The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-20T11:15:10Z DEBUT AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR RELEASES THE INCREDIBLE TRUE WWII STORY OF ‘ANNA UND GUNTHER’. 2021-01-20T11:15:10Z debut-australian-author-releases-the-incredible-true-wwii-story-of-anna-und-gunther FOR IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE – PUBLICATION DATE FEB 1 2021 Anna und Gunther is the first novel by Australian author Jacob Hendryx to be released globally by Osmond Press on February 1st, 2021. It is a historical fiction based on a true story that follows the separate storylines of two children forced to grow up too young in Germany during World War 2 and the subsequent Cold War. The dual-storylines merge into one in the third and final part of the book where the protagonists fall in love and emigrate across the world to Australia. As described in the Author's Note, the book was written after the author travelled to his German grandmothers hometown in the Sudetes Mountains of today’s Czech Republic. Returning with photos of one of the few buildings that remained, his grand-mother began to recount stories of growing up in the town in vivid detail she had never shared before. These stories formed the first chapter of the story which Jacob gifted to her, and upon her delight at reading her own stories, encouraged her to share the stories from her life following that chapter that she previously had not shared. It was a series of repeating visits like this, writing only a chapter at a time, that today's novel came together. Anna und Gunther appeals to a broad range of readers young and old and will be favourited by those who enjoyed other notable true stories from the era such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Rich historical content also lends itself to inclusion in high school curriculum and university reading lists. Available in all good book stores, online and via Kindle from Feb 1st. Watch the video trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLjR4IXUAZI “I have never read a book with quite as much authenticity as well as being thoroughly entertained from beginning to end” – Maegan McFall @turningpagesmm “A uniquely innocent take on unfathomable horror, this book is as relatable as it is shocking” – Dr. Sam Nicholls, Australian Historian “The book is well written, jam packed full of historical accuracies that elevate this tale of humanity” – Julie Oakley @bookish.intoxication Tone Soup Gamechanger Audio Pedals Won’t Break the Bank for Creativity 2021-01-20T04:33:54Z tone-soup-gamechanger-audio-pedals-won-t-break-the-bank-for-creativity Michael Barreiro, owner of Tone Soup, wants musicians to know they don’t have to break the bank to enhance their creative process or performances. Tone Soup procures a variety of quality boutique guitar pedals, mini amps, accessories and power supplies that will provide greater depth to to a guitarist’s tone. Many musicians don’t understand the full extent of how a guitar pedal can positively affect their creativity. Tone Soup features Gamechanger audio pedals for overdrive and distortion. The Gamechanger Audio Plasma Coil is a specialised version that takes distortion to extreme heights by amplifying audio signals to 3500 volts through six different special effects. Guitarists can boost or cut high and low frequencies for versatility and the signal is 100 percent Plasma. Guitarists of all levels of experience know the importance of acquiring the right equipment. Guitar accessories Australia at Tone Soup encompass hard working boutique guitar effects pedals, first class power supplies, multi-switches and mini amps. One example of amps stocked is the Hotone Nano Legacy Vulcan Five-O amp for capturing the “brown metal” sound prevalent in legendary heavy metal records. An added bonus is its compact size and portability. Music has the ability to elicit a full range of emotions in listeners. Guitar pedals Australia can expand that potential, enabling musicians to express themselves through guitar pedals such as the Anasounds Spinner Expression pedal, a creative solution that makes the tremolo effect far more exciting. The spinner was inspired by a skateboard screw and originally built by a French craftsman. The Spinner Expression setup eliminates knobs that can cause accidents. Tone Soup features a multitude of essential guitar pedals and supplies designed to enhance music in any genre. Musicians save on name brand equipment and also have the benefit of free shipping on orders over $149. Customers can sign up for the company’s newsletter to be the first to receive notice of special offers and sales. About Tone Soup Tone Soup are your online experts for boutique guitar pedals and accessories. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Media Contact Tone Soup Michael Barreiro Phone: 1300 733 257 Email: info@tonesoup.com.au PO Box 650 Joondalup DC WA 6919 Australia Website: www.tonesoup.com.au ELK Publishing Launches Inspirational LILIWIOFE Diaries 2021-01-04T06:18:19Z elk-publishing-launches-inspirational-liliwiofe-diaries 2021 is a new era for ELK Publishing - with the release of their first, annual publication of the inspirational - LILIWIOFE Diaries. Dropbox link to photos ‘LILIWIOFE’ is an acronym for ‘Live Life Without Fear’ - a diary that enables timid individuals to push past the debilitating fear of: fear itself; success and somehow not being good enough to bring an idea to fruition.  It inspires individuals to take charge of their lives; leads them to greater confidence; re-ignites their passion and their belief in the impossible – a phrase coined by the late Audrey Hepburn who once stated, "the word itself says ‘I’m Possible!"   