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uLetters to the editor
1305 - Sir William Wallace, champion of
Scottish independence, is captured by the
English and later executed as a traitor.
1884 - Cornerstone of Statue of Liberty is
laid at entrance to New York harbour.
1965 - Cook Islands in South Pacific granted
internal self-government by New Zealand
1974 - US President Richard
Nixon admits he withheld
information about the Watergate
1984 - Richard Burton, British
actor of stage and screen, dies in a
Geneva hospital, aged 58.
1992 - Nelson Mandela leads
100,000 black people in Pretoria in a protest to
end white rule.
1997 - Korean Air jumbo jet carrying 254
people slams into a mountain in Guam. Only
26 people sur vive.
2000 - Sir Alec Guinness, revered as one of
Britain’s most versatile actors, dies at 86.
2005 - With limited oxygen remaining, seven
sailors are stranded on board a Russian mini-
submarine on the sea floor off Russia’s Pacific
Coast. All are eventually rescued.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
John Huston, US film director (1906-1987);
Harold Holt, Australian prime minister (1908-
1967); Robert Taylor, US actor (1911-1969);
Neil Armstrong, US astronaut and
first man to set foot on the moon
(1930-2012); Cammie King, US
actress (Gone with the Wind) (1934-
2010); Vern Gosdin, US country
singer (1934-2009); Sammi Smith,
US country singer (1943-2005);
Loni Anderson, US actress (1946-);
Gary `Angry’ Anderson, Australian rock singer
(1947-); Jonathan Silverman, US actor (1966-);
Kajol, Indian Bollywood actress (1974-) .
“ I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty; I
woke, and found that life was duty. ” — Ellen
Sturgis Hooper, American poet (1816-1841).
“Honour everyone. Love the family of
believers. Fear God. Honour the emperor. ”
— (1 Peter 2:17).
West Coast ’s biggest
motor garage business
is changing ownership.
Greymouth Motors since establishing it here
in 1922, Mr W E J (Bill) Steer is retiring. The
new owner is a 35-year-old Christchurch man,
Mr J P Kennedy, well known in Canterbury
sporting circles as a former provincial
representative rugby winger and motorcyclist.
Although he has had close associations
with the motor trade over the past 15 years,
this is Mr Kennedy’s first venture in the sole
On his future plans, Mr Steer said that he
intends “sitting back and taking it easy. But
I have no plans of leaving the Coast at this
While he remains here he will continue
his interest in such work as the Greymouth
Harbour Board, of which he has been the
long-ser ving chairman, and Greymouth Rotary.
Last night it took just five minutes for the
West Coast Football Association to wrap up
the biggest club item for the 1964 season. The
same matter, recent incidents between the
Runanga senior side and Cobden-Kohinoor,
involved the organisation’s emergency
committee in four hours of discussions the
previous Monday evening.
Then they heard details of the Nimmo Park
episode in which two Runanga players were
ordered off and four other members of the
side walked off. Th e committee suspended the
group of four for two playing Saturdays and
one of the two ordered off for one Saturday
and placed the other on the caution list.
Runanga representatives raised one question
on refereeing in the game but this was ruled
out of order.
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Older people are more fearful of
developing dementia than they are of
cancer, a new poll suggests.
Two-thirds of people over the age of 50
fear they will develop the condition, while
just one in 10 said they were frightened of
When 500 adults aged over 50 from
across the United Kingdom were asked
which condition they feared the most, 68%
said dementia and just 9.5% said cancer.
Meanwhile just under 4% said they were
scared of getting a heart condition and
under 1% was concerned about developing
About 800,000 people have dementia in
the United Kingdom but as the population
ages this figure is expected to soar.
Symptoms can include memory loss and
difficulties with thinking, problem-solving
and language. It occurs when the brain is
damaged by afflictions such as Alzheimer’s
disease or stroke.
“As an increasing number of people are
diagnosed with dementia more people are
seeing the profound impact that it can
have on both the individual as well as the
wider family,” said Paul Green, director of
communications at over-50s company Saga,
which conducted the sur vey.
“However, while these fears are
completely understandable, it ’s important
that education around the condition is
enhanced to give a greater understanding
of the benefits of early diagnosis — and
how this can help those living with the
condition continue to lead fulfilling lives.”
Commenting on the poll Hilary Evans,
director of external affairs at charity
Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “It’s no
surprise to learn that fear of dementia in
people over 50 is high: dementia affects
over 820,000 people in the UK and we
currently lack treatments to tackle the
“The challenge is to find new ways to treat
and prevent dementia to show there is hope
of taking on dementia and beating it.
“Research holds the answer to this
devastating condition, and with the number
of people affected set to grow as the
population ages, the need for investment in
research has never been more urgent.”
Alison Cook, director of external affairs at
the Alzheimer’s Society charity, said: “ The
possibility of losing the very essence of
what makes you the individual that you are
is a frightening prospect.
“But fear can mean people don’t get
a diagnosis and can often miss the
opportunity to access treatments (which are
only effective for people in the earlier stages
of the condition) and the time to make
important decisions about their future.
