Heddy’s Hawaii 5-O

Today 7 February I was fortunate enough to be a guest at friend Heddy’s fabulous Hawaii 5-O party. This was the full Hawaiian experience – with a lei for every guest, grass skirts, tropical cocktails, prawn skewers, fresh fish mmmmmm and a whole sound track of Hawaii 5-O Theme Song covers. I loved the original […]

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More than music

Today 15 January is the start of the Tamworth Country Music Festival or TCMF for those in the know. The festival is one of the 10 biggest country music festivals in the whole world – you betcha!! 10 days, 700 performers, 2800+ events and 213 000 music lovers. It’s a big deal round these parts. […]

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Brothers Gibb

Today 22 December is the birthday of late twin brothers Maurice and Robin Gibb – two thirds of the famous trio the Bee Gees. The pair were born 35 minutes apart on this day in 1949 on the Isle of Man – does that make them Manx Men? Vocalist and key board/bassist (respectively) they sang […]

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God rest ye merry, gentlemen

Did you know that 20 December is officially Go Carolling Day…. A day to join with others to sing some of your favourite Christmas tunes with gusto if not skill. I love the traditional carols, especially God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen not the least because it traditionally has a comma between the Merry and the Gentlemen […]

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Checking in on your partner

Well partners 29 November is Square Dancing Day. Yessireee Bob. Square Dancing Day has its origins in the traditional dances of England, Ireland and Scotland. The new settlers to North America brought this tradition with them and the dances set to the music of guitar, banjo, fiddles and accordions, have been evolving ever since. The […]

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What’s love got to do with it

Today 26 November we say Happy Birthday to Tina Turner, the pop icon born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush Tennessee in 1939. Can you believe Tina of the big voice, numerous awards and gold records, amazing legs and super amazing hair is 76 today? C’mon…we know you secretly love We Don’t Need Another Hero, The […]

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Rise like a pheonix

Today 6 November we say happy birthday to Austria’s Conchita Wurst (as portrayed by Thomas Neuwirth) who won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with her power ballad Rise Like a Pheonix. Now there is no doubt that Conchita likes a bit of sparkle and a good beard. But my wrap focuses on the sparkle part of […]

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Passionate Red

Today 25 October is the birthday of French composer Georges Bizet. Bizet is best known for his opera Carmen, the production of which was delayed due to concerns that its themes of betrayal and murder would offend audiences. Bizet died just three months after the opera’s premiere in 1875, unaware Carmen would become a spectacular […]

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Brown Paper Packages

Many would insist today’s focus should be Back to the Future Day because 21 October 1985 was the date of the first time travel experience in the first Back to the Future movie. In the second movie, Doc, Marty and Jennifer travel to 21 October 2015. But our heart really isn’t in that movie. It […]

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The Von Trapp wrap

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Sound of Music (loved the Gaga number and Julie hug at the Oscars) and fans are flocking to Salzburg to lap up all things Von Trapp. Today 17 October, the city of Salzburg will host a celebratory gala, complete with original cast members, in […]

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