Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Lyrics for Feed The World - Do They Know It's Christmas at All

Over 6 Billion Farm Animals will Die This Christmas
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Whilst not wanting to diminish the fantastic efforts of the Band Aid musicians and pop stars for their efforts to reduce the suffering of people in West Africa suffering with Ebola ( Go buy the BandAid30 track if you haven't already), and I agree with Bob Geldof, a disease that prohibits you from comforting and touching loved ones is most abhorrant, meanwhile billions of other Earthlings' lives face torture and death unnecessarily, every Christmas, every year, every month, every week, every day, every hour, every minute, every second.

Every year it's estimated 56 billion farm animals (that's not even including all marine life e.g. smoked salmon  prawns, dolphins and whales) are tortured and killed just for fun. Just for our culinary entertainment, just to ammuse our tastebuds, just because we are too lazy and set in our ways to find vegan alternatives that taste just as good, are usually healthier , undoubtably have far less detrimental impact on the planet are fairer and just as nutritious.

Do the animals know it's Christmas ? No! So here are some new vegan / vegetarian lyrics to the Feed the World Christmas song to highlight that there are billions of lives of animals who don't know that it's Christmas time at all and it's business as usual for the people with the electric prods and stun guns and bolt guns and knives and saws sloshing about in a sea of blood.

Feed the World 

(more healthily and more sustainably and more ethically)

It’s Christmas time – if you're an animal you should be afraid
At Christmas time – 5 billion will die,  for the food that's made
Yet in our world of plenty – we could spread a smile of joy
If we ate, like herbivores
At Christmas time

So say a prayer – pray for 'the other ones'
At Christmas time – s' not that hard , you can still have fun

There’s a world outside your window – and it’s a world of dread and hate
If you're not a pet they'll kill you – and you could end up on a plate
And the Christmas bells that ring there – are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight 'thank God it's them instead of you' ( ?)

There's No peace and joy this Christmas time in Burger King
Nor MaccyD's or KFC or Pret..... woah
Where all Santa brings is fear
It's the same thing every year
How can they know it’s Christmas time at all?

What to do?
Change your diet everyone!
Save the world
And the children yet to come!
Let them know it’s Christmas after all

Feed the world - Change your plan for dinner time
Save the world - Change your plans for dinner time
Heal the world - Let them know it’s Christmas time again

Vegan Parody, Meme - Lyrics by Bob Geldof, Midge Ure BandAid30 and Tony Bishop-Weston
Free Video coming soon - watch this space

New law on parody by the European Copyright Directive October 1st 2014 allows parody for humour and / or mockery as long as it isn't offensive i.e. Racist

Interest in Vegan Diets in UK Doubles in Two Years

Google Trends reveals that interest in veganism over the last two years has more than doubled. Interest in vegan diets has been steadily rising over the last 10 years but stories in the press about the horse meat scandal, the dire situation about the environment, plus health scares about eating meat and dairy, have led to a phenominal increase in interest in veganism in the UK

Interest in veganism and the solutions it provides have been noted all over the world. The UK is not the only place to have seem dramatic increase in interest in vegan diets, Australia, Canada, Germany and Israel have also seen ubiqitous changes.

UK interest in Vegan doubled in 2 years

Dramatic increase in Vegan awareness all over world
Whilst Vegfest UK couldn't claim to be the sole reason veganism has grown so quickly in theUK since 2012 Vegfest has undeniably played a very big part in the jigsaw.

In straw polls taken at Vegfest 20% of those interviewed said they would be changing their diet following their visit to Vegfest UK. Time to get a Vegan Cookbook?

"Clearly any food manufacturer investing in NPD  and wanting to break a new product into the UK market would be shooting themselves directly in the foot by not making it to VegfestUK and engaging with the thousands of visitors looking for new solutions" says consultant Tony Bishop-Weston

This year, in a new bigger venue, VegfestUK offers even more reasons for visitors to visit with political debates and a conference on sustainability.

This emerging market offers unique investment opportunity for all types market opportunities and those with creative ideas on healthier, more sustainable versions and vegan alternatives to products we know and love but can no longer justify. Products that are healthy, more environmentally friendly and more ethically produced win hands down if they are of the same quality of experience (eg Taste) and competitively priced.
Brighton - Bristol - London

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vegfest says Share the Love this Christmas

Share the Love the Christmas with VegfestUK - Buy One Get One Free Offer

Buy a Ticket to VegfestUK as a gift for a friend or colleague and get a free extra ticket for them to give to another friend to share the love this Christmas time. There is a free digital Christmas card to send them to let them know about your gift of life as tickets will be sent out 2 weeks before the festival
You could also buy your friends and colleagues a fantastic vegan cookbook gift this Christmas / Thanksgiving and spread the love that way?

Buy someone a vegan cookbook  this Christmas. In paperback or on Kindle
Share the love - share a Vegan Cook Book

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

World Vegan Month starts with a BANG!

2014 has seen unprecedented amount of coverage in the national newspapers for World Vegan Day enjoying over a year's worth of publicity for The Vegan Society's 70th Birthday over just one weekend. A great way to kick start World Vegan Month in the UK.

The only blot on the vegan landscape is that once again Google decided to snub world vegan day and refuse to do a Vegan Google Doodle Voogle to celebrate the day. That would have been the icing on the egg free dairy free cake , buy hey, just look at the list of successes below !

The BBC  Vegan just so Rock 'n' Roll  Vegan MPs in Parliament - "Chips are down!"

The Daily Mirror Very amusing - cleverly gets main vegan points across in a tongue in cheek way Sexy Vegan lady dresses in lettuce leaves

The Guardian - Businesses challenged to be more vegan

The Daily Mail

Dee's wholefoods Healthy inspired vegetable based vegan sausages for National Sausage Week and World Vegan Month are 'scrumptious' Girls strip nude - public nudity in London

The Telegraph - Vegan fashion shoes and handbags Nutritionist Ian Marber tries a vegan diet for the weekend with help from vegan chef Tony Bishop-Weston ;-)

The Independent Recipes Naked teenagers bare all in public

Evening Standard

And all sorts of other places

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 and  on November the 1st

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

Email Google

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

VegfestUK London event programme is now available at:

For further queries, email . Follow the event on Facebook and

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 



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;

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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

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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.

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

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Marmite! I can explain everything!