David versus Goliath, or should that be Frodo versus Sauron? Just when almost 40 years of residents’ battles over excessive noise at Wellington airport seemed dead and buried, a new row has surfaced. The issue is whether Lord of the Rings’ American financer, New Line Cinema, should be allowed to fly its executives into the airport in its slightly-too-noisy Gulfstream III jet up to four times a year. [More]

(Hrm…4 times a year? Try living up here in Pointe-Claire, on the Island of Montreal. I’m in an airplane corridor, we have planes passing over every 5 seconds…what?! I can’t hear you! – Xo)