News and Announcements

Series 6 Supersize vs Superskinny

E-mail sent by Nessa Carson, Sunday, 2nd September 2012 @ 1:32am

Hey everyone! 

I've just got an email from one of the researchers at Channel 4, who's working on the next series of Supersize vs Superskinny. They're looking for new participants and are keen to feature vegan people - hopefully in a way that's useful for dispelling, not enhancing stereotypes... anyway thought I'd pass the message on in case anyone is interested. See the attached poster and email the address on there if you fancy it! 

Hope everything is going really well in Oxford. I'll see you soon! 

Vegan love, 
Nessa

Gardeners Arms Quiz tonight - Sunday 26th August

E-mail sent by Rich Sleight, Sunday, 26th August 2012 @ 1:19pm

Hello All
Very short notice I know, but several of us went to the London Vegan Fete yesterday and had a great time. It turns out that a few people will not be able to come to the Quiz next week but can tonight.

So, there will be a team of at least 4 people tonight for the Quiz. Please turn up if you can for all or part of it - will be great to see the new members that have joined recently!

Get there for food at 7.30pm (stops at 8pm) and quiz around 8.30pm. The quiz is always fun and the apple pie is always tasty! 


The Gardeners Arms is a veggie/vegan pub in Jericho http://www.thegarden-oxford.co.uk/

Here is a link to the google map to find it 
http://g.co/maps/99btm 

Thanks

Rich

Events: London Vegan Fayre and Gardeners Arms Quiz

E-mail sent by Rich Sleight, Tuesday, 21st August 2012 @ 11:01pm

Hello All
There are two events coming up, one in London and one in Oxford!

This Saturday 25th August is the London Vegan Fayre. There may be 1 or 2 people going from Oxford in the morning so if you are interested please reply to this email. Here is the event details - http://www.meetup.com/londonvegan/events/67397422/

Then Sunday 2nd September is the quiz at the Gardeners Arms. Get there for food at 7.30pm and quiz around 8.30pm. The quiz is always fun and the apple pie is always tasty! Please email if you are going to this as if there are not enough people it will be cancelled (not the quiz, just the group team). Here is the event on Meetup (we are using the veggie and vegan meetup group but this is still a vegan and vegan interested event) - http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Vegetarian-and-Vegan-Eat-Up-Meetup/events/78738062/

Event: Gardeners Arms Quiz - first Sunday of every month
7:30pm for food first (pub stops serving at 8pm). Quiz 8.30pm sharp (9pm possibly)


The Gardeners Arms is a veggie/vegan pub in Jericho http://www.thegarden-oxford.co.uk/

Here is a link to the google map to find it 
http://g.co/maps/99btm 
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If anyone would like to suggest or organise an event for Oxford Vegans then please let me know. Perhap another Pot Luck like Chloe oganised? I am sure the events can become better as more people get involved. Any ideas very welcome. Would people like to create a discussion forum so that members can send each othe emails and organie events?
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Thanks
Rich

Event: Gardeners Arms Quiz - first Sunday of every month (5th August next)

E-mail sent by Rich Sleight, Friday, 27th July 2012 @ 1:00pm

Event: Gardeners Arms Quiz - first Sunday of every month (5th August next)
7:30pm for food first (pub stops serving at 8pm). Quiz 8.30pm sharp (9pm possibly)


Hello All

The last quiz event again was very popular with more than 10 people - a very respectable quiz team!
As the quiz is always popular I thought it a good idea to make it a regular event on the first Sunday of every month so everyone will know when we will all go.

Please let me know if you can attend on August 5th.

I have made a regular event on meetup.com - http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Vegetarian-and-Vegan-Eat-Up-Meetup/events/75128512/ I encourage you all to join this group and that way you can suggest events and it is easier to know who is going.

The Gardeners Arms is a veggie/vegan pub in Jericho 
http://www.thegarden-oxford.co.uk/

Here is a link to the google map to find it 
http://g.co/maps/99btm 
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I will be quite busy over the next couple of months but if anyone would like to suggest or organise an event for Oxford vegans then please let me know and we can organise together. There were suggestions of another potluck, perhaps even of making burgers to give away for free, and there is also the possibility of writing away for free samples of lots of different vegan products for us all to try! Perhaps we can write away to one company each?

