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uLetters to the editor
1870 - French surrender Versailles to
Germans in Franco-Prussian War.
1876 - The first carpet sweeper is patented in
the US by inventor Melville Bissell.
1881 - The 20th president of the United
States, James Garfield, dies of wounds inflicted
by an assassin 11 weeks earlier.
1893 - New Zealand becomes the first
country to grant all its women the right to vote.
1941 - Germans take Kiev in Soviet Union in
World War Two.
1944 - Soviet Union and Finland sign peace
treaty in Moscow, ending three-year war.
1945 - William Joyce, who broadcast Nazi
propaganda to Britain during the war as Lord
Haw Haw, is sentenced to death by a British
court for treason. He was later hanged.
1955 - Argentina’s President Juan Peron is
ousted after revolts by army and navy.
1957 - The United States conducts its first
underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert.
1972 - Israeli diplomat is killed and another
injured when letter bomb explodes at Israeli
embassy in London.
1983 - The Caribbean islands of St
Kitts-Nevis become an independent
1996 - Russian President Boris
Yeltsin agrees to transfer full power
to his prime minister while he
undergoes heart surgery.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
France’s King Henry III (1551-1589); Jean-
Baptiste Joseph Delambre, French astronomer
(1749-1822); Lajos Kossuth, Hungarian
revolutionary (1802-1894); William Hesketh
Lever (Lord Leverhulme), British soap and
detergent entrepreneur (1851-1925); David
McCallum, British actor (1933-); Brian
Epstein, Beatles manager (1934-1967); Paul
Williams, US singer-songwriter
(1940-); Jeremy Irons, British actor
(1948-); Twiggy, English model and
actress (1949-); Jar vis Cocker, British
musician, Pulp (1963-); Trisha
Year wood, US country singer (1964-
); Kostya Tszyu, Australian boxer
(1969-); Jimmy Fallon, American
actor and comedian (1974-); Sally Pearson,
Australian athlete, (1986 -); Demelza Reveley,
Australian model (1991-).
“There is no such thing as conversation. It is
an illusion. There are intersecting monologues,
that is all.” — Dame Rebecca West, Irish-born
“And I brought him to your disciples, but
they could not cure him.” — (Matthew 17:16)
Last night the Holy
Union evening group
— younger married
members of the Church of England — held a
meeting. In a statement today they expressed
very strongly their complete disagreement with
the comments of Mr T J Young on alcohol
causing disruption in Greymouth home life.
They felt this claim should be substantiated
by more than vague references as it has already
appeared in a Christchruch newspaper as well
as locally and gives an entirely false impression
of the community. Group members, through
their work, said they know men and women
here are not “rolling in the aisles”.
The statement was made by Mrs D H
Copeland, who said the group could have
made further comments but it did not want to
Mr Young’s statement has placed at least
some ministers and organisations in the
invidious position of having to disassociate
themselves with the statement while they are
anxious not to minimise the dangers of alcohol.
All classes of opinion here are unanimous
that Greymouth is luckily free from what the
mayor calls “the disgusting sights” of wholesale
drunkenness apparent in cities and towns
outside the Coast.
Mr A B Lowery, head of the physics
department at Waitaki Boys’ High School,
Oamaru, has been appointed headmaster of the
new post-primary school at Reefton. The new
school will be known as Inangahua College
and will have a roll of more than 200.
Mr Lowery has been a prominent youth
worker in Oamaru as a scout master and
member of the Eveline Presbyterian Church.
uFood for thought
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Digital life after death
ure, you have a lot to do
today — laundry, bills,
dinner — but it is never too
early to start planning for
your digital afterlife, the fate
of your numerous on-line
accounts once you shed this
Facebook, Google, Twitter and other
sites have different policies on dealing
with dead users. Some American States
are also considering laws that would
automatically give loved ones access
to, though not control of, their dead
relative’s digital accounts, unless otherwise
Unless you take action, you might not
like the outcome: Would you want to
give your spouse automatic access to your
e-mail correspondences? Should parents
automatically be able to browse through a
deceased child’s on-line dating profile?
