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uLetters to the editor
1603 - Sir Walter Raleigh's high treason trial
opens in Winchester, England.
1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte's army reaches
Russian city Smolensk in retreat from Moscow.
1859 - In Paris, the rst ying trapeze act is
performed by Jules Leotard.
1912 - Search party nds remains
of British explorer Captain Robert
Scott and his companions after the
ill-fated South Pole expedition.
1942 - British Eighth Army under
General Bernard Montgomery
captures Tobruk, Libya.
1944 - German battleship Tirpitz,
sister ship of the Bismarck and Hitler's last
major warship, is sunk by Lancaster bombers at
Tromso Fjord in northern Nor way.
1948 - War crimes tribunal in Japan passes
death sentences on former prime minister
general Hideki Tojo and six colleagues on
charges of breaching the laws and customs of
1969 - US army announces for the rst time
that it is investigating William Calley for the
alleged massacre of civilians at the Vietnamese
village My Lai in March 1968.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Kim Hunter, US actress (1922-2002);
Princess Grace of Monaco (1929-1982);
Charles Manson, US cult leader and convicted
murderer (1934-); Brian Hyland,
US singer (1943-); Booker T Jones,
US rock musician (1944-); Neil
Young, Canadian singer (1945-);
Paul McNamee, Australian tennis
player (1954-); Nadia Comaneci,
Romanian gymnast and Olympic
gold medallist (1961-); Tonya
Harding, US ice-skater (1970-); Anne
Hathaway, American actress (1982-).
"Don't be a pal to your son. Be his father.
What child needs a 40-year-old for a friend?"
--- Al Capp, American cartoonist (1909-1979).
"With my soul have I desired ee in the
night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek
ee early: for when y judgments are in the
Earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn
righteousness." --- (Isaiah 26:9).
e life of an eight-
year-old Hokitika boy
was saved on Saturday
by the prompt action
of one of his companions. Johm Boland, a son
of Mr and Mrs E F Boland, of Weld Street,
and Errol Corsan, a son of Mr and Mrs J F
Corsan, of Jollie Street, and two other boys
were throwing stones into the river when John,
who could not swim, fell about eight feet into
Errol Corsan, who has been able to swim for
two years, immediately jumped in and managed
to get the younger boy to a beam of timber.
One of the other boys ran for help and Mr W
Blacktopp, who was working nearby, reached
into the water and pulled both boys to safety.
No one was injured when a light English car
rolled over when making a turn from Cowper
Street into Raleigh Street at 4.50pm on Sunday.
e car was driven by Omoto Road resident
Mr Gregory Arthur Kenning and the passenger
was the car's owner, Mr Donald Inglis, of
Police said the car had apparently rolled over
when trying to negotiate the corner. Damage to
the vehicle was fairly extensive.
Mr J S omson, new principal of the
Greymouth High School, has decided to
grant study leave to those candidates from
the school who are actually sitting University
Entrance and School Certi cate examinations
this month. is is a practice observed in some
other schools so long as the pupils respond to
the situation, the school's board of managers
was informed last evening.
e granting of study leave is a privilege and
as with all privileges, carries responsibilty.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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If there was any justice, says
historian Richard Wolfe, the
developers who tore down
Auckland heritage buildings
should be made to pay --- forever.
"If there is an afterlife, it would
be comforting to imagine a purgatory
where those developers and compliant
demolition companies must spend eternity
restoring, brick by brick, the buildings they
destroyed," he says.
Auckland-based Wolfe says this with a
wry twinkle in his eye but he often found
the process of writing his latest book, New
Zealand's Lost Heritage, a tooth-grinding
"I was approached by New Holland to
do it and I instantly thought what a great
idea --- but what a depressing idea."
As he writes in the introduction, "Fire,
earthquake and, in particular, the wrecker's
ball have taken a heavy toll on the
buildings of New Zealand. ... the loss of a
small number of these may be attributed
to acts of God, but the vast majority were
removed by deliberate acts of man."
Although books have been published on
the demise of individual structures, such
as the grand old house Coolangatta in
Remuera, demolished in just 18 minutes
in 2006, a comprehensive sur vey of lost
buildings had not been done before.
