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New Australian buying group aims to mobilise one million consumers

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Action Village

With prices for food, fuel and other retail products skyrocketing, a group of concerned Australians based in Canberra has joined forces to form a national buying group whereby it can use people power to pressure retailers into providing lower prices for goods and services.

The new group, Action Village, which is aiming to sign up one million members in its first year, will have the sole objective of using its combined spending might to bring petrol retailers, supermarkets and other chains to the negotiating table.

"We’re aiming to build an army of consumers and empower them to take action against the obscenely rising prices that we’re encountering at the moment, particularly with fuel," says Bill Burdin, one of the founders of Action Village.

Using sophisticated website technology, Action Village has been set up to run online from the website www.actionvillage.com.au People who join Action Village will be able to use the site to view the discounts that have been negotiated with retailers. They will, eventually, receive a plastic membership card they can use when they shop at those outlets.

Signing up to Action Village is free and the card will be issued for free to those people who successfully invite five other people to join.
"We will not be issuing the cards until retailers join the initiative," Mr Burdin said. "A retailer must nominate a discount on the check-out price that they’re prepared to offer the membership.

Mr Burdin says that the key objective, at this stage, is to build up Action Village membership so that it has enough power to make retailers take notice.

"The strategy we’re using is to call consumers to action first. I suppose you could say that we are the trade union for consumers. Individually we don’t have a voice, but if we’ve got a million members who collectively ask ‘What discounts can you give us?’, then retailers will definately come to the table. Business is all about buying power. The bigger your buying power, the stronger you are at the negotiating table.

We’re confident we can do it, especially under present circumstances where every day prices are rising. Those rises seem unreasonable. If we have one million members with each spending $500 per week, that’s over $25 billion a year. You would imagine that wherever a lot of money is spent, retailers would be attracted to that community.

We have the technology to ensure that membership grows at a rapid rate. We have an invitation system built into the website that makes it easy for people signing up to invite other people to join, thereby spreading the word."

Mr Burdin says that once enough people have joined, the first target will be the petrol retailers. Action Village plans to strike a deal whereby each week retailers nominate the petrol discount our members will receive for the following week. All members will receive an SMS email message detailing what discounts are available from which retailer for the following week.

Participating retailers will receive a display sticker to show that they are an affiliate of the Action Village group.

"Eventually, there will be so many members that retailers won’t be able to refuse to take notice of us."

For further information, contact:
Bill Burdin
Principal
T: 02 62312300 or M: 0401796160

www.actionvillage.com.au

This Week In Folkus 10-12 July 08

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The Folkus Room

Hello all. Welcome again to your Weekly Wot’s Wot in Folkus & around the traps…
 

ed….1
an impossible dream!… if only we could keep all the good works and good people who populate all religious faiths and be able to discard the pomposity, arrogance and grand delusions that inform their ego driven hierarchies …….. I suppose I could possibly lament some governments in this vein as well …

INDEX
1. This Week in Folkus
2. Next Week in Folkus
3. Parish Notices
4. The Comics
5. Sport

1.

This Week In Folkus –
BEST quality live music entertainment to the core …
The Folkus Room, (operates out of The Serbian Cultural Centre & Club) 5 Heard St. MAWSON ACT .. eastern side of Southlands Centre and just off Athllon Drive.. CHECK OUT OUR NEW MAPS PAGE…. just go to www.thefolkus.org.au and click this link >>> MAPS

Thursday 10 July The Mace Francis Orchestra A Big Band on tour from WA…

Friday 11 July Scarlett Affection; dynamic sister act from Bangalow
………… Plus Canberra’s own Marianne Mettes …

2. …….
Next Week In Folkus … MORE GREAT AFFORDABLE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday 18 July …. Big Bad Bazza’s Bonzer Blues & Boogie Band more dancing and PROPER entertainments
Saturday 19 July … Sat Arvo Jazz – 2pm to 5pm … with the Dan McLean Trio

3.
Parish Notices……..

3a. The Folkus Room is offering annual subscriptions. go to www.thefolkus.org.au for details… WE NEED YOU! and YOU NEED SPECIAL DEALS ON ENTERTAINMENT WITH FUEL PRICES &/c GOING THROUGH THE ROOF! Go to our web site and check out the fabulous array of performances we have in store for you over the next twelve months. The special subscription offer is just too good to miss out on. Remember also that the benefits will simply keep coming back to you with our increased ability to attract more top line performers for your favourite Canberra live music performance space.

