Caffe Pascucci, Piazza Trattati di Roma, 1, Savignano del Rubicone, Italy
From the outside this looks like another typical café/ bar in Italy – it has the kind of smart, stylish understated elegance that citizens take for granted. It is in a run of the mill location, situated in the Savignano sul Rubicone shopping mall near the small coastal town of Cesenatico.
The green plant logo is the only thing that gives a clue that this is something different. Caffe Pascucci is the first 100% vegan bar in Italy! Three cheers for them! It officially opened in September this year and hopefully will give others the courage to follow suit.
A lot of restaurants, shops and cafés are responding to the rising number of customers seeking humane alternatives to the standard carnivore diet. These, however, only take a half way house approach by providing veggie friendly food without entirely sacrificing the ubiquitous ham and salami options.
After 17 years of living in Emilia-Romagna, it is a relief to finally find a place where there are no such compromises. All the drinks, snacks and light lunches at Pascucci are unapologetically 100% vegan. View full article »
Not one to stay anonymous, Russell Brand mixes with the Occupy London protesters.
Up until now I’ve never been a massive fan of Russell Brand but he went way up in my estimation after making Jeremy Paxman look like a floundering twerp in the Newsnight Interview which has gone viral.
Brand has never made a secret of his serial addictions to drugs, sex and porn or that he is a shameless attention seeker. On the contrary, he has built his stage persona around these vices. He is only half joking when he says that he is going for a look that crosses Jack Sparrow with Spartacus.
It was clear that Paxman didn’t expect him to come up with such an articulate and forceful response to his usual sneery line of questioning.
For someone who has built his reputation on exposing the shameful lies and deceit that is the stock in trade of politicians, Paxman was put on the back foot by Brand’s entirely logical conclusion that voting changes nothing.
Now while Paxman blasts his peers for appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, Brand shows that his backing for people’s democracy by joining the massed ranks of the Occupy London protest.
As a multimillionaire comedian he makes an unlikely revolutionary but by bringing these issues back into the headlines he’s doing far more good for Britain than David Cameron and his cronies ever will.
Since 1st January 2011 I have posted something every single day on this blog. All good things come to an end and I have decided the time has come to ease up.
This decision is chiefly prompted by the fact that I am about to take a week off in London & the Midlands.
I don’t want to feel pressured into writing something online during this short break.
Upon my return I intend to get back to regular updates but I don’t see the need anymore to slavishly add a daily post just for the sake of it.
I have found the self imposed discipline of writing something even when I’m not in the mood to be incredibly valuable but equally I don’t want to stress myself out needlessly.
Silence is often golden and leaving space to gather my thoughts is also important.
So now is the time to relax and breathe but I will be back soon.
See you on the other side.
This weekend was the 4th edition of the Veg Fest near my home town of Cesena in Emilia Romagna. This has been an annual event for the past five years (one year was skipped as the original venue fell through).
For the past two years the festival has been held at Parco Fellini in Gambettola, a small town situated midway between Cesena and Rimini.
The organisers are the local group Lega Anti Vivisezione (LAV) whose broad goal is to promote Vegetarianism/Veganism as a more humane lifestyle choice.
I attend as one of the converted, having been a vegetarian for almost 40 years now. These days, I count myself more as a demi-vegan. To fall short of being a full-on vegan as this would mean the stiff challenge of foregoing most beers, wines, cheeses, cappuccino, dairy ice cream etc. etc. I’m working on it!
It is interesting to note the social changes over the past five years using this Veg Fest as a subjective indicator of some subtle ways in which attitudes are shifting. View full article »