Empire (Australasia) - - Comment -

I wanted to jump in and say con­grat­u­la­tions on 200 is­sues of the ex­cep­tional Em­pire Aus­tralia! Thank you for hav­ing me along for the ride. I am proud to say I have been here since the be­gin­ning and have ev­ery is­sue. To com­mem­o­rate, I’d like to share an Em­pire story with you. A cou­ple of days be­fore Christ­mas 2015, I went to New Zealand and vis­ited Hob­biton and took along a Hob­bit edi­tion of Em­pire for pho­tos. I’ve in­cluded one of me as a Hob­bit get­ting my Em­pire home de­liv­ered, and one that shows Bilbo Bag­gins is also a sub­scriber! How­ever, a few min­utes later I slipped and fell down a steep hill still clutch­ing my ‘pre­cious’ copy of Em­pire. Un­for­tu­nately I broke my leg in four places! I’ve had a few op­er­a­tions and my manda­tory read­ing ma­te­rial each hos­pi­tal stay is Em­pire. Thanks for keep­ing me com­pany, I look for­ward to the next 200 is­sues!

SHUAN RUSHBY, VIA EMAIL Thank you, Shuan! The fact you went to Hob­biton and took pics fea­tur­ing Em­pire? AWE­SOME. The fact you broke your leg? NOT AWE­SOME! Best wishes for a speedy re­cov­ery, friend!

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