Ian Robertson, Special to the Toronto Sun

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A view of "Hobbiton," with its small lake, Green Dragon Inn, grist mill, 'Party Tree' and 'Hobbit Holes.' IAN ROBERTSON/TORONTO SUN

A visit to 'Hobbiton' in New Zealand

To the casual visitor, what appear to be tiny doll-size dwellings built into the sides of lush rolling hills on the Alexander farm look like something out of a fairytale.

Canada's new $20 polymer bill.

New polymer $20 bill goes into circulation Wednesday

Canadians increasingly used to making more and more “plastic” purchases using debit and credit cards can add another piece of new technology Wednesday — the first Bank of Canada polymer $20 bills.

Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof boards the last train to Cochrane from Union Station in Toronto on Friday for the final run of the Northlander train service. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

Last run for the Northlander train service

The last Northlander train from Toronto to North Bay and Cochrane trundled out of Union Station on Friday, leaving fans feeling they’ve been shunted to a siding.

Sam Sniderman checks out the Sam the Record Man website in 2000. (Fred Thornhill/QMI AGENCY)

Sam 'The Record Man' Sniderman mourned

Generations of music-lovers who once frequented Toronto’s iconic Sam the Record Man store regard the owner’s retirement 12 years ago as the day the music died.

Halton Regional Police forensics officer checks the lawn beside Clark Blvd. duplex in Milton one day after bodies of Wojciech Kosalka, 43, and his son, Noah, 6, were found. (Ian Robertson/QMI AGENCY)

Dad kills son, 6, in murder-suicide

Residents in a sprawling neighbourhood were horrified Sunday after police revealed a man killed the young son he often played with before committing suicide.

Annaleise Carr lands at Marilyn Bell Park late August 19, 2012, becoming the youngest to cross Lake Ontario and raise money for Camp Trillium. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

Girl, 14, youngest to conquer Lake Ontario

Battling high overnight waves and exhaustion, 14-year-old Annaleise Carr on Sunday evening became the youngest person ever to swim across Lake Ontario.

The weather seems to have defeated Lake Ontario swimmer Colleen Shields - for now.

Colleen Shields beached again

Would-be Lake Ontario swimmer Colleen Shields has been beached by the weather - again.

Entrance gate to the Confucius family gravesite in Qufu, China. IAN ROBERTSON/TORONTO SUN

Visitors to Confucius' birthplace learn much

Despite the passage of more than 2,000 years, wars and political upheavals, memories of China's greatest sage are alive and well in this town of 650,000.