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uLetters to the editor
1538 - Pope Paul III excommunicates
England's King Henry VIII.
1903 - Orville and Wilbur Wright make rst
successful airplane ight in history, near Kitty
1922 - Last British troops leave
Irish Free State.
1939 - German battleship Graf
Spee is scuttled o Uruguay to
prevent it from falling into British
hands in World War Two.
1967 - Australian prime minister
Harold Holt disappears while swimming.
1969 - Estimated 50 million US television
viewers watch singer Tiny Tim marry Miss
Vicky, on the Tonight Show.
1975 - Lynette Fromme is sentenced in
federal court in California to life in prison for
her attempt on the life of President Ford.
1983 - Six people are killed by an IRA bomb
outside Harrods department store in London.
1986 - Davina ompson makes medical
history by having the rst heart, lung and
liver transplant --- at Papworth Hospital in
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Sir Humphry Davy, British inventor of
miners' safety lamp (1778-1829); Tommy
Steele, British singer-actor (1936-); Kerry
Packer, Australian media magnate
(1937-2005); Art Neville, US
musician (1937-); Peter Snell, New
Zealand athlete (1938-); Michael
Edgley, Australian entrepreneur
(1943-); Eugene Levy, US comedian
(1946-); Bill Pullman, US actor
(1953-); Sara Dallin, British pop
singer of Bananarama fame
"You have no idea how big the other fellow's
troubles are." --- Bertie Charles Forbes,
Scottish journalist (1880-1954).
"In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He
will make your paths straight."
--- (Proverbs 3:6)
became the rst West
Coast centre but New
Zealand's 74th to link with an international
organisation with 750,000 members in 17,850
groups in 125 countries. Greymouth's Lions
Club received its formal document from Mr
Sedley Wells, of Christchurch, the deputy
district governor, at a function attended by 90
members, their wives and visitors.
"We are now members of the greatest ser vice
group in the world and it is our intention to
help the underprivileged in particular and our
community in general," said the president,
Dr B M Dallas, in accepting the scroll. "We
propose a mixture of the best in Lionism with
the best of West Coast tradition and we are
sure the mixture will be unbeatable."
A plaque to be worded "In Reefton, the
Southern Hemisphere's rst public hydro
electric plant generated power from the
Inangahua River, 1888" is to be erected in
Reefton by the National Historic Places Trust.
e wording was submitted to this morning's
meeting of the Inangahua County Council for
Cr C Coxall said that as it was not possible
to place the plaque in the exact spot where the
power was rst generated, something should be
done to erect a notice explaining exactly where
the powerhouse was.
e non-availability of water is causing
some concern for the Shell-BP-Todd oil party
ready to start drilling the rst well at Kumara
e position is such that workers may have
to truck supplies in or place a pipeline to draw
from the Taramakau River, approximately a
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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A Scotsman and an Englishman have
banded together to create a single-malt
whisky they say will be the rst distilled
in London since 19th-century laws wiped
out the craft in Britain's capital.
Recently, Darren Rock, the chief
executive and co-founder of e London
Distillery Company, and Andrew
MacLeod Smith, his Scottish head
distiller, poured the rst of their clear
spirit into oak barrels to age and pick up
a tawny colour before being bottled and
ey say it must be aged at least three
years to be whisky under British law, and
they my choose not to sell it until 2017 or
later --- with a name yet to be chosen.
"London obviously has a very rich
brewing heritage, but in terms of
distilleries everything subsided when
licensing laws became a bit more rigid
down here," MacLeod Smith told
Reuters during a tour of the modern
distillery in an old dairy building on the
south bank of the river ames.
" e guys up north in Scotland were
a little bit more fortunate, because they
were stuck out in the hills so the taxman
could mot nd them, and when they
nally regulated the industry again and
started handing out licences, all these
distillers came out of the woodwork
and said, 'Yeah, we'll take one.'