Finally if anyone is interested I am hoping to go to this event on Saturday - possibly not so early in the morning though. Let me know if you want to go from oxford together. So far there are only a couple of us going. http://www.meetup.com/animalrights-202/events/68523942/

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Remember to reply to this email if you want to make a quiz team at the Gardeners Arms, 15th July, Sunday. (or reply on facebook 
https://www.facebook.com/OxfordVegans or the meetup group.)

Thanks
Rich

Event: Gardeners Arms Quiz (again) Sunday 15th July

E-mail sent by Rich Sleight, Thursday, 5th July 2012 @ 12:44am

Event: Gardeners Arms Quiz (again) 15th July 7:30pm for food first. Quiz 8.30pm sharp (9pm possibly)

Hello All

I thought it was perhaps the right time for us all to go back to the Gardeners Arms and participate in the wonderful quiz. I will be there early to eat food so anyone can choose to come for a meal, the quiz or both. It was a great night last time and I am sure it will be again. Who knows what the theme will be?!

Please let me know if you can make it by replying to this email or commenting on the recent post in the Oxford Vegans facebook group - 
https://www.facebook.com/OxfordVegans

The Gardeners Arms is a veggie/vegan pub in Jericho 
http://www.thegarden-oxford.co.uk/

Here is a link to the google map to find it 
http://g.co/maps/99btm 

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Other news - 

There have been several new members to the group, so hello and welcome :). Please email me if you are interested in organising events or have any ideas for events you want organised :). (as some members actually work at the Gardeners Arms I guess unfortunately they cannot be part of the quiz team!)

I have just been to a meeting set up by a group called Abundance Oxford. There were lots of fabulous ideas -  Abundance is a community project to harvest the seasonal glut of local fruit and food- nettles and elderflowers through to the more commonly picked apples, pears and plums. Each year hundreds of fruit trees go unpicked either because people don’t notice them, may not be physically able to harvest them or there are just too many fruits at one time.  The facebook group is here - 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/abundanceoxford 

I hope that at some point we can have a joint event and have a fun day harvesting fruit around Oxford!

There is a meetup group in Oxford you may want to join? - http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Vegetarian-and-Vegan-eat-up-Meetup-Group/ 

There is also a great event in London every month called vegan Drinks. About 100 people everytime - http://www.meetup.com/londonvegan/events/66515722/

There are several other vegan/vegetarian groupsi in Oxford. If you are a member of any of them please get in touch. Maybe we can organise some joint events :). 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/190611927623042/Oxford Bookes Veg*n group
http://www.oxveg.co.uk/ blog by oxford vegans again (other oxford vegans)
http://www.oxford.vegangroup.co.uk/index.html Oxford vegans (other oxford vegans)
http://www.vero.org.uk/links.asp Voice for Ethical research at Oxford
http://www.oxfordanimalethics.com/home/ Centre for Animal Ethics in Oxford

I hope we can rely on the weather a bit more at some point this summer and then we can tentatively organise a picnic maybe BBQ. At the quiz we can also decide which restaurant we want to visit next in Oxford! 

Thank you to Chloe for hosting a wonderful PotLuck night at her house. The food delicious, the people of course lovely, and the games entertaining!
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Remember to reply to this email if you want to make a quiz team at the Gardeners Arms, 15th July, Sunday. (or reply on facebook 
https://www.facebook.com/OxfordVegans)

Thanks
Rich

Event: Cinema and Restaurant - Wednesday 23rd May

E-mail sent by Rich Sleight, Monday, 21st May 2012 @ 11:52pm

Hi All
Event
Food and film - Wednesday 23rd May 7pm
Meet at the Phoenix Cinema in Jericho at 7pm and buy tickets for the documentary Marley. The film starts at 8.30pm so we can then go and pick a place in Jericho to eat at - several options I believe (Manos, Jamals, Gardeners...)

Let me know if you are coming (or just turn up and join us on the night!).

