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uLetters to the editor
1533 - Spanish conquistadors take Cusco, the
capital of the Inca empire.
1647 - England's King Charles I is
recaptured and imprisoned by rebels.
1687 - Death of Eleanor (Nell)
Gwyn, an actress who became
a mistress of King Charles II of
England by whom she had two sons.
1775 - American troops under
Benedict Arnold invade Quebec.
1832 - World's rst tram, a horse-
drawn vehicle named "John Mason",
goes into operation in New York City.
1851 - Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick
is rst published in the United States.
1881 - Charles Guiteau, assassin of US
President James Gar eld, goes on trial.
1889 - New York World reporter Nellie Bly
(Elizabeth Cochrane) sets out to travel around
the world in less than 80 days. She succeeds in
1973 - Princess Anne and Captain Mark
Phillips wed in Westminster Abbey.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Claude Monet, French artist (1840-1926);
Harold Larwood, English cricketer
(1904-1996); Joseph McCarthy,
US senator and anti-communist
crusader (1908-1957); Bart
Cummings, Australian horse trainer
(1927-); Ellis Marsalis, US jazz
musician (1934-); Prince Charles
(1948-); Condoleezza Rice, former
US Secretary of State (1954-).
"Comfort, opportunity, number and size are
not synonymous with civilisation."
--- Abraham Flexner, American educator and
"Give therefore to the emperor the things
that are the emperor's, and to God the things
that are God's." --- (Matthew 22:21).
demand for coal
during the winter
months was re ected
in the increased tonnage shipped from
Greymouth, stated the engineer-manager of
the the Greymouth Harbour Board, Mr B G
Dowrick, in a report to the board last night.
He was reporting on the operation of the
wharf cranes for the three months to the end of
e total of 47,894 tons loaded on to 28
colliers was 6000 tons better than the previous
"Greater usage of the cranes for this purpose,
and the fact that the excellent overall coal
loading rate of 107 tons per crane hour was
maintained, resulted as shown in a pro t of
£319," Mr Dowrick said.
Notwithstanding the poor bar depths and
generally unfavourable sea conditions during
October only one vessel was delayed through
these causes it was reported.
Re-a orestation of an area of 850 acres at
Stillwater was not practicable, the Greymouth
Harbour Board was informed at its monthly
meeting last night.
e board had made inquiries into the
possibilitiy of re-planting the area, and referred
the matter to the Conser vator of Forests at
Hokitika, Mr J Bonish.
In a letter to the board, Mr Bonish said the
area had been inspected by the senior forester
but due to the type of soil, exotic planting
was not recommended. Nor was indigenous
planting recommended, as it would not be an
Mr Bonish pointed out that it was not the
policy of the Forestry Department to take over
small areas of exotic planting. e department
was already committed to an annual planting
of 1000 acres on the West Coast.
"I don't think the board should undertake
any re-a orestation itself," commented the
chairman, Mr W E Steer.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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Charles at 65
Healy s view
Am I alone, amidst all the liberal
self-congratulation at the silencing
of Willie Jackson and John
Tamihere, in experiencing a chill
of foreboding? Has no one else on
the left paused for a moment to
consider what manner of precedent
this appeal to advertisers may have
set? Has no thought been given to
how --- or even if --- the demise
of e Willie and J T Show can
be reconciled with the NZ Bill of
Rights' guarantee of freedom of
Because there can be little doubt
that the decision by so many
businesses to withdraw their
advertising from Radio Live was
prompted by the implicit threat
of a consumer boycott of their
products if they did not. Bluntly,
the proposition put to Radio Live
amounted to: "Take these guys o
the air, or, rst o , we'll hurt your
advertisers; and then we'll hurt
And it worked. Messrs Jackson
and Tamihere have been silenced
and their show shut down for
at least two months. ey have
been tried in the court of public
opinion for expressing opinions
and evincing attitudes that a great
many New Zealanders deem to
be not only objectionable but
dangerous. ey have been found
guilty and punished.
But, when you think about it,
they did not really get a fair trial
--- did they?
In a fair trial they would have
been asked why they treated the
young woman caller, Amy, the way
they did. Were their questions
about her friend's attire and
the amount of alcohol she had
consumed framed deliberately,
to in ict maximum harm and
humiliation? Or were they
merely re ective of the values and
assumptions that characterised
the circumstances in which her
inquisitors were raised?
At a fair trial, someone might
have posed the question: "Is it
more or less likely that Willie's and
J T's alleged "misogyny" re ected
a predisposition toward deliberate
cruelty? Or, was it the product of
deeply ingrained misconceptions
about sexuality and gender?" And,
if we are willing to concede that
it might have been the latter, then
has not the discussion moved on
from failings that are personal, to
responses that may be cultural?
