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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.

SICK TO MY BONES scoops the pool: 3rd CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL HONG KONG

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3rd Culture Film Festival OUT OF THE FRYING PAN AND INTO THE FIRE Of wild desire with the success of ‘SICK TO MY BONES’ Last Friday, mid-afternoon I had the pleasure to interview the creators of “Sick to My Bones” in Starbucks just down from Lang Kwai Fong, the trendy up-market entertainment district of Hong Kong. And true to form, both Matthew NOMATTSLAND...

40th Hong Kong International Film Festival- 2 stand out entries

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40th HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL A RESOUNDING SUCCESS The only thing missing was an Australian presence Crowds flocked to the concluding ceremony held in the open air behind the Hong Kong Cultural Centre overlooking a resplendent Victoria Harbour last Sunday. They were there to see the actors and directors who won awards, parade before the public. Thrilled with the vast...

Hong Kong Film Festival

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40th Hong Kong International Film Festival If you’re a culture vulture, especially of the celluloid persuasion, and you’re travelling to or through Hong Kong over the next week, be sure to check out the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival. It finishes Monday April 4 so there’s not much time left, but there’s still some great films on offer coming...

AUSSIE THEATRE DYNAMO, SHIONA CARSON: A STANLEY SKETCH FROM HONG KONG

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Australian actor Shiona Carson presents an interesting perspective on what's happening in theatre in Hong Kong. As Artistic Director of Shakespeare for All, she has a wealth of experience of how and where theatre and drama is taking place in both schools, and in the arts area generally. She talks about ways artists and theatre practitioners can readily find great employment opportunities in HK. She also tells of her intriguing route from starting from a small Queensland town, through her path of studies , to find the success she richly enjoys today: a fascinating voyage of determination and commitment.

WHY NOT TAKE A TRIP TO THE FRAGRANT HARBOUR, HONG KONG?

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If New York is the Big Apple, surely London must be the Big Plum a la Little Jack Horner, Tokyo the Saucy Strawberry for the Japanese sure can be kinky but fortunately they keep it to themselves, and so it follows that Hong Kong would have to be the Big Fruit Platter of ripe and juicy dragon-fruit, star fruit,...