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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta day, November 11, 1971 THB IETHBRIDGJ HKAIB 37 This book tells you everything about Britain's aristocracy By CAROL KENNEDY (CP> Dehrctt's, the rcpjsler of British blueb- loods, has been doing a spot of detective work and the un- shot is that a half-dozen indi- viduals scattered around the globe now may lay claim to a clutch of dormant baronetcies linked with Ihc beginnings of Eastern Canada. Debrett's is the book with the scarlet tamr that tells you e v e r y t h i n g about Britain's aristocracy from the Hoyal Family's web of European relationships to tlie correct way to address an archbishop, a Commonwealth judge, or a duke's younger the widow of a duke's yoimgcr son. In the 1971 volume, editor Pah-irk Montague Smilh has unearthed six Nova Scotia baronetcies, dormant for varying periods over the last 65 yeai'S and has pinpointed the presumed heir in each case. At least two of those resident in Britain have ca- ressed interest in cslablirh- ing their ancient titles, sub- ject to the amount of research and cost involved in proving their descent. The so-called Nova Scotia baronetcies now have only a tenuous link wilh that prov- ince, although the connection still evokes pride and histori- cal interest among the Scot- tish families involved. Time distorted in space NEW YORK (Router! Apollo astronauts return from (lie moon slightly younger than they would have been had they stayed at home. Some day, when men are cap- able of journeys to the stars, explorers may return from such than their children. They might even be confronted with their great-great-grandchildren. Imagine spaceships so large and journeys so long, whole generations would he born, live and die on board while the ship travels to its destination. Imag- ine men starting such n journey with the certainty they would never reach their goal. Their descendants would end the jour- fiie source for these strange concepts U Albert Einstein. He implied all these phenomena in the most famous, most radical and leasl understood scientific theories of the century-lhe theories of relativity. Einstein's theories also mean a limit on man's ability to ex- plore Ihe universe. There are really two theories of relativity. Einstein published a paper on the special theory-in 1905 at the age of 26. The second general 10 years later- TWO'ARE INTKKTWJNED Tlie special theory holds thai space and time are intertwined and that to affect one is to af- fect Ihe other. The general theory applies Hie special theory' and his concept of grav- ity to the universe in general and radically upsets men's as an example the faster an ob- ject moves the slower time moves for the object. A train going east to west across the United Slates goes into four time zones, which means a man on the train must set his watch back one hour at three points on bis trip in order to keep the correct local time on the Irain. If Ihe man instead adjusts his watch so that it will automati- cally lose an hour in whatever time il takes to travel across each time zone il can be said Ihe local lime aboard the train the outside entirely dependent on the speed of the train. Tlie faster the train goes, the slower time goes on the train. This would happen on a space ship. The space ship would, in reality, have lo go al an incredi- ble speed for il to make an ap- preciable difference on board. Apollo spacecraft hit a top speed of miles an hour, wlu'ch is crawling in a universe where light travels miles in a second. Yet it is believed Apollo astronauts come back several millionths of a second younger lhan they would be it they had bad not made the trip. On a space ship built to go at speeds approaching tlie speed of light, the distortion in time would be noticeable when the men on board return. This distortion is called the Lorcntz-Filzgerald effect after two scientists who did their work independently a few years before Einstein published his on special relativity. They broached the basis for this concept and may have influ- enced Einstein, said his biogra- pher, Ronald Clark. If it is impossible lo build a spaceship that can match or ex- ceed the speed of light, man's be reslricled. Distances in space arc unima- ginable- One of Ihe closest stars A spaceship travelling at half the speed of light would take aboul 800 years to get to the star Antares. Trips like thai would require i g a n I i c space j things turned out, by generations of men and women. Most would spend their entire lives on the spaceship on their way to a II all goes hack to Ihe early 17lh ecu tin y, when James I, following the precedent of granting English baronetcies in return for set- tling Ulster, established simi- lar Scottish titles for mm of good family prepared to raise funds and' sutlers for Nova Scolia. of the lilies, limited to carried wilh them grants of acres of Nova Scotia land, nearly half of which had to lie developed tor the col- ony. A baranetcy c o u 1 d be purchased for merks, j equivalent lo less than by today's sterling values. A plaque now marks the spol at E ft i n I) u r g h Castle where baronets "took sas- ir.e" of their lands, formally establishing their claim by holding earth and stones in their thoughts most of them never set foot in North America. After Hi? union of Scotland and England in 1707, the sepa- rate strands of baronetcies be- came woven together in the over-all of the Britisl aristocracy. Aboul 122 were ere a te d 'nclore lino carrying Nova Scotia lands, but many have since became extinct or dormant. One of the presumed heirs to the present crop of dor- mant baronetcies already car- ries a senior British lillc, of 12th Marquess of Twccd- dale. PEEK Lord Tweeddalc who lives on the Scottish island of Mull and describes himself as a farmer and lobslcr fisherman, said in a telephone interview thai be was "very interested" in establishing his link with the Nova Scotia baronetcy1 of Hay of Smithfield and Hays- since he feared it would lake a. great deal of time and money. "It's difficult to do anything from