The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-05-04T03:58:50Z The size and length of a man's hose does matter 2016-05-04T03:58:50Z the-size-and-length-of-a-man-s-hose-does-matter It’s the age old question about whether size and the length of a man’s hose matters.  A new survey has discovered that Tasmanians and South Australians are the most likely to have a hose longer than 30 metres, while Western Australians and Queenslanders are most likely to have a hose under 18 metres in length.  Men in regional areas have longer hoses in general, compared to their city counterparts.The survey of over 2,000 people was conducted by garden hose specialists Hoselink, to discover the changing hose habits of Australians.  According to Tim Kierath, founder of Hoselink, the length of a hose does indeed matter.“Hoses come in all different lengths and longer is not necessarily better,” said Tim.  “You should only buy the length you need and that will depend on the size of the area that the hose will be used in, what it’s used for and where it will be stored.”  The longer the hose, the heavier it will be to move around, the more storage space it needs and it can also result in lower water pressure coming out at the end.  “This is why our longest hose is 30 metres,” explains Tim.In order to choose a hose, Tim advises measuring the farthest distance from the tap and buying a hose that goes just beyond that.  Tugging on the hose to stretch it out is not recommended. If “click-on” fittings are being used it’s likely they will break.  If a 30 metre hose is not long enough, Tim suggests joining two hoses. The second hose can be hung under a tree or like in the area where the additional hose is required. If Hoselink connectors are fitted, no additional joiner is required. Simply point and twist the 2 ends together for a join that is stronger than the hose.   “This way, you’re not dragging around a long, heavy garden hose all the time,” he said.In terms of size, a 12 millimetre diameter hose is the most useful and common diameter for a garden hose around the home.  For areas with lower water pressure, Hoselink has an Auto Reel with a 14mm hose that provides about 25% more flow.  For regional areas and commercial applications, an 18 millimetre diameter hose is typically used providing a much higher water flow rate. Winter Is Coming To Queenstown And Helitours Winter Combos 2016-05-03T05:09:01Z winter-is-coming-to-queenstown-and-helitours-winter-combos As they frequently say in the outrageously popular TV drama Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming!” and for all those skiers and snow-boarders winter is definitely coming to Queenstown and the surrounding ski-fields.  The really good news is that Heli Tours operate out of Queenstown all year round and have a range of exciting ‘combos’, from Heli-Skiing, Heli Snow shoeing and Ski field transfers to Ohau, Treblecone and Cardrona. Heli-Skiing is the ultimate activity for freedom and exhilaration and Heli Tours have teamed up with Alpine Heliski to provide outstanding private charter Heli-skiing/ boarding on spectacular untouched alpine terrain. Heli Tours can customise their combos to suit skiers’/boarders’ skill and experience level to minimise risk and maximise the powder adventure, landing on totally private terrain with their own private helicopter. They offer half day and full day packages, including equipment, transfers, safety gear and lunch with beverages. Skiers and boarders can travel in style, enjoying a short flight to their ski field of choice, and at the same time beat the crowds with no hassles, no traffic and no worries. Heli Tours has the latest edition carbon fibre cargo pods to accommodate skis and boards, and all flights depart Queenstown airport with drop-off at the base buildings. Pickups are also available. There is only one way to access the pristine environment surrounding Queenstown is by helicopter, where skiers and boarders can be on top of the world in minutes, and now Heli Tours have new high-tech snowshoes for those wishing to go Heli-snowshoeing. Gone are the old tennis racket style snowshoes and in are the new, slim line snowshoes which let people feel as if they are floating across the snow. Snowshoeing from Queenstown offers an exciting exploration of the wilderness. Most of the area around Queenstown is ‘back country’ and offers kilometres of snow in winter for snowshoeing.  Snowshoes allow people to walk across unbroken snow without sinking up to their waist, opening up huge possibilities for wilderness exploration. Finally, for all those fly-fishing enthusiasts, get in now while the weather is still great and before the season finishes. For a full day or half day excursion, Heli Tours will pick them up from their Queenstown accommodation in the morning and from there they will rendezvous with their helicopter and pilot then fly through scenic backcountry to find water best suited to the weather/conditions of the day. For more information on Heli Tours, please visit the website at http://www.helitours.co.nz Blitz Publications Announces a new Magazine, FightLive 2016-05-02T22:42:44Z blitz-publications-announces-a-new-magazine-fightlive Melbourne, 3rd May, 2016:   Blitz Publications and Multimedia Group today announced an expansion to its range of Magazines, with the creation of a new Title: FightLive Magazine.   The new FightLive Magazine will see the previous titles Fight! Australia and International Kickboxer merge, to create a new flagship brand for Combat Sports in Australia. “This is a great move for us.  This is us listening to the market, and responding accordingly” said Mark Unwin, General Manager of Blitz Publications and Multimedia.    “Not only do we now have one of the best online Live Streaming services for Combat Sports events from anywhere in the world in www.fightlivetv.com.au, we now have a Magazine that will provide more in-depth news, profiles, event coverage and engaging stories to support it” noted Unwin. “We’ve seen the rise in popularity of MMA and Muay Thai sports in this country in recent years, following the trend right around the world.  Australia is in some ways playing catch up on this, but Australian fans are passionate and want more information about Fighters, events and insights across many different styles of Combat sports”    FightLive Magazine will be a bi-monthly Publication, a brand extension to support the growing Online streaming service www.fightlivetv.com.au. Since starting in 1986, and based in Melbourne, Blitz Publications & Multi-Media Group has grown into one of Australia’s leading health, wellbeing, fitness and sports lifestyle Publishing and Multimedia companies. With 9 brands across 8 media platforms, Blitz Publications reach over 3,600,000+ passionate and loyal readers every month.   More information available at www.blitzpublicaitons.com.au or www.fightlivetv.com.au   ends MEDIA ALERT: SHITBOX RALLY IS COMING TO TOWN 2016-05-02T04:31:26Z media-alert-shitbox-rally-is-coming-to-town-1 Join us on the road as the colourful convoy of 200 shitboxes drive through the rugged landscape decked out in glitter, spray paint, streamers and blow-up animals, all to raise awareness and critical funds for cancer research. Departing from Mackay, Queensland on a seven-day adventure across the valleys, mountains and open plaines of the mainland, Shitbox Rally will weave its way through the outback and small towns before making the biggest water crossing to date on the Spirit of Tasmania to cross the finish line in Hobart. Experience the rally as 400 dusty participants show their vibrant colours when they roll into town. All teams will be available for interviews and photos on arrival and departure.    Overnight destinations along the route will include the following:   Saturday 7th May: Blackall Showgrounds, Cnr Blackall-Jericho Rd and Landsborough Hwy, Blackall QLD Sunday 8th May: Thargomindah Football Oval, Powell St, Thargomindah QLD Monday 9th May: Tilpa Hotel, Wilcannia-Tilpa Rd, Tilpa NSW Tuesday 10th May: Cootamundra Showgrounds, Berthong Rd, Cootamundra NSW Wednesday 11th May: Dargo Hotel, Dargo Rd, Dargo VIC Thursday 12th May: Station Pier, Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne VIC Friday 13th May: Arriving in Devonport, Tasmania via the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania    ABOUT BOX RALLIESShitbox Rally is not a race but rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable: to drive cars worth $1000 or less across Australia via some of its most arduous roads - all to raise money for cancer research. Shitbox Rally was founded in 2009 by James Freeman after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other as a way of raising money and awareness in the fight against cancer – a disease that now affects so many people. Over the last six years, Shitbox Rally has raised over $6.36 million for cancer research, making the rally the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council. This year, the rally hopes to raise an additional $1.4 million in the fight against cancer. The rally is a reward for all the fundraising the dedicated participants do to help find a cure for cancer and it’s a chance to meet like-minded people and see our vast and beautiful country in a totally unique way. To qualify to be in Shitbox Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $4,000. 2016 marks the seventh Shitbox Rally. Previous rally routes include 2015 Canberra to Townsville via the Birdsville Track, 2014 Perth to Darwin via the Gibb River Road, 2013 Adelaide to Fremantle via Uluru, 2012 Melbourne to Cairns via Innamincka, 2011 Brisbane to Darwin via the Savannah Way and 2010 Sydney to Alice Springs via the Oodnadatta Track. For more details please visit www.shitboxrally.com.au.   Overwhelmed by the tremendous success in its first international destination in New Zealand, Shitbox Rally NZ is returning in February 2017. To register for 2017 Shitbox Rally New Zealand, or to find out more information, visit www.shitboxrally.co.nz.   An additional $834,000 has also been raised for Cancer Council Australia over the past three years of Mystery Box Rally, a similar concept also created by James Freeman. Known as Shitbox Rally’s mad baby brother, Mystery Box is more of a boutique rally with fewer teams, a shorter distance and less days travelling. Unlike Shitbox Rally, this rally takes care of finding the cars and each location is a mystery, adding to the excitement and adventure of the drive. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-  MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Laura Heslop P: 02 8599 1098 | M: 0418 262 282 E amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; laura@holysmokeagency.com MEDIA ALERT: SHITBOX RALLY 2016 KICKS OFF IN MACKAY 2016-04-29T06:08:36Z media-alert-shitbox-rally-2016-kicks-off-in-mackay MEDIA CALL: SATURDAY 7TH MAY – RALLY DEPARTURE BLUEWATER QUAY, MACKAY  Time: 7:30am arrival for a 9am departureLocation: Bluewater Quay, Mackay QLD   Join us in Mackay as the colourful convoy of 200 shitboxes take to the start line all decked out in glitter, spray paint and streamers. It will be the picture perfect send off as the 400 participants leave the streets of Mackay for the quintessential desserts, highlands and forests of Australia and travel across Bass Strait to Tasmania, all in the name of cancer research. Local and interstate teams will be available for interviews and photos prior to departure.    