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A few days in Queanbeyan to reconnect with my homeland

It’s nice sometimes to be sent to a place in your home country that you wouldn’t often get to visit. I travel all over the world and see some amazing things, but you know it’s nice to just explore your own homeland and see the beauty that is so nearby. I may not have chosen to go to Queanbeyan in NSW, a town outside of Canberra our Nation’s Capital, but I’m glad I got to go! It’s a  lovely little town and it was nice to spend just a few days there reconnecting and gaining some new experiences from those who’ve travelled many steps before me.

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Travelling down on the train from Sydney, it was gorgeous to see the countryside and actually to realise my phone wasn’t working. I sat next to a charming old man. 93 and travelling back to Goulburn from his daughters house. He told me about enlisting in the army at age 18 for World War II. He shared his stories, he told me about his families history in the area and about how Australia had changed over time. I learnt so much in a few hours. I actually only sat next to him to charge my laptop. I then didn’t use it once! It was really nice just to hear the stories of someone who has lived so much.

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Look let’s be honest, there isn’t heaps to do in Queanbeyan! But as I had some time to kill in the evenings and mornings, I wanted to make the most of it, so off I went on my walks! I strolled around town and loved coming across the natives… insert cows!

 

 

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The Mill House Cafe sits next to the old Byrne’s Mill and is a charming spot right near the river. Lovely food and definitely a hot spot for Sunday brunches. Throw in a gorgeous autumn morning and you have the perfect way to start your day.

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If there’s one thing Queanbeyan isn’t short of, it’s pubs! We had a  wide variety of choice when it came to a beverage and a meal on the weekend evenings. We opted for a walk across the river and to grab some very exotic, Zambreros. I can’t in this post, express how much I love Zambreros. I didn’t have time to take a photo of my meal cos I scoffed it – maybe that explains it. Mexican on the go! Delicious!

Another  day I sat in the food court at the local shopping centre for lunch. I had a salad and was all set to pull out my laptop and get some work done.I was making a mess and the old man who had sat across from me kindly handed me a napkin. I’m such a grub. We shared a few smiles and glances, I could sense that he wanted to talk. We just chatted a little at first about my i-phone and my computer and all the equipment I had on the table. He went on to tell me in his thick accent that he was a passionate photographer and travelled all around Australia. His accent was from Finland. A place I had actually been which surprised him and we shared some of our favourite points of the Scandinavian wonder. He explained he was a taxidermist all his life. He loves fishing, and now photography. He had such a sweet smile and such enthusiasm for his hobbies and experiences in life. He loves camping and now spends majority of the year exploring Australia, hoping to cover every inch of land he can. What a joy.

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My final morning was spent strolling around the town. I walked past cows, rivers, streams, parks and a market. Everywhere I went I got a nod, hello or smile. There were friendly puppies and the air was fresh. What a beautiful image to leave this little country town on.

 

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I headed back to the charming train station which looked straight out of the early 1900’s. I waited for the one train to roll into town to take me back home to Sydney. I felt refreshed and ready to head home to the city. Looking forward to the time and space on the train to be with my thoughts and to catch up on some writing, perhaps to even write this blog.

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But again, the universe had other plans in mind. This was not a week for writing. This was a week for making new connections and reconnecting, with my home and myself. I sat next to an elderly lady. She asked if I’d taken the train before. I told her yes, on the way down. I mentioned how nice the view is and how wonderful it is to look out the window and just take in this beautiful country. I mentioned the chat with the lovely old man and how nice it was to hear his stories.

We then spent the entire four hour train ride chatting away. We told stories of our travels and exchanged hot tips on destinations. She was in awe of what I had down with my business and travels and that I was 28 years old. She had been a teacher and she shared with me her experiences in schools and watching young people learn. We talked about our families, films and our plans for the future. It was amazing. The time passed quickly and when we arrived at Central Station we exchanged business cards, we hugged as if we were old friends and said farewell.

