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uLetters to the editor
1694 - Queen Mary II of England dies after
ve years of joint rule with her husband, King
1836 - Spain recognises independence of
1869 - William E Semple of
Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents
1950 - Chinese forces cross the
38th parallel in Korea.
1968 - Israeli commandos raid
Beirut Airport, destroying 13
1970 - Military court in Spain sentences six
Basque separatists to death.
1972 - Four Arab guerrillas hold six hostages
in the Israeli embassy in Bangkok for 19 hours,
then free their prisoners and y to Cairo, .
1981 - Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the rst
American test-tube baby, is born in Norfolk,
1989 - Alexander Dubcek, the former
Czechoslovak Communist leader who was
deposed in a Soviet-led Warsaw Pact invasion
in 1968, is named chairman of the country's
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Woodrow Wilson, US president (1856-1924);
Philip Wilson Steer, English artist (1860-
1942); Sir Arthur S Eddington,
English scientist (1882-1944); Earl
Hines, US jazz pianist (1905-1983);
Keith Floyd, British chef (1943-
2009); King Birendra of Nepal
(1945-2001); Denzel Washington,
US actor (1954-); Pat Rafter,
Australian tennis player
(1972-); John Legend, US singer (1978-);
Sienna Miller, British actress (1981-).
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy,
like art ... It has no survival value; rather it is
one of those things that give value to sur vival."
--- C S Lewis, British author (1898-1963).
"Keep your lives free from the love of money,
and be content with what you have; for He has
said, 'I will never leave you or forsake you'."
--- (Hebrews 13:5).
e death of Mr
Fitzgibbon, of Ward
occurred at Greymouth yesterday afternoon
after a lengthy illness. He was in his 79th year.
Born at Whataroa, South Westland, he had
spent the greater part of his life at Runanga in
the timbermilling industry and of later years
was coalmining at the Point Elizabeth No 1,
Strongman, Briandale and the Aerial
Co-operative Party, retiring 12 years ago.
As a young man he had spent 12 months in
Australia. He was a keen sportsman and a good
axeman, competing in Australia and at West
Coast sports meetings.
Mr Fitzgibbon is survived by his wife
Catherine, three daughters, Mrs Myrtle James
(Runanga), Mrs Alice Davidson (Dunollie),
Mrs Pat Scalmer (Nine Mile); four sons, Jack
(Upper Hutt), Ken (Morrinsville), Kevin
and Doug (Runanga); three sisters; also 15
One of Hokitika's best-known landmarks,
the ancient wooden and corrugated iron
grandstand on the town's Cass Square, was
severely damaged by re in the early hours of
this morning. Repairing it may prove impossible.
e Mayor of Hokitika Mr W J Richards
said this morning he had inspected the
council-owned building immediately after the
re brigade had completed its work. "I must
say it looks a hopeless proposition to me. We've
spent quite a lot of money on it in the past
12 months but it appears there is not much
insurance on it. It's quite a headache."
He added that the stand was one of the oldest
on the West Coast. It had served the district
well and its loss was most unfortunate.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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Jesus comes, born in our midst for a
reason. is is how God enters our daily
life. So all the promises of a beautiful
salvation, made by the Lord throughout
all the Old Testament were nally ful lled
with the birth of Jesus. God would set His
people free by no less than His own Son.
Was the promise nally ful lled? It was
the beginning of the ful lment.
Everything was there to make it real and
e ective, except the people who would
have to put it into practice. For God
created us free and that means that He
relies on us, on our acceptance and
co-operation, on our love. Love of God
and love of neighbour.
We have to let God make His peace
and love come true among us, with and
through Jesus. at is why He came
among us as one of us.
Here I am, human like you. Look at Me
me. "I have given you an example so that
you may do likewise."
Do not pray for peace, but keep on being
tricky and unjust to your neighbour. Do
not proclaim the love of God to all those
of goodwill and keep on killing unborn
babies. ey are the ones who need you
most on planet earth!