Designed out of personal necessity and in dedication to Sketa’s late father, who passed away from cancer in 2014; creation of the diary gave Sketa a new found strength to push past her barriers of pain and loss, enabling her to achieve that which she deemed ‘impossible’. The 2021 hardcover diary went on sale at A$26.95 - in late November, while the 2022 diary is expected to hit bookstores early in the New Year.  CEO and founder - Selina Kucks a.k.a. Sketa stated, "…with the onslaught of CoVid across the globe, there will be many individuals who like me, will need a little help getting started, again." The diary uses the power of: daily quotes, hashtags and the comfort of Instagram to support like-minded individuals - who will in effect, ensure accountability for making dreams come true. "We are the Fairy Godmothers to wishes granted and yes, it is a wonderful way to safely hold each other’s hand through the whole process." It encourages individuals to push past those fears and doubts to just - ‘make it happen’ - with a little help from the #liliwiofe family.  " We are already taking orders for the 2022 diaries and as soon as they arrive on my desk for proof, we’ll be able to presell next year’s diary." They will be available in select, retail stores and of course, through www.elk-publishing.com. "I can’t think of a better way to support those doing it tough, than to just gift a diary to a friend."   You’ve got this!  #makeithappen #liliwiofe For more information on this press release visit: www.elk-publishing.com   ELK Publishing Press and Publicity Officer Phone: +61 0475 923 670 E-mail: contactus@elk-publishing.com Web: www.elk-publishing.com   FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA Instagram -  ELK Publishing @  www.instagram.com/elkpublishing Facebook – ELK Publishing @  www.facebook.com/elkpublishing Australia's Ankita Shetty declared as winner of Miss United Nations World Finals competing against 39 countries. Australia wins the crown 2021-01-04T04:05:57Z australia-declared-world-winner-of-miss-united-nations-crown-after-competing-with-39-countries Australia is declared as the world winner of Miss United Nations 2020.  Ankita Shetty, Melbourne bagged the crown to Australia competing with 39 countries. With Miss Russia, Miss India, Miss Ghana, Miss South Africa being the close runner-ups. The purpose of the United Nations Pageants is to provide men & women the opportunity to come together regardless of their background and to build relationships with those who are working attentively to leave a positive impact in their community. The pageant was judged on: Profile, Background, National Costume, Sportswear, Fashion wear, Evening wear and of course the interviews which will demonstrate their knowledge on social, current events and Community Services.   The United Nations Pageant World Finals was held at Shanti Devi Mittal at Lovely Professional University at Jalandhar- Delhi G.T Road, Phagwara, Punjab 144411.. For more information on our Facebook United Nations Pageants Limited.  Lovely Professional University Punjab, India. - The annual United Nations Pageant’s (UNP) primary intention is to identify and showcase the world’s best tourism ambassadors. Those who have the personalities and the talents best suited to promote their respective countries and to foster international friendships and understanding with a cultural harmony.  The pageant has been named one of the most influential international events to promote healing among nations around the world, bringing together representatives of a wide range of communities and cultures. Over 35 delegates from over 39 countries around the world competed for the following titles: World Winners 2020 Redeclared Miss United Nations World (Ankita Shetty) Australia Little Miss United Nations ( Neeven Ved) India  Ms. United Nations (Hadassah Allaputa) Nigeria Mrs. United Nations ( Jessica Snock AK) India Miss Teen United Nations ( Fredoline Mantjies) South Africa Mr. United Nations ( Dev Negi) India  Mr. Teen United Nations ( Amit Chauhan) India. Mrs Classic United Nations ( Dr. Sarika Shah) India. Mrs United Nations Ambassador ( Bharti Chauhan) India. Ms United Nations Ambassador ( Jennifer Lovelace) USA Miss United Nations Ambassador ( Faith Kinyaka ) Kenya. The United Nations Pageant World Finals was held at Shanti Devi Mittal at Lovely Professional University at Jalandhar- Delhi G.T Road, Phagwara, Punjab 144411. For more information on our Facebook United Nations Pageants Limited www.munp.org    Image: Ankita Shetty, winner of world finals represented Australia, and its multiculturalism during United Nations world pageants.  Australia won the crown competing against 39 countries in the world.    “We are very happy the India hosted this remarkable event. We are an organization dedicated to facilitating cooperation among nations, world peace and promoting development. The relationships that was fostered during this event among the contestants will allow them to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of all the diverse cultural, social, religious and ethnic backgrounds of the countries which make up the United Nations. We are very joyful to have the India as the premier host of the 2019/2020 Edition of The United Nations Pageants World Finals” said Leon Williams, President of UNP. Apart from a strong emphasis on goodwill, tourism and destination promotions, the pageant is also supporting environmental protection via strategized programs.   