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14th June Potluck!
Chloe has offered to host a potluck event on the evening of the 14th June at her house in St  Clements. Thank you very much Chloe! Please email her at c_i_tyler@yahoo.co.uk to let her know how many people will be coming and a rough idea of the food you think you will bring (sweat or savoury) so we can have a good balance of food :). I hope to bring chocolate cake!

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12th June quiz
Chloe is also oganising a fundraising event for Oxfam at the Cape of Good Hope on 12 June 7pm (she is also walking 100km!). It is a quiz with amazing prizes! Teams are restricted to 6, please email her to say if you think you will enter a team.
OK, this is not really vegan related but Chloe is offering her house for the previous event :).
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Hope to see lots of you on Wednesday!

Thanks
Rich

Event: Cinema and Restaurant - Wednesday 23rd May

E-mail sent by Rich Sleight, Wednesday, 16th May 2012 @ 2:43pm

Hi All!
Suggested Event
Wednesday 23rd May (after 6pm)
Cinema - Phoenix in Jericho or Odeon in  Oxford Centre
Films Suggested: Dark Shadows (vampire funny with Johnny Depp), or Marley (a documentary about Bob which has good reviews at the Phoenix), or other....
Restaurant - Those who show an interest can pick depending on what time and place is most relevent.

Please email me back if you would like to go to the cinema, restuarant, or both and express your film preference and place to eat. I can then organise.

See options for films here - http://www.dailyinfo.co.uk/events.php

I assumed the Vue cinema is too far out for many people.

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A potluck lunch is being organised for some point in June by Chloe - thanks Chloe!!
We just need to decide on a date!

Thanks
Rich

Three things!

E-mail sent by Nessa Carson, Tuesday, 8th May 2012 @ 10:57am

Hi everyone!

Hope you're all doing well. You haven't seen me in a while as I'm buried in Finals revision (21 days to go) and no longer capable of having a reasonable conversation with anyone on topics other than chemistry. Anyway there are just few things that I've been sent that I thought you guys might be interested in. The first one's self-advertizing again; sorry about that but it's about animal welfare - would love to see you there.

Enjoy yourselves!
Nessa


1. Oxford University Scientific Society - “Optical Flow, Collective Behaviour and Animal Welfare”

Tomorrow (Wednesday), OUSS will be hosting Prof Marian Dawkins, professor of animal behaviour at Oxford University and head of the Animal Behaviour Research Group.

Wednesday 9th May at 20:15 in the Inorganic Chemistry Dept lecture theatre.
Open to everyone.

 

Any chicken you eat is probably less than 6 weeks old – so rapid has been its growth from fluffy chick to tikka masala. But what has this massively efficient conversion of food to meat done to the welfare of the birds themselves? A joint Zoology/Engineering Science project is using the optical flow patterns produced by the movements of large flocks to decipher not just what is happening to the animals at any one time but also to predict what their welfare will be days and even weeks ahead. Camera technology is coming to the aid of animal welfare.

Marian Dawkins works in the Department of Zoology here in Oxford and has recently published (March 2012) Why Animals Matter: Animal Welfare, Animal Consciousness and Human Well-Being and (with Aubrey Manning) An Introduction to Animal Behaviour 6th edition.


Talks are FREE for members and cost £2 for non-members. Membership is £20 for life or £15 for a year. Refreshments will be served after the talk.
If you would like to attend the dinner at 18:00 with the speaker before the talk, please reply to nessa.carson@univ.ox.ac.uk as soon as possible. Limited spaces are available.

More information is available on our website (http://users.ox.ac.uk/~science/), where you can view the rest of our termcard, or our Facebook group.

2. Animals and Us - week-long course in Dartington

Schumacher College in Dartington (a stunning location, a couple of miles outside if Totnes) is running a special, week-long short course, Animals and Us in June (I talked them into it) - and they've just reduced the cost, as bookings were a bit slow (and the price too high!)

The price is now £550 and there is updated text on: http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/animals-and-us

It will be an incredible experience...

Marc Bekoff and Jonathan Balcombe, the world's leading experts on animal emotion will be teaching via video link from the U.S.

Richard Ryder (one of the UK's foremost animal rights philosophers, a former Chair of the RSPCA, founder of the Political Animal Lobby and author of several seminal books, including Animal Revolution and Victims of Science) and Rachel Hevesi (one of the world's leading primatologists, now Director of Wild Futures and the Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall), will be the main course leaders.

