News for Sep. 22, 2005

Plumber tries to seduce Peter Jackson with old boiler

9/22/05, 6:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Straford plumber Wayne Lobb, who makes animals from old copper hot water cylinders, is trying to lure film maker Peter Jackson to the town. The bait is his latest creation, a 1.8m-high replica of King Kong. Kong will be a highlight of Stratford Art Society's members' exhibition which opens in the Percy Thomson Gallery on Saturday. The price on King Kong's head is a "very negotiable" $40,000. "I'm not prepared to give him away. If Peter wanted it for his memorabilia collection, I'd certainly be prepared to talk business with him," Mr Lobb said. [More]