Mull and I shan't know what the situation is until I get into Edinburgh and see the powers-that-be in the of- j fice of the Lord Lyon King of Anns." I The Lord Lyon is the ulti- I mate authority on Scottish he- raldic matters, over which England's College of Arms has no jurisdiction. The last incumbent of the office, Sir Thomas Innes, died recently. Twecddale said any action he might take would depend on the time and ex- pense involved. Daring the late Labor government, UK; 50-y e a r -o 1 d marquess gave whimsical expression to his battle against taxation prob- lems by listing one of his rec- reations in Who's Who as "striving to exist under dy- namic socialism." Now the entry "Striving to exist after dy- namic socialism." CITKS TIME, MONEY Problems of time and money also had occurred to Richard Gordon, a former as- sistant police commissioner in Ghana now living in the Berk- shire town of Reading, whom Debrett's has tabbed as the presumed hf-ir lo the baro- netcy of Gordon of Emho, dor- mant since lt'50. "I'm gathering some stuff tocollier on the family, birt unless Inert; seems to IK; a ready lead, 1 shan't pursue said Gordon. "I know there were quite a lot of Gordons in Nova Scotia four generations back and I have letters relating to that time, but I'm not scrambling to lay claim to the title." Gordon said ho had known of the fiii-iily link for some years, although Dcbrett's con- siders his claim more sub- sUmtial n o w following the death in Canada of a clorcy- man undo who was formerly described S.F, the presumed Alexander Mac- Ije.inan Gordon of Kingston, Oni. The other vacant baronet- cies are: Burnett of Leys, dor- mant since 1953; Innes of Cox- ton, dormant since Les- lie of Wardis and Findrassie, dormant since 19C.7, and Stir- ling of Glorat. dormant since Debreti's found that the presumed heir to Hie last title, an Indiana resident named Robert Stirling, has since died. Of the other possible heirs, Sir Alexander Burnett Ram- say now lives in New South Wales, Australia, and the Inncs and Leslie descendants in southern England. De- bretl's editor thinks the Innes title may be particularly diffi- cult lo establish because It has unclaimed for 65 years. The Nova Scotia baronetcies are a particular interest of the province's present lieuten- ant governor, Victor Oland. On a visit lo Britain earlier Ih's year he arranged reunion dinners in London and Edin- burgh for some of tlie title- holders and has expressed wish lo play host to them fa Nova Scotia- Debrelt's editor, Montague Smith, noted that one Cana- dian has recently come into fl British baronetcy, though not a Nova Scolia one. He is John Simon Stracey of Montreal, who becomes the ninth bar- onet on the death o[ his cousin I Sir Michael Stracey, formerly of Durban, South Africa to our solar system, Alpha Cen- tauri, is more than four light years away. Cheech and Chong do silly comedy By MICHAEL BENNETT Canadian Press Staff Writer Clicech and Chong. a freak remake of Laurel and Hardy, started wilh a loplcss improv- isational group which got laughs as well as ;ooks. Cheech is Richard Cheech, a Mexican-American f r o m Los Angeles who fled to Can- ada with his degree in English to escape the draft Chong is Tommy Chong. a Chinese-Canadian born in Ed- monton and the brains behind a bare-chested theatre com- pany in Vancouver called the Cily Works. It consisted of two long- hairs, a mime-artist, "four topless chicks" and Cheech, the straight man. and they helped cut down the overhead at Chong's small nightclub, the .Shanghai Junk. "But improvisational groups never says Chong. "It's like there are only one or two heavies in the group and when the others quit, thai left me with practically n o'n o d y. Choech was the only one who stayed." Chong had spent about two years with a Motown group called Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers and decided to in- corporate some comedy rou- tines in another hand. TRIKI) SKIT Their first gig was a battle of the b.'inds. Ann- one num- ber, Chung pnl doun tiis gui- tar aiul tie and Clieecll went into a skil "and lumed the joint upside duwn." "We never did gel back to the niiisie. The band just sal up there ard laughed with ev- erybody They left for Los Angeles in May, looking for the big lime. II look them three or [our months to get recognized they de- veloped a repertoire of soul humor in small black clubs- "We played some head dis- c o I h e q u e s, really hard to werk, hut it good-every- body slopped playing and making out wilh chicks, long enough lo watch us." Cheech and Chong were de- velr.piug a lighhu ij'ht repula- lion when they discov- ered by Sally MalT, Lenny Bruee's mother. "When Lenny was in LA, he had like a huge following of comic said Chong, "and when he died, there was no one left lo fill in. "So when we came up, we were loo young for a lol of the older cats, but the younger ones and some of the hippier older ones fell in love wilh us. "They helped us a lol, just by telling us what Lenny went through and how he made it, what to look for." The record industry started hearing about them too; sec- retaries would go into their riffs at Ihe office, and it was just a question of who would sign Ihem first. An audition for Warner Bros, was held at (lie Trouba- dor and Lou Adler, president of Ode Records, happened to be in the crowd. "It was funny, because be- fore Lou walked in. Bob Gib- son, who works for a PR firm that handles most of the rock acts, said: 'You're going to sign the next act you .see.' "Lou had like a small label, Carole King, Merry Clayton, and he was going to keep it small, sn he said: 'No way.' But he walked in, saw us and fell on the floor laughing. "lie loved it. because Lou Adlcr is from East LA and we do a lot of Chieano I Mexican- American) humor. He related so much.'' Warner Bros, hemmed and hawed and Cheech and Chmig got the word they wanted Hie comics the day after Ihr- pail- signed with Ode. Their first album has just been released- i MU.MOU' I "It's so beautiful." said (.'hong. "Yon can compare it lo the way Laurel and Hardy must have felt when they came