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Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20

Scoop's top 20 rating items today are...

1: The Grey Beard of Gandalf

"Peter Jackson suggested a droopier moustache. I suddenly looked like a double for the Beatles' Maharishi", actor Ian McKellen on his transformation into the mage Gandolf - a Lord Of The Rings snapshot.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0001/S00082.htm


2: Email 4 : Kit's Persecution, The Backstory

I began this e-mail last night because I found it hard to sleep. I want to put Kit's persecution into a context for the record. Please excuse the length. Henrik is right. There is a book in this.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00104.htm


3: Opinion: On The Meaning Of Freedom

Ironically enough, the spur to think again about the nature of `freedom' was provided by a phrase in a Young Nationals column - Jordan Carter in his From The Left Column.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00102.htm


4: Photo Essay - The Wellington Waterfront Plans

In the interests of informing the public Scoop has taken a number of photographs which show plans for massive building development on the Wellington Waterfront.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00104.htm


5: Act "Not Fools"

Native Forest Action (NFA) yesterday admitted making a blunder by accusing ACT leader Ken Shirley of making a fool of himself by publicising a leaked email, says a West-Coast newspaper.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00002.htm


6: Scoop Images: Liv Meets Some Smokin' Ringwraiths

The following pictures - supplied to Scoop anonymously - show actress Liv Tyler in action during the shooting of some scenes for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The pictures were taken in the South Island near Wanaka.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00027.htm


7: Government Meetings Finally Put Banks Under Fire

Banks are charging too much in fees and are misleading the Banking Ombudsman say a group to meet with the Minister of Consumer Affairs Phillida Bunkle, on Tuesday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00049.htm


8: Government to develop new charter for TVNZ

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Minister of Broadcasting and Minister in Charge of Television New Zealand Marian Hobbs, said today that the Government had decided not to approve the joint venture proposal for Television New Zealand to set up a digital ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00163.htm


9: AmericaOne Robbed of Victory

A foul at the finish line, robbed AmericaOne of a second victory against Prada, in the fourth race of the Louie Vuitton finals on Sunday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0001/S00084.htm


10: Timberlands, Emails & Beech Trees

The government's decision to axe beech logging on the West Coast has been criticised yet again, with a foreign forestry expert saying the move was shortsighted. Scoop's West Coast correspondent John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00101.htm


11: The Trade Negotiations Minister On the WTO

International cooperation and the rule of law are fundamental to ensuring global peace and prosperity. It concerns me deeply when commentators begin to portray these as a some kind of evil - opinion by Jim Sutton.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00158.htm


12: Timberlands Guerilla Warfare - Original Email

Following Is the Original Letter from the Royal Forest And Bird Society along with the Timberlands Employee's Email which started the controversy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00042.htm


13: Act Foolishly Reveals Link With Timberlands -NFA

The Act Party have made fools of themselves by publicising a Native Forest Action email and claiming it embarrasses the government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00044.htm


14: Prebs Rebs - following Mad Dog - Young Labour

CONTENTS: Editorial: Mad Right-Wingers, and "We Won The War" A response to last week's column Rebels misfire again!

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00048.htm


15: Radio New Zealand’s Midday Bulletin

Incis Inquiry – Dental Fees – No Investigation – Snail Mail – A Post Election – ACC Report – Contact Taupo –HFA Resignation – Digital March – Road Toll – Murder Charge – Dunedin Weather

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM0002/S00005.htm


16: Alliance pleased fees are finally coming down

The Alliance is pleased Dentistry fees are being reduced and said that this is one of the first steps to removing barriers to tertiary education.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00166.htm


17: Campbell Beats the Aussies

Kiwi golfer Michael Campbell made it second-time lucky beating 1998 winner Thomas Bjorn in the NZ$2.1 million (A$1.6 million) Heinekin Classic, as thunder and lightening crackled ominously overhead.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00105.htm


18: Scoop Images: Our Troops In Timor

The New Zealand Defence Force has kindly sent us the following pics of NZ troops in Timor....

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00107.htm


19: 10,000 Human-Gene Sheep Not a Trial - Greens

Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today that a commercial herd of 10,000 genetically modified sheep in the Waikato made a mockery of "field trial" approvals granted by the environmental risk management authority.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00151.htm


20: Media Biased On East Timor Coverage

PERTH, West Australia (JP): How well did the Australian media cover the East Timor debacle in recent months?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00002.htm


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