Happy isolation: hiking the ridges of the Larapinta trail

Bushfires, a painful shoulder and a food miscalculation make a 15-day hike in Australia’s Red Centre challenging – and satisfying

I’ve been trudging along this never-ending ridge for hours. The air is hot and deathly still, with my breath, the footfall of my boots and the buzzing of flies the only sounds in a vacuum of silence. A weary foot catches on a rock and I shoot forward, falling into a nest of sharp rock and even sharper spinifex.

Rolling on to my back, I lie there bleeding and staring up at the sky. There’s only one thing for it. I rummage around in my pack and pull out a block of “emergency” chocolate.

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Netflix Cuts Ties with Kevin Spacey, Drops Vidal Movie

Words by Jason Cordner

Netflix announced that Kevin Spacey has been fired from House Of Cards and the company will no longer be going through with his Gore Vidal biopic, amid the recent sexual misconduct allegations against the actor.

“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of ‘House of Cards’ that includes Kevin Spacey,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.

The statement continued, “We will continue to work with MRC [Media Rights Capital] during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film ‘Gore,’ which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey.”

Netflix’s decision to cut ties with the actor comes days after Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp alleged in a BuzzFeed News interview published Oct. 29 that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14. Spacey issued a statement in which he said he did not remember the incident but “sincerely apologized.” Spacey also drew ire when he used that same statement to come out as a gay man.

What will happen to the next season of House of Cards? Time will tell,  after all he is the President. They could just impeach his character. If only we could do that to the real President.


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