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Tamworth was a place where
Slim Dusty and his wife Joy
McKean knew they could always
put their feet up and catch up
with friends during long stints
on the road.
So McKean was thrilled to
learn this year's Tamworth
Country Music Festival was
themed after her husband
in recognition of the 10th
anniversary of his death in
Dusty and McKean were at
the rst ever Tamworth Country
Music Festival in 1973 and are
this year being honoured with
a bronze statue in Tamworth's
CBD which was be unveiled
Speaking to the media on
Wednesday, Joy McKean said
the town provided a reprieve
from being on the road in the
early days of the couple's
"As it began to develop more
and more people discovered ...
that this was somewhere that
country music had a real centre,"
"And it was somewhere
we were able to meet our
Tamworth's Bicentennial Park
hosted a free tribute concert
on Wednesday night, featuring
members of Dusty's family and
former band, and the annual
cavalcade has been themed
Songs of Slim.
Dusty's son David Kirkpatrick
says the bronze statue unveiling
was an emotional moment for
"It's always going to be
emotional," he said.
"From the family point of view
. . . it'll be an immensely proud
"Having it as Slim and
Joy together is a fantastic
acknowledgement of the fact
they were a fantastic duo."
Slim Dusty's career spanned
more than six decades during
which he took out 37 Golden
His wife says his legacy lives
on in the form of a robust
Australian country music
"Australian country music is
vibrant ... and I think it has
more heart (than music from
other countries)," she said.
"It absorbs all other di erent
in uences, moulds them ... to its
" at's why Australian country
music will continue to grow."
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uLetters to the editor
1533 - King Henry VIII of England, defying
Rome, marries his second wife Anne Boleyn.
1802 - France's Napoleon Bonaparte
becomes president of the Italian Republic.
1915 - Inventor of the telephone, Alexander
Graham Bell, inaugurates US
transcontinental telephone ser vice.
1924 - First Winter Olympics
open at Chamonix, France.
1944 - Battle for Cassino begins
in Italy in World War Two.
1947 - Italian-born gangster Al
Capone dies of syphilis in Miami,
1964 - e Beatles hit the top of the US
charts with their single I Want to Hold Your
1971 - Charles Manson is found guilty of
masterminding the killings of actress Sharon
Tate and six others.
1974 - Start of major ooding in Brisbane
in which 13 die.
1992 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin
says Russia will stop targeting US cities with
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759-1796);
W Somerset Maugham, English author
(1874-1965); Virginia Woolf, English author
(1882-1941); Witold Lutoslawski,
modern Polish composer and
conductor (1913-1994); Etta James,
American blues singer (1938-2012);
Tobe Hooper, US horror lm
director (1943-); Dinah Mano ,
US actress (1958-); Alicia Keys, US
"If the whole human race lay in one grave,
the epitaph on its headstone might well be:
'It seemed a good idea at the time" -- Dame
Rebecca West, Irish-born author and journalist
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins and purify us from
all unrighteousness." --- (1 John 1:9).
Despite the fact that
1964 being a leap year
provides for the girls
to do the asking when
it comes to marriage, most Greymouth young
women of marriageable age are emphatic
that they would still want the beaux to do the
proposing. is was the consensus of opinion
when the Evening Star made a snap survey of
their views on the who-asks-who question.
Dale, a typist, said she would not ask a man
to marry her --- leap year or not. Although
engaged herself, she still considered it was the
man's prerogative to do the asking.
Susan, a factory worker, was leaning towards
the idea that it might not be a bad thing for
the girl to do the proposing this year. "If I
didn't think he was acting fast enough I might
give a hint. I don't really know whether I would
come right out and ask the boy," she added.
A Greymouth woman is the only female
employee on the hostel ship Wanganella in
Deep Cove. Sister Bernadette McCarthy
moved in a week ago to join the workforce
of 280 men on board as chief assistant to the
medical o cer Dr P T L Hitchings.
Before accepting the position as nurse on the
Wanganella hostel ship for workers engaged
on the £9.38 million Manapouri tailrace tunnel
contract, sister McCarthy was a district nurse
Ten-year-old Boddytown girl Wanda Bell
is among the nalists in a talent search being
conducted by a Christchurch store. Wanda
sang last night in the under-12 section of the
Usually backed by the Tremors Greymouth
dance band, Wanda was accompanied by a
pianist and sang Bobby's Girl.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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Italy's cultural police, who have
taken a leading role in the
ght against the smuggling of
antiquities, have put on show a
trove of recovered stolen art in
Rome from Etruscan funerary urns
to Renaissance paintings.
Dozens of works are being displayed in the
presidential palace in the Italian capital in a
special exhibition also intended to show o a
police force that is called in to consult on art
thefts around the world.
e force said it has the largest database of
stolen works around the world --- with about
5.7 million objects --- and is planning to
travel to Libya, Iraq and Syria in the coming
months to investigate cases.
" e turnover from the illegal trade in art
is fourth in the world after arms, drugs and
nancial products," said Mariano Mossa,
head of the cultural police force.
Italy was the rst country to equip itself
with a special department to investigate art
thefts in 1969 and its headquarters is in a
baroque palace in the centre of Rome that
crowds of tourists pass every day.
It has 13 regional postings around the
Last year the police found a painting Le
Nu au Bouquet by Russian-born Jewish
painter Marc Chagall in a private collector's
home in Bologna that had been stolen from
a US tycoon's yacht in Italy in 2002.
ey also investigated the shocking theft
of hundreds, even thousands, of rare books
from the Girolamini Library in Naples
that were allegedly smuggled out and sold
internationally by its former director.
