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I blogged last week about this  kid who photographed and published on her blog the pics of the ‘food’ that her school proposed as ‘school dinners’.

Now the BBC reports that Martha Payne, blogger and tiny whistle-blower, has been banned from taking photos of her school dinners by the local council.

With the staggering amount of hits her blog had received Martha was also reportedly raising money for charity.

This is from her ‘Goodbye’ post:

“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.”

Later her father explains:

Hi, Veg’s Dad, Dave, here. I felt it’s important to add a few bits of info to the blog tonight. Martha’s school have been brilliant and supportive from the beginning and I’d like to thank them all. I contacted Argyll and Bute Council when Martha told me what happened at school today and they told me it was their decision to ban Martha’s photography.

“It is a shame that a blog that today went through 2 million hits, which has inspired debates at home and abroad and raised nearly £2000 for charity is forced to end.”

Sad to see her go and a very bad PR move by the council. When you have that much visibility (thanks to Martha) you really need to work with it to show the world that you are willing to make changes not try to muzzle it.

That is of course if you actually are willing to make changes .

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Lately there has been a lot of talk about what kids are eating at school. After all, they spend most of their waking time at school and what they eat there should fuel them in their development and sustain them as they learn and play. Right?

Maybe not as trawling the web reveals that not only are variations in what is regarded as a suitable school around the world meal huge, but it looks as though factors such as cost savings and competition in the adult world are affecting what kids eat.

I’ve found a couple of things on the web that really make differences stand out.

On the ‘sublime’ side we have these elaborate cartoon bento boxes lovingly made by stressed out (and a bit competitive) mums…

And for the ‘ridiculous’ we have the blog-sensation called NeverSeconds which documents the school dinners served to a UK 9 year old called Martha Payne.

The images come from her blog and are enough to make you balk.

So what are your thoughts? Ideal balance school dinner anyone?

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