The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-07T16:45:43Z We Do Effects Expands Its Video Production Services in India 2021-04-07T16:45:43Z we-do-effects-expands-its-video-production-services-in-india We Do Effects is a company based out of Delhi NCR and so far, has offered its services only to people in Delhi NCR and its surrounding territories. However, now the company has decided to expand its business and offer its services to people all across India. This decision of the company will allow consumers located in other parts of the country to work with some of the most talented and skilled artists, videographers, and photographers India has at the moment. The news will particularly make companies (as well as individuals) looking to create a perfect visual story or advert to promote their products and services extremely happy.We Do Effects is one of the most revered corporate video production and short film makers companies operating in India at the moment. They have taken little time to reach the top of the industry primarily due to their ability to come up with quality work relentlessly. This has been possible primarily due to the deadly combination of experienced professionals and the high-end gear they use when working. The experts at We Do Effects work using advanced video supplies from Red, Phantom, Arri, and so on. The editing, on the other hand, is done using the latest tools from FCP, Adobe, Pinnacle Studio, and Sony Vegas.When asked about the reasons behind We Do Effects’ decision to expand its services in India, the company’s spokesperson said, “We want to reach more people and want to make the world of advertisement and storytelling more enriching and refined.” He added, “The people of India are tired of seeing old-fashioned adverts and companies are thus looking for professionals who can think out of the box and can implement those thoughts aptly when creating adverts. Our company is represented by a bevy of such skilled professionals.”Expansion of We Do Effects’ services in India will definitely change the way adverts are made and stories are told significantly and only for the better. Additionally, many young talents across India will get the opportunity to work with the best in the industry.About We Do Effects: We Do Effects is a video and full services film production company based out of Delhi NCR. It specializes in short film and documentary making, song-writing and music video production, photography, commercial ad film making, and more.For more information, please visit: https://wedoeffects.com/ Rising Australian classical music stars and seasoned professionals brought together for a unique event 2021-04-06T06:01:30Z rising-australian-classical-music-stars-and-seasoned-professionals-brought-together-for-a-unique-event Sydney musician Jack Stephens, 25, is both the Producer and Director of this week’s unique outdoor performance of Purcell’s Operetta King Arthur within the grounds of Australia’s oldest University College. He is also singing one of the Bass parts and even working with the cast to pull together costumes to support the production.  Currently working to complete his Doctorate of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jack is the principal lay-clerk and Choir Tutor at St Andrew’s Cathedral and is used to singing and playing great music, having worked extensively within choral music and as a soloist.  He is also an accomplished brass player, having recently performed as a soloist in Schumann’s Konzertstück (Concerto for Four Horns) alongside Robert Johnson (Principal Horn of Sydney Symphony Orchestra). As part of his studies, he is the driving force behind this one off concert performance being performed at the University of Sydney this Friday. Purcell’s Operetta King Arthur  Hailed as one of the greatest works of western music Tells the story of King Arthur’s Britons as they battle the Saxons Unique one-off event - 7:00pm, Friday 9 April Semi-staged in the open-air Quadrangle of St Paul's College - Australia’s oldest University College within the University of Sydney    The event promises to transport the audience back to the early 6th Century- taking them on a tale of medieval adventure and mysticism. “This is a real cross-generational event – seasoned professionals will be pairing up with some of Australia’s best young musicians - including Soloists from Pinchgut Opera, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Symphony,Opera Australia and the Song Company, “ said Jack.  “In performing this extra-ordinary event, I have the privilege of working with some incredible performers including the legendary Peter Cousens, Artistic Director of the Talent Development Project Foundation, who will be narrating our version of the operetta.  “We also have some amazing soloists – all backed by an 18 period piece  orchestra,” he said. One of those soloists is the talented Chloe Lankshear, currently Principal Soloist with Pinchgut Opera, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Song Company. “A highlight on Friday will be Chloe singing ‘Fairest Isle’  - one of the most loved songs throughout the world.   “I invite anyone who will be in Sydney who loves classical music to secure some of the limited tickets, grab their picnic rug, bring along some food and drinks, and be transported to medieval times and be immersed in this great sounding tale of King Arthur,” said Jack.   INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES IN SYDNEY THIS WEEK Peter Cousens, Jack Stephens (pictured) and Chloe Lankshear are available for interview this week.   NOTE: Some of the cast in costume can be arranged from Wednesday onwards (costumes being finalised right now!) EVENT DETAILS Purcell’s Operetta King Arthur  When: Friday April 9 at 7pm Where: Quadrangle, St Paul's College, University of Sydney, 9 City Rd, Camperdown, NSW 2050 Cost: $40-$60 Tickets: tinyurl.com/kingpurcell THE PERFORMERS AND PLAYERS Conductor | Ross Cobb Concertmaster | Fiona Ziegler Narrator | Peter Cousens Soprano | Chloe Lankshear, Josie Ryan, Elise Morton Mezzo soprano | Stephanie Dillon, Hester Wright Tenor | Joshua Oxley, Elias Wilson Bass | Jeremy Boulton, Jack Stephens Violin | Fiona Ziegler, James Tarbotton Viola | Sophie Nickel Cello | Zoltán Szabo Bass | Will Hansen Harpsichord | Nathan Cox Bassoon | Harley Milano Oboe | Edward Wang, Joshua Ning Recorder | Isabelle Palmer, Aimee Brown Trumpet | Simon Wolnizer, Jonathan Baker Timpani | Adam Cooper-Stanbury     Tech Device Offers Entertainment Without the Screen Dramas: G-mee Play delivers balanced road trip entertainment these holidays 2021-03-29T21:31:51Z tech-device-offers-entertainment-without-the-screen-dramas-g-mee-play-delivers-balanced-road-trip-entertainment-these-holidays 55% of Australians are planning a road trip this year and with the Easter school holidays beginning soon, experts in child focussed technology and behaviour are warning parents of the dangers of screen time during travel and suggesting a change in the device they offer their kids. Aussie developed G-mee Play is one device that allows kids of today to enjoy the portable entertainment experiences their parents once enjoyed, without the dangers of excess screen time. Meet two Aussie dads working together and using their expertise to help families find the balance for meaningful screen time, just in time for the holidays. Brad Marshall is The Unplugged Psychologist who says that COVID-19 has changed the relationship that young children (4-14 years) have with technology. He also says that school holidays can be one of the most difficult times to manage screen