Tickled by the White Feathers
The White Feather Festie at Ashprington, by the Dart, this weekend had a really chilled-out scene, with all profits going to the Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK).
Good value at £20 for a camping ticket and plenty for all ages from willow fairy making (don’t ask!) to a big healing field, an acoustic tent and on the Saturday main stage enertainment.
Lot’s of nice things to nibble on too. Alan, our man with the camera, was wowed by Bristol’s Funkinsteins, singing their praises: ‘I loved their power rock, huge stage presence - in all senses - and Hendrix-inspired incendiary style playing.
‘They certainly let rip. I’m not a fan of soul-funk, but this trio added a secret ingredient. I think their live sound will gain them a big following.
‘And as a site and festival, this is just one of those places where people seem a whole bundle nicer than at your average rock gathering. Well done to Farmer Bob and the organisers.’
Thank you Alan
August 14th, 2006
Box their ears
So the mainstream market has taken the idea of fair trade and ethics to its bosom - Topshop and Marks and Spencer and I’m sure others are bringing out fairtrade ranges, L’Oreal bought the Body Shop, and now supermarkets are planning to operate a food box schemes. A ‘good thing’?
Here’s the response from Rod of Rod and Ben’s, the organic farm in Kenn.
‘So the supermarkets have decided to start a box scheme. . . and the phone rings with the local press looking for comments.
‘My first reaction, of course, is that most of them are un-printable, and then a wave of nine-years’ hard graft comes to our lips.
‘I have long thought and strongly believe that the box scheme is far greater than are the parts in it.
‘Sure vegetables are how you measure us on a weekly basis - but there is a wildlife programme, rare breeds, sustainabiliy and employments.
‘This is a low-impact business, which strives to try and do things right.
‘I believed that it is our job to remind you that it is so important that you support your local network of supply, take and interest in what you consume and spread the word.
‘The simple fact is that small farms are closing, they can not make a living. But when will it end?
‘Where is alll our food going to come from? The supermarkets can start a box scheme, but it won’t ever have the same ethos and dedication that the true producer-based box schemes such as ours have. It’s missing that fundamental equipment, a farm.’
Posted by Cptn
August 14th, 2006