Among the exhibits in the Rome show
was an entire Etruscan mausoleum found by
builders on a construction site near Perugia
in central Italy, including 23 well preserved
urns with scenes from Greek mythology.
" is is one of the most extraordinary
discoveries of recent years in Etruscan art,"
said Louis Godart, an adviser to the Italian
presidency on conservation.
ere is also a sculpture of Roman emperor
Tiberius, stolen in 1971 and found in
London 40 years later in 2011, and a triptych
that disappeared from Florence in 1977 and
was recovered only in 2009.
A precious vase that was found during an
illegal archaeological excavation was seized
as it was being handed over to a Japanese
buyer by a Swiss intermediary.
ese works of art "were stolen from the
public in an illegal, immoral way for the
purpose of enrichment," said Maurizio
Caprara, a spokesman for President Giorgio
Napolitano who hosted the exhibition.
Godart said the recovery of the works
showed the police's "competence, enthusiasm
and professionalism, but also how our
heritage is extremely fragile".
Godart said Italian museums "urgently"
needed more security guards, amid a rise in
reported thefts during an economic crisis
that has slashed culture budgets.
e Federculture association said that
the cuts were "disturbing", pointing to a
reduction in the State subsidies for upkeep of
monuments to 75 million euros in 2013 from
165 million euros in 2008.
Private donations have also dropped during
efts from churches and museums have
meanwhile increased, along with illegal
archaeological digs, according to a report by
the Legambiente watchdog.
e exhibition entitled Memory Regained:
Treasures recovered by the Carabinieri, runs
until March 16. --- AFP
Slim Dusty honoured at Tamworth Festival
4 - Saturday, January 25, 2014
Jessica Camille Aguirre
With steel cranes crowding the horizon,
it looks as if the entire northern German
city of Bremerhaven is under construction.
e industrial arms jutting into the vast
vistas of the North Sea load ships with
machinery intended to ful l Europe's
renewable energy promise and save
Bremerhaven from its own twilight.
e equipment is shipped out to sea to
build massive wind parks --- electricity-
generating turbine clusters up to 100km
Bremerhaven, a city formerly dominated
by shing, has thrown itself into
becoming the centre of o shore wind
energy production in Germany with the
kind of fervidness reser ved for economies
that nd their stalwart industries agging.
With the boom, the city has arrested
its precipitous population decline as
fewer people migrate to other parts
of the country in search of economic
According to Nils Schnorrenberger,
manager of the Bremerhaven Society
for Investment Support and City
Development, the wind parks already
installed can generate up to 0.4 gigawatts
of electricity, with another 1.6 gigawatts
expected to come on-line in the coming
months. One gigawatt can power up to a
at is precisely the kind of
development that the European
Commission had in mind when it issued
support for o shore wind in 2008, calling
it "the energy of the future".
It made the announcement with the aim
of bolstering Europe 2020, the European
Union's 10-year growth strategy.
Since the commission's initiative,
installed o shore wind capacity across
Europe increased from 1.1 gigawatts in
2007 to 6.04 gigawatts by the middle of
last year, according to statistics from the
European Wind Energy Association and
Growth has been especially strong
recently, and there was nearly as much
new capacity installed in the rst half of
2013 as over the whole preceding year.
Britain is the strongest o shore energy
market, followed by Denmark and
On Monday, the commission hailed
the accomplishments of o shore wind
and announced it would begin pursuing
the same kind of support for new "blue
energy" technologies such as underwater
wave turbines and ocean thermal
e kind of economic growth the
commission hopes to bolster has proved
possible in Bremerhaven, where up to
4000 new jobs linked to o shore energy
have been created and a new shipping
port is slated to accommodate turbine
e commission plan was unveiled
in anticipation of the 2030 European
goals announced on Wednesday, which
included a legally binding 27% renewable
energy target, but did not specify national
Under the Europe 2020 plan, each
member country also agreed to a
legally binding target for the amount
of renewable energy produced in their
When the 2020 plan was developed
Germany agreed to obtain 20% of
domestic supply from renewable energy,
and it's on pace to meet those goals,
according to statistics from the Working
Group on Renewable Energy Statistics.
But with o shore wind, the picture is
Despite representing the commission's
model for future projects, o shore
wind energy across Europe is still 14%
behind target. e lag is especially acute
in Germany, where 65% fewer turbines
were installed in 2012 than were planned,
according to the EWEA.
Even while Bremerhaven presses
for ward with its development schemes,
the German government lowered the
o shore wind production target this year
from 10 gigawatts to 6 gigawatts by 2020.
More recently, German Economy
Minister Sigmar Gabriel made clear that
the government intends to implement
reductions to the support prices paid to
wind and solar industries.
e struggle now, according to
Bremerhaven's Schnorrenberger, is
getting through the initial phases of
implementation that are setting the goals
O shore wind turbines, which are larger
than those built on land, can be more
challenging and expensive to install and
operate. ey require underwater cables
that connect turbines to centralised
energy collectors and then back to
In Bremerhaven, turbine operators and
machinists battle frigid blasts of winter
air as they climb a tower during simulated
training exercises in the port. Turbines
can only be reached by boat or helicopter,
and the weather conditions often pose
But once the learning curves are reached,
Schnorrenberger said, o shore wind will
become cheaper than either onshore wind
or solar power in the long run.
Whatever the vagaries of the market, he
and Bremerhaven can at least rely on one
"We are convinced that this will work,"
he said. "Because the wind will never stop
blowing." --- DPA
One of the giant tripods for o shore wind turbines in the port of Bremerhaven, Germany.
German town pins hopes on wind energy
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