Thursday, October 04, 2007

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.


Blogger Richard Taylor said...

I have flown over Mt Taranaki - also called Mt Egmont - in a Victa Air Tourer in 1969.

Talking of "conspiracies" they can lead one into almost paralysing paranoia but - in fact conspiracies do in fact occur.

Whoever "did the towers" in the US - whether it was an "inside job" or other - had to have been involved in some kind of conspiracy.

Indeed on reflection - whoever enacted that dramatic and quite exciting event (cinematically for the viewers perhaps not for the actors in the movie) - has to be applauded for workmanship and all star performance - the Towers came down with beautiful precision and flower-like delicacy as if the building had been prepared already for demolition - giving the US - who had never previously been attacked by anyone seriously (unless one calls the Japanese kamikaze stunt on Pearl Harbor an "attack" ) - a wonderful reason to mourn and to keep being paranoid and to attack Iraq etc etc

I think that the US either did it or they encouraged it.

There are many unanswered questions.

7:49 pm  
Blogger Richard Taylor said...


7:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch it pomo
Since when has Taranaki needed your permission to exist
Better watch out for Taranakiites because the mountain is like a giant chip on our shoulder
Next to that the Bombays are flat
Thats why you can see them
Next youll be saying that Taranaki gates are not gates
Or that Blue Vein is not cheese
Or that we were not born under the mountain
Watch it pomo

9:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taranaki is clearly an evil place.

9:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The word on the street is that Mt Taranaki is real - for now.

Word is that Cook is a fake, but.

11:08 pm  

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