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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).


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.
naomi elizabeth
Sep. 12th, 2017 05:15 am (UTC)
The man from snowy river
Hey George

It's a poem actually, by Banjo Patterson who also wrote Waltzing Matilda.

There was movement at the station for the word had got around, that the colt from old regret had got away.

And of course that's all i remember of a very long perm. The snowy river starts in our alpine region and flows quickly to the coast. Our alpine region is less than 1% of Australia and is at huge risk from climate change. My favourite thing about our alpine region is that emus live there, exactly the same as those emus living in the desert. It's so cool
Sep. 8th, 2017 12:40 am (UTC)
"Ice Your Soul wind" sounds pretty much like the winter has came. Winterfell could be a nice name, though I'm not sure if I can have an opinion about it since I do not live in Australia.


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