If you want to be smart, keep off the bottle and stay latched to your mum’s breast for as long as you can

July 30, 2013

When asked (as he often is) about his stupendously high intelligence, Alf has given the credit to his genes.

But perhaps another factor comes into considerations.

This possibility (if not likelihood) is raised by a study that suggests the longer a person is breastfed, the greater is his or her receptive language at 3 years of age and verbal and nonverbal intelligence at age 7 years.

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Be very wary, if you inject Maori imagery into your promotion – you could be accused of theft

November 2, 2012

Carel Thompson-Teepa … so what would she make of the Warriors’ sponsor?

The tossers who dump Pakeha place names to replace them with Maori place names are doing their bit to make this country distinctive by emphasising the importance of its Maori minority.

Likewise, if Alf has observedcorrectly, there is a great urge among growing numbers of non-Maori to learn the Maori language.

And to adopt Maori culture.

But anyone who adopts Maori words or elements of Maori culture must be very, very wary.

They are apt to be accused of all sorts of heinous crimes, including cultural theft.

You can find the earnest efforts of a Maori researcher to study the phenomenon of the Kiwi love affair with Maori culture here.

The researcher was Carel Thompson-Teepa, a Ngati Porou sheila by all accounts.

And a comely sheila, too, if Alf can be forgiven giving an opinion.

Anyway, she wrote:

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Bias in favour of breasts is understandable, but not when it discriminates against the bottle

August 29, 2012

“Make mine a double.”

Dunno why a mum named Claire Sword should be grizzling to news media about being hard done by.

It seems to Alf she has been done a big favour. She has been given the opportunity to spurn hospital tucker.

But the media have gone for the discrimination angle.

The story (here) is about her being denied a free meal in hospital while she sat beside her infant son’s hospital bed.

Other mothers were given a free feed. But Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) rules denied her the same thing because they breast-fed their babies.

She bottle-fed her son.

How come the board’s bias against the bottle in favour of the breast?

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