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he list of people Donald
Trump does not like is
pretty long and he has
never been shy about
expressing his feelings —
not even now that he is in
the White House.
He is just added London’s mayor Sadiq
Khan to his ‘not a fan of ’ list, but the Brit
need not feel lonely.
For years, the billionaire businessman
turned leader of the free world has
engaged in countless feuds with celebrities,
politicians, journalists and other corporate
Some begin when the president feels
criticised, while others are spawned when
Trump has an opinion to offer the world
Whatever the inspiration, many of
Trump’s beefs are downright bizarre. Here
are the best.
In late 2012, the news that Twilight
co-stars Kristen Stewart and Robert
Pattinson were having trouble in their
real-life relationship broke the hearts of
millions of tweens around the world.
It also troubled real estate mogul Trump
it seemed, who fired off a series of tweets
about the celebrity scandal.
“Robert Pattinson should not take back
Kristen Stewart,” he wrote on October 17,
2001. “S he cheated on him like a dog and
will do it again — just watch. He can do
That was just the beginning. Trump sent
a total of 11 tweets about the Hollywood
romance saga over the coming weeks.
A week after the first message, he wrote:
“ Everyone knows I am right that Robert
Pattinson should dump Kristen Stewart.
In a couple of years, he will thank me. Be
smart, Robert. ”
He also invited Pattinson to go with him
to a Miss Universe pageant.
When she hosted Saturday Night Live in
February, Stewart spoke about the bizarre
experience in her opening monologue.
“Four years ago I was dating this guy
named Rob,” she said.
“ We broke up then we got back together,
and for some reason it made Donald
Trump go crazy. To be fair, I don’t think
Donald Trump hated me. I think he’s in
love with my (ex) boyfriend.”
Samuel L Jackson
Few would dare take on this fearsome,
straight-talking actor but Trump does not
seem afraid to go toe-to-toe with anyone.
When Samuel L Jackson made an off-
the-cuff comment about being a better
golfer than Trump in 2015, it caused great
The then-host of Celebrity Apprentice
took to Twitter to say he had never even
met Jackson, was not a fan and that he
found the film star boring and an extreme
In an appearance on Late Night With
Seth Meyers last year, a bemused Jackson
set the record straight saying they had
in fact met several times — and hit the
“He called me up once when I was in
town and said, ‘Samuel J, it’s the Don’,” he
He asked Jackson to play golf but when
he turned up, but oddly it was actually
former President Bill Clinton waiting for
For a while, Trump was indeed a fan but
changed his view after the golf “slur”.
Jackson claimed Trump signed him up
for a membership at one of his golf clubs,
a fact the Hollywood star only realised
when he started receiving fee notices.
Jackson also accused his foe of cheating
at golf, which Trump strongly denied in
Yes, seriously, Trump once had a
showdown with British boy band One
Liam Payne revealed the bizarre incident
earlier this year, saying it took place at the
height of their fame and when Trump’s
residence was the penthouse of his New
The boys were in town on tour and also
staying there, when they were summoned
to meet his daughter. But they were asleep
after a late night and declined, Payne told
“It was about (meeting) his daughter.
He phoned up our manager and we were
asleep. He said ‘well, wake them up’ and I
was like ‘no’ ... So he was like, ‘Okay, then
I don’t want you in my hotel.’ So we had
to leave. Trump actually kicked us out of
They were turfed out on the street —
literally. As a final insult, Trump banned
the boys and their crew from exiting out of
the underground garage.
They had to go through the front door
and navigate a sea of fans and media.
Payne did not see which daughter they
were asked to meet but we like to think it
A quarter of a century ago, a journalist
named Graydon Carter wrote an essay
for Spy magazine in which he described
Trump as a “short-fingered vulgarian”.
Every year since, an incensed Trump has
posted that writer drawings of his hands
to demonstrate that his fingers are indeed
He apparently signs the odd mementos
in gold ink.
Carter is now the editor of the magazine
Vanity Fair and despite all of his personal
and professional achievements, Trump has
never forgotten the swipe.
