The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-16T06:14:57Z Ajak Kwai announces special guests for album launch 2021-04-16T06:14:57Z ajak-kwai-announces-special-guests-for-album-launch Since announcing the April 23 release of her fifth studio album and single of the same name, Ajak Kwai’s ‘Let Me Grow My Wings’ has enjoyed high rotation on ABC networks and community stations across Australia, and is accompanied by a recently released clip, directed by Aaron Wilson.Touted as Australia’s renowned songwoman of contemporary South Sudanese music, Ajak will perform her album live at Melbourne’s Night Cat on Friday, April 23 with special guests Zimbabwe born singer/songwriter Thando, fellow South Sudanese performer on the rise, Jacki Tut (accompanied by Arik Blum) and ABC TV & radio presenter Namila Benson as MC.With Ajak’s dedication as a passionate activist for refugees in Australia, the aptly titled Let Me Grow My Wings is an eclectic collection of twelve self-penned songs which reflect her observations, influences and connections since moving to Australia in the late nineties.Performed in English, Arabic and Ajak’s native language, Dinka, the record sees Ajak honouring the traditions of her homeland, yet defying stereotype in what is best described as “modern South Sudanese rock” (credit to award-winning composer, songwriter and producer Jan Skubiszewski who mixed and performed additional instruments on five songs).Backed by a pulsing rhythm section, piano and guitars feature throughout, with rhythmic rock gems like the opener, Love Not Bitterness (sung in English, urging people of the world to choose love over hate), Cool (Track 3 - Ajak’s message to young people, sung in English and Dinka, telling them they don’t need to act the fool to be cool, Life Is A Mystery - sung entirely in Dinka - in which Ajak questions why she ended up in Australia whilst so many of her people lost their lives (the final track on the album), and the album title track (Track 2) - one that Ajak says she feels closest to and is the first single off this album - in which she expresses (also in English and Dinka) her desire for the people in her community to have the same opportunities and be treated equally in Australia.Then there are emotive ballads such as In Our Hearts (Track 7), featuring the Yogyakarta State University College of Music Choir, with a poignant message (in English and Dinka) that we are all the same, no matter what colour or race and Don’t Make The Woman Cry, Ajak’s dedication to women, urging suppressors to choose kindness over harm.Says Ajak, 'My experiences in Australia inform my songs and my music. Music is a universal language – maybe one day we will forget our differences and hold the hands of one another. ‘This album is a collection of those hopes and dreams for an integrated future where we are one and can share and be accepted for what my community has to offer.’Ajak also explains, “It has taken years to complete this album, as I’ve kept getting distracted with my work as a community promoter and educating people at the Migrant Resource Centre, which takes me to many areas of Melbourne’.She hopes that by taking time out to concentrate on her own art and completing this album, she will inspire people with her music and lyrics to create a more positive environment for themselves.Let Me Grow My Wings will be available worldwide on CD and download, on all major online stores from April 23, 2021.In addition to Ajak’s band, the album’s impressive credits include Jan Skubiszewski, Nicky Bomba, Simon Lewis, Boris Conley, Chris Basile (prominent on guitar throughout), Kate Madden, Robin Mai and Aaron Wilson (who has also directed her forthcoming music video for the title track). Filmmaker and Ajak’s longtime friend, Margot McDonald executive produced the project. The songs were recorded at Nicky Bomba Studios, Jan Skubiszewski’s Red Moon Studios, and Simon Lewis’ Panorama Studios, where it was also mastered.In her live shows, Ajak, with her stunning, distinctive vocals fronts a four-piece rock band consisting of lead guitarist Kumar Shome, Matt Erickson on bass and Kofi Kunkpe on drums/percussion, occasionally joined by special guest musicians. As well as being ambassador for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, she has performed at major festivals around Australia and internationally, including Mofo, WOMADelaide, Panama Festival and the Tamar Valley, Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals.Ajak is also a popular broadcaster in Melbourne, as a presenter on TWO prominent community radio stations! On PBS, she can be heard each Monday between 1300 and 1500 AEST hosting Come Together - focusing on music that promotes love and acceptance and on bringing her community into the radio realm. On 3CR, her multi-lingual show is Ubuntu Voices (ENGLISH, DINKA, NUER, ARABIC) each Wednesday