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“Happiness isn’t something you experience,
it’s something you remember.” — Oscar Levant,
Edouard Manet, French artist
(1832-1883); Randolph Scott, US
actor (1898-1987); Fred Williams,
Australian artist (1927-1982);
Jeanne Moreau, French actress
(1928-2017); Bill Hayden, Australian
politician and former governor-
general (1933-); Chita Rivera, US actress-dancer
(1933-); Rutger Hauer, Dutch-born actor (1944-);
Robin Zander, US singer of Cheap Trick fame
(1953-); Princess Caroline of Monaco (1957-) .
1806 - Death of William Pitt the
younger, who at the age of 24
became Britain’s youngest prime
1931 - Death of Anna Pavlova,
Russian dancer and one of the
most celebrated prima ballerinas
of all time.
1944 - Death of Edvard Munch, Norwegian
painter best known for The Scream.
1950 - The Israeli Knesset approves a resolution
proclaiming Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
1963 - Harold “Kim” Philby, British journalist in
Beirut, disappears. It later emerges he was the
third man in the Burgess-Maclean spy scandal
and had been granted asylum in Moscow.
1964 - Indonesia and Malaysia agree to a
ceasefire in their undeclared border war.
1973 - George Foreman takes the world
heavyweight boxing title from Joe Frazie.
1989 - Surrealist artist Salvador Dali
dies in Spain, aged 84.
2005 - Comedian Johnny Carson, veteran US
television host, dies aged 79.
WEST COAST YESTERYEAR
Shouting “Hey, those under 21 get out, the cops
are here,” cost a Greymouth barman $20 in the
Greymouth Magistrate’s Court today.
William George Watt, aged 23, a barman, of
Wainui Street, Dobson, pleaded not guilty to
charges of supplying liquor to a minor, and
obstructing a constable in the course of his duty
arising from an incident at the Royal Hotel on
Constable Charles Rhodes said he had
accompanied senior sergeant P B Peoples on
a visit to the Royal Hotel at 3.25pm on the day
“As we went in the door, defendant yelled, ‘Hey
those under 21 get out, the cops are here’.”
He had heard the sound of running feet and
had gone across to the door between the two
There he met Robert Thomas Devine, whom he
questioned about his age. He was told by Devine
that he was 21, but on checking later it was
found Devine was under age.
Defendant had told him he had called out “on
the spur of the moment.”
Cross-examined by Mr C R McGinley, counsel
for the defendant, witness said he had not seen
anyone else running, though there were others
standing drinking in the bar.
Asked if he would have taken Devine to have
been under 21, witness said, “I had a doubt about
Devine. I asked his age and later checked on it.”
Senior sergeant Peoples said he could
corroborate the evidence of the previous
He told Mr McGinley he, too, “had a doubt
about his age.”
Robert Thomas Devine, of Runanga, said he was
aged 20 years. He had been drinking in a school
and had had four or five beers.
The defendant, who had served him, was the
only person serving.
Witness denied running and said he had been
going to the toilet. He had told constable Rhodes
Cross-examined he said he “could not honestly”
say whether he had heard the words alleged.
The defendant, Watt, was convicted on both
charges and fined $10 on each charge.
From our files
1972: Omoto slip
Tuesday, October 10, 1972
he sun shone briefly
over the West Coast this
morning (October 10,
1972), but the legacies of
the storm pounding the
province took over the last
four days were still widely apparent.
Chief problem spots were near Omoto,
just north of Greymouth, where two slips
blocked the road yesterday afternoon.
The worst of these was at a section
dubbed locally “the greasyback”.
A major problem area some years
ago, the hillside began slipping at 9am
yesterday and by midday the road had
moved between two and three feet.
It continued to slip at about a foot an
hour until about 10 o’clock last night
when the rain, which had fallen almost
non-stop since early Friday evening,
began to ease.
“I would say it moved another five feet
since late last night,” Mr P Kerr, acting
resident engineer, Ministry of Works,
Greymouth, said this morning, putting
the total movement at about 20 feet.
The moving hill also has affected
the adjacent railway and staff were on
duty all night straightening the line as
underneath soil was shifted.
Yesterday afternoon’s railcar from
Christchurch was halted at Stillwater and
passengers were brought to Greymouth
by Road Services buses by way of
A Railways spokesman said trains passed
over the line last night, but at a “dead
slow speed.” This morning’s railcar from
Christchurch was able to get through.
