Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
t THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, June 7, 1972- Camels of the sea are disappearing MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) The warm Indinn Ocean wind has turned and the Arab dhows, recking o" romance and fish oil are sailing of the for the last time. Bureaucracy, (ases and mod- ern methods of cargo-handling are diverting these wooden "camels of the sea" from centu- ries-old trading routes. TTieir cargoes will lie in the steel holds of freighters. Tlieir crews will return to the land. And the days when sailors de- pended on the wind for power will recede a slep farther into' lustoo1. Tlie ancient dhow traffic re- lied on an unvarying annual wind change. When the kaskasi blew from the northeast, the dhows hoisted their triangular lateen sails and went port-hop- ping down East Africa, stopping from January to March at such places as Lamu, Kenya and Zanzibar, the spice island off Tanzania. Besides Persian carpets, Arab silver, dried fish and rait, the dhows carried an Arab culture that pervaded the East African coast until European settlers ar- rived 75 years ago. When Hie kusi wind strength- ened from the south in April and May, the dhows headed back to Iran and Arabia with ivory, coffee, mangrove poles for building houses slaves. Most dhows have diescl en- gines today but they still use their sails and follow the same timetable, taking up to 15 days to cosrer a one-way distance of miles or more. Hundreds of dhows used to crowd into Mombasa's palm- fringed old port. Eighty-five dhows visited Mombasa last year. Tliis year 22 came. "Many dhow captains are finding work closer to home, like carrying cement to said Ali Surur, Mom- basa's official dhow registrar. "They don't like the new regula- tions and duties." Under Kenya's revised for- eign exchange controls, he said, a dhow that brings a cargo to Mombasa must take equal away goods worth an amount. There's a tax of 50 per cent on dried fish, which used to be duty-free. Salt imports are banned. Customs agents this year intensified anti-smuggling patrols. Several dhows and their cargoes were confiscated. The dhow's high, square stern recalls the Spanish galleons of 400 years ago. Her forward- raked mast gives her the look of always running downhill. SIMPSONS-SEARS Tune Color Without Looking At The Touch Of A Button Pusk-Button Tuning You had a really fine picture, Then it got scrambled. Madden- ing I Unscrambling wtu frustrating took time, patience. Even 10, the color was never QUITE the tame. Puih-butFon tuning cndi all that. Push the picture right back where it reedy for your COMPLETE enjoyment. 4 Great Decor-matching Styles in Giant Color TV A gallery of fine consoles combining beautiful cabinetry with the finest craftsmanship. Brings you viewing king-size. At king-size savings. 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From logging camp cook to success in business VANCOUVER (CP) On a summer day in I960, George Rokanass arrived in Canada aboard a ship after an 11-day frip from his native Greece. With in spending money and just a smattering of the English language, he boarded a train in Halifax and headed west, destination Regina. That was 12 years ago. Today, with the kitchens of two restaurants and three log- ging camps behind him, he owns and operates a new Van- couver restaurant. "It was a tough three-day trip across he re- calls. "A friend of mine in Regina sent me the money, but in- stead of sending it to me di- rectly, he sent it to his father who only gave me enough for the fare. I had left over and that went in no time. Other people on the train were eating and drinking and I had to sit back and watch." TOOK FIRST JOB George Rokanass worked in greenhouses before coming to Canada and became a cook almost thVough necessity, tak- ing the only employment he could find in Saskatchewan in low-paying job in a Regina restaurant. "That's where I first began to cook. Learning the basics was simple because they just served casy-to-prepare foods such as steak and pork chops. From there I went to another restaurant, as chief cook." Although getting the basics in Hegina, he says his most valuable experience was gained at logging camps where satisfying appetites doesn't come easy. "f like to experiment in cooking, put my time in ar.rl make something different lik'e cabbage roils. For instance, at the camp, when I was cooking beef stew. T'd add in- gredients that the regular cook couldn't be bothered with. It's a harder way of doing things, but that's the way I enjoy it." His menu at a Vancouver Island camp occasionally in- cluded a Chinese dish, but his penchant for beefing up a run-of-the-mill meal some- times got him into trouble with chief cooks who either didn't want to break routine nr didn't believe his recipes had A place in logging camps. So he often waited until they were vacationing to prepare his chop-stick dishes ol chicken chow mein or chop suey. LOGGERS EAT LOTS He says some loggers ca1 up to worth of food a day food bought in whole- sale bulk lots. They can go through six eggs for breakfas and four and five steaks at a serving, hut he doesn't believe they need that much. He has een other loggers who ate ext to nothing and still got he job done. At his new restaurant, the Olympic Inn, he's cookin.e paghetti and lasagna and ossing pizza. What's a chef with a Greek background doing running an talian restaurant? George Rokanass' answer is limpte. "I learned to make pizza in .wo minutes. We pick it up last." He goes on, this time more seriously: "I think people get tired of other food like veal cutlets and things like that so I de- cided on Itab'an food. But if people ask for other things, we can make them." Rokanass, now 33, spent years serving loggers at tiie Tahsis Fail- Harbor and Zeballos camps, both on Van- couver Island, before moving to Vancouver last Christmas. When he visited the city, his brother Kostas told him He had found a location for a res- taurant. George looked it over and decided it would be a good investment. They went into partnership. Kostas, a plasterer, helped In the interior decorating. restaurant served its first cus- tomer March IS. Now Georga is teaching Kostas how to cook. Boyle's Column By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Things a columnist might never know if he didn't open his mail: The power of man is trifling compared with that of the sun. In a single blinding sec- ond the sun radiates more en- ergy than the entire race of man has created since civili- zation dawned. The, elephant is one of the most self-confident of earth's creatures. Except for man, a fully-grown elephant has no natural enemies in the pride of his strength. No other book has even come close to the Bible in the number of people it has reached. The work of bringing it to everybody on earth is never done. So far, the Bible has been translated into languages and dialects, and linguists now are working on 500 new versions. A transla- tion into Nama, an obscure South African dialect, took 142 years to 1825 to 1967. If you want to stay popular, keep your baby face. Psychol- ogists say that people arc at- tracted to anyone with a baby face because it kindles their parental instinct. Winston Churchill was one politician who realized that his chubby features were a political asset, and boasted that, "All babies look like me." HORMONE HELPS Bright babies: What wouldn't a mother and father give to know in advance that their unborn baby would ar- rive mentally normal and not retarded? This may be ulti- mately possible through dos- ing with androgen, a male hormone. Medical researchers found that a high percentage of babies who received an ex- cess supply of this hormone before birth later proved to be above average in intelligence. lip to mothers: If you think one o! the kids has been ex- posed to poison oak or ivy, the best thing to do as a starter is to wash him thoroughly in soap and water. Dig here: looking for the gold at the end of the rain- bow? Well, take your shovel to South Africa. More than half of the estimated tons of gold that can still be recovered from the earth lies there, says the National Geo- graphic Society. Folklore: To bring good luck to your new car, put a horseshoe on your garago door. It must have the prongs upward and nailed there with seven nails. To avoid the plague when in Ihe vicinity of one of its victims, spit three limes and keep your fingers crossed until you see a dog. Rewards posted for return of 7-year-old VANCOUVER (CP) -Re- wards totalling have been posted for information leading to the location of seven- year-old Tanya Busch, missing since P'riday. Police said Monday they be- lieve the blond Vancouver girl was abducted by a young man seen pulling her into a car near her school Friday. Rewards of were offer- ed Monday by the Vancouver Police Commission, the staff of the British Columbia Peniten- tiary and the staff of the Mats- qui Institute. The Charles Dic- kens Home and School Associa- tion and an anonymous donor each put up rewards.