I hear: - This was a MS show! - What's MS? Many Splashes? - No - Magical Sensations? - No - Massive Spectacular, Most Sensational, Master Seductive, Men's Special? I am lost but you are not helping.. - No but you are close... MS - means MUST SEE! That was our conversation with Alex after we left the theater. There were no free seats left. It was full, busy and "forte". The reaction from the audience was incredible, people applauded non stop - the palms went together every second: they were just louder at some stage acts with the small pauses to less loud applause of the striking restless hands. I have never seen anything like this in my life. Now let's move from the audience to the stage. There is no such genre of art that could put this production under its wing as there are several of them combined in the incredibly tasty and unique cocktail: it is a high level circus which is more close to the Olympic grade of gymnastics than to just a circus, there is striptease, opera, modern dance, ballet, elements of farce and spectacular theater, clownada and object manipulation. There are 8 actors and they all a fantastic and so skillful; they all have their fields of expertise, their own styles, they all perform small but astonishing miniatures accompanied by the most striking soundtrack. The acts do not seem separate though, on the contrary: they are combined with one thrilling and seemingly effortless move so logically and so flawlessly one simply can not notice as the end of the one is the beginning of the next one to follow. The climax of the show are several remarkable acts performed under the splashing rain coming down from the ceiling. The spectators of the show are left breathless watching the most complex acrobatic tricks taking place on the wet bathroom tab edge. The actors, they make you feel frightened, make you laugh, smile, excited - one emotion after the other till you see them all together dancing carelessly with the mops on stage as nothing has taken place one hour ago. The viewers pay a small amount of $50 to see this manifestation of human spirit keeping in mind that this amount is way too small for such a display that involves hours and hours, years and years of hard work, love and dedication. I thought: if you do something do it with the whole YOU, not just a fraction of you, do it as like this is you last day on stage and you give it all to your observers, do it like THESE artists do... INSPIRATIONAL-LY to the others. The SOAP is also a balanced combination of comedy and drama; classical and modern and so much more. The show is sexy, unexpected, it is a symphony to the human physical body to say the least. It is much more than water and gymnastics. There is so much more than that! There is a timeless beauty on the stage and it is definitely a MS show - and de-abbreviate it please as you like. For me it is the best I saw in the last 15 years.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COFFEE EXPO 2017 - MICE NEW website press release: Rouben Dickranian
“Who said coffee was simple?” by Rouben Dickranian
I am a very passionate person when it comes to coffee and so in writing this review it proved very easy for me.
The Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) is a wonderful event to attend if you like your coffees. It first opened its doors this year on the 30th of March and will end on 1st of April 2017. There are over 120 exhibitors from the coffee, tea, dairy and ancillary supply industries. Th MICE deals not only with coffee. I bumped in to a young lady, her name is Vivian Lees. Vivian is an artist and she uses coffee to create artwork on paper. She is very talented and I really liked her work. This is only one of many examples of the coffee used not only for drinking.
There are companies selling coffee roasting machines with the sizes varying: for small coffee shops up to industrial machines. The diversity of the coffee related machinery is amazing and perhaps would interest not only the professionals but the keen observers: there are companies specialising in water cleaners and much more. The fascinating part for me is the small companies that import coffee from remote countries which are of quite a high standard. There is a famous saying: "You learn something new everyday" and sure enough I have been taught something new today at the coffee expo. Myanmar produces Arabica coffee beans and I can assure you after having three cups of coffee at their stand I was really impressed.
The coffees available are far and few between, The tumeric and honey flavours were an interesting concept and really intriguing to my palate. Another interesting company is the Chai Spices, where "yum" is a great word to describe their drinks.
If you love your coffee, this is a must convention to attend. The exhibition touches on topics you never really comprehend seeing at a coffee event. The passion projected by the people displaying their products is remarkable. I walked around and could not believe, how each and every person is eager to grab you and talk to you; they want to explain what they produce in depth. Who said coffee was simple?
by Natasha and Alex sneak peek from today's Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE2017) at Melbourne Showgrounds (the review, the video and the proper photos are coming up soon): - the Milkadamia - Aus man SHOULD be happy otherwise his milk will get sour; - the Byron Bay Cookies go down with anything - the challenging contest is just a part of the game that we loved to play; - the Bodum girls ARE generous as their cuppas; - oh... and those Parmalat yuuuummmmm toasted cheese bread... with PAULS - MILK - sometimes I think we should get a cow too so envy I am of the taste of their milk... ; - Zest Coffee, Cafe and Catering had the best deserts displays - they are the art in the world of food and temptations; - and last but not least: you should know: the expo is full of coffee Kings and you will ask: how would I recongnise them? simple as one-two-three count for the milk froth on your latte: they always appear on your way in the groups of four! why? just because the are Kings: spades, clubs, hearts and those that are girls' best friends - just diamonds! - that's it folks! tickets, events and times of the current expo: http://internationalcoffeeexpo.com/
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: BOTTESINI MAGIC WITH PHOEBE RUSSELL NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ‘Bottesini Magic’
Given at: Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, XAVIER COLLEGE, Barkers Road, Kew on 25/3/2017. Conductor: Mark Shiell, Soloist. Phoebe Russell (Double Bass).