About United Nations Pageants W.G.I Jamaica Limited under United Nations Pageants is one of the Caribbean’s leading Marketing & Consulting Companies. The company started on March 25, 2005 in Jamaica, as a small Landscaping company. It has expanded and diversified over the past 10 years, changing from Landscaping to a world class Marketing and Consulting Company in 2008; the company expanded operations into Pageantry in 2009. United Nations Pageants was registered in 2009 under the Parent company W.G.I Jamaica Limited. L.N.Williams  Founder/President W.G.I Jamaica Limited | United Nations Pageants Limited  Website: http://www.munp.org  Email:info@munp.org  Tel:+1876-924-2345 Jamaica  Tel:+1876-770-5239 Jamaica  Fax:+1876-971-1405 BBM Pin: 79C86F57 WhatsApp : 1876-770-5239 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MUNPORG  https://www.facebook.com/424034117758922/posts/1802190543276599/ https://www.facebook.com/MissUNPageant/videos/376951013713024/ https://www.facebook.com/424034117758922/posts/1733268466835474/ Twitter: www.Twitter.com/worldbpa   Introducing Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland – Plus A Great Booking Special 2020-12-27T02:59:27Z introducing-boutique-lifestyle-photography-in-auckland-plus-a-great-booking-special Boutique Lifestyle Photography are award-winning portrait photographers based in Auckland, New Zealand. Established in 2007, the team have formed and further developed their signature style of portraiture; timeless images of your loved ones that artistically tell your story. Since their inception, Boutique Lifestyle Photography have continued to expand their professional photography services. From stunning family photography to beautiful maternity portraits and graduation photography, all photo shoot bookings are held in their upmarket Auckland studio location. More recently, a range of commercial photography services have been introduced including professional product photography as well as professional head shots. As part of their services, all portraits receive the team’s acclaimed professional portrait retouching. From scars to scratches, any imperfections or blemishes that you may have can be removed at your request. The team are also pleased to announce a fantastic $79 photo shoot sitting special. Included in this package is your in-studio photo shoot with your Auckland photographer, valid for our portrait services (excluding glamour), as well as a bonus $50 studio credit towards your chosen portraits. If you’ve been considering a professional photo shoot, then now is the perfect time. You are encouraged to contact the friendly team to discuss your requirements. In-studio consultations are available to discuss in advance your photo shoot aspirations and begin planning your session. Bookings are available Monday to Saturday by appointment. The Boutique Lifestyle Photography Philosophy As a family owned and operated business, the team at Boutique Lifestyle Photography go to great lengths to ensure your satisfaction. From your initial contact with the team, throughout your photo shoot to the final delivery of your treasured images, you are sure to be impressed. Having worked with countless families and individuals over the years, we are proud to have worked closely with people from all walks of life. Irrespective of your requirements, we offer you an in-studio portrait service that is both relaxed and professional with amazing results. We also offer a great range of flexible gift voucher options, perfect for any occasion or milestone. In addition, we also encourage charities or fundraising groups to contact us regarding any upcoming events or promotions we can assist with. Please visit our website and contact us with any queries relating to your event and how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us with any booking enquiries or general questions and we will be happy to assist. Boutique Lifestyle Photography (09) 522 5123 https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz Introducing Family Portraits at Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland 2020-12-27T02:58:45Z introducing-family-portraits-at-boutique-lifestyle-photography-in-auckland If you are looking at creating some memorable family portraits of you and loved ones, then the team at Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland have just the answer! With years of experience, a great sitting special and a wonderful range of portrait options available, now is the perfect time to book with us! Available now until Christmas, you can book your professional family photo shoot for just $79 with a fantastic offer! This incredible sitting special includes your in-studio portrait photo shoot (available for up to 8 people) as well as a bonus studio credit that is valid towards all of our beautiful portrait display options. The option to include additional family members is also available, so please enquire with us if this is a possibility. Professional family portraiture is a lifetime investment that never fails to disappoint. Working closely with you and your family, our award-winning team will create and capture contemporary, fun and memorable portraits that offer flattering results and provide treasured memories. A range of our work and further information about our family portrait services can be found by visiting https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz/family-photography-auckland.html. Having photographed countless families over the years, Boutique Lifestyle Photography have continued to evolve their signature style of family portraits. Whether you have a young family with babies or toddlers, through to older families with teenage to adult kids, we pride ourselves on bringing out the best in everyone in front of the camera. In addition, with helpful advice both prior and during your photo shoot, you are ensured a fun-filled day together with a rewarding experience and amazing results! Flexible Photo Shoot Gift Vouchers Also Available Also, for those of you who are looking for the