Tassie On My Mind, July 2010
- Tasmania makes winter wonderful

Welcome to the July 2010 issue of Tassie On My Mind, a free monthly newsletter keeping you informed of the latest news on what makes Tasmania such an attractive travel destination.

Mid winter it may be but let's keep the good times rolling shall we? That would definitely help keep our minds off the cold.

A Tasmanian win - will that help?

Good food, good music, special events - all in Tasmania, how about that?

Find out more below about how to keep those winter blues at bay...

This issue:

  • RoboCup champs
  • Wrest Point bridge
  • Cool Train at Ghost Rock
  • Back to the 80s
  • Christmas in July

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RoboCup champs

Have you heard of RoboCup? It's an annual competition where teams from all over the world compete using robots they have designed, built and programmed.

Guess who won the RoboCup Junior Dance Challenge Secondary and the Best Collegiality awards at RoboCup 2010? None other than RoboSquad United, a team of nine students who go to high school in Tasmania's capital city, Hobart.

The winning dance performance was themed on a bunch of Bob The Builder characters and featured the song Dizzy.

Apparently, in the first couple of runs, some things did not work well. But in the final run, the seven robots performed the perfect routine - just what the team needed to win.

Have a look at the winning performance by RoboSquad United at RoboCup 2010.

Wrest Point bridge

Is this about a bridge at Wrest Point? Well, I'm actually referring to the Australian National Championships in the game of bridge. The championships will be held at Wrest Point from July 17 to 29, 2010.

What is bridge? It's a card game involving 2 teams of 2 players who compete against each other. I've never played the game myself but it's mentioned in many books I've read - especially many of Agatha Christie's murder mystery books which I love.

Bridge not your thing? Well Wrest Point has a lot to offer in the way of entertainment. Maybe something else might take your fancy. How about Girls' Day Out on Sunday 11th July?

Cool Train at Ghost Rock

What's Cool Train? You mean - who is Cool Train. They are a Tasmanian music act.

What's Ghost Rock? It's a vineyard situated about ten minutes east of Devonport on the north-west coast of Tasmania.

Cool Train will be performing at the Ghost Rock vineyard on Sunday 11th July from 1 pm to 4pm. According to the Ghost Rock website, Cool Train's "laid back style is a great match for the relaxed pace of an afternoon at the vineyard. Good food, fine wine, great music - what more could you ask for?! Advanced bookings recommended."

Sounds like a very pleasant way to spend a winter's day to me...

And while you're in the area, why not check out Devonport, the hub of Australia's market garden.

Back to the 80s

OK, I'm biased. If I could travel back in time, I would pick the 80s because that was the decade of my youth. Well there were a few decades covering my youth but the 80s are special to me. I love the music and I did get into the funky hairdos, make-up and dress style.

So why am I going on about the 80s? Well I just learnt about a fun event called Time Warp. It features a two course dinner along with music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s.

You are even invited to "dress up in the fashions of your favourite decade" - how I would relish that!

The event will be held on Saturday 17th July at the Australia Axeman's Hall of Fame at Latrobe in Tasmania's north-west.

Christmas in July

I love this Christmas in July idea! Why wait till December? Why not feast in mid-winter? Gather everyone, the reunion does not have to be just an annual affair. Make it special by choosing a beautiful location like Freycinet.

The Freycinet Lodge will celebrate Christmas in July with a long table slow food luncheon on Sunday 25th July.

Tis the season to be jolly, right? Why not apply that thinking to the season of winter too...

Well that's it for this issue.

So do you have some ideas about how to enjoy your winter this year?

I've had a lot of reunions with good friends recently. Very Christmassy indeed. Nothing like having good people around you to keep you feeling warm - on the inside at least.

As for keeping warm on the outside - the heaters and electric blankets are getting turned on at my place. And it's showing in the energy bills! A price worth paying I think. Literally...

I'm also getting into the hot chocolate - yum - good for anytime of year...

See you next month!

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