Following a brief and informative pre-concert talk by Mark Shiell, the packed audience was presented with Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Tempest Fantasy Overture’. Based on Shakespeare’s play, ‘The Tempest”, the slow and mystic beginning from the horns and strings was well handled, leading onto a well mannered build-up. With the sweet mid section grounded by the six double basses, the effects of the storm was well recreated along with the melodious strings, leading to a big punchy ending.
Although the piece did not appear to be typically Tchaikovsky, the serene and peaceful ending was quite satisfying. The next offering was the ‘Double Bass Concerto No. 2’ by Giovanni Bottesini. An immediate majestic energy linked the orchestra and Phoebe, who appeared to be completely absorbed in the piece, displaying a highly polished technique. She took complete command along with a fabulous cadenza, embellished by passionate double stops – exciting to listen to and to watch! The magic continued with the slow second movement, heralding fine intonation by all, creating richness and melancholy warmth - at times, the double bass taking on the sound of a cello. Along with a bright start by the orchestra, Phoebe, with closed eyes and flowing hair, continued to impress the audience, showing off her amazing technique and feel for the instrument. Her unique talents were greatly appreciated by the audience, giving her a standing ovation – deservedly so!
Following the interval, the orchestra regrouped to present ‘Symphony No.2’ by Brahms. With power and energy, the orchestra responded to Mark’s directions to develop the march-like dominating theme of the first movement. A full bodied interplay of the instruments flowed to a well conceived and playful ending. The second movement showed off the strong dominance of the strings with emotion and gentleness. With harmonious interplay from the oboe, bassoon and flute, the third movement flowed well to develop the themes, while given sensitive treatment by the strings. Lastly, the finale exploded with firm confidence, including good double base coverage. Energetic and attacking playing was further enhanced by the strings deploying some fine staccato and pizzicato passages, concluding with a strong and happy ending – fully satisfying the appreciative audience!
Congratulations to Mark Shiell, Phoebe Russell and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events in 2017. A most enjoyable, exciting and enriching concert – well done everyone, including all the volunteers!
OPENING NIGHT AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA: ART BOOK FAIR NEW website
We were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night of Melbourne’s Art Book Fair at The National Gallery of Victoria on Friday night!
We browsed limited artist editions and publications all the while enjoying roaming canapés, champagne and meeting some of the most creative Australian and international publishers, designers, artist and writers.
Biggie Smalls kebabs were up for eating along with an Asahi pop up bar which combined with sets from the talented DJ András added to a very cool, funky and electric atmosphere!! by Emmylou MacCarthy video: Fabrizio Evans
NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair 2017
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA Opening Night of the Melbourne Art Book Fair 16-19 March 2017 ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/programs-events/art-book-fair/
PRESENTED BY Emmylou MacCarthy facebook.com/emmylou.maccarthy instagram.com/emmylou_loves
CAMERA AND EDITING Fabrizio Evans / Group 42 group42.com.au instagram.com/group42
EXCLUSIVELY FOR Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine bohemianrhapsodyweekly.weebly.com
SPECIAL THANKS NGV publicity and marketing teams and personally Chloe Gordon, Marion Joseph, Elisabeth Alexander, Tim Jones and Alexa Viani for the opportunity
SELBY AND FRIENDS 9 MARCH 2017 NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
“Youth and the Dance”
A concert given by Selby & Friends at the Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square on 9 March 2017.
ARTISTS: Grace Clifford (violin) – Sweet, intensely dynamic and sensitive performance. Clancy Newman (cello) – Richly smooth, beautiful and full of flavour. (occasionally, playing by heart). Kathryn Selby (piano) – Passionate, engaging, exacting and simply brilliant.
The first offering was Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-flat major Op. 1 No.1. The youthful and dynamic energy of the 22 year old composer was evident from the start with good colour and ‘light and shade’ provided by the trio. The piano led the gentle second movement with a delightful interplay of rich but precise playing, followed by the bouncy and cheerful third movement. Awaiting us was the powerful and fast third movement that displayed the trios’ great skill and versatility – with some furious piano runs and gutsy ending.
