Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Vegan Google Doodle Voogle to Celebrate 70 Vegan Years

Please ask the Google Doodle people for a vegan Google Doodle ( Voogle )
A Vegan Google Doodle Voogle for world vegan day?










To celebrate 70 years of vegan on World Vegan Day 1st November 2014 Please send a request to Google asking them to design and post a google doodle , a Voogle, on Google.com and Google.co.uk  on November the 1st

See the  World Vegan Day Facebook Page for more information and to submit your suggestions

Email Google proposals@google.com

Tweet Google @GoogleDoodles

N.B. Lake District UK pacifist Donald Watson created the word vegan and founded the world's first Vegan Society at a meeting in London in Early November 1944 after being denied permission to set up a sub group of the UK Vegetarian Society for those who wanted to avoid all animal cruelty and exploitation. He advocated a 100% plant based diet adding cheese, eggs and honey onto the Vegetarian list of foods to leave with their producers.

70 years on Scientists have discovered that a vegan diet is not just kinder for animals and nurtures a more compassionate understanding psyche but is also better for the planet and human health with vegans far less likely to suffer from avoidable chronic conditions such as diabetes, bowl cancer and heart disease. Leading philanthropists such as Bill Clinton and Bill Gates are suggesting that we all need to be more vegan for the survival of the planet and the human race

Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day


Wishing You a Swashbuckling International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Free From For Free - Meat & Dairy Reducers Open Invite at Vegfest UK


Meat and Dairy Reducers welcome at VegfestUK London this September


Last Chance - Buy One Get One Free on Tickets

With all the recent publicity about the health and environmental benefits of reducing one’s meat and dairy consumption, people all over the UK are actively seeking to replace their meat and dairy with decent vegan options – but where to start? Look no further than VegfestUK London – the UK’s biggest vegan event and full of inspiration to help even the most hardened meat lovers amongst us.



Making Sense on The Horizon

‘Giving up meat and dairy – or at least reducing our consumption – makes perfect sense on paper, but the reality can be somewhat different. ‘says VegfestUK organiser Tim Barford. ‘The recent BBC coverage of the health and environmental effects of meat and dairy consumption have influenced a large part of the UK population, and many are now actively seeking to give up meat and dairy. VegfestUK events offer a huge selection of food, cookery demos, films, talks, shopping and entertainment, all of it plant based, and can help provide the ideal stepping stone for those who have made a decision to cut back on meat and dairy consumption. VegfestUK events are inclusive and welcome people from all backgrounds regardless of the current dietary status. Around 30% of  our visitors eat meat and dairy, and around 30% are vegetarian, with around 40% already vegan, so there’s a fantastic mix of people at all our events.’



Green Flag Family Event

Billed as one of Europe's flagship veggie food festivals and a must-visit by many foodies across the country, VegfestUK London has almost everything for everyone, from superb cuisines and excellent
shopping options from around 200 stalls, to captivating live entertainment from comedians, musicians and kids’ activities, on top of health and lifestyle information from nearly 100 talks and
cookery demos.

Vegfest UK VIPs and Vegan Celebrities 

Star gazers will have a field day meeting face to face the likes of presenters Sarah-Jane Honeywell (CBeebies) and Amanda Hamilton (GMTV), alongside high-achieving vegan athletes such as
Brendan Brazier (former professional Ironman triathlete), Patrik Baboumian (the world's strongest 
man), Neil Robinson (ex-Everton and Swansea City FC) and Fiona Oakes (North Pole Marathon and
Antarctic Ice Marathon Champion in 2013), plus Goldblade frontman John Robb and Australian musician Vegan Smythe (making his UK debut at the show) along with many other interesting special guests.

 

Vegan Harvest Festival - Early Bird Free Tickets

Taking place at the West End of London at Kensington Olympia (West Halls) on September 27th this event costs £10 for adults and £6 for claimants and OAP's for tickets bought in advance, with free entry for kids under 16. With the BOGOF offer in place until August 23rd

BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE offer running till September 15th bring your pals, kids, spouses and workmates along to sample the delights of vegetarian and vegan food and lifestyle! To take advantage of these amazing offers, buy your advance tickets at

www.london.vegfest.co.uk/ticket-info

VegfestUK London event programme is now available at:

www.london.vegfest.co.uk/programme

For further queries, email info@vegfest.co.uk . Follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.com/VegfestUK

VegfestUK London is kindly sponsored by: rawLicious, Equinox Kombucha, the Vegan Society, Magpie, Fry's Vegetarian UK, Great Food, Yaoh, JASON, VBites Foods, Bute Island Foods, Vegusto,
Nakd Wholefoods and Out of Hand

Monday, July 21, 2014

Watch Free Lego Movie In Full - Everything is Awesome NOT

Watch The Lego Movie for free in full

Here's the everything is awesome (NOT) Lego movie in full - for free to download and share. Greenpeace made this to highlight the deal between Lego and Shell Oil effectively supporting the tragic disaster movie about to happen in the Arctic driven by selfish greed and oil blindness.







