Thoughts from October 2011

conversations on the coast

Back in June 2009, you might remember our friend Nick Hand got on his bike and spent 3 months pedalling over 6000 miles round the coast of the British Isles.

On the way, he interviewed all sorts of artists and craftspeople about their work, took their photographs and made little soundscape videos of them as part of his project, Slowcoast.

From to cheese makers, boat builders through to A list Hollywood actors (clue: she was the pasty one with the big carriage in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and a stickmaker called Bill, Nick met all sorts on his travels.

We kept him fuelled with smoothies and veg pots and lots of you sent him top places to go for cake


Well, Nick has now published a beautiful book filled with brilliant photos and stories of the folk he met called Conversations on the Coast and he's very kindly given us a copy to give away.


All you have to do to win it is tell us the best cake you'd offer Nick if he cycled up to your door and Nick will pick his favourite next week.


fruity freaks halloween competition

With Halloween just around the corner, we're calling on kids across the land to delve into the darkest hollows of their imaginations (and vegetable drawers) to create their very own fruit and veg monster.

The first 1,000 spooky creations we receive will win a special set of limited edition Halloween number magnets (0-9) all of which glow-in-the-dark (and look spookily good next to our alphabet ones, which are in our kids smoothies right now)

Fancy getting involved?

Here's how to play

1. Cut, carve and create your fruity freak or vegetable monster from the weirdest looking fruit and veg you can find. Artichoke arms, broccoli bodies, celery claws - anything goes. Just make sure you get a grownup to help you with any sharp knives.


2. Give it a ghoulish name, spelling it out with your innocent magnets

3. The post a picture of your scary monster in our Flickr gallery. The first 1000 entries will win a special spooky set of limited edition glow-in-the-dark number magnets


4. And don't forget to clear up the mess - or the ghosts won't be pleased. Why not use the leftover fruit to make a smoothie or whip up the veg bits into a tasty soup?

Find out about our Fruity Freaks competition right here

our friends at fareshare

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Over the past few weeks we've been turning perfectly good fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste into smoothies at a local school, and we've been helped along the way by FareShare who've been delivering the fruit to East Sheen Primary School each and every week.

FareShare are a national UK charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty, and our Lou popped down to their depot at Park Royal the other week to see just what goes on in an average day.

Here she met Daniel, the depot boss (the chap on the left), and David, a nice man who works there.

6. daniel and david

As well as promoting the message that ‘No Good Food Should Be Wasted’ and providing training and education in safe food preparation and nutrition through their Eat Well Live Well programme, FareShare get good quality surplus product from the food and drink industry to people who really need it. In 2010/11, the food redistributed by FareShare contributed towards more than 8.6 million meals. That's a lot of food.

1. goods in

Here's where the goods arrive

2. oranges

3. pineapples

Pineapples and oranges like these are perfect for turning into smoothies

4. pointing

Pointing at things in crates is par for the course when you work in a warehouse

5. checking the orders

David checks off the day's orders to make sure everything's going to the right place.

To find out a bit more about what we're up to and watch a video of our Rich on a bike-powered blender head here (if you're a bit short of time, skip straight to 1:20 to see the man himself in action).

As it's starting to feel like winter is definitely on the way, we thought it time to share some real winter warmers. And so we bring you scarf versus mittens. Or are you more of a snood fan? Good, we didn't think so. Scarf versus mittens it is then. The choice is yours. Just go here, and "Like" whichever photo you prefer to cast your vote.

It's mitten time.




And last week was a landslide of Disney's Dwarves over the GB Olympic entry. Who knew that a "hi-ho" or two can beat 5 gold medallists?