night from 8.30pm-9.30pm, giving voice to the local African community to tell their stories through music and spoken word … challenging one-sided political narratives that deny our contribution to society and create hostility toward our community.The single, Let Me Grow My Wings is out now, with the album release on Friday, April 23. Let Me Grow My Wings by Ajak Kwai is released by 100 Pianos For Australia, supported by Creative Victoria and City Of Melbourne. For more information about Ajak Kwai, check out: www.ajakkwai.com MEDIA CONTACT:Erin Jameson 0419 323 663 / erin@jamesonandco.com Galaxy Racer Announce Record Prize-Money for Independent Fortnite Tournament 2021-04-14T17:28:47Z galaxy-racer-annound-record-prize-money-for-independent-fortnite-tournament eSports company Galaxy Racer is announcing the launch of Australia’s largest independent Fortnite competitions for April 18th, with prize money of $10,000. The tournament will boast many of the OCE’s top 20 professional trios, as well as the chance for 10 amateur teams to win the right to challenge them!   Galaxy Racer is renowned for driving change in the rapidly growing industry. They have championed females in eSports, content creation in the Arab world and own the leading teams in Europe, Middle East and South East Asia and now are set to invest heavily in growing the Australian gaming market.   “Australia is generally underrepresented in eSports, but it has enormous potential. Australians are a culture of sports lovers. To generate interest, we are staking the largest independent prize pool ever offered to Australian amateurs!” said CEO of Galaxy Racer, Paul Roy.   “With this event, Galaxy Racer is officially announcing its entry into Australia, but not just with Fortnite. We are investing in the entire esports ecosystem of Oceania, just as it did in the Middle East, South East Asia and Europe, building some of the biggest teams and players worldwide...” said Mr. Roy.     Amateur Qualifier Event Normally high-profile tournaments are restricted to professional teams. The Galaxy Racer tournament however will reward 10 teams the right to qualify to play against the professionals.     The qualifier event will be run on April 18th. To register for the event, players can visit twitter.com/galaxyracerdxb. The entry instructions are on the pinned tweet.     Key Event Dates   18th April: Open Public Qualifiers - Top 33 Teams get into Semi-Finals - NOT STREAMED   20th April: Semi-Finals - Top 33 Teams will compete for 10 Spots in Finals - STREAMED   21st April: Grand Finals:  STREAMED LIVE -        Top 10 teams from public + top 20 invited teams     How to Watch The competition is free to stream on Galaxy Racers Twitch Channel - https://twitch.tv/galaxyracerdxb     Tournament Commentators Popular online personalities Aussie Antics & Coach Timmy are commentating the event, bringing expert comments to the highly knowledgeable fans, and making it more accessible and understandable to those viewing for the first time.   The tournament is also supported by Cano Scrims who is promoting it within the Australian gaming community.     eSports is booming during COVID-19 eSports has boomed during the pandemic, with Twitch & YouTube seeing over 20% growth in viewership hours. The eSports industry is worth $1.1 billion and is projected to increase to $1.8+ billion by 2022.   Money is flooding into the emerging industry, fueling the rapid expansion. In 2019, the worlds top five Dota 2 players earned more than Novak Djokovic ($3.1 Million v.s 3 Million)!   Rank Game Overall Prize Pool (Millions) 1 Dota 2 223.3 2 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 95.5 3 Fortnite 85.2 4 League of Legends 74.6 5 StarCraft II 32.8 6 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 21.7 7 Overwatch 21.6 8 Hearthstone 21 9 Heroes of the Storm 18.1 10 Arena of Valor 14.6     Future Investments “Watch this space!” said Paul Roy, CEO of Galaxy Racer. “This is the first investment of many in the Oceanic region. Galaxy Racer are committed to growing the Esports ecosystem in the Oceanic region”     About Galaxy Racer Galaxy Racer are pioneers of eSports within the changing entertainment landscape. They heavily invest in growing the sport by funding teams, developing talent and content creators.   