perfect Christmas gift, we also offer our portrait sittings as a gift voucher! Available as either a beautifully presented physical voucher, or a convenient E-Voucher, this is a highly personalised gift that is guaranteed to keep on giving. You can visit https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz/gift-vouchers.html to find out more about our flexible options. How Do I Find Out More? You are encouraged to contact our friendly team by calling on (09) 522 5123, email or through our company website. Photo shoot bookings and pre-portrait consultations are available by appointment Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). With Christmas just around the corner, be sure to get in touch today to ensure your preferred availability. Boutique Lifestyle Photography (09) 522 5123 https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz Tone Soup is your one-stop-shop for Pedals, Power Supplies & Guitar Accessories Australia 2020-12-21T07:34:24Z tone-soup-is-your-one-stop-shop-for-pedals-power-supplies-amp-guitar-accessories-australia Musicians know quality when they see it and hear it. It’s one of the primary reasons that Tone Soup has become a premier online provider of boutique pedals, power supplies, mini amps, and guitar accessories to create unique sounds and tone effects that enables guitarists to create their music as they intended. As an added bonus, Tone Soup provides free shipping on orders over $149. Tone Soup offers top name brands from Anasounds and Beetronics to Strymon and Voodoo Labs. The online boutique guitar pedal store has a wide range of equipment for effects encompassing clean boost, spring reverb, loopers and modulators. Guitarists can choose from filters to synths, and devices for producing vibrato, echoes and distortion to fuzz pedals and modulators. The Beetronics pedals Australia are especially popular for custom guitar effects. Customers can select from pedals that include the Beetronics Fatbee Overdrive, Royal Jelly, the Buzzter Boost/Preamp, and Swarm. The Whoctahell Low Octave Fuzz allows guitarists to choose from an indie rock lead to an easily recognisable video game theme, while the Overhive provides sweet tones for infinite possibilities. For those that need to power multiple effects, Tone Soup offers pedalboard power supply Australia options for every usage. The Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Digital is an analog power supply that can easily handle four filtered, isolated, and regulated output sections. Also featured is the Strymon Zuma R300 Power Supply that provides a high power solution with a low profile. It accommodates 9V, 12V and 18V pedals and its part of an expandable system as needs evolve. The company also offers an exceptional range of guitar accessories Australia. Shoppers can select from an extensive range of Hotone accessories that includes the Nano Legacy cabinet with a custom speaker that features an inverter tube design typically found in hi-fi amps. Multiple types of guitar amps are available, including those compatible with multiple cabinets of different impedances, along with Strymon multi-switches that can be configured in multiple ways. Tone Soup is a one-stop online solution for guitarists that want top-quality pedals, power supplies and guitar accessories by respected names in the business. Music is a highly individualised art form and the products available at Tone Soup enables originality to shine through. About Tone Soup Tone Soup is your online specialist store for boutique pedals and accessories. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Media Contact Tone Soup Phone: 1300 733 257 Email: info@tonesoup.com.au PO Box 650 Joondalup DC WA 6919 Website: www.tonesoup.com.au HOTA ANNOUNCES 2021 LIVE PROGRAM 2020-12-20T22:00:00Z hota-announces-2021-live-program ZING heralds the first chapter of exciting new programming in 2021 for HOTA and is a rich and diverse program inviting audiences to make new memories, splash around, revisit familiar favourites, and celebrate great art. Kicking off on a sweet note with SCOOP! (15-17 January), the three-day festival with an epic line-up of ice cream, world-class circus, live music and more, starts the ZING program with a bang. In 2021, HOTA is planning to bring events and experiences to the HOTA precinct to engage, experience and delight people time and time again. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said HOTA has remained resilient across this year and is now ready to ring in 2021 with ZING. “Reflecting back on the year, I’m proud to say that HOTA has led the way nationally in the arts and culture sector in response to the global pandemic.” “As soon as we were able, we welcomed back our artists and community to HOTA,” she said. “Acknowledging that artists are at the heart of what we do, during a challenging period we launched a quick response artist grant Rage Against the V(irus), supporting over 150 Gold Coast artists and funding their work during a time when they needed it most.” “Since then, we haven’t looked back – programming intimate lakeside sessions with Fireside, the east coast premiere of the major earth installation Gaia during WONDER welcoming over 15,000 visitors and fast tracking a $100,000 commission for artists to be involved in the inaugural HOTA Gallery exhibition SOLID GOLD, to name a few.” “It has been quite the year, but we are excited and optimistic for what’s to come. The local community has been such a big support, and we promise to keep delivering more great art and events to the Gold Coast including the opening of the HOTA Gallery and kicking off 2021 with our new live program ZING,” Criena added. Opening 10 April, the new $60.5 million Gallery will feature an inaugural program of Australian exclusives, celebrations of Queensland artists, a dedicated Children’s Gallery, special events, artist talks, education programs never-before-seen works from the City Collection and more great and surprising art, indoors and out. ZING has something for everyone – art, performance, music, film, and so much more, and will be a welcome return to what audiences love about their Home of the Arts. Full program details are below and more to be announced in early 2021.All events meet social distancing and hygiene guidelines per HOTA’s COVID safe plan and is available on their website. For more information on HOTA’s ZING program, visit: https://hota.com.au/zing/ Here is a LINK TO THE MEDIA KIT with available images.