John Scott is based in Cambridge, England, and is a professional photographer. No, I have it wrong. John Scott is based in Cambridge, England, and is a professional plumber. After looking at his work, he could easily work in both fields.
Unless you’ve been holed up in an underground bunker, you’ve probably heard that US entrepreneur Peter Thiel recently purchased land in the South Island of New Zealand, after also becoming a citizen. In anticipation of the apocalypse, we’re told. And it seems he’s not the only tech-billionaire to do something similar either.
The South Pacific nation is deemed the place to be on account of its relative isolation, and stable government. Personally, I think Thiel would have been better off keeping the idea to himself, as he’s probably inspired who knows how many others to head there, at whatever cost, in the event of global calamity. I know I’m going to.
Billionaires live in the same society we do, and are subject to the same cultural influences, and trends the rest of us are. Right now, survival is trendy. Particularly among people who like the idea of doing tough guy stuff, but don’t actually go out and do tough guy things. You get the feeling that doomsday prep is just a fun hobby, or mental puzzle for these dudes – one they’re able to indulge a little more than you or I might be able to. You buy a neon green tomahawk at Walmart just in case the zombies ever rise; Peter Thiel buys a 477-acre farm in New Zealand. Neither one will ever be used for its intended purpose.
Defunct New Zealand pop band Split Enz described New Zealand, or Aotearoa, being the Maori name for the country’s North Island, before it became more widely associated with the whole country, as a “rugged individual, glisten[ing] like a pearl, at the bottom of the world”, in their 1981 single, Six Months In A Leaky Boat.
Too rugged for some possibly, considering the country often seems to be omitted from maps of the world, or at least the maps featured in the World Maps Without New Zealand Tumblr.
Constanza Tagini Nightingale, Jamie Harkins, and David Rendu, are part of a New Zealand based multicultural art group, who etch three dimensional like drawings into the sands of local beaches. Too bad the works are only ever visible for a matter of hours at a time…
The beach and a stick provide infinite possibilities. Your imagination makes them a reality.
A new year, a new start… by faking your death? Don’t get your hopes up though. Very few people succeed in starting a new life by ceasing to be one person, and assuming the identity of someone else that they’ve created.
Apparently though New Zealand citizens, who can reside legally in Australia for, I believe, indefinite periods of time, have an edge in this regard however, thanks to a combination of privacy laws, and the fact they – seemingly – don’t have to pay taxes here:
For Verzi, fake-dying professionally means having a new, hard-to-trace identity ready. “It seems like the US has half the privacy laws we have so it’s much harder to disappear there. Actually, the hardest people to track are New Zealanders because they come here [to Australia], and they don’t vote or pay taxes and then they go home. It really helps if you’re a Kiwi.”