It reminded me of the beauty of storytelling. It’s a shared experience. We don’t just make stories, having the adventure is only one part. It’s getting to share that with someone and relive it as you tell the tale. It’s also listening and learning. How nice it is to sit back and listen to someone as they share the special moments of their life and you watch their eyes light up as the memories unfold.

Stop. Look. Listen. Learn. Enjoy. and…. Share.

“No matter how far I go, I still call Australia home.”


Simple beach house getaway with your hunny for some R&R

Sometimes all you need is a little weekend away to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Your hunny having a holiday house to escape to on the Central Coast makes this a little easier.

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It was my first weekend back in Australia after three weeks away in wintery Europe, a beach escape was just what I needed. Yes, I had been travelling and recovered from my travel with more travel but this is just my life. Travel for travel. I love it. We drove just an hour north of Sydney to the area of Umina. Beachside towns in Australia just have a certain feel and it reminded me of holidays when I was young.

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We did lunch, we cooked at home, we walked to the beach, we read books and played some board games. We really just relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company. For a couple that spends quite a bit of time apart, this was perfect for us.

The beach was simple and the sun was out. We could have done activities, but just playing in the water was perfect.

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At night, we thought about attending the cinema. A lovely little set up in the town, but again, it was best for us just to enjoy our own space and time.

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It rained on the Monday but we didn’t mind at all. The ducks who have taken over the street loved it, and we went out to meet them. Such a bizarre sight to see. Hundreds of ducks spread out over the street, sitting under trees, on neighbours lawns and in small pools they’ve placed out for them.

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If you can’t get away on a big trip in the near future, I highly recommend looking to a local spot. A country hideaway, a mountains escape or a beach break. Check out Air B’n’B or if you have a friend with a house in a different location, maybe do a swap. It doesn’t have to cost a bomb, it just has to be different.

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Back to blogging – Vietnam, trekking training and sunny Sydney

It’s been a while…. but I’m back!

Again, I want to do regular posts, but I’ve had a short hiatus. I was Tour Leading with Inspired Adventures in Vietnam for #cycle4girls. An amazing experience with a team of women from Plan Netherlands. You can read more about it here:

http://blog.inspiredadventures.com.au/2014/12/23/cycle-for-girls-team-1/

When I head out on adventures, my time is focused on blogging on behalf of the team and sharing our amazing adventures. So I was still writing! Just in a different place – literally and online.

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Now I’m back it’s 100% focus on #everestbasecamptrek2015 with World Vision Australia and Inspired Adventures. I’m training all around Sydney and here are a few of my training pictures from around Sydney in the last few days.

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World Vision #Everestbasecamptrek2015 training at Manly

Sydney has been amazing weather and I feel blessed to call this city home. After a few years away in Melbourne, I was more than ready to get back to the beaches and living in Coogee, it’s literally just around the corner!

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Looking forward to sharing my Sydney adventures and appreciating the small things. Live each day as if it were your last. Make the most of the world around you. And… SMILE!

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Training at Bondi


Do you believe in the Afterlife??? Explore it in Sydney this January…

Excited to go to this event. The Afterlife has always fascinated and frightened me. I’m not sure what I believe or what I know but I know I want to learn more.

Death is one of life’s greatest mysteries. Do we really die and simply no longer exist, or does our soul continue on a journey after we draw our last breath? The big question is what do the experts say?

The inaugural Australian Afterlife Explorers Conference will be held at the Parramatta RSL in Sydney’s West from January 24-26 in 2015. It offers a fascinating line-up of experts, researchers and authors.

The Australian Afterlife Explorers Conference has built the bridge between science and spirituality. Conference goers will get the chance to harness the latest in-depth knowledge and evidence.

Some of Australia’s most knowledgeable professionals will be presenting including Debbie Malone – spirit medium and clairvoyant, Barry Eaton, broadcaster and author, retired lawyer Victor Zammit, International President of the Michael Newton Institute, Peter Smith, and Australian academic Michele Knight.

