There is probably no form of writing I love more than travel writing. As an avid world wonderer, combining my love for the written word with my love for travel causes an unrivalled happiness to swell within my heart.
During a recent trip to Bali I was lucky enough to stay at an incredible new hotel, Jiwa Klusa Luxury Villa, by chance of a sweet Agoda deal, and was utterly blown away by the beauty of this stunning haven set deep within the rice fields of Ubud. I was so impressed that I knew I had to write about my Jiwa Klusa experience, to immortalise its beauty the only way I know how.
You can read my review here at InBali.org which is a fabulous site for all things Bali related. Run by a team of passionate travel writers, Bali experts, expats and locals, it's a great source for everything you could possibly want to know about the Indonesian island.
To all my beautiful clients, old and new, a huge happy new year to you all!
2014 was a fun and successful year for Sweet Lime Communications and I couldn't have done it without each and every one of you. A year like that certainly makes for exciting times ahead, and I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store. Thank you to everyone I worked with along the way, hopefully I'll be seeing plenty more of you in the very near future.
To kick the year off with a high note, I was thrilled to wake up and see that Adelaide was proudly declared the only Australian city to make its way onto The New York Times list of 52 Places to Visit in 2015. Another huge victory for our fabulous town! I adore our sister cities but it always makes me proud to see Adelaide's name being chosen over the more alluring Sydney, Melbourne or Gold Coast. With Mad March and the Adelaide festival season fast approaching, this is such an exciting time of year for our humble city and inclusions on lists like The New York Times reinforce that it's not just Adelaidians who see the beauty in this special part of the world.
So with that good news to get us started, here's to a vibrant and fabulous year ahead! If you or anyone you know is looking to take their business or personal endeavours to the next level I'd love to discuss all things copywriting, social media, blogging and marketing with you, whether you are based in Adelaide or anywhere else around the world.
Here's to a happy, healthy and fun filled year ahead!
The annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival may be the only exciting thing about Adelaide during wintertime, and 2014's event was no different. While it makes my head spin to think about how quickly time has flown since I last sat outside the Festival Theatre, mulled wine in hand, bundled up from head to toe before 2013's fabulous performances, it was great to be part of yet another successful year.
Time constraints and travel plans severely hindered the amount of cabaret goodness I could feast my eyes on this year, but I was thrilled that the three shows I managed to review were all beyond entertaining. Courtesy of the team at The AU Review, my reviews can be found here:
Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band
Kathy Najimy - Lift Up Your Skirt
Hail to the King
And what a Fringe season it was!
The festival just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year, and after many late nights watching some fabulous performances and basking in the glory of The Garden of Unearthly Delights, this particular writer is looking forward to curling up under the sheets and catching up on some much needed sleep!
Thanks again to The AU Review for valuing my opinion enough to allow me to share my thoughts on the following Fringe shows in 2014:
Hannah Gadsby 'The Exhibitionist'
Amelia Ryan 'Storm in a D Cup'
East End Cabaret 'Dirty Talk'
(My reviews can be found by clicking the links above)
Leading the list of shows that I'll be attending courtesy of The AU Review as part of the Adelaide Fringe season is 'Dirty Talk' by the sassy, sultry EastEnd Cabaret. My first of many reviews to come is below:
Sultry diva Bernadette Byrne and her manwoman sidekick, Victor Victoria, return to the Adelaide Fringe to present their newest collection of songs and stories that are equal parts filthy and fabulous. This talented duo have been taking international audiences by storm with their unique brand of comically perverse songs and playful performances, finding light heartedness in deviant subject matters that’ll leave tears of laughter streaming down the faces of everyone in the room.
Those with a fear of audience participation may as well leave your reservations at the door, as audience participation is half the fun of this show and believe me, nobody is safe (especially if you’re a young, virile man). It won’t matter whether you are front row aisle side or smack bang in the middle of the sixth row, Bernadette will find you and you will be made a spectacle of. From her grand entrance on the two-headed man-beast, to finding a suitable partner for her rap project, or just some good old fashioned face licking, the audience makes up a solid portion of this show.
From start to finish, 'Dirty Talk' is full of smutty jokes executed with perfect class. The combination of Bernadette’s deviant raunchiness and Victor’s scrappy idiocy is a match made in heaven. If there were ever a definition of partners in crime, I think you will find it here. The pair complement each other flawlessly, bouncing off one another with perfect improvisation, remaining completely composed and in character even during pesky technical difficulties. They swoon such songs as "Accidental Anal", "Tiny Sex Robots" and the crowd pleasing "Danger Wank", proving that dirty doesn’t always have to be creepy and can in fact be outright hilarious.
If you’ve seen EastEnd Cabaret before, you will know exactly what to expect, as parts of 'Dirty Talk' carried over from 2013’s performance, 'Notoriously Kinky'. The only disappointment here was hearing some recycled songs and jokes, but in their defense, the re-used material was classic, so let’s not hold that against them. 'Dirty Talk' is everything a good cabaret show should be; saucy, hilarious, visually pleasing and utterly ridiculous. This power duo of feminine energy has nailed the recipe to success for an award-winning Fringe performance; booze, sexual innuendo and side splitting hilarity.
Purchase tickets to Dirty Talk during the 2014 Fringe season at Fringe Tix
This review first appeared on The AU Review
Adelaide Fringe Reviews 2014
I'm beyond excited to be granted the privilege of reviewing a list of fabulous shows at this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival. This will be my second year reviewing for The Fringe and I'm thrilled to be back.
Thanks to my awesome editors at The AU Review, late Feb and early March will be a busy time, full of the chaos and magic that is The Garden of Unearthly Delights. Late nights and enchanting performances aplenty lay ahead and I couldn't be happier.
Stay tuned for my two cents on some of this year's most raved about shows, including the critically acclaimed Limbo and my personal highlight, East End Cabaret.
For a full list of shows I've reviewed for The AU Review, feel free to follow my contributor page otherwise I'll be posting reviews to this blog over the weeks ahead.