Food and drink

Forget tea breaks, it is smokers who take diabolical liberties

The NZ Herald editorial this morning is having a party political broadcast on behalf of the Labour party and their whinge fest over tea breaks.

It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government’s new term is an act abolishing mandatory “tea breaks” for workers.

Certainly the previous law was dated, though it was enacted under Labour as recently as 2008. It was an echo of an era when most work was menial, repetitive, tedious, sometimes exhausting, and most people were employed on terms negotiated collectively. Today a minority of the workforce belongs to unions and those who do are mostly in state employment. They are in desk jobs or professions and hardly need rest and meal breaks specified in law.

In fact most might have been alarmed to be permitted just one paid 10-minute break in a period of two to four hours, or two 10-minute breaks and a 30-minute meal break in a six to eight-hour working day. The Government has replaced those provisions with a less precise requirement for rest and meal breaks to be agreed between employers and staff. It is a sensible change but was it necessary? The previous law operated as a statutory minimum, a safety net for anyone with an unreasonable employer, but it hardly intruded on normal workplaces.

For a start tea breaks are not abolished, they are made more flexible allowing workers to take breaks when peaks times are at an end.  Read more »

Certainly one way to feed the kids

When Hone Harawira got the arse card from parliament so did his “Feed the Kids” bill…until Metiria Turei picked it up.

But do we really need a bill to somehow get the kids fed when their damn useless parents should be doing it…and surely we can find funds from elsewhere for the programme?

Josh Forman has an idea…knocking wasteful parliamentary travel on he head for a start.

Now the Greens are the sponsor of the bill he has looked at their travel expenses and found something interesting.

In the period from 1 October 2013 through 30 September 2014 Mr [Steffan] Browning has spent a grand total of $166,369 on surface and air travel courtesy of the good ole taxpayer.

There may be a valid reason for all this travel by the 60 year old from Clyde, who incidentally ran unsuccessfully for the Kaikoura seat at the election, though if there is, neither he, nor his party have bothered to tell me what it is.

You see, if there was a good reason for what appears to be a pretty huge amount of travel considering they guy is based at the top of the South Island, a proverbial stones throw from Wellington. The problem I have is that the from what I can see, not only has Mr Browning done three fifths of stuff all since his election.   Read more »

Richard Branson hands in his man card to become a fussy eater

Richard Branson has decided that he won’t eat meat anymore.

Richard Branson gave up beef earlier this year.

“More and more people recognise that conventional meat production can have truly devastating environmental impacts,” he wrote in a blog about producing food for future generations as part of World Food Day on Thursday.

“It’s one of the reasons I gave up eating beef earlier this year, and it looks like I am not the only one. Surprisingly, for myself, I haven’t missed it at all.

“If we could get many other people to do the same, we would be healthier, and we would help sustain the beautiful biodiversity we are losing in the rainforests.”

Branson is referring to the increasing demand for meat as the world’s population of  7 billion grows and the impact this has on the environment.   Read more »

Faces of the day

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Which Labour politician would think this is bad?

Which Labour politician would think this is bad?

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If not a Labour politician then certainly a Green would want to ban this for sure.

This bloke sounds as if he probably drives a ute gayer than Fossy’s.

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has come out against keg stands, after his opponent in the Senate race, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), was photographed helping with one on Saturday.

“It’s not something to celebrate,” Cassidy said Wednesday of the beer-drinking maneuver,according to The Associated Press. Read more »

Hippy food choices bad for kids – New study

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Hippy food choices, like veganism are bad for kids.

As the popularity of alternative-lifestyle choice ‘veganism’ increases across Europe, officials in Switzerland have expressed concerns about the health implications for children who have the unusual diet forced on them by “idealistic” parents.

In the statement, Swiss officials said: “Vegan food is not recommended for young children. It can cause serious harm”. The lack of vitamin B12, which is seriously deficient in Vegan diets is the main cause of the interjection by federal health officials, who have warned denying children access to animal-derived food at an early age can cause health problems.  Read more »

We can’t talk about politics but we can talk about Meat

There is nothing better than meat…other than meat wrapped in bacon…because bacon.

This new book, MEAT: Everything You Need to Know sounds like a ripper.

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Banned from New Zealand television, why?

Why is this banned?

Was it because the ute was too dirty?

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Dirty politics derangement syndrome – Wendyl Nissen

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Better grab my box of tissues. Wendyl Nissen has had a big sook in the NZ Herald about wanting to be on the side of angels.

There is a lot of crap out there currently about dirty politics and it’s getting tedious.

Self-important luvvies getting in a tizzy thinking they are important enough to actually be targeted for treatment.

Both Cactus and I confirm they were never paid by anyone to discredit Wendyl Nissen. All posts were a labour of love.

We also add it was a mighty hard task to discredit her anyway as no one discredits Wendyl in print better than Wendyl herself.

 

Wendyl Nissen says that she hasn’t bothered to read the posts on WOBH about her articles, and doesn’t want anyone else to either.

We think she should.  That’s why the team at WOBH want to be helpful for people looking to see what we and other readers have said about Wendyl Nissen’s criticism of various food products and other issues she claims to be an expert in.   Read more »

Hold the horses – Eating addiction blamed for Obesity

Nigel Latta is simply brilliant. He’s managed to hoe into $1.6m of NZ On Air funding to produce TV shows including his most recent hit series ‘The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta’.

For the most part, he ends his shows by wondering how can this sort of thing can happen in New Zealand and then bashes up on the Government. It’s a ratings winner.

But all this debate on obesity and saying it’s not our fault may have just hit a slight snag.

I’ve come across an article in the UK’s Guardian has the grand title ‘Eating, not sugar, is addictive’.    Read more »