Overnight destinations along the route will include the following:   Saturday 7th May: Blackall Showgrounds, Cnr Blackall-Jericho Rd and Landsborough Hwy, Blackall QLD Sunday 8th May: Thargomindah Football Oval, Powell St, Thargomindah QLD Monday 9th May: Tilpa Hotel, Wilcannia-Tilpa Rd, Tilpa NSW Tuesday 10th May: Cootamundra Showgrounds, Berthong Rd, Cootamundra NSW Wednesday 11th May: Dargo Hotel, Dargo Rd, Dargo VIC Thursday 12th May: Station Pier, Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne VIC Friday 13th May: Arriving in Devonport, Tasmania via the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania      ABOUT BOX RALLIESShitbox Rally is not a race but rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable: to drive cars worth $1000 or less across Australia via some of its most arduous roads - all to raise money for cancer research. Shitbox Rally was founded in 2009 by James Freeman after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other as a way of raising money and awareness in the fight against cancer – a disease that now affects so many people. Over the last six years, Shitbox Rally has raised over $6.36 million for cancer research, making the rally the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council. This year, the rally hopes to raise an additional $1.4 million in the fight against cancer. The rally is a reward for all the fundraising the dedicated participants do to help find a cure for cancer and it’s a chance to meet like-minded people and see our vast and beautiful country in a totally unique way. To qualify to be in Shitbox Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $4,000. 2016 marks the seventh Shitbox Rally. Previous rally routes include 2015 Canberra to Townsville via the Birdsville Track, 2014 Perth to Darwin via the Gibb River Road, 2013 Adelaide to Fremantle via Uluru, 2012 Melbourne to Cairns via Innamincka, 2011 Brisbane to Darwin via the Savannah Way and 2010 Sydney to Alice Springs via the Oodnadatta Track. For more details please visit www.shitboxrally.com.au.   Overwhelmed by the tremendous success in its first international destination in New Zealand, Shitbox Rally NZ is returning in February 2017. To register for 2017 Shitbox Rally New Zealand, or to find out more information, visit www.shitboxrally.co.nz.   An additional $834,000 has also been raised for Cancer Council Australia over the past three years of Mystery Box Rally, a similar concept also created by James Freeman. Known as Shitbox Rally’s mad baby brother, Mystery Box is more of a boutique rally with fewer teams, a shorter distance and less days travelling. Unlike Shitbox Rally, this rally takes care of finding the cars and each location is a mystery, adding to the excitement and adventure of the drive. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-  MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Laura Heslop P: 02 8599 1098 | M: 0418 262 282 E amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; laura@holysmokeagency.com MEDIA ALERT: SHITBOX RALLY FINISHES IN HOBART WITH POST-RALLY AUCTION TO FOLLOW 2016-04-29T05:47:23Z media-alert-shitbox-rally-finishes-in-hobart-with-post-rally-auction-to-follow MEDIA CALL: FRIDAY 13TH MAY – RALLY FINISHING IN HOBART  Time: 2pm arrivalLocation: Red Square, Evans St, Hobart   Sailing across Bass Strait overnight from Port Melbourne to Devonport with Spirit of Tasmania, 200 shitboxes will finish their 7-day journey in Hobart. This is the first time Shitbox Rally will drive through the rugged wilderness of Tasmania in the name of cancer research, so join us and cheer the 200 teams across the finish line! Local and interstate teams will be available for interviews and photos.  MEDIA CALL: SATURDAY 14TH MAY – POST RALLY AUCTION, MANHEIM  Time: OPEN TO PUBLIC from 9.00am for viewing and AUCTION starts sharp at 10amLocation: Manheim Hobart, 19 Possum Road, Bridgewater    Be sure not to miss the post-rally action where your favourite shitboxes will be up for grabs at the Manheim Auction, with all proceeds going to Cancer Council. From Beetles and Kombis to Mercedes and Convertibles, local residents can purchase well-loved and truly unique rides complete with custom paint jobs for their own roadtrips. It’s also the perfect opportunity to sort out your kid’s first car and to give them a vehicle full of character, whilst helping to raise much-needed funds for cancer research. All teams will be available for interviews and photos.  Overnight destinations along the route will include the following:   Saturday 7th May: Blackall Showgrounds, Cnr Blackall-Jericho Rd and Landsborough Hwy, Blackall QLD Sunday 8th May: Thargomindah Football Oval, Powell St, Thargomindah QLD Monday 9th May: Tilpa Hotel, Wilcannia-Tilpa Rd, Tilpa NSW Tuesday 10th May: Cootamundra Showgrounds, Berthong Rd, Cootamundra NSW Wednesday 11th May: Dargo Hotel, Dargo Rd, Dargo VIC Thursday 12th May: Station Pier, Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne VIC Friday 13th May: Arriving in Devonport, Tasmania via the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania    ABOUT BOX RALLIESShitbox Rally is not a race but rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable: to drive cars worth $1000 or less across Australia via some of its most arduous roads - all to raise money for cancer research. Shitbox Rally was founded in 2009 by James Freeman after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other as a way of raising money and awareness in the fight against cancer – a disease that now affects so many people. Over the last six years, Shitbox Rally has raised over $6.36 million for cancer research, making the rally the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council. This year, the rally hopes to raise an additional $1.4 million in the fight against cancer. The rally is a reward for all the fundraising the dedicated participants do to help find a cure for cancer and it’s a chance to meet like-minded people and see our vast and beautiful country in a totally unique way. To qualify to be in Shitbox Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $4,000. 