They will be joined by Satish Kumar (the former Jain monk, earth pilgrim, and Editor in Chief of Resurgence magazine) and Dr Stephen Harding from Schumacher.

It's a unique opportunity and they're not likely to repeat it, so please do sign up if it appeals - and tell others. 

I have attached some features from the tutors that appeared recently in the special issue of Resurgence which I guest-edited.

Very many thanks and best wishes,

Heidi

3. TONIGHT - Oxford Café Scientifique - 'Green Transport - comparing petrol and diesel vehicles with their electric and hybrid rivals'

On Tuesday 8th May at Science Oxford Live (foot of Headington Hill), doors open 19:00 for 19:30 start.
(I wasn't actually asked to tell you guys about this, but thought it might be relevant both for interest and for information to argue back to those who say "oh you're vegan, well on an immediately relevant point did you know electric cars aren't as efficient as they might be".)

Many of the earliest motors cars were electric and quick for their time, around 30 miles per hour! There were petrol-electric cars too: however as Internal Combustion Engines became more effective they displaced the already established electric propulsion systems. For several decades petrol engines held sway. Diesel engines were introduced first to trucks and more recently to cars. So why did these ICEs take over and dominate road vehicle propulsion?

Concern about carbon dioxide and global warming has triggered a renewed interest in electric propulsion. Peter Moss, senior lecturer at the Royal Military College, examines its advantages and disadvantages.

See http://www.cafesci.org/oxford for details (more about the talk linked from the Dates page)
Some wine and nibbles, bring your own if you wish.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Dr Rachel Quarrell
Oxford Café Scientifique

Cancelled - Gardeners Arms Quiz (again) 6th May 7:30pm for food first.

E-mail sent by Rich Sleight, Saturday, 5th May 2012 @ 1:30pm

Hi Everyone
I obviously picked the wrong weekend to go to the quiz. The Team would have only been two people so this event is cancelled. Although I got lots of positive responses for future events. I'll try and arrange something midweek later this month or the start of June. If anyone would like to help or suggest films or restaurants please let me know.

Thanks

Rich

Event: Gardeners Arms Quiz (again) Sunday 6th May

E-mail sent by Rich Sleight, Thursday, 3rd May 2012 @ 7:41pm

Event: Gardeners Arms Quiz (again) 6th May 7:30pm for food first. Quiz 8.30pm sharp (9pm possibly)

Hello All

Well, it was fun last time. We had 9 people in the team and I think only 5 points off the winners (which strangely made us only 5th). Please let me know if you can make it. It is a bank holiday so maybe everyone is busy, maybe, who knows. So if more than 3 people reply I think that makes an okay team. 

The Gardeners Arms is a veggie/vegan pub in Jericho http://www.thegarden-oxford.co.uk/

Here is a link to the google map to find it http://g.co/maps/99btm 

Ideas for other events discussed last time were

  • 'The Big Eat' or something held at the Castle in June? Like a big picnic that we could join in on
  • Pot Luck dinner at someones house (perhpaps all food, perhaps just cake?)
  • Going for a meal at the Magic Cafe when they do an Ethiopian Food Night
  • Oxford Vegan Runners (basically those who want to just go for a run - probably followed by some sort of food or beverage)
  • I also like the idea of going for a meal and then the cinema mid-week? Avengers anyone (I heard a rumour Captain America and Black Widow are vegans, or at least trying to be)?
  • There is a meetup group you may be interested in - http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Vegetarian-and-Vegan-eat-up-Meetup-Group/ 
  • Bristol Vegan festival is coming up at the end of May. I can't go but it sounds like a good day trip or weekend!

So, send me an email if you want to make a quiz team at the Gardeners Arms this Sunday! 

Thanks
Rich

Events! And plenty of em

E-mail sent by Nessa Carson, Saturday, 21st April 2012 @ 8:37pm

Hi everyone! 

Really sorry about two emails so close together, but I couldn't wait to tell you all about these exciting events coming up (also the most exciting of them is on Wednesday). 

