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uLetters to the editor
1833 - Death of William Wilberforce who
campaigned successfully for the abolition of
slavery in the British Empire.
1841 - Group of Maori chiefs
sell about 1214 hectares around
Waitemata Harbour, present site
of Auckland, to New Zealand
1890 - Vincent van Gogh, D utch
post-impressionist painter, dies two
days after shooting himself.
1937 - 18-year-old Crown Prince Farouk is
crowned as king of Egypt.
1941 - Vichy France and Japan sign
agreement for “joint protection” of Indochina.
Allows France to continue administering
colonies, but Japan sends in troops.
1948 - First Olympic Games after World
War Two open in London at Wembley.
1974 - US singer Mama Cass Elliot dies aged
1981 - Prince Charles marries Lady Diana
Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
1983 - Death of David Niven, British
film actor who won an Oscar for his role in
Separate Tables in 1958.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator (1883-
1945); Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian-born
composer (1887-1951); Dag Hammarskjold,
Swedish UN Secretary-General and Nobel
Peace Prize laureate (1905-1961);
Clara Bow, US silent-era film star
(1905-1965); Robert Horton, US
actor (1924-); Robert Fuller, US
actor (1933-); Peter Jennings, US
television anchor (1938-2005);
David Warner, British actor (1941-);
Alexandra Paul, US actress (1963-);
Martina McBride, US country singer (1966-);
Wil Wheaton, US actor (1972-); Fernando
Alonso, Spanish F1 world champion (1981-).
“The fellow who says he’ll meet you halfway
usually thinks he’s standing on the dividing
line.” — O A Battista, Canadian-born author-
“And we have seen and do testify that the
Father has sent His Son as the Saviour of the
world.” — (1 John 4:14).
The West Coast is
not a depressed area.
It might be depleted
but it has hope and
energy. Greymouth accountant Mr D H
Copeland gave this as his view while speaking
as president of the Greymouth Chamber of
Commerce at last night ’s monthly meeting.
His comments stemmed from a letter the
organisation received from the Minister of
Broadcasting, Mr Scott on the question of
provision of television for the Coast, and also
recent remarks appearing in newspapers here
and away on the local timber processing issue.
The chamber had made an approach to the
minister asking for a definited date for the
provision of television here. The body expressed
concern over reports last month that the lack
of the entertainment medium was one reason
for workers refusing to come and work in the
In his reply Mr Scott said he could not give
such a date.
The French rugby league team will provide a
bakers’ bonanza — at least for the suppliers of
Greymouth’s Duke of Edinburgh Hotel. Nor
will publican Mr W Blackie allow supplies
of dough to run low. When the 1960 French
team was in Greymouth another unfortunate
publican had not heard of the Frenchmen’s love
of bread. He ran out.
The league players evidently eat bread — not
only in copious quantities but with every meal.
They have no particular desires for special
breads, just bread in any form. The West Coast
Rugby League was also advised last night that
the Frenchmen like all their meat underdone.
They also have a penchant for mashed potatoes.
Never chips, say the Frenchmen.
uFood for thought
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Gabriela Baczynska and
s Ukrainian troops
gained ground in eastern
Ukraine, separatist leader,
Aleksander Borodai, a
Russian national, left
for Moscow for political
After what he described as successful
talks with unnamed people there, he
returned to the rebel stronghold of
Donetsk to introduce a new senior
figure in his self-proclaimed republic, a
compatriot seasoned in the pro-Russian
separatist movement in Moldova and a
war between Russia and Georgia.
Vladimir Antyufeyev was named “deputy
prime minister” by Borodai on July 10,
one of several native Russians to have
taken charge of the separatist rebellion in
Ukraine’s eastern regions.
Joining Borodai and rebel commander
Igor Strelkov, Antyufeyev’s arrival
underlines a change at the top of the
separatist movement, highlighting
Moscow ’s involvement in the conflict,
western officials say. The Kremlin denies
“There has been a dramatic change in
the leadership of the Donetsk People’s
Republic over the past weeks, which
certainly gives the impression of a much
more hands-on Russian directive role,”
said Geoffrey Pyatt, the United States
Ambassador to Kiev. “ These individuals
are in regular touch with authorities in
Ukrainian-born rebel leaders have been
eased out, causing rifts among increasingly
ner vous separatists since a Malaysian
airliner was downed over rebel-held
territory just over a week ago.
Antyufeyev replaced Donetsk native,
Alexander Khodakovsky, as the top
security person in the self-proclaimed
Donetsk People’s Republic. Denis Pushilin,
another local once titled the republic’s
president, was dismissed.