Committed to the game, dominators of the field, inspiring creators – Galaxy Racer (GXR) is not only one of the fastest-growing Esports organizations around the globe, but also has the biggest content creator presence in the Arab Speaking World and Asia. Spread across a diverse international roster of 12 teams and 20+ Content Creators with over 70 Million Reach, boasting professionals from 22 countries, GXR strives to be the central hub for all manner of gamers. Since its introduction to the competitive gaming scene in 2019, the team has already established top global ranking status across in the biggest games of the scene, including CS:GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, and PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, Rocket League and Fortnite. How to choose and style crystals for every room of the house 2021-04-12T01:44:36Z how-to-choose-and-style-crystals-for-every-room-of-the-house Justine Wilson, author of the Crystal Connection, shares her tips on how to incorporate crystals into the different zones of the home. A crystal collector herself, with over 100 displayed throughout her own home, Justine encourages those just starting out with crystals to select a piece that speaks to them as the best rule of thumb. “Crystals can be used in any space that looks pretty and feels right to you, there is no right or wrong way to work with crystals. They are as beautiful as they are mythical, so just enjoy bringing them into your home, and thus you will get a feel for the visual and spiritual impact they can have on your space,” says Justine. Entryway: A nice stone to have at your property’s entryway is rose quartz. You will often see this at top end day spas as it promotes a sense of self-love, relaxation and a peaceful experience. Having a stone like this will also signify to your family and guests that it is a welcoming, loving environment to enter. Study: Amethyst is a wonderful stone to have in creative spaces such as studies, workshops, or even mediation zones, as it can promote mental clarity and assist in opening up and promoting your spirituality. It can help stimulate new ideas and inspiration so it’s wonderful for any space when you need to focus, work or create. Another great one for a work zone is citrine, as it can assist in attracting wealth and abundance - so a wonderful stone for any business endeavours. Living Rooms: Agate is a great stone to have in living areas as it is very versatile to incorporate, you could have an agate artwork, agate bookends on a bookshelf, or agate coasters. Agate also comes in many different colorways so it will work with any interior scheme. Agate is also a grounding stone that promotes maturity and stability, and I think it’s nice to feel grounded in your main living space. Kitchen/Dining: Clear quartz is a great stone for these zones as it is a master stone in many ways. Clear quartz can be programmed for any intention and is a nice one for a kitchen or dining area because often you are also creating something from scratch, so it will work alongside your mood and energy. Quartz can change the feel of the space depending on the vibe and meals you are creating, i.e you could be having a fun night with friends, ask the stone to assist in creating joy and happiness. If it is a serious family dinner, ask the stone to guide you with clarity on the right words to say to your family members to resolve the issues. Bedroom: A great stone for your bedroom is labradorite as it is a protective stone that can restore energy, promote rest and help to recharge you. It can also assist in revealing your true emotions, which we all need sometimes in order to deal with things or to take the right path of action. Any stone (blues and black stones are great for this) that are protective will also work in bedrooms. About the Crystal Connection: The Crystal Connection, a 200-page coffee table book is a sensory and emotive visual guidebook that demonstrates a profound love for crystals and is not only inspiring but will connect the reader even more with their own sacred home space. The Crystal Connection is available now at an RRP $45.00. Currently $34.40 from amazon.com.au and booktopia.com.au. Follow them on Instagram @crystalconnectionbook Empowering Children with One Simple Act of Kindness 2021-04-08T02:56:29Z empowering-children-with-one-simple-act-of-kindness-1 Twice published author, Andrew Holt, has done it again! A Shooting Star is the Sunshine Coast local’s newest children’s book that encourages the core value of kindness in giving and receiving. This is no ordinary book, as the illustrations will be supplied by child illustrators from all over the globe and will the basis for educational programs to enhance feelings of self-worth, self and social awareness, and provide an antidote to bullying behaviour. Using the books to kickstart The Shooting Star Movement, a mental health and wellbeing concept for our youth created by Andrew, whose twenty-five-year career as a teacher has seen him interact with students in over four- hundred schools, spanning many cultural backgrounds. His simple but effective program uses applied positive psychology and strength-based learning to encourage each individual (child or adult) to give and receive a Shooting Star to aid in developing and acknowledging positive character traits in themselves and others. This program has been trialled in schools over the last five years and was already fully integrated into one