Visual Arts

The Block, a Renovating Nightmare or, a Restoration Delight

The Block, a Renovating Nightmare or, a Restoration Delight

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Do the protagonists on television’s real estate renovating reality show, The Block at Melbourne in 2011 face a renovating nightmare, or a restoration delight?

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

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An evening of traditional elegance, say at the White House or Government House Australia, still requires a perfection of planning and wise organisation so that it appears not to be contrived at all.

Paul – A Pint Size Evangelising E.T. with Awesome Attitude

Paul – A Pint Size Evangelising E.T. with Awesome Attitude

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If you want to enjoy a close encounter of the best kind remember that in space no one can hear you scream, but if you remain on earth you can have an enormous lot of fun with Paul, the E.T. with awesome attitude

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At the Beginnings of Art – Precincts of Power and Glory

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The city of Rome came into being when the seven hill towns became one to drain the valley floor and improve their collective future.

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At the Beginnings of Art – An Arcadian Ideal

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The Arcadian ideal of ancient Greece as a centre for youth, energy, toleration and intellectual freedom a place where beauty and nature came together is true

Up the Garden Path Exhibition – Shepherd, Cao and Bauer

Up the Garden Path Exhibition – Shepherd, Cao and Bauer

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June 3 – July 12 – Up the Garden Path Exhibition features award winning ceramics artist Julie Shepherd, glass and bronze artist Rhonda Cao and painter, Robyn Bauer

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

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.

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.

Sunny Sydney, turning 40, sharing a little wine and sweet words

Sunny Sydney, turning 40, sharing a little wine and sweet words

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Sydney is amazing really. It never fails to engender me with a new sense of hope. It’s something in the air here. The people are confident, sure of their own worth and surging ahead, embracing change, which as in any progressive society is constant. They don’t look back as much as they look forward, trying to build on tradition while imagining and inventing the new.

Fashion Festivities @ Melbourne – Creating Style

Fashion Festivities @ Melbourne – Creating Style

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Fillies in fabulous frocks showing off their festival form and fine fetlocks usually happens at Melbourne in November at the horse racing event of the Australian calendar, the Melbourne Cup. But even the fastest of them would not finish ahead of the ferocious fashionista’s all clad in fantastic finery competing, clamouring and cramming into celebratory events all over the city during L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Week March 14 – 20, 2011.

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.

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…

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

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I am writing this on the seventh anniversary of the passing of Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. (8 January 1941 – 11 February 2004). She lived all her life in one of Queensland’s most historic houses, Nindooinbah, which is sited superbly in a lovely valley nearby to Beaudesert in Queensland…