2016 marks the seventh Shitbox Rally. Previous rally routes include 2015 Canberra to Townsville via the Birdsville Track, 2014 Perth to Darwin via the Gibb River Road, 2013 Adelaide to Fremantle via Uluru, 2012 Melbourne to Cairns via Innamincka, 2011 Brisbane to Darwin via the Savannah Way and 2010 Sydney to Alice Springs via the Oodnadatta Track. For more details please visit www.shitboxrally.com.au.   Overwhelmed by the tremendous success in its first international destination in New Zealand, Shitbox Rally NZ is returning in February 2017. To register for 2017 Shitbox Rally New Zealand, or to find out more information, visit www.shitboxrally.co.nz.   An additional $834,000 has also been raised for Cancer Council Australia over the past three years of Mystery Box Rally, a similar concept also created by James Freeman. Known as Shitbox Rally’s mad baby brother, Mystery Box is more of a boutique rally with fewer teams, a shorter distance and less days travelling. Unlike Shitbox Rally, this rally takes care of finding the cars and each location is a mystery, adding to the excitement and adventure of the drive. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-  MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Laura Heslop P: 02 8599 1098 | M: 0418 262 282 E amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; laura@holysmokeagency.com Story Time Announces Summer Sale On Books 2016-04-28T08:12:16Z story-time-announces-summer-sale-on-books Story Time - the much-loved publishing house of storybooks for kids - recently started their summer sale. The prices of all the Story Time books has been significantly slashed for a limited period, in a bid to reach out to more and more young readers. A piece of good news for children who love to read, surely! The Summer Sale is currently on for all the paperback and hardcover books published by Story Time Books. From the company’s online bookstore for kids at eBay (http://www.ebay.in/usr/storytimekids), parents can buy 8 different titles - timeless classics like The Jungle Book, Aladdin and Peter Pan - at a flat rate of Rs. 50. Those who want to encourage their kids to read books online can also get these storybooks from Flipkart, at Rs. 70 each. This limited period heavy discount on books is a genuine endeavour on the part of Story Time Publications to boost reading habits in children - and not just a marketing gimmick - highlighted the PR manager of the company. All the bestselling titles of Story Time have been included in the Summer Sale, and there are no hidden terms and conditions. The offer would be open till stocks last - and the idea is to make sure that everyone can buy these lovely picture storybooks, whatever their economic backgrounds might be. With this, Team Story Time is doing its bit towards spreading education and reading opportunities to the lower sections of the society. A noble effort, one must say. The initial response to the Story Time Summer Sale has been, predictably, frenetic. A senior representative from the company proudly reported that orders have zoomed up quite significantly since the launch of the offer - both on eBay and Flipkart. There has been a spillover effect at the Amazon store too, where Story Time sells books online as well. Although exact sale figures were not revealed, the total number of sales since the start of April has been beyond expectations. ‘The Jungle Book’ has sold the most during this period, while the other titles have performed well too. The chief of Story Time mentioned in passing that no compromises with the quality of the storybooks for kids have been done - to make them available at the heavily discounted price. The print and binding quality are still of the highest order, and the pictures and illustrations inside the books are still as good as before. What’s more - the company has turned its attention towards upgrading its delivery services, to ensure that online book buyers get their shipments even more quickly. Till date, not a single case of late arrival of books has been raised against Story Time - a testament to the company’s commitment on this count. Parents who are willing to buy books online for kids can avail of the discounts - but Story Time has plans in place to help people get the storybooks directly at the slashed prices too. For this, the book publication house has announced that it will be conducting a series of storytelling sessions for children, summer camps, and other such activities - where book fairs will be organized. Moms and dads of the little participants will be able to purchase the Story Time titles at the sale prices from there. Over the last couple of years, Story Time Publications has done well to bring good storybooks for kids to the market - and the company has no intentions of letting up in future. In fact, publishing 4-5 new books are next on the roster of the company, once the Summer Sale is over. Given how well the existing storybooks from the publication house have been received, it can be expected that the new books - as and when they are released - will be successful too. To generate awareness about the Story Time Summer Sale, the publication house has started promoting it extensively on its official Facebook page, its online bookstores, and other channels. In an exclusive byte, the head of Story Time stated that there is no dearth of cheap and good-quality children’s storybooks in India - but buyers are, sadly, not aware of their existence. Her company is trying its utmost to solve this problem, make everyone aware of the discounts now available on its books, and make sure that kids from every background can enjoy them. The Summer Sale has received