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Roll call from left to right: Ed, one time star of an innocent love story. Mike, one time innocent mo grower, award winner and extreme snowboarder. Shrimp, one time innocent interviewee. And Dave, one time innocent grass van break down victim. That's right they all used to work with us here at Fruit Towers.

And now they're back together again, in variations on a theme outfits, like a 1980's boy band reform, making the best chewing gum in the land.


After their first 2010 Q1 park bench meeting they’ve unanimously agreed to give away a big box of gum (and some smaller ones for runners-up) to a lucky winner who can answer this probing question.

Instead of using synthetic rubber as a chewy base for gum, Peppersmith make theirs with chicle. Chicle is:

a) freshly laid chicken eggs

b) the sap from the rainforest’s Sapodilla tree

c) one half of Britain’s finest comedy siblings

Just leave your answer as a comment to this blog post and Ed, Mike, Shrimp and Dave will do the rest. Trust them, we trained them well.

This competition has now closed. Big well done to Karen who wins the bumper box of gum and handclaps all round for Steve, Rachael, Stefanie, Philip, Suzanne S, Sophie, Harry, Sue, Tim D and Leanne R who all win a packet. Fresh breath winging its way to you right now.

kevin spacey's impressions

Here's something for Friday afternoon. Our friend Ben says that Kevin Spacey is good at impressions. And it is true.

excellent development scoops another award

Veg plot next to sand dam

The innocent foundation has been supporting Excellent Development on a three year programme helping community groups in rural Kenya to develop water and soil conservation projects. Last year Graham took time out from his spreadsheets to visit the innocent-supported project in Meka and earlier this year JT swapped Shepherd's Bush for Kola to set up a computer network for the ED office in Kenya.

As the programme drew to end it's been really exciting to look back and see that the Meka community group had smashed the targets they set at the beginning of the project - we were expecting them to build 5 sand dams, plant 9,000 trees and dig some terracing, but they have managed to build 6 dams, plant over 12,000 trees and dig nearly 18km of terracing. Life in rural Kenya revolves around the availability of water so the lasting impact of these achievements will continue to benefit the community for years to come.

Dorcas Nzioki - Miamba Mitamboni 4

And as if that wasn't enough Excellent Development has just been recognised at the Third Sector Excellence Awards by winning the "Small Charity, Big Achiever" category. The judges were impressed by how much has been accomplished since the organisation was founded in 2002 and the support given helping communities to build sustainable futures.

Well done from everyone at innocent.

(This blog post was written by our Graham).