** November – Armchair Traveller Challenge **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the November – Armchair Traveller Challenge;

After hanging around home for October, we’re going to travel far and wide for November – albeit from our armchairs!
#1. You need to complete three of the five categories listed below to finish this challenge. One read one book for each category.
#2. List (and LINK) all the books you plan to read for the challenge.
#3. Upon completion of a book, rate it and update your progress.
#4. Minimum of 125 pages per book – full guidelines HERE
#5. At least one Australian Author.

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This weeks links (2016-10-24)

In brief:

* Our secret project to give women equal media airtime (2016-Oct-24) [SMH]

❝ Next time you’re stopped at the lights, peering down the road at a bus stop or avoiding old magazines in a waiting room, look around.
What you’ll see is modern Australia: an amazing and harmonious mix of men and women from here and around the world. According to the last census, more than a quarter of Australians are born overseas, and another 20 per cent on top of that have a parent born overseas. ❞

* The hidden danger that comes after Donald Trump loses to Hillary Clinton (2016-Oct-24) [Brisbane Times]

* Doctor Who – Christmas Special – Sneak Peek


* Top 5 Trail Events for 1st Timers (2016-Oct-26) [The Long Run]

❝ Making the transition from the track or road to trail running can be a daunting one. Apart from the increased physical demands of the off-road world, there’s also a whole new wardrobe involved! It’s easy to see why some folks never take the plunge and stick to what they’re use to. So to help get you across we’ve put together a list of our favourite events for you to take your first few steps into the dirty world of trail running. ❞ — The Long Run

* Gritty Truths About Ultra Running (2016-Sep-28) [lululemon athletica]

* Running with Data : Where Data Science meets Endurance Running [medium.com]
A collection of articles at the intersection between data science and endurance running. Barry Smyth, Professor of Computer Science at University College Dublin.



Some reading/listening:


Something from Bandcamp:

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The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written
Whether you’re a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there’s something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.
— BuzzFeed Books (2015-Aug-21)


A list that defines the authors’ snapshot of Fantasy. The list misses a few that I would have definitely put into the list; where are Dianna Wynn Jones, Jim Butcher, Katherine Kurtz, Anne McCaffry, David Eddings, Trudi Canavan, Tad Williams, … ? This listing does give a starting point for a larger discussion.

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Duct tape, always have duct tape

via Banff Mountain Film Festival;
Sometimes when you’re adventuring out in the world, things can go very, very wrong. Luckily, filmmaker and cameraman Keith Partridge always carries a handy roll of duct tape in his bag—and you’ll never guess what he uses it to fix.

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Wednesday WIN (2016-Oct-19)

RUIN AND ROSE (Official Trailer)

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #228 – That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run

❝ That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going. ❞ — Forrest Gump

And now for some music …

♫ Jackson Browne – Running on Empty / Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way / Willie Nelson – On The Road Again / Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band – Against The Wind (Forest Gump run scene)

♫ Vangelis – Chariots of Fire Theme

♫ Sympathy For The Devil (The Jericho Mile)

* 12 Great Running Movies That Motivate [Runner’s World]
* The 25 Greatest Running Movies Ever [http://running.competitor.com]
* Ten of the best running movies [The Guardian]
* The Best Running Movies of All Time [Outside Magazine]

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Melbourne Marathon Festival : Half Marathon 2016

melbourne-marathon-festival Event: Melbourne Marathon Festival : Half Marathon 2016
Date: Sunday the 16th October 2016
Location: Melbourne
Distances: Half Marathon
Organised by: Melbourne Marathon

While Melbourne’s list of sporting events includes internationally renowned cricket matches, football games and tennis tournaments, the Melbourne Marathon is considered the most popular marathon held in the city. Thousands of enthusiastic participants come and take part in this renowned event, with the event welcoming participants of all ages and abilities to participate.
Thousands of spectators come together in Melbourne to cheer on all the participants during the big race, with the Melbourne Marathon one of the largest marathon events held in the country.
The Melbourne Marathon was originally started back in 1978. In 2007, a new course was developed for the race – starting and ending at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (the MCG).
Additional to the thousands that participate in the full 42km marathon, over tens of thousands of people run the half marathon. There are also course options for novice runners at lengths of 3km, 5.7km and 10km. The race course route goes through some of the most notable and scenic areas of Melbourne; including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Albert Park Lake and the beaches of Port Phillip Bay.

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