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uLetters to the editor
1098 - The Crusaders defeat the Turks at
Antioch during the First Crusade.
1838 - The coronation of Queen Victoria
takes place in Westminster Abbey.
1880 - Ned Kelly, is wounded and
captured at Glenrowan, Victoria.
1881 - Immigration Act of NZ
restricts Japanese immigration.
1914 - A Serbian nationalist
assassinates the heir to the Austro-
Hungarian throne, Archduke
Francis Ferdinand, and his wife
in Sarajevo — an incident widely
considered to have sparked World War One.
1919 - Treaty of Versailles is signed in France,
formally ending World War One.
1935 - US President Franklin Roosevelt
orders a federal gold vault to be built.
1939 - The first regular transatlantic
commercial air ser vice is undertaken.
1942 - British 8th Army retreats from
Germans to El Alamein in World War Two.
1997 - Evander Holyfield retains the WBA
heavyweight boxing crown after Mike Tyson is
disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ear.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Alexander the Great, king of Macedon (356
BC-323 BC); Henry VIII, king of England
(1491-1547); Peter Paul Rubens, F lemish artist
(1577-1640); Eric Ambler, British novelist-
screenwriter (1909-1998); Mel
Brooks, US actor-director (1926-);
Hans Blix, Swedish diplomat and
politician (1928-); Pat Morita,
American actor (1932-2005); Kathy
Bates, US actor (1948-); Jessica
Hecht, US actor (1965-); John
Cusack, US actor (1966-); Tamara
Ecclestone, English socialite and television
presenter (1984-) .
“ I don’t know whether war is an interlude
during peace, or peace an interlude during war.”
— Georges Clemenceau, French statesman
“And after He had dismissed the crowds, He
went up the mountain by Himself to pray.”
— (Matthew 14.23).
The first dairy sale
held at Totara Flat
last Tuesday showed
that the buyers were
prepared to pay top prices for cattle which
were carrying better condition. The top price at
the market was a friesian cow close to calving
which made £41. Heifers made up to £24.
The entry comprised 50 spring calving cows
and heifers and 20 cows close to calving. The
offering included a complete herd of spring
calves on account of Mr Ross Sadler, Nelson
Creek, who sold 25 friesian and friesian
shorthorn cross cows from £23 to £30 and 10
heifers from £20 to £24.
The 461 acre property of Ngahere farmer
Mr F Donovan was sold by public auction at
Greymouth yesterday for £6050. The auction
was well attended. The buyer was another
Ngahere farmer, Mr F Gibson.
Besides the property, the house and
outbuildings were included in the purchase.
Mr Donovan is retiring from farming after 40
Tom Rogers, the current West Coast rugby
captain, played an outstanding lineout game
in yesterday ’s Maori inter-island rugby match,
stated a report on the encounter. This match
and tomorrow ’s match against Waikato will
be treated as trials for the touring party to Fiji
Rogers has not been selected for tomorrow ’s
game but this does not necessarily mean he has
no chance of making the touring party.
Greymouth’s harriers, Barry Thomas, David
McKenzie, Eddie Gray, Barnie O’Connell,
Cliff McDonnell and Ron Boddy, proved
themselves to be the top team when they
competed in an inter-district trophy event in
Canterbury last weekend.
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“It’s quiet out there. Too quiet.”
In the old Hollywood movies,
that is the line that one of the
intrepid explorers utters just
before all hell breaks loose in the
jungle. But the army chiefs are
probably saying it in Thailand,
It is just over a month since
the Thai army overthrew Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatra and took control
of the country. The elected government,
which had faced months of street
protests by an anti-democratic opposition
movement that sometimes used violence,
knew the coup was coming. Indeed,
the demonstrations were explicitly
intended to cause a military coup. Yet the
government ’s supporters have remained
Officially, the army puts this down to
popular support for the coup. “ Thai people,
like me, have probably not been happy
for nine years, but since May 22 there
is happiness,” General Prayuth Chan-
Ocha, the army chief who now rules the
country, said. His soldiers have been doing
their best to prove it, at least in Bangkok,
organising street parties that offer free
food and drink, music and dancing, even
free haircuts and a petting zoo.
Some Thais clearly are happy about
the military coup: they take selfies of
themselves with soldiers in riot gear in
front of big banners that say Happiness.
But their clothes suggest that they
belong to the prosperous middle class of
Bangkok whose constant anti-government
demonstrations were intended to trigger
the coup, so why should they not be
Others, generally less well dressed, are
a lot less happy. In a striking example of
cultural cross-over, some of them make
the three-fingered salute that is used as
a gesture of defiance by the oppressed
population in the Hunger Games films
when they pass soldiers in the street
(although you can get arrested for doing
that). But where are the mass protests
that everybody expected when the long-
awaited coup finally happened?
The Thai army has some dozen coups
to its discredit, but the country has been
democratic most of the time since the
mid-1980s. Politics nevertheless remained
largely a game played out between rival
sections of the Bangkok elite until the
2001 election, when Thaksin Shinawatra, a
self-made telecommunications billionaire
from humble origins, won a landslide
Thaksin’s government openly favoured
the downtrodden majority: the mass of
poor farmers in the densely populated
north and east of the country, and
their children who had migrated to the
factories of Bangkok. His welfare policies
and cheap government loans began to
transform their lives — but they also
aroused the bitter opposition of better-off
people in Bangkok and the south.
The army overthrew Thaksin in 2006,
and he has lived in exile ever since. Every
time the generals handed power back
to the civilians, however, they voted in
another government loyal to Thaksin: most
recently, to one led by his sister Yingluck
Shinawatra, who became prime minister
after the 2011 election. By then, the
conser vative parties had concluded that
they could never win a free election — so
they decided on “reform” instead.
The street protests that began last
November were led by the People’s
Democratic Reform Committee, which
demanded the resignation of Yingluck’s
government. The PDRC said it would
also disrupt any new elections until a
committee of “good people” (chosen by
the protesters and their friends at court)
reformed the constitution to stop poor or
badly educated people from voting. Only
then could the right people finally win a
That is still the plan, and the army
seems to be fully committed to it: the
junta leader, General Prayuth Chan-
Ocha, says there will be no new elections
for up to two years, by which time they
will be conducted under a new, reformed
constitution. So why have the red shirts
(as the mostly poor supporters of the
Shinawatras are known) not taken mass
action against the coup, as most obser vers
expected they would? Why is it so quiet
One plausible answer is that the leaders
of the red shirts, hoping to avoid a civil
war, are waiting for King Bhumibol
Adulyadej to die. The 86-year-old king
generally sympathises with the yellow
shirts (as the coup’s civilian supporters
are known), but he is in poor health.
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was
close to Thaksin Shinawatra when he was
prime minister, and if he succeeds to the
throne the whole crisis might be resolved
But Bhumibol might linger on for
years, or the yellow shirts might even try
to break the rules of succession and put
Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
(who favours them) on the throne instead.
The disenfranchised majority will not stay
quiet forever. What is lurking silently out
there in the darkness is a civil war.
Gwynne Dyer is an independent
journalist whose articles on world affairs
are published in 45 countries.
Thailand: It’s quiet out there
WORLD IN FOCUS
with Gwynne Dyer
King Bhumibol Adulyadej
The New Testament clearly shows
St Peter as the leader of the apostles,
chosen by Jesus to have a special
relationship with him. With James
and John he was privileged to witness
the Transfiguration, the raising of a
dead child to life and the agony in
Gethsemane. His mother-in-law was
cured by Jesus. He was sent with John to
prepare for the last Passover before Jesus’
death. His name is first on every list of
And to Peter only did Jesus say,
“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this
to you, but My Heavenly Father. And so
I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this
rock I will build My Church, and the
gates of the nether world shall not prevail
against it. I will give you the keys to the
Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you bind
on Earth shall be bound in Heaven; and
whatever you loose on Earth shall be
loosed in Heaven” (Matthew 16:17b-19).
But the Gospels prove their own
trustworthiness by the unflattering
details they include about Peter. He was
so truly human. He clearly had no public
relations person. It is a great comfort
for ordinary mortals to know that Peter
also has his human weakness, even in the
presence of Jesus.
