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... for those of you who celebrate

- calendrical Samhain on Oct 31,

- or astronomical Samhain - at 12:33 GMT on Sun 7 Nov 2010 (http://www.archaeoastronomy.com/)

- or World Vegan Say on Nov 1!

I will be celebrating at a large indoor festival in England today :-)

http://www.midlandsveganfestival.org.uk/
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Been busy ... still trying to get caught up at work after my Skye holiday, trying to support Mater in recovering from her recent apparently over-medication-induced hospitalisation, and helping with preparations for the Brum Beer Fest Vegan Bar, and the West Midlands Vegan Festival just up the rail in Wolverhampton (http://www.midlandsveganfestival.org.uk/), both this week.

The Brum CAMRA Fest opened yesterday, and is outstanding :-) If you like real ale, I'd recommend a trip down tomorrow: http://www.birminghambeerfestival.co.uk/ There's a large LocAle bar, dedicated Wye Valley and Purity bars, and 120 ales on the main bar! in a lovely venue, the Second City Suite at the bottom of Hurst St, just 15 mins walk from the railway station.

Best of all for me, there are 20 vegan ales, all but one on a dedicated Vegan Bar which I worked staff on after work last night, and will staff for most of today as well. Lots of interest from 'tickers' (who try to taste a half-pint of every real ale produce, so an unfined version of an ale counts as a new one! :-) and real ale enthusiasts - I would argue that unfined, slightly hazy ale is more traditional, dating from the days before glass beer mugs - and anyone familiar with the brews of Marble, Spectrum (yes, they do a Captain Scarlet ale and it's on the Vegan Bar :-), Liverpool Organic, Outstanding, Marstons (who've sent EPA with their new vegan-friendly Fast Cask method) as well as vegetarians, vegans and our friends :-)
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I've spent a productive, interesting, fun, emotional, tiring and slightly damp weekend working an outdoor eco-veg*n festival.

I have two lieu days owing from that, but today is a (Bank H)oliday Monday, so instead of solo flopping around to recover, G is around as well. D seems to be enjoying a socializing weekend chez D. Kitties in good spirits.

On Friday, G & I will be going on G's 21-againth birthday trip: a steamy (steam railway in preservation) pub crawl (at least 3 CAMRA-listed ale houses on the route, with bottled ales on the train :-)
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It was lovely to see some of you at Wit's End yesterday ... sorry to have to rush off, but I was fast asleep by 10:30, and up for half an hour by now :-)

Meanwhile, the NHS has closed all its doors to Mater, it seems - nothing to offer her because she is past retirement age, and not responding to their somewhat fire-and-forget treatments. Edit: It seems to me that this represents illegal discrimination on the bases of age and mental health - they can't help her physically because she's over 65, so they don't have any teams allocated with appropriate training on physical rehabilitation of mentally ill people.

So, time to look for new doors to open elsewhere ...

Meanwhile, Hi Ho! off to freely offer infomation on the benefits of plant-based living for the festive season, for people in institutions such as hospitals, for our own health ... as well as for currently farmed animals, world farmers and people currently living in poverty.
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Happy World Vegan Day: http://www.worldveganday.org/WVDEvents.html celebrating 65 years since the first Vegan Society was formed, back when there were c. 100,000 vegetarians on the UK's WWII ration records. (Now there are at least 150,000 vegans in the UK).
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I think there are two people reading this LJ who might be able to help me with this one ... is Pokari Sweat suitable for vegans? Here is the label: http://pics.livejournal.com/purplecthulhu/pic/000057xx/g5
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Edited: Going to a deserving home: 1/2 Soul (6 ft, orange ... and wool [see: vegan])
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Forgot to mention: Delish (pure vegan) nosh at the local Vegetarian and Vegan Xmas Fayre last night! Nothing complicated: I had onion bhajis, cashew and rice salad, pasta with pesto, potato salad, olive bread with tapanade and carrot cake. Looked like the cookery demo for the UK Vegetarian Society Christmas Menu was going to be awesome:

To Start

Lime & Coriander Swedish Stars or
Celeriac and Parsnip Rosti with Cumberland Sauce

*****
The Main Course

Smoked Bean Curd Medallions with Shiitake and Walnut Stuffing
served with
Rich Mulled Wine Reduction
Cider Glazed Root Vegetables
Sesame Shredded Brussels Sprouts
Black Pepper & Rosemary Hassle Back Potatoes
Sizzling Santas in Blankets

*****
Desserts

Soft Caramel & Black Cherry Bombe with Hot Chocolate Sauce or
Fig & Walnut Mince Pies with Vanilla Swedish Glace

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