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uLetters to the editor
1659 - Peace of the Pyrenees is reached
between Spain and France.
1733 - Spain and France sign Treaty of
Escurial and form alliance against England.
1837 - US abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy is
killed by a pro-slavery mob at his printing
works in Alton, Illinois.
1861 - Archer wins the rst
1872 - US cargo ship Mary
Celeste sets sail from New York on
a journey which ended when it was
found mysteriously abandoned the
1885 - Canada's rst trans-continental
railway, the Canadian Paci c, is completed in
1965 - British model Jean Shrimpton wows
Melbourne Cup crowd by wearing a mini-skirt.
1980 - Death of US actor Steve McQueen.
1990 - Shots red near Mikhail Gorbachev
during Soviet Union's Revolution Day parade;
Mary Robinson elected in Ireland's rst
presidential election in 17 years, becoming the
country's rst female president.
1995 - ree American servicemen plead
guilty to raping a 12-year-old Okinawan
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Marie Curie, French scientist (1867-1934);
Albert Camus, Algerian-born French novelist
and philosopher (1913-1960); Dame Joan
Sutherland, Australian soprano
(1926-2010); Barry Newman,
US actor (1938-); Johnny Rivers,
US singer (1942-); Joni Mitchell,
Canadian folk singer (1943-);
Christopher Knight, US actor of
Brady Bunch fame (1957-); Mark
tennis player (1976-); Rio Ferdinand, British
"Examine what is said, not him who speaks."
--- Arab proverb.
"So that I may share abundantly in your
boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you
again." --- (Philippians 1:26)
e police have
no clue as to the
whereabouts of Mr
Cedric John Stanley
Booth, 50-year-old contractor and goldminer,
formerly of Boddytown, who failed to return
to his home in Invercargill from the Waikaia
district on Saturday night. Not discounted this
morning was a possibility that he is not in the
area of the old Waikaia gold diggings where his
bulldozer was discovered almost submerged in
e view held was that if he was in the
vicinity of his campsite at Winding Creek,
searchers would have found him.
A nal bid of £6350 was not enough to buy
the tearooms sited near the famous Punakaiki
blowholes and pancake rocks when the
two-storeyed wooden building was put up
for sale at public auction in Greymouth
e tearooms and eight acres of ground on
the site were o ered by EV Arthur and Son on
behalf of the owner Mr GP Manderson, who
built the premises 12 years ago.
e death of Mr John Joshua Bourke, of
Barrytown, occurred at the residence of his
daughter, Mrs J Rooney, Blaketown, this
morning. Mr Bourke was born in Cobden 85
years ago and as a young man followed the sea,
having been around the world several times.
He was married in London and returned to
New Zealand, going to Millerton to work
in the coalmining industry. Later he went to
Barrytown to the alluvial goldmining industry.
Predeceased by his wife Catherine, he is
survived by one daughter, Charlotte, and four
sons, Jack (Christchurch), William (Auckland),
omas (Huntly) and Paul (Blaketown).
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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Healy s view
It was their smirks that enraged me the
most: the "roast busters'' easy assumption
that every male in New Zealand was
envying them. Telling us: "You want this,
too. is is your best fantasy. We're doing
everything you ever dreamed of doing but
didn't --- because you never believed anyone
could possibly get away with it."
And there was more.
e mocking expression on these young
men's faces was also saying: "You're
complicit in this because, deep down,
you're just like us. Deep down, your view of
women is no di erent from ours. ey're
meat. You chew them up. You spit them
out. If you can organise a bit of a laugh
at their expense along the way --- then so
much the better!"
How has New Zealand raised such sons?
at is a question only New Zealand's
fathers can answer.
What sort of example have we set?
When New Zealand was governed by a
woman, did the nation's fathers indicate to
their sons that this was a state of a airs of
which they should be proud? Were they
outraged on their sons' behalf when their
workmates and drinking buddies stood
around the barbecue making jokes about
her looks, her voice, her sexuality --- or did
they join in the ribald laughter?
Paraphrasing Dr Martin Luther King, did
they tell their sons that a woman is to be
judged not by the shape of her body, but by
the content of her character?
Do New Zealand's fathers teach their
sons that before anybody is male or female;
black or white; gay or straight; intelligent or
stupid; beautiful or ugly: they are rst and
always a human being?
Since they are human, their irreducible
share of humanity's common inheritance
must be acknowledged and respected.
