Meeting New Zealand born painter, sculptor, drawing and chalk artist Amelia (Mealie) Batchelor, whose view of life is a continual journey of discovery, has been one of great joy. We met at Brisbane where we had both found ourselves after leaving the cities where we were born. Me Sydney, she Auckland.
Well the world is agog this morning with the announcement that the favourite royal Prince, William, will finally marry the girl of his dreams after a long courtship. Kate’s wait many believe is now over and she has finally nabbed her prince, but will she be a princess? Well, yes eventually. However it seems that Katherine as she will now be known, will have to continue to play her waiting game if normal tradition and protocol is to be followed. So what will Kate, now not waity be?
From London comes the announcement by leading auction house Sotheby’s that it has a very special marquetry commode coming up in a sale in December. Lot 69 is declared as ‘almost certainly by Thomas Chippendale’. Entitled the Harrington Commode it is described as an important George III Gilt-lacquered brass mounted fustic, rosewood, tulipwood and marquetry commode made circa 1770 (within ten years either way). The estimate is 600,000 to 1,000,000 GBP
Happy 90th Anniversary Qantas. Like many Australians I have been a customer of yours for much of my life. For over 40 years I have experienced first hand, the high quality of service that helped gain your reputation for safety and reliability both nationally and internationally.
There has been a great many posts added to the website during October and it will be the same during November so that there is a lot of holiday reading, or viewing on our You Tube Channel for you to catch up on over Christmas. Who would believe that it is only 53 days until Christmas…yeeks, where did the year go?
The sets and stunning settings for The King’s Speech take us all back to an epoch when people really knew how to live at every level and had the ready necessary and style to do it. The critics certainly all agree. The King’s Speech is a movie with style to burn and a script of wonderfully witty dialogue that resonates with just the right amount of emotion to draw us in.
For those who haven’t caught up with NBC’s great geek, the larger than life loveable Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) a Nerd Herder (fixes your computer problems) based in an electrical superstore, the Buy More (now also a CIA secret base), then you are missing a treat.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
One could say daylight saving really is a metaphor for Melbourne – as it goes from the darkness to the light in the most dramatic way possible.
Currently at Warsaw young Queensland pianist and Australian National Piano Award winner (2008) Jayson Gillham is one of eighty-one pianists from 23 countries competing for honours at the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition, marking the bicentennial of the composer’s birth.
Belladiva, a bevvy of bountiful beauties from Brisbane with blazingly good voices will raise them in October to both honour, and to assist the Melbourne based 20th Man Fund raise money to afford a front-line youth worker to help kids without support, many without a place to live.