appreciation from all quarters. Parents have, understandably, expressed happiness at the prospect of buying kids’ books online at much lower prices. In a news that would surely delight the Story Time team, more than 85% of buyers stated that they were ready to refer these books to their friends and acquaintances (according to a survey the company recently undertook). Other book sellers have also lauded the effort on the part of Story Time to make storybooks more affordable without tweaking on the quality front. The officials at Story Time is also in talks with leading book distributors across the country. Although the exact figures are yet to be determined, the company has stated that there will be additional discounts for those who buy the storybooks in bulk. With the slashed prices pushing up the demand for Story Time books among parents further, and distributors also clamouring to scoop up the books - this Summer Sale already seems to be a big hit. To find out more about Story Time Publications, go to http://www.storytimeforkids.info/. You can buy books online at the discounted Summer Sale prices from http://www.ebay.in/usr/storytimekids and Flipkart (books are also available on Amazon, Shopclues and Paytm). For corporate enquires and other issues, call 91-33-40649087 and/or send emails to support@storytimeforkids.info. The Story Time Summer Sale has made buyers happy and has lifted the sale figures for the company - a win-win situation for everyone! A CINEMA TRIBUTE FIT FOR A PRINCE 2016-04-22T08:31:49Z a-cinema-tribute-fit-for-a-prince Prince, one of the true music legends of our time, best known for his extraordinary musical talent, creativity and flare. A musician who mostly chose to avoid the limelight and let his music speak for itself with the exception of one legendary film. In July, 1984, Prince gifted the world a glimpse into the inner-workings of his mind through the film Purple Rain - a colourful musical part-autobiography, part-fantasy and completely genius. Taking the movie world by storm in the same way his music did, the film went on to win an Academy Award for ‘Best Original Song Score’. In a fitting tribute to the music legend, Event Cinemas will screen exclusive showings of Purple Rain at selected cinemas on Friday 29th April at 9pm. Purple Rain casts Prince as “The Kid,” a wildly talented, romantic, eccentric, and neurotic musician. Set in his home town of Minneapolis with cameos from musicians he was collaborating with at the time including the like of Morris Day, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin, Apollonia and Kotero. Cinemas screening Purple Rain include: New South Wales - George St, Miranda, Parramatta and Macquarie Queensland - Indooroopilly, Chermside and Pacific Fair South Australia - Marion Western Australia - Innaloo   Tickets are $12 and will on sale Saturday 23rd April at 12 Noon and can be purchased from www.eventcinemas.com.au   -ENDS-   About Event Cinemas: Event Cinemas is the ultimate experience for movie-goers. Complete entertainment precincts that offer state-of-the-art venues that deliver the ultimate cinema experience with quality food and beverage: from bars with extensive wines by the glass and highly trained baristas in the purpose built cafes, to Scoop Alley – our self-service candy bar, with delicious offerings of hot food, real coffee and our favourite frozen Coke. The dining experience at Event Cinemas is far from being just about the popcorn. Then there’s our big movie experience –Vmax, with big seats, big sound and a huge 20 metre digital screen it all adds up to maximum impact. Or, our biggest star to date – Gold Class, the best luxury cinema experience in the world. With every seat, literally, the best seat in the house. Start-up serves up Australia’s first shared economy for dining out 2016-04-19T23:34:48Z start-up-serves-up-australia-s-first-shared-economy-for-dining-out SYDNEY, Australia — Wednesday 20th April, 2016: Today, WelcomeOver is announcing Australia’s first community-driven dinner hosting service, where people who want to cook at home can invite others over for delicious homemade meals. WelcomeOver is an online platform with a rating system where hosts and guests can set up personalised accounts and tailor their preferred dining out experiences to suit their individual tastes and preferences. Inspired by the increasing popularity of the shared economy, WelcomeOver is fast, simple and free to sign up. It is the newest alternative to going to a restaurant, giving everyone the opportunity to make new friends in a relaxed home environment. Nelson Hidalgo, co-founder, WelcomeOver, chose Australia to launch because of our love of food, our openness to new experiences, and because we sometimes prefer a unique at home dining experience, trying new dishes and meeting new people, rather than eating at a restaurant. “We’re looking forward to watching WelcomeOver bring people together one meal at a time through good food, good company and great experiences. We’ve seen the sharing economy boom with the likes of Uber and Airbnb, and we think it’s time to challenge the tradition of eating out,” said Nelson Hidalgo. “We think WelcomeOver will be really useful for people to learn about local hidden secrets rather than sticking to the big establishments. We also see benefits for people who may have just moved to a new area and want to meet neighbours or others in the local community. That’s why we’re confident that once people try WelcomeOver, they will love it and keep coming back.” Registered guests can browse events by location, price, area or type of cuisine and view other people attending. After each meal, guests and hosts are invited to rate their experience and write a review, helping to maintain a high quality experience for future guests and feedback for the host. The platform provides hosts with the opportunity to develop and experiment with their culinary skills and test recipes. All details can be tailored, from cuisine, number of guests and price per guest, right down to specifying if an event is aimed at people with particular interests, particular diets like paleo, singles night and so on.