Nov 28, 2011

Storm Trooper Walking Australia For Starlight Children's Foundation

Just another day for Jacob French of Western Australia.  Photo Source:
While most Australian twentysomething lads will be waking up at the crack of noon today, shaking off the dust of a weekend of sun, fun and partying, Jacob French of Bussleton, WA will be hitting the 20km mark of his daily trek across the country. That's less than half his daily walking of approximately 45km before setting up camp and settling into an evening of blisters and instant noodles.

Jacob set out in July to raise money for the Starlight Children's Foundation by attempting to walk across Australia (from Perth to Sydney), in a replica Star Wars Storm Trooper costume. Wearing a plastic molded Storm Trooper costume that weighs nearly 7kgs with full-helmet has definitely brought attention to his cause.

To date he has raised over $30,000 for the charity, and he isn't even half way across Australia. Be sure to stop by his website and check on his progress, show your support, and help cheer him on!

More details on TrooperTrek 2011:
An optomistic Jacob on day 1:

Nov 25, 2011

Harry Potter: The Exhibition at Powehouse Museum in Sydney

Hedwig has arrived with your personal invitation to check out the first, and only stop outside North America, of Harry Potter: The Exhibition. A travelling collection of hundreds of artifacts from the iconic film series based on J.K. Rowling's epic books, this is one trip to the museum that won't disappoint. The exhibit will be on display from 17 November 2011 until 18 March 2012.

"Harry Potter: The Exhibition captivates fans from the moment they step inside and truly embodies the magic that has produced the most successful film franchise in history," said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "Australia has given Harry Potter a legion of passionate fans and we couldn't be happier to provide them with this once-in-a-lifetime experience."1

From all counts, this is one creative exhibit, with everything from Harry's robe to creatures from all of the Harry Potter films on display. The magical world of Harry Potter is brought to life from the moment you enter the museum, with guests being given the chance to draw their 'house' from the Sorting Hat before moving through the many set recreations, photos, props, and costumes.
"Along the way, visitors can enter the Quidditch area and toss a Quaffle, pull their own Mandrake in the Herbology vignette, tour a recreation of Hagrid’s hut, encounter Buckbeak™ the Hippogriff and look into the many eyes of a giant Acromantula spider."2
Check out the amazing photos in this slideshow for a better idea of the amazing energy that has gone into putting this collection together. And watch this YouTube video below:

 Harry Potter: The Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum:

Dressing Up for Harry Potter: The Exhibition?
No doubt there will be a few muggles in the crowd, but for those spell casting fans out there, dressing up is all part of the fun. Here are a few great ideas from, with one of the best Harry Potter costume and accessory selections online.
Gryffindor Robe
Griffindor Robe
Quidditch Robe
Quidditch Robe
Adult Gryffindor Robe
Adult Robe
Sorting Hat
Sorting Hat
Harry Potter Tie
School Tie
Golden Snitch
Golden Snitch

Harry Potter: The Exhibition Details:
Dates: 17 November 2011 through to 18 March 2012.
Times: 9am to 5pm daily. Last entry is at 3:30pm.
Address: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Telephone: (02) 9217 0111 or info line (02) 9217 0444

*Buying tickets in advance is highly recommended if you want to avoid queues. Click here to Buy Tickets Online. Thoughtfully, a limited amount of people are allowed in to each session time to keep the experience from being too crowded.

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