The Debate of the Ages: This House Wants to Defeat Ageing Entirely
Dr Aubrey de Grey vs Colin Blakemore, chaired by Prof Sir Richard Peto

Hosted by Oxford University Scientific Society - OPEN TO EVERYONE AND FREE TO ALL.

Doors open at 18:15 for a 19:00 start, at the Sheldonian Theatre on 25th April (Wednesday of 1st week for OU students). Pre-register your interest at http://goo.gl/V3ffF, or visit http://users.ox.ac.uk/~science for more information about the debate.

This is going to be ridiculously exciting and I urge you all to come to watch and maybe put your questions to the experts. One of the issues that will surely be discussed is what further increasing lifespan would mean in an increasingly overpopulated world.

I admit I have a vested interest in this and it’s not strictly to do with veganism, but I’m really excited about this and I’m sure some of you will be too. I would recommend anyone interested in science in the Oxford area to come along.

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Dr Aubrey de Grey will propose the motion "This house wants to defeat ageing entirely" and Professor Colin Blakemore will be opposing. The debate will be chaired and moderated by Professor Sir Richard Peto. This debate will address the whether it is feasible and appropriate to consider ageing as a target of decisive medical intervention, raising the possibility of substantial extension of human lifespan.

Aubrey de Grey is currently Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a biomedical research charity that aims to develop, promote, and ensure widespread access to rejuvenation biotechnologies that address the diseases and disabilities of ageing. Its research agenda consists of the application of regenerative medicine to ageing - not merely slowing the ageing clock, but resetting it to early adulthood.

Colin Blakemore is Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. He is an expert in vision, development of the brain and neurodegenerative disease. He is active in communication of science and is president and adviser to several charities concerned with brain disorders. Colin Blakemore was formerly Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council, the UK's largest public funder of biomedical research.

Along with presentations and discussion from Aubrey de Grey and Colin Blakemore, the debate will provide an opportunity for questions from the audience.

The entire event will be moderated by Professor Sir Richard Peto, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, and an expert on the hazards of smoking and benefits of stopping.


"Optical Flow, Collective Behaviour, and Animal Welfare"
 - Prof Marian Dawkins


Brought to you by Oxford University Scientific Society. 
9th May at 20:15 in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory lecture theatre, South Parks Rd. Open to everyone, £2 for non-members. You can buy membership on the door. 


Any chicken you eat is probably less than 6 weeks old – so rapid has been its growth from fluffy chick to tikka masala. But what has this massively efficient conversion of food to meat done to the welfare of the birds themselves? A joint Zoology/Engineering Science project is using the optical flow patterns produced by the movements of large flocks to decipher not just what is happening to the animals at any one time but also to predict what their welfare will be days and even weeks ahead. Camera technology is coming to the aid of animal welfare.
Marian Dawkins works in the Department of Zoology here in Oxford and has recently published (March 2012) Why Animals Matter: Animal Welfare, Animal Consciousness and Human Well-Being and (with Aubrey Manning) An Introduction to Animal Behaviour 6th edition.
 
 

Abundance Oxford


Hello Oxford Vegans! Hope this doesn't look like spamming, most of my friends in Sheffield who are key volunteers with Abundance are vegans and so I thought here would be a great place to see if anyone was interested! I'm looking to try set up an Oxford Abundance group, 
 ABUNDANCE in Oxford... If you don't know what Abundance is, it's a simple yet change-making concept of just using all the fruit that is around us- urban harvesting, and then redistributing to those that need fresh fruit but can't always afford it: Sure Start (children) centres, homeless shelters etc- a lot of the organisations which help people in need but will be subject to cuts and so it's even more important now!

It's also all about getting people to reconnect with food- where it comes from and how it gets to our plate. I think this links in quite well with veganism, because more and more people are losing that- kids that think meat and milk comes from supermarkets also think that fruit does too!

Plus endless hours of joy spent in orchards and up trees or with big tarpaulins, not to forget chutney making afterwards for all those that love getting in the kitchen (or stirring a big bubbling pot over an open fire or rocket stove!)