See the movie on YouTube

NB Youtube took the Lego movie down following a complaint by Warner - it's now back up - if You Tube takes it back down see The Movie  here - Greenpeace 



Read more at



Greenpeace



The Guardian  



The Daily Mail


Huffington Post

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Trouble With The Vegan Society & Vegans

The Vegan Society has rebranded itself as a charity that likes to say 'Yes'

Vegan Diets - Sustained growth in interest - Vegan trends


Many many years of blood, sweat and tears with volunteers or frugally paid staff at the front end of cutting edge veganism is reaching it's climatic end. Vegan Cheese? you got it! Vegan caviar? you got it!

The Vegan Society has gone from a charity obsessed with what it is against to one that stands up and speaks out about what it is for.

Some would ask what is it for? A membership organisation dedicated to providing information about veganism and how to be vegan when now you can just google the word and have your ipad spew out 39 million pages in less than a second?

But someone or some body has to be guardians and keepers of the word 'vegan' , defend Donald Watson's definition of the word vegan in the face of those who argue that honey is vegan or that breast milk isn't vegan or those who just generally miss the point. Some body has to be caretaker for the history of veganism and curate the volumes of scientific research that support the case for veganism and a vegan diet.

To be brutally honest The Vegan Society is now, on an every day, day to day level, at street level , largely defunct, almost redundant as a support network because the job of making a case for a vegan diet and a vegan lifestyle  is almost done. Veganism has been well and truly unleashed from Pandora's box, the cat's out of the bag, Being Vegan is almost normal. Big supermarkets such as Tescos are now labeling products vegan and trialling vegan shelf talkers, Ocado has a whole vegan section online. Big investers such as Microsoft's Bill Gates and Twitter's Biz Stone are investing in vegan meat free alternatives and vegan cheeses. Scientists and biochemists are genetically engineering yeasts to make true dairy free vegan cheese.  TV moguls such as Oprah Winfrey and Hollywood gentry such as James Cameron speak out for sustainable healthy veganism. Doctors, physicians and health professionals prove that a health vegan diet can cure heart disease and reverse diabetes. Even McDonald's chomping presidents of the USA such as Bill Clinton now follow a vegan diet.

A normal person , on a normal day could read in The Daily Mail that a vegan diet is good for your heart problem or good for diabetics wander into a  supermarket and fill up their trolly with vegan ice cream, vegan pancake mix, vegan cakes, vegan cheese, vegan sausages, vegan chicken, vegan chocolate, vegan mousse and spend half an hour trying to choose which dairy free vegan milk to buy - soya? Henp milk? oat? almond? flax omega 3 milk? coconut? rice milk? tigernut milk? hazelnut ? the list just keeps growing. Then they can go recover and pick up a Soyaccino at Costa Coffee or Pret a Manger. They could even pop into Ikea on the way back and pick up some vegan caviar.

There will inevitably be those animal rights extremists who morn the day their little niche, quirky organisation with it's 5,000 members turned into a mainstream organisation with millions of supporters but lets face it - Wallmart, McDonalds, Unilever, Kraft, Pizza Hut, Kentucky fried chicken, Coca Cola, Pepsico, Doritos, Subway, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Burger King, Nestle - they don't care about the thousands - they think in millions.

Now there are millions of customers of vegan foods they are listening.

Donald Watson would be very pleased indeed that so many people now agree with his logical philosophical thoughts over 70 years ago a great way to mark 70 years of veganism.

Vegan Chef Tony Bishop-Weston can be found on;

Twitter
https://twitter.com/BishopWeston
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/TonyBishopWeston.Author
Linked In
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonybishopweston


See also
http://www.vegfest.co.uk



Thursday, July 10, 2014

So You want to be Vegan but Love Cheese?

So you want to be vegan but love cheese?

 And your problem is? Why would you give up cheese ? There are so many vegan cheeses on sale now, in fact more dairy free vegan cheese than you can shake a stick at! 

