Our Favourites # 073
My favourite this week is the fancy dress sale website, Costumize.me., a website packed full of great outfits for all occasions. My particular favourite is the Tony Montana Scarface gangster costume which comes complete with bleeding bullets. Gorey gangster goodness. ‘Say hello to my little friend!’
My Favourite this week is the work Hugh fearnley-whittingstall is doing as part of the Channel 4 fish fight series to stop the discarding of perfectly good fish because of EU regulation.
Around half of the fish caught by fishermen in the North Sea are unnecessarily thrown back into the ocean dead. The problem is that in a mixed fishery where many different fish live together, fishermen cannot control the species that they catch. Fishing for one species often means catching another, and if people don’t want them or fishermen are not allowed to land them, the only option is to throw them overboard. The vast majority of these discarded fish will die.Because discards are not monitored, it is difficult to know exactly how many fish are being thrown away. The EU estimates that in the North Sea, discards are between 40% and 60% of the total catch. Many of these fish are species that have fallen out of fashion: we can help to prevent their discard just by rediscovering our taste for them.
Others are prime cod, haddock, plaice and other popular food species that are ‘over-quota’. The quota system is intended to protect fish stocks by setting limits on how many fish of a certain species should be caught. Fishermen are not allowed to land any over-quota fish; if they accidentally catch them — which they can’t help but do – there is no choice but to throw them overboard before they reach the docks.
So you can help by signing up to the petition at www.fishfight.net
My favourite this week is the book RGB — Reviewing Graphics in Britain. We’ve had it knocking around in the studio for a while now, but it’s always a great source of inspiration and showcases some of my favourite British design studios. Lovely.