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uLetters to the editor
1642 - Astronomer Galileo Galilei dies in
1815 - US forces led by General Andres
Jackson defeat the British in the Battle of New
1912 - e Africa National Congress is
founded in Bloemfontein.
1987 - e Dow Jones industrial
average closes above 2000 for the
rst time, ending the day at 2002.25.
1998 - Ramzi Yousef, an Arab of
uncertain nationality, is sentenced
to life in prison plus 240 years for
masterminding the World Trade
Centre bombing in New York in 1993.
2007 - Iwao Takamoto, the US animator who
designed the cartoon canine Scooby-Doo as
well as characters on e Flintstones and e
Jetsons, dies, aged 81.
2009 - Melbourne brothers Ashish Miranda,
24, and Akshay 22, are killed when the ice
collapses after they climb over security barriers
onto Fox Glacier.
2011 - US Congresswoman Gabrielle
Gi ords is shot in the head when an assailant
opens re outside a grocery store in Tucson,
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Jose Ferrer, Puerto Rican-born actor-director
(1912-1992); Elvis Presley (1935-1977); Shirley
Bassey, Welsh-born singer (1937-);
Stephen Hawking, English physicist
and author (1942); Yvette Mimieux,
French actress (1942-); Robby
Krieger, e Doors guitarist and
songwriter (1946-); David Bowie,
English singer-actor (1947-); Paul
Hester, Australian musician (1959-
2005); Michelle Forbes, US actress
(1967-); Gaby Ho man, US actress (1982-).
"Curses are like processions. ey return to
the place from which they came." --- Giovanni
Ru ni, Italian writer (1807-1881).
"Giving thanks to the Father, who has
enabled you to share in the inheritance of the
saints in the light." --- (Colossians 1:12).
who has farmed at
Inchbonnie for a good
number of years and
in more recent times run a horse stud as well,
has sold his property and is contemplating the
sale of his stud. e Inchbonnie property was
"a fairly big place" and besides tending to the
horses a good deal of routine farm work had to
be done, said Mr Ryder.
Mr Ryder has been connected with the farm
for about 40 years. Since he started breeding
about three years ago, many well-bred mares
from many parts of the West Coast and further
a eld have been sent to Inchbonnie to be
served. e stud rapidly gained popularity in
racing circles and at the height of one breeding
season there were 82 horses on the property.
e Mt Rochfort Hotel, Denniston, was
burned to the ground last night. e re started
at 11.30pm and within an hour only three
chimneys were left standing. e licensee of
the hotel, Mr R N McKinnon, was away in
Christchurch with his children but his wife
and one guest, Mrs Mary Chapman, escaped
unhurt but lost everything in the re.
e destruction of the Mt Rochfort Hotel
brings the total number of hotels with West
Coast links destroyed by re in the past 16
years to 18. Among the more than 30 South
Island hotels lost or damaged since 1950 were
several at holiday resorts.
Westport archer Mr J Bruning won the
men's open archery championship for the third
time in succession at Auckland yesterday. Mr
Bruning, who is the South Island champion,
had previously won the championship in 1961
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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Say goodbye to breathless
intrigue and dramatic twists:
Slow tv is attracting record
audiences in Norway, with
hours --- even days --- devoted
to knitting, shing and
Public broadcaster NRK has replaced
some of its usual prime-time drama and
entertainment with long, lingering images
of cruise liners touring ords and hours of
crackling log res.
With up to 134 hours of uninterrupted
footage, this snail-paced entertainment
has become something of a Norwegian
"It's literally reality tv: something
authentic that's shown in real time
without being edited down," said Rune
Moeklebust, head of programmes at NRK.
e concept was pioneered in 2009,
coinciding with the centenary of the
Bergen railway line. e route passes
through breathtaking scenery, connecting
Norway's second city with the capital
e train trip --- all seven hours and 16
minutes of it --- was lmed with onboard
cameras, and archive footage was added to
ll in some of the duller moments as the
train passed through long, dark tunnels.
e idea was original, easy to produce
and soon embraced by the public
broadcaster, unconstrained by commercial
It decided to air the experiment on one
of its two national channels ... to a roaring
About 1.2 million viewers, nearly a
quarter of the population of Nor way,
tuned into NRK2 for at least part of the
"When I asked a few days later if I
could borrow the airwaves for ve and
a half days to broadcast live from the
Coastal Express (a cruise liner touring
the Norwegian coast), I was told 'yes, of
course'," said Moeklebust.
e formula, again, was a resounding
success --- 3.2 million television viewers
watched parts of the trip as hundreds
of onlookers ocked to see the ship in
Norway's royal family even featured as
Queen Sonja waved regally from the deck
of the royal yacht, as the two ships crossed
e slow-moving saga was like a drug
for some, including 82-year-old Knut
Grimeland, who stayed glued to his
television for days on end.
