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! 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?
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The ‘big society’ must be a crucible for change. There is plenty to do and very little money to spend so we need to work out if we do all share the vision. Progress always needs a beginning, one that only realism can engender.
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 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!”
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.
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.