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The Walking Dead

https://www.presto.com.au/tv/the-walking-dead-2

If you haven’t seen, or watched the walking dead in the last few years, I am suspicious that you have been living under a rick somewhere… or maybe you actually have a life… but wahtever.

Rick Grimes, Sherriff of a small town in America, wakes in a hospital bed from a long term coma to discover that the world as he knew it has essentially gone mad while he slumbered.

Lurching around the town are the animated dead. the undead. commonly known in pop fiction as zombies. The stuff of nightmares.

The show traces Rick, who upon reuniting with his family, collects other living, breathing people around him and tries to lead them to safety, or at least, prolong their not so dead status for as long as he can.

Zombies, really? Well, theres wisdom in this madness.

The apocalyptic setting of this series sets the stage for a compelling and gripping drama with a pioneering spirit, which attempts to showcase the best, and worst of human nature, and our struggle to live with one another in harmony, cooperate, and maintain the relative peace and tranquillity of our civilised society.

The presense of the zombies, while the stuff of fantasy and folklore, that just don’t make sense, serve a very real purpose- a scaffold scenario around which the behaviours, reactions and moral development of the all very human characters can be chronicled and observed.

Again, this is a long running serial which multiple seasons to enjoy- but its worth it. Just be prepared to wonder what you could have done if you had not spent so many hours staring at the screen watching Rick and his pals battle the lurching “walkers” as they are referred to, themselves, and their own flaws, and need to draw on inner strength and each other under the most terrible and frightening circumstances.

 

 

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World Without End – Ken Follett

http://www.amazon.com/World-Without-End-Ken-Follett/dp/0451228375

A historical Epic drama, spanning decades, set in ye olde England.

The second book in the “pillars of the earth” series by follett.

This book became a rather watchable mini-series, which I reccommed you watch first because, as with most book to teleseries projects, the books is so much more of a compelling and richer story to immerse yourself in

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6vEfrt1p8U

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1878805/

The story mostly traces the path of Merthin the builder from lowly apprentice to master craftsman,  his ever soulmate, and other characters that closely surround him.

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Domenics Quality Butcher- Fairfield

https://www.google.com.au/#q=butcher+fairfield&rflfq=1&rlha=0&tbm=lcl&rlfi=hd:;si:5967701849485365643

Address: 102 Station St, Fairfield VIC 3078
Phone:(03) 9489 0060

When on a provisions run to Fairfield village, the highlight of my journey is a visit to Domenics Butcher.

The prices, range and quality of the meat is so far in excess of the dismal and unappetising argon inflated, wizened and ancient MAP packaged offering by the supermarkets in the area its just ridiculous.

In all seriousness, it’s like there is an unwritten rule that supermarkets have to exclusively rank looking, sad meat at crazily expensive prices that are daylight robbery.

Well, night time robbery under cover of darkness anyway- as Domenics is shut at night, and the supermarket rankness is the only option available.

No wonder so many young, hip professionals and yuppy latte sipping hospo workers in the Northcote / Darebin area have gone vego in droves like a plague has washed over the north.

Clearly, they haven’t visited Domenics.

Anyway, there you can pick up nice, juicy porterhouse and T-bone steaks on special for a very reasonable $16-$20 a kilo, lamb chops for under a tenner, and the pre marinated meats, while a bit more, are just to die for… or revert away from veganism, if that’s your thing.

There are few other competitors on the high street, but they seem to not be as well laid out, or more expensive.

http://www.fairfieldvillage.net.au/#!supermarkets–fresh-food/c22fs

This is just my impression though- I’ll write up some musings on the other places next time I wander down that way to confirm.

Also, i’m clearly not the only one with this same opinion.

http://www.homely.com.au/melbourne-greater-victoria/questions/who-is-the-best-butcher-in-Melbourne

 

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