Our next piece was Saint-Saens’ Piano Trio No. 1 in F major, Op.18, composed when he was 28. A preamble by Grace set the youthful mood. Delivery by the trio was firm and powerful, showing exceptional interplay, leading us to a sensitively handled second movement that displayed a sublime mood. Excitement mounted in the third movement with some quite complex pizzicato passages and some incredible dueling between the instruments bouncing off each other. The audience lapped up the last movement that displayed a bright and breezy feel mixed with a great deal of complexity. Saint-Saens would have given that a standing ovation.
Following the interval, the trio regrouped and after a preamble by Clancy that highlighted the composer’s connection with ordinary people, Dvorak’s Piano Trio No.4 in E minor, “Dumky”, Op.90 took the stage. With a dramatic start and melancholy contrasts, the ‘folkie’ feel of the piece was established with dignity and power. In the second movement, the cello’s rich beauty excelled through somber overtones. The slow and dreamy third movement displayed great sensitivity and beautiful interplay, while the short next segment showed the trio’s exactness and strong musical sense. Moving to the fifth movement, the dance type themes continued, showing off the trio’s expressive qualities and drama. In conclusion, the last movement sported a great deal of interest and intensity with a spectacular finale.
A TRULY WORLD CLASS CONCERT WITH TERRIFIC ACOUSTICS AND A PACKED HOUSE! Sylvester Kroyherr (Musician/Architect)
TRAVELLING: MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
THE JERRY CANS AUSTRALIAN TOUR NEW CONCERTS AND NEW ALBUM RELEASE website interview by Glen Wilson
The Jerry Cans It all began with a media call out for a band I’ve never heard of, and from a place I’ve never heard of. From the opening few bars of their song Ukiuq (Northern Lights) I was hooked and an instant fan.
The Jerry Cans from Iqaluit Canada bring a unique blend of contemporary folk & traditional Inuit throat singing together to create what is an amazing concept in music.
The band comprises of members Andrew Morrison – Guitar & Vocals Nancy Mike -Accordion & Throat Singing Brendan Doherty - Bass Gina Burgess - Violin Steve Rigby Drums
The Jerry Cans have been a huge hit at the port Fairy Folk Festival and are performing throughout Australia. Their tour dates are here http://www.thejerrycans.com I look forward to seeing the band live and more reviews photos & video coming soon.
W had a chance to do a Q &A session with Vocalist Andrew Morrison, who gave us an excellent insight into the band and their home town.
Below is a Q&A Session with Andrew Morrison – Vocals & Guitar
GW:How did the band first get together ? AM: The band played together for a number of years but only started singing in language and infusing throat singing about 5 years ago, we used to play English rock n roll covers, AC/DC and guns n roses but shifted and started to look to our community for material to write songs. That's when things started to take off a bit.
GW: How did the name The Jerry Cans come about? AM: We love playing in Australia because everyone knows what a Jerry can is! They are very common where we live and are always associated with going out on the land. Hunting and having a strong relationship with the land is still a big part of live where we live so our band name has kind of become a metaphor for that. The name also comes from us building a super awful drum set out of Jerry cans... it sounded terrible but the name stuck!
GW: Where does your unique music style originate from? AM: Our music is a reflection of where we live. The arctic is changing so quickly in so many ways and there are so many new influences just within the last few years. e try to create music that reflects this as a way to remind young people where we live that they aren't alone in trying to figure out how to navigate these changes. Throat singing and language play a big part of anchoring our music which we kind of see as the traditional indigenous values still playing a part in life where we live.
GW: How has your music evolved since forming? AM: Again the music started off as hilarious rock n roll cover band stuff. We then moved to include more throat singing and sing in language which was a huge shift.This got us a lot of support in our home territory and we started to play across Canada and now across the globe. It's actually kind of crazy to think about!
GW: Can you tell a little about the language you sing in? MA: We sing in our indigenous language Inuktitut. It's very important for us to continue to sing in our language because we want to send a message that it is important to keep our language alive. English is so dominant and putting a lot of pressure on indigenous languages. Language is so vital to the preservation of culture so it's something we are very passionate about. We want young people to know that you can sing in your language and travel the world!
GW: How are you finding world wide acceptance of your music & is language a barrier to your music being accepted ? AM: We think it is so amazing to see people singing along to our songs in Inuktitut. We just had thousands and thousands of people at port fairy singing about how delicious seal meat is and how much fun they were having. We had people dancing their hearts out, meeting new people and just enjoying life all to a band that sings in a language that no one understands. That's pretty special to us! We always face barriers because we don't sing in English. It's frustrating but also reminds us that all of this is bigger than music. We are working hard to try and change the way different communities understand each other. There are so many misconceptions resulting from how colonization programs us to relate to each other. We are trying to challenge that every step of the way.
