Game of Thrones Season 7: Trailer

Game of Thrones Season 7 will air in Australia on 17-Jul-2017. The new season will only consist of seven episodes, compared to the usual 10, as Game of Thrones plots its end game. HBO had previously said the debut would be pushed back from its traditional April debut to the US Summer due to production constraints.

* Holy blazing dragons, it’s the Game of Thrones S7 trailer!

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❝ A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. ❞
— HHGTTG, Chapter 3

Listen to the Original “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” 1978 BBC radio series.

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Melbourne Winter Adventures

01.) Light a campfire, toast some marshmallows, eat s’mores
🔥 It’s Winter – light a campfire and Toast marshmallows over the campfire. Even better if you are away camping and you happen to have a nice enamel cup of port or muscat.

02.) Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest
❄️ Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest will return in 2017 from 1 to 27 August!
Every evening a light, moving image and sound display will operate in the main street of Walhalla from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. You’ll see Walhalla as you’ve never seen it before! Don’t miss the Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest light display or the special events. Discover the fascinating history and hidden secrets of Walhalla on a Ghost Tour. Catch the Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest LIGHT TRAIN and see Stringers Gorge on these special night trains as you’ve never seen before. With colour and movement it’s a great way to experience the Walhalla to Thomson line in a totally new way.

03. Winter Solstice Festival
🔥 The Winter Solstice Festival @ EDENDALE FARM in Eltham is a great event for the whole family to celebrate the longest night of the year!
We’ve got something for everyone ~ Live music, delicious food, a wonderful kids’ lantern parade, mulled wine, fire entertainers and an enormous, sculptural bonfire.

04.) Rooftop Glamping
⛺ St. Jerome’s – The Hotel is taking luxury camping to the next level in the heart of the Melbourne CBD on the sprawling rooftop of Melbourne Central.
The site is home to 21 world-class standard canvas bell tents (6 x Luxe, 12 x Luxe Plus, 3 x The Lodge), dressed with all the lavish trimmings expected of a luxury hotel.
Fall asleep cosy under the stars against Melbourne’s skyline and wake up to 360-degree views of the city, with complimentary breakfast and your choice of local filtered coffee or tea delivered in the morning.

05.) Whale Watching at Warrnambool
🐳 Almost every year between June and September, female Southern Right whales return to the waters of Warrnambool’s Logans Beach to calve. The whales often swim within a hundred metres of the shore. They can be viewed from a specially constructed platform in the sand dunes or from the beach.

06.) Indoor Rock Climbing
Indoor climbing is an increasingly popular form of rock climbing performed on artificial structures that attempt to mimic the experience of outdoor rock.
Altona North:
Nunawading & CBD:
Richmond & Moorabbin:

07.) Go Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing is an outdoor snow activity that involves strapping on special snowshoes. The shoes take up a larger area than your foot and they work by evenly distributing your weight across the snow so that you do not sink into the snow.
⛄️ Lake Mountain:
Take a snowshoe tour with a resort guide – the Snowsports Centre is able to arrange group or individual packages to fit your requirements. Make it a weekend by staying at Marysville at the base of Lake Mountain
⛄️ Mt Stirling:
Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management has created two interpretive walks on Mt Stirling ideal for exploring by snowshoe during the snow season – a 4.4km Wombat Drop Loop and a 12.3km Summit Loop.
Take a guided snowshoe tour with Stirling Experience and enjoy the stunning surrounds of Mt Stirling with an informative guide. Tours operate each Saturday from 1-4pm, and include snowshoe hire, tour and afternoon tea for just $40 (or $20 if you have your own snowshoes).

08.) Eureka Skydeck’s Giant Ice Slide
The Winter School Holidays will see the heart of Southbank once again transformed into an action packed winter wonderland when Eureka Skydeck present the return of the giant Melbourne Ice Slide for kids, parents and the whole of Melbourne to enjoy.
The slide will be operational from 1st to the 16th July 2017 and tickets can be purchased onsite on arrival. No wet weather gear required!