Shakespeare, in e Merchant of Venice,
puts into the mouth of his character
Shylock, a despised Jewish moneylender,
what is perhaps the greatest appeal to
our common humanity in all of English
"Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew
hands, organs, dimensions, senses a ections
passions? Fed with the same food, hurt
with the same weapons, subject to the
same diseases, healed by the same means,
warmed and cooled by the same winter and
summer as a Christian is? If you prick us,
do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not
laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?"
What is missing from the education
of our sons that so many of them seem
incapable of even the most basic empathy?
Why, when invited to participate in the
"roast busters" theatre of cruelty, were so
many west Auckland boys incapable of
imaginatively trading places with the young
women they were planning to abuse? What
was it that prevented their consciences
from shouting out on their pitiably young
victims' behalf: "If you stupefy us, and gang
rape us, and broadcast our humiliation on
Facebook? Will we not want to die?"
In attempting to explain the "roast
busters" appalling behaviour, many New
Zealanders will point to the pornographic
images that are now so easily available
on the internet. ey will argue that the
"message" young men are taking from
these staged sexual encounters is that
women enjoy being dominated and abused,
and that a man is not a man unless he
is capable of deriving sexual pleasure
from dominating and abusing his female
Given the ubiquity of both the internet's
pornographic websites and of the devices
required to access them, it is surely past
time that New Zealand's teenage men
and women were given a more wholesome
series of messages regarding not only
what they have a right to expect from one
another sexually, but also regarding their
fundamental human rights.
e "roast busters" revelations make
it very clear that our secondary schools'
sex education syllabus is in need of
urgent revision. Against pornography's
messages of exploitation and abuse we
must counterpose the messages of respect,
compassion and equality. Not only for our
daughters' safety, but also for our sons'.
Chris Trotter is an independent
left-wing political commentator
ough the election is still up
to a year away, David Cunli e
has e ectively thrown down the
gauntlet to John Key.
is is the import of Labour's
resounding weekend conference in
Christchurch; that Mr Cunli e is
his party's undisputed challenger
and will eventually portray himself
both on and o the hustings as a
Now begins a period in which
the two will measure each other
up --- identifying potential
weaknesses, promoting their own
strengths and playing to their
How this pans out is far from
clear and while John Key has the
advantage of incumbency, Mr
Cunli e has the potentially tactical
advantage of being less of a known
Whither now, John Key?
e question is both pertinent
and relevant, for the Prime
Minister has a range of options
available to him --- whether he
will continue current strategies,
will seek to
would arise should the prosecution
of Act MP John Banks prove
successful, causing the loss of his
seat and forcing a by-election or
even precipitating an early election.
Not impossible either is that
the Government might contrive
to hold an early election if it saw
advantage in this.
e big question may be Mr
Key's own aspiration; whether
his life-long ambition to be
prime minister has been ful lled
or whether he wants to make a
greater mark on history.
Predictions are di cult, given
that some of Mr Key's closest
supporters admit privately that
they are unsure of what he stands
for or what goals have yet to be
But it is certain he has no wish to
be leader of the Opposition again,
and is on record as saying so.
Would then he ag away
National's leadership if the state
of the parties deteriorated to the
point where the situation became
dire and defeat seemed probable or
Would he go to the wire and
emulate Helen Clark by resigning
immediately should National fail
to get su cient support to form a
government in 2014?
Having ticked o another item
on his bucket list, why would Mr
Key favour another term in the
In political terms John Key is
still a young man, having recently
turned 52. But in comparing the
fresh-faced individual who entered
politics eight years ago with the
furrow-browed politician he has
become, why would anyone seek
another thankless term on the
South Paci c News Ser vice
David Cunli e
Prime Minister in waiting?
Fathers and sons: 'roast busters' shame
Harper Lee was once universally
revered by her hometown of
Monroeville, Alabama, but a legal
battle over the shrine it built
to honour her literary legacy is
dividing the small southern city.
e 87-year-old author recently led a lawsuit
against the local museum dedicated to her still-
popular 1960 bestseller, To Kill a Mockingbird, in a
dispute over a merchandising trademark.
Exhibits there celebrate Lee's achievements, as does
an annual play based on the book, while Lee leads a
sheltered life at an assisted living home on the edge
of town. e townspeople have shielded her from
strangers since she moved back from New York a few
"She just detested the attention of people who just
wanted to be friends because she wrote the book,"
George Jones, 91, who went to school with Lee, said.
e legal dispute has formed a cloud over the
woman known as Miss Nelle after her given name.
