Game of Thrones MEGAPOST

I was a bit late on to the Game of Thrones bandwagon having just watched seasons 1 to 4 in a matter of two weeks. It had never peaked my interest before but after hearing friends constantly talking about how good it was, I thought I’d give it a try.

I’m glad I did because it’s easily one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

Due to the nature of its twisty turny plot and jaw-dropping OMG WTF moments, I will keep this post as spoiler free as possible but please be warned there may be some bits in this collection that you might want to avoid if you aren’t up to date to the end of season 4.

So, I stumbled upon a whole load of great G.O.T. YouTube clips and wanted to share them on here. Starting with the opening credits, I had really paid attention to these after seeing them the first couple of times, I just hummed along to the dramatic theme tune and waited for the show to start. Then someone told me that the opening credits change as more and more of Westeros is explored. So I’ve a new found appreciation of these credits and also the animation is terrific. Here’s a compilation of all the various locations visited in the opening credits seasons 1 to 4:

Next up, you know Game of Thrones has become a bit of a phenomenon when The Queen’s Guards play the theme tune outside Buckingham Palace:

And to finish up, whoever made this has skills (and too much time on their hands…and a talented cat):


I was told two things as I began watching Game of Thrones: (1) that George R. R. Martin doesn’t give a flying fuck when it comes to killing off his main characters. I don’t think there are any ‘main’ characters in Game of Thrones as it’s an ensemble cast and the premise of the show is how all these different houses and characters are feuding with each other trying to gain an upper hand and seize power. It’s a fairly level playing field for the most part. (2) The other thing I was told as I was doing my catch up marathon was “Expect death, many deaths”. And so, as I reached the end of season 4, I have come to agree with both of these statements. If you begin to like a character for a redeeming quality, because they’re kick ass in battle or they make a great villain, I’d suggest you rein in these feelings of admiration if you want this character to live. Georgie M will slay that character right in front of your astonished eyes!

Case in point:

That being said, I do have my favourite characters. I like Catelyn and Robb Stark for their seemingly honourable quest to put things right. I like Renly as he also appears to be an honourable successor to the Iron Throne. I absolutely abhor Joffrey (as I’m sure everyone does!). This previous paragraph should be read with a hint of irony.

Just to add, if they do anything to either Daenerys Stormborn or Jon Snow, I will not be a happy little dove.



I have learnt through watching the episodes back to back, that the traditional cliff hanger/jaw dropping moment that you usually find in the final episode of a season, is placed in the penultimate episode of each Game of Thrones season…the Battle of Blackwater Bay, the Red Wedding, the Mountain and the Viper, etc. These moments with G.O.T. are so out of nowhere and brave in their audacity that my floor was holding my jaw for minutes as what I was watching tore my eyes out.

What people have now started to do, is record their reactions to these moments as they watch and then upload their reaction videos on to YouTube. It probably started off genuine but there are now a whole load of people doing this who are clearly over-reacting and playing up to the camera in a vain attempt to attract more views to their YouTube channel. You can spot the genuine ones though and their a gem when you see people sharing the moments you have a reacting in utter shock and terror, usually as one of their favourite characters meets the Angel of Death. Here’s a few of my favourites:

I’ll finish off now with one last YouTube clip which explains what’s happened in the lands of Westeros and Essos up until the end of season 3. It’s a good summing up of which houses are where and who is in alliance with whom. Obviously season 4 has been and gone now as well, but the chap who made this video doesn’t seem to have made one that covers the events of season 4 yet, so this’ll have to do for now 🙂

Strangest Shop I’ve Been In

I visited Venice in March this year and my friend who I was travelling with said she wanted to visit this book shop – supposedly the one of the world’s most unique bookshops. In retrospect, it is definitely unique. A bookshop though, I question that part!

This was a hoarders paradise. There were books everywhere, which is good, it being a bookshop and all. But the appearance suggested otherwise. There was some kind of order in evidence, but for the most part, the books were more a form of furniture and appeared to be holding the structure of the building together. They were stacked floor to ceiling, holding up shelves, even being used as a staircase out in the canal-side garden. I didn’t want to touch anything for fear f the whole place falling down on top of me.

This video below (not mine) really does not do it justice as to how cramped and overstocked each shelf is. It is a book lovers dream/nightmare. Books everywhere and yet you dare not touch them for fear of death.

My favourite experience in here though has to go to the first point of contact with staff who offered me 3D glasses to look at a 3D book of naked people. What?! Yes that’s right! Luckily this place had a side door which meant I didn’t have to walk back out past this staff member. It did mean walking past the porn section though where old copies of Playboy were strewn across the floor for sale. Odd place indeed!! Oh yes, and there was a full size gondola inside too filled with books!

Life of Pi Official International Trailer

The new film from Ang Lee. Going by the trailer, this could be a terrific film. I haven’t read the book (yet) but it looks to be one of the inspiring, heart-warming movies – with a bloody great big tiger in a boat!

The Joy of Books

Cool stop-motion animation showing what goes on at night in bookshops across the land! It’s real isn’t it?!

World Book Day

Here’s a novel way to celebrate books on World Book Day (1st March 2012). Artist, Guy Laramee, carves intricate scenes out of stacked up hardbacks. Not quite celebrating the written word but anything that brings attention to books on World Book Day is a good thing. The level of detail in these works is quite something. I particularly like the mountainous scenes that are reminiscent of Chinese paddy-fields; I just hope they weren’t first editions!!

Inspirational Message of the Day

My mantra for life 🙂

Beauty In Decay

I came across this book last year sometime when it was showcased in one of tabloids here in the UK. It’s Beauty In Decay by Romany WG and it showcases some of his incredible photography around derelict urban environments. Challenging what people believe to be beautiful, Romany WG’s book shows beauty in the unlikeliest of places, from abandoned factory buildings to hauntingly creepy old mental asylums. I’m not sure what I’d classify as beautiful but the images I have seen are intriguing and very illustrative. Urban photography is quite ‘in’ right now (so I’ve been told) and I’m sure these types of images will be re-created by countless artists.

I’ve seen some criticism regarding the use of HDR in work like this, but I think that is just one aspect to the bigger piece. Composition, light and colour are often strikingly beautiful (see attached images below), added to the sense of the places in the photography as being somehow off-limits and We are getting a glimpse into some kind of underground world.

I’m yet to buy the book for a proper nosey, but if any insight is welcome.

Link at Amazon UK

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