school in 2019, with other teachers expressing their eagerness to implement the program in 2020. Andrew sees the classroom as the ideal environment for what he now calls a movement, which aims to build mental wellbeing and resilience; key factors in preventing self-harm and suicide in young people. Suicide is the leading cause of death among young Australians aged 15-24. In 2018, 22 children under the age of 14 committed suicide. Andrew will launch A Shooting Star on Tuesday 17 th April with eight of the eighteen child illustrators in person, and the remainder joining via video link. The event will be held at the Ginger Factory in Yandina, Qld, after which, Andrew will follow a brief tour across the following week, acknowleding the students who participated at their own schools. This is Andrew Holt’s third book on empowering children, following on from the first two releases from his Wise Kids Series: A Wise Water World Inspires Me and A Wise Apple Tree Helps Me. You can find more about Andrew and A Shooting Star, register your interest, or purchase a pre-sale copy at the link below:https://www.andrewgholt.com It's Not About the Six Pack; It's About Psychology 2021-04-08T02:21:43Z it-s-not-about-the-six-pack-it-s-about-psychology Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44. This means that nearly 200 Australians will attempt suicide every day, and of those, an average of nine will die [1].  One Australian who has been personally impacted by these statistics, is Leon Stensholm, who lost his brother, Dean, and two clients in a very short time, to suicide. After his brother passed away, Leon used his body building training as a form of therapy, and through it, he was able to work towards a sense of purpose again. Quitting his then job as a tradie, Leon has since founded his own, one-on-one gym, which is an entire gymnasium built for just one client at a time. Training, “Isn’t just about the six-pack, it’s about the psychology,” Leon said before going on to explain that having private sessions allows him to break down his client’s barriers. By doing so, Leon believes he can, “Help his clients find a sense of purpose, and a drive to start talking about their adversities, so they too can understand the power of adversity is mind blowing if they just don’t quit.” Leon has written and published his own story, in the hopes that others will be able to observe those around them, recognise the signs of someone who is suicidal, or even recognise it within themselves, and seek help. “We all go through adversities, but it is what we do to dig ourselves out and learn to control the controllables that matters,” said Leon. Leon’s ultimate goal is to help others overcome their struggles. In his book, It’s How You Think, Leon details his approaches, which are: “All about mindset, educating ourselves, and utilising some easy tools to help ourselves and others regain the faith and hope they have lost through their adversity.”  If you or someone close to you is contemplating suicide or experiencing emotional stress you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you’re at immediate risk of harming yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000 (triple zero). [1] AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Wellness) 2021. Suicide Self Harm Monitoring Accessed February 2021. .https://www.aihw.gov.au/suicide-self-harm-monitoring/about  Start your journey to wellness with Australian made Rochway probiotics 2021-04-07T00:41:04Z start-your-journey-to-wellness-with-australian-made-rochway-probiotics Introducing Rochway, the Australian-made brand leading the wellness revolution with cutting-edge probiotic products formulated with the highest quality probiotics and locally sourced ingredients, backed by years of clinical research. The new range of advanced probiotic complexes are formulated with their unique BioRestore™ fermentation process which utilises multi-strain probiotics for a more bio-available (easily absorbed) and bio-active complex to support gut health, immune function, the nervous system, and beautiful hair and skin. Launching with 12 products across the range, in liquid, powder, or capsule form, the journey to wellness starts today with all products available online now at rochway.com.au. Carel Crous, Rochway New Business Development Manager & Head of NPD says, “At Rochway we have been producing probiotics since 2006, with our brand stocked in more than 2,000 pharmacies and health food stores throughout Australia and our products exported to more than 30 countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. “The fact that our products are manufactured locally at our own TGA approved manufacturing facility in Queensland, using our exclusive BioRestore™ process, enables us to produce the highest quality and most advanced probiotics to meet all relevant Australian standards to the highest