Khodakovsky remains a top commander
but has taken an increasingly independent
line, telling Reuters that separatists had
the type of anti-aircraft missile system that
Washington says brought the plane down,
killing all 298 people on board. Borodai
denied this assertion.
A Ukrainian official in the southern
Azov Sea city port of Mariupol, which
Kiev reclaimed from rebels last month, said
Russians were taking over the entire rebel
operation, sidelining or removing locals.
Antyufeyev, also known as Vadim
Shevtsov, has a history of supporting
pro-Russian separatist movements in the
former Soviet Union, and brings a tough
discipline and doggedness to the campaign
in eastern Ukraine.
The balding, 63-year-old says he “fought
national fascism” by supporting separatists
in the pro-Russian region of Transdniestria
in neighbouring Moldova, and in the
breakaway regions of South Ossetia and
Abkhazia in Georgia.
At his new office at the separatists’
Donetsk headquarters, the Siberian-born
Antyufeyev said he came to Ukraine
because Russians were being killed by
forces sent from Kiev.
“I know what it is to fight for the rights
of the people ... I know what hot spots
are,” he said in an inter view. A picture of
Russian President Vladimir Putin looked
down on the table where he sat.
Asked whether there were divisions
among the rebels, Antyufeyev said: “I am
the authority. I have no problems ... If
they do not understand that, that ’s their
problem. I am a professional in making
He earned a fearsome reputation when
he ser ved in Transdniestria, which split
from Moldova in 1990, as the head of
security operations for 20 years.
Dismissed in 2012 when his ally was
replaced as leader of the tiny sliver of land,
he barricaded himself for three days in his
study and refused to leave.
The EU first blacklisted Antyufeyev over
his role in Transdniestria in 2004. Though
it later suspended that decision, it has
now blacklisted him again over Ukraine,
imposing assets freezes and a travel ban on
One person who had been questioned
by Antyufeyev in Transdniestria on
suspicion of spying for Moldova said he
was a tenacious interrogator. Speaking
on condition of anonymity, for fear of
reprisal, the person said Antyufeyev was “a
professional”, capable of being sociable and
polite, always rigidly following the chosen
line. With a smile on his face, Antyufeyev
would exert moral pressure, the person
Oazu Nantoi, a Moldovan political
analyst and expert on Transdniestria,
predicted Antyufeyev would aim to further
destabilise Donetsk and impede Kiev’s
efforts to regain control.
“He is no romantic who came to fire a
few shots. He knows what his tasks are.
Just as he did in Transdniestria,” he said.
“Antyufeyev knows how to operate in such
situations, how to suppress opposition and
dissent ... create an atmosphere of fear in
which people will support any action by
Washington says the influx of Russians
into the upper ranks of the separatists
is matched by an increased number
of heavy weaponry coming across the
Russian border into Ukraine, a response to
advances made by the Ukrainian army on
Though Borodai insists the separatists’
weaponry comes from depots they
overran while seizing territory, he
admits “volunteers” from Russia keep on
reinforcing the rebels’ ranks.
He calls his Russian trio volunteers and
says their presence in the Donetsk region,
or Donbass, is proof of the Russian nation’s
support for the separatists’ cause.
“The people of Donbass rose on their
own. It is normal and natural that we
ended up heading this movement because
of certain competences, our abilities,” he
told a news conference in Donetsk earlier
“There will be more and more people
from Moscow in the DNR (Donetsk
People’s Republic),” said Borodai, flanked
by Strelkov and Antyufeyev.
The stout Borodai denies having ever
worked for the Russian security ser vices
though admits knowing many people there
because of his past work as a “professional
political expert. ”
He and Strelkov say they first met in
1996 in the Russian region of Chechnya,
where Moscow has waged two wars
against Islamist separatists since 1994.
Borodai says Strelkov has long been his
“ very good acquaintance”.
Both said they ser ved in Transdniestria
and, more recently, in Crimea. The west
says they were aides to the pro-Russian
separatist leader of the Black Sea peninsula
who was instrumental
in Moscow ’s annexation earlier this
The two are on both the European and
United States sanctions list. Kiev and
the European Union say Strelkov, whose
real name is Igor Girkin, in fact ser ved in
Russia’s GRU military intelligence.
Strelkov says he ser ved at the rank of
colonel in Russia’s FSB security ser vice
until quitting at the end of March,
and has had battlefield experience in
Transdniestria, in Bosnia’s conflict and in
both Chechen wars.