Dairy Free Vegan Cheeses - Vegusto Swiss Vegan Cheese
Made from rice, soya, nuts., peas, oats, seeds, potatoes and all manner of other things dairy free vegan cheese is rocking the world and shaking up cheese boards and pizza restaurants and cheese toasties and filled rolls.

Sales are partly drived by lactose and dairy protein intolerance concerns, partly by ethical and environmental and health concerns but mainly because some vegan cheese is so good that many people prefer it to cow's cheese!

Even Tesco supermarkets sell vegan cheese now but if you've not had a chance to taste a good dairy free cheese then get yourself along to a vegfest or vegan festival happening near you soon!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Vegan Cookbook and healthy recipes

The Vegan Cookbook: Over 80 plant-based recipes (Hamlyn Healthy Eating)Best Vegan Cookbook easy quick gourmet Vegan recipes Only £4.79

Tony Bishop-Weston Vegan Cookbook

Vegan Chef Tony Bishop-Weston first wrote the first edition of The Vegan cookbook to mark the Diamond Jubilee, 60th Anniversary, of The Vegan Society in 2004

"The cookbook was a bit of ahead of it's time in 2004, back then ingredients such as quinoa and agave syrup weren't so well known, 10 years later they are easily available in the supermarkets and people won't find them so strange"

Meanwhile thanks to everyone's hard work interest in veganism has grown enormously , one look at Google trends over the last 10 years will prove that."

Vegan Cookbook Celebrates 70 years of Vegan

The Vegan Society 70th Anniversary, Tony's 20th anniversary as a vegan and 10 years of UK Vegfests seemed the perfect moment for Hamlyn to publish the Vegan Cookbook in it's new A5 format and a kindle version.

Vegan versions of banoffee pie, omelette, the ultimate pizza recipe , chocolate ice cream and chocolate cake are ingenious, healthier and delicious. Photos are great and the nutrition reference section is handy for new and old vegans alike.

Over 80 delicious recipes with a handy nutrition reference section by Harley Street Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston

Due to be released Mon 7th July

BUY NOW - The Vegan Cookbook: Over 80 plant-based recipes (Hamlyn Healthy Eating) -£4.79

Kindle version also available - The Vegan Cookbook on Kindle - Buy Now £3.99


Tony Bishop-Weston on Twitter

Tony Bishop-Weston Vegan Chef on Facebook

Vegan Chef on Linked In

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Nutritionist Asks UK Govt to Change NHS Eatwell Plate

Healthy Eating & Nutrition News: Petition - UK Govt Pls Change NHS Eatwell Plate



UK Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston is asking everyone to sign her petition to change the NHS Eatwell Plate administered by Public Health England



Yvonne says "The eatwell plate is not fit for purpose, it encourages people to eat up to 34% saturated fat rich foods and many of the foods depicted in the 33% carbohydrate section are nutrient poor and likely to end up stored as fat in the body too. The Eatwell ratios are outdated and need to reflect research that shows our vegetable intake should be double that of the current 5 a Day advice if we want a better chance of avoiding preventable chronic disease. Advising people that they should eat and drink 7% sugary and fatty foods such as cakes and sweets washed down with cocacola is incomprehensible in a climate of troubling rates of childhood obesity and early onset diabetes. Heart disease is reversible with a healthy diet but not with a the sort of diet condoned by the NHS and British Heart Foundation using the current Eatwell plate"



"It's this 'little bit of what you fancy does you good' and attitude that all calories are equal that has led to fast food outlets like Burger King in hospitals and an epidemic of obesity"





NHS / PHE / BHF encourage UK to eat 34% saturated fat rich foods




Please sign the petition to encourage political parties to discuss this urgent issue. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62743



Yvonne Bishop-Weston says we should aim for more like 50% of our diet from brightly coloured vegetables with extra berries. Calcium and protein rich foods should be from sources that are rich in essential fats or very low in fat. Nutrient depleted starchy carbohydrate foods such as white bread offer us nothing to reduce the risks of disease and should be in the same category as alcohol - 'At your own risk'



The Nutritionist will be speaking at Vegfest UK in May and September

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Could this Vegan Pizza Stop Heart Disease, Cancer and Altzhiemers?

Domino’s Now Offers Vegan Pizza In Israel

The world's favourite food just went vegan. Well not strictly true - we do have vegan pizzas in the shops.


V Bites make one and if you take your own dairy free / vegan cheese into PizzaExpress they'll usually oblige with a vegan version of whatever you like (just don't expect a discount for supplying your own ingredients)

But it just goes to show that if enough people stand up at once and ask then anything can happen.

