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REVIEW: The Legend of Dunhuang, The Star Gold Coast

I took my 10 year old to her first stage show The Legend of Dunhuang . She was mesmerised from the moment she stepped foot in The Star. The place was buzzing, the atmosphere electric and all the staff are so welcoming and kind enough to point the way if you’re lost, which we were.

China’s classic dance sensation, The Legend of Dunhuang, made it’s Australian debut at The Star, Gold Coast on Friday 28 September.

We were taken on a journey back in time to experience the artistic and culturally significant piece of China’s history, carefully choreographed into a creative blend of Chinese classical and modern dance.

Exquisitely produced by the famous Gansu Dance Troupe, The Legend of Dunhuang is renowned for its detailed backdrops of breathtaking sceneries, Buddhist art and colourful costumes used to capture the memorable tale of friendship, humanity and harmony that will stay with viewers long after the final scene.

Set in Dunhuang, a city in north-west China’s Gansu Province during the Tang dynasty, the dance acts as a moving account of Dunhuang’s history as the viewer sashays between the ancient and modern worlds.

LOCAL LIFE: Nine-year-old student receives 2018 Sportsmanship Award

NOTICEBOARD: Nine-year-old local student receives 2018 Sportsmanship Award

 29 August 2018

Nine-year-old Callum Paget has received the 2018 Sportsmanship award for the Southport Yacht Club Dinghy Division.

After trying many different sports, nine year old Callum Paget joined the Funsail mornings at the Southport Yacht Club’s main club house, Main Beach in December 2017.

Right from the beginning, Callum knew he had found his ‘thing’. It came as no surprise to his parents Yvette and Logan that he loved it so much, sailing is in his genes!

He went on to complete Tackers 1, 2 and 3 at the Southport Yacht Club Hollywell arm. Tackers is a structured Learn­To­Sail programme overseen by multiple Olympic champion, Mathew Belcher. Each week Callum gained knowledge and confidence. He learned how to maneuver his single Opti (his little dinghy with a sail all by himself) out on the Broadwater. Lessons were given on tacking, jibing, wind speeds, currents, tides, markers and more. All under his incredible and passionate coach, Danah Clements.

The lessons don’t end on the beach. Callum is expected to take full responsibility of his Opti. He loads it onto a trailer, rigs it, checks it and wheels it down to the water. He then loads it back onto the trailer, wheels it back to the boat shed, washes it down and packs all the equipment away. Such a sense of ownership for such a young kid.

Callum completed the 3 races on his first regatta after capsizing numerous times. Cool as a cucumber, he rolled his Opti back over and continued the race, all unassisted and all while his peers were retiring from the race. Another regatta was a marathon, two and a half hours out on the water, last in, however stayed the course despite being the youngest and most inexperienced sailor of the fleet.

Skills learned in sport are transferrable to general life, winning, losing, dedication, persistence, determination, grit and so much more.

Callum will compete in the 2019 winter ‘Polar Bear Series’. We look forward to hearing about Callum growing in his chosen sport.

LIFESTYLE: Lets not forget Pink is human too!

Pink has had to cancel four shows in Sydney, so to say she is having a tough week is an understatement. Along with being hospitalised, Pink has had to deal with backlash from media and fans alike, but there is one important thing people are forgetting… she is human. She is like the rest of us. We get sick, we call in sick to work, Pink gets sick, she has to call in sick to work, which just happens to be four major concerts, performing in front of thousands of fans. It is unfortunate she has become severely ill but as we all know, the gastric virus doesn’t care if we have commitments, it just wants to go through the body and get out as quickly and severely as it can!

As Pink put it, “… I don’t just stand in front of a microphone and sing. I flip, dance, fly, harness, silk and scream my way through a shit show of awesomeness (no pun intended). Therefore I need to be physically healthy and well in order to perform this show. I think all of you deserve to see me at my best.”

If Pink was to stand in front of a microphone and sing, concert goers would be complaining she didn’t put on good show, that it was crap and a waste of money, so at this time it’s a lose-lose situation for everyone. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand people have spent their hard earned money on tickets and have flown or driven a long way to see her but again life happens and some things are out of our control.

Where is our compassion?

