Festival Island

In decades past, the good residents of Hobart often referred to their home town – the capital of Tasmania and now a burgeoning city of 218,000 – as ‘Slowbart’. There never seemed to be much going on here, much less anywhere else in the state. Local food and wine were mired in 1976; the arts scene danced a slow shuffle to the ‘finding funding’ blues; the odd sporting event and – with the honorable exceptions of Dire Straits in 1986 and Faith No More in 1993 – no big-name international bands ever toured there. A listless malaise permeated the entire…

A German Wedding On an Italian Island

Torcello is the most northerly Island of a group in the Venetian lagoon which are easily visited and still inhabited. The Island is home to no fewer than a dozen people who gain a living mostly from tourism. Torcello’s landscape seems linked to a time of the late Roman Empire and exudes a Medieval charm characterised by the architecture, small Piazza and the imposing Basilica Of Torcello. The seclusion and charm make it the perfect location for those people aspiring to a Venetian themed wedding in a quiet accessible area away from Venice. This was what we had stumbled upon…

We know The Words

For those of us around in the 70s the thing we remember most is the music. There are songs that we thought we had forgotten, as soon as you hear a riff they come flooding back…….. The 70s produced a smorgasbord  of hits and artists, a culture reflected in the fashion and music; it was bold, creative, loud, confident and vibrant. So the opportunity to be transported back to the 70s for just a couple of hours was too irresistible to ignore.  Here we found ourselves kicking loose with a crowd of mixed age revellers, complete with mood lighting and…

Smug By Name

The Australian street artist Smug, or Smug One aka Sam Bates has quietly painted an industrial scale mural on the wall of a house in the suburbs of Tasmania’s capital. The mural features a well known local identity, an artist and street character familiar to residents, retailers and cafe owners around the restaurant precinct of North Hobart. Smug has lived in Glasgow for the last 12 years and was coaxed to Hobart by the house’s owner who had seen similar industrial size works overseas in London, Lisbon and the Mission District of San Francisco. His work is well known overseas…