“The most recent offering arrived earlier
this year, before his decision to go after
the Republican presidential nomination,”
Carter said in 2015.
“Like the other packages, this one
included a circled hand and the words,
also written in gold Sharpie: ‘See, not so
“I sent the picture back by return mail
with a note attached, saying, ‘Actually,
The revelation fired up Trump again, who
took to Twitter to call Carter “grubby” and
speculate that the publisher was about to
be fired. He was not.
He is not the first person to poke fun at
the size of Trump’s hands and he is a bit
sensitive about it, it seems.
In 2011, he brought it up in an inter view
with the New York Post, saying: “My
fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has
been well documented, are various other
parts of my body.”
Another media figure to earn the ire
of Trump is Arianna Huffington, who
copped a deeply personal tweet from him
In a pointed dig, he brought up her 1997
divorce from former congressman Michael
Huffington, to whom she had been
married since 1986.
He later announced he was gay.
Trump’s shocking tweet read: “Arianna
Huffington is unattractive both inside and
out. I fully understand why her former
husband left her for a man — he made a
You can not speak about Trump’s famed
feuds without mentioning perhaps his
most prominent spat of all with comedian
and actress Rosie O’Donnell.
It all began more than a decade ago
when his focus was on global affairs of a
different matter — beauty pageants.
Trump decided not to fire then Miss
USA Tara Conner after revelations of
drug use and underage drinking, but
ordered her to rehab at the end of 2006.
The next morning on The View, co-host
O’Donnell took aim at Trump and called
him a “ bankrupt” and criticised his three
He shot back, describing her as a “real
loser” and said he would sue for the
bankruptcy claims, which he insisted were
“ I look for ward to taking lots of money
from my nice fat little Rosie,” he told
And from there it went on, and on.
Trump made comments about
O’Donnell’s relationship, intelligence,
career, appearance and weight. She did not
hold back either.
Their feud continues and O’Donnell is
one of Hollywood’s most outspoken critics
of the president.
Even if her music is not your thing, there
is no denying singer Cher’s enormous
Except if you are Trump, who has
publicly slammed her talent and career as
part of their somewhat hilarious beef.
It all began in 2012 when Cher took
exception to Trump’s commentary about
then President Barack Obama and that
whole birth certificate thing.
She vowed to boycott the department
store Macy ’s for stocking Trump’s clothing
line, so he took to Twitter.
“Cher should spend more time focusing
on her family and dying career,” he wrote.
And that is where the five-year long social
media brawl began.
She has poked fun at his “rug” hair and
he has mentioned her “massive plastic
surgeries that didn’t work”.
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Robert Schumann, German composer
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“Love hath no physic for a grief too deep. ”
— Robert Nathan, American author and
“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these
three; and the greatest of these is love. ”
— (1 Corinthians 13:13).
notes are “with it”.
This was made quite
plain by a cross-section of Greymouth people
today when they were confronted with a poster
displaying the six new notes in colour. Reaction
was almost unanimous — that the colouring
and designs are eye-catching and acceptable.
“ Well, they are a lot better than the
Australian notes. They are more colourful than
our previous notes, but they do not look like
stage money, as does Australian money,” was
the reaction of a clerk asked for an opinion.
Governor of the Reser ve Bank Gilbert Wison
said today that precautions against forgery have
been taken in production of the new dollar
notes. A special paper with the imbedded
plastic strip is used for all notes. In addition,
each has a window watermark panel of Captain
There are different intricate geometrical
patterns in the design of each note, and the
Maori motifs on each note are also different.
A 67-year-old Greymouth man Mr Charles
Edgar Dodwell was found dead in a caravan
on the corner of Milton Road and Joyce
Crescent shortly after 11 o’clock this morning.
Mr Dodwell spent the night in the caravan
but when it was visited by its owner Captain
J Brown of the Salvation Army, Mr Dodwell
was found to be dead. Police said there were no
A native of London, England, Mr Dodwell
retired from the Ministry of Works in
Greymouth two years ago. He joined the field
staff of the MOW in Jackson Bay in 1946 and
the office staff in Greymouth in 1948 where he
worked as a stores clerk.