“My expectation is that the Afterlife Explorer’s Conference will confirm, many times over, that we are spiritual beings incarnated in physical form, rather than human beings striving for some spiritual existence. ” (Mick Turner, organiser)

“With absolute certainty the evidence shows that life does go on and you will see your loved ones again.” (Victor Zammit, speaker)

“One of the most important benefits of this conference will be to help people realise that life is ongoing, only the body dies.” (Barry Eaton, speaker)

“Interdimensional Trans Communication (ITC), which is inclusive of Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) provides empirical evidence about the multidimensional nature of consciousness, and people attending the Conference will have their minds challenged and expanded.” (Rob Smith, speaker)

Whether you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, curious about what happens when others die, or pondering your own mortality, then this conference will leave you feeling less fearful about death, inspired to live a more loving and purposeful life, and comforted by new thoughts of your loved ones in the afterlife.

The conference is expected to attract psychologists and medical practitioners, spiritual observers and members of the general public. Do we really die, or is there life after death?

Website: www.afterlifeexplorers.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/afterlifeexplorersconference

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwAm5lNbc0c&feature=youtu.be

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Don’t miss Australian Marta Pacek as she tours and releases new album

Loving the sound of the singer songwriter at the moment and it’s so nice to see something unique and special in the sounds of Canadian music influence from an Australian Artist. Learn more about Marta Pacek and her upcoming tour and album release.

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AWARD-WINNING ALT-COUNTRY SONGSTRESS MARTA PACEK

NEW ALBUM VOODOO DOLLS and FALSE ALARMS FROM

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Armed with a collection of new original songs, Australian Alternative folk-songstress Marta Pacek is set to release her new album, Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms, on Feb 27, 2014. To coincide with the release, Marta will embark on an Australian tour spanning VIC, ACT & NSW, following with an additional 15 Canadian and 11 U.S. shows in May 2014.

After spending the past two years touring North America and Australia behind her last album Rebel Baby, Marta Pacek was ready to stretch and grow in the studio. Her new songs caught the interest of producer Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Angus & Julia Stone, Glen Hansard) who also brought his bass playing and beats to the project. Albetta harnessed the precision and groove of electronic drumbeats while honoring Marta’s noir folk compositions, giving birth to an even fiercer shade of truth for the confessional songstress (as seen in her latest video for the Sombre track Sometimes You Lose – shot in Toronto, Canada).   “I was open to a lot of different ideas this time out”, says Marta, explaining the presence of electronic drumbeats throughout Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms.

The new album starts off with the pulsating and haunting feel of The Hunted, while Nothing Going On begins with a surprising hip hop feel, taking the listener on a journey back to 50s rock ‘n’ roll. Favourite Thing veers into Alt Country before pulling at your heartstrings with the sombre Sometimes You Lose and Thar She Blows. Marta nods to Fleetwood Mac in All I Need and Not Leaving Here Alone”would feel right at home on a Tarantino soundtrack. Two standout tracks are Pass Me Over, where Marta channels Joan Baez and One Day, which was written with noted songwriter Todd Clark (Pilot Speed, Philip Phillips, Goo Goo Dolls), there being an additional version of the song to end the album.  Check out Nothing Going On  the first single off the album to get a taste of what to expect.

Beginning her career by writing & recording songs with Mark Seymour, front man of Iconic Australian group Hunters & Collectors, it’s clear his song crafting secrets were passed onto her. Since Toronto-based management lured her to Toronto in 2008, Marta has had an amazing journey. She won Best International Artist at the Barrie New Music Festival in 2009, her second album Rebel Baby, released in 2012 and produced by Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco & Ron Sexsmith) was very well received, not only internationally but locally as well, when she was awarded Best Alternative-Country song for her single A Girl Gets By at the Canberra Country Music Awards.  Her cover of Patty Griffin’s song Nobody’s Crying was featured on the ABC/Global series Rookie Blue, she’s written for the TV series Radio Man and licensed her music for film. All of which she hopes to do more of. And she’s toured. A lot. Bringing her music to her ever-growing fan base in Troubadoria – her live-in touring van. She is a modern-day gypsy. With Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms, Marta has harnessed an abundance of experiences into an album of personal confessions and a soundscape perfect for taking that long and reflective drive.

