In­dus­try hob­bles a thirsty Hob­bit

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the pro­duc­ers of The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney, are con­tin­u­ing with their ef­forts to shut down a Southamp­ton bar named for the early JRR Tolkien novel. The Hob­bit pub has un­til May to change its name or risk le­gal ac­tion.

Stella Roberts, land­lady of The Hob­bit, com­mented: “The pub has been called The Hob­bit for more than 20 years and it has never been a prob­lem . . . We just haven’t got the re­sources to fight it. I can’t fight Hol­ly­wood.”

But hark. Do we hear a na­tional trea­sure com­ing to the aid of the down­trod­den bar­keeps? It’s Baron Stephen of Fry. “Some­times I’m ashamed of the busi­ness I’m in,” the great man tweeted. “What point­less, self-de­feat­ing bul­ly­ing.” Since Richie Egan scooped the Choice Mu­sic Prize last week, we’ve had Scorpio from the award-win­ning Ocean of Fre­quency play­ing on re­peat in our heads.

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