3b. for more info about Canberra’s LIVE music scene! …. http://www.loadedog.com/?page_id=132

3c. House to share Seeking Woman 35+ for small friendly house in Ainslie; Share with one other woman + occasional grand-cat; Simple place with no major mod
cons. Close to ANU. Unfurnished room; share bathroom and kitchen, etc Call Rosie on 6262 7475 – 9am-6pm thanks!

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no joke today… I’m too pissed off about pompous pusillanimous perfect pell and the futility of war … but I suppose I’ll get over it… you need courage AND integrity to earn my favour…

… but you still get a pome C21

The Shipfitter’s Wife

I loved him most
when he came home from work,
his fingers still curled from fitting pipe,
his denim shirt ringed with sweat
and smelling of salt, the drying weeds
of the ocean. I would go to him where he sat
on the edge of the bed, his forehead
anointed with grease, his cracked hands
jammed between his thighs, and unlace
the steel-toed boots, stroke his ankles,
his calves, the pads and bones of his feet.
Then I’d open his clothes and take
the whole day inside me — the ship’s
gray sides, the miles of copper pipe,
the voice of the first man clanging
off the hull’s silver ribs, spark of lead
kissing metal, the clamp, the winch,
the white fire of the torch, the whistle
and the long drive home……….. Dorianne Laux

Stay Well & Truly Silly Gentle Folk

Bill Arnett
The Folkus Room
Canberra’s Acoustic Preference
61-2-62627265
0407 434 469
"No Strangers Come Here – Just Friends We Have Not Yet Met"

WANTED! STALLHOLDERS FOR TUGGERANONG INDOOR MARKET

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Tuggeranong Indoor Community Market

OUR MARKET IS EXPANDING SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR MORE STALLHOLDERS TO JOIN US

ALL SITES ARE INDOORS SO THE WEATHER DOES NOT AFFECT US!! 

THE TYPE OF STALLS, ARTISTS AND CRAFT FOLK WE ARE LOOKING INCLUDE:

  • Folk Art
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Needlework
  • Wood & Metal Craft
  • Leadlighting
  • Fabric craft (applique, tie dyeing, smoking etc)
  • Flower Art
  • Art & Craft Suppliers

PLUS we are looking for:

  • Trash n Treasure
  • New and Second-hand Books/Magazines/Comics/CDs/Records etc
  • Good Quality Baby Items & Toys
  • Collectibles
  • Antiques
  • Fresh Fruit & Vegies

All sites are indoors and only $25 per site – we also have tressel tables for hire for $5 each if required otherwise you are more than welcome to bring your own

Our Market is held the last Sunday of every month between 10am – 2pm so why not enjoy the community atmosphere and sell your items at the same time

Book now!!

Tuggeranong Indoor Community Market dates:

  • July 27
  • August 31
  • September 28
  • October 26
  • November 30
  • Special Xmas Market Sunday December 21

For more information please call Jennine on 0411 445768 or email indoor-market@grapevine.net.au or visit the market website www.tuggeranongindoormarket.com.au  

AUSTRALIA STEPS UP PREPARATION FOR THE MEN'S WORLD HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2009

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Handball WC 2009 Logo

 

The Australian Handball Federation [AHF] is pleased to announce Australia’s draw and schedule of games for the Men’s World Handball Championship 2009. Australia’s Preliminary Games, which will be played in Osjek, Croatia, as follows:

           Date                                        Opponent Team

 

17.01.09                                               Hungary/Bosnia Herzegovina *

 

18.01.09                                                Slovakia

 

19.01.09                                                  France

 

21.01.09                                                  Romania

 

22.01.09                         Argentina

            

            [* Pending legal process decision]

After participating in the Preliminary Round, Australia may advance to the main round in Zagreb, where the semi-finals and final will also be held. Otherwise, the Australian team will proceed to one of the venues for the President’s Cup competition of the tournament.  The two locations for this part of the competition are Porec and Pula.

