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Westeros Down Under

Australia is one of my favorite places in the world, particularly the city of Melbourne... and it would seem the Aussies like me too.

Melbourne, as it happens, is adding five new stops to its Metro, and in a fit of jolly Aussie optimism they have asked the public to suggest names for the new stations. And it would seem that names from my books are among the leading contenders:


I have to admit, I am bemused and rather flattered by this. The idea of a Melbourne Metro Station named Winterfell tickles my fancy... though, having been to Australia numerous times, I will assert that winter never really does come down there. Highgarden, the Eyrie, Dorne, Westeros... well, some names are more apt than others, admittedly, but all of them beat Station McStationface, which I fear will be the ultimate victor, given the results of other recent Name That Thing balloting.

Myself, I think they ought to consider naming one of the stops after the late great Aussie country singer Slim Dusty: they could call it The Stop With No Beer.

(I will leave comments open here, but ONLY for discussion of Melbourne's metro stops. All off topic comments will be deleted).


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Sep. 7th, 2017 09:27 pm (UTC)
This explains everything
I'm pretty sure those stations already exist in Westeros, having watched the latest seasons of the show.
Sep. 7th, 2017 10:02 pm (UTC)
I recently came across this story, also from Australia, also featuring Aussies naming stuff inspired by the series: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/aug/24/australia-geelong-names-streets-after-game-of-thrones-characters

Edited at 2017-09-07 10:02 pm (UTC)
Sep. 7th, 2017 10:26 pm (UTC)
ASOIAF-obsessed Aussie
I live in Melbourne and am frothing so much at the idea of stops that use names from your books. There was some debate about our workplace that they would have to get your permission to do it...is that true?
Sep. 7th, 2017 11:57 pm (UTC)
Re: ASOIAF-obsessed Aussie
No, they would not need my permission.

Even if they did, I'd give it.
Sep. 7th, 2017 10:41 pm (UTC)
Wait, so you were bemused (baffled, confused, bewildered) or amused (per the subsequent "tickles my fancy")? I ask because one usage of bemusement in ASOIAF has always bugged me. This line—
"The corners of her father's lips curved upward ever so slightly, giving him a look of vague bemusement."

—feels like "amusement", not confusion. Although I suppose someone could smile in confusion...
Sep. 7th, 2017 10:56 pm (UTC)
What Fun!

I've never been to Australia, but I am thinking that Night King Station sounds appealing.
Glen Sheppard
Sep. 12th, 2017 03:50 am (UTC)
RE: What Fun!
Not if you have been to King Street at night lol
Sep. 7th, 2017 11:30 pm (UTC)
heh, you've not been here when the the wind is coming in off the ocean or out from Werribee way :D Come on down about 2 weeks ago and go for a walk in Docklands; Winter is not coming, it's THERE. Granted we don't get snow etc like you guys do (unless you go to the High Country, which I highly recommend, btw), but we do get our own particular brand of freezing. Ours is what I call the Ice Your Soul wind; it cuts through ANYTHING, it's not strong so you can't really feel it as such, it just creeps in like some sort of body-invading wraith and destroys you from within.
It's why we all wear black; we know we're in slow mourning for everyone in winter :D
Or try Tasmania. Brrrrrrr!!!!!!
Sep. 7th, 2017 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, and I know there's a place called Snowy River. There's a song about it.
The man from snowy river - naomi elizabeth - Sep. 12th, 2017 05:15 am (UTC) - Expand
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Matheus Ervall
Sep. 7th, 2017 11:41 pm (UTC)
How about Dreadfort?
No shame in a dark fantasiesque name to mix into an otherwise realistic historic setting. It is quite endearing to imagine it being used in a chit chat between old ladies drinking tea; "Oh, we have just moved in close to the Dreadfort, it is such a peaceful and quiet neighborhood!"
Sep. 8th, 2017 12:53 am (UTC)
Winter definitely comes to Tasmania! The only thing beyond that is the South Pole...

A Koori word would be really nice, I hope at least one of the stops bears a Koori name.
Dan Koifman
Sep. 8th, 2017 01:59 am (UTC)
Fanboys try to get their favorite authors to make them characters in their books and authors try to get train stations named in their favorite cities. I can dig it.

But according to the interwebs, you have a whole train system. https://goo.gl/RmnWqR
Sep. 8th, 2017 02:21 am (UTC)
How could anyone go off topic when...
Discussing the metro system in Melbourne? I mean, c'mon! When I go to parties I bring two things: Seagram's wine coolers, and lengthy conversation on the Melbourne metro system.

P.S. Congrats George, that is pretty cool.
Tim Richardson
Sep. 12th, 2017 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: How could anyone go off topic when...
When you're bored of the trains, we have trams. A lot of them. Some of them even spew forth fire, sort of. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/it-sort-of-exploded-commuters-flee-burning-tram-after-power-lines-spark-blaze-20170905-gyaxbj.html
Hells Bells
Sep. 8th, 2017 02:42 am (UTC)
My votes - submitted to the site :-)
from North to South:

Bear Island
Kings Landing
Matt O'Reilly
Sep. 8th, 2017 04:28 am (UTC)
Melbourne Stations
Hey hey,

I've lived in Melbourne my whole life and work and study in the city. I'd love a Winterfell station. It suits Melbourne as everyone's pointed out; it is freezing here for about 9 months of the year. It doesn't snow but the wind goes straight through your bones.

The city station is being built on Swanston Street. Sadly, they'll probably overrule the poll and make it Swanston station. Similar to how the UK's poll was tossed out:

RIP Boaty McBoatface...so damn good.

Wayne Malloy
Sep. 8th, 2017 04:38 am (UTC)
Flea Bottom
The only Westrosi name a Melbourne Metro Station would be worthy of is "Flea Bottom"

Edited at 2017-09-08 04:41 am (UTC)
Sep. 8th, 2017 04:56 am (UTC)
As a Melbournite - The Stop With No Beer wins my vote.
Sep. 8th, 2017 06:58 am (UTC)
As a Melburnian I was following our state premier when he announced the naming challenge of our new city centre stations on his Facebook page...and was thrilled to see the Westerosi locations rocket straight to the top of suggestions haha!

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