Supermoon and Mark Gee

Facebook has certaintly helped increase my knowledge of all things astrophotography, largely through membership of different groups and seeing the photos others share and their stories about how the images were captured. One of the stars of the New Zealand (and world) astrophotography scene is Mark Gee and as luck would have it he’s a […]

Easter Weekend

Easter weekend has been quite relaxed so far. My football was postponed on Friday due to the preceding week of rain so we were able to head out for a walk. Kaitoke was the chosen destination. We had lunch at a picnic table in the glade where a lot of the filming of Rivendell was […]

10 days to go…

The marketing machine behind the Hobbit premier in Wellington is kicking into high gear and today a new sculpture was unveiled on the front of the Embassy Theatre. Gandalf now proudly stands in front of a certain hobbits home, tapping on his door and awaiting a reply. There is also a new hobbit themed baggage […]

Ian McKellen at the Opera House

On Saturday night Keryn and I along with Catherine and Paul attended a show at the Opera House in Wellington. Sir Ian McKellen was performing a one-man show with proceeds in aid of the restoration of the quake-damaged Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch. We had dinner nearby and arrived early enough to get to our […]

The Great Weta Race pt. 3

There were a number of different groups who went out during the day on the Great Weta Race and as they all came back to the Weta Cave their photos were put on display so everyone could see the fantastic efforts of all concerned. Once the final group came back and the last photos had […]

The Great Weta Race pt. 2

Into Wellington and a quick stop so Keryn could get a photo of Westpac Stadium where crowd noise was taken for use in the films. We stopped to get lunch and then found a park near the Embassy Cinema so I could a shot of the site of the Return of the King premier. Then […]

The Great Weta Race pt. 1

Today we have entered a race organised by Weta and Ian Brodie, author of the Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook. The task is to get around as many of the Wellington region film locations used for the Lord of the Rings movies, taking photos to prove that each place was visited. Starting at the […]


We normally see a movie a month or so but this last week I’ve seen three (Keryn didn’t see the second). Here are some brief thoughts on three quite different movies: Inception We caught a free showing of Inception in Wellington (thanks Flicks!). I’d been looking forward to this movie having enjoyed every Chris Nolan […]

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