GW: The song Ukiuq is an incredible mix of traditional and contemporary music – (and deserves to be a international hit). Can you tell a bit about the meaning and inspiration behind the song? AM: Ukiuq is many things. It is based on an old bob Dylan love song and also an ode to all the people in our lives that we have lost to suicide. It's also a song about how through challenging times the beauty of the land always remains and is there to remind us that there is always beauty to be found in the world. How's that?? Haha
GW: How would you describe your hometown of Iqaluit ? AM: Iqaluit is one of the most beautiful complicated places on earth. We call it the New York City of Nunavut - the territory we come from. There are so many different influences from all over the globe all situated in indigenous Inuit land which makes for an interesting mix to say the least.
GW: Really there is only one way to find out... come visit! More to come soon, Go and see the band live… You will love them. Glen Wilson GW Photography
The Jerry Cans / Pai Gaalaqautikkut the fast rising northern band create music inspired by their hometown of #Iqaluit, Nunavut. With their unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, the Jerry Cans are a distinctly northern, one-of-a-kind group. The band perform many of their songs in Inuktitut and are passionate about preserving the language even as the north and their home community of Iqaluit evolve. They are committed to representing northerners and to challenging common misperceptions they have encountered about life in the Arctic; their music evokes the contemporary north and the spirited people that reside there. It is not only the political motives, but their rapidly developing reputation for getting elders and young people dancing, that has forced people to start noticing this high-energy group. This truly unique band will take you on a stroll through the streets of Iqaluit to share a glimpse of life in Arctic. TONIGHT's CONCERT: The Jerry Cans at Sooki Lounge at the Sooki Lounge, Belgrave Victoria IS UNMISABLE. Thanks to our friends at #TheJerryCans band and Catalyst PR we have one new album with a flame of jerrcanners music to giveaway. The SMS competition has one one winner: Glen Wilson . Congratulation, Glen. The CD will be in your snail mail soon. For everyone else: please stay tuned for more exciting news!
THE JERRY CANS CONCERT IN NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB NEW review by Glen Wilson
Northcote Social Club. The Jerry Cans Iqaluit Canada.
The old saying “You had to be there” is a term that defiantly fits the Jerry Cans. Recorded music and video just doesn’t do this band justice.
Along with their unique music style, the band bring a fantastic sense of showmanship and downright fun to their live gigs. Throw in some great folk music ,rock, traditional Inuktitut throat singing and a good old fashion hoedown and this what can be expected from the band.
Lead singer Andrew Morrison leads the band with great vocals & story telling. Nancy Mike`s Throat singing has to be heard live to appreciate – her deep growling voice gives you goose bumps. Violinist Gina Burgess is a brilliant musician, bringing some good old fashion fiddle playing to the mix. The band is supported by a strong rhythm section –Steve Rigby on drums and Brendan Doherty –Bass.
In a world where commercial rock and pop is shoved down our throats and the industry dictates what we should be listening to, The Jerry Cans are a shining example of a hard working band that stick to their roots.
Whatever your taste in music go along to one of their gigs, and have a ball – Their music is instantly addictive.
A special commendation to Bryce from the Bean Project, who was called up on stage by Andrew for an impromptu jam session.
A huge thank you to the band and to Cat Swinton from Catalyst PR , Bohemian Rhapsody online Magazine for making this possible
Video interview coming soon…
CITI OPERA: VERDI'S IL TROVATORE NEW website press release: Glen Wilson (article) Rouben Dickranian (photography) unfortunately we will not be able to release the video covering this gorgeous event as it was originally promised to our readers.
CitiOpera Il trovatore
Directed by Stella Axarlis and Conductor Gaetano Colajanni I was privileged to attend CitiOpera`s rehearsal of Verdi`s Classic Il Trovatore
Whilst not a final performance, rehearsal night gave an insight to what is a stunning performance of Verdi`s classic opera. Soprano Fiona Jopson as Leonora gives an incredible performance, showcasing her stunning vocal range, and teams up superbly with Yoon yYung Kil Angelo as Manrico , to deliver stunning duets.
Baritone Samuel Thomas Holland gives a captivating performance as the count with his beautiful voice – my personal favorite. Hellen Hill gives a great performance as Azucena the gypsy.
This was a great honor to be able to film with such an outstanding cast and orchestra. Lighting did pose a few challenging moments for filming – however this was just a rehearsal. It would have been great to see a final performance. The production is finishes off with great sets and gorgeous costumes.
