Throttling down, Top Gear gaff, simply unacceptable

Throttling down, Top Gear gaff, simply unacceptable

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A story in the press today about a gaff by Britain’s Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson should give us all pause for thought. Mr Clarkson, just like many other celebrities, has discovered success and fame come at a price. However it is often not just paid in dollars, but by the society that offers its support. Mr Clarkson there is simply no occasion, in any way shape or form, when it is acceptable to denigrate an individual, or group of people through a careless remark, especially about those with special needs, those who are disabled or disadvantaged in society and for whom, often just the daily ritual requires a great deal more effort than the rest of us.

Looking forward to tenor Andrew Goodwin as Orpheus, questing for love for the Pinchgut Opera

Looking forward to tenor Andrew Goodwin as Orpheus, questing for love for the Pinchgut Opera

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The highly skilled and accomplished young Australian born tenor Andrew Goodwin will sing the challenging role of Orpheus in the Sydney based Pinchgut Opera’s production of Joseph Haydn’s l’Anima del Filosofo: Orpheus+Eurydice this December.

A Cultural Conundrum – Melbourne vs Brisbane, the new Black?

A Cultural Conundrum – Melbourne vs Brisbane, the new Black?

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It was very interesting to discover that the cover story in the A2 Section (Culture and Life) of the The Age Newspaper on Saturday October 16, 2010  here in Melbourne was about Brisbane. The headline read  ‘Forget Melbourne vs Sydney. Is Brisbane our new cultural capital’? The byline added ‘Brisbane’s…

Encouraging integrity, Richard Reeves, a thinking man

Encouraging integrity, Richard Reeves, a thinking man

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UK humanist and thinker Richard Reeves is a man who, through his life and works to date, underlines the importance of thinking and its power. His role model reinforces that unless our thinking is allied to positive and progressive action then it is just another ineffective means of passing the time of day. In 2010 Richard Reeves is turning talk into action, encouraging integrity through the courage of his convictions and, contributing meaningfully to the dawning of the world’s new age.

Editorial – Muse News October 2010

Editorial – Muse News October 2010

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Hello, my name is Carolyn McDowall and I would like to welcome you to the October edition of Muse~News the newsletter of The Culture Concept Circle (The Circle). We hope this issue demonstrates our purpose well and that Muse~News will become of increasing value and interest to our readers. Our…

Elena Xanthoudakis as Eurydice for the Pinchgut Opera

Elena Xanthoudakis as Eurydice for the Pinchgut Opera

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Australian born opera singer Elena Xanthoudakis, whose heritage on her father’s side is appropriately Greek, is starring as Eurydice, and the Spirit this December in the Pinchgut Opera’s presentation of L’Anima del Filosofo – Orpheus + Eurydice by Joseph Haydn at Sydney. A must for opera buffs it will also seduce those who are opera virgins.

Chatsworth, the Attic sale

Chatsworth, the Attic sale

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From London comes the news that arguably, England’s most famous country palace, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, is having an ‘Attic Sale’ at Sotheby’s, London in October.

This spring clean out by the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will indeed be an amazing event. What they have in their attic will certainly be worth a look at least, if not a personal perusal and perchance, perhaps a bid or two. The items will certainly reflect the evolution of art, design and style down the centuries.

Editorial – Muse News September 2010

Editorial – Muse News September 2010

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Hi, it is with great pleasure we welcome members, subscribers and supporters to Muse News September 2010. We have intentionally built a lot of flexibility into the subjects covered by our newsletter, so you can access it, read the articles and watch online videos at your convenience…

And Furthermore… Judi Dench

And Furthermore… Judi Dench

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Who else but England’s most loved and revered actors the delightful (Dame) Judi Dench would use such a wonderful word as furthermore, in the title of her much awaited autobiography. At last she tells her own story for the first time, and in her own words, and her impish sense of humour contributes vividly to her account of more than half a century as Britain’s best-loved actress. And furthermore…

Youthful Theatre Practice – ATYP

Youthful Theatre Practice – ATYP

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On a recent visit to Sydney I was pleased to take in the opening night performance of the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), which is heavily sponsored by the Australian Government and Australia Council for the Arts. The play performed is on all university curriculums – a deliciously dark confronting comedy.

A Must for Musicians – Summer Workshops at Brisbane

A Must for Musicians – Summer Workshops at Brisbane

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Karen Lonsdale, Artistic Director, has let us know about the inaugural Logan Summer Music Workshops to be held in Brisbane from Friday December 17 to Sunday December 19. This is a weekend of innovative music workshops for all ages, all instruments and voice. Award winning and inspiring tutors will facilitate intensive music learning in a supportive and creative atmosphere.

Australian Wattle – Symbolic of the Australian Spirit

Australian Wattle – Symbolic of the Australian Spirit

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Australian Wattle is symbolic of the Australian spirit. I was reminded of it as I traversed the Hume Highway from Melbourne to Sydney in September of 2010, of the loveliness of the Australian wattle tree. Driving through previously devastated bush fire areas of Victoria, great swathes of bushland were busy…

Queensland Musical Talent in Spring

Queensland Musical Talent in Spring

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From Brisbane comes the results of the Q Song Music Awards 2010 in a vast variety of musical categories that are proof that musical talent is alive and well, especially in Queensland in Spring. From Keith Urban to Powderfinger,  from Jeffrey Black to Lisa Gasteen, Andre Rieu’s favourite, the lovely…