The Lord of the Rings

Face of the day

Boy am I glad that I didn’t go to our face of the day’s school when I was nine years old. I was a bossy little so and so and would command groups of kids both female and male all running around with wooden and plastic firearms that I had brought to primary school. I got to be in charge because I had all the war toys ( thanks Dad ) We would kill each other with hoots of joy every break and sometimes we would be the good guys and sometimes the bad guys.One time my Dad was called into the Principal’s office because a parent had complained that I had sat on her son. This was before the days that schools were politically correct so I sat there bemused as my Dad and the Principal laughed at how I had bested a boy my own age in a play fight. I didn’t get punished by the school but my good friend Jared Curry did get his revenge as I had unintentionally humiliated him in front of his guy friends. He hunted me down the next day at lunchtime, tackled me and sat on me while his friends hooted with laughter. I had been running towards the safety of the girl’s toilets but didn’t quite make it. The next day I was at his place watching some puppies being born cause that is what mates do.

Courtesy Jason Steward This is the third and strangest suspension for Aiden Steward, 9, pictured on the right with a sibling, at the Texas school district.

Courtesy Jason Steward This is the third and strangest suspension for Aiden Steward, 9, pictured on the right with a sibling, at the Texas school district.

Tolkien lore led a Texas boy to suspension after he brought his ?one ring? to school.

Kermit Elementary School officials called it a threat when the 9-year-old boy, Aiden Steward, in a playful act of make-believe, told a classmate he could make him disappear with a ring forged in fictional Middle Earth?s Mount Doom.

?It sounded unbelievable,? the boy?s father, Jason Steward, told the Daily News. He insists his son ?didn?t mean anything by it.?

The Stewards had just watched ?The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies? days earlier, inspiring Aiden?s imagination and leading him to proclaim that he had in his possession the one ring to rule them all.

?Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly,? Steward said.
Aiden claimed Thursday he could put a ring on his friend’s head and make him invisible like Bilbo Baggins, who stole Gollum?s “precious” in J.R.R. Tolkien?s fantasy series ?The Lord of the Rings.?

?I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend?s existence,? the boy’s father later wrote in an email. “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”

Principal Roxanne Greer declined to comment on the fourth-grader?s suspension, citing confidentiality policies, according to the Odessa American, who first reported Aiden?s troubles Friday.

Kermit Elementary School in Texas suspended a 9-year-old student for saying he could make his friend disappear with a magical ring of invisibility.

Kermit Elementary School in Texas suspended a 9-year-old student for saying he could make his friend disappear with a magical ring of invisibility.

The family moved to the Kermit Independent School District only six months ago, but it?s been nothing but headaches for Aiden. He?s already been suspended three times this school year.
Two of the disciplinary actions this year were in-school suspensions for referring to a classmate as black and bringing his favorite book to school: “The Big Book of Knowledge.”

?He loves that book. They were studying the solar system and he took it to school. He thought his teacher would be impressed,? Steward said.

But the teacher learned the popular children?s encyclopedia had a section on pregnancy, depicting a pregnant woman in an illustration, he explained.

It is so sad really. I remember my son when at primary school falling foul of political correctness. Boys in his class had been going through a wedgie phase for about a week. No one was safe. My son suffered a wedgie from his mate and later returned the favour. Another boy who wasn’t his friend gave him a wedgie so my son waited patiently for an opportunity to get him back. Like his Dad he believes revenge is a dish best served cold. Unfortunately by the time he got his own back Wedgies were weeks out of fashion. I was called into the Principal’s office. I explained the situation and was shocked to hear that the mother had claimed that it was a sexual assault.

Who’s number one?


No not blogging…the number one country in?the?world, the hottest country to visit right now?

New Zealand is the hottest country in the world right now, according to Virtuoso ? a network of luxury travel advisors and travel providers. Using data from its worldwide travel agency members, Virtuoso tracked the destinations experiencing the largest year-over-year growth, based on $32 billion in client transactions.

It?s no surprise that this Kiwi country topped Virtuoso?s Hot List, given its exposure in movies like ?Lord of the Rings? and ?The Hobbit? ? and its untouched beauty. “There is a race towards trying to get to some of the more pristine places because of the rise in mass tourism and globalization,? said Virtuoso chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch.


1. New Zealand (+ 196%)

Far out-pacing the numbers of any other country on this list, with a staggering 196 percent increase in spending, New Zealand swept Virtuoso?s Hot List. And with the upcoming release of the latest installment of ?The Hobbit,? expect “Middle Earth” to continue its global domination.

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Labour hated it, the rest of the world not so much

The Labour party opposed every step to have The Hobbit made here, they became known as The Hobbit Haters…the rest of the world however seems quite enamoured with The Hobbit:

The Hobbit has set a December movie record for North American box office sales of US$84.77 million (NZ$100.30m) as legions of fans turned out for the long-awaited big-screen return to Middle Earth.

The 3D movie directed by Oscar-winning Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson is the first of three films based on a 1937 classic novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Warner Bros. is aiming to build on the success of the Rings series, one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises with US$2.9 billion (NZ$3.43b) in global ticket sales.


In New Zealand, there is a peculiar clarity to the sunlight. On a bright day, everything is thrown into high contrast. Highlights blaze; shadows are cast very, very dark. The effect makes the grass that covers the hills of North Island appear greener than grass anywhere else in the world. It looks almost like AstroTurf, or a golf course, though it is perfectly natural.

When director Peter Jackson decided to set The Lord of the Rings films in New Zealand, he knew that his native land could provide landscapes so spectacular that in many cases they would need little camera trickery to become the fantastical Middle-earth locations described by JRR Tolkien. They already looked just right.