School Dinners

Imagine Argyll and Bute Council, being afraid of a 9 year-old school child.

They must be.

Argyll and Bute Council, have stopped a 9 year old school girl from writing and posting photos of her school dinners on her Blog.  Maybe it is that they are ashamed of the school dinners they provide for the students each day.

Come on, look at all the bloggers and newspapers out there that produce articles and review meals that they have eaten in Restaurants. Some of them are hardly complimentary while others have you drooling as you read through the menu.

Surely this young lady is no different. She writes and rates the meals each day and produces a photograph to show her followers the plate before she starts the meal. It is all done with the full backing and encouragement of the staff at her school.

Yesterday ‘Veg’ on her blog NeverSeconds had this to say:

This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today.

I only write my blog not newspapers and I am sad I am no longer allowed to take photos. I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I’ll miss seeing the dinners you send me too. I don’t think I will be able to finish raising enough money for a kitchen for Mary’s Meals either.


I think the Council have opened a hornet’s nest. Veg’s site had over 2 million hits and on Thursday the twittersphere has exploded with support. Her dad Dave was interviewed on BBC Today Programme this morning and the link has a clip from the item. The Council were invited to take part in the programme, buy declined or were unable to find anyone to take part!

Veg was blogging about FOOD and not porn.  She lives in the UK and not behind an ‘iron curtain’ (remember that?) or in China where silencing seems to be the norm.

Encouraging the enthusiasm of a nine year old, in school or home is important. I do hope this episode does not have the opposite effect.

UPDATE: 13:27 A member of Argyll and Bute Council is on the radio, saying they have rescinded the ban placed on Veg’s blog and will be meeting with her and her father early next week.

11 thoughts on “School Dinners

  1. Grannymar Post author

    Mike – As I write there are over four million page views of her blog and the Charity Mary’s Meal for which Veg was raising money for a kitchen in Malawi, to feed young children, has reached a total of £45,889.46!

    Perhaps the local Council should offer her a job!

    Ramana – I wonder if heads will roll within the Council offices? Actually their problem was with the headline produced in the Newspaper, but they went for the easy option and tried to kill the blog.

  2. Big John

    From the pictures I saw the food looked almost ‘mouth watering’ compared to what was served up when I was at school. Even Oliver Twist wouldn’t have asked for more of that grease with lumps in.

  3. Grannymar Post author

    Big John – We never had dinners at school, we had to trudge home in all weathers for ours.

    I was fascinated at the variety of dishes to hold the meals never mind the food provided. I actually wondered how much of the budget was spent on the fancy crockery/Plastic dishes?

    The food looked much better than I had expected, but hell, the portions were very small for hollow legged youngsters.

  4. blackwatertown is a lovely blog. And it’s sometimes complimentary about the school dinners dished out – not just negative. It also hosts pictures of other people’s school dinners from around the world.
    I’ve had the pleasure of chatting to nine-year-old Martha Payne who writes the blog and her Dad – both sound and straightforward. Good people.
    It’s been a slightly awkward situation for the council to handle – but they’d been doing alright until some eejit decided to blame the little girl for a headline in a national newspaper. Thankfully commonsense or media sense or simple decency intervened at a more senior level and the blog ban was rescinded.

  5. Grannymar Post author

    BWT – I want to follow you for a week, you meet such interesting people. Do you need anyone to carry your phone for you??

    I was delighted to see the ban being lifted and look forward to hearing the results of the meeting with the Council on Tuesday.

  6. Carole

    I think Rummusers words above sum it up
    “Small minds in big jobs will do such stupid things.”
    You’d think these people would have better things to do

  7. Grannymar Post author

    Carole – The actions of the ‘Small Minds’ had the unexpected effect of helping to raise £85,429.63 for a charity called Mary’s Meals. In the words of Veg, it means:

    “A whole kitchen in Lirangwe Primary School in Blantyre, Malawi and enough left over to feed another 5800 dinners to other children!”

    The charity asked her what she would like to call the kitchen and she said ‘Friends of NeverSeconds’ because if it was just herself she would never have managed to raise enough but now with the help of commenters and followers she has!

  8. Grannymar Post author

    Tilly – It is people like this young lady who should be honoured with an MBE instead of giving it to people for the work they get paid for!


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