Matt Hollywood is an extraordinary entertainer, comedian and master illusionist. If you’re looking for a drug-free night where you’ll still be tripping, I recommend booking VIP tickets to Matt Hollywood’s Illusions Magic Show, although it’s been rumoured that Matt Hollywood doesn’t really exist. Rumour has it that he’s a figure of the imagination, an illusion that can disappear in the blink of an eye. He sure had me scratching my head when one minute he was on stage and the next he was sitting in the audience after escaping the jaws of death.
The Gathering Feel Good Music Festival was launched on Australia Day, 26 January 2017 on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Set at Country Paradise Parklands, a superb venue on lush acreage tucked away in the outskirts of Nerang, there’s no doubt that this festival has set its roots on the Gold Coast for years to come. The Gathering Feel Good Music Festival is an opportunity to gather with friends, meet new friends, celebrate life, dance, eat, drink and be merry while experiencing the psytrance music of red hot international and Australian talent. Leave your stress at the gate and let all your inhibitions go with psytrance music, psychedelic decor, and mind, body, soul gurus guaranteed to make you feel good.
Lihua Song realised her dream of creating luxurious organic skincare on Mount Tamborine, in the Gold Coast hinterland. Jasmin Organics Skincare are 100% natural with over 95% certified organic ingredients and their Koala Baby range has over 99.3% organic ingredients.
As part of my research, I started by booking tickets to see Wolfe Bowart’s performance of Letters End which was pure magic. I then went to see Loritz Circus, a small travelling circus that sets up its own marquee and travels in an entourage of trucks. This gave me a good idea of what life on the road would have been like for the Broadways. They have a number of acts which includes Kenyan acrobats and the ten year old hula hoop sensation Americus, who appeared on the Oprah Show with her amazing act. I also went to see the Adrenaline Circus which was a much grander scale at QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) and I sat there in a pool of perspiration as I watched the acts in complete amazement and awe.
I have One Act Play Theatre Festivals to thank for inspiring me to write my own plays for my drama students. Some of my fondest memories come from the fun and laughter we had rehearsing for the theatre festival and the excitement of performing on the night. The icing on the cake was awards night. It may just as well have been the Academy Awards. The excitement of waiting to hear who won Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting, Best Play, and the Encouragement Awards was thrilling. Of course, when one of our team won, we were walking on air for weeks. I also felt that we didn’t have to personally win to be caught up in the excitement and the thrill of an industry that brings so much pleasure to those who participate as well as those who are entertained.
Revenge. Whether it be on misbehaving teens, a mother or father-in-law, or your comatose partner, skydiving is the perfect way to get someone back for causing you grief… just throw them out of an airplane, preferably at 15,000 feet so that suffering is prolonged.
There’s hell on earth…where atrocities are committed everyday, where life has no value, where mercy and compassion do not exist; where fear reigns and survival depends on the dialect you speak; the ethnic group you belong to. Helena reveals the hell she left behind.
‘Australia is such a friendly country,’ says Helena, describing her new home.
Helena, husband Anthony, and their five children aged 12, 11, 10, 9 and 3, immigrated to Australia from Guinea, West Africa, in 2004. They were refugees who had escaped unimaginable horrors and hardship. They narrowly escaped death numerous times; watched family members get gunned down, and were forced to leave their country, fleeing on foot – hiding from rebel soldiers – constantly fearing for their lives.
There’s something special about working with young people who appreciate the art of writing so I always look forward to any opportunity to conduct a school-based workshop. My imagination was most fertile when I was still at school. There’s a freedom to be able to just dream away and create a fantasy story that will take you on an adventure with characters that seem to manipulate you into doing what they want rather than what you thought they might want to do.
I had the privilege of conducting two creative writing workshops at Palm Beach State School as part of the Gold Coast Writer’s Festival Authors in Schools program. My enthusiastic participants were emerging young writers with a passion for creating exciting stories. They already knew a lot about the art of writing so we simply ran through the process of creating awesome stories.
The beginning was set by creating the characters and setting the scene. The students chose a female, male, baddie, a pet, and the scene where the story was to take place from a selection of images on the PowerPoint presentation. It was interesting the see the choices they made. Neither group made the same choice in characters but they did both choose the haunted house for the setting.
The middle is where we created a problem that needed to be solved. The baddie came into the story and created a stressful situation involving the character’s beloved pet.
The end was how the characters solved the dangerous situation and defeated the baddie. We created some action and tension with a good dose of humour.