Merry Christmas, Happy New Year – Chilling Out in Style

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On Christmas Day as we enjoy a day of being with the people we love and care about it would be good to engage in a conversation about the Christmas message of caring, courage, compassion and love.

It is important we all offer to share a kind heart and a good soul.

This is a time for feasting and making merry and the team at The Culture Concept Circle are taking time out over the Xmas holiday season.

From today Monday 22nd December to and including Epiphany, 6th January, our writer and publisher Carolyn McDowall, fashion editor Jo Bayley, and contributing writers Janet Walker, Rose Niland, Helen Johns, Paul and Ross McDowall, will be chilling out hopefully on a beach with a cold beverage with family and friends.

In the meantime you may care to read about us here or choose from our categories on the right hand side of our Home Page or, alternatively click the links on some suggested posts below.

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Top Ten Fashion Elixir Posts 2014

Guide to Eating and Drinking in Seminyak, Bali 2014, Jo Bayley | Richard Avedon – Funny Face And Fabulous Fashion | Alistair Trung & Pinchgut – Early Music Meets Elegant Design | Advance Australia Flair – Flying The Flag For Local Fashion | Jean Paul Gaultier – Fashion’s Enfant Terrible Shines Bright | The Designer Files – Balenciaga | Bassike Coat Tales – A Story of Love Lost & Found | Top Iconic Hairstyles – From Brigitte Bardot to Beach Waves | Body Types Part One – Glamour is Not a Size, its a Shape | Opera Australia – So Much More Than Voices

Christmas Australia 1Top Ten Spotlight Posts 2014

Re-Imagingings: Marais Project Finale – Rose Niland’s Review | A Little Lunch Music Mozart & Mendelssohn | Australian Haydn Ensemble – Rose Reviews a Recital Sublime | Antipodean Steampunk Show at Melbourne – Janet Walker Review | Agatha Christie At Home – On the Book & Author, Janet Walker | The Housekeeper’s Tale by Tessa Boase – Janet Walker Reviews |Mother & Son – Making a Media Debut, Janet Walker Has Fun! | The Marais Project: Rameau – Phillip Black’s Spotlight Story | Paper Sculpture, Artist Liz Shreeve – Interview, Rose Niland | Living Life in Full Bloom, Elizabeth Murray – Janet’s Review

Top Twelve Musical Posts 2014

Christmas-at-BeachAustralian Brandenburg Xmas – Angelic Voices Singing in Tune | Pinchgut Opera, The Chimney Sweep – Art of Finding Mr Right | Philippe Jaroussky & Brandenburg Baroque – Sublime Sounds | Avi Avital & Australian Brandenburg – Baroque & Beyond Magic | Opera Australia’s Carmen – A Pinnacle of Opera Achievement | Julia Lezhneva – Jewel in Crown of Hobart Baroque, Alleluia | Hobart Baroque 2014 – Orlando, Opening Night Fun & Fabulous | Falstaff – Merry Wives at Melbourne, a Farce of Folly & Fun   | Dmitry Sinkovsky & Brandenburg – Early Music Resonant Sounds | Richard Tognetti – ACO’s Timeline, a Unique Musical Odyssey | Outback Choir – ABC Documentary, Story of Moorambilla Voices | Strictly Ballroom the Musical – Inspiring the World to Dance

Beach santaTop Twenty Arts & Culture Posts 2014

Message of Christmas – Caring, Courage, Compassion and Love | Jean Paul Gaultier – Creating a Design Philosophy for Life | Andy Warhol Pop Art Prince – King of People’s Perceptions | Richard Avedon People – Fashion Fades, Iconic Life Begins | Stephen Bowers – Australian Bravura Original Ceramic Artist | Ennion: Master of Roman Glass – Miracle of Created Things | Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs – Astrology and Humankind | Deborah Cavendish – Marvellous Mitford, Woman of Influence | Jeffrey Smart – Master of the Maze and Stillness of Life | On the BeachSculpture – At the Pinnacle of What is Possible | Cairo to Constantinople – Capturing Cultural Moments in Time | French Blue Diamond – Heart of the Earth to Heartache & Hope | Art As Therapy – New Initiative at National Gallery | Introduction To Antiques – Appreciating our Heritage | Ripponlea – Melbourne Gold Boom Mansion and National Jewel |Tait Memorial Trust, London – Helping Aussie Artists Abroad | David J.K. Roche – An Honourable Quest in Trust for a Nation | Wedding – Rituals of Tradition and Performance Art | Como House & Garden – A Gold Boom Mansion South of the Yarra | Labassa – Melbourne Gold Boom Mansion, Rescue & Restoration

Enjoy the Holidays! – Posting will resume after Epiphany – Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Carolyn McDowall, Writer, Publisher – The Culture Concept Circle, 2014-2015

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