Thoughts from July 2008

football was the winner

Ladies and gentlemen, please meet the Goldfork Toads, innocent's very own all-conquering five-a-side team.


They won the cup (pictured in Ed's hands, above) and the story goes like this:

"Last night innocent’s own Goldfork Toads footy team won the league. A freak set of results, involving fete helpers Sister Sledge actually winning a game, conspired to hand the mighty Toads the cup after they themselves smashed their opposition 8-2.

The dramatic finale was a fitting close to a season where the Toads had scored a total of 75 goals and finished with the highest goal difference in all of Chiswick. There were highs and lows, lefts and rights but despite Ops Matkinson’s fabled touch in front of goal, Oli utilising his kick boxing skills, Andrew W top scoring while the keeper, Giles C getting sent off in nearly every game, Jim (aka Tony Yeboah) going on holiday for most of the season and Ed G returning 1 goal in 10 games the toads fell out on top.

The trophy was presented by Greg, the guy who collects the money at the end of the match. The winning keeper Andrew W said ‘I can’t remember the last time a saw a trophy that big, pet’. Greg followed with ‘never before have a side been so happy to win the Chiswick 5-a-side league division 3 title. It’s concerning’. "

Now that, I'm sure you'll all agree, is what sport is all about.

spreadable biscuits: part two

A few weeks ago, we told you about the biscuit spread that had made it's way into our kitchen.

Lots of you got very excited about the prospect of having it on your toast but sadly, it's not currently available in the UK just yet.

Thankfully, a nice man called Ian (who works for Lotus in the UK) sent us some jars to give away.


There are 10 jars up for grabs for the first 10 people who can answer this rather long biscuit related question:

What was the main spicy ingredient of the biscuit who got baked, legged it out the oven and made lots of people chase him before meeting a watery demise by accepting a lift over the river from a sly old fox?

(Competition is now closed. Well done to Mark, Katy, Tom, Rachel, Leang, Tom Betts, Rachael, Becky, deafgirly and Daniel for being so darned quick. Jars of spreadable biscuit on their way to you all very soon)

things are getting serious

the innocent village fete

Both the innocent band and the innocent drum club had their final rehearsals for our village fete last night, in a recording studio, deep in the heart of Shepherd's Bush.

There was some serious concentration going on.


Some serious faces.


And some serious drumming.




Both bands will be performing on The Village Disco stage at 3:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Please come along and cheer them on.

colin, berti, tug boat and oysters

the innocent village fete


Please say hello to Colin (foreground), his cousin Berti (background) and their fine Scottish oysters*. Colin is our innocent representative up in Scotland. You might have seen him on our blog before presenting a retailer of the month award and riding a space hopper. Along with working for innocent Colin also does a nice little sideline in fresh oysters straight from his farm on Loch Creran, which he will be selling at our fete this weekend in the food market bit.

Colin and Berti call themselves the oyster boys, click back there to find out lots more about their oysters and peruse some photos of these strapping young Scottish chaps doing their stuff.

*Colin's brother 'Tug Boat', who often helps out with the oysters, isn't pictured here. Tug Boat is called Tug Boat "because he is a very powerful man and he builds tug boats and 'extreme support vessels' for a living. He also loves being in the sea. When sailing he gets excited and his voice is fog-horn like. These combined attributes resulted in him being termed the tug boat". So now you know.

gav's got far

Our Gavin has now made it as far as Bolivia.


Here he is with a beard, his bearded friend George, and a fruit salad smoothie with yoghurt and a biscuit, in the first place in Bolivia he found that do smoothies.


And here's a zebra in the middle of the road in La Paz. La Paz seems to be teaching its residents the meaning of their newly painted zebra crossings, by employing someone in a zebra costume to dance across the street when the lights turn red Gav tells us.

He's just started working at the Inti Wara Yassi organization in Bolivia. Expect more updates to come.