\ Guests are likely to be those who enjoy socialising and are open to new experiences and meeting new people. They enjoy good food and they also look to gain new friendships. Hosts are likely to be passionate foodies who may or may not be in the hospitality industry. They value food and creation and are into sharing recipes and diets or exploring different cuisines. The team at WelcomeOver work with hosts to fine tune and put the finishing touches on their experience before posting it to guests, ensuring every guest has the best experience possible. All hosts will have a police check completed prior to hosting an event. Communication between the guests and hosts is managed through the website, and payments are made securely through Paypal prior to the meal. For more information, or to register, visit www.welcomeover.com.au About WelcomeOver Founded by Nelson Hidalgo, Johan Schyberg and John Welander, WelcomeOver is a trusted community that invites people to dine in homes around the world. Guests can connect with amazing hosts, share stories and unforgettable experiences, and enjoy delicious homemade cuisine.  BlockZ – The Most Addictive Puzzle Game on the Play Store 2016-04-19T04:30:07Z blockz-the-most-addictive-puzzle-game-on-the-play-store Once in a while there comes along a game that rises above the rest to achieve cult status amongst gamers for its simple graphics, solid game engine and truly addictive game play.  BlockZ is a fast-paced action puzzle game that relies on quick reaction times and crazy speed in shape recognition in order to achieve the highest possible score. Blocks are matched on screen with a few simple taps and swipe motion in order to lock the matching blocks into place and move on to the next one. Each shape-recognition takes place under a strict time limit, and requires a number of different problem solving skills in order to get a truly high score.  One a player has recognised the shape needed at the bottom of the screen, they must match up that shape using the shapes at the top of the screen. Tapping the screen rotates the shape options available until a matching shape is selected. The player must then swipe down the screen in order to lock the shape into place into the bottom block, completing that shape and earning a point before moving onto the next shape in the never-ending world of BlockZ! Quick reactions times are needed in order to quickly tap on screen in order to rotate through the different available shapes and stop of the correct on in order to lock it into place in the block at the bottom of the screen. Just a single tap too many will force a player into tapping through the rest of the shape rotation in order to select the correct one again. Shape recognition is needed in order to quickly see the shape required by the block at the bottom of the screen, as well as match the shape at the top of the screen in order to lock it into place. Be careful though, as although a player may match up a shape to another, the colour may be different and will make it impossible to complete the block in order to progress. Deep concentration is needed in order to focus on the particular task at hand in order to progress in the game. BlockZ loves to put players off by introducing ghost shapes into the mix, allowing players to be distracted at any given moment. Nerve is needed in order to keep going past the highest score in order to achieve global leaderboard status. BlockZ features full Google Play Games integration in order to share new high scores and see how a player’s friends and family are shaping up compared to them. Leader boards and achievements give BlockZ great replay value, and with a dedicated like, share and invite option for Facebook, makes competing with friends easier than ever. BlockZ also ships with an additional 20 language options, a simple and quick tutorial mode, as well as a number of in-app purchases allow BlockZ a level of depth many other pick-up and play arcade games lack. BlockZ is available now for free on the Google Play Store for the latest devices on the Android platform. Travelher.org launches Mother’s Day writing contest 2016-04-06T02:56:28Z travelher-org-launches-mother-s-day-writing-contest Travelher.org is calling upon all the travel-loving ladies out there – and their moms – to write a travel story that is special to them as it relates to their mother-daughter bond. Please share a story about what travel means to you in the context of either being a mom yourself or special memories of your own mother. This could be an incident or trip that really stands out to you, lessons learned, a great holiday with your family, etc. There really are no rules except that the story is important to you in some way – any significant memory or emotion that relates to the momma-daughter relationship and travel. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece – we will tweak it for grammar and style. [Full instructions on the website] All stories that meet standard criteria will be published on the Travelher Stories webpage and three lucky winners will be awarded with fabulous travel accessories. As a website that is dedicated to celebrating and encouraging travel addiction in women everywhere, the three co-founders – Natalie from Germany, Meghan from Canada and Jess from New Zealand – feel this contest is the perfect way to bring mothers and daughters together this Mother’s Day. “Since Travelher started, we have felt so much girl power coming our way in the stories that have already been told. Nothing pleases us more than to be able to share that kind of feeling with the world,” says Jess. “Mother’s Day is a really important day for women and we want to celebrate.” Not yet mothers themselves, they all have special travel memories with their moms and each will write their own story for the week leading up to Sunday, May 8. “Our moms have been so supportive of us in the process of creating this website. We’ve really been so lucky that they’ve been there to cheer us on,” Natalie said, adding how grateful she feels to be able to spend more time with her mother now that she is living back in Europe after 5 years abroad. “Absolutely, my mom is literally my biggest fan,” adds Meghan who has also been living away from home for the last several years. “She likes and comments everything to do with Travelher on social media. My friends know her as that and of course you could get uptight about the ‘public displays of parental affection’ but I’m just happy she cares. Even if no one else reads it in the whole wide world, I know my mom will.” The three women will be thrilled to receive your story of motherly love and share it with their growing community of Travelhers around the world. To learn more about the simple entry requirements, and make your submission, please visit the Travelher in Training submission page for full details. Travelher.org launches on International Women’s Day 2016-04-06T02:55:37Z travelher-org-launches-on-international-women-s-day Travelher.org, a global travel website for women launched yesterday (Tuesday March 8) for International Women’s Day. The site’s purpose is to celebrate and encourage travel addiction in all women, everywhere, through creating ‘content that connects’ females from around the world. Its founders are three women from different continents – Jess from New Zealand; Meg from Canada and Natalie from Germany. “How do you say that we’re not your average travel site without sounding like an average travel site? I guess the best way to describe what you are sometimes is describing what you’re not,” says Natalie. “Travelher is not about being hard core, fearless or unstoppable. It’s not about creating envy. While you will see images of women climbing mountains, jumping off cliffs and throwing themselves out of planes, that is just a small piece of the Travelher puzzle.” “It’s about connection and that part of you that comes alive when you go exploring,” adds Meghan. “You know the light you see in someone’s eyes when they talk about something they really love? That is what Travelher is about.” The format of the website is pretty simple – it features personal travel stories, videos and images from women around the world. Topics range from travel disasters, moving for love, embarrassing and funny mishaps, risking it all for adventure and everything in between. In planning the launch, Jess, Meghan and Natalie reached out to the women in their lives to share their travel stories – with no real rules except they had to write about a trip that produced a strong feeling.   “There is so much LIFE in these stories. There is so much joy, so many lessons learned. There is absolute hilarity and deep pain, bewilderment and excitement,” says Jess. “What I love is that I get the sense people aren't asked to reflect often enough. It's what makes these stories so beautiful. All of a sudden someone is asking them to dig deep, and the result is incredible. People learn a lot about themselves by sharing their stories.” Meghan is employed full time outside of this project, while Jess is a freelance copywriter and Natalie recently transitioned to part-time hours so she could work remotely from her home in Germany (and make some time to cater for her travel addiction!). The women call it their ‘passion project’, and are dedicated to building a large community of like-minded ‘travelhers’ over the months to come. Their own life-changing travel experiences are what inspired the idea and they hope to encourage other women to step outside of their comfort zone and see the world. “There is so much negativity out there in the media right now, so much fear. Travelher is about focusing on something positive and encouraging other women to embrace any and all travel experiences, which we think ultimately leads to a more informed, more connected world,” concludes Meghan. Thunderbolt Engine Swap 2016-04-06T01:15:36Z thunderbolt-engine-swap Modifying cars has always been about making cars perform better than stock!  Imagine a classic 1971 XY Falcon that goes faster and is more economical than a new XR8, now you can build one!  RRS, innovative car parts manufacturer, announce the “Thunderbolt Engine Swap”, allowing classic Ford (Mustang, Falcon etc.) owners to fit the light weight, high tech, XS Aluminator 2016 Mustang motor from Ford Racing. In 1964 Ford America released the Thunderbolt Fairlane, a purpose built factory experimental car.  Ford made 100 of these 7.0L lightweight cars “to race” and a legend was born. RRS have chosen the Thunderbolt name to spearhead their charge into the next level of modifying cars. As cars have evolved from road wandering steering boxes to precision rack & pinion, from leaf spring horse & buggy suspension, to today’s responsive suspension, from drum brakes to disc brakes.   RRS has created reliable innovative solutions to retro fit to classic cars, allowing high performance, enjoyable safe driving. Over the last 16 years RRS have created a range of products that reduce bump steer, eliminate roll understeer, create faster turning ratio, easy dial adjustable shock settings, products to increase engine bay space, strengthen the chassis reducing beaming & torsioning. In 2007 RRS pioneered the Modular V8 engine swap into a 1967 Ford Mustang, winning “Most Innovative Design” at SEMA. In 2015 RRS pioneered the turbo 6 & ZF 6 speed gearbox into a 1984 Ford LTD. In 2016 RRS are again at the cutting edge, producing the components to fit the XS Aluminator motor series into classic Australian and US early Ford cars.  