Mount Tongariro About To Blow?

Another reminder today that New Zealand straddles the Pacific Rim of Fire and is a geologically active country. Scientists have issues a yellow alert for Mount Tongariro following a recent increase in the number of volcanic earthquakes beneath the mountain. The volcanic activity comes against the background of other earthquakes  in New Zealand over the…

Booted Out Of Bag End

What’s all this then, we’ll have no trouble here. The casting agent involved in yesterday’s Hobbit ‘skingate’ scandal has been terminated from the job, according to a report in Stuff: …The agent, an independent contractor, had also placed a newspaper ad saying female hobbit extras should have “light skin tones”. A spokesman for Jackson’s Wingnut…

The Oscars. Avatar, Precious Or Hurt Locker?

And the nominees for Best Picture are: Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers “The Blind Side” Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Producers “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers “An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro, Producers…