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uLetters to the editor
1797 - The principal leaders of the Mutiny
at the Nore, which blocked trade on the River
Thames in L ondon, are executed.
1908 - A huge explosion rocks eastern Siberia.
Believed to be an exploding meteorite, the
resulting earth tremor is felt as far
away as central Europe.
1934 - A Nazi purge begins in
Germany with “the night of the long
1936 - Margaret Mitchell’s classic
novel, Gone with the Wind, is
1938 - A Superman comic strip is published
for the first time.
1997 - At the stroke of midnight, Hong Kong
is handed back to China after 156 years of
2001 - Chet Atkins, the legendary country
guitarist who helped pioneer the Nashville
Sound of pop-flavoured, string-laden music, dies
2012 - Yitzhak Shamir, two-time prime
minister of Israel, dies near Tel Aviv, aged 96.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Lena Horne, US singer (1917-2010); Susan
Hayward, US actor (1919-1975); Glenn
Shorrock, Australian singer (1944-); Stanley
Clarke, US jazz musician (1951-); Vincent
D’Onofrio, US actor (1959-);
Murray Cook, Australian musician
and children’s entertainer, Red
Wiggle (1960-); Rupert Graves,
British actor (1963-); Mike Tyson,
US boxer (1966-); Ralf Schumacher,
German race car driver (1975-);
Cheryl Cole, British singer (Girls
Aloud) (1983-); Michael Phelps, US Olympic
swimming champion (1985-) .
“I believe in the discipline of silence and can
talk for hours about it. ” — George Bernard
Shaw, Irish-born playwright (1856-1950).
“Pray then in this way: O ur Father in
Heaven, hallowed be Your name. ”
— (Matthew 6:9).
The Union Steam
Ship Company ’s
collier Kokiri ‘brushed’
harbour’s southern breakwater at 4.30am
today. As it entered the harbour in pre-dawn
darkness, it was blown against the breakwater
and later hit the wharf edge. The tip of the
starboard propeller was damaged, and damage
to the wharf was described as “superficial” by
Greymouth harbourmaster captain
H J Gordon.
Repairs to the propeller are being carried
out this afternoon and loading operations
will probably be held up for only a short time.
Because of the minor nature of the incident
there may be no inquiry.
One of the oldest landmarks in Alexander
Street, the giant macrocarpa tree in front of
the Muritai railway staff hostel, was felled
yesterday. And it took a champion to help with
the big operation.
One of the gang which removed the huge
wooden sentinnel was the New Zealand
chopper Les Gilsenan. The gang began its
task early yesterday morning, removing the
branches first then attacking the trunk. The
tree was finally felled about mid-afternoon.
Hokitika publican and former single figure
golfer Carl Schroder is on a world tour — the
undoubted highlight of which has been a visit
to the ‘holy grail’ of world golf, in Scotland.
Before he left New Zealand he obtained an
introduction from the New Zealand Golf
Association which has worked like a genie.
The itinerant hotelkeeper has trodden the
inner sanctum of world golf — the clubhouse
at St Andrews and the 6581 yards which is the
most famous piece of golfing turf in the world.
uFood for thought
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are feeding Islamic
do not need to become
the majority in the United
Kingdom; they just need
gradually to Islamise the most important
cities. The change is already taking place.
British personalities keep opening the
door to introducing Islamic sharia law.
One of the leading British judges, Sir
James Munby, said that Christianity no
longer influences the courts and these
must be multicultural, which means more
Islamic. Rowan Williams, the former
Archbishop of Canterbury, and Chief
Justice Lord Phillips, also suggested that
the English law should “incorporate”
elements of sharia law.
British universities are also advancing
Islamic law. The academic guidelines,
“External speakers in higher education
institutions”, provide that “orthodox
religious groups” may separate men and
women during events. At the Queen
Mary University of London, women have
had to use a separate entrance and were
forced to sit in a room without being able
to ask questions or raise their hands, just
as in Riyadh or Tehran.
“London is more Islamic than many
Muslim countries put together”,
according to Maulana Syed Raza
Rizvi, one of the Islamic preachers
who now lead “Londonistan”, as the
journalist Melanie Phillips has called
the English capital. No, Rizvi is not a
right-wing extremist. Wole Soyinka, a
Nobel Laureate for Literature, was less
generous; he called the United Kingdom
“a cesspit for Islamists”.
“ Terrorists can not stand London
multiculturalism”, London’s mayor Sadiq
Khan said after the recent deadly terror
attack at Westminster. The opposite is
true: British multiculturalists are feeding
Islamic fundamentalism. Above all,
Londonistan, with its new 423 mosques,
is built on the sad ruins of English
The Hyatt United Church was bought
by the Egyptian community to be
converted to a mosque. St Peter’s Church
has been converted into the Madina
Mosque. The Brick Lane Mosque was
built on a former Methodist church.
Not only buildings are converted, but
also people. The number of converts to
Islam has doubled; often they embrace
radical Islam, as with Khalid Masood, the
terrorist who struck Westminster.
The Daily Mail published photographs
of a church and a mosque a few metres
from each other in the heart of London.
At the Church of San Giorgio, designed
to accommodate 1230 worshippers, only
12 people gathered to celebrate Mass. At
the Church of Santa Maria, there were
The nearby Brune Street Estate mosque
has a different problem: overcrowding.
Its small room and can contain only 100.
On Friday, the faithful must pour into the
street to pray. Given the current trends,
Christianity in England is becoming a
relic, while Islam will be the religion of
In Birmingham, the second-largest
British city, where many jihadists live
and orchestrate their attacks, an Islamic
minaret dominates the sky. There are
petitions to allow British mosques to
call the Islamic faithful to prayer on
loudspeakers three times a day.
