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Call it magic

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Have been listening to this on repeat, it couldn’t have been released at a more poignant time. The beat courses through my veins and the backbeat plucks at my heart strings so beautifully its as though King David himself is tickling his harp. I’ve found myself zoning to this musing broken relationships, that I wish could be different.

This melodramatic ripple delivered by Martin has a taste of sweetness about it, something Coldplay engineered into many of their tracks over the years. The lyrics so powerfully reflect on a broken relationship, in spite of this, Martin delivers them in a soft angelic manner that clutches at a state of nostalgia. Lyrics such as “And I just got broken, broken into two, Still I call it magic, when I’m next to you” enhance the euphoric emotions associated as I look back at something so ‘magic’ but now broken and will only remember the good times. The track presents itself with a bass-heavy nearly electronic inflected groove full of warbling synths that without the guitar reverb and the falsetto intones by martin would sound like anything other than a Coldplay track. Thankfully, his lingering voice proves it to be vintage Coldplay.

The song gives insight into the breakup of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. It reflects on the relationship with a sense of pride “call it magic” he sings, “call it true”, he knows that the bond they share is more special than anything else. Regardless of how the relationship ended, he still wants her back because he doesn’t want “anyone else but you”.
The closing line gives hope of a forthcoming resurgence of mutual affection. “After all that we’ve been through” he still believes that there is a chance.. if she was to entertain the thought once more.

Mt Dandenong: Cycling

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Mt Dandenong: Cycling

I recently had the opportunity to ride up Mt Dandenong which is located just out of the Melbourne CBD, what an amazing place, the forrest spilling over the roads and the mist drawing us further up the mountain. With just the sound of birds chirping and heavy panting from mainly myself and not my counterpart, we reached the tourist lookout and rested for a brief moment before making a few more descents and climbs. With a downpour of rain every so often coupled with moss growing on the edge of the roads, flying down on a tire only a few cm’s thick at speeds in excess of 60kmhr (nothing compared to professional speeds) I was experiencing a mix of emotions between terror and pure exhilarating joy.

Leaning in to the corners with my fingers going numb and not knowing if the brakes were being applied, I was so thankful to have returned home without a scratch, this only left me wanting more, so over the easter weekend we went out on three more ‘tour de victoria’ stages which I managed to film using my GoPro black edition mounted on the bikes. With trips including CBD-Mentone return at night time back along the yarra, Torquay to Lorne (including Deans Marsh) and return and a Yarra Bend ride, With some great footage I have been editing together for a short clip to post in the coming weeks.

Just this weekend alone gave me a taste of how incredibly skilled professional cyclists are and deserve a lot more respect than they get, I know I will be saluting them as I pass them on the roads from now on.

I look forward to the next time the chance comes to get back on the bike and feel the burn! If you haven’t experienced it, then jot it down and get out there sometime, you won’t regret it!

Liverpool YNWA

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Liverpool FC travelled to Australia in 2013 to play an exhibition match against Melbourne Victory at the MCG. The first time Liverpool has ventured down under as a team.  With one of the biggest followings of any sporting team throughout the world, it was no shock to everyone that a sea of red filled the stadium for the game.  As is the tradition of liverpudlian matches, the stadium erupted with all 95,000 fans belting out a boisterous rendition of the famous “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Its one of those moments you can watch over and over and still get goosebumps.

To experience that atmosphere is something dreams are made of, I can’t imagine the motivation it would inject you with as a player in the middle of the pitch preparing to fight and hearing your 12th man (the 95,000 collective) amp you up for the game.

In 2011 I was lucky enough to experience the atmosphere at a Manchester Utd v Chelsea match at Old Trafford, although I don’t support either of the teams, it was another tick off the bucket list.  With fans divided and passionate venomous chants being hurled through the air at one another its hard not to be swept up in the moment and join in! just one tip, always support the home team if you aren’t sure (for safety precautions).

 

Comment for discussion below, or if you have another example!

 

Nic

GoPro Onde catamaran trailer

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Was playing around with GoPro studio’s to paste this together in about 5minutes, the new 2.1 software has a few improvements and for the slow motion, instead of using third party software such as Twixtor I simply reduced the Fps to 24, it works well but if i was to dedicate a video to slow motion clips, using a more advanced process would result in a much smoother clip.

Have just downloaded the trial for FCP and am excited to play around with all the features, have been using the basic iMovie provided by OSX, which is great for producing amateur videos.. but i would love to purchase FCP and take full advantage of the advanced API’s to make even better movies. The full video for the day over at Rotto on the Onde Catamaran will be made in FCP and will upload as soon as i get around to it!


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Melbourne: A city

Recently I made the move over east to Melbourne to experience new things and great opportunities.  I have been here for nearly a month and have loved it so far, Melbourne is the type of city which you can do just about anything that may tickle your fancy, theres no excuse to be bored in a city with so many different events and places to see.  For example, the friday of the first week that I was here I went to the Grand Prix that was being held at Albert park not far from where I am staying.  First off, what an unbelievable experience to see the power and speed of a range of sport cars going around the track, it was one to tick off the bucket list for sure.  However, not satisfied with just providing awesome entertainment on the track, the event organisers set up a half pipe and brought Tony Hawk and friends over to woo the crowd with his talents.  With F-18 fighter pilot doing low passes over the crowds and as if this all wasn’t enough I accepted an invitation to go to the opening game of the AFL football season later that night.  An action packed day for sure!

If you are thinking of travelling to Melbourne then don’t hesitate, what an amazing city full of fun things to get involved in.  Just riding through the city on my bike over the weekends you find yourself in the middle of street markets and street performances charged with an infectious vibe that attaches itself to you, and you return home feeling just a little bit more cultured than when you left.

Exciting to think that there is still so much to see!

 

nic

Golfing with the old dogs

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Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago while I was still in perth, played a round of golf and got some carts for a bit of fun. first golf video, was too busy concentrating on the actual golf aspect rather than getting more footage, didn’t have much to play with but pasted it together for some reasonably good viewing nonetheless.
Music credit to Alt-J and there song ‘dissolve me’, one of my favourite bands, go check them out on iTunes and get the album!

nic

Chasing Dolphins

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Heres a short video I pasted together from the raw footage from a trip to Rottnest Island last year, what a great day it was, a pod of Dolphins wanted to play, so we slowed down and they swam next to us for a few kilometres, such majestic creatures and so effortlessly they kept up with the speed of the boat. Theres a screen shot in the first half of the video where we caught one of them jumping out of the water, pretty amazing to see!

On our most recent trip over to Rotto, we were on the jet ski’s zipping around and a huge pod was swimming by, apparently they don’t like the jet ski’s so we turned off the engine and just floated around with them. Its reassuring to see dolphins when you are out in deep water because it usually means there won’t be any sharks around!!

If you get a chance to go across to Rottnest Island off the Perth coast in Western Australia, jump on it, you won’t regret it!

be curious.
nic

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