degree. We can also test and trial new formulations and introduce additional ingredients and formulas at a fast pace to keep up with consumer demand and new trends coming to market.” Key facts about Rochway Probiotics: Each Rochway product is fermented using their unique BioRestore™ process which utilises multi-strain probiotics for a more bio-available (easily absorbed) and bio-active complex. All products are naturally free from dairy, gluten, lactose, GMO, and added sugars. Ingredients have not had the use of herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilisers. Rochway’s probiotic products support gut health, immune function, the nervous system and beautiful hair and skin. The Product Range: SUPERFOODS: Kakadu Plum with Probiotics and Vitamin C Powder | RRP $22.95: Probiotics + Kakadu Plum + Vitamin C = gut health and skin goals, formulated for total daily wellbeing. Bio-Fermented Blueberry Concentrate | RRP $31.95: Bio-fermented blueberries with six raw probiotic strains creates this probiotic + antioxidant powerhouse to beautify the gut and skin. Bio-Fermented Coconut Water Concentrate | RRP $31.95: Rich in naturally-occurring electrolytes and six raw probiotic strains to help hydrate, plump and glow. 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PLUS: Colloidal Silver | RRP $29.95: Made from filtered water and electrically charged fine silver particles, this tasteless and odourless colloidal silver is made to the highest purity and premium quality standards. The new range of Rochway probiotics are available online now from rochway.com.au. 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     ArchiPro The Meet, Greet & Eat 2021 2021-03-19T02:56:15Z archipro-the-meet-greet-amp-eat-2021 Embarking on a building journey? Join us at The Meet, Greet & Eat, held at Auckland's Shed 10, May 14, for an evening of discovery and connections. For one night only in Auckland, we are hosting an exclusive architectural evening and we've invited our network of New Zealand's best architects, designers, builders and brands. With New Zealand's design community at your fingertips, you’ll have the rare opportunity to discuss your building plans with leading professionals, and with a select number of top brands that architects love to use. These brands are represented by senior experts in their businesses, who will showcase their products and share their technical knowledge. Over 1,200 homeowners and professionals attend the evening each year, making The Meet, Greet & Eat an unmissable opportunity to gain access to the brands, retailers, builders, interior designers and architects shaping New Zealand’s most iconic buildings. You’ll have the chance to ask the experts for advice and to find someone who understands your vision. Spaces are limited so click below to register your interest now, and secure your spot. We look forward to seeing you there. The Meet, Greet & Eat is brought to you by Archipro.co.nz, Forté - Timber Flooring, Asahi Beer NZ. https://archipro.co.nz/meet-greet-eat-2021 Media release: Too Peas In A Podcast at Yarraville Laughs 2021-03-17T23:03:40Z media-release-too-peas-in-a-podcast-at-yarraville-laughs-2 Annabel Crab from the ABC and Chat10Looks3: “I started listening as I was running around, catching trains, doing stuff and before I knew it I had listened to about four episodes… Every single podcast I cried... The way they laugh together is so wonderful, you can’t help bursting into laughter... I love the opportunity to hear their voices... I love hanging out with them...Their capacity to find joy in things… is wonderful.” Mia Freedman on Mama Mia Out Loud: “The happiest thing I’ve listened to in a long time and it really shouldn’t be... Their laughter is like balm for my soul. I can’t even explain how much I love listening to it.” On Mothers Day Eve - Saturday, May 8 - Too Peas In A Podcast will finally make its way to the Yarraville Laughs stage, with Kate and Mandy giving their honest, down-to-earth take on life’s trials and tribulations that have earned tham an international following. It’s been a full year since Yarraville Laughs - like every other venue and promoter in the country - had to reluctantly announce the cancellation of its shows which were close to being sold out. One of those shows was to be the live debut for two of the funniest mums on the planet, Kate Jones and Mandy Hose, who were to record their breakout podcast, Too Peas In A Podcast.Fast forward to 2021 and these hilarious women were Victoria’s nominee for Australian Of The Year, have signed a book deal with Penguin Books and tripled their audience throughout the pandemic lockdowns - uplifting their audience with their irreverent banter about raising their respective additional-needs children, both mothers of twins! They also managed to squeeze in a sold out show at Sydney’s Comedy Store.The audience will be taken