" e rst issue was deciding what was
going to be in it. We thought maybe
20 essays," says Wolfe. "I was keen on
spreading them around the country,
north to south, from Ruapekapeka in the
Bay of Islands (the site of a forti ed pa
burned down by British troops in 1846)
to Invercargill (the Dee Street Hospital,
demolished in 1985, now home to a
"Of course, we could have just lled
the book with Auckland, or buildings
we lost in the 1980s or, more speci cally,
buildings that one company destroyed.
It's a nationwide problem but more so
in Auckland because of the pressure of
development. We might regret the loss
of the bulk of the buildings in the book,
but some of them, like Seacli Lunatic
Asylum in Dunedin, I don't think anyone
would mourn that loss."
Seven Auckland buildings make a
ghostly reappearance in Lost Heritage,
including some which have been well-
documented already: Coolangatta, His
Majesty's eatre and Arcade and St
Paul's Church in Emily Place, demolished
to make way for Waitemata Harbour
Another structure that had to go because
of the development of Anzac Avenue
and rail expansion in the Britomart area
was Admiralty House, an extravagant
residence built in 1901 for the commander
of the British Imperial naval station. But
no sooner had it been completed than
the new commodore, Admiral Fanshawe,
advised that when in Auckland, he would
stay aboard his ship.
e huge empty building, with seven
bedrooms, a ballroom, gables and turrets,
eventually cost Auckland Harbour Board
10,000 and was branded a " asco". Below
Anzac Avenue, it had "sweeping views
of the Waitemata, with the immediate
foreground ... dominated by the less
picturesque prospect of railway tracks, coal
depots and timber yards".
When Richard Seddon's government
nally gave the harbour board permission
to lease it, Admiralty House became
the Glenalvon boarding house, but it
was badly damaged in a re in 1906. It
was partly restored but, unloved by new
owners the city council, "stood in the way
of progress" --- the building of Anzac
Avenue --- and it was demolished in 1915,
after just 14 years of existence. Wolfe was
able to track down photos of the house's
exterior, but he could not nd any interior
shots. e building had boasted six
lavatories, considered highly excessive for
Type Kilbryde Mansion into You
Tube's search engine for the magic of
a 360-degree reconstruction of the last
home of the "Father of Auckland" Sir
John Logan Campbell, on the cli -edge of
Gladstone Road, Parnell. e promontory
on which it stood became known as
Inspired by the Italianate form of the
Pah Homestead in Hillsborough, Kilbryde
was the height of elegance, with an Ionic
entrance portico, a tower, a fresco room
and a minstrel's gallery.
e Campbells moved in on completion
in 1881, admiring its splendid views.
Ironically, the westward view included
the development that would bring about
the mansion's end: the in lling of the
harbour. John Logan Campbell and his
wife died in 1912, and the house, which
was not protected in his will as a public
benefaction, was bought by Auckland
Harbour Board, which wanted to tear
down Campbell's Point for harbour
reclamation. e property was then
divided between the Railway Department
and Auckland City Council, which
demolished the point in 1915 to make
room for railway lines.
At this stage, the mansion still stood,
as a hospital for victims of the 1918 u
epidemic. Despite widespread opposition,
the council's parks committee demolished
Kilbryde in June
1924. Part of its
grounds now form
part of the Parnell
"At least the Pah
survived," says Wolfe.
"So we have still got
one of those grand
Mill, on the ridge of
Symonds Street, still
existed, you would
not be able to see it
from Queen Street
as you could when
it was constructed
in 1851. It lasted
just under 100
the skyline, and a
favourite subject for
artists, even when
it fell into a state of
its owner, Joseph
intestate in 1941, its
complicated, its fate
its demolition in
April 1950 had one
positive impact. So
great was the "public
Mill was referred to
in Parliament during
the introduction of
the National Historic
Places Trust Bill in
Partington's lives on
(sort of ) in the name
of the Langham
which was later built
on its site.
Wolfe, who moved to Auckland in 1967,
remembers another building featured in
the book: the 7280sq m Gothic Victoria
Arcade, which was built on the corner of
Queen and Shortland Streets in 1883 and
torn down in 1977.
