly the right ones. That not only means choosing the freshest, best quality and best tasting yellow fellows, we also insist that they are all sourced to highest possible ethical standards.

That's why we only use Rainforest Alliance certified bananas found with the help of our friend Carlos.

In order to be credited by the Rainforest Alliance banana growers have to meet a set of important ethical standards which are put in place to help protect communities and the environment. They then get to use the below stamp and become a potential innocent smoothie banana.

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All of this means that you can rest assured that the bananas in your smoothie are helping to protect workers rights and the local environment where they are produced. Not to mention they're damn tasty and good for you.