Thoughts from August 2006

write to your MP

A couple of things about our campaign to get rid of VAT on smoothies:

1. The story made it into the FT this weekend. It's gathering speed.

2. If you feel strongly about it, you can go to , find your local MP and send them a note. Or indeed send them a note about whatever is bothering you the most - late buses, wonky town hall clock, lack of good discos in your constituency. Use the power of democracy, today.

Thanks to Gil, who let us know about via our blog comments.

ethics and chips


Last Sunday the Observer Food Monthly kindly made us part of 'the most ethical meal on earth', which was very good of them. But that got us thinking. Do we actually shop according to our ethics? Personally speaking, I think I'm alright when it comes to thinking about the consequences of my purchases, but as I sip on my tea, I'm not quite sure where it came from. I don't know if it's ethical tea. So perhaps I'm a bit rubbish.

The same goes for quite a bit of my shopping - I'm quite good at being good and considerate in some areas, but my bin bags/deodorant/bread might not be as ethical as they could be. I guess it comes down to me being a modern day hypocrite like most people - I do good stuff where I can but probably fall down in a few places.

So, a question - how ethical are you? Do you shop with a conscience? Or do you do as much as you can and then give up and buy a bag of chips? Is there such a thing as an ethical bag of chips? And are we all hypocrites?

Would be interesting to hear how far you go - if you have time, post a comment.

sweet dreams


We are very impressed that Travelodge have hired a Director of Sleep. He will be responsible for testing mattress tension and pillow density, as well as writing a "dream plan" that every guest can follow.

What a great job. If you know of any better ones, please let us know.

As seen in The Independent