Burger King’s new big, fat Whopper scares me!

23 Jan

As one of those sad and grey individuals currently forcing myself through a January diet, it’s both wonderfully heartening and terribly horrifying to learn of the newest burger to hit the UK high street.

Copyright Burger King.

It's beautiful, isn't it? (Bet it doesn't look like that IRL.)

Burger King’s Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Double Angus sounds real, real good on paper. You’ve got two burgers, weighing in at 6.4oz, bacon, cheese and “steakhouse” sauce. They also slip you some lettuce, tomato and onion, for the feel-good salad factor.

What aren’t so tasty, however, are the 966 calories that comprise it.

Here are the stats:



Protein 62g 55g
Fat 58g 95g
Sat fat 23g 30g
Carbohydrates 42g 300g
Refined sugar 9g 40g
Salt 2.65g 6g
Fibre 3g 24g
Calories 966 2,500

(From Daily Mail Website)

Understandably, the UK’s healthy-food campaigners have… Well, they haven’t had a heart attack, but they’ve definitely dropped their nut-and-seed mix in consternation. The National Obesity Forum had a few choice words:

This horrendous burger is a graphic illustration of where the government’s obesity strategy has gone wrong.

The strategy is supposed to be a Deal between the Department of Health and the food industry whereby industry pledges to be responsible in marketing its food.

This burger is the height of irresponsibility and, if left unfettered, the food industry will do nothing to help stem the current obesity epidemic.

(Tam Fry, Spokesperson for the National Obesity forum to Mail Online

This burger falls down at quite a few of the hurdles the government set last year. By the start of this year, the government had pledged to reduce salt in foods, promote healthier food choices and encourage fast food restaurants to have healthier food.

A burger which is half the daily recommended allowance of salt, which will probably be heavily advertised, while the healthy option is a chicken salad. Or a plain salad.

If the government don’t make a start now, we could end up like the Americans. They don’t need to worry about a 966 calorie burger. Across the pond, where 44 million Americans are obese, they have a something called Carl’s Jr. And in Carl’s Jr they have something called the Double Six Dollar Burger, which has a staggering 1520 calories.

In fact, there are more than 15 American burgers boasting over 1000 calories.

There hasn’t been an article about it.

Loads of suggestions have been flying around – should the US restrict force fast food restaurants to post fat and sugar content on the menu? Should they tax fat in foods, like Denmark?

Is it really the government’s place to sort us out?

As long as the information’s out there for people to find – and as long as we don’t have a burger for breakfast, lunch and dinner – people should be able to look after themselves.

According to completely accurate, non-satirical “news” website The Daily Mash, a Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Double Angus is more attractive than intercourse with a British woman. There was (apparently) a study, and everything.

Professor Henry Brubaker (who I’m sure is real) suggested that British women up their “cheese quotient” but I think that’s exactly the wrong thing to do.

Instead, recall the horror of watching Half-Ton Teen on TV and get to that GYM!!


Is fur ever truly “guilt-free”?

22 Nov

Ever fancied a guilt-free fur? A warm, soft, real-to-death fur? Well, there are only two words for you – swamp rat.

Just because this annoyingly invasive creature has made a bad name for itself by destroying Louisiana’s delicate wetlands, doesn’t mean that swamp rat – otherwise known as nutria – skins should be deigned an “ethical” choice.

Trying out nutria-style.

Preparing for the nutria fashion show in New Orleans.

But seeing as there’s an official $5 bounty on each of their furry little heads it does make sense to wear them.

More sense than throwing them back into the swamp anyway, which was their original fate.

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Raising tuition fees will not affect students says Liberal Democrat Councillor

9 Nov

Future students will never be able to repay their tuition fees, so raising them will not matter, according to a Liberal Democrat Councillor.

Duwayne Brooks said:  “In terms of debt, I look at it this way – if I went to university and came out with a debt of £36,000 I would never get anyone chasing me down for the money.

Councillor Duwayne Brooks

Don't worry about the debt: Cllr Brooks

“I would never get a bailiff. If I were to earn £27,000 a year I would be paying back £7 a week. You could pay more for life insurance.”