 

As part of Towards Croatia 2009 Program, training camps have been held in Europe and Australia since December 2007. Nine squad members play with European Division 1 Club teams with the remainder playing in Australia. Further camps are planned in Europe and Australia before the final team of sixteen is selected following a three-test match series between the Australian-based players and New Caledonia to be played in Noumea 7th-9th November 2008.

AHF wishes to thank Ligue de Hand Ball Nouvelle Caledonie for its assistance in the preparation of the men’s squad for their World Championship campaign, by arranging the three test match series in Noumea.

  

The Australian team will assemble in Europe in January 2009, two weeks before the World Championship for final preparation where the Europe-based and Australian-based players will have the opportunity to have intensive training together. The final training camp will be selected from locations being considered in Switzerland, Germany and Croatia. Funding through sponsorship, which would be welcomed, will help decide the choice of location as well as the program that can be offered by local organisations.

 

For further information, please contact the AHF Media & Public Relations Officer, Violi Calvert by email: public.relations@handballaustralia.org.au. or by phone: + 61 408 22 77 94.

 

"Art at the Crowne" 25 – 27 July 2008 Weekend Exhibition Pelican Waters, Caloundra –

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Peter Heuscher / A peacefull place

Art enthusiasts will be able to get up close and personal with more than 50 of Queensland’s premier and up-and-coming artists exhibiting at the Crowne Plaza Resort, Pelican Waters, Caloundra with more than 300 artworks on display at the end of this month.

The ‘Art at the Crowne’ event will open its doors on Friday 25th July at 5pm
and will continue over 3 days continue concluding 4pm Sunday 27th.

The exhibition will provide the opportunity to meet featured artists in an informal environment and will showcase a wide range of work available for sale, encompassing painting (in all mediums), photography and sculpture.

This exhibition is not just for the up coming artists as it also features work from prominent professional artists. Several multi-award-winning artists will also be exhibiting during the show, including Barry Green, Sandra Conte, Rod McArter, Peter Heuscher, Hetty Doyle, Vicki Mullins, Glenis Gray and many more.
The public is invited to join the artists at the exhibition party on Saturday 26th July with refreshments available from 8pm.

Brisbane based artist and organiser of the event Vicki Mullins says the diverse selection of artists will cater to a variety of genres and budgets. “The exhibition features over 300 works so you’re sure to find something to suit your taste and budget,” Vicki Mullins says.

While this is only Vicki’s’ second exhibition as an organiser, she is no stranger to the art scene, having showcased her work over the last two years as an emerging artist. “I wanted to provide an opportunity for artists to display their work and promote the local art community, as it was organised as a not-for-profit event it has encouraged a wider variety of artists that would not normally exhibit.” she says. “Having experienced it first-hand myself, I know how expensive it can be just to get your work out there.

The “Art at the Crowne” Exhibition will be open from Friday 25th 5pm until Sunday 27th 4pm. Opening hours are from 9am till late every night and admission is free to the event and the exhibition party Saturday night.
For further information on the exhibition phone Vicki Mullins on: 0409183027
 

Free at the Casino

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Free Live Music

Free at the Main bar every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm

Friday 11 July – Frequently Asked Questions
Saturday 12 July – Swing in Style featuring Lucy Bermingham
Friday 18 July – Brendan Drake Trio
Saturday 19 July – Funky Fedoras
Friday 25 July – The Jazzebells
Saturday 26 July – Quartessence

Friday 1 August – Swing in Style featuring Lucy Bermingham
Saturday 2 August – Leisa Keen Trio
Friday 8 August – Latin Quarter
Saturday 9 August – Quartessence
Friday 15 August – Jim Latta Quartet
Saturday 16 August – The Jazzebells
Friday 22 August – KarismaKatz
Saturday 23 August – Funky Fedoras
Friday 29 August – Leisa Keen Trio
Saturday 30 August – Ali Flett Trio
 

Melbourne Cup Luncheon at the Casino

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Come and celebrate

Have a great meal, place a bet at our TAB, watch the Cup and have a bit of a flutter on the gaming tables. Call 6257 7074 to book.