If you are interested in being part of the group to set up Oxford Abundance, and/or just interested in being one of many Abundance volunteers whenever you can, please comment on this thread, and pass the message on to all your food loving/tree climbing loving/ chutney loving friends and all those that wish they spent more time outdoors with like minded folk! I'm on the hunt for those interested and will get back to you all around the end of April if not before... Send me a message if I don't! Cheers! Dot x

You can contact Dot by finding her message on the Oxford Vegans Facebook page, or if you don’t have Facebook, email me and I’ll pass on your message. 

 
Right that’s it for now – hope I’ll see some of you on Wednesday. Should be a riot! Toodle-pip!

Best wishes,

Nessa

Gardeners Arms Quiz, Sunday (tomorrow!)

E-mail sent by Rich Sleight, Saturday, 21st April 2012 @ 11:01am

Hi Everyone

Thank you for your responses to my last email! This is just  a reminder that there is a meeting for Oxford Vegans tomorrow (22nd April) to go to the Gardeners Arms Quiz. I have been told that food stops serving at 8pm so for anyone who wants to eat I will be there from 7.30pm or before to make sure we can get a table. The quiz starts at 8.30pm. 

It will be great to talk about other ideas for meetings this year!

The Gardeners Arms is a veggie/vegan pub in Jericho http://www.thegarden-oxford.co.uk/

Here is a link to the google map to find it http://g.co/maps/99btm 

Thanks
Rich

Event Ideas? and Gardeners Arms Quiz

E-mail sent by Rich Sleight, Wednesday, 11th April 2012 @ 11:32pm

Hi Everyone

I've volunteered to organise a couple of events for this group. So.... if you have any ideas about things you would like to do or go and see please let me know and I'll look into it.

Recently I've been to the Gardeners Arms Quiz and thought it was really good. So I thought I'd suggest meeting on Sunday 22nd April at the Gardeners Arms (veggie/vegan pub in Jericho http://www.thegarden-oxford.co.uk/ ) at 8pm and make a team for the quiz and eat vegan apple crumble.

Please reply to let me know if you can attend on this Sunday and any other ideas you have of meetings we can organise.

Thanks
Rich

 

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E-mail sent by Nessa Carson, Friday, 23rd March 2012 @ 10:48am

Hello chaps!  Lovely action packed email here: an event, a survey for vegan women who have children, and I'm looking for someone to look after this email address for a bit and organize a few get-togethers hopefully (not very difficult, and pretty fun - scroll down if you're interested).  

'Vegucated' Film Screening - from Oxford Student Vegetarian Society (open to all)

This coming Monday at Brookes there will be a screening of the acclaimed documentary 'Vegucated'.

All are welcome.  In particular, it would be great to bring (or if necessary, drag,) any meat-eating friends/relatives/strangers!  (They certainly won't be bored - and who knows what effect it could have...?)

And there'll be free popcorn...

Details are as follows:

This Monday, 26th March at 8.00pm

At the Helena Kennedy Building, Brookes Headington Hill campus.

Directions for those of you coming from the city centre: Travel along High Street to St. Clements.  St. Clements turns into Headington Road. Continue on until you reach a large hill and at the top of the hill on the left you will see The Helena Kennedy Oxford Brookes sign. Go in through the main gates and walk for about 30 seconds and on your left you will see The Helena Kennedy Student Centre. Enter through the main entrance and you've made it!

Here's a little more guidance if needed: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/about/findus/documents/headington.pdf

Please feel free to forward/print/distribute the attached poster.

Survey for vegan women who have children

Dear Oxford Vegans. 


If you could please fill in our survey, the anonymised results will contribute towards the medical research effort detailed below. The survey is at http://goo.gl/MKYIT and we would encourage you to share the link.

We are carrying out research on Group B streptococcal carriage in vegans during pregnancy. This is an intestinal bacterium, normally harmless, but capable of infecting an unborn baby (for example, 1 in 2,000 UK births have a proven GBS infection). With some weak evidence suggesting a dietary link to GBS, the aim is to ascertain whether Vegan women acquire GBS to the same extent as non-Vegans.

Regards.

Dr Mark Anthony. Consultant Neonatologist.
Dr Abdul Ismail. FY2 Pediatrics.
Raveem Ismail. Analyst, Trinakria Limited.