“ We urge anyone concerned about
dementia to speak to their GP and get in
touch with Alzheimer’s Society, as there are
lots of ways we can help.”
— New Zealand Herald
Dementia more feared than cancer for over-50s
The baby boomer generation are
redefining what it means to be older as the
over-50s embrace “a second go at being
youthful”, according to a new report.
A study by The Future Laboratory,
commissioned by technology firm
Huawei, has dubbed the first post-Second
World War generation “Superboomers”,
identifying them as a wealthy and healthy
group who are driving the economy.
As of this year, there are more than
1.7m entrepreneurs over 50 in the United
Kingdom and one in five over-50s is self
employed, according to the study.
As one of the wealthiest generations
in history, controlling 89% of disposable
wealth, they are also redefining views on
lifestyle, fashion and technology.
“Superboomers are embracing the fact
that they will be living for longer and are
having a second go at being youthful. No
longer does their age define them: their
hobbies, interests and passions move
them,” the report said.
“Boomers represent a quarter of
the population in the UK and are
spearheading the longevity revolution.
As the retirement age rises and life
expectancy grows, news of changes in the
state pension age is contributing to a wider
shift in the Boomer generation’s attitudes
towards their older years.
“A second life awaits them and they have
the financial security, health and vigour to
make the most of it.”
The report cites figures from Kantar that
women over 50 in the UK account for
41%, or £2.7 billion ($NZ3.17 billion) of
the annual spending on clothing, shoes
and accessories, while a Nuffield Health
study found gym visits peak at 66.
Tom Savigar, chief strategy officer of
The Future Laboratory, said: “Retirement
offers them the chance to rev up rather
than slow down, to start a new business or
career, to invest and seek adventure — all
with confidence, experience and attitude.”
The Government ’s new older workers’
champion Dr Ros Altmann has said with
people living longer and healthier lives and
facing small pension pots, they are moving
away from traditional views of retirement.
“There is a social revolution under way,
which is being led by the baby boomers,
who have redefined everything throughout
their lives, particularly around the world
of work. They are now going to redefine
retirement,” she told the Times.
“There is a whole new phase of life up for
grabs. It is a phase that is full-time work,
where you ease yourself into your later age
rather than reach a specific chronological
date and your working life is over.”
There are currently around 2.9 million
people aged between 50 and state pension
age out of work and the Department for
Work and Pensions estimates in the next
10 years there will be 3.7 million more,
with 700,000 fewer people aged 16 to 49
in the UK labour market.
The Government is encouraging people
to work longer and encourage businesses
to utilise the over-50s in the workplace.
Baby boomers ‘driving the economy’
hey ser ved in horrific
conditions, and many of
those that sur vived years
of war were rewarded
with a bullet.
Ten thousand horses
were sent from New Zealand to join
the World War One effort in German
Samoa, the Middle East, Gallipoli and
the Western Front. Just four made it
The horses — including nearly 4000
draught and packhorses — were sent to
help in the fighting, but on arrival were
rendered useless by modern warfare and
its machine-guns and mortars.
Instead, they were used behind the
lines, in extreme weather, hauling heavy
artillery and carrying riders and gear on
marches and reconnaissance trips. About
1500 died from illness, sickness, cruel
workloads, poor horsemanship and in
The Otago Mounted Rifles lost eight
horses and 32 were wounded during the
Battle of Messines alone.
“The men did their best to look after
their horses in very trying conditions,
but it was really challenging,” said
Imelda Bargas, senior historian at NZ
Many soldiers wanted to bring the
horses home with them, she said. But
an acute transport shortage and fears
they might bring back diseases meant
most were either housed with locals or
Now, there is a move to remember the
role of New Zealand ’s war horses.
On August 16, a plaque will be
unveiled at Phar Lap Raceway outside
Timaru commemorating the 8th (South
Canterbury) Regiment of the New
Zealand Mounted Rifles, who left
100 years earlier. The plaque had lain
forgotten in South Canterbury RSA in
Timaru for many years.
RSA general manager Michelle Brown
said it deserved a more prominent
About 1500 South Canterbury men
and women died in the 1914-18 war, —
more than 10% of the local population.
“The loss was enormous, and for us this
tribute is about bringing that loss home
to people today.”
Local farmer Rob Rhodes, 71, has
donated a one-tonne rock for the
memorial plaque to be placed at Phar
He said the loss of horses had a
devastating effect on New Zealand
Bess was the only horse to leave with
the main body on October 16, 1914, and
eventually return to New Zealand after
World War One.
Colonel Charles Guy Powles’ mount
served in Egypt, Sinai, Palestine, France
and Germany. On her return, Bess led a
parade of honour at the Carterton A and
P Show, decked out in the ribbons and
medals of her much-decorated master.
Bess finally died in 1934 at the age of
Colonel Powles buried her and put a
cairn memorial on the spot, at Forest
Road, west of Bulls.
— New Zealand Herald
Horses paid terrible toll
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
A New Zealand howitzer batter y in France.
Just four of 10,000 horses shipped from New Zealand made it back. Many were shot at
the end, KURT BAYER from APNZ says.
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Bess after returning to New Zealand.
Horses being unloaded at Gallipoli.
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