Peter Jackson Threatens To Relocate Hobbit
A union dispute could mean that New Zealand's hobbit hopefuls may never don pointy ears.
Read original story in BBC | Monday, Sept. 27, 2010
Continuing disputes have threatened the filming of The Hobbit in New Zealand. With no disrespect to our readers who want the production to stay in New Zealand, TIME offers 10 other locales that would suit scenes from J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved book
November 9, 2005
A recent restructuring led by Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, created three business divisions each headed by an executive from the sales and marketing side of the company. Some analysts pointed to the need for Microsoft to balance those executives with some high-level technology experts.Mr. Ozzie seems to be taking on a large part of that mantle. His memo also is surprising in its candor; though his language is polite, the executive doesn't shirk from pointing out the company's problems.
Japanese civil servants shirked duties to edit Wikipedia 日本公務員逃避工作來編輯Wikipedia
Cézanne was from Provence in the south of France, and he also chafed under family expectations. Packed off to Paris to study law, he took painting classes instead at a walk-in studio school, where the other students mocked his provincial gaucheries. There he met Pissarro, who was nine years his senior and did not mock him, and they became friends.
They made a striking odd couple. Cézanne was a furious misfit with the face of a hobbit, the mind of a scholar and the mouth of a stevedore. Pissarro was grave, patient, but radically anti-authoritarian. When asked what he thought was the best way to advance French art, he said, "Burn down the Louvre." He wasn't kidding. He was a yippie who happened to look like a monk.
What they shared was ambition and elevation of purpose. As unorthodox painters, they had little chance of success in the state-sponsored salons. So they did what they wanted to do: they followed the path of greatest resistance. They turned exclusion into independence, and independence into a moral imperative that they could not, would not shirk.
verb [I or T] DISAPPROVING ━━ v., n. （責任を）避ける, 怠る ((doing)); ＝shirker.
to avoid work, duties or responsibilities, especially if they are difficult or unpleasant:
If you shirk your responsibilities/duties now, the situation will just be that much harder to deal with next month.
I shall not shirk from my obligations.
someone who avoids something, especially work:
We have no room for shirkers in this office.
- A place, especially with reference to a particular event: the locale of a crime.
- The scene or setting, as of a novel.
[From French local, local, locale, from Old French. See local.]
Hobbits are a fictional diminutive race in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium who inhabit the lands of Middle-earth. They are named "Halflings" by most of Middle-earth, and "Periannath" by the Elves.
Hobbits first appeared in the J. R. R. Tolkien novel, The Hobbit, in which the main protagonist, Bilbo Baggins, is a hobbit. The main protagonist of The Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins, is a hobbit, as are his friends and co-protagonists, Samwise Gamgee, Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck. Hobbits are also briefly mentioned in The Silmarillion.
According to the author in the prologue to The Lord of the Rings, Hobbits are "relatives" of the race of Men. Elsewhere Tolkien describes Hobbits as a "variety" or separate "branch" of humans. Within the story, Hobbits and other races seem aware of the similarities (hence the colloquial terms "Big People" and "Little People" used in Bree) However, within the story, Hobbits considered themselves a separate race, especially personality-wise. At the time of the events in The Lord of the Rings, Hobbits lived in the Shire and in Bree in the north west of Middle-earth.
tr.v., donned, don·ning, dons.
- To put on (clothing).
- To assume or take on: donned the air of the injured party.
[Middle English, contraction of do on, to put on. See do1.]