So they already had the industry
e distillery has been using local
ingredients that were employed in
whisky production in London more than
a century ago. Barley is sourced from
Warminster Maltings, Wiltshire, and
yeast comes from Surebrew in Surrey.
"We're looking at heritage, so there'll be
a lot more avour pro le there, basically,"
" e world 'whisky' comes from 'Eau
de Vie' --- the
water of life
that idea of
the running of
water. So it will
come o clear
and then when
cask it sits and
the wood acts
like a sponge.
"So the spirit
it sucks out
some of the
sucks out some
of the avour
so it's the contraction, expansion and
contraction of the wood drawing avour
and colour in and out of the spirit, so in
time the spirit will change colour."
But it is not just the ingredients and
distilling process which dictate the
avour, distiller MacLeod Smith said.
" e composition of the spirit is sort of
determined by the environment that you
create it in and this in itself used to be an
old dairy, a Victorian dairy, so who knows
what weird and wonderful bacteria and
yeast are living in these walls?
"So that will give us a distinct spirit
--- something that can't be replicated
And when can tipplers expect to taste a
whisky distilled and aged in London but
which as yet has no name?
"Probably it's around 2016-17 it will
be o cially spirit, but we want to give
it enough time that we feel happy with
it," Rook said. "It might be that it goes
12 years or 10, but it will de nitely be
whisky in 2016.
"I can't tell you the name, if that makes
sense --- you know, branding and all that
--- but we've got three years so you'll just
have to wait to be surprised."
e distillery says it produces di erent-
sized casks of whisky but on its website
says overall production "is a fraction of
what even the smallest distilleries in
Distillers revive London whisky
Darren Rock, chief executive and co-founder of the London
The deaths of Peter
O'Toole and Joan
Fontaine are two more
nails in the co n of
the golden years of
O'Toole just sneaked
into the golden category, in the accepted
Hollywood sense of the term (its golden
years are deemed to be 1927-63), with
Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
Fontaine was a star on the silver screen in
hits such as Rebecca (1940) and Suspicion
(1941) --- and her older sister Olivia de
Havilland, with whom she enjoyed a
famous rivalry, is still going strong at 97.
is year has seen the deaths of other
golden-years stars including Esther
Williams and Eleanor Parker. Both were
So, who is left from the Hollywood's
e oldest by far is Luise Rainer, who
will celebrate her 104th birthday on
January 12. Rainer, born in 1910 and
living in London, began appearing in
Hollywood lms in 1935. She won
consecutive best-actress Oscars for e
Great Ziegfeld (1936) and e Good
Eli Wallach (born December 7, 1915)
was never a romantic lead, but his lm
career includes e Mis ts (with Clark
Gable and Marilyn Monroe), e
Good, the Bad and the Ugly and e
Magni cent Seven. He has just turned 98.
Olivia de Havilland (born July 1, 1916)
co-starred in Gone with the Wind
(1939). She was also Maid Marian in e
Adventures of Robin Hood and won the
best-actress Oscar twice --- for To Each
His Own (1946) and e Heiress (1949).
Kirk Douglas (born December 9, 1916)
was a star from the late 1940s, in lms
such as Champion, Paths of Glory and
Lust for Life. He su ered a stroke in 1997
but until recently blogged regularly.
Zsa Zsa Gabor (born February 6, 1917),
Miss Hungary of 1936, was more famous
for her trail of discarded husbands than
her movie career, which was notable for
little other than Moulin Rouge (1952).
Gabor once said she was "a marvellous
housekeeper --- every time I leave a man
I keep his house". Gabor, married to
husband No 9 since 1986, was seriously
injured in a 2002 car crash, had two
subsequent strokes and in 2011 had part
of her right leg amputated.
Danielle Darrieux (born 1917), one
of the great names of French cinema,
appeared in Hollywood lms including
e Rage of Paris (1938), Rich, Young and
Pretty (1951) and Five Fingers (1952).