Jesus was born that we might belong to
God's family. Jesus died that we might
live. Jesus rose and went to the Father
that we might have eternal life. Work
with Jesus to give this life to all people
of our time on Earth and Jesus now born
for us, is here to stay with us till the very
Fr Phil King-Turner
Sacred Heart Church, Reefton.
God enters our journey
The saint-like image of a
hooded woman looms out
from the movie poster,
her arms outstretched as
a divine light bursts from
the sky. A message written
above is simple and unambiguous: "You
So goes the promotional campaign for
the forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster
Mary Mother of Christ.
"It is a part of Mary, Joseph and Jesus'
life that has not been shown on the
big screen before," reads a synopsis.
"Under the reign of terror of Herod the
Great and, against all odds, they survive
as young parents in one of the most
treacherous times in history."
It promises "faith-based high action
drama" --- and there is no room in the
audience for doubting omases.
Mary Mother of Christ, whose title
character will be played by Odeya Rush,
a 16-year-old Israeli-born actress, is one
of a series of unashamedly Christian
biblical epics due to appear next year,
marking an unprecedented Hollywood
overture to America's evangelical
Studio executives who have been
releasing superhero and zombie lms
have, it seems, had an epiphany. Now
their new best friends are evangelical
pastors whose endorsements they seek,
even inviting them on to sets during
production. Pastors in turn play clips
from lms of which they approve to
Larry Ross, who has handled publicity
for Christian leaders including Rick
Warren and Billy Graham, said pastors
would recommend a movie if it "proves
edifying to their congregation, if it
builds their faith".
In March, audiences will be treated
to Noah, a $183.5 million e ects-laden
extravaganza, in which Russell Crowe
will build an ark and rescue mankind
from the Great Flood.
Noah will be followed by Sir Ridley
Scott's Exodus, in which Christian Bale,
as Moses, will part the Red Sea.
Another movie of Moses' life,
called Gods and Kings is also planned.
Steven Spielberg was to have made it,
but he has been replaced by Ang Lee,
who won the Best Director Oscar
this year for Life of Pi.
Meanwhile, Son of God will tell the
story of Jesus' life, with Portuguese actor
Diogo Morgado in the lead role. Will
Smith is said to be planning a lm based
on the story of Cain and Abel, and Brad
Pitt is rumoured to be playing Pontius
Pilate in a separate project. ere will
also be Resurrection, in which a Roman
soldier is sent to investigate Christ's
death. It has been likened to Gladiator,
"with a mystery bent".
Phil Cooke, a lm-maker and media
consultant to Christian organisations,
said Hollywood's epiphany had nancial,
not spiritual, origins.
"What's happened is they've
understood it's very good business to
take Christians seriously, and this is a
real serious market," he said.
"For years, Hollywood bent
over backwards to reach special
interest groups, be it feminists or
environmentalists. It has nally realised
that there are 91 million evangelical
Christians in America."
For their part, studio executives have
taken something of a leap of faith that
lms in which religious gures save the
world will bring big box o ce receipts.
at faith is based in no small part
on the success of e Bible, a television
mini-series shown on the History
channel this year, which averaged
11.4 million viewers and became
America's most watched cable show of
"It made the Bible cool to talk about
again," Cooke said. " e separation of
church and state in America is so strong
that people had become afraid to talk
about God at work or at school."
Since the days of epics such as Ben-
Hur and e Ten Commandments
more than 50 years ago, Hollywood
and America's Christian areas have
rarely seen eye to eye. A low point was
Martin Scorsese's 1988 lm e Last
Temptation of Christ, which included
sex scenes and opped after Roman
Catholics led a boycott.
But in 2004 Mel Gibson's e
Passion of the Christ achieved great
commercial success, thanks partly to the
endorsement of prominent Christians
such as Rev Billy Graham.
Hollywood keeps the faith
Veuve Clicquot --- veuve is 'widow'
in French --- was one of the rst
international businesswomen of the 19th
century, a shrewd marketer who built her
eponymous Champagne brand into a
symbol of luxury and elegance that persists
to this day.