Lee is not talking, but some locals who once were
ercely protective of her are.
"A year ago, I would not have given you the time
of day to talk about Miss Nelle," Sam errell, 79,
a longtime board member of the museum who has
known Lee for many years, said. "Now, you can ask
me anything you want," said the owner of Radley's
Fountain Grille, named for the mysterious neighbour
in the Pulitzer-prize-winning book about the Jim
Crow era of racial discrimination in the American
"She always complained about the cottage industry
that had arisen around her work," but she never raised
an issue with the museum, he said, except on one
occasion when a cookbook was issued in 2001 using
the name of Calpurnia, a key character in the book.
e cookbook was withdrawn.
Lawyers for Lee accuse the local museum of
violating her right to pro t from her sole work, which
they say has sold more than 30 million copies and
is still required reading for two-thirds of American
In 20 years, the museum, which operates several
historic sites in the area, has never paid a licensing
fee to the author for using the book title and a
mockingbird image on merchandise.
e museum says that is because she never requested
it.Monroe County Heritage Museum executive
director Stephanie Rogers, who was served with the
legal papers on October 15, said she was stunned.
" e last time we heard from her was in 2010, when
her note called us friends."
In the giftshop, a To Fill a Mockingbird cookbook
is joined by similarly branded t-shirts, kitchen towels,
soaps and posters. Walls of the tiny upstairs display
rooms are covered with mementos of Lee and next-
door-neighbour Truman Capote.
Photos, artefacts and handwritten notes tell of two
childhoods that produced writers who hit the literary
scene in the 1960s: Capote with In Cold Blood, Lee
with her dramatic portrayal of racial injustice.
Lee's lawyers are seeking a trademark application for
the book, which the museum has challenged on the
grounds of long-time practice, although it says it is
willing to give Lee a share of the pro ts.
e United States Trademark o ce is expected to
make a decision within days.
e dispute has turned some longtime fans of the
book against her. Jones, a museum volunteer, can
recite the local inspiration for every character in the
book; the father of the boy who was the source for
Boo Radley allegedly chained him to his bed as a
teenager. Yet Jones describes Lee as "a grumpy old
woman who could do a lot more for this town".
Some fear the lawsuit could shut down the museum,
which relies on the gift shop to fund its educational
programs for schoolchildren, and potentially hurt
local businesses that depend on the steady trickle of
"Without tourism, I don't know what the town
would do," Nathan Carter, a cousin of Capote and a
former museum employee, said.
Monroeville, surrounded by cotton elds, is built
around the courthouse square, dominated by the
museum. Next to it is a theatre stage with permanent
sets, where the play is put on each spring. e oval
courthouse itself was replicated as a setting for the
1962 movie starring Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall.
Where the Lee and Capote houses once stood, a
block o the square, Mel's Dairy Dream now sells
A historic marker and a mural of the novel's three
principal child characters --- Scout, Jem and Dill ---
standing next to an old tree is all that is left of the
street that kindled the imaginations of two writers.
For years, Nelle's sister, Alice Lee, represented her.
Miss Alice practised law until the age of 100 in a
room above a local bank.
Since Alice's retreat into a nursing home, Harper
Lee has battled a variety of legal issues, including
the son-in-law of her rst agent who was accused
of trying to trick her into signing away her original
copyright. ey recently reached a settlement.
In Monroeville, the only active lawyer remaining
in the venerable law rm of Barnett, Bugg, Lee and
Carter is Tonya Carter. Old friends described getting
notes from her saying they could no longer visit Miss
Nelle because of her in rmities.
"It hurt," said errell. "I took her and Miss Alice
my potato soup every ursday for years."
Carter did not respond to requests seeking comment
for this article. A lawyer for Lee in New York
con rmed that the law rm spoke frequently with her,
but declined to discuss the case further.
A friend who still visits Lee defends Carter's move,
saying Lee is forced to live in a smaller world: she
is nearly blind, has su ered a stroke and "can't hear
Old memories of Lee are warm. As a kid, Lee
protected Capote from bullies, according to Jones.
Other locals remember anonymous gifts for
people with injured children or fees for camps for
underprivileged children that were believed to have
come from Lee; her trademark ligreed stationery
gave away her identity, he said.
Miss Nelle would often visit Monroeville from
New York to see family and friends and spend hours
signing the books of townspeople, until someone sold
an autographed book on the internet.
at did it, he said. "She hated being
e Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville, Alabama at the centre of a row with author Harper Lee.
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