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Prince Charles has knocked the Lord of the Rings out of the top spot. Today's top 20 rating items on Scoop are...

1: Tony Blair Calls Prince Charles a 'Goon'

Relations between the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, have hit an all-time low following Blair's branding of the prince as a "goon." John Howard reports.

2: Scoop Images: Gandalf’s Two Exploding Trees

Responding to the hints of a couple of US Lord of The Rings websites – and - Scoop earlier this week informed its star Hobbit paparazzi of a reported sighting of Gandalf’s exploding trees in Upper Hutt.

3: Scoop Images: And Not A Hobbit Was Stirring

The following pictures show the inside of the set for the town of Bree from the Lord of The Rings Trilogy which began shooting in New Zealand yesterday under the direction of Peter Jackson.

4: NZ Accused of Involvement over Ambassador Feud

A US Republican Party aide says that New Zealand bore much of the blame for a disgraceful feud which is flaring over the appointment of US ambassador-designate to New Zealand, Carol Moseley-Braun. John Howard reports.

5: “” digs up Political Truths on Greens

At the last count more than 365,000 hits had been received by the Young National’s “nocrap” website. The success of the site is partly due to publicity generated by Labour MP Pete Hodgson’s complaints.

6: Scoop Images: Mirror Snaps Bilbo’s House

Scoop wouldn’t normally so shamelessly lift a photo from a newspaper but in this instance the claim in the Mirror/Daily Record that this is the “first” picture of the Lord of the Rings secret Kingdom, is, respectfully disputed.

7: Scoop Images: Bree Is Spooky At Night….

Having seemingly scored the internet Scoop of the week with his pictures of BREE AT FIRST LIGHT Scoop contacted the Hobbit who scooped the world and asked him if he had any more snaps from his visit to Bree….

8: Quake Shakes Much Of New Zealand

Much of New Zealand has this morning been shaken by an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale.

9: OneRing.Net: That Photo a FAKE?!

ID4 has sent me some startling news! This may not be accurate, but ID4 does have some expierence in the field of CGI art, he first sent me this:

10: Irish Eyes: Cloning Woolly Mammoths

There are some strange fates that can await you in this world. For example you could be walking the frozen tundras of Siberia, with your friends and relations 22,000 years ago, only to find yourself run over by a glacier and frozen solid.

11: California Students Winning Human Rights Struggle

In a move which should make government's around the world blush with embarrassment, young law students at the University of California are taking on international human rights struggles and winning. John Howard reports.

12: Reports U.S. Deliberately Bombed Chinese Embassy

HONG KONG -- The first crack in the US government's version of the May 7 bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade came from an agency of the US government. Now, five months later, the official story has crumbled almost entirely -- but you'd never ...

13: Piha Tragedies Highlight Need For Caution

The Surf Life Saving Association is today conducting an inquiry after two fathers died at Piha, west Auckland, on Monday. Here Scoop brings you late evening images of the power and dangers of Piha surf. Our message: Be Safe, Have Fun.

14: Upton-On-Line: Time for ACT to come clean

Emissaries from Labour and the Alliance have come to upton-on-line pleading for one day's relief from the stinging attacks they and their policies have received from this site.

15: Shipley's weak economic grasp sorely exposed

"No wonder the Prime Minister is trying to duck as many election campaign debates as possible. She must be worried that her weak grasp of basic economics will be exposed," Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen said today.

16: Irish Eyes: News From A Hot Country

Irish Eyes has learnt, through being especially vigilant in examining places capitalism has yet to reach, that if Australians vote to become a republic in their upcoming referendum on the matter the government will move to secure a $US12 billion two-year ...

17: The Greens & the Coromandel: Labour Begin To Move

With the Greens launching their election campaign last weekend Labour has slowly started to hint that Labour supporters in the Coromandel should support Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons. This move has major implications. Jonathan Hill writes.

18: Study's Corroborate Student Research Claims

Newly released studies from Auckland University and Victoria University have backed up the findings of a Student Association Research Project conducted in 1998.

19: One MP Or A Rag Tag Bunch?

“People who vote for Murray McLean will get what they want, end of story. Whereas those who vote for Fitzsimons will inadvertently ensure other Green candidates join the public payroll,” said Coromandel MP Murray McLean today.

20: Politically Correct Civil Servants Overrule On HIV

“Who is running the Government – the civil servant bureaucrats or the warranted Ministers of the Crown?” asks Gael Donoghue, Health spokesperson for the Christian Heritage Party. She was commenting on the recent difficulties experienced by Immigration Minister, ...

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