Where is our empathy?

Where is the love?

Pink is an amazing performer and mother and performs more shows in Australia than any other artist, so wish her well and if you do have a chance to see her, you’re one of the lucky ones because you know it will be the greatest show on Earth!

 

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I don’t need to clear this up, but out of respect for my fans I will attempt it. I scheduled this tour meticulously, trying to do what was best for my children, while also putting on the best and most physically demanding and beautiful show of my life. This break in Byron has been scheduled since 2017, as a way to get outside the hotel and the winter and have some time with my children. I’ve already been sick twice (kids as well)on this Australian tour, but the first time we got sick, I was able to push through. This time, what these parasite paparazzi don’t show you, is two doctor visits in Byron on two consecutive days, antibiotics, steroids, Vick’s, nose spray, throat spray, more steroids, NyQuil, a screaming baby in the middle of the night, every night, while mama gives him warm baths and tells her daughter everything is fine. You can think whatever you want, it’s your right, but I have never taken advantage of any one in my entire life. I have never fucked off while disrespecting hard working people who spend money to come see me play. I have never phoned in a single tour, I have an impeccable record for not cancelling. I mother with everything I have whilst handling all the rest. The snark in this is unbelievable and makes me long for a nicer world. I’m doing the absolute best I can, and you can believe it or not. What they don’t show you in this picture is me drinking water and lying down while my friends try to entertain my 7 year old who is asking me why these creepy men are surrounding us and pacing back and forth and taking pictures of her every move. I will see everyone tomorrow whether I’m better or not, and the postponed show will be rescheduled. As I said, I’m sorry to the real fans who this situation has affected. Onwards and upwards.

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Pink has felt like she’s had to explain herself to her fans more than once.

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Hi beautiful Sydney people. First, I want to say thank you to all of the kind people out there for your well wishes for my speedy recovery. On Monday, we were absolutely planning on going ahead with the show, and about 20 minutes before I left for soundcheck, I was rushed to the hospital, in excruciating pain. That was the reason for the late cancellation. It was out of anyone’s control, and of course, wasn’t planned that way. I was discharged from hospital last night, and am following doctors orders of liquids and rest. A lot of you know how physical my shows are, and that I don’t just stand in front a microphone and sing. I flip, dance, fly, harness, silk, and scream my way through a total shit show of awesomeness (no pun intended). Therefore, I need to be physically healthy and well in order to perform this show. I think all of you deserve the full show and me at my best. Our next show will be Saturday, and until then I will be drinking green tea, and spending time with my kids. That’s a warning to paparazzi, you might actually see me walking upright outside of my hotel room cage with two little children, and another warning: I might even smile. Not too much, though. I’ll try to control the smiling. My sincere apologies to any of the ticket holders that this has affected, the rescheduled dates will be announced today. Thank you for your patience, compassion, and support. I look forward to rocking out with all of you as we have done for many many years. All of my love. Pink I also want to thank the amazing doctors and nurses at St Vincent’s Hospital for taking such good care of me and getting me home to my kids.

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Originally posted 10 August 2018 on Kids on the Coast magazine

WELLBEING: Start your morning with the Easy Mindset Reset

Mornings can be hectic, especially if you have small children. All too often kids need reminding of the same things day after day and it can become frustrating to say the least! Once you have had enough your calm voice can quickly turn into yelling, especially if your child is still not listening. A child can become upset or angry when they are yelled at and this can set the tone for the whole day.

Depending on the emotion your child is holding onto, he or she could lash out at teachers or other children at school, be angry at everything or even cry over the smallest things. A child could be fearful all day thinking they might get into trouble when they get home. Sometimes in the morning rush we might not see how our child has reacted to our frustration, and so we won’t know how they are feeling once the school day has started.

Don’t fret… there is hope! The main thing you need to know for both yourself and your child, is that emotion is simply energy-in-motion (e-motion).

You can teach your child a simple mindset technique, I call it the Minute Mindset Reset. This technique is so easy you can do it in less than a minute.

It will only take a few times before your child can do this on their own. Talk your child through the following process.

