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Flashback Friday- Australia Day Special

Year 2006.

My Flashback Friday Australia Day Special is an up-beat dance group-  Sneaky Sound System. Formed in 2001, it wasn't until 2004, vocalist Connie Mitchell joined the group with Black Angus.

Today's song is Pictures from their album UFO. Click here to listen and watch the video clip

Don't forget my Aussie Day playlist from my recent post Australia Day playlist & party ideas. Click here to listen.
Note: Joining up to Spotify is easy and free. You can find my playlist via slapmypony.

Sneaky Sound System, Pictures

Happy Australia Day to everyone around the world.

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Australia Day playlist and party ideas.

Australia Day playlist & party ideas

 

26th of January is Australia Day. The first arrival of the first fleet from Great Britain commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788.

Today, we celebrate our diverse culture, our environment, music and sports along with many other Aussie achievements. What makes the day more Aussie is getting together over a BBQ or alfresco lunch (eating outdoors) with all your friends or as we say 'mates'.
So today's post I have compiled a list of Aussie songs for you to compliment your get together. I have:

  • Sia
  • Big Pig
  • The Temper Trap
  • Boom Crash Opera
  • Screaming Jets
  • Diesel
  • Cut Copy and many, many more.

A mixing bowl of Aussie artist you may forgotten from the past to the contemporary . How do you get to my song list is by clicking here or here
(Note: you need to join up with Spotify. It's free and easy to follow so you can find my hit list.)

 

 

Now for the fun BBQ/party ideas and beautiful inspiring Aussie photos:

Max Dupain, Sunbaker

The famous Aussie 1937 photo by Max Dupain, The Sunbaker.

Cameron Herweynen

This beautiful portrait of an aboriginal child is taken by Cameron Herweynen.

aust-day-collage-2Love this setting. Alfresco dining a la Australian way. Styling by Karen Locke, Photo credit by Creative Image. More pics to come...

The Design Files:Katie QuinnYou can't beat an ice-cold drink. via The Design Files, Katie Quinn.

Lamb rolls with tzatzikiLamb chops, lamb sausages how about minced lamb rolls (Greek koftas) with tzatziki. Mouth watering! via SBS

australiaday_party_065Another photo from stylist Karen Locke. This setting has the old Australian country charm.

Chris HemsworthWhoops! How did this photo get here? Happy Australia Day Chris.

australiaday_party_085Anzac biscuits and a cuppa of Bushells tea. You can't get more aussie than that. Honoury mentions to Tim Tams and Iced Vovos. Stylist Karen Locke. For more of Karen's beautiful styling work click here.

mini_pavlovas2Easy to make pavola with blueberries and pomangrant. Love this vibrant colours of blue, red and white. via A Sweet Muddle site full of beautiful food photography.

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 4.56.10 pmAnother pavola creation and this one will impress your guests. Via A Little Delightful

Summer cocktail via Table For TwoAnd lastly, we can't forget a summery drink. This one is delish, find the recipe on Table for Two

For the kids:

Gold & Green fruit skewers Kids love fruit in summer. Gold and green skewers, freeze them to make it extra cold. Found on Pinterest.

Australia Day masksI love this candid photo of the children wearing these Australia Day masks, (it looks easy to make you need: foam, felt or thick cardboard for the mask, felt for the noses and to finish off, cotton wool and feathers and elastic. Supplies via your local craft shop.) photo credit The Woman's Day. It reminds me of this..

May GibbsWattle babies by May Gibbs (1877-1969). Australia's famous illustrator from her book- The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Sugarland cupcakesAren't these adorable by Sugarland Cupcakes. I couldn't eat one, too precious!

 To print out Australia Day colouring sheets click here. Lots to choose from for a bit of quiet time.

That is all from me. Happy Australia Day to everyone around the world. Don't forget my Aussie Day song list to play!

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My Hot Trip to Queensland.

My Hot Trip to Queensland.

I have lived on the Gold Coast for 2 years and I got to know the place more intimately. It's not just the seedy Cavill Ave which only awakens at night and sleeps in the day; or the bikies causing havoc over their imported businesses (yeah right); but watching the place grow up from a small city into a modern, high rising city, catering for everyone from locals to travellers.

When I moved back to Sydney, I knew I would visit the Goldie regularly as my parents stayed on to retire. I didn't think I'd miss this place until my parents moved to Maryborough, 335 km or 4 hours drive north from the Goldie.
I was a little disappointed they moved (again! my parents have the 7-10 year moving itch) to a town further away. No more cheap flights tickets to GC throughout the year. So I'm being a little selfish because my parents moved into a an old Queenslander home with a big yard and walking distance to the shops, RSL and aquatic centre, compared to a little villa not close to the shops and having to pay $$ to body corp. I guess I will miss the last minute plans to jump in a plane and see my mum. Oh boo hoo me!

Now I have heard of the World Hertiage listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island a place you can 4WD and camp or stay in a cottage or resort. An ideal place for everyone's budget. Hervey Bay is where you launch off to the beautiful island or go whale watching (mid-July to mid-November).
Because of the lack of time over Christmas and the summer heat (and the fact I'm pregnant and can't tolerate 30*c plus humidity), we didn't visit Hervey Bay or Fraser Island... yet! This is on our list to visit this year.

