Feed Cardiff, Saturday 9th October

Some of my good friends are putting on an event this Saturday in Cardiff city centre. I’m going along to volunteer my time serving meals between 12-2pm, so if you fancy some free grub – and a laugh at me in my pinny – make sure you come along.

On Saturday 9th October, shoppers in Cardiff City Centre will get more than they bargained for – a free, freshly cooked meal and some food for thought about making farming more sustainable. The event – ‘Feed Cardiff’ – is being organised by the Cardiff Food Alliance, a partnership between the Cardiff Transition Project and Cardiff Friends of the Earth.

Using fresh fruit and vegetables sourced from local farms and food outlets, 500 passers-by will be fed a nutritious meal made from ‘surplus’ food – items that are perfectly good to eat, but that are wasted because they do not have the right appearance to be sold in supermarkets.

Each year in the UK we throw away 8.3 million tonnes of edible food – if that food wasn’t wasted the carbon emissions saved would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. By putting the food to good use, ‘Feed Cardiff’ aims to raise awareness of the amount of edible food that is wasted every day, and to encourage people to waste less food themselves.

As well as providing a hot meal, Feed Cardiff will be promoting the Friends of the Earth campaign for a Sustainable Livestock Bill. This is a new law that will reduce the environmental impact of meat and dairy production, and move government subsidies away from intensive, factory farms and on to supporting more sustainable ways of farming.

This is a great event to help out with for anyone that wants to turn moaning about supermarkets and the food system in the UK into positive action. We need support from people that can cook and are prepared to go “food shopping” contacting food suppliers of all shapes and sizes and getting our hands on some surplus grub to cook.

Email cardiffeasttransition@hotmail.co.uk if you can help make this event happen

RIP Kruger Magazine

Yes, it is true. Sad, but true. The last issue of Kruger Magazine was the very last one we’ll ever do. I’m meant to be bashing out the last chapter of the Lady Gaga paperback that’s coming out in October, but it’s hard to concentrate. I feel a big fat blog post coming about this soon – but for now, I’ll leave you with words from the three chaps who I first met at the opening party of Sugar nightclub in Cardiff back in 2003, where I was DJing and they were on the blag for free drinks. It was the start of a beautiful relationship, and, I like to think, one of the things I’ve done in my life that was the making of me.

Kruger is dead.


It’s with heavy hearts and empty pockets that we announce that Kruger Magazine is dead, and will no longer be produced. The magazine may have been brilliant, but our business model was rubbish, so without any sign of long- or short-term financial improvement, we are unable to continue bearing the burden.

It’s been six and a half years since we first launched the magazine, and in that time it’s changed beyond recognition into one of the best written, most beautifully designed and lovingly crafted magazines in the UK, and that’s all down to the people who have helped us by giving up their time and lending their talent as much as they could along the way.

We’d like to thank everyone who supported us at the beginning, helped us struggle on to the end, and especially the people who saw the whole thing through with us. It was awesome fun.

Kruger as a business is not dead, so keep in touch to find out about our new ideas and projects. In the meantime we’ll be re-launching our website as an archive and tribute to everything we achieved with Kruger magazine, so come and say hello.

Thanks again to everyone who made it all possible. The fact we kept on going for so long is a testament to what you can do when enough people believe in the same thing.

And that’s it. What The Martini Henry Rifles said in four words, we said in 259. Typical.

See you soon,

Mike Williams, Joe Howden & Michaeljohn Day

Kruger Magazine

Lady Gaga – thoughts on the completed work

Back in August I began work on writing an unofficial biography on Lady Gaga. The below was originally blogged on my Tumblr.
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Now I’ve completed the manuscript (almost – the small matter of the last chapter remains unwritten, as it depends on what crazy shenanigans Lady Miss Gaga gets up to between now and going to print.) Even though the arduous task of revisions, edits and rewrites is still to come, it seems like this is a good time to reflect on the writing process, what I got right, what I got wrong, what I’ll attempt to do next time…