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Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Revenge of the Nine-Year-Old Blogger

Martha Payne, a nine-year-old Scottish future foodie and journalist who blogs under the name "Veg" (from Veritas Ex Gustuat) at Never Seconds had been posting photographs and reviews of school lunches and discussing her opinion of them. She is also working to raise money for her cause, Mary's Meals, which funds school lunches in Africa. On Thursday, she posted this forlorn note:

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.


Her loyal readers went ballistic. Supporters took to the web and Twitter. Wired covered the shutting-down of Veg's lunchtime photography exposes. The New Scotsman posted a photo and story about Martha's meetup with TV chef Nick Nairn. Within a day, the local council, with egg on its face, overturned the photography ban, and the result is that Martha's meaty message is back, starting Monday.

Here's her post from today, June 15.

I think you know why I don't have a picture today but I will have on Monday!
Thanks to everyone that has helped to get my blog back on track. I would have
missed writing it a lot and I'm looking forward to sharing my dinners and

I worried yesterday that I would never reach enough money to buy a
Mary's Meal kitchen in Malawi (31
seconds!) but we have raised a total of £45,889.46 which is more than
one kitchen! It could be many kitchens or one kitchen feeding many children for

A small thank you isn't enough so here's a big THANK YOU
to you all!

See you on Monday,


All kidding aside, congratulations to Martha Payne, who has shown us, yet again, the power of technology and the importance of ideas.

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