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On top of her passion for music, the songstress has a flare for fashion that has developed into a personal style that often channels a vintage aesthetic, with a feminine rebellious edge. She has extended her love of precious things to her growing fan base, and has spent time developing her own unique, handcrafted “Marta Pacek” branded merchandise. Currently her range includes women’s apple pendant necklaces carved from willow wood, baby harmonica necklaces, and willow wood iPhone covers.

Last year, Marta had great successes touring internationally, covering more ground in the U.S. Midwest, Eastern Canada, and she is now ready to tour her home country of Australia. Her stunning vocals and roots charm allow Marta to be naked in front of all of us; somehow making us feel a little more human with every story she shares.  The forthcoming Australian tour will see Marta double billing with Canadian artist blueVenus.  Founded in 1998 by singer/songwriter and violinist Andrea de Boer, Toronto’s blueVenus is known for not only their captivating lyrical musings but also for their polished, but highly textured, mélange of sounds. Described as “hypnotic and impressive” by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Germany’s national newspaper, de Boer’s voice is a blend of a sultry, bluesy Janis Joplin with the youthful wariness of Fiona Apple.

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Catch Marta Pacek & Blue Venus (Canada) on the following dates:

MARTA PACEK & BLUE VENUS (Canada) – 2014 Australian Tour Dates

27 Feb – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC

28 Feb – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

1 March – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC **ALBUM LAUNCH**

8 Mar – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

9 Mar – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

12 Mar – The Vanguard, Syd NSW + Luke O’Shea

14 Mar – The Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW

15 Mar – House concert, Wingham NSW

20 Mar – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine VIC

www.martapacek.com

www.bluevenusmusic.com

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ALL FIRED UP – THE LAZYS Tour in Australia

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Following their recent stint in NY, The Lazys are ALL FIRED UP about returning to what they do best, playing live.

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Taking the opportunity to road test their new material from their forthcoming album ‘ALL FIRED UP’, recorded late last year in New York with producers Gus Van Go and Werner F. (The Grates, Monster Truck, The Stills, Hollerado, The Trews, Priestess), the NSW Central Coast rock 5-piece will undertake a series of pub and club shows throughout NSW from February to April before they head over to North America.

With a reputation for pumping out a kick-arse live show, The Lazys are keen to film a kick-arse live clip for the new single, title track ‘ALL FIRED UP, and would like for their supporters to get actively involved at these shows. The band are asking punters to film ‘ALL FIRED UP from the crowd and send on to the band where footage will be used as the official clip for the song. The band will credit punters names on their Facebook page and tail at the end of the clip for any footage used. Send your clips to the band via their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thelazys

Catch The Lazy’s live at the following shows and look out for the debut album ‘All Fired Up’ later this year. See tour dates attached.

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Get ALL FIRED UP in 2014 with The Lazys at the following shows:

FRIDAY 21st FEBRUARY: PARTY IN THE PADDOCK – TASMANIA
http://www.partyinthepaddockfestival.com.au

SATURDAY 22nd FEBRUARY: FITZROY HOTEL – WINDSOR
http://www.fitzroyhotel.com.au

FRIDAY 28th FEBRUARY: TATTERSALLS HOTEL – PENRITH
http://www.tattersallshotelpenrith.com.au

FRIDAY 14th MARCH: STUDIO 6 – SUTHERLAND
http://www.facebook.com/Studio6sutherland

SATURDAY 15th MARCH: MOUNTAIN SOUNDS – CENTRAL COAST
http://www.mountainsoundsfestival.com.au

FRIDAY 21st MARCH: THE LANSDOWNE – SYDNEY
http://www.thelansdownehotel.com.au

SATURDAY 22nd MARCH: FITZROY HOTEL – WINDSOR
http://www.fitzroyhotel.com.au

THURSDAY 27th MARCH: FRANKIE’S PIZZA – SYDNE
http://www.frankiespizzabytheslice.com

FRIDAY 28th MARCH: TATTERSALLS HOTEL – PENRITH
http://www.tattersallshotelpenrith.com.au

