The 'Naki conspiracy
I've been to Taranaki half a dozen times, but I've never seen the top of that that iconic mountain. Even in the middle of summer, clouds have appeared and sleety rain has begun falling as soon as I've been within sighting distance of the peak. Now, thanks to Fiona Clark, I can spy on Mt Taranaki by webcam:
The Taranaki Vista site has a Live Landscape Photograph. The Subject is Mount Taranaki. The image is contemporary. It updates every 0.8 of a second when the Internet is going well. Already we have collected some excellent images. Please go to the site and click on "Live Picture". You may want to click on "larger image" too. The picture is the size for a High Definition TV so that people can have the live and moving Landscape in the gallery or at home.
I've just had a look, and the mountain is covered completely by cloud. Just out of interest, has anyone ever seen the top of Taranaki with their naked eyes? I mean, can we really be sure the thing is there at all?
Back at Rosehill College my mate Adrian Price put forward the theory that certain places - I think I remember him mentioning Los Angeles - didn't really exist, and that everybody who claimed to have visited them had actually been taken to a warehouse in the industrial wasteland behind Manukau City and 'reprogrammed'. I think I might start a conspiracy theory which argues that Mt Taranaki was stolen by Martian Islamocommies, and replaced by a giant gravel pit, which is perpetually obscured by dark clouds. (Actually, they're not clouds, they're cloud-shaped spaceships...)
I'll leave it to New Zealand's chief conspiracy cracker, comrade Richard Taylor, to iron things out.