Patricia Newell Dunkley Photographs by Reginald J. Dunkley.
Greetings’ from down under where the hills are alive with the sound of music, country music that is, in Brisbane, Queensland, where the CMC Music Awards for 2016 have been held in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Morgan Evans, performed their greatest hits and favourite songs for an exclusive broadcast. It’s no secret that Queensland is home to some of the country’s most iconic acts both contemporary and historic. This year QMAs brought together Belligerens Ayla and Standby Empire for the 51st Awards with Adam Brand taking out Oz Artist of the Year. Lee Knaghan, Amber Lawrence, Keith Urban, Caitlyn Shadbolt, The Wolfe Brothers, and Alan Jackson, all being winners in their field.
Sydney’s Royal Easter Show is well under way, first held in 1823 Queen Victoria awarded the show the right to use the word “Royal” in its name. It is the occasion when city meets country, and the rural side of Australia is shown and celebrated together with its culture, providing a unique experience for everyone. With 400- plus enthusiastic volunteers smiling and showing you the way around, it is the largest event held in Australia, and the sixth largest in the world.
One of the favourite items is the show bags, treats, toys and tonnes of fun catering for every age and fancy, originally given away free but now purchased. You simply have to buy your favourite bag when you visit the Royal Easter Show.
Along with the exhibits are the sideshows with, Wave Swingers, Space Roller, Sea Circus, Rock in Tug, High Country Pony Rides, Kids Carnival, all thrilling and hair raising experiences for the young and those game enough to venture.
Cute and cuddly, or big and beastly, animals are the star attraction with 14,000 on show. The Snowy River Horse experience where you can learn about the incredible variety of breeds that call Australia home, Heavy Clydesdales stand hoof to flank with graceful Icelandic Horses, along with the incredible skills of experienced horsemen.
You can take an exotic Alpaca for an amble around an obstacle course, watch the country’s best Bull Riders, Steer Wrestlers, Bareback Riders, and Barrel Racers perform each night.
600 Birds of all varieties are featured, with this year’s feature breed being the African Lovebird. Arts and crafts on display include Portraits, Rural Landscapes, Photography, Sculptures, Pottery, Cake decorating, Silverwork, Sugar Art, Pickles, Jam, and much more, attracting 4,500 entries this year in 300 classes.
Dogs, and Baby Puppy Competition, Cats, Sheep, Rabbits, Rat and Mouse, Best Goat, Frogs and Lizards, Flowers and Gardens, Whip Cracking, Wood chopping, and 50,000 pieces of fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses, wool and other produce crafted into beautiful designs. You name it and it will be found at the Royal Easter Show.
The Grand Parade is an iconic event that has been taking place since 1907, when the best of the best in Australian Agriculture make their way around Spotless Stadium in a spectacular procession. Three Parades showcase Sydney Royal Competition Winners including animals, producers, and champion wood choppers, in celebration of Australian Agriculture. The Sydney Royal Easter Show Grand Parade is believed to be the first of its kind in the world. Originally, animals had paraded separately on different occasions but after 1906 the idea of one Grand Parade, comprising all Prize-Winners, was developed. Since then the concept has been copied in every major Agricultural Show in Australia and forms a defining part of the show’s character. The Grand Parade is a worthy sight to be seen and not forgotten.
An extensive Firework display is held on the last day which is the 30th March.
Madonna’s problem plagued Rebel Heart Tour has helped the Pop Star to extend her record as the world’s top touring solo act. The Pop Superstar wrapped up the world trek in Sydney after performing in Australia for the first time in 23 years. Many of her fans were unhappy with her late arrivals.
Hollywood’s King of the Kids Jack Black landed in Sydney for the Australian premier of Kung Fu Panda 3. The latest animated franchise that’s grossed $2.2 Billion worldwide $45.5 million locally. While here he hosted the Today Show and Guest Judged the Grand Final of Australia’s Got Talent. A heavy metal fan himself with his own Hard-Rocking Band ‘Tenacious” the popular star enjoyed his star.
The surf is high at Shelly Beach with perfect weather for the Easter break; holidaymakers are enjoying the many beaches and fast food outlets, with this being the last long weekend before autumn sets in. Princess Pixie the Pomeranian has fallen in love with ice cream and now on a strict diet. She has given up looking for the lizard but watches the birds avidly as they feast every morning on their seed and porridge. My website crashed for a few days due to a power break but is now up and running again. www.patriciasartworld.com
Books “Letters of a travelling Lady, Wallis the Woman I Love, The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain” are available on Amazon and Xlibris. Enjoy.