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Downton Abbey Down Under – Celebrity Status

Downton Abbey Down Under – Celebrity Status

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It seems as if Channel Seven’s saturation marketing techniques over the past few weeks worked according to this mornings reviewers and ratings. Last night the superb British television period drama series we posted about back in January, gained both high praise and record numbers tuning in. Downton Abbey is a series of fascinating stories about life upstairs and down, for the new gen and the new age

Indignez-vous! Grey power, life and liberty in a Big Society

Indignez-vous! Grey power, life and liberty in a Big Society

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Indignez-vous! from 93 year old French Resistance member Stephane Hessel is a publishing phenomenon. It is the ‘little red book’ that having swept France, is now set to topple international bestsellers’ lists. It contains no sex and is not humorous. It is not a literary masterpiece and it does not have a startlingly original message. So why instead of becoming a publishing disaster, has it become a publishing phenomenon? Everyone is asking, but why?

Gerard Mapstone & Friends take up the Kokoda Youth Challenge

Gerard Mapstone & Friends take up the Kokoda Youth Challenge

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WOW – BOOK NOW to be there when, on Tuesday 17th May at Brisbane Powerhouse the truly amazing flamenco guitarist Gerard Mapstone, together with the DALeCAÑA Flamenco Company and Special Guest Artists Tomas Arroquero and Judith Henley will present a concert in support of the Kokoda Youth Challenge Program.

Duchess Kate, a Style Icon and a Woman for the Future

Duchess Kate, a Style Icon and a Woman for the Future

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Duchess Kate (Catherine) of Cambridge is an overnight sensation, a Style icon and a woman for the future who displays a respect for all people and the past. On just one day with one event she boosted Britain’s morale, its arts, its industry and its commerce. She placed the royal family back at the forefront of leadership by example and proved that when two people love each other as much as she and her Prince, well then anything is possible for all people in a big society.

William & Catherine Wed at Last – From Romance to Reality

William & Catherine Wed at Last – From Romance to Reality

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It’s all over. William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are wonderfully wed in the sensational setting of an ancient Abbey at Westminster. Congratulations we have certainly enjoyed toasting your good health with a few bubbles and celebrating the joie de vivre with you.

Pascal & Ami Roge – lasting impressions, the poetry of sound

Pascal & Ami Roge – lasting impressions, the poetry of sound

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Impressionism in music is like a ‘tonal painting’, unique. Internationally renowned French pianist Pascal Roge and his Japanese wife Ami Hakuno (Roge) have chosen a wonderful selection to play for their Medici Concert at Southbank on 28th May.

The Borgias – Interpreting the Silence of God

The Borgias – Interpreting the Silence of God

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Bring it on Showtime. Knowledge is Power. From Director Neil Jordan comes tales and stories of the dastardly Italian Borgia dynasty, one of the most infamous families of the Renaissance in Italy. This is a family whose code was certainly to take no prisoners.

Rock Star Physicist Brian Cox – Universal Wonders

Rock Star Physicist Brian Cox – Universal Wonders

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In stellar company on the Graham Norton Show Rock Star Physicist Brian Cox OBE, recently voted the world’s sexiest astronomer, is like a breath of fresh air in the world of science. Passionate, like Rock Star poet Lord Byron he is handsome, not pretty – tall and good looking enough to be taken seriously.

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.

Shock of Gray: the challenge is to find solutions

Shock of Gray: the challenge is to find solutions

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The world’s population is rapidly aging and, by the year 2030, one billion people will be sixty-five or older. For the first time in history, the number of people over age fifty will be greater than those under age seventeen. Few of us understand the resulting massive effects on economies, jobs, and families. Everyone is touched by this issue parents and children, rich and poor, retirees and workers.

The Culture Concept Circle

The Culture Concept Circle

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The Culture Concept Circle is a friendly meeting place for those with an interest in the arts (performance and visual), design history and the continuing development of a sustainable and creative society. It’s all about art, design and style past, present and future. Hundreds of FREE posts are published on…

A Pinchgut Opera Xmas Treat – Pure Poetry in Musical Motion

A Pinchgut Opera Xmas Treat – Pure Poetry in Musical Motion

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Elena Xanthoudakis as Eurydice and Andrew Goodwin as Orpheus in the 2010 Pinchgut Opera production of Franz Joseph Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice – photographs by Simon Hodgson

There was a breathtaking moment during the first hour of the 5pm Sunday performance of the Pinchgut Opera’s 2010 production of composer Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)’s L’anima del filosofo, Orpheus + Eurydice when I became aware of a most beautiful moment of stillness yet attained by any audience I have ever known at the Opera.

It seemed to me as if it was collectively holding its breath so as not to disturb the sheer beauty and depth of the emotional intensity attained in a duet being sung so superbly by the lovers Orpheus and Eurydice portrayed so brilliantly by soprano Elena Xanthoudakis and tenor Andrew Goodwin. Their voices blended into a moment of such perfection that it was truly hard to comprehend and for me, quite literally hard to come to terms with. It felt like dying and going to heaven all that the same time.

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!”

Adventures in Art with Amelia Batchelor – Sagittarians rock!

Adventures in Art with Amelia Batchelor – Sagittarians rock!

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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.

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.