Blurring the Lines, Fantasy is Reality in NZ

Tourism New Zealand is poised to ensure that New Zealand cashes in on the forthcoming Hobbit film release. After the surge in interest generated by the Lord of the Rings films (coming conveniently soon after the September 11 attacks in the US and Helen Clark cashing in by declaring New Zealand a “safe haven”)  New Zealand…

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…