"I didn't have much cause to go into
it. Towards the end of its time it was
demolition by neglect, much like the St
James at the moment. All the quality
tenants had moved out and there
were a lot of little o ces for strange
e BNZ bought the lease in 1974, on
condition that the arcade would revert to
Auckland City Council if a new building
was not completed on the site by 1982.
So a Gothic arcade was replaced by
a "particularly nasty" BNZ building
which lasted 25 years before it, too, was
demolished. On that site now soars the
bland, monolithic Deloitte Tower, with
the facade of the Jean Batten Building at
e Jean Batten Building is yet another
episode when its status as a Category 1
historic place only just saved its exterior
after strenuous e orts by the BNZ to bowl
it. But the move to retain only the facade
was heavily criticised. In 2006, Art Deco
Society spokeswoman Dorothy McHattie
said she was devastated by the decision
but not surprised, given that the then-
Auckland City Council had been "wooing
this project for the past 12 months".
"It is a complete travesty and insult to
the architect, the people who worked
in the building, spent their lives there
and knew it as a landmark in the city."
Heritage campaigner Allan Matson called
the decision a "bloody disgrace", which
made a mockery of the council's heritage
policy. As someone once said, those who
do not remember the past are condemned
to repeat it. is book is a good place to
PICTURES: New Zealand Herald
A view up Queen Street, Auckland, painted by Jacques Carabain in 1889.
Sir John Logan Campbell, left, at Kilbryde Mansion, as featured in New Zealand's Lost Heritage.
Ghosts of the past
A new book by Richard Wolfe mourns the loss of 20 historic buildings in New Zealand,
some to re and quake, but most destroyed in the name of development. He talks to
LINDA HERRICK of the New Zealand Herald.
e red poppy, a symbol of remembrance
for the wartime dead, is being taken up by
younger generations in Britain, a century
on from its World War One origins.
For at least two weeks a year in the
build-up to November 11 --- Armistice
Day in 1918 --- poppies were seen on
television, jacket lapels, car bumpers and
Top English football teams now have
poppies emblazoned on their shirts,
mirroring wider public empathy for the
sacri ces of Britain's troops in Iraq and
Afghanistan, where 179 and 446 have
Social media have also helped bring
support for troops and veterans to a
e original Poppy Factory, founded
in 1922 to provide work for sick, injured
or disabled veterans, still produces half a
million paper poppies by hand each year.
"When I see the poppies on the people,
it does bring a bit of a lump to the throat,
especially on young ones," said bearded
Royal Navy veteran Dave Brown as he
works on the petal-cutting machines
at the factory in
"A lot more
younger people are
before there was
a generation that
campaign by the
Legion charity, a
on Armistice Day
has been reinstated
in most schools, and
event is streamed
live into many
classrooms from London's Trafalgar
Last year's Poppy Appeal raised $59.94
million towards the Legion's work
supporting veterans and their families.
While most people are happy to wear
a poppy, some decry what they see as
growing "poppy fascism" --- pressure to
wear the red symbols in public.
United States-born Methodist minister
Patricia Jackson sparked controversy
when she said she would refuse to
wear a poppy when she conducted this
year's remembrance service because it
Jackson, who is based in Telford
in central England, has since been
suspended from her duties over an
Sold for a small
donation, about 44
million arti cial lapel
poppies are produced
each year in Britain,
mostly by machine.
But half a million are
still made by hand in
At the white-painted
factory by the River
ames, some 30
sta work year-round
ensuring Britain is ready
Besides poppies, they
also make a million
small plywood crosses
and 100,000 wreaths,
including the one laid by
Queen Elizabeth II at a
ceremony in London on Sunday.
e poppy's origins as a remembrance
symbol lie in Canadian soldier John
McCrae's 1915 poem In Flanders Fields.
It cites the poppies growing on the graves
of fallen World War One comrades in
Belgium and north-east France.
e Poppy Factory was founded by
Western Front veteran Major George
Howson to provide disabled veterans
with work and income.
e ubiquitous lapel poppy is made of
a green plastic stem, a green paper leaf, a
red paper petal and nished with a black
It is assembled on a wooden block
designed to be used one-handed by
In the 21st century, the factory is
extending Howson's basic premise beyond
the Richmond workshop oor.