By 2020, estimates are that the number
of Muslims attending prayers will reach
at least 683,000, while the number of
Christians attending weekly Mass will
drop to 679,000. “ The new cultural
landscape of English cities has arrived;
the homogenised, Christian landscape
of State religion is in retreat ”, said Ceri
Peach of Oxford University. While nearly
British Muslims are under the age of
25, a quarter of Christians are over 65.
“In another 20 years there are going to
be more active Muslims than there are
churchgoers,” said Keith Porteous Wood,
director of the National Secular Society.
Since 2001, 500 London churches of
all denominations have been turned
into private homes. D uring the same
period, British mosques have been
proliferating. Between 2012 and 2014,
the proportion of Britons who identify
themselves as Anglicans fell from 21%
to 17%, a decrease of 1.7 million people,
while, according to a survey conducted by
the respected Nat Cen Social Research
Institute, the number of Muslims has
grown by almost a million. Churchgoers
are declining at a rate that within a
generation, their number will be three
times lower than that of Muslims who go
regularly to mosque on Friday.
Demographically, Britain has been
acquiring an increasingly Islamic face,
in places such as Birmingham, Bradford,
Derby, Dewsbury, Leeds, Leicester,
Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Sheffield,
Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets. In
2015, an analysis of the most common
name in England showed it was
Mohammed, including spelling variations
such as Muhammad and Mohammad.
Britain’s most important cities have
huge Muslim populations: Manchester
(15.8%), Birmingham (21.8%) and
Bradford (24.7%). In Birmingham, the
police just dismantled a terrorist cell;
there is also a greater probability that a
child will be born into a Muslim family
than into a Christian one. In Bradford
and Leicester, half the children are
Muslim. Muslims do not need to become
the majority in the UK; they just need
gradually to Islamise the most important
cities. The change is already taking
“Londonistan” is not a Muslim majority
nightmare; it is a cultural, demographic
and religious hybrid in which
Christianity declines and Islam advances.
According to Innes Bowen, writing
in The Spectator, only two of the 1700
mosques in Britain today follow the
modernist interpretation of Islam,
compared with 56% in the United States.
The Wahhabis control 6% of mosques
in the UK, while the fundamentalist
Deobandi control up to 45%. According
to a survey from the Knowledge Centre, a
third of UK Muslims do not feel “part of
London is also full of sharia courts.
There are officially 100. The advent of this
parallel judicial system has been made
possible thanks to the British Arbitration
Act and the system of Alternative
Dispute Resolution. These new courts are
based on the rejection of the inviolability
of human rights: the values of freedom
and equality that are the basis of English
After the attack on the French satirical
magazine Charlie Hebdo, the head of
MI6, Sir John Sawers, recommended
self-censorship and “some restraint ” in
discussing Islam. The British ambassador
in Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis, converted
to Islam and completed the pilgrimage
to Mecca, the hajj. He now calls himself
What will be next?
Giulio Meotti, cultural editor for
Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and
Welcome to ‘Londonistan’
A general view of the Finsbury Park mosque in North London.
It has long been believed that the
smartphones in our pockets are actually
making us dumber; but now there is
evidence for it.
The constant presence of a mobile phone
has a “ brain drain” effect that significantly
reduces people’s intelligence and attention
spans, a study has found.
Researchers at the University of Texas
discovered that people are worse at
conducting tasks and remembering
information if they have a smartphone
within eyeshot. In two experiments they
found phones sitting on a desk or even in a
pocket or handbag would distract users and
lead to worse test scores even when it was
set up not to disturb test subjects.
The effect was measurable even when
the phones were switched off, and was
worse for those who were deemed more
dependent on their mobiles.
“Although these devices have immense
potential to improve welfare, their
persistent presence may come at a
cognitive cost,” said Dr Adrian Ward, the
lead author of the study.
“Even when people are successful at
maintaining sustained attention — as
when avoiding the temptation to check
their phones — the mere presence of
these devices reduces available cognitive
The researchers tested 520 university
students on their memory and intelligence
when in the presence of a smartphone to
see how it affected them.
Participants were told to complete tests
in mathematics, memory and reasoning
with their smartphones either on their
desk, in their bag or pockets, or in another
room, and with alerts turned off so as not
to distract students.
Those who had their phones on the desk
recorded a 10% lower score than those
who left them in a different room on
operational span tasks, which measures
working memory and focus. Those who
kept their phones further out of sight in
their pockets or their bags scored only
slightly better than when phones were
placed on desks.
The researchers found that the negative
effect of having a phone within eyeshot
was significantly greater among those
who said they were dependent on their
Participants who had expressed sympathy
with phrases such as “I would have trouble
getting through a normal day without my
cellphone” and “using my cellphone makes
me feel happy ” performed as well as others
their phone was in a different room,
but worse when it was placed on their desk.
The study also found reaction speeds
to be affected, with students who had
their phone on the desk responding more
sluggishly in high-pace tests.
It even found that phones can even
distract users even when they are turned
off and placed face down. Those with
phones outside of the room “slightly
outperformed” those with switched off
The researchers said the effect arises
because part of a smartphone users’ mind
is dedicated to trying to not think about
distractions such as whether they have any
messages when the handset is in their line
“ We see a linear trend that suggests
that as the smartphone becomes more
noticeable, participants’ available cognitive
capacity decreases,” said Ward.
“ Your conscious mind isn’t thinking about
your smartphone, but that process — the
process of requiring yourself not to think
about something — uses up some of your
limited cognitive resources. It’s a brain
‹Similar research has previously showed
smartphones can have a “ butterfly brain
effect ” on users that can cause mental
blunders. — New Zealand Herald
Smartphone making you less intelligent
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