Posts by BenWilson

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  • OnPoint: Did you know we're in a recession?,

    Goodness Sofie, you must be able to see my screen. It does indeed swing just to the right, on the next tab.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10007 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anatomy of a Shambles,

    The only really fitting thing about Taranaki is that it's 'lonely'. Otherwise, it's too conical (the dwarves and hobbit spend their time on "the doorstep" in what is described as a valley between mountain arms), and it's not at the end of a chain of lower mountains, the way The Lonely Mountain is described. But I'm sure it will come out all right.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10007 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anatomy of a Shambles,

    It's the only thing I can think of as close, but it's a volcano - not really the kind of place you mine.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10007 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anatomy of a Shambles,

    Please. This is jingoistic nonsense. We don't have a lock on spectacular and moving scenary.

    Sure don't. I'm still stymied as to where The Lonely Mountain will be. I hope it's not a CG effort.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10007 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anatomy of a Shambles,

    Can I just say that teachers are amongst our best exporters? At least judging by all the brochures I get to translate for schools chasing foreign students.

    Heh, you'll never sell that to the Right. That's "feeding the brain drain".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10007 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anatomy of a Shambles,

    It's reading like a pretty sharp deal that Key has struck.

    He went on to add that the government and Warner Bros have also agreed to work together in a long-term strategic partnership to promote New Zealand as both a film production and tourism destination.

    But that will come at a cost.

    "The government will offset $US10 million of Warners marketing costs as part of the strategic partnership. This will include working with Sir Peter Jackson on the development of appropriately themed material that will promote New Zealand as a tourism destination," Key said.

    "It is envisaged that this material will be included on all DVDs and digital products likely to reach tens of millions of international consumers. In addition to this, the government will be working with Time Warner as a strategic partner to promote New Zealand across their stable of media outlets."

    That's a lot of marketing we just bought. If it came out of the Tourism budget, it would even seem cheap in the bargain.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10007 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anatomy of a Shambles,

    Teaching also doesn't bring in hundreds of millions in foreign spending.

    Weeeeell, you could argue that tertiary brings foreign money. But what teachers can't really do is jeopardize that much.

    the US$15M tax breaks don't really cost them anything as that tax money would have been gone if the production left anyway

    Yes. Quite the opposite, this tax break fairly clearly makes money. Not to mention providing a lot of jobs, and it does mean a lot to a lot of NZers, even outside of the film industry.

    Depending on the law changes, this is a big up for Key. I'm going to break my usual distrust of the Nats by saying "Well done, John".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10007 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anatomy of a Shambles,

    Autoschadenfreude

    Definitely not: Joy at other people's car breakdowns. I suggest Selbstschadenfreude, but I'm only a first year german dropout.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10007 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anatomy of a Shambles,

    Unhappy about everything else. Is there a word for this?

    I believe the usual one is "compromise".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10007 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anatomy of a Shambles,

    to move the filming of the movie anywhere else would be like casting another actor as Gandalf when Ian McKellen is still available.

    Yes, an outrage, much like leaving out "The Voice of Saruman" from the theatrical cut. But they'll get over it, and still see the movie 5 times in the box office, buy every DVD and BluRay that comes out, and line their walls with figurines. That's the life of the fanboi.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10007 posts Report Reply

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