on an emotional rollercoaster of tears one minute, laughter the next (and often at the same time), as the two chat about parenting twins with disabilities and additional needs. While indeed, the topics they delve are not necessarily laughing matters, Mandy and Kate’s natural ability to cut through the crap and let the audience see the funny side of their emotional ups and downs is contagious.As challenging as 2020 was for so many, Too Peas In A Podcast at Yarraville Laughs promises hilarious anecdotes which are totally relatable, such as drinking gin out of teacups in the afternoons, accidental swearing during remote learning classes, playing remote tricks on teachers - all while wearing pyjamas day in, day out.As Kate says, ‘I think we provided a bit of a lifeline - not only for ourselves, but for our listeners.‘During the pandemic, no one was talking about educating kids remotely with additional needs - only us.’And for the grammar geeks amongst us, it’s well worth a listen to hear their explanation of the almost unforgivable spelling in the title, Too Peas in a Podcast.This is a rare opportunity to be part of the recording of one of this country’s true podcast sensations, so come and see them live, find out what is so a-pea-ling!Listen to Too Peas In A Podcast HERELISTINGS INFO:Too Peas In A PodcastSaturday, May 8The Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen St Yarraville.18+ EventBookings: www.yarravillelive.comPh: 03 9689 6033Doors open: 6pm (dining); 7.15pm (show only)Show time: 8.00pmTicket Options:Supper & Show $99.00 + bfReserved Seating Section A $59.00 +bfReserved Seating Section B $49.00 +bfGeneral Admission (standing) $39.00 +bf MEDIA CONTACT:Jameson & CoErin Jameson - 0419 323 663 / erin(at)jamesonandco(dot)com Easter Styling Tips with Justine Wilson 2021-03-17T01:40:49Z easter-styling-tips-with-justine-wilson According to Justine Wilson, leading Property Stylist and Founder of Vault Interiors, holiday decorating is not just for Halloween or Christmas! Justine believes Easter is just as important when it comes to styling the home for special occasions and one that has been overlooked in the past. Easter 2021 is all about pastels, florals, bunnies and eggs. “These icons are all associated with the holiday season, so why not enjoy bringing them into your home and creating whimsical displays. You can style up a storm, and easily create a magical experience to share the holiday with friends and family,” said Justine. Justine’s top five tips for styling your home this Easter include: 1. Faux florals: These are inexpensive and can be found at any hobby store, variety store or dollar shop. For Easter, I like to select soft blues, pinks, and whites so the display feels like a spring day! These have a big impact and are easy to install, I use faux florals on my tablescape, on my stairwell, and as a filler for any other key vignettes. They often bend easily and require no fastening other than wrapping or manipulating them into the shape you require. 2. Bunnies: It wouldn’t be Easter without some cute bunnies, these figurines can be sourced at target, Kmart, homewares shops, or at places like TK Maxx. I have all different sizes and shapes, from grass look ones, to pretty glass ones, and simple ceramic ones. They create pretty displays and can be styled on any surface. 3. Eggs: From glass eggs, grass eggs, foam eggs and even wooden, or my favourite – chocolate eggs! It doesn’t matter which you choose, however by integrating some eggs it's an easy and fun way to bring the Easter look to life. They can be used for entryway vignettes, kitchen clusters or in main tablescapes to really signify and celebrate the holiday. 4. Don’t focus on one area: With seasonal styling is best to have little pops of décor all over the home for a magical experience for your family and your guests. I like to have an Easter wreath on the door, something on the stairs, some décor in the kitchen as well as the living and dining rooms. 5. Use pretty food as part of your display! This could be sugared almonds, candies, easter eggs, cupcakes or cakes or really any tasty treat that suits the theme. Decorating with food is a wonderful way to jazz up your table and of course delight your guests. “Remember, any key entertaining areas of your home are great places to decorate. If you continue the styling theme throughout your home - you will create more of an event-like experience!” adds Justine. For more styling tips go to: www.vaultinteriors.com.au Ajak Kwai announces new album, single and launch show 2021-03-15T09:56:26Z ajak-kwai-announces-new-album-single-and-launch-show PLEASE REPLY TO REQUEST YOUR REVIEW/AIRPLAY COPY OF LET ME GROW MY WINGS BY AJAK KWAIAustralia’s renowned songwoman of contemporary South Sudanese music, Ajak Kwai will release her fifth studio album, supported by a live album launch at Melbourne’s Night Cat on