Now that you are mulling your eventual
demise, here is a look at how some of
the biggest internet companies deal with
deceased users’ accounts and what you can
do to control your information.
The company behind Gmail and Google
Plus has a tool that lets you decide what
happens with your account after you die
or become inactive on-line for another
reason, such as moving to a deserted island
off the grid with no internet access. The
tool is called “inactive account manager.”
You can choose to have your data deleted
after three, six or 12 months of inactivity.
Or you can choose someone, such as a
parent or a spouse, to receive the data. The
tool covers not just e-mail but also other
Google ser vices such as Google Plus, You
Tube and Blogger.
Before deleting data, Google will send
a warning to a secondary e-mail address
or a phone number if you have provided
one. This, of course, will not help if you are
dead. But you can also have that warning
go to a loved one.
Go to Google’s inactive account
The world’s largest on-line social
network does not give relatives access to
dead people’s accounts. Instead, loved
ones can request for your account to be
“memorialised” if you die. This means
no one will be able to log in or modify
any settings, such as adding or removing
friends or deleting content. In addition,
Facebook won’t show the account in
its “people you may know ” section for
suggesting friends and will not send
Privacy settings from when you were
alive will carry over, and those can’t be
changed. So if friends were able to post
to your account ’s Timeline, they ’ll still be
able to do so. The Timeline posts will be
viewable by the same people who were
able to see those posts before. Friends
will also be able to send private messages,
as long as they were able to before, even
though no one will see them.
Go to Facebook’s page on deleting or
Twitter will deactivate your account
if contacted by a family member or a
person authorised to act on behalf of your
estate. For this, the person will need a
death certificate. Because many people
do not use their real names on Twitter,
the company will also want a “ brief
description of the details that evidence
this account belongs to the deceased,” its
After 30 days, a deactivated Twitter
account is permanently deleted.
To respect the wishes of loved ones,
Twitter says it may also remove images
of deceased individuals that circulate on
the site. The policy applies only in limited
circumstances and was implemented
recently, after some users sent altered
images of Robin Williams to his daughter
Zelda after the actor committed suicide in
The policy was also used to remove
gruesome images of the beheading of
journalist James Foley. The company ’s
chief executive Dick Costolo said last
month, in reference to the Foley images,
that Twitter “is actively suspending
accounts as we discover them related to
this graphic imagery.”
Go to the Twitter contact page for family
members of the dead. — AP
Lego breaks out of the toy box
Monet was an oils man, Michelangelo
was set on stone, Moore was a gentleman
who preferred bronze. For an acclaimed
American artist on his way to Britain,
only plastic will do. His medium: a million
Nathan Sawaya has built a global
following with works crafted in the blocks
that have inspired generations of children.
He represents the artistic end of a growing
movement among adults for whom Lego
is anything but a toy.
His giant sculptures, many of them
human figures, include Yellow, a man
ripping open his own chest and spilling
out Lego innards (11,014 pieces make up
the work), and a blue swimmer, as well as
interpretations of masterpieces including
the Mona Lisa.
In its first visit to the United Kingdom,
Sawaya’s painstakingly constructed Art of
the Brick exhibition, which has no official
link to the Danish toy company, opens at
The Old Truman Brewery in east London
on 26 September. The Wall Street lawyer
turned full-time Lego artist has more than
four million bricks inside his studios in
Los Angeles and New York.
His works sell for five-figure sums, and
he has filled dozens of exhibitions across
An art critic at The New York Times
said of his exhibition in the city last year:
“ It is difficult to pass a version of Rodin’s
Thinker (4332 pieces) or see Sawaya’s
life-size piece Blue Guy Sitting (21,054
pieces) and not smile in amazement at the
ambition or admire the skill.
“Bricks, once designed for children
to build towns and buildings, are now
used to evoke human shapes and brush
Sawaya, 41, received his first Lego set
aged five. As a law student, he hid his
bricks under his bed and built Manhattan
cityscapes by night. A job at Legoland
California followed until he struck out
alone in New York.
“ Part of my mission is to make art
accessible,” he said from Los Angeles.
