Photo of the Day

John Hornby’s cabin on the Thelon River as it appeared in 1978.

A Tragic Adventure

This is the story of a tragic expedition by three young Englishmen that went horribly wrong in the barren North West territory of Canada. Against the background of a tragic story of a trapping and a exploring expedition that ran foul of food shortage is the diary of written by one of the victims, a boy of 18 who started off with a boyish zest for adventure, hero worship for his older cousin, leader of the party, and who never flinched, no matter what fearful odds of death and starvation he faced. The diary was kept by the author until the day, he the last survivor died. The skeletons were found, three years later.

No trees. That is the Indian name for the great expanse of tundra…more than half a million square miles…spread across North-Western Canada. Samuel Hearne named it the Barren Ground. It is a wilderness rather than a desert…

Few white men had travelled through that country. One man… John (Jack) Hornby… was determined to learn how to live there. And he died there… of starvation… on April the 16th, 1927….

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As predicted they are coming for your food now with plain packaging

Like night follows day what happens to the tobacco industry from health zealots migrates into the food industry.

They even call the food industry “Big Food” to label them like tobacco companies.

I warned people that with plain packaging coming in for tobacco the next step will be to attack food that some wowser thinks you shouldn’t eat.

Selling high calorie foods in plain packaging could help in the battle against obesity according to a leading researcher who has won a share of the most lucrative prize in neuroscience for his work on the brain?s reward system.

The colourful wrapping and attractive advertising of calorie-rich foods encourage people to buy items that put them at risk of overeating and becoming obese in the future, said Wolfram Schultz, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Cambridge.

?We should not advertise, propagate or encourage the unnecessary ingestion of calories,? Schultz said at a press conference held on Monday to announce the winners of the 2017 Brain Prize. ?There should be some way of regulating the desire to get more calories. We don?t need these calories.? ? Read more »

Put you your off your dinner Saturday: A collection of ” creatures ” found in food

A Kiwi Dad found a ” creature ” inside a Watties can of baked beans that turned out to be mould?and it inspired me to entertain you all this Saturday with a collection of ” creatures ” found in food all over the world.

But first a poem…

A full mouse, I think,
Is not so distinct,
I seem to have seen,
One here in my sink.

But half a mouse, well,
That?s a mouse not so full,
Yet better than that,
It?s quite actionable.

A full mouse, I fear,
Is just not so rare,
Despite the view of,
A tail and some hair.

But half a mouse asks,
Where the other half is,
And that?s the mouse half,
Where a lawsuit might live.

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Health trougher wants to save fat bastards by taxing us all

Robyn Toomath is a health trougher and a socialist. She hasn’t yet met a tax that she doesn’t like.

She appeared on Sunday last night re-iterating what she has written on her blog.

If you stop and ask people on the street, nine out of ten (including the overweight ones) will say that you get fat from over-eating and its no-one?s fault but your own. This is not just due to imperfect understanding of geno-environmental interactions, but because the notions of autonomy and self-control are deeply held (1). So when nihilistic biologists such as myself suggest there is no such thing as free will, it?s not just the libertarians but liberal intellectuals who are offended.

I need to remind myself of this tension between free will and socially determined arguments when I feel frustrated at the persistent framing of obesity as an issue of personal responsibility. But no matter how appealing the idea that we can change our body size if we choose to, the reality is that we can?t. At least, not most of us, and not permanently. Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister?s Chief Science Advisor (and obesity expert), said in a recent speech that over his life time he has lost about 100kg in weight, and put about 95kg back on (2). If motivation and education were the keys to staying slim Sir Peter should be as thin as a rake (he?s not).

It?s all very well maintaining a fantasy if it makes us feel better but the personal responsibility myth causes great harm.

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Dunedin hospital food passes the Coleman Taste Test


Jonathan Coleman went to Dunedin Hospital yesterday to taste the food that Andrew Little described as “slops” in parliament.

Frankly I am appalled that Andrew Little denigrated hard working, probably unionised, hospital catering staff without testing the food himself.

Jonathan Coleman did though…and he said it was yummy.