A huge thank you to CitiOpera & Natasha @ Bohemian Rhapsody online Magazine
Glen GW Photography
SET 2 (FINALE) photos: Rouben Dickranian
CIDER AND PORK FESTIVAL PERTH WA 2017 NEW website press release by Manish Bolla
BRIEF: Date : 4th March 2017 Venue : Pork and Cider Festival, Elizabeth Quay Photographer : Manish Bolla ( MK Creative Imagery) for BRC Magazine Assisted by Jane Maringka Pork and Cider festival 2017 kicked off on 3rd March 2017 at beautiful Elizabeth quay grounds.
The festival featured free cider tastings, Perth's premier pork food trucks, cider-making demos, pork and cider masterclasses, live music and roaming buskers and entertainers
With more than 20 of WA and Australia's top cider and pork producers shared and talked about their produce. This event was not to be missed with array of pork dishes and locally produced ciders.
I myself pigged out on various delicacies such as Bbq pork ribs, Crispy Pork belly and amazing pork skewers…Tasted about 10 to 20 different ciders and felt like a cider connoisseur. I can certainly say WA ciders are some of the best in the world.
Hot 39 degree and WA fashionistas were on full swing wearing latest trend of hats,singlets and shoes which can be seen in the images taken. Local musicians played the best summer songs to keep the mood going.
Can't wait for the next Pork and Cider Event and do it all over again.
THE PLAY THAT FOES WRONG NEW website review by Anna Berger
West End’s New Comedy - The Play That Goes Wrong
What an absolute delight!!!!
From the minute you walk in till the very last moment, the show has you in fits! I cannot remember the last time I heard the audience laugh so much out-loud! I literally had tears falling down my face from laughter.
Outrageously humorous screenplay with almost every sentence a punch line was superbly executed by hilariously talented cast.
The tone, the witty dialogue coupled with facial expression Mr Bean would've been proud of - had the audience in hysterics. And to top it all off; the constant set mishaps and special effects which were so perfectly timed made this show - hands down - the funniest theatre performance I have seen in a very long time!
A must see for any age group - JUST SUPERB!!!!
SLY RAT THEATRE PRESET THE TEMPEST website review by Max Davine
The Tempest - Sly Rat Theatre By Max Davine
A night of magical fantasy and open-air beauty by the Maribyrnong River. Sly Rat Theatre began back in 2012 as a guerilla-style theatre company seeking to introduce far-flung areas of Melbourne to the thrill of a live show. But the open-air performances of Shakespeare’s masterpieces began only last year when actor Alan Chambers, inspired by the concept of Shakespeare in the Park, sought to establish a free-entry, family-friendly event in order to bring the Bard of Avon’s beautiful works to a whole new audience. He, a cast of over twenty and innumerable crew have soared to heights I was not prepared for. The Tempest is amongst William Shakespeare’s most revered works. Though that is not exactly narrowing the scope of his bibliography, to emphasize my point Richard Burton, the greatest Shakespearean actor since Olivier who knew most of his works by memory, wrote but one line for his final diary entry, before dying in his sleep. It was from The Tempest – “Our revels now are ended.” Audience took to the grass with their picnic rugs and folding chairs before a set far more elaborate than anyone anticipated, and I slowly filled with quiet confidence as I noticed the name Katharine Innes in the bill. An actor I’ve had the pleasure of seeing multiple times, as well as the honor of working and studying with, and surely amongst Melbourne’s finest Shakespearean performers. One has lost count of the times one has sat before her in awe. I knew I was in for a treat. The rest of the cast delivered magnificently, with Brendan Ewing providing an altogether more malignant-seeming Prospero than I’ve previously seen, and The Shapes and Boatswains given exquisite life by beautifully choreographed dancers and performers. There were no standouts in the cast, all were magnificent, but special mention to the inspired performances of Katharine Moss as Stephano, Tara Haughton as Trinculo and Seton Pollock as Caliban must be accorded. The Tempest was a fine choice for a stage uninhibited by edges or wings, and the sense of magic and openness served the vision for the piece liberatingly. A Midsummer Night’s Dream would have been gorgeous as well. I’m sorry I missed it. I shall ensure not to miss any more.