Oxford Vegans mailing list

Okay, I've been sending out emails for over a year now (really?!) and had a lot of fun meeting up with and doing barmy activities with you lovely vegans.  However, I have Finals this term, and over the whole summer I'll be in the US on the World's Most Exciting Organic Chemistry Internship (as far as I'm concerned).  So it's probably best if I lie low for a bit and someone else sends out the emails and organizes events.  Apologies for not discussing this in a meeting - I'm out of Oxford for the next week and thought it should probably be sorted out asap.  The Groupspaces interface is easy to use, or you can send via normal emails if you're so inclined.  It basically just involves listening to people and not forgetting about it; that doesn't sound too hard now does it?!  Meatout 2012 is over the next few months & I've received several emails about where we can get free food samples from - so you could start off from there!  Please email me at nessa.carson@univ.ox.ac.uk if you are interested at all!  


^_^ Lots of love, 
Nessa
 

Meeting tomorrow?

E-mail sent by Nessa Carson, Saturday, 4th February 2012 @ 2:47pm

Oh my gosh let's hurry up and get together for some vegan love & excitement!  While it's been so long, I propose we just go for it and meet at 1900 tomorrow in the Royal Blenheim, St Ebbe's St, while we haven't been there for a while.  For those who don't know it, it's a friendly semi-veggie pub with great music!  
That's if we're not all snowed in. ^_~  (http://uksnowmap.com/)

It's definitely overdue for us all to have a catchup, and as well the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale is coming up (well, -ish, but it'd probably be wise to do it towards the end of the uni terms to catch all the hungry student appetites)... we're definitely going to do it this year; let's make plans!  

With wishes for exciting vegan tiems, 
Nessa

Last call for Christmas noms!

E-mail sent by Nessa Carson, Saturday, 17th December 2011 @ 1:05pm

19:30 tonight at Dodo's Café @ the Magic Café, 110 Magdalen St - RSVP to me asap at methionine57 [at] gmail [dot] com if you want to come!  All the details are on the email I sent yesterday, or on the homepage at www.groupspaces.com/oxfordvegans.  

Christmassy vegan love, 
Nessa xx

Let's go for noms?

E-mail sent by Nessa Carson, Friday, 16th December 2011 @ 10:12am

Hi everyone, 

Short notice I know, but I've just realized Dodo's Café is open tomorrow (Saturday): shall those of us who are around go for some noms there?  Consider it the Oxford Vegans Christmas dinner!  Maybe at 19:30 at The Magic Café.  RSVP to me at methionine57 [at] gmail [dot] com asap and if there are enough of us, consider it done!  

Tomorrow's vegan menu is as follows [(gf) = gluten free]: 

Starters £3.50

Mushroom, almond and tarragon pate served with crispy ciabatta and cranberry and apple chutney (v) (gf)

Mains £8.50

Chestnut, cranberry and parsnip loaf with colcannon, Brussels sprouts and a red wine and thyme jus (v)

Desserts £3.50

Vanilla, orange and cinnamon pannacotta served with orange syrup (v) (gf)


...So that's your lot.  Excited?  Let's go!  

Vegan love, 
Nessa xx

PS: if you're on Facebook, the Dodo's Restaurant page is here: http://www.facebook.com/dodosrestaurant
And the Oxford Vegans page is here: http://www.facebook.com/OxfordVegans

News for December

E-mail sent by Nessa Carson, Thursday, 1st December 2011 @ 5:03pm

Hi everyone!  

The last meeting was lots of fun and I think we all learned a bit about a variety of things! 

Events coming up:

Animal Aid Christmas Fayre @ Kensington Town Hall, London
Sunday 4th December 2011 *THIS SUNDAY*
Entry £2, under 11s free

More than 95 product stands available, and a keynote speech from Peter Tatchell.  Everything there is vegan and non-animal tested.  Event information here:
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/NEWS/news_living/ALL/2521//

Dodo's Veggie Restaurant
The Magic Café, 110 Magdalen St

Hi all!

Thought you might be interested in a vegetarian/vegan restaurant night we're organising at the Magic Cafe. It's called Dodo's, and it's our third night! And it's a merry one! Escape the cold and warm up with some scrumptious festive veggie or vegan food which will put you in a jolly mood!

