The Thin Food Line – Live Below The Line Challenge

This popped up in my feed this morning from a hero of mine Jack Monroe who is currently taking the Live Below the Line challenge –  I’m not brave enough to take the Live Below the Line Challenge, I was doing it for real for too long, too recently (As was Ms Monroe – hence the hero).

The idea is that you have to live on £1 a day for a week.

As someone lucky enough to have a job now, (although I still count my pennies but I don’t have to stop at 100 everyday) I have just made a donation to this important cause. Please read Jack’s blog below and perhaps donate yourself?

[Live Below The Line: The obligatory day 3 soul-search, luck and self-loathing..] Edit: Dead link removed.

Living on the breadline is something I’m familiar with as someone with a disability who was unemployed, there is still not nearly enough being said on this subject and those brave souls who do speak out are targeted for hatred and abuse. Despite a benefits system designed to make you feel like scum where the clear message is “a better person/harder worker wouldn’t need help, GET A JOB”, when poor people do have the temerity to get jobs and become successful they are attacked for no longer being poor enough to talk about the system or their experiences of it.

If being poor is the qualification for talking knowledgeably about being poor then please can the entire Conservative Government and especially the House of Lords shut up immediately on the subject of how easy it is and how they help! Trust me folks, you have no idea and are killing the working and wish-they-were-working class of this country.


The Thin Red Line is according to Wikipedia: a 1998 American ensemble epic war film written and directed by Terrence Malick. Based on the novel by James Jones, it tells a fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount Austen, which was part of the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Pacific Theater of World War II. It portrays soldiers of C Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, played by Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas and Ben Chaplin. Although the title may seem to reference a line from Rudyard Kipling‘s poem “Tommy”, from Barrack-Room Ballads, in which he calls foot soldiers “the thin red line of heroes”,[2] referring to the stand of the 93rd Regiment in the Battle of Balaclava of the Crimean War, it is in reality a quote from the book which reads “they discover the thin red line that divides the sane from the mad… and the living from the dead…”

It has a huge cameo cast and while you can buy a copy here, why not donate to Live Below the Line here instead?


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