Can't argue with that nutritious combo. Should keep you going all day.
And as my close friend and colleague The Shrimp points out, if you check out the Mail closely enough, you'll see that Simon Heffer says that Britain's middle classes have had enough (breakfast? Red Bull?).
Quite a lot of recently launched drinks companies seem to have been influenced by stuff that we've done. Of course, that's not to say that we weren't inspired by others as well - we probably wouldn't have started making smoothies if we hadn't seen other companies doing it successfully (i.e. Odwalla and Fresh Samantha in the USA).
But a Brazilian smoothie/yoghurt company called Do Bem seem to be taking the mickey. As highlighted by Nicholai, their recent ads bear a passing resemblance to some stuff we did in 2003.
OK, so it's not stretching the boundaries of one's imagination to think that the idea could have been repeated by coincidence. But if you have a sniff round their site, which I shan't link to as I don't particularly feel like donating them any traffic, you start to realise that they are bent on wholesale copying. I even had some of it translated by a friend who speaks Portuguese, and the stories and copy sound eerily familiar too.
I am always on the look out for new food trends, and for food in general, as I like a good feed. This week, whilst visiting London's fashionable Soho, I noticed two vastly differing trends in the world of lunchtime snacking:
1. Be Authentic And Serious
This place is called Fernandez and Wells, and it's on Lexington Street. Inside you can buy sandwiches and salads, but from the outside it looks more like a butcher's - lots of Spanish jamon hanging in the window, and once inside you are served by men in white butcher's smocks who look like they mean business. I have to admit that I was suckered in, and the food was excellent. Great tomatoes.
2. Screw Serious, Let's Pun
You can't argue with somewhere called Just Falafs. And after you've picked yourself up off the floor (come on, it's funny), you can order one of their delicious Yoghi Bear falafels (falafel, grated carrot, beetroot, mixed sprouts and yoghurt & cucumber sauce) and realise that behind the immense pun lies some tasty and nutritious food.
So, to summarise, I haven't got a clue about spotting trends, but I have eaten well this week.
I met Johnny Ball today. He is a lovely man. After he'd finished doing the voiceover stuff that we'd asked him to do, he stayed for a while and told us stories about making those amazing TV shows in the 70s and 80s. I'm pretty sure he's partly responsible for making me pass my 11+ and eventually going to a grammar school - those programmes made me think about stuff when I was a kid. Do they still have programmes like that?
So I did my bit at Little Big Voice at the weekend. It was magic - lots of smart, interested people in a rural setting; healthy lack of cynicism about pretty much everything; a desire to do, make and try new stuff. Very good, and I would like to publicly thank the smart people at howies for making it happen.
Tony, Russell and another nice man take part in the writing experiment
It also seems to have had the strange effect of helping Russell to decide to stop blogging about planning. So I thought I would take this opportunity to say thank you to Russell. Without his blog, I might not have started doing this, and that would been sad, because I've enjoyed posting stuff up here, and I've met loads more smart people as a result. I've been able to air my thoughts, share dumb videos, make friends, talk about things that aren't related to my day job. It's been a breath of fresh air.
My blogging powers have waned slightly of late, but that's because the sun's coming out, the garden beckons and I've realised that posting stuff on here is no substitute for doing things, nor is it an adequate replacement for talking to people or hanging out with my family.
So please excuse me if things get a tiny bit quieter during the summer months.
I drank Guinness Red. I don't know much about it, haven't heard much of a fuss about it being launched, but can say that it is a pretty tasty pint. Bitter meets stout, with a creamy head.
I saw Midlake play live. I guess that if you had to design a band for me to like, Midlake would be it. They've pinched lots of Neil Young tricks (high pitched singing, campfire dynamics, occasional bursts of slightly discordant guitar), they write weird songs about people chopping down trees and building houses from stone, and some of them have beards. However, they didn't amaze me, partly due to the fact that they played their best three songs straight away. It was a little dull after that. (Nice article about them here, to help restore my faith.)
The third new thing was that I finally met Ech. He's on the left, standing next to Dan (not me - another Dan) and Molly. I've heard friends talking about Ech for about 15 years, but we've never actually been in the same place at the same time. Strange how that happens. Anyway, it was worth the wait, because he's a lovely man, and I hope I meet him again soon.