7 February - TheForce.Net has posted a report that a "concrete village" in Tunisia has suffered from fire damage - apparently as part of the storyline for Episode 2. The full report can be read here. [This is the first that Tataouine Tours has heard of this, despite numerous location reports provided by travellers who have visited Tunisia recently. Perhaps this is not the Mos Espa set? I'll admit that this is an unlikely explanation - has anyone got any better ideas?]
5 February - A brief phone call to Agence Nomades, in Tozeur, has tipped us off that they are expecting LFL location scouts to return to the area at the end of 2001 to look for new locations for Episode 3. They also told us that an Episode 3 filming crew is expected to be in Tunisia in 2002. [With all the reports of scenes and sets already been filmed for Episode 3 in Sydney, does this mean that George Lucas is filming the last two Star Wars movies back-to-back?]
3 February - A bit late, but the official Star Wars site has posted On Location 27. In it Ahmed Best interviews Anthony Daniels (puppeteer, voice and actor who portrays C-3PO) at the Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata. A great deal of details of the Episode 2's Lars' Homestead - interior set can be seen in the background.
24 January - We have just been in touch with the Tunisian tourist office in London, and discovered the following:
15 January - After sending a number of faxes, Agence Nomades has replied with:
Good news and bad news - the entrance fee to the Mos Espa set is nominal (UKú2.00/US$2.50) but you aren't allowed to take photographs. We still suggest that you make arrangements to visit the location through the ONTT in Tozeur.
3 January - Following up from our inquiry to CTV Services about the status of the Mos Espa set, we have just received a reply from them:
Tataouine Tours is in touch with Mr Osma and will post any news we get, but if any of you want to contact him his address is: