Queen Gets Photobomb Gold

Yep, when it comes to selfies, Her Majesty the Queen gets photobomb gold. Have a look at the cheeky old dear – she has actually placed herself in the background and looked down the lens with a beaming smile. Our Hockeyroos Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris came away with more than a 4-0 win in their opening match!

Her Majesty also showed good humour during the Opening Ceremony when the officials were fumbling for the note for her to read and she has been thrilling the crowd of athletes brilliantly with casual banter. Our Sally Pearson was given a tap on the shoulder to hace a one-on-one chat and they both seemed to be having a fine old time.  Hmm… is she working the room with a quiet campaign… there is a referendum in Scotland on September 18 to vote on whether the country should become independent from England.

Oh! And meanwhile another ‘Queen’ was strutting her stuff in the velodrome – our flagbearer and the queen of track cycling, Anna Meares, led from the front to win Australia’s first gold medal in the 500m time trial. It was a fabulous first day all round for Australia with 15 medals – five Gold, three Silver and seven Bronze – including a World Record in the pool for the Women’s 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay.

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Busy Week Coming Up

It’s a busy week coming up in and around Rydges Parramatta.

The Sydney Retirement, Lifestyle & Travel Expo 2014 will be held at across the road from Rydges at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse over 3 days - Friday, 25th July, Saturday, 26th July & Sunday, 27th July.

There’s All Star Battle & Cheer at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on 25th & 26th July.

Discover the Americas Travel Show is at Sydney Showground on Sunday, 27th July.

Beauty & the Beast – Musical is playing at Parramatta Riverside Theatre until 2nd August.

You can see CANADA take on the USA in this Exhibition “International Ice Hockey” Match on Saturday, 26th July at Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park.  

If you are heading to this one why not park the car here, have dinner and a drink with us for $35 per person and that includes return shuttle to Allphones. Or stay overnight with our Events Package that includes accommodation in a Queen Room, full buffet breakfast for two in Stock Café and return transfers to Allphones.

Rydges Parramatta is only minutes away from Allphones Arena for all your accommodation needs…

Oh! And don’t forget Race Day at Rosehill Gardens is on Saturday, 2nd August. Let the party continue across the road with us at in your choice of our 2 great bars - The Winning Post Bar where there will be LIVE Entertainment or you could just pop upstairs to Champs and dance the night away to our DJ Peter Nick.   We also have 2 great dining venues to choose from – Stock Café where you have the choice of our modern café style menu or Fire & Ice (A la Carte Buffet) or for a more intimate dining experience or a quiet drink, you could dine in our Award Winning Restaurant “Steeds” Club Grill & Bar.

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August at the Glasshouse

It is an extremely packed August at the Glasshouse Theatre in Port Macquarie with concerts, dance and diverse productions.

August at the GlasshouseOn Friday, August 1, it is the second night for the Sydney Dance Company’s 2 One Another… also on Friday (and every Friday) there are free lunchtime concerts from 12:30pm to 1:30pm… On Saturday, August 2, Johnny Cash the Concert returns with a new show, Golden Greats of the Man in Black… Thursday, August 7 sees Taylor Henderson on the road to launch his new album… and on Saturday, August 9 the talents from nine African countries combine in the entertainment extravaganza Cirque Mother Africa (photo right).

Sunday, August 10 (2pm) the charming and talented Rhonda Burchmore takes to the stage… on Tuesday, August 12 it is the soaring voices of the Soweto Gospel Choir… on Friday, August 15 the Sydney Comedy Festival is in town with the hottest local and international comedians from the 2014 festival… and on Saturday, August 16 Tom Burlinson presents his internationally acclaimed Frank: A Life in Song.

On Thursday, August 21, the enigmatic Kate Miller-Heidke and from Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23, it is The Magic Flute with fabulous 1930’s costumes, a chamber orchestra and a cast of vibrant singers. On Sunday, August 24, it is the sensational production Oh What a Night!… and Australian and American dance styles interconnect in the one-night-only show Intersections.

If you are travelling from out of town for the show, Rydges Port Macquarie and Sails Resort by Rydges can look after your accommodation needs.

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2 One Another in Port Macquarie

2 One AnotherThe Sydney Dance Company presents 2 One Another in Port Macquarie at the Glasshouse Theatre on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1.

The Sydney Dance Company’s elite dancers weave a vivid, sensual study of human interaction charting the myriad actions and reactions, gestures and relationships, connections and disconnections that make up life.

As they say, this production is a ”startling, high-octane shot across the bows of contemporary dance”.

This show is not to be missed.” The Age

The non-stop choreography bursts with invention.” Herald Sun

Some of the best dancers in the country combine with composer, choreographer and visual poet to celebrate the power of movement. Set against a pulsating, pixelated backdrop the action is driven by a driving, baroque-meets-electronica soundtrack.

Composed by Nick Wales, 2 One Another has picked up a number of awards including the 2013 Australian Dance Awards for Most Outstanding Choreography (Rafael Bonachela) and Most Outstanding Female Dancer (Charmene Yap) as well as the 2012 Green Room Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Female Dancer plus the Helpmann Award for best Female Dancer.

The show comes with a warning that it contains strobe lighting and smoke effects.

If you are travelling from out of town for the show, Rydges Port Macquarie and Sails Resort by Rydges can look after your accommodation needs.

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Commonwealth Games Glasgow

The 20th Commonwealth Games Glasgow are here… that wonderful gathering of athletes from countries that were once coloured pink on the world map. It’s the Olympics without pesky countries like China, Russia and USA stealing all those medals that we are just points of a second behind due to lack of ability or steroids. It’s the great training yardstick between the bigger four-year event but heck, it is still great sport and we give thanks to Scotsman, John Logie Baird, for allowing us to rise early, bleary-eyed, to watch the events live.

Event One, of course, was the Opening Ceremony and Glasgow did itself proud. Golf, whisky, highland flings, cabers, tartan, massed pipes and drums, lots of Billy Connolly accents, Loch Lomond and the Loch Ness monster, The Proclaimers, Susan Boyle, Rod Stewart and Billy Connolly himself – individually potentially cliché but collectively, a wee bit of brilliance and the subtext to the overriding theme of People Make Glasgow. Comedian Karen Dunbar did a great job of linking celebrity with the folk who make Glasgow home.

The Queen and Prince Phillip looked sensational – not a walking frame or cane in sight as they exited the shiny Bentley and took pride of place on the podium to give a chap called Robbie Shepherd the highlight of his life when he sang God Save the Queen unaccompanied. He nailed it. In fact, everyone involved nailed the whole kilt and caboodle. Simple and seamless, warm and wonderful.

And then the stars entered the arena, the flag bearers and the athletes from the competing countries, upstaged by the cute wee Scottish terriers wearing cute wee rugs bearing the name of each country.

Well… so much for my preconception that Glasgow is an industrial ship-building city full of red-bearded aggro laddies looking for a glassing. People make Glasgow and those people have made me want to meet them in person. They’ve made me like the backdrop. They’ve made me want to go there. You take the high road and I’ll take the low road… Obviously the welcome to Glasgow has worked for this survey of one.

Let the games commence!

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Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum

The current Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum exhibitions are varied and extremely interesting. They include:

Arts NAIDOC 2014 (until August 16) – In collaboration with National NAIDOC Week (6 – 13 July), this selection of works from the permanent collection will be on display, in conjunction with artworks by Indigenous artists, local and from afar.

Inside Out (until August 16) – Inside/Out: Mapping Spiritual Journeys is a curated exhibition of original prints by Inkmasters Cairns Inc. members – Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-indigenous artists.

Carnivale: The Picture Book Art of Peter Carnavas, Sarah Davis & Narelle Oliver (official launch Monday, July 28 and until August 2) – This is an exhibition of original illustrations and dioramas by well-known children’s book author/illustrators, Peter Carnavas, Sarah Davis and Narelle Oliver, presented in conjunction with the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale.

100 Years of Australian Red Cross (until September 6) – As part of the world’s largest humanitarian movement, the Red Cross has been woven into the fabric of Australian life for 100 years.

Innercity Images: Gladstone Saiki Photograph Exchange Combined Images (from July 28 to September 27) – This is a joint display of Australian and Japanese photographs by Gladstone Region and Saiki City citizens.

The Gladstone Regional Museum Art Gallery is on the corner of Goondoon and Bramston Street with free admission Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm – and if you are visiting Gladstone, Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Hoges: One Night Only

You can catch Hoges: One Night Only in Townsville on Friday, August 8 at the Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre.

Following the huge success of last year’s Capital City tour of ‘An Evening with Hoges’, Paul Hogan has hit the highways for 25 Regional Performances with his even bigger one-man show - ‘HOGES: One Night Only! The hilarious truth and nothing but the truth…’

A dazzling combination of stand-up, stories and unseen clips, PAUL HOGAN is live on stage for two hours doing what Hoges does best – entertain and making us laugh.

It is nice to see Australia’s favourite entertaining larrikin back in rural Australia. His life has been an extraordinary ride – from a rigger on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to guest spots on A Current Affair to being a household name with his own TV comedy show flogging cigarettes and flogging Australia to Americans to Crocodile Dundee and Hollywood fame to his personal life and the much-publicised stoush with the Australian Tax Office.

He’s arguably a little crustier and more cynical than in his early career days but the quick wit, timing and talent to communicate are still there.  Expect a warm, very funny and interesting evening.

If you are coming from out of town to see Hoges: One Night Only in Townsville, Rydges Southbank can look after your accommodation needs.

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Cairns Best in Show

It was a case of ‘Cairns Best in Show’ because the 2014 Cairns Show was a cracker of an event!  Sunny blue skies drew people from near and far to enjoy all the fun of what this year’s event had on offer.

Cairns Show Association president, Ian Allen reported almost 80,000 show goers to retain its place as Australia’s biggest regional show.

The popularity of this year’s Show has been put down to a combination of excellent weather, sideshow alley, magnificent ring entertainment and the much loved agricultural and horticultural displays and competitions.

Organisers say it is not one but many aspects that make Cairns Show the success it is.  From young to old, there is something for everyone.  The littlies loved Melville’s Animal Farm and flocked in their masses to pat the guinea pigs, chooks, ducks and goats while feasting their eyes on a whole range of animals from the cuddly but shy llamas to a larger than life camel.

For those in search of an adrenalin fix, sideshow alley did not disappoint with sky high rides and plenty of screams while those with a less adventurous spirit were provided welcome respite on the Ferris wheel, merry go round and tea cup ride.

Edmonton’s Holly Logan took out the Miss Showgirl North Queensland final and was seen walking through the show and admiring the exhibitions along with her fellow finalists.  We caught up with Holly and the girls at the Cairns Amateurs and The Cairns Post display of painted fillies that were transformed by local schools into veritable art works.  A public vote determined Mount Garnet’s bronze horse the winner.

Rydges Hotels and Resorts is a proud event partner of Cairns Show and we welcomed many guests over the weekend with dust on their boots and smiles on their faces looking for a place to rest with a welcoming smile, great place to eat and comfortable bed.

For all your accommodation needs in Cairns we have Rydges Esplanade Resort, Rydges Tradewinds and Rydges Plaza.

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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Thursday July 24 to Sunday July 27 will see the fifth annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF). This is a celebration of the incredible wealth of Queensland Indigenous art and culture.

The Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal and other key art and cultural hubs across the city will play host to an exciting program of 30 events and activities (the majority of which are free) incorporating art fair, visual art exhibitions, fashion, music and dance performances, concerts, markets, children’s activities, talks, workshops, food and more.

CIAF CEO, Alison Copley, said this year’s event provides a significant beginning to the national art fair and festival circuit featuring the extraordinary talent of dancers, musicians, fashion designers and some 300 visual artists from art centres and galleries across Queensland and interstate.  Interestingly, CIAF is the only art fair in Australia that is a pure showcase of Queensland’s Indigenous arts and culture combining both commercial galleries and art centres.

“It all starts with our Opening Party at the Cruise Liner Terminal on Thursday 24 July.  This is when the city will come alive to the rhythms of traditional dance and song with Yidinji, Biddigul, Arpaka and Maluilgal dance groups along with solo performances from Earl Rosas, Jason Guivarra-Jia and Charlie Mallie that culminate in a special performance by the Songs of Austranesia musical ensemble.  With multi-instrumentalist Wil Kepa and vocal arranger, Rubina Kimila at the helm this stirring finale will incorporate over 15 language groups and eons of culture reinforcing the sense of spirit and place,” she said.

With a sense of celebration in the air following the previous evening’s events, day one, Friday 25 July, starts at 9am with the CIAF Symposium followed by the opening of the Art Fair to the public at 11.30am.  The day closes on a high note with the very special UFLA YUMPLA Fashion Performance choreographed by talented emerging designer, Grace Lillian Lee. This will be held in Shed 2 of the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal from 8pm.

The keystone of day two, Saturday 26 July, is UMI Arts’ much-loved annual event, Big Talk One Fire in Fogarty Park.  Sunday, 27 July is the final day of this year’s program and has a focus on food and sustainable farming practices with the Gimuy Fish Festival in Fogarty Park from 11am.  A highlight of this event is the Chefs Cook Off featuring three local chefs whose fish based dish will be put to the taste test of the visiting public.  A vote by the festivalgoers on the best dish of the day will decide the winner.  Music and dance at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal will put a close to the final day of this year’s CIAF at 3.30pm.

Keep up to date on Facebook (Cairns Indigenous Art Fair) on Twitter, or download and view CIAF 2014 program of events at www.ciaf.com.au.

And, of course, if you are visiting Cairns, Rydges can look after your accommodation needs at Rydges Esplanade Resort, Rydges Tradewinds or Rydges Plaza.

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Photo: From Untitled by Sue Pascoe

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Mythbusters Live in Brisbane

You can catch Mythbusters live in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Saturday, August 30 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and on Sunday, August 31 at 2:00pm. This all-new live show MythBusters: Behind the Myths, stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the SBS and Discovery Channel’s hit series MythBusters.

After nine series on television, MythBusters: Behind the Myths brings you face-to-face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience. Just like the TV series, the stage performance mixes scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create its own signature style of explosive experimentation – and the supporting or de-bunking of urban myths that we live with day to day.

MythBusters: Behind the Myths, presents a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. With this show, for the first time, fans join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approach to science.

“We have invaded your TV for a decade and now we are invading your town. We are going to be there live and on stage and expecting some audience participation. So you better be ready!” says Hyneman.

If you are travelling to see the Brisbane show and help bust a few myths, the Convention Centre is right next door to Rydges South Bank for all your accommodation needs and/or a pre-show meal or drink.

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