Archive | October 2011

Diana on “the telly”

Last week I was on 4thoughtTV for 1 minute and fifty seconds (sorry, embedding disabled).  The topic: “What will happen when the world ends?” with interviews leading up to the 21st of October when Harold Camping predicted the rapture.  My interview was supposed to air right before 8pm but I was bumped initially to 1:05 by a short documentary about a hippo carcass. Now, I don’t want to be speciesist but I fancied myself slightly more interesting than a dead hippo. Ultimately, the short documentary was replaced by breaking news about Gaddafi’s death, take that dead hippo!

I’m not posting this just to expand my multimedia empire but also because the clip does in fact have relevance to the way I view the world, through a vegan philosophy about a world filled with minds. Not going to spoil my short appearance for those of you who decide to watch but suffice to say that I for one will welcome our octopus overlords.

see?! vegans are shiny happy people

The Pledge statistics – highlights

In our last podcast I ran some analyses on the vegan pledge data that Chrissy from London Vegan Campaigns was so kind to give to us. To summarize, LVC has been running a pledge every year since 2008. Each year pledgers come to the first meeting and are introduced to vegan food and nutrition including health checkups and cookery lessons. You can see more about what the campaigns do for pledgers at the London Vegan Campaigns website. Pledgers are all assigned mentors who will help them during their month long pledge. Data is collected on pledgers during the first meeting, during the end of the month meeting and, for past pledges, one year after.  I divided a lot of these analyses between 2009/10 and 2011 because the questionnaires changed quite a bit.

The seduction of dairy

Ever talked to someone about a vegan diet and they say “I could never give up cheese!”? Well, we found some longing for dairy in our data.

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What should I ask the vegan MPs?

On Monday I head over to Westminster to meet the three vegan Members of the British Parliament.  What do you think I should ask them?

Say in replies to this post, or with the hashtag #VeganMPs on Twitter.

The Pledge: the London Vegan Campaigns challenge to go vegan for a month

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The Pledge

We start our show at the beginning – when folk choose the vegan option. In this case, for a month, challenged and supported by London Vegan Campaigns. I talk to mother Ananthi and middle-aged couple Bryan and Cliff. What challenges will they come across? And will they last the month?

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A very small sneak peek.

This is a small introductory snippet to let folk who get our podcast in iTunes or other podcast readers check that it’s working – and the first hint of our theme tune.