Thoughts from October 2011

hat of the week: Disney vs. the Olympians

It's not often that a group of characters from a 1930s Disney classic compete against some of the UK's finest athletes, but hey, it's just one of those weeks. Who will win between Snow White and the 7 dwarves and the British Olympic team? Go here to vote and choose your winner.

The British Olympic Team



Snow white

7 dwarves front

7 dwarves back

The results from last week show that the mouse is mightier than the fictitious elf from the land of Nintendo. Who'd a thunk it. A big congratulations to Mrs Gail Lee.


town criers are real

Town Criers are real. They still exist. They still cry about stuff. We have proof: behold, the innocent AGM Town Crier Challenge. Click here to see the entire cry.


We asked our Facebook fans to suggest some random words for town crier Alistair to build into a cry. We were sent a load of truly random words ranging from 'rambunctious' to 'endoplasmic' to 'big girls are beautiful'. We asked Alistair to try and build 5 into his cry. The result is... well, see for yourself and share amongst friends. It's not the kind of thing you see everyday.

walking for water...

Did you know 80% of the Indian population live on less than $2 a day?

Jeevika Trust ( is one of the amazing charities the innocent foundation supports to fight poverty in rural India. Jeevika Trust has touched more than 100,000 lives over the last decade and continues to work with people on the margins of rural society – low-caste and tribal people, especially women – to help them build and sustain their individual, family and community livelihoods.

Last week, Jeevika Trust organised a sponsored walk to raise money to support their water projects. This is the event Geraldine and her boyfriend took part in. The route is roughly 6 miles (10 km) long, which was harder than she thought it would be. Incredibly, millions of women and children walk this distance every single day, sometimes twice a day, to find and carry back water for their family.

To start the walk, they were warmly welcomed by Rosemary and her boyfriend Matt in Hampton Wick. Rosemary discovered India during her gap year, teaching English and drama classes to children and fell in love with the country. She is now Jeevika Trust’s Communications and Fundraising Officer.

Rosemary and Matt - Jeevika Trust

After a quick chat with Rosemary and Matt, they were off to Bushy Park. It lies North of Hampton court Palace and is full of stags and deers roaming freely so they made friends on the way…

Stag in Bushy park - Jeevika Trust
The route itself offered diverse landscapes, lovely paths, bubbling steams, and kept them entertained watching old and young alike on sport pitches and cycle paths. The last part of the walk was along the Thames…

Walking along the Thames - Jeevika Trust
Ending in a private garden on the river, where they over-indulged with tea and lemon drizzle cakes. They enjoyed meeting with Andrew (on the picture below with Rosemary), Jeevika Trust Director, to learn more about their projects in India:

Andrew and Rosemary - Jeevika Trust
So a big thanks to Jeevika Trust for organising such a great event. May they continue the fantastic work they do in India.

tiffin o'clock

Kirsty made this Malteser Tiffin recipe for the AGM and it went down a storm


She found the recipe on Mumsnet and whilst we're not sure who the author is, they are truly an excellent person and have made a lot of people here very, very happy (if not slightly more rotund)

Here's the recipe for the tiffin of your dreams (which also happens to be extremely easy

Malteser chocolate tiffin

This is based on a recipe from the Blacksmith's Coffee Shop, Belsay, just north of Newcastle. Use the best chocolate you can get (minimum 60% cocoa solids for dark; minimum 30% for milk).
100g quality dark chocolate
300g quality milk chocolate
100g butter
3 tbsp golden syrup
275g digestive biscuits, crushed
250g Maltesers
1. Melt the dark chocolate, 100g of milk chocolate, butter and syrup together in a pan and stir in the crushed digestives.
2. Next, gently stir in the Maltesers and tip into a lined Swiss-roll tin (23 x 33 cm), levelling out the mixture with the back of a spoon.
3. Finally, melt the remaining 200g milk chocolate and pour over the top, smoothing out carefully.
4. Pop in the fridge until set and then once cold, cut into pieces.

dan's cookies

Dan B's Toblerone cookies were such a hit at Saturday's AGM afternoon tea/cake fest, that lots of people have already been in touch to ask for the recipe.


Dan has very kindly shared his recipe for you to make at home here (providing he gets sent a sample of all first batches. Usual address please).

Dan B's Toblerone Cookies

  • 75g butter or margarine
  • 75g granulated sugar
  • 75g light muscavado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 100g bar milk Toblerone, roughly chopped


1. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets. Heat oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4.

2. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg.

3. Fold in the flour and Toblerone pieces. Place large teaspoons of the mixture on the baking sheets, allowing room for them to spread. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

4. Cool on the baking sheets for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. The cookies can be eaten warm or cold. If they make it to the cooling rack that is.