ECO Headmaster chills staff and pupils to teach them a green lesson – Then gets them to skew Daily Mail message board

Pupils at Ansford Academy in Castle Cary, Somerset, got a very frosty lesson in global warming when their headmaster Rob Benzie went ahead with his “No Power Day” just as the UK’s temperatures dropped to around 1c (33f).

Benzie rather misguidedly believes the day was a total success, proving that the school and community can live a non-carbon footprint life. The reality, however, is that all he showed was how bloody cold it could get without power; and therefore how necessary it is.

Hilariously, food and hot water were warmed over high CO2 emitting charcoal. Proving that the headmaster is a man not lacking in irony.


The thing that’s really got to me over the last few hours isn’t the story itself, but how the school has managed to organise it’s brainwashe eco-drones to flood the Daily Mail message board with positive spinning comments vote down anybody who dares suggest it was a bad idea.

Here are some examples;

I would just like too say it was far from the coldest day of the year. So I suggest you get your facts right before publishing false articles like this? If you watched BBC news tonight at 6.00 you would see what actually happened and how there were no complaints. The day was a success and everyone enjoyed it.

– Student, Castle Cary, 08/12/2011 21:59


Do you know what is “Barbaric”? THIS STUPID ARTICLE. Get some real news instead of making things up.

– ansford student, somerset, 08/12/2011 21:00


this is a load of bullshizzzzz!

– student, somerset, 08/12/2011 20:55


I am a science teacher at Ansford Academy and was monitoring my room with an infra red digital thermometer. This device is calibrated to be accurate to +/- 0.01 of a degree Celsius. My lab is normally one of the coldest rooms of the academy yet on the day in question the temperature did not go below 18 degrees C. The outside temperature at its coldest was 9 degrees C. Not one of my tutor group or classes complained about the cold and all of them understood the importance of trying to do our bit for our environment. By turning our boiler off, we reduced our carbon footprint for that day. If every business did the same, for just one day, think of the savings to our planet. If anything, the pupils deserve the highest praises for contributing to our planet. Well done guys!

– Nathan Parry, Castle Cary, England, 08/12/2011 14:35

I go to Ansford and I can tell you that this was not a ‘barbaric experiment’. The heating was put on at regular intervals to boost the temperature in the school; it was not ‘freezing’. I can believe how many people are slating the idea when they don’t even live in England, how do you know what it was actually like when you don’t live in the country, let alone go to the school? I’ll probably get a huge amount of red arrows for this comment, but I know that I’m right. I was actually being taught on this day and I found wearing my jumper in my first lesson was actually too much. I experienced it, along with the rest of the school, not you.

– Student of Ansford, Somerset, 08/12/2011 14:35

And so on. And here as some of the comments that are being vehemently voted down

The comment from “student of ansford” should tell Mr Benzie that he should be concentrating on improving the standards of spelling and grammar within the school. It’s clearly more essential than force feeding children discredited, eco-loonyism dogma.

– Rob, Edinburgh, 08/12/2011 11:46 (Currently -2)

When I was at Ansord the whole school used to be cold apart from the corridor that Mr.Benzie’s office was on! When we tried to put scarfs on but they got confiscated.

– Ex Student , Castle Cary , 08/12/2011 15:05 (Currently -7)

What a lot of precious souls we are. What a great idea, I applaud this head teacher. We are so pandered and don’t we love to preach H&S when it suits? Put a flipping jumper on and run around safe in the knowledge you’re contributing towards saving our planet.

– Chesterpepperpot, Hertfordshire, 6/12/2011 9:30 (Currently -156)

Nice to see a greenie actually practicing what he preaches.

– Mike Davidson, Austria, 6/12/2011 11:46 (Currently -53)

One comment that couldn’t be suppressed because it go so many positives was this one.

Another idiot who shouldn’t have any contact with impressionable youngsters.

– Tommy Cockles, Liverpool, 6/12/2011 7:18 (Currently +586)


The Daily Mail just closed the message board. So I guess they noticed the amount of comments coming FROM A SINGLE IP ADDRESS.



  1. A good blog post. Something I always tell students is keep raw ingredients totally separate from ready to eat foods.
    Wash your hands well in soapy water after touching raw meat and raw vegetables. (Soil on raw vegetables is a major source of pathogenic organisms.
    Check the internal temperature of cooked foods to ensure it has reached at least 75°C or 167°F. This temperature will ensure that it is safe to eat.

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