MELBOURNE CUP DAY MENU

$45 Per person…unlimited visits

Fresh basket of breads with herb and garlic butter
Antipasto platter of char grilled and marinated vegetables, olives and cheeses
Freshly made soup of the day

Chicken breast w preserved lemon, thyme & verjuice glaze
Penne prima vera, with fresh Mediterranean vegetables and Napoli sauce
Roast leg of lamb, marinated in rosemary and mustard, served with traditional jus
Market fresh fish served with baby spinach and a tarragon cream reduction

Roast potato salad with crisp bacon, sour cream and chives
Warm salad of roast root vegetables, roquet and paprika vinaigrette
Salad of baby spinach, caramelized onion, glazed pumpkin and hazelnuts, served with a dijon mustard vinaigrette
Mesclun salad, with slow roasted tomatoes, goats fetta, and mustard glazed pear.

Selection of cakes and slices, with fresh cream and spiced berry compote
Selection of Australian and imported cheeses, with crackers and macerated fruit
Fresh fruit salad with burnt lime and mint syrup
 

Hit band of the late 60s – Herman's Hermits

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Hermans Hermits

The mid 60s music scene was dominated by British acts, three of which became household names – the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and… Herman’s Hermits. As part of their Australian tour Herman’s Hermits are playing for one night only at Casino Canberra. 

Come along and listen to the likes of ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’, ‘No Milk Today’, ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’

Hear Herman’s Hermits live when they perform for one night only in Canberra as part of their Australian tour. Herman’s Hermits with over 23 hits to their name, live at Casino Canberra 16 September. Dinner and Show or Show Only tickets available but book early because this show will sell out fast. 

Hermans Hermits Special Dinner Menu

Twice cooked chilli plum duck, served on a bed of pan-fried Asian veg with a star anise broth

Braised shoulder of lamb, with baby onions, tomato and madeira sauce, and served on rosemary pommes Anna

Monkfish basquaise, Pan-fried monkfish fillets wrapped in parma ham, served on roast bell pepper, tomato compot, and kipfler potatoes

Smoked Lamb sausages, with roast butter carrots, garlic and olive mash, served with a rich brandy jus

Roast portobello mushrooms with thyme, wilted baby spinach and tallegio, served on garlic sour dough

Iced fresh berry souffle, served with cointreau berry compot

Bitter dark chocolate and drambuie mousse pots, served with hazel nut biscotti

Lemongrass and palm sugar pannacotta, with chilli and orange syrup, and honey biscuits

Australian and imported cheese plate with crackers and maccerated fruit
 

This Week in Folkus 10-12 July

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The Folkus Room

Hello and welcome again to your Weekly Wot’s Wot in Folkus & around the traps… The Flatus turns 21 … YAY!

ed….
So much sadness (children victims of "adults" who’ve lost the plot)
and ugliness (two weeks ago I didn’t think Belinda or Robert could get any uglier but they have)
in the world BUT there is some good news…..
Oh GOODY! Having been brought up in the Catholic faith (although now a devout and practising atheist), I’m able to claim a Catholic badge and thereby rely on the new law "Thou shalt not cause annoyance to Catholics! Penalty $5,500" The seven day adventurers and others who cause annoyance by knocking on my door and spruiking their Jesus stuff will have to be very cautious indeed….
OOOPS! I’ve just realised… maybe I’ve just annoyed a couple of Catholics myself… Oh where will all this stupidity end???

INDEX
1. This Week in Folkus
2. Next Week in Folkus
3. Parish Notices
4. The Comics
5. Sport

1.

