When most of us think of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, we think of moai, the 887 magnificent statues that guard its shores. But the mystery of BBC4's Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World wasn't how these monoliths were made, or how they were moved into place (aliens, obviously) or even whether the ancient Rapa Nui people were responsible for their own decline, it's why the myths have persisted for so long.
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Sunday 19 October 2008
There are some sporting events that only make any sort of sense once they have started. There is every chance that the Rugby League World Cup will be one of them. The 13th running of the oldest global tournament in either code of rugby, which kicks off in Australia on Saturday, has had its credibility undermined well in advance.
Monday 18 August 2008
Tourists were turned away from the Iolani Royal Palace in Honolulu yesterday as authorities assessed the damage from its brief occupation by protesters claiming they had reinstalled the islands' king on the Hawaiian throne.
Saturday 16 August 2008
Saturday 02 August 2008
George Tupou V was crowned as the 23rd king of Tonga in Nuku'alofa, the capital, yesterday in an elaborate ceremony that many expect will usher in a new, more democratic era for the South Pacific nation.
Tuesday 22 July 2008
Wednesday 04 June 2008
It will be the party of the century when George Tupou V is crowned King of Tonga in August – and it will be his impoverished countrymen in the tiny South Pacific nation who will bear the expense.
Monday 31 March 2008
England were knocked out of the Hong Kong Sevens at the quarter-final stage by defending champions Samoa yesterday, leaving New Zealand to take the trophy with a win over South Africa.
Friday 28 March 2008
The mayor of Easter Island said yesterday that he wished the Finnish tourist who is accused of chipping an earlobe off an ancient Moai could have his ear clipped off as "justice" for damaging one of the famous statues.
Friday 22 February 2008
On their self-titled 2006 debut, New Zealand's Ruby Suns combined a serious Brian Wilson fixation with the African memories of their well-travelled expatriate Californian leader Ryan McPhun to create a kind of antipodean indie-prog-rock.
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