Matthew Pankau RRS CEO says  “…..from widening the engine bay, to EPA complaint exhaust systems, innovative air conditioning and power steering fluid supply solutions, to chassis support enhancements, we RRS are committed to the highest standard of quality products with road testing, destruction testing and computer modelling for finite analysis.” RRS and their research team have resolved all the impediments from fitting these incredible “new power plants” to early Falcons, Mustangs etc. producing products that exceed OEM standards and carry a 5 year warranty. A complete product list and fabrication solutions are available from RRS Pty Ltd. Contact Alex Pankau 02 9907 3577; 0417 226 693; alex@rrs-online.com. The RRS Facebook page is now showing the product and fabrication solutions for THUNDERBOLT ENGINE SWAP (https://www.facebook.com/RRSPerformanceParts ) Hong Kong Tourism Board launches ‘#DiscoverHongKong’ Stories UGC campaign 2016-04-05T04:42:40Z hong-kong-tourism-board-launches-discoverhongkong-stories-ugc-campaign You can check out all of the ‘I Never Knew’ Hong Kong stories from the influencers and visitors including exploration of the city’s street art, gastronomic scene, trendiest spots and family adventures at MyStories.DiscoverHongKong.com There are daily prizes of online shopping vouchers, plus weekly VIP Hong Kong travel packages to be won for sharing the best Hong Kong stories. To enter, visitors can post photos or videos which reveal Hong Kong’s hidden attractions and experiences on selected social media platforms, with the hashtag #DiscoverHongKong and a one-line caption that starts with “I never knew”. Mr. Anthony Lau, Executive Director of Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) said, “Being the first Asian tourism board pioneering a partnership with world’s top influencers to promote destination, HKTB is at the cutting edge of social media by embracing the concept of “Social First” to inspire travellers with powerful and unconventional content and perspectives. In this way, we can effectively reach a wider audience in more meaningful and impactful ways.” Entries close 24 April 2016, so snap away and share your Hong Kong stories with the world! LINK - For terms and conditions, and details of the ‘#DiscoverHongKong’ Stories campaign, please visit http://mystories.discoverhongkong.com/eng/ IMAGES - Download here - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dts4dimd1rfdnms/AACvz9IidY10tpNVRspvHzl7a?dl=0 New Home & Renovation Electrical and Lighting Design 2016-04-05T03:31:09Z new-home-amp-renovation-electrical-and-lighting-design Building a new home or renovating? Something that is often overlooked is the importance of your home’s lighting and electrical design. The lighting and electrical design can make the world of difference in your home. The first thing you need to consider in the lighting design for your home is function. The lighting in your home should allow you to go about your everyday routine and keep your rooms well lit. Lighting should also add flare by highlighting decorative objects, changing the mood of certain rooms, and increasing the perceived size of smaller rooms. When the right lighting is achieved, there should be a seamless combination of functionality and style. Your home’s electrical system also needs to be carefully designed in order to deliver all the power you need in the safest way possible. As it is more difficult to change key elements of your electrical design once installed, it is very important to plan this out thoroughly prior to building your home. You will want to consider factors such as the placement of outlets, light fixtures, switches, and hard-wired appliances. Many decisions will depend on how you intend to use each room, and where items like furniture, appliances, and electronics will be located. The overall goal for a home’s lighting and electrical design is that it should be safe, comfortable, easily controlled and energy efficient. Sources: RWT Design & Construction and DIY Network At AMP’D Electrical & Solar, we believe energy efficient homes not only cost less to run but are more comfortable to live in. We specialise in the latest in energy efficient products and lighting, and can save you thousands of dollars in the building stage and well into the life of your home. Some of our services for new home developments include: Lighting and power Home theatre and multi-room audio Security systems, alarms and CCTV Energy efficiency and solar power NBN, phone, data and TV Air conditioning Our ultimate goal is to work together in partnership with you to help make your vision a reality. We will consult with you to plan, design and install a customised electrical system for your home; one that is practical, flexible and in line with your lifestyle. We will work with you through the initial planning stages up until the last cable is connected, with reliable professionals who will complete work in a thorough and efficient way, ensuring that time-critical projects are completed on schedule. So let us take the stress and talk to your builder about lighting and electrical design! If you are planning on building a new home and wish to speak with a qualified, licensed electrician, contact AMP’D Electrical & Solar (your local Gold Coast Electricians) on 0475 415 414. You can also email us at info@ampdes.com.au. Follow our social pages to stay informed on the latest in efficient electrical solutions. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmpdElectricalandSolar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ampdelectrical