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has praised the ”standard Kiwi fare” he sampled at Dunedin Hospital today, and says there is ”nothing wrong” with the meals.

Dr Coleman took part in the taste test today due to pressure over the meals in recent days because of publicity about meals.

He ate bolognese and pasta, a sandwich, and soup, and enjoyed them all.

Dr Coleman suggested people needed to adjust their expectations about what to expect when they are in hospital. ? Read more »

Photo Of The Day


Baghdad Country Club

It takes Real Balls to Play here

?The Who?s Who of Baghdad?s Green Zone Ate Steak and Drank Fine Wine at a Bar that Billed It?self as??An Oasis of Calm.?

So, many?Western visitors to Iraq in the past decade have thrown their heads back after a near-miss with a roadside bomb and thought,?I need a drink right now.?That was where the Baghdad Country Club came in.

?The management is happy to secure any firearms, grenades, flash bangs or knives in the club armory.”

Saturday night in Baghdad, and Heidi, the barmaid at the Baghdad Country Club, is worried about the beer. On a busy night, she might serve 800 cold ones to the diplomats, security guards, and construction workers who frequent the Country Club, a white cinder-block house with blue trim on a residential street in the Green Zone.

The BCC, as its known, gets its alcohol from suppliers outside the walls, but insurgents are targeting the crossings on either side of the Tigris River. On this Saturday, a truck bomb on a bridge has locked up traffic on the west bank of the Tigris, delaying the delivery of the night’s beer supply. Heidi, a recent college graduate from Florida, wonders whether the war will eventually collapse on the Green Zone, the way it did on the U.S. embassy in Saigon. But she doesn’t let that occupy her for long. Looking down at the empty glass in her hand, she smiles and says, “Let’s do a shot…

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No wonder the world is in trouble: first liberal lefties, then ISIS, now this

Didn’t they read the news the other day?

Vegetarians are sicker and more mental than meat eaters, but apparently on the rise in New Zealand.

Vegetarianism in New Zealand has grown 27 percent in the past five years — and that’s largely down to more men changing their diet, according to a recent study.

Roy Morgan Research has revealed that 63 percent more men than four years ago say all the food they eat — or at least almost all — is vegetable-based, with nearly 10 percent of all Kiwi males now referring to themselves as vegetarians. ? Read more »

Vegetarians are unhealthier, more mentally disturbed than meat-lovers


Yummy meat

Anyone who eats meat already knows this.

It?s no secret that many vegetarians are also radical environmentalists and climate alarmists who are obsessed and hysterical about the planet burning up. Perhaps the University of Graz in Austria has discovered one reason why: their ?unhealthy? diet.

A new University of Graz study concludes that vegetarians are more often ill and have a lower quality of living than meat-eaters. According to the German press release, vegetarians ?have cancer and heart attacks more often?. The release also says that they show more psychological disorders than meat eaters. Consequently, the report writes, they are a greater burden on the health care system. ? Read more »


I knew it…Black Pudding is a Super Food


I love Black Pudding…it is delicious…and I have enjoyed it since a young child. There is nothing better than eggs, bacon and black pudding…fried of course.

Now I find out that Black Pudding is a super food.

Each year brings its fair share of dietary fads, especially in the world of health and nutrition but 2016’s new buzzed-about foods are weirder than ever.

While 2015 saw the clean-eating Instagram brigade fuss over coconut oil, avocados, kale, acai and agave, 2016 will see tree water replace coconut water and an obscure South American root be added to smoothies and bakes.

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Robyn Toomath throws in the towel and the toys out of the cot


Will this set a chain reaction in motion?

Today we find out long time obesity activist Robyn Toomath from the Fight Obesity Epidemic has thrown in the towel, but not before first chucking her toys out of the cot.

Her comments are priceless.

“Clearly I’ve made no progress. There’s not a single thing that comes to mind other than the district health boards are going to provide a healthy food environment for their staff,” she said.

If there was only a ?we? in that statement other obesity troughers could well be asked to seriously look at their positions as well and their achievements. ? Read more »