SATURDAY 29th MARCH: COLLECTOR HOTEL – PARRAMATTA
http://www.collectorhotel.com.au

FRIDAY 4th APRIL: WOODPORT INN – ERINA CENTRAL COAST
http://www.woodportinn.com.au

SATURDAY 5th APRIL: LEWISHAM HOTEL – LEWISHAM
http://www.lewishamhotel.com.au

FRIDAY 11th APRIL: STUDIO 6 – SUTHERLAND
http://www.facebook.com/Studio6sutherland

THURSDAY 17th APRIL: FITZROY HOTEL – WINDSOR
http://www.fitzroyhotel.com.au

FRIDAY 18th APRIL: THE LANSDOWNE – SYDNEY
http://www.thelansdownehotel.com.au

SATURDAY 19th APRIL: TATTERSALLS HOTEL – PENRITH
http://www.tattersallshotelpenrith.com.au

SUNDAY 20th APRIL: FRANKIE’S PIZZA – SYDNEY
http://www.frankiespizzabytheslice.com


Kim Wempe comes to Australia for first ever tour down-under

Very much looking forward to the Tour of the lovely Kim Wempe who is coming to Australia all the way from Canada in December 2013 and January 2014.

Check out more here.  

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AUSTRALIAN TOUR / ALBUM RELEASE


“…one of those strong, raspy voices that’s only made better by whiskey and more emotive by a sad song. She embodies the storytelling nature of the country genre, that slow burning hurt we know to be true of the blues, and these soulful gospel melodies that recall something almost spiritual.”

Alan Cross – Canadian Radio Broadcaster and Music Journalist

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Born and raised in Saskatchewan, a small Canadian farming town, KIM WEMPE hit her musical stride after moving to the arts/cultural hub of Nova Scotia in 2008 to complete her Jazz Degree in Voice and record her 2009 award winning debut album Where I Need To Be. Following the much-lauded debut, the sassy Blues/Folk singer/songwriter collaborated with some of Canada’s finest musicians (Joel Plaskett, Old Man Luedecke, Thom Swift & Geoff Hilhorst of Deep Dark Woods) for her 2nd (award nominated) album Painting With Tides.  After four years of touring consistently, including performances at festivals & the Vancouver Olympics, Kim is set to release her third album and hit Australia for her first bunch of shows.

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Kim Wempe’s new album Coalition is roots-tinged pop/blues influenced by Americana storytelling and gospel melodies. Produced by Newfoundland soul artist Chris Kirby, the album showcases Wempe’s powerful vocals like never before. Supported by an insistent kick drum, alternative percussion, layered guitars, blues organ, and a gospel choir, Wempe’s smoky voice pulls the weight of every song like an unstoppable train.  Released in Australia on December 7 through Code One/MGM, Coalition features the infectious single Never Promised You Nothing and a heartbreaking duet with Tim Chaisson for The Only One. 

 

Catch Kim Wempe performing on the East Coast in December & January.  Dates attached.

 

COALITION is out December 7 through Code One/MGM

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“That’s the reason why Kim Wempe is going to be huge; she’s got the heart, she’s got the soul and she’s got the kind of voice that holds those who hear it tightly. That voice is magic and no one who hears it will be able to turn away from it.”  Bill Adams – Canadian Music Reviewer / http://www.groundcontrolmag.com/detail/3/3522/

 

http://kimwempe.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kimwempe

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AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Friday 20th December 2013: Lizottes – Dee Why (NSW) With Diesel
Ph: (02) 9984 9933 or www.sydney.lizottes.com.au

 

Saturday 21st December 2013: Lizottes – Dee Why (NSW) With Diesel
Ph: (02) 9984 9933 or www.sydney.lizottes.com.au

 

Friday 27th December 2013 – Wednesday 1st January 2014:

Woodford Folk Festival – Brisbane (QLD)

www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

 

Thursday 2nd January 2014: Café Le Monde – Noosa (QLD)

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Ph: (07) 5449 2366 or www.cafelemonde.com.au

 

Friday 3rd January 2014: Old Museum – Brisbane (QLD)