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Immigration has set the world on fire.
The debt owed by both Brexit and Trump
to the issue’s inflammatory power is huge.
With record volumes of migrants pouring
into New Zealand, immigration policy is
widely expected to be among the biggest
voter motivators of 2017.
But will New Zealanders react to
these new arrivals in the same way as
British and American voters? Or will the
circumstances underpinning this country’s
record migration flows smother the flames
of racism and xenophobia before they take
If New Zealand history is any guide,
probably not. Net inward flows of
migration have always been the signal of
economic prosperity and growth. Just as
net outward flows have been the surest sign
that all is not well in God’s O wn Country.
There is an ancestral voice in the racial
memory of Pakeha New Zealanders which
commands their attention during periods
of rapid population growth. A voice which
reminds them that, in these stolen islands,
more non-indigenous people are always a
For Maori New Zealanders, the opposite
is true. The more immigrants that arrive
on these shores, the more the indigenous
essence of Aotearoa-New Zealand is
diluted. The treaty the Maori chiefs signed
with the British in 1840 seemed a wise
and timely concession when barely 2000
Pakeha were sprinkled lightly across their
lands. Twenty years later, when the number
of British settlers overtook the population
of tangata whenua, the promises given at
Waitangi proved to be as cynical as they
What is it, then, which stops the latest
population projections from Statistics New
Zealand from setting the fern leaves of
New Zealand nationalism alight? Released
on May 18, 2017 these projections indicate
that over the next 20 years the number
of immigrants from East and South
Asia will double. By 2038 the number of
New Zealanders of “Asian” ethnicity will
represent nearly a quarter of the country’s
population. Maori, by contrast, will see
their share of the population rise by just
two percentage points — from 16 to 18%.
“ European” New Zealanders’ share of the
overall population is projected to fall from
roughly three-quarters to two-thirds.
In times past, projections such as these
would have generated a massive public
backlash against the political party, or
parties, responsible for such a dramatic
reconfiguration of the nation’s ethnic
profile. Twenty years ago, media headlines
decrying an “Asian Invasion” were exploited
by Winston Peters’ to secure 13% of the
party vote for his NZ First party. Why,
then, 20 years later, is NZ First not polling
twice or three times that number?
The explanation is, almost entirely,
Chinese immigration has encouraged
Auckland property prices to soar —
producing a “wealth effect ” (courtesy of
tax-free capital gains!) for which, justifiably
or unjustifiably, Chinese investors are
held responsible. Bolstering this shift
in perception across the entire country
has been the steady rise in China’s
consumption of New Zealand’s exports.
Rather than bite the hand which is,
increasingly, feeding them, many New
Zealanders have considered it more
prudent to retire the worst of their old
In regional New Zealand, likewise, the
sterling contribution of Filipino dairy
farm workers is encouraging a hitherto
undetected enthusiasm for multi-
Even in the working-class heartlands, the
money to be made hiring-out the spare
room to overseas students is often enough
to defang traditional blue-collar hostility
towards “low-wage workers” flooding
“their” labour market.
The other factor which explains New
Zealanders reluctance (so far!) to respond
to nationalistic dog-whistles is the sheer
number of New Zealanders who have
travelled overseas. Familiarity with
“foreign” cultures has rendered “foreigners”
a lot less frightening to young New
Zealanders than old ones. New Zealanders
raised entirely in the globalisation era
know there is a big wide world out there
— a world which values highly the New
Zealander’s celebrated ability to get along
with just about anybody. Racism no longer
None of which should be advanced as
evidence that racism and xenophobia
will find no purchase in the forthcoming
general election. There are many thousands
of New Zealanders who feel like strangers
in their own land. Who miss the
comforting homogeneity of the sleepy,
white, British dominion in which they
were raised. Such voters are, however, a
dwindling asset for all but the NZ First
party. Only Winston can afford to make A
Whiter Shade of Pale his theme song.
Chris Trotter is a left-wing
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