Friday, 15 May 2009

Cirque du Soleil - An Uplifting Experience

Cirque du Soleil I was fortunate to receive a ticket to the premiere of Cirque du Soleil in Melbourne. Upon receiving the ticket however I did not realise how fortunate I really was, I knew little about the event and had never experienced Cirque du Soleil in the past.

With no expectations, I arrived at the event, to find tents that on their own inspire one. Those working on the gates, entrances and other areas where friendly and more helpful than I have found staff to be at other events - Congratulations to those who hired the staff and of course to those who were part of the, I guess, customer service team.

So now I am in the correct door and seated. There is something happening in the front rows. The laughter was a clear indicator and when I put my glasses on (yes vain until necessity prevails), I could see, that one of the performers had brought the audience into the show, by engaging them as part of the act. I have not laughed so much for a very long time and despite not being familiar with the language, the performance of the 'clown' type acts, rose above the spoken word. Their actions and performance so detailed and seemingly effortless, providing much laughter and made the audience feel as if they were a part of the event, not just spectators.

From then on, came many acts that were not only amazing in costume and music and skill but uplifting. Many have stated some of the acts to be death defying etc and yes some where and had me sitting on the edge of my seat. From the moment I sat down to enjoy the show, the time vanished as I was immersed in every aspect of each performance. The end came and I like others wanted more. The standing ovations at the end of the event, a clear measure of the audiences enjoyment.

I would recommend that if you are in Melbourne, grab some pals, tickets and treat yourselves to an event that will uplift you like few have done in the past.

Thanks to Julie Cavanagh and the Cirque du Soleil team for affording me such a wonderful, uplifiting and memorable experience.

PS - I enjoyed it so much I purchased the DVD so I can enjoy Cirque du Soleil again and again.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

For Pete's Sake

For Pete's Sake The friends of Peter Laffy invite you to an unprecedented evening of great music featuring an amazing line-up of performers in support of Peter's ongoing medical treatment in the USA. (Check out the attached Flyer) Where: Spencers Live 419 Spencer St. West Melbourne When: Tuesday 26th  May 2009 7pm till late  Tix: $20 

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Rocky and the Two Bob Millionaires

A fine collection of Australian musicians, Rocky and the Two Bob Millionaires are on the way to launch their first album - 42/68. The 10 original songs each tell a story that touch the listener through feelings, which of course are the essence of music. The band came together because of their individual passion for making music, one of life's profound joys. Their amazing individual talents, musicality and team work, has fortunately for all of us, led to the creation of an album, that is a celebration, for all to embrace. Band members include: These are Rocky Dabscheck, guitar and vocals. Nick Carrafa, drums and vocals. Brenden Mason, guitar and vocals. Max McIntosh, bass Steve Williams, saxophone, mouth harp and vocals. Sigie Gabrie, saxophone, mouth harp, synth guitar, slide guitar percussion and vocals. Julie Buxton, vocals Mark Stanley, percussion Greg Spence, trumpet Trevor 'Forever' Young, a godfather of Australian Punk, is the voice on one of the tracks, telling a story that demanded his talents. All remarkable and experienced musicians with such an amazing repertoire of songs and previous experiences of playing with other gifted musicians . Rocky has played alongside Janis Ian Eric Burden And the Animals John Martyn AC/DC Tangerine Dream Steve Being saxophone player for Australian icon John Farnhem has played alongside Tom Jones Olivia Newton-John Ray Charles Kate Ceberano Ross Wilson Brenden from the well known bands Madder Lake and Black Feather has had the pleasure of playing alongside The Rolling Stones Queen Max has played with Brian Cadd Russell Morris Members of the band have also played plenty of festivals. Keep an eye out for the launch date and listen to some of their great work at

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Tips to Keep you Safe from Company Spies

You will find here a few tips to keep you safe, that I try to stick to when using social networking tools and technologies.

1: Allow only the people you know

2: Allow only the people whose details etc can be checked (google them or send them a message asking for further details)

3: Make publicly only those images that show you in a positive light (family, sport, etc).  

4: Only allow your friends to see all of your images

5: Be careful of the language you use - no employer would like an employee to cuss all the time

6: Be careful of what you say

7: Block anyone who acts in such a manner that it could have a negative impact on your profile

8: Block instantly anyone who acts in a destructive possibly fraudlent stalkers

9: Never divulge your physical address details

10: Keep your profile clean and simple

11: Report anyone harassing you or acting inappropriately

12: Add widgets and gadgets that are appropriate

13: All personal messages should be sent via email, not on the home page of your site

14: Employ the core of the stranger danger strategy - it must be employed and offline:)

That is 14 with more to come.  If anyone has and would like to share more then please add in the comments box

Social Networking Spies Hired in Australia by Companies to Check on Employees

I am stunned at what I have read in this article from the age on the 17th of April, Digging up dirt:Facebook Spies for Hire

I am stunned because it has taken so long for the media to report what many of us in cyberspace, using social network tools and technologies, have known for years.

It appears that experts around the world can write, attend conferences as speakers and more are more commonly disregarded until the media in Australia decides to make a report on topics well known to me and many I know globally.

In Australia we have seen just in 2009, major reports of a positive nature, about facebook and twitter.  The result of these reports created a mass influx of users from Australia, with many people thinking this was all new and for many had significant benefits to companies, individuals, charities and offered others such as full time mothers opportunities to create small businesses.

Everyone was right about the benefits, advantages and opportunities, however facebook and twitter were not new, they were either unknown to people, or due to the negative reports  over at least the 18 months before, many believed they were best left alone.  Let's face it over at least a three year period, the media only reported how evil myspace and other tools were, making it impossible for anyone in the Educational arena to convince their management teams of the importance, benefits, advantages and opportunites, in the learning process.

The article I hope brings home to all users that they must be careful and mindful at all times when using any social networking tool or technology.  If you have inappropriate material open to the public or have let just anyone be your friend, you are at risk and your current or potential employment in danger.

I hope that those for civil rights will also work on keeping our rights safe as it appears they are being taken away by stealth.

I hope you will all read this article, bring it to the attention of others and keep all safe from those lurking on the net

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Dave Tice and Mark Evans Headed for Adelaide

Australia’s premier blues duo are heading back to SA after taking audiences by storm at the recent Adelaide International Guitar Festival. Dave Tice & Mark Evans have had exceptional individual careers, and in recent years have been making beautiful blues together. Fri 20th Feb – Maxwell Wines,McLaren Vale Sat 21st February – Baross Arts & Convention Centre, Tanunda

bullying on and offline Part 3

So being sent to China and being an ELF made me no friends amongst my colleagues.  I was seen as a pest. In 2003 I was sent back to China ...