OZCAN Showcase

Ph: (07) 32574089 or www.oldmuseum.org

 

Saturday 4th January 2014: Byron Bay Community Centre – Byron Bay (NSW)

OZCAN Showcase

Ph: (02) 6685 6807 or www.byroncentre.com.au

 

Wednesday 8th January 2014: Brass Monkey – Cronulla (NSW)

OZCAN Showcase

Ph: (02) 9544 3844 or www.brassmonkey.com.au

 

Thursday 9th January 2014: The Basement – Sydney (NSW)

OZCAN Showcase

Ph: (02) 9251 2797 or www.thebasement.com.au

 

Friday 10th January 2014: Caravan Club – Melbourne (VIC)

OZCAN Showcase

Ph: (03) 9568 1432 or www.caravanmusic.com.au

 

Friday 17th January 2014: Brass Monkey – Cronulla (NSW) With Diesel

Ph: (02) 9544 3844 or www.brassmonkey.com.au

 

Saturday 18th January 2014: Brass Monkey – Cronulla (NSW) With Diesel

Ph: (02) 9544 3844 or www.brassmonkey.com.au

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DARKNESS AND LIGHT AT THE MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2013

Proud to be working on this great show for #MelbourneFringe! Make sure to come along!

 

Returning to the Melbourne Fringe Festival this year, Darkness and Light is a show for those who like their comedy a little on the real side.  Darkness and Light will run at The Tuxedo Cat from September 18 to 24 at 7pm each night, 6pm on Sundays.

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Darkness and Light brings together a fusion of funny people using a combination of stand-up, and stunning storytelling, to uncover the comedy gold that lurks beneath some of their darkest days. This is not about making light of a serious issue, it’s to demonstrate how darkness and light can co-exist in our lives and we can persevere.

Anyone who’s ever experienced bullying, mental illness, racism, coming out, grief, chronic illness, substance misuse, a broken heart, or just a really bad day will find they’re not the only ones, as some of the Fringe Festival’s top comics (and some very special international guests) share their very personal postcards from the edge.

Often confronting, but always funny, the Darkness and Light line-up changes every night, and features a stellar selection of comics, including:

Dave Thornton, Luke McGregor, Girls Uninterrupted, Ben Lomas, Laura Davis and Cat Commandr, and also our regular D & L story-joke masters Richard McKenzie, Bart Freebairn, Lori Bell, Nath Valvo, Simon Taylor, Morven Smith, Geraldine Hickey, Bryan Lynagh, Cy Fahey, Charles Barrington, and more!

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Bart Freebairn

*Check Melbourne Fringe website for nightly line-up.

We invite you step into the dark side, and see the light!

“Four stars!” The Herald Sun

“An incredible show and a great concept; each night different comedians get up and tell their true stories of when things maybe weren’t going so great for them. It results in some powerful storytelling and deeply touching moments, but also a chance to laugh at life’s twists and turns. Seeing this show was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend checking it out. Four stars.” The Funny Tonne

“Darkness and Light was an important and deeply satisfying evening. I came away feeling uplifted. I strongly suggest people go and support this show. It needs to be performed again and again: opening people’s minds, opening people’s hearts.” Glass Wings

The maginificent Richard McKenzie. Have you heard his stuff about his Dad? You should.

The maginificent Richard McKenzie. Have you heard his stuff about his Dad? You should.

LISTING INFORMATION

Venue: Tuxedo Cat, 277 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Dates: 18-24 September 4, 13 Times: 7pm, Sundays 6pm

Tickets: Full $24, Concession $18, Group (4 or more) $18

Bookings: http://www.melbournefringe.com.au and at the door

http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/darkness-and-light/

Opening Night Melbourne Fringe 2013

Opening Night Melbourne Fringe 2013

Artist Line Up:

Wednesday 18 September: Geraldine Hickey, Cath Styles, Mark Trenwith, Bryan Lynagh

Thursday 19 September: Luke McGregor, Cath Styles, Simon Keck, Richard McKenzie, Laura Davis

