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Never Seconds: Delightful School Food Blog

SmartCookie Jun 27, 2012 07:47 AM

Martha, a 9 year old from Scotland, recently started a Food Blog based on her school lunches. I started following it after hearing some media reports about her School deciding she must discontinue it (probably because the food looked so abysmal!); Jamie Oliver even got involved. After the media storm, they have allowed her to continue.

Besides being a darling writer, she gives a first person account of school lunches, and she invites other students from around the world to do so too. She is also fundraising for Mary's Meals to help underprivileged schoolchildren afford meals.


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    DougRisk Jun 27, 2012 01:36 PM

    I have only read a little bit, but I have a hard tie believing that this is actually written by a 9 year old. I don't doubt that she may have taken the picture(s) and lived the experiences that are written about in the blog, but the writing seems a little too polished.

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    1. re: DougRisk
      MonMauler Jun 27, 2012 02:03 PM

      I believe I read somewhere, not on her blog or here at Chowhound, but on one of the news sites that carried an article about food lunches, that the idea stemmed from of a conversation about the school's lunches with her father and that her father helps her with the blog.

      1. re: MonMauler
        DougRisk Jun 28, 2012 05:39 AM

        OK, that makes complete sense to me. I mean, the very first thing I read was:

        Eating Batteries

        Not me, but my camera


        I mean, that is something a 9 year old simply would not say.

        1. re: DougRisk
          dbrodbeck Jun 28, 2012 05:45 AM

          Oddly enough, that to me sounds just like something one of my kids would have said at 9. The other one maybe a little later, like 10.....

          1. re: dbrodbeck
            DougRisk Jun 28, 2012 06:16 AM

            Here it is, word for word:

            Eating batteries
            Not me, my camera! My best laid plans to take a photo of my school lunch everyday was ruined by a battery eating camera. So no pic of my Shepherd's pie. Tomorrow I hope normal service will resume and I will begin my blog properly, no more false starts!


            "My best laid plans ..."


            "Tomorrow I hope normal service will resume and I will begin my blog properly..."

            Come on, do you really think that those likes were written by a 9 year old? I mean, if you do, fine. No worries. But, I don't believe it for one second.

            And, there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with a 9 year old writing about her school lunches and having an adult help with it. It sounds like a nice little project.

            1. re: DougRisk
              dbrodbeck Jun 28, 2012 06:29 AM

              Perhaps it is a difference between British and American English. I have nown quite a few British kids who speak like that.

              1. re: dbrodbeck
                DougRisk Jun 28, 2012 09:11 AM

                Well, most of my family is from Great Britain, so, I guess we will need to disagree. But, I will say again, I have never heard a 9 year old say, "My best laid plans...".

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        Jimmy_Ike Jun 27, 2012 03:08 PM

        Quite - not only does the writing seem somewhat polished, but also perhaps a little contrived? Something is not right with this picture.

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          dbrodbeck Jun 28, 2012 04:39 AM

          It has correct grammar and spelling, beyond that I see no reason to suppose someone other than a 9 year old wrote it.

          1. re: dbrodbeck
            SmartCookie Jun 29, 2012 04:25 PM

            Jeez...does a 9 year old's blog need to be picked apart for her grammar? I think the overall premise is much larger than that. So what if her poppy might help.

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          cleobeach Jun 27, 2012 11:29 AM

          I like the way she gets so excited when soup is on the menu. I added to my blog folder.

          1. LindaWhit Jun 27, 2012 10:35 AM

            It was mentioned in the "Best Food Blogs" thread and that got me reading it on occasion as well!


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