Here's a story I have told before but there is now a little add-on to it.
A couple of years' ago, I was walking around Miramar, Wellington, and approaching Weta Workshop, From a distance I saw someone hard at work cleaning the gutter, complete with spade and wheelibin.
"Poor guy," I thought, "The Wellington City Council have got him working on a Sunday."
I got closer and I saw that there was a 'Weta' sticker on the bin.
"Poor guy," I thought. "Weta have got him working on a Sunday."
I got closer and saw that ... it was Richard Taylor! The Richard Taylor. Yep, nice guy Richard Taylor, everyone-adores-him Richard Taylor. Boss of Weta Workshop Richard Tayor, the bloke who along with Peter Jackson, Jamie Selkirk, and Tania Rodger, had the guiding hands behind the"Lord of the Rings" movies.
And he was cleaning the gutter?
He told me that Sundays was the only day he could get at the gutter because cars were parked there all the other times.
The add-on bit I was telling you about is ... My friend, AJ, is a teacher. In class one day a teen boy had dropped some litter on the ground and didn't bother to pick it up. AJ trotted out my Richard Taylor/wheelie bin story ending up with, "...so even Richard Taylor isn't above picking up rubbish."
The suitably-chastised kid picked up his litter.
I took this photo on the day Prince Charles visited Weta Workshop.