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From Elizabeth I to high fashion, the tales behind the Game of Thrones costumes

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones, which has returned for its seventh season, offers fantasy, horror and intrigue, and, as Sarah Mower has put it, shines a light on “our cynical, sophisticated, brutal, hopeless new Dark Ages”. It is also great fun to watch as a fashion expert, whether you are a “pedant” who needs everything to be historically correct, or a

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Fleetwood Mac to reunite with Stevie Nicks for 2018 tour

fleetwood mac

It’s official: the classic mid-1970s lineup of Fleetwood Mac will return for at least one more tour.

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The power and seduction of the Queen’s hats

Queen's Hats

I have been a lover of the Queen’s hats for some time. An absolutely exhaustive source of information is the amazing blog Royal Hats. The Instagram account of the Royal Collection Trust is another exciting archive, which frequently documents royal hats in video form, spinning in an undefined space so that you can see all

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The Imperial Bells of China proudly returns to Australia this winter!

A spellbinding sound filled with beauty, romance & solemnity. Experience the lost world of “Ten Kingdoms” with unique ancient Chinese bells this July!

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How accurate are the costumes in TV period dramas?

period costumes

There are two types of period drama watchers: the pedant and the swooner. The pedant can’t look at an historically inspired costume without scrutinising its every detail, their remarks – “would that type of embroidery really have been used in 1683?” or, “I’ve never seen that kind of trimming on an 1812 pelisse!” – at

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Video: Adorable Baby goats having a pyjama party…

baby goats

Sunflower Farm Creamery let their first 10 kids born out for a pyjama party – What fun! Watch the video here….

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Farewell John Clarke: in an absurd world, we have never needed you more

John Clarke

It cannot be the final arkle! Surely the inventor of Dave Sorenson, greatest and most persistently injured of farnarklers, will rebuild himself for the next match. Please tell me this is only the umlaut, and John Clarke will be back for the second half. In our more than usually absurd world, we have never needed

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Downton Abbey Star – Charles Edwards is Down Under

Charles Edwards

Charles Edwards is a highly accomplished and popular English star of stage, TV and film. He is perhaps best known for his role as London editor, Michael Gregson, or as the character is more commonly known, Lady Edith Crawley’s lover in the hit TV series Downton Abbey. Imogen A Rose sat down to have a

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A Rock & Roll Writers Festival brings a much-needed spark to Australia’s literary scene

rock and roll

You could be forgiven for thinking that the last thing Australia’s cultural arena needs is another bloody writers festival. Today’s big city festivals and their regional counterparts use the same formats, are expensive, predictable, safe and reek of easy privilege. It’s a space that has required reinvigoration for some time. Enter A Rock & Roll

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MOVIE REVIEW: Gemma Arterton’s Their Finest

Their Finest

Their Finest is an overtly tragic tale centred around Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as she is faced with the challenges living in London during the blitz. As day passes and night looms she, like many others, is forced to take shelter underground with the hopes of resurfacing in the morning to the same world she

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