“ If someone sees a marble statue, they
can appreciate it, but it ’s doubtful they’ll
go home and have marble they can start
chipping at. ”
The artist is part of a global movement of
Adult Fans of Lego or Afols.
Richard Hayes launched the Brick
Fanatics website in 2010, financing his
hobby as the manager of a Sheffield coffee
shop. “Since then I’ve seen the community
almost triple,” Hayes said, who displays
works at the annual Brick show at the
Excel Centre, London.
“Adults are a growing market for Lego.
This year alone they’ve launched half a
dozen sets aimed at us.”
But can Lego really be art? “I’ll leave that
to the critics to decide,” Sawaya said. “ But
when I started galleries were slamming
their doors in my face. Now they ’re
knocking on my door.” — Independent
PICTURE: Getty Images
A Nathan Sawaya sculpture, is displayed in the ‘Art of the Brick’ show at Discovery
The recent article giving the National
candidate for the electorate, Mrs Pugh,
a blast for her refusal to front up to
the parlous state of the finances of the
Westland District Council while she
was mayor was explanation of why she is
scared to show up to candidates meeting
Mind you, in Hokitika I am not
surprised — overall debt of $5.4 million,
$8.1 million in unaccounted-for funds
which have led to a governmental
‘ watching brief ’ being put on those
finances, is not something people down
there are at all happy about as they try to
pay their huge rates.
No wonder Mrs Pugh stood down so
From what I am told even the ‘ bluest of
the blue’ would not give her their spittle
to seal an envelope. I am just shocked
that the National Party would select a
candidate with such a history, even when
they knew they were wasting their time.
What is it that I hear? ‘Oh, she was the
only one they could talk into it’. Ah, that
explains it then. They really had to scrape
the bottom of the barrel.
But pity the poor new mayor and
council who have to clean up the mess.
Our members in the Blackball area are
mindful of the Grey District Council’s
concerns for safe water in the Blackball
township. We understand Tb Free is not
coming to the party and providing clean
drinking, cooking and cleaning water for
residents - a basic right.
People on other supplies from within
this 1080 poison drop area are not so well
off. Water testing should continue much
longer to allow for baits and dead animals
and birds to wash through the area, and
it should extend to cover, not only poison
but also e.coli and other nasties present
in the breakdown of both the poison and
the dead creatures.
Farmers Against Ten Eighty remain
opposed to the use of 1080 poison and
know that good local possum control
personnel are living in this area. We also
understand clearly that any Tb in the
area is from stock movement or hidden
untestable in local animals.
1080 does not kill Tb, it does not help
the environment and remains a very cruel
eco-toxic man-made poison which is
affecting all of our wild places.
Farmers Against Ten Eighty
With respect to Neil Messenger’s letter
(Greymouth Star, September 17), if any
reader is sick of reading about the lease
issue, then stop reading here.
1. Rates provide ser vices to ratepayers,
while registered leases are special
contracts, providing property rights held
jointly by lessor and lessee.
2. We can all use our democratic rights
to make our opinions heard, irrespective
of where we grew up or who we think
we are; these are not important matters.
What is important are facts, and if facts
are to be challenged then we should
use facts, not mere opinions that have
the potential to harm others, albeit
In this matter, lessees, especially those
in their later years, paying their rates
and leases as good law-abiding citizens,
were wrongly maligned for nothing more
than uninformed opinion, and that is
3. The issues before the court do not
relate to not paying either rates or lease
rental. Personally, our rates and leases are
paid weekly, without issue or in arrears.
4. Nine leasehold property owners
repeatedly called for the council to enter
meetings to resolve the issues as early as
The council repeatedly refused and chose
instead to take legal action against just
one of nine leasehold property owners
at a cost, to date, of $600,000. I believe
this is an appalling waste of ratepayers’
money when an acceptable, cost-friendly
alternative was available and never tried.
Finally, when it comes to a matter I
have the facts on, I will always respond
publicly against uninformed harmful
opinion that hurts law-abiding ratepayers.
That is my democratic right and even
though it comes at a personal cost, it is
worth it not to be part of an agenda that
aims to personally harm good people.
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