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Last updated on May 20th, 2017 at 10:09 am

At last:

Plans are now finalised for Melbourne restaurants’ participation in Earth Hour.

Just in time! Let’s see how things are going:

Andrew McConnell, Three One Two’s creative chef, will be donning a miner’s lamp to light his Carlton kitchen … “Earth Hour is a great starting point for all of us to change our ways,” says McConnell.

Drop by next week to see McConnell cooking the same way he always did. Multi-restaurant chef Ian Curley is planning a special Earth Hour four-course dinner for 40:

“It’s about raising awareness. The money this event generates will pay for a green consultant to help the group move towards sustainable practices,” he says.

That’s what every restaurant needs; a green consultant. Verge chef Dallas Cuddy (!!!) is already superearthyfriendly:

“We use a lot of traditional Japanese techniques that require no cooking with heat.”

They serve sushi.

(Via Infidel Tiger. In other Earth Hour dining developments, Gerry C. emails: “At my club we are taking Earth Hour seriously. At precisely 8pm we will be turning off the light and only heavy beer will be available.”)

UPDATE. An Indian family prepares a meal, Earth Hour-style:
Problem is, such methods are bad for the planet – and people:

The climate impact of these energy sources pales beside the direct impact on the lives of the people — mainly women and their children — who spend a significant portion of the day gathering the fuels or breathing the smoke. International development agencies estimate that more than 1.5 million people die young each year from avoidable respiratory ailments associated with cooking … the climate [also] benefits from shifting away from such energy options …

(Via Chris P.)

Posted by Tim B. on 03/27/2008 at 12:31 PM
    1. I’ll have a slice of freshly-cut cow flesh, a raw potato and some bread dough, please. Afterwards, maybe a small bowl of cake batter and a tablespoonful of coffee beans. And I know you won’t be able to see the cash I leave on the table because the lights are out, but take my word for it – it’s all there.

      Posted by paco on 2008 03 27 at 12:43 PM • permalink


    1. Great! Someplace outside of Japan where I can get whale sashimi.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2008 03 27 at 12:47 PM • permalink


    1. SCREW EARTH HOUR!!!!!!


      Posted by Room 237 on 2008 03 27 at 12:49 PM • permalink


    1. I presume Australian readers of this site will be offering up tasty burnt offerings for the purpose of chasing away the gods of darkness and rawness?

      Posted by paco on 2008 03 27 at 12:51 PM • permalink


    1. A “miner’s lamp”????  Battery operated, or the old fashioned carbide fueled version?

      Either way, that negates the purpose of Earth Hour.  If they’re serious about it, turn off the lights and go to bed.

      Sex is optional.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 03 27 at 12:54 PM • permalink


    1. “We’ve then got hundreds of beeswax tea lights to light up Verge,” says Cuddy.

      Ah, but is that wax from local bees? And was it made in the dark? And did you kill baby bees when you stole the wax?

      These people are morons, and not in that interesting Ace of Spades way.

      Posted by Retread on 2008 03 27 at 01:02 PM • permalink


    1. In my little Melbournian kitchen, things will be different. Oh yes, much different.

      A roast will be cooking, a foreign wine will be in the glass, the child will be at the babysitter’s, the lights will be out, and the wax candles will be burning.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 03 27 at 01:15 PM • permalink


    1. Does Verge intend to turn off the refrigerator to show his Greeniness? If so, I’ll pass on the sushi.


      Posted by SoberHT on 2008 03 27 at 01:20 PM • permalink


    1. Verge chef Dallas Cuddy (!!!) is already superearthyfriendly:


      “We use a lot of traditional Japanese techniques that require no cooking with heat.”

      They serve sushi.

      And how, precisely, do they intend to keep said raw fish flesh from turning into foul-smelling protein slime? Has there been a breakthrough in refrigeration – not to mention fast air freight – that uses only dimwit wetness as fuel?

      Posted by rick mcginnis on 2008 03 27 at 01:24 PM • permalink


    1. Apologies, SoberHT – we were on the same train of thought; me in the caboose, obviously.

      Posted by rick mcginnis on 2008 03 27 at 01:25 PM • permalink


    1. O/T: Actor [url=
      ] Richard Widmark[/url] has died. If you haven’t seen him in the 1947 film noir classic Kiss of Death, you don’t know what you’re missing (it was one of Victor Mature’s better roles, too; the department store heist at the beginning of the movie – particularly the long elevator ride down – is quite a tense, edge-of-your-seat experience).

      Posted by paco on 2008 03 27 at 01:40 PM • permalink


    1. #11 Paco

      That was Hollywood made movies for adults. Pity they stopped.

      Posted by Retread on 2008 03 27 at 01:45 PM • permalink


    1. Sushi…isn’t that Japanese for “bait?”

      Posted by ErnieG on 2008 03 27 at 01:53 PM • permalink


    1. #12 retread: How right you are!

      Posted by paco on 2008 03 27 at 02:30 PM • permalink


    1. #11
      I was about 10 years old when Kiss of Death made a re-run at our local movie theater. That was a very long time ago, but Widmark sure made an impression. If I close my eyes I can still hear that weird giggle and see him push the old lady in the wheel chair down the stairs.
      We used to sneak into the movie house (which ran films continuously) by hanging around the fire exits and wait for someone to use them as a short cut. But after seeing Widmark I never went back for months.