"It's hard to say how many hours I slept,
but not many," he told NRK. "I dozed a
little on the sofa from time to time, but I
didn't make it to bed for ve days."
Others forgot they were not actually on
When the Bergen-Oslo train chugged
into its nal destination, one viewer said
he grabbed the curtains in his living
room, looking for his suitcase in the train
Mesmerising voyages are not the only
"slow " treats being o ered to Norway's tv
NRK airs shows on salmon shing,
knitting, the intricacies of making the
perfect log re and many other themes.
e recipe is simple: a long introduction
with historical background, then an even
longer examination of the activity from
beginning to end. A show on knitting, for
example, goes from sheep shearing straight
through to the nal stitch on a jumper.
"Slow tv attracts all categories of the
population: young people intrigued by the
novelty and strangeness of it, and older
viewers who nd the topic or voyage
interesting," said Moeklebust.
Some see it as a welcome respite from an
increasingly hectic society.
"When most stations are opting for the
same programme formats, it's tempting
to dive into a niche that goes against the
grain," said Arve Hjelseth, a sociologist at
the Norwegian University of Science and
Technology in Trondheim.
"Slow tv is a chance for people to sit
down, relax and contemplate."
It may, however, take some time before
the concept takes o elsewhere.
When the Coastal Express was sold to
the United States, the epic voyage was
slimmed down to a one-hour show about
the Slow tv concept.
And while it may be a smash hit with
millions of Norwegians, it is not to
"It's incredible that the public can
sit and stare at this for hours," said
Trond Blindheim, an outspoken critic
and principal of the Oslo School of
"Most people watch idiotic tv ... I'm
literally incapable of saying anything
sensible about people who are glued to
tv sets watching the bow of a ship and
people on a shore waving their arms
But NRK sees a bright future for the
genre and Moeklebust is not one to put
limits on creativity.
He is now toying with the idea of a
programme dissecting the concept of
time --- from the making of a clock to,
well, just the passing of time --- minute
by minute, hour by hour.
"When someone tells me you can't show
that on television I take it as a sign: it
means I'm on to something," he said.
Millions of viewers in Nor way are tuning in to 'slow tv ' which showcases panoramic landscapes, train rides and crackling log res.
The rise of slow tv
Nicholas Simmons disappeared from
his parents' house in a small upstate
New York town on New Year's Day,
leaving behind his wallet, cellphone and
Four days later, an Associated Press
photographer, looking for a way to
illustrate unusually cold weather, snapped
his picture as he warmed himself on a
steam grate a few blocks from the United
Paul and Michelle Simmons saw the
AP photograph in USA Today on Sunday
morning after it was brought to their
attention through a Facebook page set
up to help nd their 20-year-old son,
according to police and family friends.
e photo, taken on Saturday by AP
photographer Jacquelyn Martin, showed
Simmons with his unshaven face pressed
against a grate outside the Federal Trade
Commission. He wore a ski jacket and a
hood over his head. A thick grey blanket
covered his lower body.
Martin was assigned to the White
House that weekend, but with President
Barack Obama still on vacation in
Hawaii, she spent the day looking for
shots that would illustrate the cold
at is how she found Nick Simmons,
in an area where homeless people often
gather when it is frigid outside. She
found a cluster of men huddled around
the grate, introduced herself and started
en she noticed one person in
particular, huddled under a blanket.
"It struck me how young he was," Martin
said. "I again introduced myself and shook
his hand. He said his name was Nick."
Martin nished shooting, sent the
pictures to the wire and called it a day.
e next day, she received a message via
Twitter from USA Today.
e newspaper had run the photo of
Nick and was contacting Martin to tell
her that Nick's family had recognised him
and was trying to locate him. Michelle
Simmons was certain that the young man
in the photograph was her son, missing
for four days.
Police picked Simmons up on Sunday
afternoon and took him to a hospital, said
police captain Patrick Phelan. Simmons'
father, Paul, and older brother Paul jr
arrived in Washington on Sunday night
and were reunited with Simmons at the
hospital, said longtime family friends
Peter and Cindy Gugino.
Martin, the AP photographer, said the
episode serves as a reminder to journalists
that every person they encounter has a
story to tell.
"It's really gratifying to see that
a photograph can make a tangible
di erence in someone's life. at's a
really amazing thing to have happened,"
she said. "I'm happy and touched that
the photograph could help reunite this
Police said authorities noti ed local
media and tried to investigate the
case, but there were no leads until the
publication of the photo.
"It was pure dumb luck how all this
happened," said sergeant David Mancuso,
the lead investigator. "It's truly a miracle."