GOLF CROQUET WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 AUSTRALIA website
MEDIA MEETING WITH THE STARS AT THE BRUNSWICK CROQUET CLUB AHEAD OF THE UPCOMING CHAMPIONSHIP THURSDAY February 9 2017
"The Queen’s Croquet-Ground A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. Alice thought this a very curious thing, and she went nearer to watch them, and just as she came up to them she heard one of them say, ‘Look out now, Five! Don’t go splashing paint over me like that!’" L. Carroll "Alice In The Wonderland"
February 9 morning was crispy fresh and slightly windy, just almost perfect for the game. If you ever visited the Brunswick Croquet Club it is a very green and tranquil place - just right for this graceful game (little I knew at the time of arrival about the game and even was questioning its existence on Earth or well, at least in this century... and apparently it comes to fashion again... although how can such peaceful and elegant game could not be fashionable for a while - that was another question) While we waited for the rest of the media crew to arrive we could watch the players and go inside the building to see all the prizes, cups, awards, old and cool looking mallets (this is the name of the bat that the ball is played with), very old and so gorgeous photographs of the women dressed in large skirts and holding the mallets)
Croquet is a sport (and it surprised me even more as firstly I thought it was like a BBQ and I knew from my own experience that BBQ was not a sport )well, it might be in Australia that it is a sport but not widely recongnised yet). Why I found out that the croquet was a sport - just because it is very hard to play but I will tell you about it later. Just trust me for now: IT IS a SPORT! Croquet involves hitting plastic or wooden balls with a mallet through hoops (often called "wickets" in the United States but we were in Brunswick so we called them hoops) embedded in a grass playing court. If you think this is all you need to know about the game you will be wrong. The history of the game is fascinating and you can read it at your spare time online. I only know that Croquet is secretly called QUEEN OF GAMES and I have my own mysterious ways to believe this statement. The game was extremely poplar in England in 1860s. After that the game was rapidly spread overseas.
Let's get back from history to the reality and return to our Brunswick grounds. We were introduced to the stars of the game: Lester Hughes Claire Keating Terry Hopkins Gail Hopkins (Terry’s wife) and Lester started talking about croquet with such passion I trust everyone was thinking: "why did not we know about this game before, in the childhood ?"
We were all divided by small groups or four people each group having its own leader-star. Our group was headed by Terry Hopkins. The mallets we were given were a;; different material made: some weer wooden old and some were made out of modern metals alloys. the balls were quite impressive: all of assorted colors they felt quite heavy, bigger than you think and gosh they pay some $550 for four good set of balls.
That’s right!’ shouted the Queen. ‘Can you play croquet?’ The soldiers were silent, and looked at Alice, as the question was evidently meant for her. ‘Yes!’ shouted Alice/ ‘Come on, then!’ roared the Queen, and Alice joined the procession, wondering very much what would happen next.// ... ‘Get to your places!’ shouted the Queen in a voice of thunder, and people began running about in all directions, tumbling up against each other; however, they got settled down in a minute or two, and the game began. Alice thought she had never seen such a curious croquet-ground in her life; it was all ridges and furrows; the balls were live hedgehogs, the mallets live flamingoes, and the soldiers had to double themselves up and to stand on their hands and feet, to make the arches. You know the source by now...
The rules were explained to us. There are several variations of croquet currently played, differing in the scoring systems, order of shots, and layout (particularly in social games where play must be adapted to smaller-than-standard playing courts). Two forms of the game, association croquet and golf croquet, have rules that are agreed internationally and are played in many countries around the world. (I know one thing for sure now: I am buying the mallet next time I am at Rebel Sport).
As well as club-level games, there are regular world championships and international matches between croquet-playing countries. The sport has particularly strong followings in the UK, US, New Zealand and Australia; every four years, these countries play the MacRobertson Shield tournament. Many other countries also play. The current world rankings show England in top place for association croquet, followed by Australia and New Zealand sharing second place, with the United States in fourth position; the same four countries appear in the top six of the golf croquet league table, below Egypt in top position, and with South Africa at number five. In his story Lexter added that the Egypt is playing a leading roe in croquet at the moment and has very strong players.
As we started playing the so seemingly easy to play game appeared to be very viciously competitive with the combinations similar to a complex chess game. The game also requires certain skills and muscle power. It requires your ball to be set in the certain position and for it to go through the hoop on the field (it was a real pleasure to observe how our team leader Terry was professionally manipulating with the ball - even making it jump through the hoops. I also understood why this game was not so popular in Russia: you would never find a ball in the snow pile after your first shot. The aggressive game character may derive from the fact that (unlike in golf) players will often attempt to move their opponents' balls to unfavourable positions.
‘I don’t think they play at all fairly,’ Alice began, in rather a complaining tone, ‘and they all quarrel so dreadfully one can’t hear oneself speak — and they don’t seem to have any rules in particular; at least, if there are, nobody attends to them — and you’ve no idea how confusing it is all the things being alive; for instance, there’s the arch I’ve got to go through next walking about at the other end of the ground — and I should have croqueted the Queen’s hedgehog just now, only it ran away when it saw mine coming!’ The hedgehog was engaged in a fight with another hedgehog, which seemed to Alice an excellent opportunity for croqueting one of them with the other: the only difficulty was, that her flamingo was gone across to the other side of the garden, where Alice could see it trying in a helpless sort of way to fly up into a tree. well, the same source again...
