Author Archive

Things that is written wrong

October 17, 2006

London Lite have wisely decided not to put this on their website so I shall have to go to the bother of typing it all out for you. These are the opening paragraphs of their Kerry Katona book review;

Reading C-listers harp on about how they struggled with the pressures of fame to overcome Free Booze and Drugs Syndrome is getting rather old.
So it is refreshing, albeit harrowingly so, to hear the tale of a celebrity whose struggles were truly monstrous and who made it out the other side.

For a moment there I thought the reviewer didn’t like reading C-listers harp on about… Sod it. I don’t want to belittle Ms Katona’s struggles, she did after all witness her mum’s suicide attempts and was sent in to foster care and rehab and Loose Women, but this Martha DeLacy is clearly a big old liar. You love reading reading C-listers harp on about their struggles, Martha DeLacy. You love it.

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Plates of not meat

October 15, 2006

I need some trainers so I’ve been looking for a pair that haven’t been made in a sweatshop and don’t have some massive logo associated with corporate nastiness or some nauseating identity of sport, health or chav chic. The search is far more difficult than I anticipated. Look on-line for ‘ethical trainers’ and the like and you find a plethora of vile vegan shoes like these.

yuck

I’ve got nothing against vegan shoes. As a veggie myself it’s nice to avoid leather, but I don’t fancy going to work in boots fit only for lonely rubber fetishists and those with an obsessive fear of electrocution. No-where is there a mention of who made them or how much they were paid.

How are people ever going to be encouraged to wear sweatshop-free sport shoes when there is so little choice? Fortunately, there are a few which fit the bill. My favourites are these vejas from France, made in Brazil by workers on a fair wage (at least that’s what I think it says, my French is rusty). Sods law dictates that they don’t have an on-line shop or an outlet in the UK. These ones are just what I’m on about – recycled from charity shop clothes, used fireman’s trousers, military clothing etc. and interestingly styled.

not bad

I’m not a huge fan of the combat-look recycled rubber soles but I think I can look beyond that (I haven’t decided yet), unlike the £65 price which means I’m going to have to wait until next month to get a pair providing nothing turns up in the meantime.

Any information on other ethically smug shoes would be greatly appreciated. Here are a few other things I discovered;

These are nice but there aren’t any trainers and they carry a price tag which reflects not only the workers’ pay but also the designer label. Love these, but again no trainers. I think they’re made in Devon. These come close, but look like they’re for running rather than mooching about Camden.