She still looks good.
Maureen O'Hara (born August 17, 1920)
was the ame-haired Irish star of Jamaica
Inn (1939), How Green Was My Valley
(1941), Miracle on 34th Street and e
Quiet Man (1952). Since a stroke in 2005,
she reportedly lives mostly in Ireland.
Mickey Rooney (born September 23,
1920) became a child star in silent lms
and a teen hit in the Andy Hardy movies
and starred with Judy Garland in a string
of lms. Also much-married, he is eight
wives down and counting at the age of 93.
e seemingly ageless Christopher Lee
(born May 27, 1922) is famous for the
Hammer horror lms of the 1950s and
1960s and for his recent Lord of the Rings
appearances. He's also worked with various
heavy metal bands and has received a
Spirit of Metal award --- and he is in the
new lm Night Train To Lisbon.
Doris Day (born April 3, 1924), Rock
Hudson's perennial love interest, retired
from her career in romantic comedies in
1968. She lives in Carmel, California, and
hasn't been photographed since 2008.
Eva Marie Saint (born July 4, 1924)
starred in On the Waterfront (1954),
North By Northwest (1959), and with
Paul Newman in Exodus (1960), cut back
her lm work to focus on family. e
reward: she and Je rey Hayden recently
celebrated their 62nd anniversary.
Lauren Bacall (born Sept 16, 1924), who
specialised in smokey-eyed temptresses,
co-starred with future husband Humphrey
Bogart in To Have and Have Not (1944),
with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable
in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and
with fellow veteran Kirk Douglas in Young
Man with a Horn (1950). Two years ago
she fractured her hip in a fall.
Comedian Jerry Lewis (born March
16, 1926) made a string of lms in
partnership with Dean Martin in the
1950s and went on to a solo career
notable for his slapstick humour in
lms such as e Geisha Boy (1958)
and Cinderfella (1960). He has been
honoured for his fundraising work for
Arlene Dahl (born in August 11, 1925)
was a star in lms including ree Little
Words (1950) and Journey to the Centre
of the Earth (1959). She founded her
own cosmetics company.
Angela Lansbury (born October 16,
1925) showed Australia her mettle a
few months ago when she toured with
Driving Miss Daisy. She became a star
in 1944 in Gaslight, and stayed in the
spotlight through the 1950s and 1960s,
three times nominated for Academy
Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927)
was the rst black person to win a best-
actor Oscar --- for Lilies of the Field
(1963). He was one of the 1960s' biggest
stars, has had a diplomatic career and has
survived prostate cancer.
James Garner (born April 7, 1928),
the star of the tv seris Maverick,
also appeared in lms including e
Children's Hour (1961) and Move Over,
Darling (1963). He had bypass surgery in
1988 and a minor stroke in 2008.
Shirley Temple (born April 23, 1928)
began her lm career at the age of
three but had to wait until 1934 for
her breakthrough role in Stand Up and
Cheer! ere was no stopping the curly-
haired tap-dancing mite until adolescence
hit and her star declined. She went on to
a career as a United States diplomat.
Jane Powell (born April 1, 1929) was
a star from the late 1940s, and is best
known for her role in Seven Brides
for Seven Brothers (1954) and Royal
Wedding (1951). Still going strong in
New York by all reports.
Debbie Reynolds (born April 1,
1932) leapt to fame singing Aba Daba
Honeymoon in Two Weeks with Love
and never looked back. Still busy with
charity work at 81.
Honorary mentions to surviving
Hollywood veterans: Efrem Zimbalist
Jr (born 1918); Carry On star Leslie
Phillips (born 1924); Dick Van Dyke
(born 1925); Roger Moore (born 1927);
Christopher Plummer (born 1929); James
Earl Jones (born 1931); Michael Caine
(born 1933); Rosemary Harris, born
1927. --- AAP
Peter O'Toole, left, with Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia, 1962.
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