Mrs Simmons reportedly provided an
update on Nick's condition before taking
down a Facebook page aimed at tracking
"Nick is alive but obviously not well
...we are going to get him home and safe
and this is by far the greatest example of
God's love and divine inter vention I have
ever experienced. I am relieved but still
distraught by everything but he is alive
and his family will get him home, loved
and cared for ... and healthy again. I am
beyond able to put into words how I am
feeling," she said.
--- AP-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Nicholas Simmons, 20, was missing for six days before family members found him.
Family find missing son in magazine gallery
Pool fences, what
about water ways?
I see that three private pool owners
have been contacted by the Grey District
Council (Greymouth Star, January 7)
--- get that pool fenced, or else. Is that
how it goes?
ere is an unfenced public (?) 'pool', not
far from my home; it is about 15m long
by about 3m wide. It has white roadside
markers along one side, with re ecting
tape on top, which is highly unlikely
to deter any adventurous toddler from
investigating the muddy waters of Range
is is only one short length of this
unfenced waterway. ere are more.
I am not waiting for a response, I am
watching for action.
Ever seen a drowned infant? I have.
Michael J Millar
We recently toured the South Island for
one month. We had hired a campervan
and the fridge 'died' very early in the
piece. We were sent to Roger Devlin Auto
Electrician for assistance and possible
repairs. He was wonderful.
He went straight to the head o ce
of the camper involved and had a
replacement fridge sent from Christchurch
within 18 hours. My husband and I were
very appreciative of his help, support and
New Zealand hospitality.
I just want to spread the word on one
of your local 'superstars'. What a great
ambassador for your beautiful country.
If in need of repairs, take your trouble
appliances to him, he is great. (He also
found out up-to-date cricket scores for us,
even after we ogged you at rugby league).
' ank you' to Roger --- he helped make
our holiday in New Zealand fabulous.
Liz and Keith Philpott
New South Wales
Re Farmers Against Ten Eighty support
of an application for a Royal Commission
of Inquiry into 1080, I must point out
that FATE is not only a West Coast
organisation but has a New Zealand-wide
farmer membership which supports the
application for a Royal Commission, and
other actions designed to end the use of
We recall the Ermanz statement at the
time of the last 1080 review of 'reduce,
re ne and remove' and remind others that
all other options than 1080 be used before
that poison is considered.
FATE believe that with good farming
methods, modern testing and/or vaccines,
bovine Tb will be removed from New
Zealand. We know that 1080 has not and
never can kill bovine tuberculosis while
1080 continues to kill high numbers of
our native species in the name of helping
farmers. Time to come into the 21st
century and put the excuses for using this
poison to rest.
No antidote, no human studies, no
wildlife population studies -- it might
be legal but it is morally unacceptable
to continue with this failed experiment
on the West Coast, in New Zealand and
which a ects our people and wildlife. 1080
poison poses a high risk to tourism and
farming. Make 2014 '1080-free'.
Farmers Against Ten Eighty
New Year's band
I would like to express my thanks to all
the people who organised and played at
the Australasian Hotel on New Year's Eve.
An awesome event, fantastic music,
food, and great company all made for an
unforgettable night. I can think of no
better way to pay tribute to my dad (Rod
Beck). I wish all those involved a warm,
humble, heartfelt thanks. ey showed me
the real meaning of 'my hometown'.
Melanie Riddle (nee Beck)
Message to DHB:
e Local Government Act states the
chairman does not have the power to
make decisions. Why then has the DHB
chairman refused to debate issues (which
also means to discuss, consider, deliberate
etc), when that is exactly what is required,
with the community?
e DHB has been promising the
community a business case model since
2000; but it has never eventuated. Why
then is the chairman dictating to the
community? e DHB has made the
health of our community so di cult
by confusing health with bureaucracy
(health versus the cost of health). Cost
is clearly de ned in the allocation of
the limited funding provided by the
Government where 70% is diverted
away from the frontline to
management and administration.
e community, doctors, health care
providers, caregivers, consumers must
have the nal say on whether we have a
'one-stop shop' on one site at Greymouth
Hospital. Common sense dictates that a
professionally designed integrated health
service should not have all their eggs in
one basket. Just listen.
Yet again they have failed to meet their
promise of delivering the Mental Health
Review, and the business plan for the
hospital/health ser vice.
How have they decided on $60 million
when the assessment process has never
been completed? Bed numbers --- surely
the public must have the nal say on the
level and quality of service. It is about
health and the community is the No 1
e DHB has not changed its attitude
towards the public. What power will a
DHB controlled and funded consumer
committee have? Why, when the DHB
closed the activities centres, is Pact
opening up a new one? Nobody knows.
e DHBs have clearly de ned their
position when they give themselves
the power to decide who lives and dies,
purely based on budget and debt levels.
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