use in a family, especially when there are long stretches of travel or a road trip involved. “In my experience parents set out with an ideal plan in their head around limiting kids screen use so they can reconnect with each other, but when the stress of travel hits, that all flies out the window,” Mr Marshall explains. “I’m sure there are plenty of parents who thought they would just use the tablet or phone for small bursts in the car, and before you know it it’s a screaming match in the hotel foyer or restaurant as your kids are glued to the screen.” “The G-mee Play allows kids to downtime through music or audio books without the visual rabbit hole that can detract from the human experiences of the quintessential Aussie family holiday,” Mr Marshall commented. Charlie Brown is the tech expert and father behind the Aussie innovation, G-mee Play – a smart device that was created with young users – and their parents - in mind. For families with young digital users (5-14 years), G-mee Play encourages auditory forms of entertainment so that young eyes can see more of the world around them to enjoy a more balanced relationship with technology on the road and in life. “Parents all remember their portable cassette and CD players, and how they were entertained on family trips. G-mee Play offers kids these entertainment experiences but delivers them via apps that are approved by their parents, like streaming music, podcasts, audio books and mindfulness exercises” said Mr Brown. “There’s so much to see on a road trip, and the G-mee Play encourages kids to use their ears for entertainment, and while doing so, they are also seeing nature, different towns and landmarks as they travel with their family.” “With the G-mee Play, kids can have a personal entertainment experience and parents can allow or not allow the apps accessed on the journey by using the built in pin lock parental controls. This creates a managed adventure for the kids within the approved apps accessible on the device. By selecting audio entertainment apps only, the whole family can be entertained, but their eyes will be free to look elsewhere.” The G-mee Play smart player RRP is $99.95 and available via g-mee.com, Amazon.com.au, ebay.com.au, catch.com.au. INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Charlie Brown, G-mee Play creator and father, discusses how parents can take back the power of kids’ technology use on road trips for a more meaningful journey. Brad Marshall, The Unplugged Psychologist, discusses the technology pitfalls parents may fall into during holiday road trips and how to avoid arguing with kids about technology use. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS Editor’s Note: Interview Opportunity: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request.High quality imagery availableB-Roll footage available For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au More information: Kids and cyber safetyIn 2020, just under half (46%) of Australian children aged 6 to 13 used a mobile phone, up from 41% in 2015(4). In the 14-17 age bracket, 9 in 10 Australian teens have a mobile phone(5). Interestingly, nearly 6 in 10 young people (8-17 years) who reported a negative experience online, identified emotional and/or psychological impacts as a result(2).A majority (94%) of parents identify their child's online safety as a priority, however parents lack confidence in dealing with certain negative online experiences their child may face, such as cyberbullying and online threats(3). Sources:Tourism Australia researchOffice of the eSafety Commissioner – State of Play – Youth, kids and digital dangerseSafety Research Parenting Digital AgeACMA – Kids and mobiles: How Australian children are using mobile phonesRoy Morgan Single Source Australia, July 2015 – June 2016 Carlton icon The French Lettuce looking forward to welcoming customers once more 2021-03-24T07:57:58Z carlton-icon-the-french-lettuce-looking-forward-to-welcoming-customers-once-more-1 Melbourne, Australia -- 24 March 2021Modern Australian patisserie The French Lettuce Carlton will reopen to customers this Friday, 26 March after a month of renovations to upgrade the venue’s layout. Locals will again be able to enjoy a cup of Veneziano coffee and plenty of slices, tarts and pastries featuring local artisanal ingredients with French and Italian inspiration. Since pastry chef Peter Brown and wife Nicole took over ownership in 2003 after the venue opened in the ‘80s, The French Lettuce has been cheered for its cakes -- supplying masterpieces for the likes of Katy Perry, Bert Newton and Eddie McGuire. The team has also made a replica of Prince William’s and Princess Kate’s wedding cake for a private celebration. The Brown children Campbell, Molly and Hudson became managers of the café in 2017 and despite the difficulties last year presented, The French Lettuce opened a second, bigger site in Bulleen in early August 2020 and is proving to be a favourite with locals. The French Lettuce has been featured in Broadsheet, Fairfax, Urban List and on Channel Nine’s Postcards TV program. It has been recognised for its culinary prowess, having been awarded best vanilla slice in Melbourne by The Age and runner-up in the same category by the Herald Sun, among other achievements. The patisserie gives back to the community through its involvement with the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal and donations, including leftover food, to the Salvation Army, Oznam House, Sisters of the Poor and St Mary’s House of Welcome.The French Lettuce will also get involved in this year’s Good Friday Appeal by donating the money made from sales of its popular vanilla slice at both locations from Monday, 29 March to Good Friday (2 April). Co-manager Hudson Brown says, “We are really looking forward to contributing to this year’s Good Friday Appeal as a way of giving back to the community.“We plan to sell 3500 units of vanilla slices so we want Melburnians to have morning tea with us next week for a great cause.” Media outlets are able to organise an interview with Hudson Brown through Eat Marketing Concepts. Recent photos can be found here. About The French Lettuce:The French Lettuce is a family-owned and -operated company specialising in traditional and modern Australian patisserie and bakery products.Since the early 1980s, The French Lettuce has consistently been a staple in Melbourne’s food culture scene as a premier cake and bakery goods business. The French Lettuce team attempts to live up to this expectation every day, particularly focusing on extensive customer experiences. ​Since the early 2000s, the Brown Family has introduced its philosophy of true-to-heart customer relationships and an honest approach to food production. About Eat Marketing Concepts:Eat Marketing Concepts focuses on delivering simple and value-driven marketing solutions to small food and hospitality businesses.We understand that many small-sized food businesses are time poor and sometimes require guidance in relation to simple marketing exercises to include public relations, developing promotional offers and social media. At Eat Marketing Concepts, we ensure our customers learn and understand how they can market their brand effectively and economically in a way that will stand out from their competitors. Create Unique Performances with Delay and Flanger Guitar Pedals at Tone Soup 2021-03-24T07:57:04Z create-unique-performances-with-delay-and-flanger-guitar-pedals-at-tone-soup With more than two dozen guitar pedals available at Tone Soup, along with power supplies, guitar accessories and mini amps, the