Fashion, Society & Style

Upstairs Downstairs – it’s a class act really

Upstairs Downstairs – it’s a class act really

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Hot on the heels of the success of Downton Abbey, which captivated the hearts of English viewers during 2010, comes news of the all new three part series of its inspiration, Upstairs Downstairs. It is another character laden piece filled with wonderfully flawed people ensuring that everyone viewing feels right at home.

Costume, a footnote to culture in Downton Abbey and The King’s Speech

Costume, a footnote to culture in Downton Abbey and The King’s Speech

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Costume is, and remains an important footnote to culture. It is both a changing and eternal form of human expression. In the new English series Downton Abbey, which we recently reviewed, the costumes for both men and women are truly superb, mostly tailor made for its bevvy of actors both upstairs and down.

So the Tudors is finished Showtime. Bring on the Borgias!

So the Tudors is finished Showtime. Bring on the Borgias!

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WOW, was all I could say when I viewed the trailer for The Borgias, the next blockbuster from Showtime, which brought us The Tudors, one of the most fabulous television series of all time. This new series will star one of my all time favourite actors, Jeremy Irons, as Pope Alexander VI (1431 – 1503), best known for his corrupt rule. What he lacked in morals he made up for by trailblazing intrigue with a capital I.

The Tourist, would you be ready to go to Venice in 20 minutes?

The Tourist, would you be ready to go to Venice in 20 minutes?

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The Tourist is a movie all about an American tourist’s playful dalliance with a stranger that begins on a train and leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger. To coin the words of super sleuth author ‘Richard Castle’, “I know, isn’t it great!”

Firth @ Fifty – Speaking King’s English in the King’s Speech

Firth @ Fifty – Speaking King’s English in the King’s Speech

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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.

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…

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.

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…

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…