"Champagne as we have it today, from
any house or any brand, wouldn't be what
it is without the Widow Clicquot's work
in promoting Champagne," says Tyson
Stelzer, an Australia-based wine writer
and author of e Champagne Guide
He also credited the widow and her
cellar master, Antoine Muller, with
developing a time-saving method of
clarifying Champagne that increased
production and left the bubbly "perfectly
bright and clear".
But it was not supposed to have been
this way, as detailed in e Widow
Clicquot: e Story Of A Champagne
Empire And e Woman Who Ruled It, a
biography by Tilar J Mazzeo, an associate
professor of English at Colby College in
Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin was born in
1777 to a wealthy manufacturing family
in Reims. She was married in 1798 to
Francois Clicquot, whose family was active
in textiles and wine. e young man was
particularly interested in wine, and his new
bride joined him in learning the business.
ey struggled hard to make it.
Suddenly, in 1805, Francois Clicquot was
dead, leaving behind a 27-year-old wife,
a young daughter and a failing business.
e Widow Clicquot, as Mazzeo notes,
could have withdrawn into domesticity
or, perhaps, found herself in a second
marriage. Instead, she went to work,
running the wine business herself under a
new name: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin.
e task before her was daunting. e
Napoleonic Wars raged across Europe,
disrupting trade and attening national
economies. She tried in vain to nd
an open port from which to ship her
champagne, which was otherwise left to
spoil in warehouses. Finally, armed with a
vintage considered one of the best of the
19th century, she took action.
"In 1814, with iron determination,
she penetrated an allied blockade and
shipped her 1811 vintage
to the imperial court at
St Petersburg, opening
the door to a Russian
market that Clicquot
was to dominate for the
next 50 years," wrote
London-based wine writer
Michael Edwards in his
book, e Finest Wines of
e Widow Clicquot
gained further respect,
and a competitive
edge, by developing
along with Muller a
clari cation process, or
"riddling", in which the
bottles of Champagne
were shaken and slowly
positioned upside down
so the unsightly sediment
and dead yeasts of the
gathered in the bottle's
neck. e sediment
could then be removed
easily, with minimal
loss of bubbly, and the
champagne would be
crystal clear. It is said she
used one of her kitchen
tables as a riddling rack.
While Veuve Clicquot,
the champagne, enjoyed
much success, Veuve
Clicquot, the woman and
business owner, had her
challenges. Forays into
textiles and banking ended
in failure that almost
ruined the house, Mazzeo
e widow married
o her only daughter
to a titled aristocrat but
found herself bankrolling
the lavish lifestyle he
demanded. And, in what
Mazzeo describes as a relative disregard
for a changing English market and its
growing taste for drier champagne styles,
she left an opportunity open for a younger
but equally ambitious champagne widow,
Louise Pommery, to exploit.
Honoured, respected and so popular that
Mazzeo says she was herself something of
a tourist attraction, the Widow Clicquot
died in 1866 at the age of 88, sur vived by a
grandaughter and a great-granddaughter.
Neither would be involved in the
champagne house. e operation was left
to Edouard Werle, the widow's business
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is now a
division of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis
Vuitton, one of the world's largest luxury
groups. But the Widow Clicquot remains
an inspirational force, says Vanessa Kay,
the president of Veuve Clicquot USA.
"What Madame Clicquot really
embodies is a strong determination,
creativity and innovation," Kay says. "I
think of someone who was extraordinarily
determined. She did not let anybody or
anything get in the way."
Look at the typical Veuve Clicquot bottle
and you can still nd tangible signs of the
famed Widow Clicquot --- and not just in
the form of her signature on the label and
the metal cork cap that is adorned with
a portrait of her executed about 1860 by
French painter Leon Cogniet.
e shooting comet, found on pricier
bottlings, is a reference to the comet that
streaked across the sky during the vintage
year of 1811, the vintage that won over
Russia. --- MCT
Widow added bubbles to celebrations
e Widow Clicquot
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