company has established itself as a premier destination for guitarists. Tone Soup owner, Michael Barreiro, curates every item offered and equipment is available for artists at all skill levels. There’s no substitute for quality equipment and musicians don’t have to break the bank if they want to buy guitar pedals that provide quality effects that enhance their performance. Some of the most well-known artists and bands have utilised a limited number of guitar pedals to achieve their world-famous sounds. An example is Nirvana lead singer and guitarist, Kurt Cobain. At the height of his career, Cobain typically only used four guitar pedals. Native Australian, Keith Urban, has scaled back the number of individual pedals he uses with multi-functional units. Another example is Scottish-born AC/DC co-founder, Angus Young, who only used one pedal on the band’s last tour. One of the most popular pieces of equipment at Tone Soup are delay pedals. They have the ability to make a solo sound epic or a blander section more interesting. A delay pedal adds depth and can make a very simple piece sound complex and complicated. Tone Soup has delay pedals from brands encompassing Anasounds and Anarchy to Meris and Strymon. The Anasounds Utopia delay pedal provides warm vintage sounds, while the Meris Polymoon is appropriate for guitars, synthesisers and a host of other instruments. Multiple Strymon delay pedals are offered including the Volante Magnetic Echo Machine with multiple types of delays. Flanger pedals are also available, including the Orbit dBucket by Strymon, featuring three feedback types. It’s highly durable, lightweight, and features low power consumption. The Strymon Mobius is highlighted by the abilities of 12 legendary modulation machines in a single unit. For vintage tape effects that sound like they came straight from the earliest recording studios, choose the Strymon Deco Tape Saturation Double Tracker Pedal. In addition to a wide range of equipment, individuals also receive 10 percent off their very first order when they join the company’s free mailing list. Tone Soup makes it easy to obtain amps, accessories and guitar pedals with the company’s free shipping on purchases over $149 and payment plans on some items.   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 Michael Barreiro PO Box 650 Joondalup DC WA 6919 Australia Website: www.tonesoup.com.au Calling all Creatives: SLOCOACH Arts Launches in Australia, Offering COVID-Safe Digital Coaching with the Best in the Business 2021-03-22T06:46:31Z calling-all-creatives-slocoach-arts-launches-in-australia-offering-covid-safe-digital-coaching-with-the-best-in-the-business Images and video available here Sydney, 22 March 2021: ATTENTION all budding performers, SLOCOACH, the innovative platform revolutionising the world of online coaching, has just launched an Arts & Entertainment arm to its Australian site. SLOCOACH Arts gives up-and-coming artists, comedians, singers, musicians, dancers and many other creatives the chance to digitally connect with the best in the business to receive personalised, one on one coaching. The platform has attracted a roster of top Australian artistic talent, including comedy genius Mark Trevorrow, who is best-known for his iconic character, Bob Downe. Other names involved include Tim Ferguson, member of wildly popular, stunningly anarchic trio the Doug Anthony All Stars, top US choreographer Brendon Stimson (who worked with Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep on Netflix’s The Prom), and ARIA-award winning hitmaker and international femme fatale of comedy and cabaret, Max Sharam. With SLOCOACH Arts, students can choose their specialist coach from a wide range of artistic fields including musical theatre, dance, singing, comedy, classical music, amongst many others. Once they have selected their coach, students upload a video of themselves performing and will receive detailed analysis and personalised feedback from their coach, providing tips on how they can elevate their performance. Even better, students of all levels and abilities can interact with coaches from wherever they are in the world, thanks to SLOCOACH’s cutting-edge technology. The platform will prove invaluable to artists around the world in 2021, as SLOCOACH Arts is completely COVID-safe and enables students and coaches to keep doing what they love, despite lockdowns and restrictions. COVID has introduced many millions of people around the world to online working and learning, and this will continue to develop and evolve as we slowly enter the new, post-COVID digital world. Co-Founder of SLOCOACH Luke Jecks says of the new addition to the platform: “SLOCOACH is all about helping people to thrive at doing what they love, which is why we’re so excited to be adding SLOCOACH Arts to the platform. SLOCOACH has already seen great success in Australia with its digital sports coaching platform but now it’s time for the creatives to get involved and get a piece of the action too,” he said. “Not only is the SLOCOACH Arts platform a fantastic tool for budding creatives, as they’ll have access to some of best talent in the business, but it’s also a brilliant opportunity for our coaches from across the world, to interact with their fans.” SLOCOACH is best known for its sports coaching platform which launched in 2020 in Australia, featuring some of Australia’s best sporting talent, including Olympian Sally Pearson, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper, cricket legend Michael Slater, WNBA Champion Lauren Jackson, tennis star Casey Dellacqua, and AFL great Dane Swan. SLOCOACH Arts has already proved a great success in the UK, where it first launched in 2020, featuring coaches in the theatre and dance sector. Since its launch, Broadway royalty Rob McClure and West End favourites Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser, have been using the UK platform to coach students of all ages and abilities around the world, and will also now be on hand to coach Aussies looking to brush up their skills too. With the arts industry being hard hit as a result of COVID-19, SLOCOACH Arts hopes to revitalise the struggling sector by allowing Australian artistic talent to become self-employed coaches, at a time when they’ve been faced with a reduced workload and performance cancellation. “Many of our coaches have personally felt the impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods and are now turning to SLOCOACH Arts to be able to share their expertise with the world during this strange time, using their down-time to help mould aspiring creatives,” said Luke Jecks. SLOCOACH Arts coaches include: -          Mark Trevorrow (‘Bob Downe’), national and international comedy and cabaret icon, teaching comedy and cabaret -          Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All Stars), comedian, film director, screenwriter and author, teaching stand up, sketch, and musical comedy -          Brendon Stimson – Broadway dancer and choreographer, US-based. Associate Choreographer on The Prom, working with Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and James Corden. See video dance resume here. Teaching dance -          Max Sharam – ARIA-award winning singer / songwriter (‘Coma’), currently based in New York. Teaching singing and songwriting -          John O’Hare – Highly gifted and respected actor, director, and teacher. He has directed at NIDA, was former Head of Drama at QUT, and co-founder of Sydney theatre ensemble O’Punsky’s. Teaching acting and text analysis -          Heather Lee – Renowned soprano. Experienced in classical