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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson 2015

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson 2015

Get your Cosmic Calendars out – we got a badass coming over here!

In August 2015, Australian audiences will be treated to the highly-anticipated Australian return of astrophysicist, author, and all-round favourite person, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson!

A strong proponent for the importance of scientific education and rational thinking in society, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is bringing the wit and wonder of his genius to Australia in August 2015, courtesy of Think Inc. – the team behind the 2014 Australian tours of Dr. Michio Kaku and The Amazing James Randi.

Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003.

Tyson served on a 2001 government commission on the future of the U.S. aerospace industry, and on the 2004 Moon, Mars and Beyond commission. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in the same year. From 2006 to 2011, he hosted the television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS. Since 2009, he has hosted the weekly podcast Star Talk. In 2014, he hosted the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a reboot of Carl Sagan's 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences awarded Tyson the Public Welfare Medal in 2015 for his "extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science"

Tickets: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=NEILDEGR15

Dates & Location:

  • Fri 7th Aug 2015 - VIC: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 
  • Sun 16th Aug 2015 - QLD: Brisbane Event at Courier Mail Piazza
  • Sat 22nd Aug 2015 - NSW: Hordern Pavilion Sydney 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Bed & Breakfast Hot Deals at Metro Hotels & Apartments

Bed & Breakfast Hot Deals at Metro Hotels & Apartments

Snuggle in and be well fed when you book a Metro Hotels' bed and breakfast package. For a limited time, these special offers include complimentary breakfast* and WiFi!

Winter B&B Hot Deal from Metro Hotel Perth includes a full buffet breakfast daily for 2 guests - from $149* per night: http://www.metro-hotel-perth.bookings.metrohotels.com.au/winter-b-and-b-hot-deal-accommodation
Metro Hotel Perth

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast for 2 guests with this Bed & Breakfast Hot Deal from Metro Apartments on Bank Place Melbourne - from $215* per night: http://www.melbourne-metro-apartments-bank-place.bookings.metrohotels.com.au/bed-and-breakfast-hot-deal-accommodation
Metro Apartments on Bank Place

Book this Free Brekkie Hot Deal with Metro Hotel Ipswich International and receive a delicious full buffet breakfast for 1-2 guests in Platform 9 Restaurant, plus undercover car parking and WiFi - from $140* per night: http://www.metro-hotel-ipswich-international.bookings.metrohotels.com.au/free-brekkie-hot-deal-accommodation
Metro Hotel Ipswich International

Enjoy a daily plated breakfast from the al a carte menu in The Mill restaurant when you book this Bed and Breakfast Hot Deal at Metro Hotel Tower Mill Brisbane- from $150* per night: http://www.brisbane-metro-hotel-tower-mill.bookings.metrohotels.com.au/bed-and-breakfast-hot-deal-accommodation
Metro Hotel Tower Mill

Start your day off the right way with this Bed & Breakfast Hot Deal from Metro Hotel on Pitt, Sydney. Enjoy a full buffet breakfast daily, in Metro Brasserie - from $137* per night: http://www.metro-hotel-on-pitt.bookings.metrohotels.com.au/bed-and-breakfast-hot-deal-accommodation
Metro Hotel on Pitt

Start your day off the right way with this Bed & Breakfast Hot Deal from Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central! Enjoy a full hot buffet breakfast daily in the hotel restaurant - from $135* per night: http://www.metro-hotel-central-sydney.bookings.metrohotels.com.au/bed-and-breakfast-hot-deal-accommodation
Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast for two, overnight car parking and complimentary WiFi with this Deluxe Package from Aspire Hotel Sydney - from $144* per night: http://www.aspire-hotel-sydney.bookings.metrohotels.com.au/index.site.packages.package.1566.html

Aspire Hotel Sydney

* Please check each package page for terms & conditions

Bed & Breakfast Hot Deals at Metro Hotels & Apartments

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Brisbane Festival 2015: Tim and Jeff Buckley's Music to be Celebrated

A musical tribute to the life and times of Tim and Jeff Buckley, overseen by the man who co-wrote 'Mojo Pin' and 'Grace', will close this year's Brisbane Festival.

Produced by legendary New York Guitarist Gary Lucas, A State of Grace: The Music of Tim and Jeff Buckley will head to Brisbane as part of its world premiere tour for two performances at QPAC's Concert Hall on the 25th and 26th of September.

Lucas not only helped write some of Jeff's most iconic songs but was also a close friend and confidant to the 90's crooner, making this concert a definitive portrait of two of the most beloved voices in alternative music.

The show brings together images and stories of the pair and will include performances from folk songstress Martha Wainwright, The Church frontman Steve Kilbey and Casper Clausen of Danish indie-rockers Efterklang, all backed by Lucas' own band Gods and Monsters.

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director David Berthold said the concert was sure to appeal to a very wide range of music lovers.

"The opportunity to experience the matchless music of Tim and Jeff Buckley, through the remarkable gifts of the artists we've gathered, is one many people will be thrilled by. It will be a profoundly poignant show," Mr Berthold said.

"The artists we've assembled are legends in their own rights. Martha Wainwright is a glorious singer with her own complex family heritage, and Irish-French chanteuse Camille O'Sullivan and Australian rock legend Steve Kilbey are unrivalled in their fields. It's not hard to see why this show is set to create a stir".

The cult status of both father and son's careers has only grown since the release of Jeff's Grace in 1994, a masterpiece which cut through the sea of mid-nineties Grunge and introduced a whole new generation to the Buckley family's charm.

While never quite gaining mainstream recognition during his lifetime, Tim produced 8 studio albums between 1966 and 1974 with the most commercially and critically successful being 1969's Happy Sad.