Friday, April 23. With Ajak’s dedication as a passionate activist for refugees in Australia, the album is aptly titled Let Me Grow My Wings, an eclectic collection of twelve self-penned songs which reflect her observations, influences and connections since moving to Australia in the late nineties.Performed in English, Arabic and Ajak’s native language, Dinka, the record sees Ajak honouring the traditions of her homeland, yet defying stereotype in what is best described as “modern South Sudanese rock” (credit to award-winning composer, songwriter and producer Jan Skubiszewski who mixed and performed additional instruments on five songs).Backed by a pulsing rhythm section, piano and guitars feature throughout, with rhythmic rock gems like the opener, Love Not Bitterness (sung in English, urging people of the world to choose love over hate), Cool (Track 3 - Ajak’s message to young people, sung in English and Dinka, telling them they don’t need to act the fool to be cool, Life Is A Mystery - sung entirely in Dinka - in which Ajak questions why she ended up in Australia whilst so many of her people lost their lives (the final track on the album), and the album title track (Track 2) - one that Ajak says she feels closest to and is the first single off this album - in which she expresses (also in English and Dinka) her desire for the people in her community to have the same opportunities and be treated equally in Australia.Then there are emotive ballads such as In Our Hearts (Track 7), featuring the Yogyakarta State University College of Music Choir, with a poignant message (in English and Dinka) that we are all the same, no matter what colour or race and Don’t Make The Woman Cry, Ajak’s dedication to women, urging suppressors to choose kindness over harm.Says Ajak, 'My experiences in Australia inform my songs and my music. Music is a universal language – maybe one day we will forget our differences and hold the hands of one another. ‘This album is a collection of those hopes and dreams for an integrated future where we are one and can share and be accepted for what my community has to offer.’Ajak also explains, “It has taken years to complete this album, as I’ve kept getting distracted with my work as a community promoter and educating people at the Migrant Resource Centre, which takes me to many areas of Melbourne’.She hopes that by taking time out to concentrate on her own art and completing this album, she will inspire people with her music and lyrics to create a more positive environment for themselves.Let Me Grow My Wings will be available worldwide on CD and download, on all major online stores from April 23, 2021.In addition to Ajak’s band, the album’s impressive credits include Jan Skubiszewski, Nicky Bomba, Simon Lewis, Boris Conley, Chris Basile (prominent on guitar throughout), Kate Madden, Robin Mai and Aaron Wilson (who has also directed her forthcoming music video for the title track). Filmmaker and Ajak’s longtime friend, Margot McDonald executive produced the project. The songs were recorded at Nicky Bomba Studios, Jan Skubiszewski’s Red Moon Studios, and Simon Lewis’ Panorama Studios, where it was also mastered.In her live shows, Ajak, with her stunning, distinctive vocals fronts a four-piece rock band consisting of lead guitarist Kumar Shome, Matt Erickson on bass and Kofi Kundpe on drums/percussion, occasionally joined by special guest musicians. As well as being ambassador for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, she has performed at major festivals around Australia and internationally, including Mofo, WOMADelaide, Panama Festival and the Tamar Valley, Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals.Ajak is also a popular broadcaster in Melbourne, as host of a weekly show on one of the city’s much-loved community radio stations, PBS. Airing each Monday between 1300 and 1500 AEST, the show - called Come Together - focuses on music that promotes love and acceptance and on bringing her community into the radio realm.The single, Let Me Grow My Wings will be released on Monday, March 22, ahead of the album launch on Friday, April 23. Ajak will be joined onstage by her live band plus special guests and supports to be announced. Tickets are $20+bf or $25 on the door, available at thenightcat.com.au.For more information about Ajak Kwai, check: www.ajakkwai.com MEDIA CONTACT:Erin Jameson - 0419 323 663 / erin(at)jamesonandco(dot)comLISTINGS INFO:Friday, April 23Ajak Kwai + special guests TBAThe Night Cat, 137-141 Johnston St, FitzroyT: 03 9417 0090Entry: $20+bf; $25 on the doorTickets: thenightcat.com.au Suddenly Responsible - Your Guide to Getting Rich Slowly Available for Sale 1 April 2021 2021-03-15T06:20:36Z suddenly-responsible-your-guide-to-getting-rich-slowly-available-for-sale-1-april-2021 This book is intended to bridge the gap between having no idea about personal finance