My dad arrested the Nazi whose daughter became his first wife… How I finally came to share a Second World War history I never appreciated

A family’s history is wrought from stories, but there comes a point as a kid where you glaze over when your parents tell you the tale of yours. Again. And again. And even though the details might change, as they often do when time colours them, you’ve heard the various riffs so many times thatContinue reading “My dad arrested the Nazi whose daughter became his first wife… How I finally came to share a Second World War history I never appreciated”

‘I have learnt how to get all the nutrients I need and, as a vegan, I am the healthiest I have ever been’

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Our latest contributor, Toni, became a vegan after learning about the horrific conditions of farmed chickens while conducting research as part of her work as a microbiologist My name is Toni, and I am a 26-year-old microbiologist from Manchester. I live with myContinue reading “‘I have learnt how to get all the nutrients I need and, as a vegan, I am the healthiest I have ever been’”

Multifocal motor neuropathy wants a piece of me… but I’m fortunate to have the help I need to fight back

Bardo Burner’s co-editor reflects on her struggle with multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN), a rare and incurable autoimmune disease. She has found much to be grateful for, discovering her predicament is not as hopeless as it first seemed This morning I woke up, picked up the large mug of tea my husband had left on theContinue reading “Multifocal motor neuropathy wants a piece of me… but I’m fortunate to have the help I need to fight back”

‘I’m glad my daughter is growing up in a world where it’s easy to be a vegan’

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Our latest contributor, Heather, became a vegan as a result of conducting some health-related research – and coincidentally coming across photos showing the horrific reality of the dairy industry I’m Heather, I’m 30 and I live in the North of Scotland with myContinue reading “‘I’m glad my daughter is growing up in a world where it’s easy to be a vegan’”

One of the best options for a vegan meal in Eastbourne turns out to be a traditional seafront pub

I found myself in Eastbourne, in the depths of the pandemic, trawling through the ever-useful Happy Cow app for a place to get a good vegan meal. Even in desperate times, I’d rather plump for a bag of ready salted and a satsuma to keep myself fuelled than give my money to a restaurant withContinue reading “One of the best options for a vegan meal in Eastbourne turns out to be a traditional seafront pub”

‘Becoming a vegan has transformed me – I appreciate life more and healthier eating has left me fitter than ever’

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life A serious illness in the family reminded our latest contributor, Jakki, just how precious life is and helped inspire her to become a vegan I’m 55 in July, and have never felt healthier or more energised; I owe it all to veganism. IContinue reading “‘Becoming a vegan has transformed me – I appreciate life more and healthier eating has left me fitter than ever’”

Excellent restaurants in Florence that show it’s possible to deliver a vegan take on classic Italian cuisine

No greater is the divide between vegan and vegetarian food perceived, perhaps, than in the world of Italian cuisine. The thought of missing out on the culture of creamy cheesiness that this country has to offer and being confined to tomato-based sauces was not too appealing before a recent trip to Florence. But thanks toContinue reading “Excellent restaurants in Florence that show it’s possible to deliver a vegan take on classic Italian cuisine”

To Aachen for tasty vegan eating (and good to learn P&O Ferries is no longer all at sea with a plant-based diet)

Restaurant review: Pfannenzauber, Aachen An excellent vegan find in the German city of Aachen is Pfannenzauber. With a relaxed vibe, it’s one of those places that you can spend many happy hours chatting and eating. The food was superb. There were six of us, and we shared two Tex-Mex platters, which were absolutely delicious. TheContinue reading “To Aachen for tasty vegan eating (and good to learn P&O Ferries is no longer all at sea with a plant-based diet)”

How I went from one (dreaded) vegan day a week to being fully committed to respecting the lives of sentient beings

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Having been a committed vegetarian, Talya Lewis went back to eating meat when she was pregnant – but it was through the inspiration of one of her daughters that she ultimately ended up a vegan There is an uncanny human phenomenon of promotingContinue reading “How I went from one (dreaded) vegan day a week to being fully committed to respecting the lives of sentient beings”

‘We need to avoid having cult figures in the vegan community and to acknowledge the work of women’

An occasional series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life The latest contributor to our series is Zack Polanski, 36, a London Assembly candidate for the Green Party whose veganism is closely aligned to his environmental activism How long have you been vegan? I’ve been vegan for four years and was vegetarian forContinue reading “‘We need to avoid having cult figures in the vegan community and to acknowledge the work of women’”