Dairy is implicated implicated in a number of chronic health problems and conditions so an alternative Dairy Free pizza made with vegan cheese seems a no brainer.

Whilst Dominos in the USA and UK continue to ignore our pleas for a vegan pizza in Israel  they are 'whey' ahead of us. Due to popular demand there is now a vegan pizza in Israel.

Want one here in the UK ? or USA? - make a fuss and get your friends to do the same.

On Twitter

https://twitter.com/BishopWeston/status/414135212226785280 

on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/BeaulieuNaturalHealthClinic


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

World's Biggest Knickerbocker Glory for World Vegan Month

https://www.facebook.com/events/178334852363512/

World's Biggest Knickerbocker Glory for #WorldVeganMonth ?


World's Biggest Knickerbocker Glory for World Vegan Month Trafalgar Square London Midday Saturday 16th November 2013

Please help bring more ingredients for World's biggest Knickerbocker Glory attempt

Need more
  • Vegan Ice cream
  • Giant Cherries
  • Hundreds and thousands
  • Dairy Free chocolate
  • Squirty Vegan Cream
  • Vegan strawberry mousse
  • Raspberry Syrup
  • Chopped nuts
  • Bananas
 Bring a spoon and a bowl so you can try the finished creation once we have photographed it!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Archaeology - How Humans Mutated To Tolerate Milk

From http://www.nature.com/news/archaeology-the-milk-revolution-1.13471

It's not natural to drink the milk of another species. Europeans genetically mutated to tolerate cows milk - most of the world still gets diarrhea if they drink it.

Archaeologists unravel the history of milk drinking and plot the gradual genetic mutation of Northern Europe

Who Can Properly digest Cow's Milk?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Microsoft's Bill Gates Gets Behind Vegan Eggs

No, it's not another of our April fool jokes! Microsoft's Bill Gates and Paypal's Peter Thiel really are plugging Vegan Eggs

Here's what the Daily Mail said;

Not clear what plants are being used - Acorns?
"MailOnline was able to try two of Hampton Creek’s products - its mayonnaise, and cookies made using its baking product.

The results were surprising, if a little anticlimactic. Both tasted exactly as you would expect - and are indistinguishable from products made with real egg.
The chocolate chip cookies we tried were excellent - crumbly, moist and with a feel in the mouth identical to a normal cookie. Crucially, they also look identical to a normal cookie - despite containing no egg.

Hampton Creek’s ‘Beyond Egg’ mayonnaise was also extremely similar to ‘normal’ mayo - and after trying it out on a few friends, some even preferred to to normal mayonnaise."

Thursday, September 05, 2013

New record by London Chef for Vegan Catering?

RushPRNews: London Chef Sets New Standards for Vegan Catering

Lloyd Hesom at the Selsdon Park Hotel has become Lush Handmade Cosmetics chef of the year after delighting 300 Lush employees for 3 days with a 100% vegan menu. There was even a full vegan cheeseboard.

Chef's interested in following in Lloyd's and pulling their socks up to face any challenge and pleasing everybody rather than just the apathetic and unadventourous should visit London Vegfest at Olympia on the5th and 6th October.

Lloyd agrees with Lush's Mark Constantine and says  "If you can please vegans you can please anyone!"

OK, so I admit,  I helped a bit.............

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Live TV - Save the Planet - Greenpeace in London

http://iceclimb.savethearctic.org/

6 Greenpeace women are climbing the highest skyscraper in Europe to highlight the plight of the planet. What are you going to do? Nothing? I don't think so. Don't be like the people of Pompeii !!

http://iceclimb.savethearctic.org/  LIVE TV

Friday, July 05, 2013

UK Comedy? Banned Joke Poster for London Vegfest UK

At this years Vegfest UK in London at Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre on October 5th and 6th there will be a lot of comedy in addition to the usual workshops, music, cookery demos, films,  Yoga, and foodtasting. To highlight the comedy a series of 'jokes in the style of' were released.

This one didn't make it and ended up in the bin.What you you think? Is it a step too far? Is it rascist? or is it just hysterically funny? Is it in bad taste? Was it rightfully censored? or should it go viral?

Does this joke belong in the bin? or on a wall at the Vegan Society?
Here's some of the others that made it onto the VegfestUK Facebook Page.

Comedy In the style of Eddie Izzard

In the style of Frankie Boyle

In the style of Jack Dee

In the style of John Bishop

In the style of John Cleese

Comedy in the style of Johnny Vegas

Comedy in the style of Lenny Henry

In the style of Michael Mckintyre

In the style of Peter Kay

Comedy in the style of Ricky Gervais