*ZING program details attached. - ENDS - ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES:Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 Melbourne hospitality/retail thought leaders for immediate comment on Xmas shopping period 2020-12-17T09:34:51Z melbourne-hospitality-retail-thought-leaders-for-immediate-comment-on-xmas-shopping-period Eat Marketing Concepts is pleased to advise we have access to several thought leaders in the hospitality and retail spaces who are available to comment immediately on relevant news stories as we continue the Christmas shopping/celebration period. The following thought leaders are available to provide comment through a brief interview or statement about any relevant retail/hospitality news stories being worked on:John Scardamiglia, representing Berth, Cargo and Down the Rabbit Hole.Fabio Angele, representing Brunetti CarltonMaria Sutera, representing Zampera, which has recently opened a new pop-up store in Watsonia.Cathy Kamvissis, representing Espresso3094 and MontibelloPlease contact our PR co-ordinator, Cameron Magusic, at hello@eatmarketingconcepts.com or on 0404 261 974 for more information. The Butterfly from Bundaberg to captivate at Capricorn Caves 2020-12-14T10:05:32Z the-butterfly-from-bundaberg-to-captivate-at-capricorn-caves Chelsea’s musical performance, Butterfly in a Cave, will take place in the beautiful cathedral caves at Capricorn Caves, north of Rockhampton.   Performance will feature live debut of her single, The Butterfly, written about the years after the loss of her grandfather, feeling that the person is still there, like a butterfly that never flies away.   Chelsea, who has just completed her Honours year of a Bachelor of Music at the University of Sydney, is excited to be performing at the Capricorn Film Festival 2021.   “I attended the 2017 Capricorn Film Festival where my sister won an award for her environmental short film, and was impressed with the quality of the event, and the support and recognition it gives to creatives.”   “I love reverberant spaces and experimenting with how my vocals can sound within them, so the acoustics of inside the Caves is something I am very much looking forward to performing in.”   “It is also personally significant as my Great Grandfather was the Federal Member for Capricornia so it is sort of special I’ll be singing in his old home ground. He lived on the hill at Yeppoon in the 1940’s when the 42nd battalion were there training before they went to New Guinea, and my mum was Miss Capricornia for the Miss Australia awards. There is nice family history in the Capricornia region for us,” Chelsea Stutchbury.   Presented by Livingstone Shire Council, the annual festival in its 6th year, will host six feature films and documentary premieres, over the course of five days. The festival has expanded its activities to include many other opportunities for the community to participate in, including visual art, theatre, gaming, projection art and musical performance.   Opening night curtain will premiere Moon rock for Monday at the Yeppoon Town Hall and promises to be a sellout event with filmmakers Jim Robison, Kurt Martin and lead actor George Pullar, joining Yeppoon locals and special guests to walk the red carpet.   Festival Director Luke Graham said this year’s theme encourages the connection and exhibition of cinema art and its perception through visual mediums.   “We are very excited to deliver this expanded cinema arts experience and screen powerful stories to the region,” Luke Graham, Festival Founder.   Yeppoon will be a hive of film industry activity and networking opportunities when the filmmakers and professionals arrive for the event that is generously supported by Livingstone Shire Council, Tourism and Events Queensland, Screen Queensland, The Capricornia, Bishopp and Keppel Coast Arts.   “Our supporters give us the opportunity to be able to bring experienced, award winning filmmakers to the Capricorn region and to stir the imaginations and inspiration of new generations of big screen storytellers.  Hopefully lots of great connections are made that will help the creative industry grow here on the Capricorn Coast,”  Luke Graham.   The Butterfly is due for release on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and all other streaming platforms from 11th January 2021, the anniversary of when Chelsea lost her grandfather.   To purchase tickets or learn more: www.capricornfilmfestival.com ENDS - For more information please contact:  Judith Keightley  0418 191 438 or judi.darren@bigpond.com Download Photos:  https://www.dropbox.com/t/UrPJMmQ4PADiy1fT  SESAME STREET RETURNS TO NEW ZEALAND SCREENS WITH 48th SEASON AND A NEW SPECIAL ON TVNZ 2020-12-11T02:00:40Z sesame-street-returns-to-new-zealand-screens-with-48th-season-and-a-new-special-on-tvnz Sesame Street will return to New Zealand screens with a brand-new season and a new special, to premiere on TVNZ.   