But the father and son legend was sealed once and for all in 1997 following the tragic drowning of Jeff at the age of 30 – just two years older than his father who died of a heroin overdose in 1975 aged 28.

A State of Grace joins the Brisbane Festival alongside Congolese musical theatre productions Coup Fatal and Prize Fighter as well as Simone Young, Renee Fleming and Paul Lewis.

The festival runs from September 5 to 26 and will culminate in Brisbane's ever-popular Riverfire event. More information and tickets are available via brisbanefestival.com.au.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

KISS - 40th Anniversary World Tour Australia

Ready for one of THE greatest bands in rock'n'roll history with one of THE most spectacular shows Australia will see this year?

Ready for a stage production called 'The Spider', moved by 38 computer controlled winches, featuring 220 automated lights, weighing in at 43,000 kgs, incorporating 900 pieces of pyrotechnics and powered by 400,000 watts of sound?

Add in showmanship that continues to thrill audiences around the world, some of the best damn rock anthems in music history and there's only ONE band we can be talking about....... KISS!

Get your face paint ready Australia because Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are on their way Down Under in October as part of their 40th Anniversary world tour.

Special guests are The Dead Daisies, a powerful musical collective created by a rotating line-up that features some of the world's best rock musicians. This tour features Richard Fortus (Guns N'Roses, The Psychedelic Furs), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, RATT), Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses, Hookers & Blow), David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix) and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol).


Perth Arena, Perth, WA Sat 3 Oct

Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA Tue 6 Oct

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC Thu 8 Oct

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC Fri 9 Oct

Allphones Arena, Sydney, NSW Sat 10 Oct

Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW Mon 12 Oct

Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD Tue 13 Oct

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Robbie Williams Adds Extra Shows To Australian Tour

Tickets for Robbie Williams' October tour of Australia are drying up swiftly around the country, resulting in the British crooner adding a further two dates to his impending antipodean sojourn to help meet demand.

Williams will now perform additional shows for his Let Me Entertain You tour in both Adelaide (Wednesday, 14 October, Adelaide Entertainment Centre) and Melbourne (Friday, 23 October, Rod Laver Arena) to complement his existing first shows at the city's respective venues on 13 and 22 October.

Organisers have advised that tickets for further tour stops Perth (9 October), Brisbane (17 October) and Sydney (27 October) are all selling with haste, so you may want to get onto that sooner rather than later, because — as always — there are no guarantees of more shows.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Squadron Set to March into Town in $77m Plan

IPSWICH HQ: Officer Commanding 17th Construction Squadron, 6th
Engineer Support Regiment Major Henry Stimson, leads the squadron on

THE army presence at RAAF Base Amberley is set to grow with plans for another squadron to be relocated to Ipswich under a $77 million project.

A defence spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that 17th Construction Squadron would be relocated from Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney to RAAF Amberley in early 2017.

She said about 140 positions would be transferred to Amberley and construction of new facilities at the base was planned to start in the coming months, subject to parliamentary approval.

The move co-locates the 17th Construction Squadron with its parent unit, the 6th Engineer Support Regiment. The headquarters of the 6 ESR and the 21st Construction Squadron are already at Amberley.

The Department of Defence said the relocation of 17th Construction Squadron would provide opportunities to enhance the command and control of engineer units in south-east Queensland and to improve the overall operational and training effectiveness of 6 ESR.

The project being considered by the Federal Government's Public Works Committee proposes to provide both purpose built and adaptively reused facilities for 17th Construction Squadron.

Construction of the squadron headquarters offices, troop buildings, workshop and vehicle and equipment shelters is expected to be completed by late 2016. A public hearing on the project will be held at Metro Hotel Ipswich International tomorrow at 1pm.

Mayor Paul Pisasale welcomed the $77 million investment in the city and said Defence families were a strong part of the community spirit. "We are a defence city," Cr Pisasale said.

"We want to give a loud and clear message to the people of Australia that we are there to support RAAF Base Amberley. We are here not only to support the base but to support the families."

17 Construction Squadron was originally formed in 1949 and based at Kingsford, New South Wales. Operational achievements include the Vietnam War, Operation Slipper in Afghanistan and peacekeeping operations in Namibia and East Timor.

Squadron personnel are trained as plant operators, carpenters, plumbers and electricians.

With more than 600 regular soldiers, 6 ESR is the largest of the Royal Australian Engineer regiments.

A Defence report into the relocation notes that RAAF Base Amberley is one of the largest Defence sites in Australia and is also home to RAAF's C17 strategic airlift fleet, Army's 9th Force Support Battalion and the Joint Logistics Unit.

"As such, relocating 17 Construction Squadron to RAAF Base Amberley will also enable wider Defence gains in operational effectiveness that involve domestic and regional air and land deployments, and operational efficiencies that involve the reliance on force and national level logistics support and sustainment," the report states.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blasina Will Help Ipswich People 'Reboot Their Business

Blasina Will Help Ipswich People 'Reboot Their Business

Television's "The Gadget Guy" Peter Blasina will help Ipswich people "reboot their business" at the first Ipswich Region Digital Expo.

The Channel Seven Sunrise Program's regular guest presenter has signed on as guest speaker for the event, held at the Metro Hotel Ipswich International on May 28.

The Ipswich Region Digital Expo will assist small to medium businesses in the region on the benefits of digital technology and 'Cloud' applications for business and technology providers can assist with hands on use of digital devices and technology.

The event will be held on May 28, from 7.30am to 6.30pm. For more details, contact 3810 6938 or ipswichcity@ipswich.qld.gov.au

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