Mountainfilm on Tour will be shown at Tower Cinemas in Newcastle at 7pm on Thursday

If there was ever a place to clear the mind and reinvigorate the senses, it’s the mountains.

Breathing in the fresh mountain air and taking in the magnificence of mountain tops can be an awe-inspiring experience.

Mountains are a metaphor. They remind us of our love for life, they remind us of oblivion

And if you’re a snowboarder or skier, you know that flying down a mountain is the best feeling in the world.

For George Mallory, going up a mountain was sheer joy.

Mallory was an English mountaineer. He died near the summit of Everest in 1924.

In his book, Climbing Everest, he wrote: “If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go.

“What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.” 

Perhaps you can’t get to any mountains this week. But you can go and see Mountainfilm on Tour at Tower Cinemas in Newcastle at 7pm on Thursday.

It features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival, which is held in Telluride in Colorado.

The films celebrate adventure, the environment and the human spirit.

The film festival toured Australia for the first time last year.

This year’s tour features short films on skiing, rafting, mountaineering, expeditions, travel, culture and the environment.

These films might just inspire you to get out in the world and experience all it has to offer.

The Glebe

Topics has been reporting about a suburb known back in the day as “The Glebe”. It was between Adamstown, Merewether and Hamilton South.

Greg Archbold has this to add: “My great grandmother, Elizabeth Margaret Walters, gave her address as The Glebe on her wedding certificate, dated January 29, 1876. 

“There is a photograph from the John Newland Collection taken in the late 1880s that clearly identifies The Glebe’s location as that area both left and right of City Road, immediately prior to its intersection with Glebe Road.

Mining historian John Shoebridge told Greg there were quite a few places around the world known as The Glebe.

“They were originally parcels of land attached to religious institutions, whereby vegetables were grown and cattle raised to support the clergy and probably the needy in the congregation,” Greg said.

Super Profits

Economics guru Ross Gittins will be in town on Wednesday as guest speaker at a Newcastle Institute public forum.

Gittins, economics editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, will be talking about the “stuff-ups of economic reform” and the “super profits” made from land, labour and capital.

Ross will explore whether governments and their bureaucracies are ensuring that Australia's businesses give their customers a good deal, or if they’re simply helping them have an easier, less competitive life at their customers' expense. 

The event starts at 6pm at Souths Leagues Club at Merewether.