[ 2007-06-18 08:00 ]
|Cardinal Thomas Winning
|2001: Catholic leader Cardinal Winning
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has died suddenly
at his Glasgow home.
Cardinal Thomas Winning collapsed in his
bedroom at 0900 after suffering his second heart attack in 10 days.
The 76-year-old-cleric was found unconscious by his housekeeper and
pronounced dead at Victoria Infirmary an hour later.
The hospital had released him only three days ago, and the Archbishop
of Glasgow had walked back to his home in Newlands in apparently good
"Scotland has lost one of her greatest sons."Scottish First
Minister Henry McLeish said.
Despite his often conservative views
on abortion and homosexuality, Cardinal Winning was viewed as a champion
of social justice and was once dubbed by the Pope as a "man of the
The chancellor of the Glasgow archdiocese, Monsignor Peter Smith, said
he would be much missed by Scotland's 750,000 Catholics.
"The Cardinal arrived home on Friday and was in great form - he was his
usual witty and humorous self. This has been a great shock to the entire
community," he said.
And other tributes have poured in from around the UK.
The Queen said he had made distinguished contribution to Scottish
public life and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair praised his "strong moral
The search for a successor will begin in the next few days, but
Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish said he would be a difficult man to
"The nation will miss Tom Winning - I will miss him. Scotland has lost
one of her greatest sons," he said.
|On this public phone you
can see the person you are calling|
1964: Japan trade fair floats into
The The first
purpose-built floating trade fair has docked at Tilbury in London with
22,000 samples of Japanese goods on board.
The Sakura Maru will
remain in London for four days, during which time 18,000 businessmen and
women and 10,000 members of the public are expected to visit the show.
The floating trade fair will continue on a tour of Europe, which is
costing the Japanese Government and exhibitors ?00,000.
The trip is intended more as a public relations exercise than as a way
of boosting sales. Since World War II, Japan has established an enviable
reputation for low price and high quality.
The Japanese have really made a name for themselves in the electronics
industry and there are plenty of examples of innovative products on show
aboard the Sakura Maru.
The exhibition has been planned so each deck carries heavier products
than the one above. A transistor radio set the size of two pennies is on
display beside a portable television set so small it can be held between
the thumb and forefinger of one hand and can be plugged into the cigarette
lighter socket of a car.
Perhaps one of the most futuristic products on board is a
public telephone which can transmit pictures of the person you are talking
to through a small screen in the phone booth.
There is a deck devoted to the Japanese motor industry, which contains
not only the latest model cars, but also motorbikes and even bicycles.
The lowest level contains textile, agricultural and other machinery in
full working order. There is an automatic loom for making nylon fishing nets
which has already been sold to Norway, France and West Germany.
The ship itself is also for sale - an exact replica can be built for
Next year a British industrial exhibition is going to Japan to promote
trade between the two countries. The show is being billed as the biggest
ever western exhibition to visit Asia.
futuristic: being ahead of the times; innovative or
loom: an apparatus for
making thread or yarn into cloth by weaving strands together at right