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Monday, September 26, 2016
Chickens take flight on London Eye for trade justice
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¬†Comedians Andrew Clover and Nick Page will be boarding the London Eye's Flight 5065 tomorrow - dressed as chickens - to raise awareness of trade justice issues. They are one of the exclusive live acts that will be taking place in each of the London Eye's 32 capsules. Altogether there will be 96 half hour performances of music, drama and comedy - among them Damon Albarn, Beth Orton, Turin Brakes, Jonzi D, Arthur Smith, Junior Simpson and John Oliver. The chicken theme of Clover and Page's performance stems from www.MailOrderChickens.org a spoof adoption scheme website that reveals the harsh reality of Ghanaian chicken farmers who are going out of business due to cheap frozen chickens imported from Europe and the US. The government in Ghana ≠ like other governments in many developing countries ≠ is not allowed to help its farmers with subsidies or protect its own chicken market with higher tariffs on imports. Christian Aid is calling for trade justice to change such conditions, especially those attached to loans and debt relief given to developing countries which are often used to enforce unfair trade conditions. Andrew Clover of BBC Radio 4's Storyman, said: "We're going to fly above London like chickens with wings. We're going to do upbeat comedy which explains the connection between Africa, poverty, and chickens. We're going to inspire our audience with a righteous anger. When that Pod hits the ground, the people are going to come leaping off, ready to change the world." Vik Sharma, Christian Aid's senior web producer, said: 'MailOrderChickens is what happens to a website when you blend harsh political realities, frankly weird farmyard critters and the mischief of Britain's finest young comedy talent. It's an experience that has to be seen to be believed."
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