The friendship of course won in our small tournament this time. We had only one hour together and the rendezvous was soon to be completed. A light but a delight-ful breakfast was served at the end of the game. I snapped some photos from this day out - never to be forgotten.
First time this year the Gold Croquet World Championship will be held in Australia. For more information we recommend you to check out this link or I am terribly sorry this link please.
BOHEMIAN BAR & RESTAURANT PAELLA COOKING CLASSES website
press release by Jennifer Zaman (and Ashish Hussain as an assistant photographer)
Seafood Paella Cooking Class
Located in the beautiful South Wharf of Docklands, Melbourne, this Spanish restaurant is something to look out for. Apart from drawing food lovers to its exquisite cuisine prepared under the expertise of Chef Gerard and Sous-Chef Lorenzo Casu, it also attracts them to its special Paella cooking classes.
Organised twice a month during summer i.e. the first and last Saturdays and once a month during winter, these classes have become truly popular within its very first year. Paella lovers throng the restaurant on the scheduled date and time with a bid to learn how to cook this enchanting dish under the expert and friendly supervision of sous-chef Lorenzo.
Last week I was invited to participate in one such class at the restaurant and I could not be happier with the experience. The class was full with 12 participants including me (the maximum intake per class). As soon as we entered, the staff there made us feel welcome and offered coffee/tea/water. The cooking stations were already arranged with everything necessary in an absolutely neat order. Gradually, the staff began to bring in all the ingredients that we were going to use to cook our Paella. The restaurant provided for everything, so one can just walk into one of these classes (need to book earlier) with friends or family or both and share this relaxing along with a learning experience. The session runs for an hour and half, which includes cooking the dish and enjoying it later with a glass of wine.
It was a first of its kind to me and I would definitely love to do this again. I would highly recommend our readers to indulge in this fun-filled session with the very helpful and talented sous-chef Lorenzo. Hope the photographs would make you drool.
Paella tastes even better when you cook it yourself, trust me !
TRAVELLING MELBOURNE VICTORIA
L'AMANTE ANGLAISE website review by Nadia Pleshkova
If you live in Melbourne, fourtyfivedownstairs gallery-theatre is the venue you must go to at least once every few years. It is surrounded by superb bars and the walking distance from the famous graffiti lanes such as AC/DC and Hosier. Grab your partner or a group of friends and embark on an adventurous city night and the brilliant art of "L'amante anglaise" with Jillian Murray and Robert Meldrum's duet performance. Both actors of a rich experience would assure all your attention and focus on them for 100 minutes with pure ease. The intimate environment of the venue between the actors and the audience makes it real jewel. You are simply for a mesmerized experience of watching every move of a finger, every change in emotion in great detail. The performers' beautiful, emotionally impactful and strong voices will embrace you with their every vibration. Based on real events, the show is set up in form of interviews where the answers of Claire, the murderer and her husband's, would open up their interior worlds and their visions of others. You'd be going through confusions of deciding wether it's Madness talking or Sanity. That's where your partner or friends become extremely useful to get into debate of finding the border between what is reasonable and what is not, why has Claire done such a thing, the effects of love and what intelligence or loneliness is. "L'amante anglaise" is the play of fascinating lyrics and is a true art to get to your heart and not to be dared to miss.
NGV: WHO'S AFRAID OF COLOUR? (CURATED EXHIBITION) website press release by Lyudmila Vaisman
Who's Afraid of Colour? - 05/02/17
As multicultural Australian nation, we should acknowledge and cherish the roots of this wonderful country, its history and its vibrant indigenous culture and art.
Who's Afraid of Colour? exhibition at the NGV presents the work of talented indigenous women incorporating traditional styles they have inherited and modern techniques into a new cultural dialogue that demonstrates their strong creative powers and unique identity.
The key highlights of the exhibition for me were as follows (please see the photos):
1. Incredible paintings of cultural memories telling stories about the places where the artists grew up or lived
2. Skateboards painted in a splendid mixture of traditional colours demonstrating artist's connection to the ceremonies of her people
3. Beautifully woven 3 customary body adornments that combine reflections of cultural practices and contemporary fashion
Visiting Who's Afraid of Colour? exhibition was a fabulous experience and a great way to appreciate traditional indigenous art as well as it's contemporary transformation.
