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Currently a writer of ESL materials and a teacher of English and Japanese in Hong Kong, his journey to the East started in the 1850's goldfield town of Ballaarat where the Eureka Rebellion took place on Dec 4 1854. After 2 decades there he then went on to spend three decades in Melbourne to pursue studies at Monash Secondary Teachers College (Rusden) and La Trobe University before taking up an active role in (Asian) furniture making and design, alongside running a business with his partner that had a dramatic impact on migrant education in Australia, the opening up of the overseas student market to Australian schools and institutions, and provided a link for Australian educators to establish their expertise throughout the Asia region, particularly in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. On the way to Asia with an obligatory trip around Australia in mind to see his own country, Darwin and the Northern Territory captivated him. Shortly after arriving, he found himself resident in Alice Springs, in the heart of the Australia, where he had for the first time, contact with Aboriginal people and the problems that confront them in a land that has largely left them marginalised. That was a real learning curve for him and is something that empowers him to see they have their problems redressed in a just and equitable way. For a culture that has existed for over 60,000 years, the world's oldest continuing living culture, that had never been messed with prior to the 1788 British First Fleet of convicts, of whom some of his roots came from, the takeover of their land and their culture deserves nothing less. However the East has always been something that's fascinated him since childhood. After many trips to Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, The Philippines and Indonesia over the years, it wasn't until 2008 that he was finally able to live in the heart of this region, in Hong Kong.

PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST AS A TANOURA DANCER : A STANLEY SKETCH FROM HONG KONG

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A feature of Hong Kong's Chinese New Year Festival Parade on Feb 16th, 2018. BellyPrincess Liina's Dance Troupe with Special guest from Egypt and Poland            

CHINA ENTERS THE BATTLE TO BAN IVORY POACHING

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            GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS It’s an unusual position to be in and while there is still lots to be done and achieved, we cannot afford to be patting ourselves on the back for the good work achieved so...

BLUESMAN DOC WHITE’S CHINA TRIP

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ANATOMY OF A MUSICIAN’S TRIP TO CHINA On his recent trip to perform at Aussie Anthea Palmer’s Jimmy Hornet Creative Restaurant in Zhongshan, China, Australian Blues artist, singer and songwriter Doc White, took a detour which led to him doing shows in Hong Kong. https://www.facebook.com/doc.white1 http://www.docwhite.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=jimmy%20hornet    ...

Penguins in the desert

Penguins in the desert Fear and Loving on the Stuart Highway to Hell The reality of where his life was at was sheeted home to Rory. It happened while he was attending the highpoint of Central Australia’s cultural activities, the Alice Spring Agricultural Show. It was...

A STANLEY SKETCH FROM HONG KONG with ROBERT LOCKYER

https://youtu.be/FyE2K8Enfgg Stanley Butler was a writer of ESL materials and a teacher of English and Japanese in Hong Kong, his journey to the East started in the 1850's goldfield town of Ballaarat where the Eureka Rebellion took place on Dec 4 1854. After 2 decades there...

MELODIA

The brainchild of three indefatigable cultural warriors who’ve chosen to call Hong Kong home, “Melodia” is a musical for the universal stage.   A peaceful planet, Zymbalia, is rocked by an inexplicable explosion that throws everything into a state of chaos. Melodia discovers that she is...

AUST & HOLLYWOOD FILM GURU FRANK HOWSON HITS HONG KONG

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The Sunday Session at Hong Kong’s leading live music venue, The Wanch, was spiced up last Sunday July 24, 2016 with appearances by Aussie film and musical theatre writer and director, the impresario Frank Howson. The Sunday Session acts as a scoop for the cream...

ROCKY CHALLENGES CHINA WITH AN INOFFENSIVE OFFENSIVE

Since touching down in Hong Long last week, Rocky Dabscheck has wasted no time in finding his footing in this part of the world where massive audiences of millions will take to his inspirational version of Aussie-rooted blues. As frontman for his group, Rocky and...

AUSSIE & H’WOOD FILM/THEATRE GURU HITS HONG KONG

The Sunday Session at Hong Kong’s leading live music venue, The Wanch, was spiced up last Sunday July 24, 2016 with appearances by Aussie film and musical theatre writer and director, the impresario Frank Howson. The Sunday Session acts as a scoop for the cream...

A NOVEL TAKE ON SHAKESPEARE’S MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

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  A SURE-FIRE SUCCESS VIA  A 1930’S RADIO PLAY Maybe at the outset, Shiona was inspired by Act III scene ii of Hamlet, where Hamlet arranges for ‘a play within a play’ “to catch the conscience of the king,” his Uncle Claudius for murdering his father, King...