At a fair trial, Willie's and J T's
defence attorney might even have
tried to turn the story around
to where it was no longer about
sexism but racism. Because the
charge of rape, when levelled
against a black man, carries with
it all manner of disreputable
What did Willie and J T see
when 3 News broke the Roast
Busters story? Two young brown
faces. What did they hear?
Middle-class Pakeha liberals
baying for their blood. To what
did their rst thoughts turn? Rape
culture or lynch law?
And the sad fact is, there could
have been a fair trial --- or, at least,
a free exchange of views about the
many issues raised by the Roast
Busters scandal. Had the rst
instinct of Willie and J T's critics
been to ask Radio Live for an
opportunity to go head-to-head
with them on air; to challenge
their ideas about young women
and rape; then the result might
well have been a week's worth
of productive and progressive
dialogue. But that is not what
happened. Rather than korero,
the left-wing social media's rst
instinct was to condemn, threaten,
punish and shut down.
And now that they have tasted
blood; now that they have xed
the heads of these two high-pro le
Maori "misogynists" above the
gates of their virtual Utopia; listen
to what some in the left-wing
social media believe it to mean:
"Old media Radio Live have
been damaged by the new media
blogs. e power of Twitter and
Facebook allows a focused roar
from the crowd to descend with
crushing force on whatever target
it decides to destroy. It is trial by
Now, I am pretty sure that
the author of those sentences,
e Daily Blog editor, Martyn
Bradbury, did not intend them
to sound quite so triumphant.
Because the situation he is
describing in no way merits self-
congratulation. Nor is it one which
any leftist worthy of the name will
approach with equanimity.
Freedom of expression is
absolutely basic to any movement
which places challenging the status
quo at the core of its political
practice. In denying that freedom
to Willie Jackson, John Tamihere
and Radio Live, the left has set a
precedent upon which, at the rst
opportunity, a vengeful right will
Chris Trotter is an
independent left-wing political
A disturbing precedent
An ancient skull found in Tibet
indicates that big cats originated
in central Asia, and not Africa as
Between 4.1 million and 5.95
million years old, the fossil is the
oldest ever found of a pantherine
felid, as big cats are called.
It compares with the previous
felid record holder: tooth fragments
found in Tanzania that estimated at
about 3.8 million years-old.
" is nd suggests that big
cats have a deeper evolutionary
origin than previously suspected,"
Jack Tseng of the University of
Southern California, said.
Big cats, a group called
Pantherinae, include tigers, lions,
leopards, snow leopards and jaguars.
eir evolutionary odyssey has
been hotly discussed, spiced by a
lack of fossil evidence to settle the
Tseng, accompanied by his wife
and fellow palaeontologist Juan Liu,
and Gary Takeuchi of the Natural
History Museum of Los Angeles,
made the nd in 2010 in a border
region between Tibet and Pakistan.
It was found wedged in among
more than 100 bones probably
deposited by a river that exited a cli .
After three years of anatomical
comparisons with other fossils, and
using DNA data to build a family
tree, the team is convinced the
creature was a separate species.
Among modern big cats, its
closest relation is the snow leopard.
ey may have lived in a vast
mountain refuge, formed by the
uplifting Himalayas, feeding on
equally remarkable species such as
the Tibetan blue sheep.
e newly-discovered felid has
been called Panthera blytheae
Earliest big cat found in Tibet
As the Prince of Wales
celebrates his 65th birthday,
the milestone may lead the
heir to the throne to look
back on his life.
Charles Philip Arthur
George was born on November 14, 1948,
and grew up in a time of quiet revolution
inside Buckingham Palace.
He became heir apparent at the age of
three on the death of his grandfather, King
George VI, in 1952.
e prince's education marked the rst
real step in a break with tradition.
He was the rst Prince of Wales to be
educated publicly instead of by private
But as a child he was hypersensitive,
lonely, excessively shy and, according to his
Scottish governess, given to quiet pursuits
--- reading and painting.
Many years later he would tell his
biographer Jonathan Dimbleby that his
days at Gordonstoun, his senior school
in the Scottish Highlands, were "a prison
sentence", but instilled self-discipline and a
sense of responsibility.
It was his father who chose the navy as
a career for Charles, in the centuries-old
tradition of the sailor kings of England.
At the age of 28, the prince returned
to civilian life and began assuming an
increasingly heavy burden of royal duties.
Within a few years, there was speculation
about who Charles, the world's most
eligible bachelor, would marry.