The Liberal Democrats gained many university seats through pledging to vote against rises in tuition fees but have now approved them as part of the coalition.

By 2012 universities will be able to charge up to £9,000 in fees which the National Union of Students dubbed an ‘outrage’.
But Lewisham Councillor Brooks believes that the rising fees will not truly affect students.

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Axed EMA stops talented students from Higher Education

4 Nov

Schools in the borough have finally climbed to the top of the GCSE league tables, but with the government set to axe EMA, will Barking and Dagenham’s brightest be wasted?


Eastbrook School

Schools GCSE results are getting steadily better

More than three quarters of local GCSE pupils achieved five or more A* – C grades, beating the national average, which was about 70%.

Cllr Rocky Gill, Cabinet Member for Education and Children, said: “I’d like to congratulate Barking and Dagenham’s pupils who worked hard to achieve record-breaking results.

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The Americans ft. Sean Lennon – Requiem

2 Nov

Have you heard of the classic 1970’s film, Harold and Maude? It’s the story of a young, rich teenager who likes to spend his spare time faking suicide to get attention.

Sound weird? Are you wondering what this has to do with music, at all? Well, Harold and Maude was the inspiration behind the video for ‘Requiem’, The Americans new single.


From Bill's Music Forum

Well, they don't look so depressed now



Described as indie, power-pop, doo-wop and blues, The Americans seem to bring together a melting pot of musical ideals to create an effortlessly laid back track.

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Talay Riley – Humanoid

21 Oct

Talay Riley is more than just the triple threat. He’s a humanoid: a robot that in a human’s body, cranking out hits for all the big names.
(And it must be said, the body he has chosen is mighty fine.)

‘Humanoid’ is his debut single, a pulsating electro track with a tribal dancehall style beat – a mix of booty-shaking base and a catchy Robyn-style monotone vocal.

As well as being an all singing, all dancing model-esque statue of a man, the song-writer and producer has worked with Tinie Tempah, JLS and Tinchy Stryder.

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Labrinth – Let the Sunshine

6 Oct

Describing an artist as a pop act can be seen as an insult these days.

Everyone is trying to be cooler and more eclectic, but for Labrinth it seems the key to his future chart success is his versatility.

His debut track, ‘Let the Sunshine’ is a true feel good dance anthem – a far cry from the dirty bassline of his chart-topping collaboration with Tinie Tempah, ‘Pass Out’.

Artists from the likes of Pixie Lott and Cheryl Cole to Professor Green and N-Dubz are waiting to use the 21-year-old’s talent to craft a hit for them, but most likely the singer-songwriter-producer and multi-instrumentalist keeps the best ones for himself.

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Hong Kong: On airports and loved ones.

21 Aug

So this is Hong Kong diary one… Well not quite.

Going up!


The anticipation was building  and as I got to the gate, in the midst of my see-you-soon calls I hear over the tannoy that there is an engine fault with my plane. They need to fix, test, retest for about an hour, but here’s a £7 food voucher.

Seeing as I just spent £6.95 on breakfast (as beautiful as it may have been – mother, I know I have been sharing your diet with you, but this was too hard to resist – a continental  breakfast with an apple strudel, croissant, brioche, and a tiny, crumbly, gorgeous banana muffin.)

I was understandably peeved. Then again, who turns down a free lunch?

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On being the “agony aunt”

21 Jul

Haven’t we all?
Been through it –
Sat on our own in
That metaphysical rain,
And felt the pull of
Brethren broken glass.
Haven’t we all?

When I spew my “you should
Shouldn’t do”
Can’t you feel the help’s derision?

I’m not making any friends here.

You find them,
You lose them.
You love them,
They leave you.
And that’s a bigger truth
Than all the truths I’ve told any of you
Put together.

Should you be stronger than me?

4 Jul

Sorry for the wait for a new post! Had a bit of a problem with the internet, then with my laptop… sufficed to say, it was all a bit of a struggle!

But I’m back!

Do you know ‘Stronger than Me’ by Amy Winehouse?

It’s an oldie, from her first album, Frank, but it always seems to strike a chord with me.

I was having a good old sing along in the shower the other day, when occurred to me that maybe it shouldn’t.

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