singing and show music. Teaching classical and show singing -          Kim Cunio – Head of Music at ANU. Also currently hosting a daily show for Indian TV on eastern lifestyle and philosophy, watched by an estimated 100million people. Teaching classical and world music -          Fiona Thorn – comedy and cabaret artist and creator of character Pastel Vespa. Teaching comedy and cabaret -          John Thorn – Renowned Melbourne jazz musician, arranger, Musical Director. Teaching jazz -          Queenie van de Zandt – one of Australia’s leading ladies of musical theatre and cabaret. Teaching audition technique for musical theatre, singing, and acting through song -          Rowan Greaves – former head of the Australian Theatre for Young People and highly experienced Director. Teaching audition preparation -          Jeremy Johnson – NIDA-trained actor, director, and playwright. Teaching theatre ENDS ABOUT SLOCOACH SLOCOACH is a digital start-up platform founded by Luke Jecks, Luke Holmes and Derek Hardy, revolutionising the world of online coaching – including sports coaching and the arts sector. Using new, cutting-edge technology, SLOCOACH connects recruits to world class coaches via one-on-one video coaching ‘sessions’, providing them with personalised feedback on their technique and performance. Founded in May 2020, the platform has over 70 coaches available to help share their knowledge to help recruits thrive at doing what they love and become their best.  MEDIA CONTACT For further information or to arrange an interview with Luke Jecks, Luke Holmes or a SLOCOACH coach (see list here), please contact Blue Planet Public Relations: Jenny Calnan                                                                              Sophie Blue 0472 543 448                                                                             0416 006 821 Jenny.calnan@blueplanetpr.com.au                                     sophie.blue@blueplanetpr.com.au    Starting a renovation or home improvement project? The Perth Autumn Home Show is the place for you! 2021-03-18T06:30:52Z starting-a-renovation-or-home-improvement-project-the-perth-autumn-home-show-is-the-place-for-you With events resuming across Australia, thousands of Perth and Western Australian homeowners and renovators are set to flock to Perth next week as the Perth Autumn Home Show returns in 2021. Located at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th March, expect the latest and greatest in home-improvement and renovation products and services.  The Eco Town feature will be returning at The Perth Autumn Home Show. Visitors can learn about living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. There will be a broad range of industry experts from sustainable living to renewables and water/wastewater management to beekeeping. Eco Town Ambassador Wombat (Clint Price) from The Block 2017 will be available to assist visitors in making choices to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  Be inspired in the kitchen at the NEFF Cooking Stage! Watch daily demonstrations with a range of tantalising recipes while highlighting the benefits of cooking with NEFF appliances, and tips on how to care for and maintain your kitchen appliances.  Blockheads get excited, we’re bringing Luke and Jasmin to our Colour Your World Seminar Stage! The WA contestants on The Block 2020 will be appearing Sunday 28 March from 12:45pm, presenting their 5 ways to create your dream coastal home and answering audience questions! For the eco-conscious, presenter on ABC’S Gardening Australia and sustainability expert Josh Byrne will be appearing Saturday 27 February from 12:45pm, presenting his tips on designing and building a sustainable home and answering audience questions!  The Perth Autumn Home Show offers the opportunity to discover new brands and products, with exclusive specials and door prizes only available at The Show. A few exhibitor highlights include Skylights WA, Hart & Co. Appliances, Coast2Coast Bathrooms, Factory Pools Perth, Bee Educated and many more!  The Perth Autumn Home Show is Perth’s favourite building and home improvement event - don’t miss this chance to see everything for your home under one roof in one weekend. Tickets are FREE, register online at www.perthhomeshow.com.au. The Perth Autumn Home Show thanks the Western Australian State Government, through Business Events Perth for their support of this event.  AOC Partners With ESL to Bring VALORANT Esports to ANZ 2021-03-09T02:48:31Z aoc-partners-with-esl-to-bring-valorant-esports-to-anz Sydney, Australia — ESL Gaming Australia, local division of the world’s largest esports company, and global LED monitor manufacturer AOC, today announced a new VALORANT tournament for the Australian & New Zealand market, the VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC. Featuring the largest prize pool of any VALORANT tournament held in Australia & New Zealand to date at over $24,000AUD in cash and prizes, the tournament aims to find the best VALORANT team in the region. The VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC will feature three open qualifiers across March 27, April 10, & April 17, with all Australian & New Zealand amateur VALORANT teams encouraged to compete. Registrations for the tournament can be found at the official tournament website, at https://au.aoc.com/tournament. Following the qualifiers, a 16-team swiss bracket will be held across May 8-9 & 29, where the top four (4*) teams from each qualifier will join four of ANZ’s top VALORANT teams that have been invited to compete in the league - ORDER, Mindfreak, Wildcard, and Dire Wolves. Following the group stage, playoffs will take place across May 30 & June 5-6, with finals on June 5-6 broadcast from the new ESL Studios in Sydney, on twitch.tv/esl_australia, where the champion of the VALORANT Rising Heroes ANZ presented by AOC will be crowned. “Working together with AOC, we’re looking forward to bringing a VALORANT tournament of this scale to the region” said James Fletcher, Product Manager at ESL. “We want to develop our region, and hero some of the bright stars that are currently playing VALORANT in ANZ - VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC gives us the platform to do that, with a hyper-competitive, 3-stage tournament, with a massive prize pool.” ‘’AOC is proud to partner with ESL, and look forward to a strong and enduring relationship in the year ahead,’’ says Jay Huang, Sales Manager at AOC Australia. ‘’Over the years, AOC has developed a range of premium gaming products and was the No. 1 top-selling gaming monitor brand in 2020. We are excited to continue actively supporting the development of Esports at both domestic and international levels.’’ The VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC first place winners will take home an AG273FZE AGON III gaming monitor, featuring a 240Hz refresh rate and 0.5ms response time. The monitor also features HDR technology for brighter lights, darker shadows and more vivid colors. AOC Light FX surrounds the monitor with ambient lighting, meanwhile, the Screen Shield detachable hood ensures the exceptional image is not affected by room lighting, or any other distractions while competing. AOC World-Class Gaming Monitor Optimized for the Most Immersive Gaming Experience For those who enjoy gaming, AOC has unveiled another winner in its G3 series of impressive gaming monitors. AOC’s 34" IPS-panel U34G3X display features 21:9 Ultrawide Quad HD resolution (3440×1440 pixels), Wide Colour Gamut and HDR10 for greater colour depth and contrast. It provides a captivating gaming experience, immersing you in the gaming world with stunning visual quality. Suitable for games of all genres, this world-class gaming monitor is equipped with Adaptive-Sync anti-tearing technology, 144hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. To ensure users have the most enjoyable and efficient experience, U34G3X includes advanced features like simultaneous dual-input PIP/PBP, and is mounted on an ergonomic adjustable stand. Prize Pool: First (1): $8000AUD, 5 x AOC AG273FZE Gaming Monitor, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast Microphone, AOC Large Wolfie PlushieSecond (2): $4,000AUD, 5 x AOC C24G2 Gaming Monitor, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast MicrophoneThird (3): : $3,000AUD, 5 x AOC G500 Gaming Keyboard & Mice, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast Microphone, AOC Goodie bagsFourth (4): $2,000AUD, AOC Goodie BagsFifth (5) / Sixth (6): $1,000AUD, AOC Goodie BagsSeventh (7) / Eighth (8): $500AUD, AOC Goodie Bags * * * ABOUT ESL GAMING ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at about.eslgaming.com/esl-australia/.   About AOC AOC is a global leader in monitor display technology. For more than 50 years, AOC has delivered an exceptional viewing experience to millions of loyal customers worldwide. Today, the company offers a wide selection of stylish monitors for home, office and gaming in more than 120 countries. AOC is a brand of TPV, the world’s largest LCD monitor manufacturer. To match increasing demand for a competitive edge and top-tier performance, AOC has developed a range of dedicated gaming monitors. In addition to embracing the latest technologies in product design, AOC’s engagement with the world of gaming includes sponsoring leading Esports events and teams – actively driving the growth of gaming as the global profession it has become today. Find out more at au.aoc.com   # # # ESL PR Contact: Alex Blaikie, PR & Social Manager, ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com +61 401 947 878 Dark Stories to Host Interactive Comedy Show, “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse” 2021-03-05T07:08:19Z dark-stories-to-host-interactive-comedy-show-how-to-survive-a-zombie-apocalypse (March 5, 2021) – The current times have revived interest in apocalyptic stories, and the zombie theme isn’t far behind. What should one do when that rare zombie attack does happen? Everyone needs to be prepared to face the worst, and training always comes to the rescue, no matter what. The entertainment company Dark Stories is pleased to present its hugely fun and comic seminar, “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse.” Tickets for “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse” are on sale with extremely limited seats. The show starts at 7pm, Thursday, June 24, 2021, with social distance seating. Hand sanitiser will be available on entry, which is considered a must-have item when the apocalypse arrives. Book tickets for “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse”: www.darkstories.com.au/how-to-survive-a-zombie-apocalypse-brisbane/ An interactive theatre show, How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, is for those who want to become a master in the art of surviving epidemics. This unique seminar is where they will receive adequate training in all aspects of handling zombies. An elite team from the School of Survival has been hired specially to pass through town to deliver this exclusive course in surviving otherwise inevitable doom. “This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to learn all the skills you will need in order to survive the opening days of the zombie apocalypse. It’s your chance to learn how to thrive and survive when the undead revives,” says David Dark of Dark Stories. After completing the course, participants will know where to go in case of a zombie attack. They will learn what weapons are effective against the undead and which ones are not. They will master all the critical actions that must be taken to survive the early onslaught of zombies, with the show featuring live demonstrations. Dark Stories is a favourite place for lovers of events with dark themes.  The company host weekly crime history tours in Australia and several dark theatre shows each year. The team is known mostly for hosting events that provide the audience member with a vicarious thrill.  This Dark Stories show takes a break from scaring customers. It delivers an Interactive Comedy Spoof Seminar to provide a fun, interactive, laughter-filled evening of fun for the whole family to enjoy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For more information, please visit: www.darkstories.com.au Life affirming ‘The Illest’ set to debut at Adelaide Fringe 2021-03-01T06:08:26Z life-affirming-the-illest-set-to-debut-at-adelaide-fringe Across ten nights Fringe debutant, Yasemin Sabuncu, is set to share her story, while poking fun of her fully sick chronic illness in The Illest. The innovative, one-woman show follows Yasemin as she explores life as a second generation Muslim Australian, impacts of multiple near-death moments, healing in Byron Bay and studying in Los Angeles. This off the wall comedic journey takes you through Yasemin’s experiences with; ayahuasca and shamans, near death experiences, looking for healing in Byron Bay, surviving her own Ground day, and her lust for an authentic life all back dropped with a lifelong battle with chronic illness. Truly a performance to help as all manage our outlook towards the hard-times we face. Join Yasemin as she advocates for the illest people, including herself. This heart-warming, hard-hitting, glitter-filled comedy presents a painfully poignant look at illness and approaches we can take to the unexpected hurdles in life.  “There’s still too much stigma, lack of support and misinformation about things like endometriosis, mental health, disability and ADHD. It’s my aim to entertain, make people laugh and create dialogue about these issues that affect millions of Australians.” she says. “I like to dance between the fine line of tragedy and comedy in subversive ways. My work is a celebration of life, even when things don't work out how you planned or wanted. It's about how I turned adversity into alchemy and a life with meaning.” she says. Yasemin’s near death experience in the back of an ambulance encouraged her to follow her dreams of performing, and planted the seed of inspiration for The Illest.  “I was gasping for air, having a seizure; and I thought ‘I don’t want to die without fully expressing myself’. I still had so much to do. I promised myself to step up my life and return to comedy even though it didn’t seem sensible” Tickets are limited, on sale now at adelaidefringe.com.au About Yasemin The multi-talented, Adelaide local, Yasemin studied at The Groundlings Theatre LA, where the likes of Melissa McCarthy and Will Ferrell began their careers. Yasemin is also a skilled filmmaker and video artist, having studied at Uni SA were her Honours work was selected tour internationally. Her acting and writing talent has awarded her recognition both nationally and internationally with her work featured in leading arts festivals, venues and events. Yasemin has been selected for the Midsumma 2020 Pathways program for LGBTQ+ participants with a disability, which she hopes to use to further break down stereotypes and celebrate diversity in the arts. A star is truly on the rise rise, Yasemin is set to take on TV & film writing, live performance and much more in 2021 and beyond. Yasemin is a proud recipient of the BANK SA support grant and SA artists COVID support grant. Event DetailsThe Howling OwlDates: 6 – 9 March 2021Times: 6pm Rhino RoomDates: 16 – 20 March 2021Times: 9:30pm 50 Minute ShowParental Guidance Recommended (PG)Bookings: adelaidefringe.com.au Media Enquiries:Interviews, high resolution images and press tickets available on request. TickTick CommsZachary ExnerPublicity DirectorPhone: 0470 695 280Email: zachary.exner@ticktickcomms.com Tone Soup Specialises in Gamechanger Audio Pedals for Serious Musicians 2021-02-23T05:33:23Z tone-soup-specialises-in-gamechanger-audio-pedals-for-serious-musicians Musicians are always looking for top-tier equipment to enhance their performance, whether they’re touring or performing locally. Tone Soup owner, Michael Barreiro, knows quality when he sees it and has sourced some of the most highly-sought guitar accessories on the business including Gamechanger Audio pedals. Individuals save 10 percent off their first order when they join the company’s mailing list, ensuring they never miss out on sales available only to customers. Tone Soup also offers free shipping on purchases over $149. Audio pedals have the ability to shape the sound of any song. The effects can make the difference between a ho-hum tune and a powerful and polished track with the potential to become an instant hit. 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Media Contact Tone Soup Website: www.tonesoup.com.au Hempel to acquire Wattyl Australia and New Zealand 2021-02-19T01:43:07Z hempel-to-acquire-wattyl-australia-and-new-zealand-1 The seller is The Sherwin-Williams Company, the world’s largest paint and coatings company and headquartered in the United States. The transaction is now pending customary approval from the authorities, which is expected in the first quarter of 2021.“We are now taking the first large, visible step in our ambition of doubling Hempel by 2025, and the acquisition will have a major, positive impact on our footprint and development in our South & East Asia region,” Hempel Group President & CEO Lars Petersson says.“The acquisition is in line with our Double Impact strategy and the growth ambitions for our decora-tive and protective segments. Furthermore, the acquisition of Wattyl clearly highlights key points of the Hempel strategy: We are going for leadership positions in selected segments and geographies, and we aim to double our revenue within five years to EUR 3 billion. Doubling our revenue will allow us to double our positive impact by investing in more sustainable coating solutions, innovation and digitalisation.” For more than 100 years, Wattyl has continuously developed innovative and technologically ad-vanced, highest quality, market leading products, building an iconic, trusted brand with high con-sumer brand awareness. Their business model is similar to the Hempel company Crown Paints in the UK, with a portfolio of branded products and nearly 100 company-owned stores across Aus-tralia and New Zealand, and strategic distribution partnerships servicing the DIY and trade con-sumers. Strong platform for continuous growth“Hempel and Wattyl working together, not only within decorative paints but also within protective coatings solutions, will put us in a great position to deliver our strategic ambition, particularly in our Decorative, Infrastructure and Energy segments, through combined expertise, industry knowledge and quality products. Consequently, our expectations for Wattyl as part of our family are high, and together, Wattyl and Hempel will create a strong platform for continuous growth for our entire South & East Asia region,” says Lars Petersson. Going forward, Wattyl will still be managed by current Managing Director Matt Crossingham, who is looking forward to joining the Hempel Group and is committed to the ongoing success of the region. Matt Crossingham adds: “The entire team and I are pleased to join the Hempel family, and we are looking forward to contributing to Hempel’s growth and development – not only in Australia and New Zealand – but throughout the South & East Asia region. We will gain access to increased know-how, experience and innovation as well as a broader product portfolio, which will benefit our customers. With Hempel’s ownership, I am certain that Wattyl will raise to the next level.” Lars Petersson says: “Together with Matt Crossingham and his great team, we will focus on being the trusted partner to all our current and future customers throughout Australia and New Zealand. All of our strategic priorities are about ensuring a better end-to-end solution for our customers. Our customers will experience a continuing focus on sustainability, digitalisation and innovation.” From a branding perspective, Hempel fully recognises the strengths and attributes of the Wattyl brand. Hempel intends to invest in and further develop these attributes and use the endorsement “A part of Hempel” in branding and communication, as we see ourselves as guardians of strong brands. Fact sheet Wattyl:• Founded: 1915• Employees: 750• Revenue: EUR 150 million• Headquarters in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, New South Wales • 2 factories (Kilburn, South Australia and Footscray, Victoria)• 5 distribution centres (4 in Australia, 1 in New Zealand)• Nearly 100 company-owned stores • Brands: Wattyl, Wattyl Protective Coatings Fact sheet Hempel:• Founded: 1915• Employees: 6,000+• Revenue: EUR 1.5 billion• Factories: 28• R&D Centres: 14• Segments: Decorative, Marine, Infrastructure and Energy• Headquarters in Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark Contact Sandra Baekby-Hansen, Communication ManagerEmail: sabae@hempel.comPhone: +45 2137 2985 About Hempel As a world-leading supplier of trusted coating solutions, Hempel is a global company with strong values, working with customers in the decorative, marine, infrastructure and energy industries. Hempel factories, R&D centres and stock points are established in every region. Across the globe, Hempel’s paints and coatings can be found in almost every country of the world. They protect and beautify buildings, infrastructure and other assets, and play an essential role in our customers’ businesses. They help minimise maintenance costs, improve aesthetics and in-crease energy efficiency. At Hempel, our purpose is to shape a brighter future with sustainable coating solutions. We firmly believe that we will succeed as a business only if we place sustainability at our heart. Not only is it the right thing to do, it will strengthen our competitive position, make ourselves more resilient and reduce our risk. Hempel was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1915. It is proudly owned by the Hempel Foun-dation, which ensures a solid economic base for the Hempel Group and supports cultural, social, humanitarian and scientific purposes around the world For pictures, please visit our press room here: https://www.hempel.com/news/press-room 'The Theory of Relativity’ opens next month 18-27 March! 2021-02-16T01:30:20Z the-theory-of-relativity-opens-next-month-18-27-march Whimsical Productions has been rehearsing for The Theory of Relativity opening next month, 18-27 March, at the PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Erskineville. The Theory of Relativity was written over five years ago by Neil Bartram (music, lyrics) and Brian Hill (book) as part of the Canadian Music Theatre project and presented at the National Alliance for Music Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in 2015. Since then, the show became licensed globally by Music Theatre International (MTI) and has steadily been building via the original cast soundtrack.   