Friday 20 September: Cath Styles, Cy Fahey, Bart Freebairn, Lori Bell

Saturday 21 September: Dave Thornton, Cath Styles, Nath Valvo, Richard McKenzie

Sunday 22 September:  Simon Taylor, Cath Styles, Martin Dunlop, Sean Bedlam, Morven Smith

Monday 23 September:  Charles Barrington, Cath Styles, Cat Commandr, Nellie White

Tuesday 24 September:  Girls Uninterrupted, Cath Styles, Ben Lomas, Diana Nguyen, Neil Sinclair

Created and Produced by Cath Styles


Top 5 DriveNow romantic getaway road trips from Melbourne

A romantic couples getaway doesn’t have to be an extravagant event with months of planning. You can simply fly into Melbourne airport, hire a DriveNow campervan or rental and zip off to some of the amazing road trip destinations in Victoria. You’ll be relaxing in just a few hours in these Top 5 romantic road trip getaways.

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Great Ocean Road

This has to be one of the most famous drives in Melbourne. With every turn, you’ll catch breathtaking views as you wind around the curling road that hugs the cliffs and the sea. It takes just 1.5 hours from the Melbourne airport to reach the beginning of the Great Ocean road and you can weave along at your leisure until you reach the incredible 12 Apostles. Don’t miss sunset, it’s incredible!

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Dinner Plain

Ready for a mountain escape? No matter what time of the year, Dinner Plain in the Australian Alpine region is beautiful. In summer it’s a chardonnay on the balcony in the afternoon and walks through the great Aussie bush. In winter it’s skiing by day and hot chocolates by the fire at night in this Christmas like village.

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Dandenongs

Just 1 hour from the CBD and you step into the rainforest and wooded area of the Dandenong ranges. Unique boutiques, romantic B &B’s and cute cafes are hidden amongst the trees in this natural escape. Why not take on the adventure of climbing the 1000 steps and emulating a small part of the Kokoda trail.

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Yarra Valley

What is a weekend away without a good glass of wine. Drive 1.5 hours from Melbourne Airport and you will find yourself in the famous wine region of Victoria. Whether you take up a B&B on a vineyard or jump on a tour for a day, you are sure to sample some amazing produce on this relaxing getaway.

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Wilsons Prom

3 hours south of Melbourne you will stumble across this secret gem of Victoria. Bushwalks in the National Park, stunning views of Bass Straight and a beach just 10 minutes from the main accommodation area. There will be plenty to do in this seaside nature haven.

Source: therealexperience.com.au

Source: therealexperience.com.au

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Mindil Beach Night Markets in Darwin, Northern Territory

August is the month to be in Darwin. It’s the dry season and the weather is just beautiful. The place to spend your Thursday and Sunday evenings in Darwin is the Mindil Beach Night Markets.

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On my first night in Darwin my friend took me to the markets for some food, fabulous sunsets and a bit of shopping. The atmosphere was buzzing with people comng after work to chillout on a midweek evening.

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I grabbed some Vietnamese food though the choices were great. Souvlaki, dessert only stalls, fresh juices and smoothies, Sri Lankan/ Indian cuisine, crepes and more. I had some squid, bbq ribs and the best spring rolls ever! We took our food down to the beach and watched the stunning colours of the sky change and the brilliant red ball of the sun sink into the water. Life at the top of Australia is pretty good.

 

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There was great live music, fire dancers, a whip cracking master and indigenous music. I loved the bikini stalls, indigenous art works and the hilarious Darwin crafts and souvenirs – such as stuffed cane toads and kangaroo balls. Yes…. Animals skins and hides are turned into hilarious trinkets. It was really fun to browse with my old school mate and host Kenny. A very relaxed night in the warmth of the Darwin air. An ice cream to finish evening made it a great night out.

 

Kenny and Emma on Mindhal Beach

Kenny and Emma on Mindhal Beach

Mindil Markets run for the entire dry season and now there are just 3 weeks to go so get there whilst you can.

Paradise in Darwin #NTAustralia

Paradise in Darwin #NTAustralia

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