India becomes latest nation to succumb to S&M craze as conservative nation opens up about sex | UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 15 December 2012 India may have a reputation as a conservative society where sex is still a taboo subject, but that image could be fading fast. The Asian giant is yet another nation to be swept up in the Fifty Shades of Grey craze, with the best-selling erotic trilogy encouraging S&M fans to come out of the closet for the first time
Now you can drink in the same pub as Bilbo: Middle Earth hostelry opens to the public… and luckily the pints aren't Hobbit-sizedThe Green Dragon pub is found in Hobbiton, near Matamata, New ZealandShire inn was popular watering hole for Frodo, Sam, Merry and PippinUsed in filming for the latest Hobbit film, the iconic pub includes characteristic circular doors made famous in movies | UPDATED: 18:27 GMT, 11 December 2012 For the inhabitants of Middle Earth, it was a popular watering hole, where Frodo Baggins and his friends Sam, Merry and Pippin liked to tipple. But now the famous shire inn in the village of Hobbiton has expanded its visitors from curious Hobbits and opened up to the public.
Hobbit mania grips New Zealand with 'Elf' weatherman presenting forecast in Elvish and politicians referring to the 'fellowship' New Zealanders greeted with weather forecast for Middle Earth todayPolitician refers in Parliament to 'wizard' and 'slimy bearded creature'100,000 fans arrive at Hobbit film premiere, many dressed in costume Those who arrived on plane were treated to jet emblazoned with the cast of the new film and a safety briefing video including Hobbits with hairy feetFans camped overnight to secure spots close to the 500m-long red carpet | UPDATED: 20:08 GMT, 28 November 2012 As the heart of Middle Earth, who could blame the country for its overzealous support for the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Especially when New Zealand's tourism revenue is to rise by up to 250m annually because of the hit films.