09.) Murder on the Puffing Billy Express
🚂 Murder on the Puffing Billy Express departs from Puffing Billy’s Belgrave station.
Join us at Puffing Billy’s Murder Mystery Dinner where you will enjoy an evening of deception and intrigue. As Puffing Billy steams into the ferny darkness of the Dandenong Ranges, you are tasked with getting to know the players in this tale. A hearty meal worthy of any private eye awaits at the Nobelius Packing Shed where the story unfolds. Dress to the theme of the 1920s and 1930s.
Arrival back into Belgrave station is approximately 11.30pm.

10.) Explore the inner city laneways
🏙 Explore Melbourne’s Arcades & Lanes and Street art. Locate a pub serving good food and local beverages, with an open fireplace or finish off with an Italian-style hot chocolate at Brunetti’s.

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Wednesday WIN (2017-May-24)

SalomonTV: Dream Trip: Nepal

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Running/Riding – what’s next? (Part 3)

Behind any total cluster f##k there is always a plan, a plan that seemed really good when written down and viewed from afar; this may just be that sort of plan! Where did I leave that monkey wrench? This plan is now post UTA50 and looking at the rest of 2017. From the original plan, we have already covered September 2016 to the start of March 2017, and March 2017 to the end of May 2017.

The adventure continues … on to Wonderland!

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #244 – vale Chris Cornell, 1964-2017

Vale Chris Cornell, 1964-2017
Chris Cornell was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is best known as lead vocalist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. He had seemingly survived the demons that had taken so many of his Seattle Grunge contemporaries.

❝ Chris Cornell died early Thursday morning. His band Soundgarden played a show on Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Two hours after the show ended, he was gone. …
But Chris Cornell died of suicide on May 17, 2017, at the age of 52. He was a dad. He was a philanthropist. He was becoming an elder statesman of rock. He was a grown up. Cornell was aging gracefully, even doing that thing where some guys get better looking as they get older. He got Soundgarden back together, and they made a great new album a couple years ago. His voice still had all the power and strength it had displayed in his youth. Much like the rest of us, the world had kicked his ass a couple times, and he survived.❞

It’s not what you think (2017-May-20) [The First Ten Words by Rich Larson]

You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800, Mensline Australia on 1300 789 978 or the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

And now for some music …
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This weeks links (2017-05-22)

The Three Sisters, Katoomba

In brief:

* Mount Everest’s Hillary Step has collapsed, mountaineer confirms (2017-May-22) [Guardian]
A British mountaineer has confirmed that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the climb more dangerous.
The Hillary Step, named after Sir Edmund Hillary who, along with the sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first person to climb the mountain in 1953, may have been destroyed during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.


* Kilian Jornet’s Ascent of Everest (2017-May-22) [Summits of My Life Blog]
Alone, in a single climb and without oxygen or fixed ropes, Jornet has reached the summit of the world’s highest mountain (8,484 m)
The climb, which forms part of the Summits of My Life project, sets a new “Fastest Known Time” of 26 hours from the Everest Base Camo (5,100 m) to the summit at 8,484 m
Due to stomach problems Jornet didn’t complete the descent to the Everest Base Camp and is currently recovering at the Advanced Base Camp (6,400 m)

* Mexican Tarahumara woman wins 50km race wearing only sandals (2017-May-22) [BBC]
A 22-year-old woman from Mexico’s Tarahumara indigenous community has won a 50km (31 miles) ultramarathon wearing only sandals.
María Lorena Ramírez defeated 500 other runners from 12 countries in the female category of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, in central Mexico.
She ran without any professional gear, and her pair of sandals was reportedly made from recycled tyre rubber.

* A big day at the office



Some reading/listening:


Something from Bandcamp:
In A World Of Fear by Scale The Summit

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