While he commanded rebel forces in
Slaviansk, the town became a citadel
of fierce resistance where at least two
Ukrainian military helicopters and one
warplane were brought down, giving him a
hero status among separatists.
Abandoning Slaviansk to Kiev’s troops
on July 4-5 has, however, dented his
reputation and upset some rebels.
Strelkov ’s acquaintances and former
colleagues say he developed a reputation as
an uncompromising idealist while
with the FSB, though his “difficult”
character may have been behind what
they say was in fact his dismissal from the
They say the ouster of Ukraine’s
former, Moscow-allied president Viktor
Yanukovich and Kiev’s pivot to the west
was a turning point for him.
An acquaintance in Moscow, speaking
on condition of anonymity because of the
sensitivity, said Strelkov was outraged by
the events in Kiev and believed Russia
must not lose Ukraine. The acquaintance
added that Strelkov knew Borodai in
Moscow and the two helped one another
Strelkov left his home in a Moscow
suburb in February travelling to Crimea
where he occupied the regional parliament
along with other fighters shortly before
Russia annexed the predominantly ethnic
He said people he had known from
Crimea then asked him to come to eastern
According to his former colleagues at
the FSB, successor to the Soviet KGB, one
of his favourite books was the Soviet-era
science fiction novel Hard to be God — a
tale of an agent on a mission to a different
planet. — Reuters
Separatist leaders Russian
Aleksander Borodai, right, and Igor Strelkov talk to the media.
A special exhibition on childhood in
the British royal family is to open at
Buckingham Palace, featuring well-
loved toys spanning 250 years, including
a gadget-laden miniature James Bond
The Royal Childhood exhibition at the
London palace features more than 150
objects, including cherished outfits, family
photographs and private film footage.
“It gives an unprecedented glimpse
into life as a young member of the
royal family over 250 years,” the Royal
Collection Trust said.
The display includes many previously
unseen objects and films, offering a
glimpse of generations of royal children
enjoying unguarded, private moments.
One film highlights the closeness
between Q ueen Elizabeth II and her only
sibling, the late Princess Margaret.
Several clips of the young princesses
show them dancing together. In one clip,
Elizabeth takes the lead in teaching her
younger sister a new step, while another
shows the smiling pair twirling arm in
“It’s easy to forget that royal children
are just like everyone else,” Anna
Reynolds, the exhibition’s curator, told
“This exhibition gives visitors a very
personal insight into life as a young
member of the royal family over nine
generations, through the toys the children
have played with and loved, and through
the clothes they have worn,” she said.
The exhibition in the Palace Ballroom
and Ball Supper Room, which runs until
September 28, is divided into sections
documenting the different aspects of a
The photographs and films in the
“P laying” display show royal children
enjoying the universal childhood pleasure
of toys and playtime, but the objects in
the exhibit are sure to be the envy of any
The miniature Aston Martin DB5
built by the prestige car company and
presented to the queen’s second son
Prince Andrew on his sixth birthday
would make any young James Bond fan
A fully mobile replica of agent 007’s
car in the 1960s films Goldfinger and
Thunderball, it has a top speed of 16km/h
and comes with some classic Bond
The revolving number plate is
personalised as JB007, concealed machine
guns appear from behind the side lights
and the car even has a working smoke
screen, concealed electric water jets and a
pop-up bullet-proof shield.
A wooden rollercoaster built for the
Queen’s children stretches across the
entire display, surrounded by unique toys
beloved to generations of royalty.
Among them is a specially built mini-
caravan that was given to the monarch in
1955, in which her children toured the
Buckingham Palace gardens towed by her
husband Prince Philip.
The royal family is riding a surge in
popularity after the marriage of Prince
William, second in line to the throne, and
his wife Kate, and the birth of their son
Prince George, who celebrated his first
birthday on Tuesday.
A number of the items on display are
linked to the little prince.
The famous golden easel that stood on
the Buckingham Palace forecourt and
the official bulletin it held announcing
George’s birth to the world are included,
as is the Christening robe he wore for his
baptism in October.
There is also a hand-made rocking horse
given by United States President Barack
The “Growing” display features an
ornate casket containing the first teeth of
queen Victoria’s children, and a progress
book detailing the early years of Queen
The extensive collection contains
drawings by a five-year-old Prince
Charles, the heir to the throne, and a
fairy costume worn by his sister Princess
It also includes the soldier dressing
gown worn by Charles’ son Prince Harry,
who is now a ser ving army captain.
A member of staff poses for photographers with a miniature James Bond DB5 presented to Britain’s Prince Andrew by the Aston
Martin company in 1965, at Buckingham Palace.
250 years of royal childhoods on show
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