Looks Like We’ll Have to Rename New Zealand “Middle Earth”

Boy, filming J. R. R. Tolkien’s stories in New Zealand is the best thing to happen to that country in many years.  Now that “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey” will be hitting the theaters in a month and a half, the hype is building up over there.  A few days ago, I saw this picture of a giant Gollum sculpture in Wellington’s airport.  It reminded me of my trip to Egypt in 1979; the terminal of Cairo’s airport was decorated with a giant relief sculpture of Ramses II and the goddess Hathor.

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Now Air New Zealand has gotten in on the act.  Two years ago (October 1, 2010), I posted a video of dancing flight attendants on Cebu Pacific, a Philippine airline.  Now for the required flight safety instruction, Air New Zealand has elves, dwarves, wizards, rangers and hobbits telling you what you need to know.  Even Peter Jackson pops in for a cameo appearance.  I say “pop in” because he finds a neat way to get past the hassle of airline security, LOL.

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