Another slip just to the west of the
greasyback was partially cleared by
mid-morning and the whole section
was expected to be reopened by late this
The western-most slip resulted in a
power blackout early yesterday afternoon
for periods ranging from half an hour
in the town area to an hour in the outer
There was an ironic twist to the power
Because of the cut, the pump at the
Greymouth reservoir could not functioin
and yesterday afternoon the Greymouth
Borough Council appealed to consumers
to conser ve water.
This after the town had been lashed by
more than 286mm of rain in the last four
Hokitika also had its water problems.
A subsidence at an area appropriately
named “Slip Hill” caused a break in the
pipeline from Lake Kaniere to the town
Repairs were being carried out today.
In the meantime, the town has been
supplied with what was left in the
reser voir, but consumers have been asked
to conser ve water.
In Greymouth all streets were open
to traffic, although many were badly
potholed because of the surface flooding.
Several small slips were reported to
have come down on the Otira route to
Christchurch, but the road was still open.
Yesterday afternoon’s alpine flight from
Christchurch was unable to land at either
Westport or Hokitika because of bad
On the flight were members of the
Prickly Thistle Club from D unedin, due
to appear in Greymouth last night.
When the party returned to
Christchurch it recrossed the alps this
time by bus, arriving here three-quarters
of an hour late to play to a three-quarters
Mopping up operations continued in
Buller this morning.
Two further slips on the lower Buller
Gorge railway delayed the departure of a
goods train from Westport yesterday, due
to leave at 11.30am, by two hours.
Water supplies in the Buller County
were affected by the flooding.
Gravel blocked the weir at Hector but
the ser vice was restored on Sunday night
and material had to be cleared from pipes
Ministry of Works and Buller County
Council staff were engaged over a wide
area yesterday clearing minor slips and
One of the latter, on the Granity-
Millerton Road, is in a difficult position
with a straight drop of 100ft if the
damaged section gives way.
A Bailey bridge over the Ohika River in
the lower Buller Gorge, which was under
water on Sunday, was being repaired
yesterday after damage caused by logs.
Surface flooding in the district has
been more extensive than it has been
for many years and some streets at
Westport were still difficult to negotiate
A Payloader moving tons of rock and mud that formed the western-most slip just out of Greymouth.
The full extent of the problem is patent in this shot of the undulating road and twisted rail tracks.
The United Kingdom’s only rocket
to successfully launch a satellite into
orbit is going on display in Scotland
after a 16,000km journey home from
Australia, where it was launched in
The Black Arrow projectile had lain
at its crash landing site in the South
Australian outback for more than 48
Over time it was damaged by extreme
weather and vandalism, but then space
technology firm Skyrora stepped in to
return it home.
The Black Arrow made the trip from
the Australian desert to Edinburgh via
The rocket — described as “the most
important artefact ” of the UK’s space
industry — is to go on display in
Penicuik, Midlothian, later this month.
Daniel Smith, director at Skyrora,
said: “ This is quite feasibly the most
important artefact linked to the UK’s
The rocket will be unveiled at Penicuik
later this month, not far from the
Skyrora headquarters and workshop in
“ With the UK government aiming
to make us a launch nation again, it
seemed like the perfect time to bring
Black Arrow back,” Smith said.
“ We really hope the rocket will help to
inspire current and future generations of
scientists and engineers.”
Developed and tested on Britain’s Isle
of Wight, the Black Arrow programme
completed four rockets between 1969
The third flight was the first and only
successful UK-led orbital launch, but
the programme was then cancelled.
This is said to have given the
rocket “cult status” among the space
Skyrora has also commissioned a
plaque to be placed where Black Arrow
Dr Graham Turnock, chief executive
of the UK Space Agency, said: “Black
Arrow is testament to Britain’s
longstanding heritage in the space
sector which continues to thrive today.”
Skyrora successfully completed its
inaugural sub-orbital test launch north
of the border last year.
The company ’s next rockets, Skylark
Micro and SkyHy, will allow its team to
gain more valuable launch experience,
with the latter capable of reaching
the edge of space — a feat never
accomplished by a private company
launching from the UK before.
UK rocket launched in Australia goes home
The Black Arrow rocket, nicknamed the lipstick rocket, before its launch in 1971.
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