Sesame Street’s Season 48 will premiere on Monday 14th December on TVNZ OnDemand at 8am, as well as on TVNZ 2 on 19th January, 2021 with a kindness curriculum focusing on respect and understanding and featuring celebrity guests Kate McKinnon, John Legend, Lucy Liu, and Josh Groban.   ‘The Not Too Late Show with Elmo’ will premiere on Friday 8th January on TVNZ OnDemand.   “We’re delighted to see Sesame Street return to New Zealand television screens to delight another generation of children, and we’re thrilled that TVNZ will join us in helping kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder,” said Whit Higgins, Vice President of International Media Distribution and Business Development, Sesame Workshop.   Season 48 - December 14th, TVNZ OnDemand, and January 19th TVNZ 2 Sesame Street’s 48th season features its powerful kindness curriculum, and an all-new Cookie Monster segment that teaches pre-schoolers where different foods come from.   Sesame Street will focus on mutual respect and understanding, helping kids recognise similarities and celebrate differences – particularly around race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. With its diverse cast of humans and lovable monsters living side-by-side, the show has long helped kids and families navigate this space, and this season is no exception.   “The stories this season focus on cultivating cultural competencies, which are important prosocial skills for school readiness and for life – and they’re more vital now than ever,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP Content and Curriculum, Sesame Workshop. “By modelling constructive ways to experience difference and show compassion, we hope to give kids the tools they need to develop empathy by taking on the perspectives of others, appreciating differences while recognising fundamental similarities.”   Also new this season is the “Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck” segment. In each five-minute installment, Cookie Monster and his new pal Gonger receive a video call from a child who orders something special from their food truck. Partway through each recipe, Cookie and Gonger jump behind the wheel to gather a key ingredient straight from the source, visiting a cranberry bog, a pasta factory, an avocado farm, and more. Farmers and artisans show Cookie and Gonger how their star ingredient is grown or produced before restocking the truck and sending the chefs home to get cooking. It’s an engaging way for kids to learn where food comes from.   As always, this season of Sesame Street features an incredible celebrity line-up, including: Lucy Liu as a reluctant Cinderella who wants to ditch her glass slippers; Tony Award-winner Josh Groban with a new song called “Hey Friend”; Kate McKinnon as Mother Goose, helping the friends create a new rhyme about Elmo; Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi visiting an international street food fair on Sesame Street; John Legend singing a new song called “Come Together”; and Ellie Goulding learning all about clouds.   The Not Too Late Show with Elmo – January 8th, TVNZ OnDemand The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, hosted by a certain furry red monster, is a star-studded talk show for the whole family that highlights a different part of kids’ bedtime routines and is the perfect way for kids and parents to wind down together at the end of the day.   Elmo welcomes an exciting line-up of guests to The Not-Too-Late Show to entertain families with music, games, and fun - with Cookie Monster as his sidekick, other Sesame Street pals as backstage crew, and even his very own house band!   Performers like Lil Nas X, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., and the Jonas Brothers put their own spin on beloved Sesame Street songs; John Mulaney and Olivia Wilde get competitive with tricycle races and teddy bear dress-up contests, while Jonathan Van Ness gives Alan a “monster makeover”; Jimmy Fallon, Hoda Kotb, John Oliver, and Andy Cohen stop by to give Elmo some hosting advice, and much more—all before Elmo’s bedtime!   With a little help from these famous visitors, The Not-Too-Late Show gives familiar night-time activities like brushing teeth, choosing a bedtime story, and putting on pyjamas a fresh and fun twist that only Elmo could deliver.   ************ About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help Kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org   About TVNZ TVNZ is New Zealand’s state-owned, commercially funded broadcaster. TVNZ’s all about sharing the moments that matter - whether it’s breaking news, following adventures, sharing stories or putting smiles on faces. Each day, TVNZ reaches more than 2 million New Zealanders through channels TVNZ 1, 2, DUKE and online platform TVNZ OnDemand. Leading news site 1news.co.nz and socially-driven online news brand Re: connect Kiwis to the important issues throughout the day, however they chose to engage. Bionic Book Subscription – a perfect last minute Christmas gift 2020-12-10T08:15:18Z bionic-book-subscription-a-perfect-last-minute-christmas-gift With all the chaos of this time of year (especially this year), it’s so easy for Christmas Day to sneak up on you and all of a sudden be just around the corner. Before you know it, it’s the week before Christmas - or even the day before - and you still haven’t done your Christmas shopping! The thought of braving the throngs of crowds in the city is enough to make you break out in cold sweats and it’s way too late for your online shopping order to arrive on time. What else is there to do but panic?   Well, there’s a great option that can be ordered online (while wearing your pyjamas) right up until midnight on Christmas Eve - and still arrive on time. It’s Bionic Book Subscription, a personalised book subscription service. The service gets subscribers to fill out a taste questionnaire online to get to know what they like, then curators select books based on the subscriber’s taste.   