It places injured, sick or disabled ex-
troops into a wide range of jobs that t
their skills, wherever they live in Britain.
Shaun Johnson, the programme's
employability co-ordinator, had his own
11-year career in the Royal Artillery
brought to an abrupt halt by a crush injury.
Eighteen months working on the
factory oor helped get his life on an
even keel and he now works upstairs
assisting those in a similar boat.
Most are soldiers who served in
Northern Ireland, though Afghanistan
veterans are becoming more prevalent.
e poppy is no longer simply an
emblem of remembrance, Johnson says:
"People are more aware there's two sides
to the poppy." --- AFP
Remembrance poppy still poignant in UK
At a tiny bar in Paris's Montmartre
district, chef Elie Daviron is happy to admit
his new menu has disgusted some clients
while others need two or three drinks
before they can face it.
Amid the guacamole, chicken tikka and
chilli hotdogs, the young chef is conducting
a "gastronomical experiment" with what he
calls a selection of "insect tapas".
Grasshoppers, beetles, scorpions and two
di erent types of worm --- sango and silk
--- are the latest additions to his fare.
"My personal favourite is the sango
worm," Daviron told AFP from behind the
bar of the Festin Nu or Naked Lunch, a
watering hole in this picturesque northern
slope of the Montmartre hill.
" ere are two textures ... you have the
head and the body which are a completely
di erent taste and avour," he said.
e body was "sandy" tasting while the
head was "crunchy" and tasted a bit like a
combination of beetroot and mushrooms,
e 26-year-old from Montpellier in
southern France became interested several
years ago in the idea of how insects could
in future be a common source of protein in
And after the release of a United Nations
report on edible insects earlier this year,
he "realised that people were waiting for
someone to do that".
Daviron ordered a selection from a
company licensed to import dried insects
and set about experimenting with recipes.
e result was ve dishes including
scorpion with pepper cooked in olive oil,
beetle with cucumber, ginger pickle and
green peas and grasshopper with egg.
e protein-rich insects are imported
from ailand where they are widely eaten
But due to limited demand in France the
few licensed suppliers deal only in dried
insects rather than frozen or fresh.
" ey are dried and salted and the taste
will be a bit related to that," he said, adding
that because they are dried they do not
need cooking and so retain the appearance
of the insect.
"It will be fermented taste, mushroom
taste, dried fruit taste, dried meat taste,
dried sh taste, a lot of things around that."
" e grasshopper will be more like
hazelnuts and the giant water scorpions will
be closer to dried sh," he added.
Student Laura Dandelot, 21, said she had
to overcome her prejudices in order to try
"A t rst, I did think it was disgusting and
impossible to eat because it was strange and
dirty," she said.
In fact, the scorpion tasted pleasant
enough, she said, describing it as a bit "like
nuts", although she did not like the texture.
"It was very hard to eat ... crispy and
hard," she added.
Adele Gaudre, also a 21-year-old student,
said she liked the grasshopper.
"It was as if you were chewing on dried
tea, it was really dry but very nice," she said.
e "insect tapas" are priced at between
$7 and $12 per serving, and on a busy night
the bar dishes up about 50 such plates.
Daviron said in the two weeks since
he put the insects on the menu he had
witnessed a range of reactions from
"Some (people) are curious, some are
disgusted, some are enthusiastic, some just
don't want to hear about that," he said.
"Some get into the game or maybe they
wait (until) after one or two or three drinks
to get started."
According to the UN's Food and
Agriculture Organisation 2013 report,
insects although not eaten in western
nations, form part of the diet of about two
billion people worldwide, mainly in Asia
And Daviron said he was con dent that
in the long term other countries would
overcome their reservations, too.
" e disgust is really turning into a
fascination," he said.
"It is di cult to say how fast and in what
form it will actually become an everyday
"Maybe not tomorrow. It will take time
... but it may be faster than we think," he
said. --- AFP
Scorpions, grasshoppers on the menu at Paris cafe
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