Spotted: Not the sort of thing you’d expect in a suburban Street. Certainly not in a nobby Epsom avenue. But things change. After another day’s downpour in this waterlogged Spring, a Gypsy woman emerged from one of the street’s impeccable gardens. She turned on her CD player by the roadside and began to dance, long red dress swirling, arms held high and twirling to her music.
“Tai Chi?” we ventured. Her tanned wizened face – much like American Indians – broke into a smile at us innocents and then she danced on outside the, ahem, very very Epsom Tennis Courts…..
But then the place has changed beyond all recognition – gracious villas and ordinary bungalows have been trashed or carted off to less restless destinations out of Auckland. Replacing them is the new modish, infill housing for new immigrants. No quarter acres here, not even enough room to swing a cat – but enough perhaps for a slow dance in the moonlight, on the limited decks outside.
When the US President Donald Trump tells cheering audiences over and over that the media, are ‘dishonest, horrible people’, he does it to undercut their credibility. Two months ago 350 media groups including the nation’s leading news outlets, banded to together to push back.
Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump’s attacks on “fake news” today with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and vigorous press — and, not surprisingly, Trump didn’t take it silently.
The Boston Globe, which set the campaign in motion by urging the unified voice, had estimated that some 350 newspapers would participate.
They did across the breadth of the country. The Portland (Maine) Press-Herald said a free and independent press is the best defense against tyranny, while the Honolulu Star-Advertiser emphasized democracy’s need for a free press.
“The true enemies of the people — and democracy — are those who try to suffocate truth by vilifying and demonizing the messenger,” wrote the Des Moines Register in Iowa.
But it seems as if Trump’s words had consequences.
A man who allegedly threatened to shoot and kill reporters at the Boston Globe following its highly publicised effort to promote the free press has been arrested in California, officials say.
Robert Chain, 68, of Encino, was arrested Thursday after an investigation linked him to specific threats against the media outlet, which had called for a nationwide response in newspaper editorials to President Trump’s rhetoric labeling the media “the enemy of the people.”
Federal authorities say Chain left 14 threatening message for the Globe between August 10 and 22. “You’re the enemy of the people, and we’re going to kill every f—ing one of you,” he said in one of the calls, according to a report in CNN. He also allegedly threatened to kill journalists “later today, at 4 o’clock,” prompting police to guard the Globe‘s downtown Boston headquarters. Chain is charged with a count of making a threatening communication in interstate commerce. See: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2018/08/30/man-arrested-threatened-boston-globe/
One of the best magazine reads is also the most unlikely for those not at home in the world of science. It is Science Illustrated which explores in images and text some fascinating subjects – along with an informative quiz. ‘Nobel prize winner Marie Curie famously died as a result of radiation exposure in 1935’ the magazine reported. ‘Her daughter Irene Joliot-Curie also won a Nobel Prize for Chemistry – what did she die from? Also radiation poisoning’.