Our Animals Correspondent Bonzetta writes:
There’s been a bit of news this week about the environmental impact of farming animals. So let’s have another look at meat….
…featuring Sketching Weakly’s new Investigative Journalist, Agatha Frizbee. Over to you, Agatha!
Well, this week, it’s the Meat Special. And we ask the question:
I’ve been down the supermarket…
and I’ve been having a good hard look at the Meat Aisle. And it seems to me that it’s quite difficult from the packets to see who your meat was. And we all want to know, don’t we? We want to know that they had a nice life before they became meat.
Although these packets are all very attractive, I think they could do more to introduce us to who we’re going to eat, and make the invisible visible. Here’s what they could be like:
Because if you’re going to eat someone, you’d want to know who you’re eating.
PS: Here’s some farming in the news.
It’s been raining and the molluscs are on the move, charging up the garden path, swarming up stalks and flinging themselves acrobatically from leaf to leaf as they circle in on Sketching Weakly’s prize Campanula Pendula. Which is now a sad-looking stalk.
The flies have been busy too.
Snails seem to really love tree climbing.
Sketching Weakly couldn’t help but admire this pie cycling shirt while at large near Exmoor.Here is Tony in a shady gazebo scanning for bird life.
Here’s a bit of the Shady Gazebo. But technically speaking it is probably a Bower.A small gathering in the Shady Bower.
…in the carriage where the air-conditioning was broken and the designer hadn’t thought to include any blinds. Trying to draw the reflection of the man in front, he became a hallucinatingly large apparition.
So had a go at some (largely imaginary) trees seen from the window. The train helpfully stopped quite often due to signalling problems near Hayes and Harlington.
It is quite spooky here. But on some Wednesdays you can get in & sketch battered statues.
Here’s a line up of guys – the one on the end is a hermaphrodite.
And here are the lovely ladies.
and some shop dummies on the way home…
This is a post from a while ago that I forgot to put up! A bit of sketching at our local National History from October 2016. There’s a lovely bear that was hugged constantly…This does not do justice to the amazing giant insect photograph I was looking at…
The giraffe is completely impossible to fit on the page.
A really long time ago (well, you can see from the item above it was 1997), I spotted this entrancing poster in St Savin in France and desperately desired some copies of it. Look at all the shapes and sizes of bags gathered here. I simply had to have it. We tracked down the exposition but alas it was Mardi and fermi. But the kind owner invited us in for coffee and showed us the sacs plastiques and gave us lots of posters. (There was a wondrous cave of plastic bags of every possible configuation but I loved the poster the most.)
So I salute this long-ago exhibition of the wonders of the throwaway plastic bag. It seems to me that the aim of packaging is to stop you in your tracks from throwing it away and instead make you place it in your Cabinet of Curiosities, preserved for posterity.
Here are some more pieces of packaging that were too exciting to be thrown away:
This amaretti packet was the inspiration for the cover of The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon. A never-ending recursion of tins decorate this baking powder.I don’t know what lies within this tin – it could be a sort of pâté of little boy. This FLAN is promising dinner party quality elegance with a hint of flamenco..
The very jolly PLOPP bar packet, and its friend, the DING DONG.Followed by the reassuring tin for Sure Shield Laxatives.
This PUDING sounds delicious, especially in čokoládový flavour.
These always seem too beautiful to ever throw away.And this is the piece of packaging that started off the story of Hermelin.
So now there is a Plastic Bag Tax, which is mildly inconvenient and some might say futile (in terms of the scale of waste plastic altogether) – but it does show the surprising effectiveness of a smallish tax-based nudge to change behaviour. ….hmmm – what to change next…?
PS: Thanks to Whit & Caroline for Plopp, Ding Dong & Boy Pâté.