In the early 1970s, Charles met Camilla
Shand on a Windsor polo eld, and is said
to have "lost his heart" to her almost at
once. ey embarked on an a air.
But when the prince joined the navy,
the couple spent long periods apart and
the royal missed his chance and was
heartbroken when Camilla married cavalry
o cer Andrew Parker Bowles.
Girlfriends came and went until
eventually on February 24, 1981,
Buckingham Palace ended months of
speculation when it announced that
Charles was engaged to 19-year-old Lady
He wed his shy bride later that year on
July 29 at St Paul's Cathedral and the
couple had two sons --- William, born
June 21 1982, and Harry two years later on
But within a few years all was not well
with the marriage.
Charles was having an a air with his
former mistress Camilla and Diana had
turned to cavalry o cer James Hewitt.
For the Queen, 1992 was her "Annus
Horribilis" --- the Waleses split, as did the
Duke and Duchess of York, and Windsor
Castle went up in ames.
In 1994, the prince admitted adultery
on national television as he spoke to his
biographer, while Diana subsequently went
on Panorama to give a television inter view
in which she said there were three people
in her marriage --- a strong hint towards
Charles and Diana divorced in August
1996, but a year later the princess died
tragically in a car crash with her lover Dodi
Fayed in a Paris underpass.
Over the coming years, Camilla's
eventual emergence as Charles's long-term
partner was part of a carefully planned PR
campaign masterminded by the heir to the
throne's spin doctor Mark Bolland.
eir rst public appearance together was
outside the Ritz hotel in London in 1999,
dubbed Operation Ritz, where the mass of
waiting photographers had been tipped o .
e culmination of the romance was a
marriage between the long-time lovers
who wed in a civil ceremony at Windsor
Guildhall on April 9, 2005.
In the years after his wedding the
prince watched his sons forge careers
for themselves in the armed forces with
both training at Sandhurst before become
William has recently left the RAF after
serving for three years as a search and
rescue helicopter pilot while Harry, an
Apache helicopter pilot, completed his
second tour of Afghanistan at the start of
e Duke of Cambridge has also
settled down after marrying long-term
love Kate and the birth of their
baby, Prince George in July --- Charles'
rst grandchild --- has undoubtedly given
the prince a great sense of personal pride.
Over the decades the heir to the throne
has also carved out a role for himself as, so
his supporters would say, a philanthropic
entrepreneur, establishing charities and
organisations that work in a range of areas
from the arts to disadvantaged young
Charles is leading the royal family with
a conscientious sense of duty and the
knowledge that the monarchy will be
secure in the generation that follows him.
Now as he turns 65, he appears to be
nally reaching his true potential as an
heir to the throne.
A selection of quotes from
" ey have been practising long
enough." --- Charles's public reaction in
November 2010 to the announcement the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to
"A monstrous carbuncle on the face
of a much-loved and elegant friend." ---
How he described the proposed National
Gallery extension during a speech to the
Royal Institute of British Architects in
1984. Following his comment the plan
"A clever way of building a nuclear
power station in the middle of London
without anyone objecting." --- His
comment in 1988 on the National eatre
building on the capital's South Bank.
"Appalling old waxworks." --- e
prince's description of Chinese leaders
from his journal written after the 1997
visit to Hong Kong for the ceremony
marking the formal handover of the
colony to China.
"Yes, whatever love means." --- e
prince's reply when he and his then ancee
Lady Diana Spencer were asked if they
were in love in 1981.
"I happily talk to the plants and
the trees, and listen to them. I think it's
absolutely crucial." --- Charles speaking to
gardener and presenter Alan Titchmarsh
during a documentary screened in 2010.
"It became clear that the marriage had
irretrievably broken down." --- Charles
admitting to returning to former ame,
then Camilla Parker Bowles, after his
marriage to Diana come to an end in 1986.
"What is wrong with everyone
nowadays? Why do they all seem to think
they are quali ed to do things far beyond
their technical capabilities? ... People seem
to think they can all be pop stars, High
Court judges, brilliant tv personalities or
in nitely more competent heads of state
without ever putting in the necessary
work or having natural ability. is is the
result of social utopianism which believes
humanity can be genetically and socially
engineered to contradict the lessons of
history." --- A private memo written by
Charles in March 2003.
"All the time I feel I must justify my
existence." --- Charles interviewed by
upmarket men's magazine Esquire in 2007.
"We are standing at a moment of
substantial transition where we face
the dual challenges of a world view and
an economic system that seem to have
enormous shortcomings, together with
an environmental crisis --- including that
of climate change --- which threatens to
engulf us all." --- Charles delivering the
33rd Richard Dimbleby lecture in 2009.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Charles with his wife, Camilla.
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