Tuesday, July 29, 2014

'The Hobbit' Episode 3

It's officially called The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, and it's coming your way this Christmas.
This, the final film in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, doesn't hit the big screen until 17 December, but you can get a sneak peek at the first teaser trailer right now.
Screenwriter/producer Philippa Boyens: "People tend to forget what happens at the end of The Hobbit. They think of this little children's book. The rest of the story needs to be told, and it's pretty intense stuff."
Those lucky sods who've been able to preview the movie advise that fans should get ready for huge clashes and heartwrenching losses... and of course, lots of gorgeous sweeping New Zealand scenery shots!
Check out the trailer:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Too Soon For Rolf Harris Jokes?

An Ozzie car dealer has been slammed on social media, for a Rolf Harris joke in an ad for a used Toyota ute.
Under the photo of a second-hand HiLux for sale is: "There's more hope of Rolf Harris getting a babysitting gig than us finding a better example." (referring to the Australian entertainer who was jailed for child sex offences earlier this month).
Those with no sense of humour spread it across social media sites last weekend. And as you can imagine, the howls were loud and rather precious.
The ad was for Goldfields Toyota in Kalgoorlie - sales manager Darryl Evans: "We try to make our ads a little bit interesting and a little bit lighthearted, but we blurred the lines of good taste and bad on this occasion."
Toyota Australia contacted the dealer as soon as it heard about the ad and asked for its removal, but by then social media had fanned the usual hysteria.
Come on, ockers! This is naught but a wee laugh at Harris' expense! It may also be regarded as easing the national tension over the demise of one of Australia's (until now) most loved figures. If the reference was to - say - Adolf Hitler's antics, then we'd be talking righteous disgust... but until then, chill!
If I were you, I'd be more irate about the price of that ute!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cook Strait Ferry Debacle Continues

When will KiwiRail face up to reality?
Better still, when when it face a government enquiry?
Its Cook Strait ferry Aratere is only just back in service, after returning from dry dock in Singapore, where she was repaired after a propeller fell off last November.
Around 3yrs ago, the company installed more fuel-efficient propellers as part of the lengthening of the ship (a stretching process that many marine experts did not recommend). During the recent dry-docking, some dickhead decided to put the original propellers back on - these are now slowing the ship down by 15 minutes per trip across Cook Strait! KiwiRail is investigating larger propellers which could require a dry dock, but the earliest that could happen is next winter.
This means one sailing per day will be dropped from the schedule. What a DEBACLE!!!
"Er...didn't feel a thing!!"
The dropped sailing will be picked up by KiwiRail's other rusting dog, Arahura... er, ya mean, the same Arahura that hit the Wellington terminal wharf this week?
Yeup, the same incident which the captain DENIED...but which a witness filmed!
The list of incidents involving the vessels and crews on the InterIslander run is growing by the DAY! Surely an enquiry is long overdue!
Mind you, NZ First leader Winston Peters suggests the govt may WANT KiwiRail to fail, in order to flick it off in a 'fire sale'. Doesn't sound too farfetched at all...