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Brian Cox Making Sense

He’s a rock star, a TV presenter, an author, a physicist and a brilliant communicator. Brian Cox Making Sense of the Cosmos is guaranteed to be a sell-out tour that wows audiences around the country. Who would have thought that ‘average’ Australians would have any interest at all in science when man... Continue reading

The Melbourne Festival

The Melbourne Festival is one of the world’s leading art festivals and it runs from Friday, October 10 to Sunday, October 26. There will be mesmerising theatre, a celebration of circus and wonderful ideas and passions expressed in the most creative ways. It is hard to sum up all on offer in a sen... Continue reading

Jimmy Barnes 30:30 Hindsight Tour

Mixed news for the loveable legendary rocker this week – with dates set for the Jimmy Barnes 30:30 Hindsight Tour and the 30:30 album shooting to Number One, being rushed into hospital for emergency surgery has delivered a slight ‘fingers-crossed’ reaction. Complications arose following low-key b... Continue reading

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

What do Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Mickey Rourke, Russell Crowe, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, George W Bush, David Koch and Anton Kay have in common? They have all taken the ALS ice bucket challenge! Rydges South Bank Banquet Sous Chef Anton Kay took the challenge and weathere... Continue reading

Blue September

It’s Blue September and key ambassador, Mark Holden, visited Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel for the cause this week. Blue September is a nationwide awareness and fundraising initiative about all the cancers that affect men – not just prostate and testicular cancer, but also bowel, lung, liver, pancr... Continue reading

Floriade 2014

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I know where the flowers iz. Floriade 2014 happens from September 13 to October 12 in Commonwealth Park in Canberra. Entry is free. Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. The iconic event is now in its 27th year and it runs for 30 days with lo... Continue reading


The lambada is known as the sexiest dance on the planet – Braz Dos Santos’ Brazouka takes the sexy Brazilian dance up another notch. The show comes to Australia in October and November and tickets will be in demand. It is not just a dance show – it is an extraordinary true story from the toughest... Continue reading

36 Hours in Canberra

The New York Times recently featured a travel article under the banner 36 Hours in Canberra and gave our capital an excellent review. While stating that it missed out on Sydney’s glitz and Melbourne’s European chic, it found plenty to rave about. In sweeping terms it mentioned the ‘vast grassy fi... Continue reading

Ah! Sweet mystery of life…

Ah! Sweet mystery of life… so goes the song from the operetta, Naughty Marietta. There is also a Spanish proverb, ‘Las cosas, claras y el chocolate espeso’ – it translates as ‘Ideas should be clear and chocolate thick’. Rydges South Bank Brisbane’s Head Chef at Bacchus Restaurant, Mark Penna, has ha... Continue reading

Auckland and Melbourne Voted Most Friendly

A recent survey by Conde Nast Traveler magazine saw Auckland and Melbourne voted most friendly in the world. A number of factors were taken into account including, of course, the demeanour of the locals. Melbourne was commended for being one of the ‘classiest cities in the world’ and was praised ... Continue reading

The Hundred Foot Journey

The Hundred Foot Journey is a joy. It is a movie about food and it is a cinematic version of comfort food. You don’t have to analyse or think too hard, just take an enjoyable journey. To continue the analogy, it is more like well-cooked lamb shanks with mashed potato than a Heston Blumenthal seaweed... Continue reading

Guy Sebastian Concert Dates

The February 2015 Guy Sebastian Concert dates have been announced and tickets go on sale Monday, August 18 at midday. The ‘Madness’ Tour will play arenas in six cities and they should be incredible shows. Guy has enlisted the assistance of Canadian-born Bruce Ramus who has designed and directed l... Continue reading

Bar Surry Hills Brew

If you would like to sample a Bar Surry Hills brew there’s plenty of choice with 12 beers on tap including the award-winning Lovedale Lager. The Lovedale Brewery is the Hunter Valley’s newest and it had a fine time at the recent Australian International Beer Awards – not only was it chosen in the... Continue reading

Sydney Opera House Piano Treat

If you are in the mood for a real Sydney Opera House Piano Treat, head there on Saturday, August 16 for the matinee performance from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The much-loved pianist, David Helfgott, who has just returned from a European tour, will take to the stage to perform the work that led to worldwi... Continue reading

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