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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta When he moves a house he does it-literally By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON (CP) When London solicitor John Hodge decides to move house, he does just Hodge became disenchanted THE ANGEL IN STRIPED SHORTS Even on angel, played by Richard Walson of Calgary, can gel a bit dis- consolate as Christmas approaches. But he is to get in a few celestial frolics later in a pageant sponsored by tha University of Calgary women's club. with the view from his 16th century manor house in the Stour Valley of Suffolk when a new housing development sprouted at the bottom of his garden. Wife Angela wasn't too happy about it either. Hodge decided, as a birth- day present to his wife, to move the house bodily to a site with an uninterrupted view, a half-mile uphill. This is why next January, some of the villagers in Sud- bury, where the Hodges live in Ballingdon Hall, may wish they had forgone that last pint in the pub when they see a timbered and gabled mansion moving majestically on wheels up a sloping field and round a bend into a grove of trees. By the time the eye-popping exercise gets under way, it will have been planned down to the last detail by a firm of building engineers in north London which specializes in correcting tilted and sinking structures. JACK UP BUILDINGS During the last year, design chief John Pryke and his team have been developing a new line of up buildings from their foun- dations and hauling them bod- ily to new sites, sometimes mounted on gigantic tracked wheels and sometimes on a chassis run along specially- laid rails. The firm has already moved several historic struc- tures, including a tall, 16th century timbered house in the Devon city of Exeter, an Eliz- abethan barn on the Hertford- shire estate of Lord Cobbold, the lord chamberlain, and a Victorian cottage in Stafford. Pryke believes it is the only company in Europe moving such old buildings. Its engineers have also raised two ancient buildings inn and an oyster Manchester's old market dis- trict known as the Shambles, lifting them five feet on hy- draulic jacks to permit the building underneath of a new pedestrian plaza. When the re- development is complete, the black and white Tudor struc- tures will be lowered gently onto new foundations at a higher street level than be- fore. USKD IIOVEKCKAFT The firm has also employed hovercraft air cushion principle to transport two storage tanks in Manchester, each weighing 70 tons. It moved them across a railway and a highway and up an incline to a new site a quarter-mile away. Ballingdon Hall will be the biggest challenge Pryke's en- gineers have yet faced. Not only is it a building of historic permission had to be sought to move the 200-ton house will have to Crisis emls in Turkey ANKARA (AP) Premier Kihat Erim named a new gov- ernment today and said the Turkish political crisis "is fin- ished." He named a cabinet of of them members of parliament from major 11 technocrats, or intellectual elite. The best known of the new ministers is Foreign Minister Haluk BayulJcen, Turkey's dele- gate at the UN and former am- bassador in London. Erim came to power when Turkey's top military com- manders forced out the govern- ment of the Justice party's Su- leyman Demirel March 12, de- manding an "above-party-poli- tics" government to carry out reforms. travel to its new site by n winding, route, traversing two E-shaped bends. No other way could IK de- vised that was free of obsta- cles, but the engineers will be watching anxiously as the an- cient timbers take the strain of the two curves. Workmen from the London firm have begun the prelimi- nary task of cradling the house in a network of steel struts inside and oul, bracing all the old beams and encir- cling the exterior with an army-style Bailey bridge structure. MOUNTED ON WHEELS By January, the house should be ready to be jacked up bodily nine feet from its 400-year-old foundations and mounted on 26 enormous wheels, each measuring more than five feet in diameter and each capable of carrying eight tons' weight. The wheels, wrapped in rail- way ties, are arranged in four sets, articulated to follow the ground contours and equipped with self-compensating jauks to adjust the level of the house as it inches along. Two powerful caterpillar tractors will haul the house to its new foundations, taking it easily over a period of two weeks. Only the chimney breasts and interior brick- work will be left behind, to be reassembled later. Hodge's bill for the engi- neering work will be azout but his pocketbook may not be too badly hit be- came he has obtained plan- ning permission to develop the land he leaves tehind. This way, it seems, every- one will be hous- ing development can be ex- tended to provide more homes in the area and Hodge's man- sion will enjoy a more appro- priate setting amid woodland. with a commanding view over miles of rolling country. "It's like an old picture, engineer Pryke sug- gested. "Nobody suggests that they should always be in the srrne setting. You need (he right framework to set them off." New wrinkle in religious teachings Tuesday, December 14, 1971 THE tETHBRIDGE HERAtD 5 The ills of hippies EDMONTON (CP) Clau- dette L u k a s i k, five weeks, was baptized and became j part of the religion course at SI. Joan separale elementary I school here. I Air. and -Mrs. Carl Lukasik j agreed to hold the ceremony at the school so teacher Mil- dred Weber's Grade two i cluss could learn alxtut bap- i tism first hand. Key. Raymond Sevigny per- formed the baptism, pausing i to explain the various sym- I bols lo the children. The i children, in turn, sang hymns nnri gave readings from scrip- i tnre. an integral part of the j service. In the class was Brigitie Luknsik, Claudettc's seven- year-old sister. Principal Ben Rompre said teachers have been ap- proaching religion courses in new ways since the separate school system launched a to the Father" pro- gram about four years ago. The program aims to develop a positive attitude toward re- ligion on the part of the stu- dents. READ THE NEWS The British public buys more newspapers per person than the people of any other country. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Big bell buckles rub- bing against the tummy can cause a nagging navel, say two researchers who have been studying assorted ills among hippies. The researchers also say that preventive particularly a good dose of soap and about the solution for combatting such medical woes. Dr. Joseph M. Wilcntz, a Fort Landcrdale dermatolo- gist, and Dr. Robert A. Bcr- gcr of New York City, have published their findings on hippie malaise in a medical journal. M e d i o a I problems which hnve been rather uncommon in the last 100 years are plaguing many hippies, the doctors said. In particular, they cited itching scalps and skin rash. Wilentz said some of the scalp trouble results from a belief that if you don't wash your hair, you won't go bald. After a year or so without washing their hair many hip- pies complain about an itch- ing head. "It's not the dirt but the itching that's bothering Wilentz said. "So. lie gets some treatment and takes a hot shower and the itching stops. RESUME HABITS "And then he goes right back lo the way he lived be- fore. Six months later we'll see him again with the same problem." Another from a fiercely itching rash affecling the belly button and stomach. Wil- entz said Ihe top of big belt buckles when worn with low slung pants nibs the midriff and results in a rash. Wilentz said a condition called "v a g a b o n d skin." named for an affliction which plagued hoboes, is making a comeback. He an! Berber dubbed the condilion "hippie skin." They said the condition is marked by lice, bed bug bites, patches of missing skin and caked dill on the body. Hippie headbands also pro- duce a rash which hasn't been since bats were common, Wilcntz said. He also discussed a more modern who arc allergic lo marijuana. "They wind up with 'flannel an extreme dryncss which feels like they've just surkcd a lemon." Wilcntz said. Army reduction plan speeded WASHINGTON (AP) The United Slates Army announced here that thousands of first- term draftees and volunteers due for discharge nexf year will be released up to six months early to bring army strength down to 892.000 by June 30 as ordered by Congress. It was believed that the re- ductions would affect about 60.000 soldiers. The discharges will be man- datory except for those men and women who indicate in writing that they plan to re-enlist for a second term. The new policy is effective immediately and will remain in effect until June 30. FinES INCREASE OTTAWA (CP) Four mil- lion acres of Canadian forest were consumed this year by 8.97'J fires. The Canadian For- estry Service reported here tho number of fires to the end of I October was 28 fewer than last year, but total area destroyed was l.T) million acres more than in 1970. 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