Aug 022012

A moveable beast

By Northrupp Center

Illustrations by Christopher Epling

Editor’s note: The author claims this article as part two of his contractually obligated three-part look at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Our lawyers and spiritual advisors have advised us to agree with him; accordingly, we advise you to take heed of a note paper-clipped to the report submitted by our on-staff Fact-Bureau: “Northrupp’s account swings chaotically between being very factual but little accurate, and very accurate but little factual. After four reads, we still can’t say what is what.”

“WEG 2010, a trailer in the wilds of Jessamine County. It was just the whole package, man.”

Gortimer pauses, inhales a spoonful of muted crimson broth chunked with plant and animal remains. “A sashimi appetizer followed by a butternut hoof soup. For the main course, a sea briscuit sitting on a bed of fluffy Weisenburger white grits, the whole thing glistening in a colt marrow demi-glaze. It even showed in the dessert, two scoops of salted spleen ice-cream could rival any Lundy concoction.” Continue reading »

Sep 152010

Prime sponsor for Spotlight Lexington has despicable global record

By Ian Epperson

How many times have you heard the phrase, “the World Equestrian Games are coming?” It’s perhaps the single phrase that can sum up the past year in Lexington. Everyone is getting ready for the Games. We’ve fast-tracked the streetscape improvements downtown. Business owners and managers have been attending training sessions to help them cater to international customers. The Herald-Leader churns out several articles a week regarding the WEG. The city is even putting together a festival entirely for the games.

Spotlight Lexington, the city’s festival during the games, has Coca-Cola as one of its primary sponsors. The choice of Coke as the exclusive soft drink and non-alcoholic beverage provider of Spotlight Lexington should be a concern to social and economically conscious Lexingtonians. Coke has willingly turned a blind eye to the violent repression of its unionized workforce in South America. As well, its business model in India includes monopolizing water sources for use in its bottling factories, water sources that communities depend on. The result has been polluted water and poisoned Coke products. Continue reading »