He generously gave up all things, yet
he can ask in childish self-regard, “ What
are we going to get for all this?” (see
Matthew 19:27). He receives the full
force of Christ ’s anger when he objects
to the idea of a suffering Messiah: “Get
behind Me, Satan! You are an obstacle
to me. You are thinking not as God
does, but as human beings do” (Matthew
Peter is willing to accept Jesus’ doctrine
of forgiveness, but suggests a limit of
seven times. He walks on the water in
faith, but sinks in doubt. He refuses to
let Jesus wash his feet, then wants his
whole body cleansed as he slowly begins
to understand things. He swears at the
Last Supper that he will never deny
Jesus, and then swears to a servant maid
that he has never known the man. He
loyally resists the first attempt to arrest
Jesus by cutting off Malchus’s ear, but in
the end he runs away with the others. In
the depth of his sorrow, Jesus looks on
him and forgives him, and he goes out
and sheds bitter tears. The Risen Jesus
told Peter to feed His lambs and His
sheep ( John 21:15-17).
St Paul’s central conviction was simple
and absolute: Only God can save
humanity. No human effort — even
the most scrupulous obser vance of
law — can create a human good which
we can bring to God as reparation for
sin and payment for grace. To be saved
from itself, from sin, from the devil and
from death, humanity must open itself
completely to the saving power of Jesus.
Paul never lost his love for his Jewish
family, though he carried on a lifelong
debate with them about the uselessness
of the law without Christ. He reminded
the Gentiles that they were grafted on
the parent stock of the Jews, who were
still God ’s chosen people, the children of
the promise. These two saints are great
ones to follow in our glorious adventure
The feast day of St Peter and St Paul ( June 29)
ith the high ball
toss, bent front
knee, and explosive
Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.
The rare black-and-white photographs,
unearthed for the first time in more than
a century, show the playing style of New
Zealand ’s greatest tennis player: Anthony
Wilding was a four-time Wimbledon
champion, multiple Davis Cup winner,
Olympic medallist, world No 1, and a
dashing playboy who was engaged to a
Broadway starlet before he was killed in
France during World War One.
“Some say he was the James Dean of
his day, but he was also the Federer of his
day,” his great niece, actress Anna Wilding
“ When I look at Federer and his classic
style, I often think of Anthony Wilding.
They played a gentler game back then
but these photos show a lot of technique,
which he was well known for.”
Christchurch-born Wilding was known
as the dashing New Zealander who had
female spectators swooning at his manly
brand of tennis.
The photos, taken by a spectator at the
1910 tournament, won by Wilding, were
sold for an undisclosed sum to a New
Zealand buyer at auction in London on
Auctioneer Alan Aldridge of Henry
Aldridge and Son told APNZ last
week the “very, very rare” pictures that
had surfaced from a “well-connected,
established ” L ondon family were expected
to fetch about $2000.
Anna Wilding, herself a top junior
tennis player, was disappointed not to
have known about the auction.
“I’d love to have them for the family; to
show them, share them, utilise them,” she
Wilding, an award-winning actress
and director, would like to make a
documentary about her famous great-
uncle if she could secure funding, which
she accepts is “very tough”.
She believes the sporting
accomplishments of Wilding, whose
legacy in Christchurch — the grass courts
of Wilding Park — was destroyed by
earthquakes, have been underplayed in
New Zealand, and globally.
“He was a superstar, a pioneering athlete
of the day. And not only did he fly the
flags of New Zealand and Britain at top
tennis tournaments around the world, he
lost his life fighting for his country.”
There’s a case to say Anthony Wilding is
New Zealand’s greatest ever sportsman.
Born in 1883 to wealthy English
immigrant parents, Wilding learned his
tennis at the family home in Christchurch
and won a series of national titles.
At 17, he swept the Canterbury
Championships before setting sail to read
law at Cambridge.
Wilding made his first appearance at
the Wimbledon Championships in 1904,
before he returned to New Zealand to
practice law in 1905.
After winning the New Zealand
national tennis title in 1906, he returned
to England again and soon realised his
He won his first Wimbledon crown in
1910 and was considered the world’s top
tennis player for the next five years.
Wilding won 11 Major titles, including
six single titles and four consecutive
Wimbledons, and helped the Australasian
team win three consecutive Davis Cups
between 1907 and 1909.
He won a bronze medal at the 1912
Wilding was dating Broadway starlet
Maxine Elliott when World War One
broke out. He enlisted in the British
Army as a captain in the Royal Marines,
and was in charge of an armoured car
group in the battlefields of northern
On May 9, 1915, Captain Wilding was
killed when a shell exploded on the roof
of a dug-out where he was sheltering. He
He is buried at the Rue-des-Berceaux
Military Cemetery in France. — APNZ
NZ’s tennis great
Anthony Wilding serves at Wimbledon.
Anthony Wilding takes part in a mixed doubles match.
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