Please call to book a table on 01865 794604
To check out the menu (which will soon appear) go to:
www.facebook.com/dodosrestaurant

(Don't forget to bring your own tipple!)

Love from Rose and Jahan

 

And some Christmas shopping...

Pure Halal Beauty

We are a natural and organic beauty company called Pure Halal Beauty based in Birmingham and have just launched our own Collection of Vegan Society Registered products. They are all hand made in the UK using nature's finest ingredients and come in beautiful recyclable packaging. We have a wonderful range including cosmetics, skincare, bodycare, haircare and some lovely men's and baby products that will all make fantastic Christmas gifts.

We are based in The Pavilions Shopping Centre, Birmingham but all our products are available at www.purehalalbeauty.com also. 

PHB has just appeared in the latest Vegan Society Magazine in the Shoparound Section and we would like to offer you and your family and friends a special 20% reduction on all our products using the code vegan20

This can be redeemed online or in our Birmingham store and is valid until 31st December 2010 :-)



And just to let everyone know who doesn't - our Facebook page is
www.facebook.com/oxfordvegans.  Please like us if you're on Facebook - don't worry if you're not though as all the information is on this mailing list and the www.groupspaces.com/oxfordvegans website. 

Vegan love,
Nessa xx

Oops... correct meeting date

E-mail sent by Nessa Carson, Wednesday, 23rd November 2011 @ 12:02am

As has been pointed out, the 30th isn't a Sunday...

I meant meeting at 1800 at the Gardeners Arms on Sunday 27th November!!

Sorry :)
Nessa xx

Oxford Vegans meeting!

E-mail sent by Nessa Carson, Tuesday, 22nd November 2011 @ 9:56pm

Hello everyone!  

I think it'd be nice if we had a meeting soon, no?  Also I haven't met everyone yet, and the new people haven't met the tired old hands (joking!), so it'd be lovely for all of us to meet more Oxford vegans.  

How about we meet at the Gardeners Arms on Plantation Rd at 1800 on Sunday 30th November?  


I'm a little scared we might overwhelm the place if numbers at the new members' social are anything to go by, but too many is better than too few!  


Two items you might be interested in: 
1. Talk by Dr Tim King at Jesus College at 1945 on 28th November: "Could an Ant Ride a Bicycle?" from Oxford Student Vegetarian Society (all are welcome, AFAIK)
2. New monthly veg*n restaurant evening @ the Magic Café
(maybe we should all go some time?)


1. You are warmly invited to a talk by Dr Tim King next Monday at Jesus College (details below).

Monday 28th November
Jesus College (Habakkuk Room)
7.45pm

Could an Ant Ride a Bicycle?

A talk by Dr Tim King (Fellow of the Society for Biology and research member of Wolfson College, Oxford)

In what promises to be a fascinating and entertaining talk, Tim King compares the intellectual abilities of ants and humans, and sometimes finds humans wanting.
Ants and humans are similar in many ways. Despite their superficial differences, at the level of the gene, the cell and the nervous system ants and humans are remarkably similar. In terms of dry mass, ants and humans are the dominant animals on the land surface. Both exploit many other species for food, and in many other ways. Ants and humans are the only organisms to keep cattle, grow crops, go to war, embark on expeditions, wallpaper their houses, and shift vast quantities of soil. They are very sociable arch-communicators.
These similarities have evolved for very similar reasons. The book discusses and compares the main strands in ant and human evolution, and claims that humans have a lot to learn from ants about how best to organise their life styles.
Tim King is an accomplished biologist across a wide range of biological topics and an experienced author, having published nearly 750,000 words.




2. Dodo's Restaurant

At the moment we are running monthly restaurant evenings at the Magic Cafe (vegetarian cafe) on Magdalen Road. The next evening will be Saturday 10th December from 1900.  

There is a vegan and a vegetarian menu and you can bring your own tipple if you fancy, come along if you fancy! It's best to book a table in advance as last time it was really busy! 

Telephone: 01865 794604


There is a Facebook page on which the menus are put up beforehand: www.facebook.com/dodosrestaurant
 

Best wishes, 
Rose Geraedts


Oxford Vegans

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