The best flights for a family is direct. With a 31/2-year-old in tow with very little patience, we didn't want to stop over in Brisbane. Perhaps with better planning and the silly season over, we will stop in Brisvegas to see friends and sights of this city for an overnight stay.
After 1 hour and 40 minutes, we arrived on Hervey Bay turf and it was hot! Like you can cook an egg on the tarmac hot or hot like watching Magic Mike hot. It took a 30 minutes to shuttle bus it to Maryborough. Ah bless the A/C. Driving through the town was really lovely. I never knew the town has so much history with old homes and buildings to match. More facts and info later.

Enjoying the inflight entertainment

Above: Miss Cheeky enjoying the inflight entertainment. How cold is it onboard!

Below: On the day of our arrival, my parents booked us on a Christmas lights bus tour. We got to meet some of the home owners who offered us food and treats. Great way to start our Christmas break.

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Below: We stopped by a Vintage Christmas exhibition showcasing these beauties. Mince pies and homemade lemon aid was served free!

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My dad still uses his 1 tonne sewing machine.

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Christmas morning with two of my favourite people. Sitting in the coolest part of the house. The heat was overwhelming, I waddled around with heavy, swollen feet with my mouth open like a bird. Elsa dolls were sold out so Cinderella saved Christmas. Phew!

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Christmas Day. Miss Cheeky working hard for a bit of water fun.

Below: Boxing Day at the Maryborough aquatic centre. Dad slip, slop and a slapping, no wonder she hates sunscreen on her face. For me passionfruit slurpies while sitting in the kiddy's pool was the best mix to cool down a pregnant gal.

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Our proudest moment, Miss Cheeky swimming underwater. Here she is commanding dad to go further back.

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Practicing her vertical diving or walking on water!

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One proud mama. I learned to swim alone when I was 8! My parents aren't strong swimmers and I never knew any of my friends back in the 80's who took swimming lessons.

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Below: Second last day of our holiday, we took a visit to the City Hall to see the Explore-a-saurus. We enjoyed it more than the Dino exhibition at Sydney museum.

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No queues and no big crowds here. We loved the camouflage photo set, maybe I enjoyed it more than everyone. As for the exhibition, we were very impressed, it's on until April 2105.

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Shhh! Where did they go?

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An activity room for kids and 3 year olds crafting out Dino masks.

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O.k my last camo shot. Born to be wild.

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Our last day amongst family. Miss Cheeky took this photo just as the shuttle bus arrived.

2 Facts and website info on Maryborough:

1) This is the best one, did you know Mary Poppins creator Pamela Lyndon Travers was born in an existing building in Maryborough in 1899? To get to know more on Pamela, you must watch Disney's Saving Mr Banks. I saw the movie in cinema last year and I loved it. You will see Mary Poppins in a different light.

2) Brisbane beat Maryborough to become capital city of Queensland. During the 1800's Maryborough was a port of entry to immigrants arriving as the city sits on the Mary River.

More info on where to stay, what to do (so much to do!) check it out here

To finish up on my trip : 6 days wasn't enough but I'm lucky to be able to go back and visit my parents. My hot trip to Queensland was worth it and I'm excited to discover more of this historical city in the near future and visit my lovely parents again; I'm hoping this is their last move.
Lastly, I want to send my thoughts out to people in South Adelaide who are going through such hardship from the bush fires. I will donate to help out those in need and who lost everything. If you like to donate please click here

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Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday: Year 1990.

I'm still continuing the Aussie Flashback Friday from last week. One band wasn't enough, I wanted to add Australia's most popular pint size export- Kylie Minogue.

As a kid I was a Neighbours fan (Aussie TV show), when Charlene and Scott were just friends. Then their wedding became the most watched episode on TV in the 80's.
She left the show to become a singer like her younger sister Danni (my favourite Young Talent Time member, so wanted her and Vinnie to get together!) It was unfortunate for Danni who never succeeded as far as her sister; but after the 'Loco-Motion' song went to number one, Kylie's success began. O.k so we Aussies were a little rough with her, nicknaming her 'the singing budgie', she proved to us with much of her success in the U.K and dating Michael from INXS, she wasn't going to fade and still performing better than ever.

So today I chose a song I loved and the rest of the gay community too. My favourite album was Impossible Princess but I can't help and boogie to her old school pop.

Kylie, Better The Devil You Know

Kylie Minogue – Better the Devil You Know

Click here to watch the video

Note: The main link is from Spotify. Please join up, it's easy and free. My song lists for Christmas and New Year will be on this website, so join up now to avoid any delay! I am not affiliated with Spotify, just like the website.

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Flashback Friday

Friday Flashback 1987.

O.k I feel ashamed. I'm Aussie and I haven't posted any Australian songs and yet there are so many I remember from the year 1987, Kylie Minogue, Locomotion; Ice House, Electric Blue and Crazy; John Farnham, Pressure Down; Midnight Oil, Beds are Burning and Hoodoo Gurus, What's My Scene.

So today's Flashback Friday is from INXS. I first took noticed of the band with their Kick album. Hit after hit of songs we still enjoy today. I taped much of their music from the radio, stopping right on cue before the radio announcer spoke from Take 40 (fist pump moment).

I chose two songs to make up for my lack of Aussie music pride. Click either one to listen.

Need you tonight

New Sensation

INXS, Kick

Album design: Nick Egan- art direction & design, Grant Matthews- photography.

 

Next week I have a another popular Aussie so stay tuned. Have a great weekend and if your shopping, don't forget to check out my Christmas gift ideas for everyone. Have a great weekend everyone!

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