Buyer Beware

Guys, that new mop/floor cleaning thingy they’re selling in the middle of the mall of the Galleria Shopping Centre may well be as wonderful and as revolutionary as they say it is ….. but buy one as a Christmas gift for the lady in your life and don’t expect to live to see Boxing Day.

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Christmas Eve with Andy James Court

andyjamescourt.jpgIt’s not always easy to go straight from the rush of Christmas preparations into enjoying a reflective and joyous Christmas Day.

If you’re looking for a way to make the transition a little easier you can join me at a free Christmas Eve concert with Andy James Court from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Altone Park Leisure Centre, 332 Benara Road, Beechboro.

Perth-based Gospel Singer/Songwriter Andy James Court has released 3 innovative CD’s, Only You, Two’s Company, and his most recent, Remember, which have won several prestigious national and International awards including, the 1998 ASA Australian Gospel Songwriter of the year, 2004 Gospel Winner of the UK Songwriting Contest, a 2004 winner in the Gospel category of Unisong International, a 2005 Finalist receiving Honourable Mention in the International Songwriting Competition, and 2004 & 2005 Musicoz Runner up.

Andy’s greatest strength lies in his ability to connect with audiences on an open and intimate level. His approachable and humorous character helps build a bond between him and those who attend his concerts.

Andy is no stranger to public performances, and has taken his music to churches, schools, prisons, stadiums and festivals. His concerts and performances have been warmly embraced, and have touched the lives of thousands.

I’ve seen Andy in concert a number of times in the past and I can highly recommend his performances. He performed a Christmas Eve concert last year and one of the guys who dropped in for the evening got in touch with me a number of times afterwards to rave about the concert and thank me for my part in organising the event.

Andy will be performing his own material as well as some Christmas favourites. His style is infectious and his shows feature visually stunning muti-screen muti-media effects. It was wonderful last year to see him connect with the youngest children through to the oldest members of the audience.

I’d love to catch up with you to wish you a happy Christmas in person so I hope you can grab a few friends and join us for a great evening.

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Carols in the Valley

carols_small.jpgI love Christmas in Australia. It’s so good to be able to wander around in shorts and T-shirts and to enjoy the great outdoors on warm summer evenings.

On Sunday night we’ll be at Sandalford Wines for Carols in the Valley, presented by Swan City Church.

The event organisers do a fantastic job each year. Between seven and eight thousand people have enjoyed themselves on the grassy slopes of the winery for the annual Christmas event over the past couple of years. The venue is just perfect for an outdoor event.

The evening will feature Zoe Kikiros from WA Opera, vocalist Dave Smith, Heaven’s Strings Quartet, Outrage Childrens Entertainment and a fifty voice choir as well as a magnificent fireworks finale. There’s always something wonderful about fireworks close up.

A team of us from 98.5 Sonshine FM will be there to say hello to the assembled masses. I always enjoy being able to meet listeners and to promote the radio station to others who are not yet listeners.

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Male Female Differences

We’re less than a week away from Christmas.

Any woman who has not completed her Christmas shopping is now entering severe panic mode.

Meanwhile, the male of the species is thinking that he should probably start Christmas shopping sometime within the next few days.

What are you like at Christmas shopping? Is it a stressful exercise for you? Have you finished yet? Have you even started?

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On the road … again

We travelled the Road to Bethlehem again last night.

The Road to Bethlehem is a remarkable portrayal of the Christmas story in the form of a free, interactive, dramatised experience featuring dozens of actors and singers. We’ve been to visit the production each December for the past few years.

The idea is that you’re taken back in time to witness the events of the first Christmas as they unfold, providing a unique entertainment experience that the whole family enjoys.

Instead of sitting down and watching a show, you walk from scene to scene as you travel to your destination, the stable. Live animals, great humour and some wonderful angelic choirs add to the experience.

Before and after you’ve trod the Road to Bethlehem you can spend time in the ancient marketplace. You can trade your Australian dollars for ‘Denari’. The kids also got the chance to experience a short camel ride.

Road to Bethlehem is hosted each year by the Livingston SDA Community Church in Canning Vale. It runs for three nights each year. Last night was the first for this year so you’ve still got tonight and tomorrow night if you want to catch it this time around. It starts at 7 o’clock each night and there’s free parking across the road at Livingston Marketplace Shopping Centre.

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