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Cinema ian 7/7/2015

There’s plenty to amuse the kids with school holiday movies in Gladstone at Gladstone Cinemas. Inside Out is terrific on both the entertainment and ‘message’ levels and Minions is a lot of fun.

Inside OutInside Out is a journey inside the mind of Riley. Riley is guided by her emotions and they are all characters that live in the control centre of her mind to advise her on how to handle life – there’s Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Sadness on hand to navigate through a time of turmoil in her life. This is Pixar at its best. Rated PG it runs 102 minutes.

Minions is also PG and runs 91 minutes. Minion Kevin has a plan and he ventures out into the world to find a new despicable boss for his brethren to follow, with the assistance of teenage rebel Minion, Stuart, and loveable little Minion, Bob…and find themselves facing the ultimate challenge – how to save all of Minionkind from annihilation.

Jurassic World is fine scary adventure rollercoaster of a movie for those old enough to enjoy a fine scary adventure rollercoaster. Terminator will also do great business. Both are rated M so that is a parent call for suitability. One movie rated M15+ that is NOT for the kiddies is Ted 2. It has the rating because loveable little Ted is a drug-taking, foul-mouthed, offensive, politically incorrect bear… as is his human mate, John (Mark Wahlberg). This is Seth McFarlane appealing to the lowest common denominator beautifully. Sadly, I laughed out loud a number of times.

If you are visiting Gladstone, Rydges Gladstone can look after all your accommodation needs.

Travel ian 2/2/2015

It’s back to school time and families again have made the trip home from their holiday in Gladstone and nearby coastal spots with lots of carefree summer memories.

Gladstone is 550km by road north of Brisbane and 100km south-east of Rockhampton. The town was named after the British statesman, William Ewart Gladstone and there is a 19th-century marble statue of Bill on display in the town museum.

Gladstone is near the southern end of the World Heritage Area of the Great Barrier Reef and there’s lots to see and do. There’s hiking, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, crabbing, spearfishing and good ol’ regular fishing, whether it be in the rivers and streams or out at sea trying to hook the deep sea fighters. Gladstone has direct access to Heron Island, Wilson Island and Curtis Island from the Marina or local airstrips.

If you enjoy wetting the line there’s  Barramundi, Coral Trout, Cod, Red Emperor, Sweetlip, Yellowbelly, Whiting, Bream, Flathead, Mackerel, Tuna and Bass.

Oh! And, of course, the turtle hatchlings have also left the coast and started heading back to sea, past many species of fish that haven't left their schools even for the holidays!

For all your accommodation needs, Rydges Gladstone will give you a warm welcome.