The show has also proved popular in schools and universities around the world because of its focus on young people, the flexible casting choices and the themes surrounding this unconventional song-cycle musical. At the time of writing, The Theory of Relativity has become the #1 top trending musical on the Music Theatre International website, which is quite an achievement for a show in a year where COVID-19 has had such a devastating impact on the arts and live performance industries. But to audiences here in Sydney, the show remains largely unknown.  This presented an opportunity for Whimsical Productions to produce this new musical and build their own artistic vision of the piece. Co-Director/Choreographer Michael Osborne was the person to originally pitch the show: “I came across the show via a simple search into available Musical theatre license rights. I was looking for a show that would fit within the core values of Whimsical Productions which are creativity, diversity and growth.” “It needed to be new, fresh, adaptable and something already written because we had been working with local writers to develop their shows and I thought it would also be good to try an international licensed work to test ourselves, continue to champion our diverse talent and plan for future growth” The creative team of Helen Kim (Co-Director) and Gianna (Music Director) were appointed back in 2019, auditions were held in February 2020 and rehearsals initially commenced in March 2020 for one week before COVID-19 lockdowns came into effect. Musical Director Gianna Cheung explains the sudden impact of COVID-19 in rehearsals: “At the beginning of the lockdown we did try to do a couple of rehearsals over Zoom, but obviously as an ensemble that was really difficult.” “So we decided to work individually with each cast member and I could work with them on their song and vocal technique, while Helen and Michael would work on their initial character development and so on.    “We did that for about three weeks because it might have reopened in three weeks but who knew it was going to be nearly a year of restrictions!” “It was quite scary. We almost didn't put it back on.” “Unfortunately, because of all the changes we had to re-cast almost half of our cast.  We started again in the first week of December, took a break over Christmas and then the restrictions got tighter when we returned in 2021. So, we have been very flexible working our rehearsals around the COVID-safe requirements and we are 4 weeks from opening now!” Co-Director Helen Kim also shared her experience of what connected her to this musical: “I love musicals. Growing up, my mum and I would catch iconic shows in Sydney like The Lion King and Wicked though I never imagined that I could also be on stage. Firstly, I wasn't a 'triple threat' – I was only comfortable singing in the Karaoke room and secondly, I hadn't seen an Asian-Australian on a musical stage. “I was fortunate to meet Melody Duan, the founder of Whimsical Productions, who offered me the chance to take on a co-director role for The Theory of Relativity. When I read the script, I fell in love with it immediately. I'm thrilled yet nervous for my first time directing a musical. But, I'm mostly excited about this new adventure and the chance to promote diversity in the arts industry. The Theory of Relativity is a coming-of-age story about a group of university students searching for answers on the nature of love, life and loss. There will be a combination of songs, monologues and storytelling.  This musical celebrates the students’ very own voices, very real with #nofilter. Think of a blend of sounds from ‘Glee’ and ‘The Book of Mormon’ with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ references and a dash of ‘Chicago’ and ‘Mean Girls’ in it. Audiences can expect a stripped back musical theatre, a simple black box set with the entire ensemble on stage for the duration of the performance to reflect all of the characters searching for the unknown.” The Theory of Relativity is a 1 Act musical (approximately 80-90 minutes) and recommended for a mature audience. PERFORMANCE DATES THURSDAY 18 MARCH 2021 7:30pm (Preview) FRIDAY 19 MARCH 2021 7:30pm (Opening) SATURDAY 20 MARCH 2021 2pm & 7:30pm WEDNESDAY 24 MARCH 2021 7:30pm THURSDAY 25 MARCH 2021 7:30pm FRIDAY 16 MARCH 2021 7:30pm SATURDAY 27 MARCH 2021 2pm & 7:30pm *We recommend you arrive at the theatre at least 30 minutes prior to allow for QR barcode scanning and COVID-safe screening. CAST ADAM: Paul Mai AMY: Claire Broderick CAROLINE: Nicole De Villa CATHERINE: Grace Chim JENNY: Rosanna Lam JULIE: Anne-Marie Cavaco MIKE: Ethan Taylor MIRA: Lisa-Marie Long OLIVER: Matthew Yuen PAUL: Jeremy Kindl RYAN: Konrad Ryzak SARA: Olivia McNamara PRODUCTION TEAM CO-DIRECTOR: Helen Kim CO-DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: Michael Osborne MUSIC DIRECTOR: Gianna Cheung PRODUCER: Melody Duan STAGE MANAGER: Mellita Kang LIGHTING DESIGNER: Mehran Mortezaei LIGHTING OPERATOR: Emma Johnston SOUND OPERATOR: Jacob Lawler RADIO MICROPHONE TECHNICIAN: Oliver Agbisit PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS: Veronica Clavijo, Edwin Tay, Lisa-Marie Long, Ethan Taylor, Matthew Yuen, Nicole de Villa DANCE CAPTAIN: Olivia McNamara VOICE CAPTAIN: Jeremy Kindl SWINGS: Michael Osborne & Melody Duan CREDITS Music & Lyrics by NEIL BARTRAM  Book by BRIAN HILL The Theory of Relativity was developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Originally Produced by Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT. The Musical was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in 2015. The Theory of Relativity is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) All authorised performance materials are also supplied by Hal Leonard Australia. GETTING TO THE THEATRE PACT Centre for Emerging Artists is situated at 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville, NSW.  Limited street parking available on site. The venue is walking distance from Erskineville (250m), Newtown (900m) & Macdonaldtown (1km) train stations and there are a range of bus services and taxi stand on Erskineville Road. COVID-SAFE GUIDELINES Whimsical Productions will ensure it follows the COVID safe plan to ensure all cast, crew and patrons are safe with hand sanitiser available and regular cleaning of surfaces.  We ask that patrons please wear a mask indoors and maintain a safe distance from each other. The venue capacity will be 50% to maintain social distancing and will be monitored closely. Please refer to the latest COVID guidelines on the PACT website http://www.pact.net.au/ First Australian woman comic book writer on The Phantom 2021-02-15T03:42:21Z first-australian-woman-comic-book-writer-on-the-phantom-1 Sydney-based comics creator Julie Ditrich has just officially become the first Australian woman comic book writer on The Phantom with the release of her 44-page comic book story The Adventure of the Dragon’s Leg, which has just been published in The Phantom: The Treasures of Drakon – The Red Dragon Saga trade paperback by Frew Publications. Julie is also historically the sixth credited woman comic book writer in the world1 to write for The Phantom. The story, which is illustrated by Brazillian artist Wendell Cavalcanti, is a sequel to three comic book stories, originally published in the 1970s, that focus on The Phantom’s battle with a deadly and obsessive female villain, driven not only to possess him but also to exact revenge on him in the most horrific manner.   