Soapbox Corner

I must have been mentally on Mars, because I could have sworn travelling circuses were finally banned in Ireland. NUH. UH.

Public money (UK and IRE) is used year-on-year to support the use of animals in travelling circuses.

The Irish Arts Council recently attracted a bit of much needed heat from ISPCA CEO, Dr. Andrew Kelly in a letter to the Irish Times. This is what got my attention.

When will we just ‘get it’? In a different time circuses were an art form, but it is time to let go of the notion that it still has a place in today’s arts ecology.

In other animal news our long suffering mother earth now faces the sixth major mass extinction of our time solely due to human interference. We are set to lose 41% of all amphibians, 26% of mammals and 13% of birds on the planet – because of us! Can’t we just give circuses the bloody boot already?

Circuses no longer need advocacy. They are well and truly up there with the fu*king tories’ plan to repeal the Hunting Act.

*jumps off soapbox*

Juice for Juicing Virgins


Shoebox Kitchen

I once bought a juicer from Lidl for about twenty quid, but the sheer torment of cleaning it meant I put that sucker high above my cooker where it was never easily reached again. It’s dead now.

Having recently inherited one again, and by inherited I mean abandoned by someone else who clearly had the shits of juicing, I decided to give it another go.

Just as virginity grows back I found myself pensively loitering in my kitchen this morning in mental preparation to re-pop my juicing cherry.

I thought I’d keep it simple in case it or I exploded.
1 apple (not 2 as pictured below)
1 carrot
1 chunk of ginger

Fruit Face

Fruit Face


A small wine glass full later (not of wine shockingly) and I was knocking back the fruits of my labour. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. The clean up and dismantling was a bit of a pain in the arse first time round to be sure, but in general it was a very rewarding experience and I’m sure I’ll be taking that sucker apart like a ninja in no time.

Used: Argos Cookworks 909/9407

Cookworks Juicer
Juicing speed: Fast
Noise levels: Minimal. Oddly hypnotic. Dare I say enjoyable noise levels.
Ease of cleaning: Easy-ish. Takes longer to clean than it does to juice due to 5 parts needing cleaning.

Juicing experience survived with minimal mental scarring. ;)

Go forth with your budget juicer and stay tuned for more cherry-popping easy recipes.

Juice for Juicing Virgins

Juice for Juicing Virgins


ABOUT THE HUMAN, Soapbox Corner

HOW TO SURVIVE HUMANS AND EARTH is a straight talking read for anxious people on an anxious planet.

We are 7 billion people and counting; connected in an infinite race for mental, physical, and environmental survival.

People young and old are struggling to hold their shit together day in day out; bombarded with information on how to live a ‘better’ life.

While we occasionally need to chow down on scientific jargon about the environmental and economic piss-bucket we reside in, we need a bit of balance to allow our minds to catch up.

This book is a guide for the anxious. Helping to remove social stigma about mental and environmental anxiety.

Take the reigns; reconnect; change your world; avoid or come to terms with a complete nervous breakdown. The choice is yours.

It’s time for a bold, straight talking, no holes barred look at how we’re living both mentally and physically.

How do we stop ourselves going bat-shit-crazy from just trying to get through a day, while trying to avoid living in a spherical shithole?

HOW TO SURVIVE HUMANS AND EARTH is a journey to tell you how.


Shoebox Kitchen, Snacks

How to Survive Humans and Earth came about as a means to mental and physical well-being. Nothing beats a good de-cluttering of the mind and hearty nosh that blows your socks off.

SO – get y’chops round this.

Step 1: De-stress that job out of your hair and chop like a muttha-fukka

The over-achiever of the Brassica family

The over-achiever of the Brassica family

Step 2: Give those bingo wings a run for their money

In a bowel – 1 cup of flower, 1 cup of water (or less depending on consistency), ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp garlic granules, 1tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp of chilli powder, good dose of freshly ground black pepper


Bingo-wing delight

Bingo-wing delight

Step 3: Dump the brassica flowers of gloopy delight onto either an oiled baking tray or parchment lined tray

Messy heaven

Messy heaven

Step 4: Bang in the oven at 220c for approx 30 mins or until they look brown/charred or crispy

Crisp-tastic healthy-kick

Crisp-tastic healthy-kick

Step 5: Serve with sharp tasting soy sauce or spicy tomato sauce and DEVOUR!!!!!

Lip-smacking sexy veg

Lip-smacking sexy veg