29 Apr 2010

Emma Goldman

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal"


20 Apr 2010

How To Keep A Freezer Working If You're My Dad

This is my Ma and Pa's chest freezer from ages past. For around 20 years, it has managed to keep a temperature of around -18ºC. When they went on holiday, my mum would call and tell me to open it for around 5 minutes per day, as it got a bit excited and sunk to -30ºC if it wasn't given attention.

Recently, the temperamental temperature device within it finally gave up the goats, and the freezer went a bit mental, freezing as hard as it could, like a sub-zero electronic Spartan. Rather than paying for costly repairs, or even more costly total replacement, my father instead decided to monitor the temperature, and plot a graph to work out how long it needs to be switched on in order to maintain -18ºC. Turns out its around 23 minutes on, and then 23 minutes off each hour.

Armed with this knowledge, the next stage is acquiring a time switch that can be plugged into the mains.

And the atmosphere is restored.

9 Apr 2010

How To Create A Constitutional Crisis

1. Register to vote in a constituency of a major party leader.
2. Purchase indelible ink and ice-cube bags
3. Fill bag(s) with ink, conceal on person
4. Wait until quite late on polling day
5. Go to polling station, put small ink bags inside folded voting paper
6. Glue small drawing pin to thumb
7. Whilst putting ballot paper in box, puncture bag through paper

Hopefully, your smaller party political leader will now have his election result queried, and delay him being elected. In a hung parliament, other major parties now turn to the smaller one in the hope of forming a coalition, but oh no! Their leader hasn't been elected.

2 Apr 2010



Thank you for contacting us.

I appreciate your concerns about the sourcing of our products. Our customers expect to buy high quality products all year round and this means we do source some of our products from Israel and the West Bank, especially at times when we're unable to get a plentiful supply closer to the UK. In the past we've received requests to boycott the products of many different countries and suppliers.

We do understand that the situation in the Middle East is very sensitive for many different people. However, I'm sure you'll appreciate that we'd prefer to give our customers the opportunity to make their own decision. This is why we work hard to make sure we label our products clearly. We take our guidance on how to label the country of origin on products from DEFRA.

We're pleased that they've recently issued guidance which gives retailers greater clarity on how to label produce. We source from both Palestinian and Israeli farms on the West Bank so, depending on where they are coming from, we label products as 'West Bank (Israeli settlement produce)' or 'West Bank (Palestinian produce).

We are founding members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and require all our suppliers to meet the ETI Base Code for ethical sourcing. The Code covers nine key principles, including safe and hygienic working conditions, and payment of a fair wage. We continue our commitment to ethical, responsible sourcing and hope you feel reassured of our intentions to provide our customers with honest and open information about the food they buy.

I appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns with us.

Kind regards

Lesley-Anne McKernan

Customer Manager"


"Dear Lesley

I can understand the decision on not boycotting a specific country, but
the West Bank is illegally occupied (this is recognised by the UN).
By your logic, you would not object to me squatting in one of your
stores, selling your produce.

I hope you reconsider, and then I can reconsider shopping at Sainsburys.

Thank you for your time."