The Phantom was originally created by US writer Lee Falk and first published in 1936 as a daily newspaper comic strip series. It is still being published to this day in that particular format, albeit with new writer and artist teams who came on board both before and after Falk’s death in 1999. The Phantom is also published in comic books, graphic novels and prose anthologies, and has also been adapted into other media—namely film, television and video games.   The Phantom is a masked and costumed crime-fighter who lives with his family in the Skull Cave in the Deep Woods of a fictional African country called Bangalla. Unlike other superheroes, The Phantom does not rely on magic or a superpower. Rather, he depends on his intelligence and ingenuity, strength, boxing and wrestling prowess, and the myth of his immortality as “The Ghost Who Walks” to fight his adversaries.   The origins of The Phantom legend lies 485 years in the past when in 1536 the young Christopher ‘Kit’ Walker witnessed his father’s murder at the hands of a pirate. Later on, Christopher swore an oath on the skull of his father’s killer to fight pirates and other evil doers around the world, thus becoming the first Phantom. That legacy was then passed from father to son in the lineage (and also included one female – Julie Walker – born in 1852 who occasionally took on the mantle of The Phantom when her twin brother, the 17th Phantom, was injured or missing). The current Kit Walker is the 21st Phantom.   Julie Ditrich, who has a BA Degree in Professional Writing from the University of Canberra, and who has sold over 270,000 copies of her comics books internationally, found that the comics medium completely suited her storytelling style. Julie has worked predominantly in the fantasy genre but now embraces action-adventure with The Phantom. I used to read Phantom comic books and the daily newspaper strip when I was growing up, and truly feel I was creatively geared to write these stories. I’m excited and appreciative beyond measure to be writing such a complex and fascinating character as The Phantom for Frew Publications. She adds: I really want to honour the legacy of The Phantom not only as a character but also as a universe, including the pioneering writers and artists who have come before me. I’d also love the story to connect with the dedicated “Phans”, especially the Australian readers, who are amongst the most passionate consumers of The Phantom in the world.   To prepare herself for this newly minted role as The Phantom comic book writer, Julie immersed herself for several months in Phantom lore by reading vintage and modern graphic novel collections. Her other literacy influences that have impacted on writing these stories include works such as King Solomon’s Mines by Sir H Rider Haggard and the Willard Price Adventure Series for children, which she read when she was a kid.   Julie has also recently completed a four-part series of The Phantom called Return of the Golden Circle, which will be published in 2022, and has been commissioned to write an additional two series after that.   The Phantom is owned by King Features in the USA and is licensed locally by Frew Publications, which was has been publishing The Phantom in Australia since its inception in 1948.   The Treasures of Drakon: The Red Dragon Saga is available on the Frew Publications website from 15 February 2021: https://www.phantomcomic.com.au/ A comic book trailer of The Adventure of the Dragon’s Leg can be viewed on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/CH2_Rvbu5VY   Media Contact: Julie Ditrich Phone: +61 2 9606 4728 OR +61 412 445 511 Email: julie@julieditrich.com FURTHER INFORMATION 1 There may have been some uncredited women comic book writers who supported male creators, and there are several credited women prose writers of The Phantom stories.   How to be happily single & avoid depression this Valentine’s Day 2021-02-10T01:17:02Z how-to-be-happily-single-avoid-depression-this-valentines-day WHILE Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a day of joy and romance, many single people spend the day feeling lonely, depressed and suicidal. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that relationship problems are the top cause of suicides today and psychologists worldwide suggest that Valentine’s Day on February 14 is the start of an annual rise in suicide rates that peak in April. It doesn’t have to be this way however as there are many positives to being single, as Gold Coast author Louisa Pateman shares in her new book Single, Again, and Again, and Again… “It takes courage to be single and it’s a big myth that when you meet ‘the one’, you will live happily ever after,” Ms Pateman said. “Your ultimate goal should be happiness - single or not. We all have our own unique life journey. If I had waited for ‘the one’, I wouldn’t have had such an amazing life.” Louisa, 47, has travelled to 73 countries, had multiple properties and chose to have her son solo using a sperm bank at age 37 after stressing out about her biological clock ticking and having more than 13 failed relationships since the age of 21. A civil engineer for 25 years, she created exciting and rewarding life experiences through travel, investing and spending time with girlfriends. “I spent 20 years looking for my soulmate and my son, Nicholas, is now the love of my life. I wouldn’t give him up for any man,” she said. Her tips for being happily single include: Embrace/ accept your situation for what it is and what you have Learn to be present- enjoy the moment Find other single people you can relate to but don’t exclude yourself from couple situations. Find opportunities where you can be around people you can connect with, who have lived part of your journey Love yourself and appreciate your self worth. You determine your own worth by what you will and won’t put up with Find inner contentment and the good in all your challenges. Don’t be a man/ woman hater or shun couples. If you are bitter, resentful or hold grudges from past relationship failures, that bitterness permeates your present experience. Find exciting and rewarding life experiences that you can do on your own. When you come out of a relationship, write down a list of all the things you want to do without a partner and do it, like going on a girl’s retreat or writing a book (eg. I was up 10pm to 2am most nights when writing my book). Stay optimistic about life. Have an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for what you have - big and little things. List things you’re grateful for and realise things aren’t that bad. Look at life from a macro perspective and realise how small your issues are in the overall scheme of things Remind yourself that not everyone in a relationship is happy. You may be better off than some people who don’t have the courage to be single Ms Pateman’s tips are also in line with Singles Awareness Day (or Singles Appreciation Day), which is celebrated on February 15 each year. “It is a celebration of love in all forms recognising the love between friends, family and loving yourself. You have to accept you are where you are,” Ms Pateman said. “I’m not saying you can get rid of your desires. I’m saying if you don’t have courage to live a rewarding life on your own, life could pass you by and you could miss out on a lot of opportunities.” For more details or for a copy of the book Single, Again, and Again, and Again…, visit www.louisapateman.com ENDS ___________________________________________________ MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: AA Xpose Media Director/ Photojournalist Aldwyn Altuney ph: 0409 895 055