  • Ask your child to imagine a ball between their hands. The ball can be as big or small as they like.
  • Ask your child to close their eyes and ask for the energy of positivity into their ball. Your child can repeat this two or three times.
  • Ask your child what they think the positive energy in their ball looks like. I have had children describe their ball filled with the stars and planets, rainbows and flowers and even race cars! Their imagination is coming through which is exactly what we want.
  • Ask your child to describe the emotion they are feeling. If they are quite young and can’t name the emotions, you can be suggestive until you say an emotion which resonates with them.
  • Once the emotion has been identified, sadness, fear, anger, anxiousness just to name a few, ask your child to say out aloud “please remove the energy of (the emotion) from my body and into my ball”. Ask the child to run the ball from their toes all the way up to their head. Your child can repeat this step as many times as takes for them to feel like the emotion has left their body.
  • Once your child is happy the emotion has gone from their body, tell them to throw the ball into the sky. Throw it up really hard so all the negative emotion (energy) is gone into the sky.
  • Once they have thrown their negative emotion into the sky, ask your child which positive emotion they would like to replace it with. You can be suggestive if they need some guidance.
  • Once they resonate with an emotion, for example joy, simply ask them to imagine another ball between their hands and say “please bring the energy of joy into my ball”. Again, they can say this as many times as feels right for them.
  • Once your child has filled their ball with joy, ask them to put the ball over their head, like a helmet, and imagine the energy of joy filling up their body. They can count to ten if they like.
  • Ask your child how they are feeling and if there is any other negative emotion they would like to get clear out of their body. If they are happy, they are ready to start to start the school day.

I have taught many families the Minute Mindset Reset technique and it works wonders! I use this technique with my three children every day. We may clear as little as one emotion or as many and three emotions in one go. Exam time is great to use the Minute Mindset Reset technique.

The Minute Mindset Reset is not only for children, adults can use this too – it’s great when you’re feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. Go through the above steps until you feel like you are in a better space.

LIFESTYLE: Simple alternatives to plastic bags

In the space of a few weeks, both Coles and Woolworths have banned single use of plastic bags from their stores. Many other stores are heading in the same direction. How are people coping?

Customer ‘bag rage’ is happening more than often than it should as people try and get used to take their own bags. People who shop at Aldi have been taking their own bags since the stores opened in Australia in 2001 – no complaints there because it is what it is.

With a little bit of time and practise, BYO will become routine, so to help you with some alternatives to plastics here are a few ideas:

Fabric Bags

Most households have a few of these lying around. Whether they’re made of cloth, mesh, hessian, canvas, jute or hemp they can carry up to four times the weight of a single use plastic bag and can fold up easily for next time.

Cardboard Boxes

Remember the days when supermarkets had cardboard boxes near the registers? It was easy to grab the size you needed and use it for all of your groceries. Once home you had the choice of flattening the boxes and popping them into recycling. If you do like the idea of cardboard boxes you can either take your own and not even have to use a trolley or you can ask supermarket staff if they have any spares that you can use.

Wheelie Market Trolleys

These bad boys are so hip right now with all the age groups. Usually seen at the farmers markets on weekends, we’ve seen these slowly becoming a staple at supermarkets and shopping centres. The wheelie trolleys make carrying your groceries so easy and light. Just wheel it all the way to the car!

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Backpacks

If you’re doing a smaller shop, then a good old backpack can come in handy. Load it up, throw it on your back and off you go! As a bonus, backpacks distribute the weight evenly on your back, taking the pressure off your arms.

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Laundry Baskets

Yes, you read right! A laundry basket can carry a lot of weight and fit easily into the boot of your car. Laundry baskets are cheap to buy and you can use them over and over again.

Reusable Plastic Bags

If you are doing a spur of the moment shop and haven’t prepared, you can invest 10 – 15 cents and buy a thick reusable plastic bag. Being quite sturdy, you can use them for quite a long time.

Car Boot

For those who have forgotten to bring any of the above suggestions and don’t want to buy a reusable bag there is always the car boot. Load your groceries back into the trolley and then load them into the boot of your car. It is time consuming but just think of it as exercise for your arms!

We are naturally creatures of habit and don’t respond to change very well but this single use plastic bag ban is such a positive step forward for the environment.