When you order a gift subscription, a welcome email is sent to the gift recipient asking them to fill out the questionnaire (which is pretty fun by the way). You can choose the date the email is sent out and include a personal message. So, on Christmas morning that lucky person in your life will get an exciting surprise in their inbox, along with your special message.   From then on, it’s literally the gift that keeps on giving, with options for three, six and twelve month subscriptions (at either one book per month or one book every two months). It’s a great gift idea for the readers in your life, or the non-readers who might want to get into reading (the questionnaire works for non-readers as well).   So, if you’ve run out of time and ideas for Christmas gifts, it’s definitely worth checking out Bionic Book Subscription. Find out more at their website: www.bionicbooksubscription.com.au. Out of the Ashes- a new Steampunk Circus Spectacular fires up in Brunswick 2020-12-09T04:21:03Z out-of-the-ashes-a-new-steampunk-circus-spectacular-fires-up-in-brunswick Rising from the ashes of lockdown, the home of Brunswick’s famous creative subculture, Rubix Warehouse has been reborn. Just like the famed bird with which it shares a street name, it’s dusting off its feathers to deliver an all-new spectacular dinner show experience. A pandemic-forced hiatus afforded founder and owner Tanya El Gamal a chance to recalibrate, and the time to curate and collaborate with a number of artists. El Gamal wanted to allow the avant-garde club to mature as she had, finding a solution for supporting artists and a new way to continue to keep this creative venue evolving. The result is a theatrical Steampunk Circus experience encompassing an award-winning cast who will take up a performance residency at Rubix, backed by live house band The Ruffled Feathers. The inclusive dinner and show experience will deliver some of the country’s best in circus and cabaret performance; a structured arts experience that will surprise, tantalise and tease. Steampunk encompasses a 19th-century Victorian-inspired industrial fusion of sci-fi and technology; amalgamating fashion, make up, accessories and jewellery. The subculture evolving from the notion that the world would look a little different if the era’s inhabitants had prevailed over technological innovation and escaping to the safe space from the crumbling outside world. Airmistress Octavia will take you to new heights, while Vera Von Vixen simultaneously plunges you into sexual desire. Be mystified and amazed with the juggling skills of NICA superstar Mistatrix and set your world on fire with brazen burlesque beauty Luna Rouge. All the while be lulled into an alternate world with the chords of singer Madam Phoenix. Tickets include two-course dinner from the all-new Rubix pizza bar, a complimentary drink on arrival and 1.5 hour Smokin' Phoenix Steampunk Circus show. Up to two shows per evening will run from Thursdays to Saturdays at 6.30pm and 8.30pm until February, see ticket link for shows. “Rubix has always supported the fringes of music-loving individuals in a fluidity that transcends all genres. We are so excited to innovate once again with a unique offering that fuses art, live music, theatre and performing arts,” said El Gamal. A renowned Melbourne music, arts and community contributor, El-Gamal has two decades of experience in venue operations, event management and community program development as well as being a passionate artist herself. El Gamal, repurposed materials from her second venture - Our Friends Farm - Victoria’s largest licenced music venue located in Tallarook Victoria. First established by legendary venue operator ‘Bruzzy’ who owned the Provincial Hotel in Fitzroy, Tallarook Hotel and the Royal Hotel in Seymour before setting up this beautiful 221 acre property as a one of a kind entertainment and accommodation park in 1999. Rubix is now offering seated dining options with the show, or casual dining in the newly renovated front pizza bar- reimagined with beautiful timber bench seating and long timber slab tables, with the antique metal harrows inherited from the farm claiming the centrepiece above the bar. It has been a labour of love with El Gamal and her partner Jay Tiilikka on the tools, spending weekends renovating Rubix, and weekdays working on the farm. “I was given a commercial pizza oven, and that was the catalyst – from there we built the pizza bar, using materials from the farm to tie in both of my favourite places, giving Rubix a facelift with a rustic and cosy feel. We have designed a yummy pizza and snack menu to cater for all tastes which will also be available for delivery from Mr Yum soon,” she said. The show is an ideal outing for lovers of quirky performance, circus theatre, the eccentric at heart, those who love the unexpected. Guest will enjoy the unique and interactive performance, which is ideal for singles, couples group bookings, hens and bucks nights, corporate and group bookings and anyone after a unique post-covid arts extravaganza. Additional Info and tickets for Smokin’ Phoenix Steampunk Circus at smokinphoenix.eventbrite.com.au -ENDS- CAPRICORN FILM FESTIVAL 2021 PROGRAM LAUNCH 2020-12-07T01:02:36Z capricorn-film-festival-2021-program-launch ·       Presented by Livingstone Shire Council. The festival and will be held from Wednesday the 13th to Sunday 17th of January 2021 at the beautiful Capricorn Coast. ·       Capricorn Film Festival 20201 will host six feature films and documentary premieres, over the course of five days. ·       The festival has expanded its activities to include many other opportunities for the community to participate in. These include visual art, theatre, gaming, projection art and musical performance. ·       The 6th annual event will draw back the opening night curtain at Yeppoon Town Hall on Wednesday 13 January at 6.30pm for the premiere of Moon rock for Monday. It promises to be a sellout event with filmmakers Jim Robison, Kurt Martin and lead actor George Pullar, joining Yeppoon locals and special guests to walk the red carpet. ·       Festival Director Luke Graham say opening night film Moon rock for Monday is sure to be hit. ·       Thursday screening will include the QLD premiere of inspirational coming of age movie Delfin, about a boy who dreams of playing the French horn in a neighbouring village's orchestra.   ·      For the first time, Thursday’s activities conclude with the premiere of environmental documentary, Wild Things and a special musical performance by Bundaberg artist, Chelsea Stutchbury called Butterfly in a Cave, held in the regions natural wonder, the Capricorn Caves. Wild Things tells the story of remarkable activists on the frontline of saving the plant. Director Sally Ingleton will be in attendance and talking after the screening. ·       Friday afternoon screening will be the Australian premiere of Days of Bagnold Summer. Directed by Simon Bird of The Inbetweeners fame, The Guardian calls it a “thoroughly sweet-natured, charming and unassuming British film”.   ·      Friday night, join us for a special night of cinema music and film-themed improv games at the Yeppoon Town Hall called, Cinema Memories. Capricornia Silver Band will take you back to your favourite movie scores with a tribute to the history of cinema and Rocky Improv Group are heading to the movies with a show packed with film themed games. ·       On Saturday compete against video gamers of all ages in the regions first E-Games competition brought to you by The Capricornian Bank. The retro games tournament will include classic games such as Tetris, NBA JAM, Mario Kart and Street Fighter with the winner of each game receiving cash prizes. ·       Two award winning Irish films will conclude Saturday’s events. Rosie tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless. Produced by Johnny Depp documentary Crock of Gold is a celebration of Irish punk poet Shane MacGowan, lead singer with The Pogues, combining archive and family footage. ·       CAPS Short Film Festival will conclude the event featuring selected short films from around the world and locally in competition and reviewed by a jury including Australian actors and filmmakers. ·       FREE community art activities Sensory CQ and CAPS Experimental will be available daily. Sensory CQ held nightly, is a visually stimulating and eclectic collection of pop up video art projections activating shop front windows strategically along the esplanade and James Street, Yeppoon. CAPS Experimental will present a series of short form video art screened at The Mill Gallery. ·       This year’s theme encourages the connection and exhibition of cinema art and its perception through visual mediums. ·       “We are very excited to deliver this expanded cinema arts experience and screen powerful stories to the region.” Luke Graham, Festival Founder. ·       Yeppoon will be a hive of film industry activity and networking opportunities when the filmmakers and professionals arrive for the event that is generously supported by Livingstone Shire Council, Tourism and Events Queensland, Screen Queensland, The Capricornia, Bishopp and Keppel Coast Arts. ·       “Our supporters give us the opportunity to be able to bring experienced, award winning filmmakers to the Capricorn region and to stir the imaginations and inspiration of new generations of big screen storytellers.  Hopefully lots of great connections are made that will help the creative industry grow here on the Capricorn Coast,” Luke Graham   ·       Capricorn Film Festival will operate in compliance with a COVID Safe procedures as a physical event. Tickets will be pre-sold and available at box office daily with reduced attendance, no exterior screenings and cashless. To purchase tickets or learn more: www.capricornfilmfestival.com   Promotional Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXdNfbAkh6Y Download Link for Video and Photos:  https://www.dropbox.com/t/2cOenET3b5WRcf1P Meating the future 2020-12-02T20:53:59Z meating-the-future Dear Editor, 2020, the year of fires and pandemics, has not offered us a lot of good news stories. But here’s one: Aussie Olympian swimmer Matthew Dunn and his dad Steven have opened an eleven million dollar business called Proform Foods that will manufacture some 5,000 tonnes of plant-based meat each year. The global meat-free meat market is expected to be worth over five billion dollars this year and to grow by almost twenty percent each year thereafter, reaching eighteen billion in seven years. The huge growth is driven by consumer awareness of the cruelty, health issues and environmental impact of consuming animal flesh. Nick Hazell, founder of another Aussie plant-based meat business v2food, suggests that Australia could be a world leader in this industry. This is not just great news for Australian business. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than 75% of emerging diseases originate in animals. On factory farms, animals suffer short, brutal lives, crammed together in unnatural situations, increasing the risk of human diseases emerging. Eating plant-based foods therefore makes sense for our health, the environment, and of course alleviates enormous suffering for animals. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au