and working towards building a fabulous financial future. It is about getting rich slowly. The book has been developed in conjunction with David’s daughter Rachel who has helped with editing and trying to figure out what he meant, so was a great context check. The book has been written for teens entering the workforce and getting their first paycheques, and also includes those who later in life who, for whatever reason, find themselves needing to understand the world of personal finance. Both groups find themselves, becoming Suddenly responsible. David considers that with time, development of great savings habits and sound investing, that anyone living within their means can get rich slowly. There is no great wisdom here, no secrets and no shortcuts.  It would help though if you had money beans. These are the seeds, which if you had some you could plant and grow wealthy! Sadly, the book offers none, but David feels he is passing on the seeds of knowledge that will let the reader do it themselves. This leads to the Money Beans 12 Rules The first 5 are given here as a sneak peek. Saving leads to wealth. Savings with compounding leads to more wealth. Seek independent advice; Always If you don’t educate yourself just a little you are limiting your opportunities If it seems to be too good to be true it is. Stock tips are generally rubbish and are well named, as they belong in the tip. About David David sadly didn’t know when to stop going to University. It hasn’t though made him that smart, just perhaps well read. He still works so he can’t be that clever. David qualified from the University of NSW as a geologist and worked mostly in NSW and Queensland as a field geologist for 7 years before working for the Australian Stock Exchange, eventually as Assistant Listing Manager just around the crash of 1987. Then followed 7 years in private practise as an accountant. In the latter part of that time, he completed his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Western Australia majoring in International Business. With that fine piece of paper under his belt he went, well international, and worked on and off in West Africa for another 7 years. In 2016 he spent time as a forensic accountant, and has done so ever since, again off and on. You can hire him here. Hopefully by the time this book makes him famous he will have redone that website! Doggy Easter Egg Hunt 2021-03-10T09:24:29Z doggy-easter-egg-hunt-1 Easter just got a little better more Pawfect with a Doggy Easter Egg Hunt and Easter bonnet competition for our fur-kids. A fun filled afternoon for all peeps and paws and a chance to see Gourmet Pawprints new spacious home in Spotswood. Enjoy an afternoon tea picnic box of a hot cross bun and croissant from the fabulous folks at Oddspot Cafe with a tea/coffee and glass of wine for the humans. Then it is ready, set, go for the all important running and sniffing to find the carob Easter eggs for the pooches. Our talented team will be there to facilitate a Happy, Healthy and Safe experience for all. So get tapping and start making those silly bonnets to win some fabulous prizes. 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 Celebrate International Women’s Day with an empowerment floral arrangement 2021-02-25T03:14:47Z celebrate-international-women-s-day-with-an-empowerment-floral-arrangement Thursday 25 February 2021 With International Women’s Day taking place on the 8th of March, SLAK (Spreading Loving Acts of Kindness) Flowers is now taking orders on a limited number of new boutique floral arrangements to help celebrate the day. ‘I Am Invincible’ is a handcrafted floral arrangement drawing inspiration from Helen Reddy’s 1971 classic song ‘I Am Woman’ with each arrangement designed and crafted over several hours utilising the freshest of seasonal flowers.  “The result is an impressive piece of floral artwork ideal for workplaces, events or for gift giving to signify the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across the globe,” said Simla Sooboodoo, SLAK Flower’s Founder and Managing Director.  Prices for ‘I Am Invincible’ are $200.00 + GST each with discounts available when two or more arrangements are ordered.  See the gallery of work here. SLAK Flower’s is Sydney’s newest social enterprise to be based in the cultural hub of Redfern and employs women from organisations including The Salvation Army and Dignity who are currently experiencing homelessness.  “Each employee is provided with training from SLAK’s Head Florist, earns an income and develops self-respect and self-worth becoming empowered to live better lives,” Sooboodoo added.  SLAK Flowers can be found at 5 Hudson Street, Redfern where crafted floral arrangements themed for International Women’s Day are available as well as consultations for custom needs.  For further details visit  https://slakflowers.com/  or call 1300 SLAKFLOWERS ###