Tuesday, June 19, 2012


“I hope that Martha continues having such a kind heart, so that she – and others like her – can help us to continue having the porridge at school.”

Martha the blogger
A few weeks ago I posted a link to Never Seconds, a blog by a Scottish girl who just posts her school lunch with a critique, and lunches from other kids around the world. It is a simple and surprisingly intriguing concept, to me at least.

Well she has been banned from photographing her school lunches by the school. Her post on the subject simply says:
This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today.

I only write my blog not newspapers and I am sad I am no longer allowed to take photos. I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I’ll miss seeing the dinners you send me too.
What happened is that the Argyle and Bute district said that the kitchen workers feared for their jobs. Why? Because apparently they were getting emails and letters, probably people saying "that's not enough food" or "that isn't a properly vegan diet" and so on. They probably even got complaints that the kids had (gasp) actual metal forks, and someone could put an eye out!!

Her father noted that the blog had raised almost $5000 for a charity (Mary's Meals) and that the blog had enjoyed over two million hits - more than mine by far - so he was very disappointed. BBC interviewed him, and he said
"I understand that it’s brought pressure from around the world and media interest, but that is really out of our control,” remarked D. Payne. “But we are very supportive of the school – the fact that she has been encouraged to blog and she got permission to do this is testament to them. Everyone in the kitchens has been wonderful to Martha and she enjoys going into lunch every day."
In the end, reason prevailed, however, and the Argyle and Bute council reversed their decision. I mean look at that kid. How could you resist letting her go on?

And because of the publicity for her blog? She's now raised over £80,000, and she's back to rating lunches like before. Today's lunch? Lamb meatballs in gravy with mashed potatos, cucumbers, and cooked veggies (looks like squash, maybe). Go Martha!

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