      Posted by Boss Hog on 2008 03 27 at 03:24 PM • permalink


    1. What rick said.

      Plus, if it’s sushi rather than pure sashimi, there’s rice in there, and that needs hot water.

      You know, heat. Cooking.

      Posted by Sigivald on 2008 03 27 at 03:26 PM • permalink


    1. #11 –

      I’ve long been a Richard Widmark fan, introduced to him by my mother via some of his lesser-known movies like Last Wagon and Warlock (no relation to the Julian Sands thing).  Not that I didn’t love No Way Out and Panic in the Streets, too.

      Those inclined to blathering about evil-whitey would do well to learn a bit about Widmark’s support of Sidney Poitier.  In the 50s, Widmark used every bit of his star-power clout with the studios to get Poitier roles in his films, even when it meant they would have to forgo the market in the South.  The two men were great friends.

      Posted by Achillea on 2008 03 27 at 03:47 PM • permalink


    1. My local newspaper runs an Earth Hour editorial:

      What a Hoax

      Children and their big kid parents are being tricked into taking part in the Earth Hour farce again this Saturday night.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2008 03 27 at 05:30 PM • permalink


    1. Won’t all those expensive candle light suppers soon threaten an intolerable increase in the population?

      Posted by Barrie on 2008 03 27 at 05:35 PM • permalink


    1. #15 & #17: Widmark made a film later in his career – I believe in the early ‘80’s – that was called Final Option, in which he played the US ambassador to the UK. In the film, the embassy is taken over by left wing terrorists (hard to believe, I know), and British special forces save the day. It would probably be impossible to make such a movie, today.

      Posted by paco on 2008 03 27 at 05:43 PM • permalink


    1. A green consultant?

      I thought they might need that more at McDonald’s given the lack of fresh veggies served there.

      That’s the only way such a consultant could really benefit mankind.

      Posted by And Justice For All on 2008 03 27 at 06:18 PM • permalink


    1. I’m Green. I like insulting people. And I like conning people. I know! I’ll become a Green consultant.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2008 03 27 at 06:26 PM • permalink


    1. I always wanted a miner’s cap

      Posted by Old school on 2008 03 27 at 08:01 PM • permalink


    1. We use a lot of traditional Japanese techniques that require no cooking with heat

      Can you cook without heat? Dallas Cuddy might also expand his horizons. The Japanese aren’t the only people to prepare food that does require cooking (with or without heat). In my country, Australia, it is called “salad”.

      Posted by Contrail on 2008 03 27 at 08:25 PM • permalink


    1. Andrew McConnell, Three One Two’s creative chef, will be donning a miner’s lamp to light his Carlton kitchen …

      Using a miner’s lamp to light the kitchen while he’s cooking. OOPS!

      Flambé‘d chef anyone? (I’d like to see that!)

      Posted by kae on 2008 03 27 at 09:08 PM • permalink


    1. If anyone looks closely enough, at solar power campaigner ads in 3rd world countries, and their subsequent western lobbying videos, they will have it explained to them, that these enclosed fires and whatnot, that people have used traditionally, is something like 30 times the carbon intake into a person’s body.

      Posted by Admonkeystrator on 2008 03 27 at 10:04 PM • permalink


    1. #25 Using a miner’s lamp to light the kitchen while he’s cooking. OOPS!

      Which begs the question:  since he’s using a miner’s lamp to see what he’s doing, is he cooking with gas?  And doesn’t that produce more carbon than electricity?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 03 27 at 10:59 PM • permalink


    1. Bloody freezing and wet for a lovely change so had heater going all day and put 3 loads of wet washing through dryer just to give the finger to the lot of them

      Posted by Hillyminx on 2008 03 28 at 12:11 AM • permalink


    1. #6- Is Kevvie going to host an intimate Earth Hour dinner at the Washington embassy, with illumination provided by wicks hanging out his lugs?

      Best I not conjecture on how they’re going to keep the pies warm.

      Posted by Habib on 2008 03 28 at 01:40 AM • permalink


    1. Does anyone know where I can pick up one of those giant WWII anti-aircraft spotlights. I would love to fire it up for Earth Hour.


      Posted by Skip on 2008 03 28 at 03:01 AM • permalink


  1. Bwahahahahaha!!!

    Tomorrow night it is pot roast rabbits (specially shot for the occasion by Lethal Shot Son of MarkL #3 last weekend) in the electric oven, with roast (on a neo-coal-fired Weber) veggies imported from Tasmania via diesel-powered ship.

    There will be 2 litres of Grants whisky (brought from the UK by diesel-powered ship).

    And there will be many, many lights… yard lights, indoor lights, flood lights, gas lights, kerosene lamps… and candles.

    Yes, CANDLES. Made from paraffin wax and stearic acid. And inside there will be a wood fire with trees ripped from the screaming breast of Gaia herself and ruthlessly sliced up with a petrol-powered chainsaw by yours truly.

    But for 2000, well, for 2000 I have a special treat for Gaia, and I hope she likes it. A friend from Newcastle bought me 20kg of coal.
    Yes, real coal.
    So from 2000 I will be burning actual coal in my fire place, ahhh, I love the smell of blazing coal!

    I can hardly wait.


    Posted by MarkL on 2008 03 28 at 03:33 AM • permalink