YAK ALES MELBOURNE BBQ FESTIVAL 2017 website press release by Yafei Dong
Outdoor barbecues are a great Australian tradition among others and it is celebrated in style and perfection. This tradition is revered by holding BBQ Festivals all over the countr: the meat is smoking and the ovens are hot! Melbourne BBQ Festival is an amazing exampple of sucg tradition and celebration of summer and warm weather. The incredible array of ribs, pork, beef, chicken and more is desplayed by many masters of the BBQ art. The chefs arer experimenting with spice rubs, slathering meats in thick chops, glazing them with sweet sauces or dressing shredded tendrils of pork with a tart vinegar-based dip. It is all about the fantasy, experience and skills. It doesn’t matter which style of meat cooking you prefer, this festival is where you can find it all – it is Melbourne BBQ festival! If you’re able to snag your tickets to a barbecue competition, you’ll be able to get your hands on some mouth-watering, award-winning creations. Melbourne BBQ Festival is a must to visit while you are down under.
THE BOOK OF MORMON RED CARPET website press release; Max Davine and Glen and Brodie Wilson
Book of Mormon Red Carpet By Max Davine
It was a sweltering day in which the affluence of Melbourne and their keen band of camera-brandishing jackals chose to cram themselves into the tiny reception area of the Princess Theatre, beneath the great banner which announced the much-anticipated Book of Mormon. It was a fine turn-out, early on, with scores of Melbourne’s finest taking to the outdoor bar and keenly awaiting the arrival of their famous “celebrity” guests. Four of their number even managed to smile. They were greeted by a large canvas which both spared them from looking up, as well as inform them as to what show they were attending of the evening. We applaud multi-purpose appliances. It began, then, with the arrival of Rob Mills and his date, who came dressed in costume, perhaps protesting that their lack of talent should inhibit them from being cast in the actual show. They were joined by Jennifer Hansen, who some might remember as a newsreader, before the unforgivable crime of showing the odd wrinkle got her summarily dismissed. We elected not to photograph Hamish Blake, preferring to preserve his legacy as a radio host, while his wife Zoe Foster-Blake, whose public accordance of the professional title “author” shows Melbourne’s truly generous spirit, smiled serenely a the sky. John Foreman and Trevor Ashley looked suave and indicated that they had seen the show before. It was all getting too exciting. The bachelorettes graced us with their acquired sense of glamor, Sam Frost having indulged too enthusiastically in a make-out session with her date, who’d evidently been sculpted out of fake tan, on the way over; and Georgia Love with her hand planted firmly on the buttocks of the winner of the glorified competition of prostitution for fame. Bronwyn Bishop arrived by car, evidently she does that sometimes, and Rhonda Burchmore demonstrated how she has remained relevant by not singing a single note. It was not all a frivolous display of Melbourne’s “aptitude” when it comes to entertainment. We were also graced by fine departures from the status quo with rock legend and loved personality Red Symons, acting great Rachel Griffiths, comedian Joel Creasy, Australian screen royalty George Miller and the enchantingly beautiful, razor-witted and effortlessly elegant Julia Zemiro and Gorgi Coghlan in attendance. Like the breaths of fresh air they are to our industries, they brought their intelligence, skill and professional finesse to a red carpet otherwise devoid of culture or substance. If the aim was to bring out our best and fairest, and put them next to reality stars, soapbox political commentators and so-called personalities known best for their ability to wear a great hairdo, shove all of them in front of a salivating, sweating press pit jostling in over thirty-five degrees heat, then mission accomplished, my fair city.
FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NGV: OLYMPIA website review by Lyudmila Vaisman
NGV Friday Nights - 03/02/17
For anyone who loves fashion, art, music and good food and drinks, Friday Nights at National Gallery of Victoria is a perfect place to be. Friday Nights ticket holders enjoy exclusive after hours access to the major summer exhibitions David Hockney: Current and Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists as well as DJ music and live performances. Starting with the Fashion exhibition, I was impressed with Viktor&Rolf originality of ideas and technics and amazing attention to details. The workmanship of their garments was second to none. I admired uniqueness of every collection. There were several amazing garments that I would have loved to wear for a special occasion.
Following this inspiration, I moved into the next exhibition of David Hockney just to be further inspired by David's spectacular work represented in various ways, some using current technology. What I liked the most is animated images of David's paintings of nature presented across a large number of monitors taking entire wall. There was a fair bit of animation gradually adding sketches and details in real time in the front of the viewers. This provided an incredible feeling of being part of the mystery of art creation.
The night was concluded by beautiful Olympia presenting songs from her latest album "Self Talk" that received warm applause.
The food at the NGV was also delicious. I truly enjoyed my meal artistically created and full of well selected flavours.
Friday Nights at NGV is definitely a great place for the entire family for a perfect start of a weekend!