This Week In Folkus –
BEST quality live music entertainment to the core …
The Folkus Room, (operates out of The Serbian Cultural Centre & Club) 5 Heard St. MAWSON ACT .. eastern side of Southlands Centre and just off Athllon Drive.. CHECK OUT OUR NEW MAPS PAGE…. www.thefolkus.org.au

Friday 4 July FOLKUS ON BLUES! Doors & Bistro from 6.00pm – Music from 7.30 Admission $20/$15 and children FREEEE!
"Acoustic Alternative" with Glenn Cardier, Earlwood Greg, Davo Fester & Phil Grove
Glenn Cardier has been writing great songs since the seventies. He has written for Olivia Newton John and toured with Spike Milligan and Frank Zappa . His latest CD “Exiles from Eden ‘ has recently received a glowing endorsement from our premier reviewer Bruce Elder[SMH] who describes the songs as ‘some of Australia’s finest songwriting.’ In his latest project, put together with the help of Earlwood Greg, Glenn has sought to bring his songs to life in a format that explores their full potential. Using the exceptional talents of Phil Grove [The Nevilles] on Keyboards and Dave Fester [Craig Calhoun] on Percussion, combined with Glenn’s smoking Guitar and Vocals and Earlwood’s sweet Lap Steel and Guitar he’s created a great live sound to match the beautiful songs. Earlwood will also take the chance to feature a few of his own songs throughout the evening. During rehearsals all four seasoned musicians have been very excited to be a part of such a quality production. Once we add the audience it promises to be something right out of the box.

2. …….
Next Week In Folkus … MORE GREAT AFFORDABLE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Thursday 10 July The Mace Francis Orchestra A Swing Dance Big Band on tour from WA…
Friday 11 July Scarlett Affection; dynamic sister act from Bangalow Plus Canberra’s own Marianne Mettes

3.
Parish Notices……..

3a. The Folkus Room is offering annual subscriptions. go to www.thefolkus.org.au for details… WE NEED YOU! and YOU NEED SPECIAL DEALS ON ENTERTAINMENT WITH FUEL PRICES &/c GOING THROUGH THE ROOF! Go to our web site and check out the fabulous array of performances we have in store for you over the next twelve months. The special subscription offer is just too good to miss out on. Remember also that the benefits will simply keep coming back to you with our increased ability to attract more top line performers for your favourite Canberra live music performance space.

3b. for more info about Canberra’s LIVE music scene! …. http://www.loadedog.com/?page_id=132

4.
One day The Lord spoke to Adam. "I’ve got some good news and some bad news," The Lord said. Adam looked at The Lord and replied, "Well, give me the good news first." Smiling, The Lord explained, "I’ve got two new organs for you, one is called a brain. It will allow you to create new things, solve problems, and have intelligent conversations with Eve. The other organ I have for you is called a penis. It will give you great physical pleasure and allow you to reproduce your now intelligent life form and populate this planet. Eve will be very happy that you now have this organ to give her children." Adam, very excited, exclaimed, "These are great gifts you have given to me. What could possibly be bad news after such great tidings?" The Lord looked upon Adam and said with great sorrow, "You will never be able to use these two gifts at the same time."

There Will Come Soft Rains

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white;
Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone…………… Sara Teasdale

 

Stay Well & Truly Silly Gentle Folk

Bill Arnett
The Folkus Room
Canberra’s Acoustic Preference

www.thefolkus.org.au
61-2-62627265
0407 434 469
"No Strangers Come Here – Just Friends We Have Not Yet Met"

Pack your bags – get outta town

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Sick of being a tourist? Why not teach English overseas and experience the real culture of a country!

Are you tired of the daily work-ritual and want to try something different?  Or perhaps the desire for a new adventure and the dream to travel overseas are constantly in the back of your mind?

Imagine working a few hours in the morning and then sunning yourself for the afternoon on a sandy white beach in Rio de Janeiro!  Or heading out on a Friday after work to experience the fabulous sights and sounds of Bangkok’s nightlife.  Or climbing the Great Wall of China on the weekend with a group of friends from work!

If this sounds good to you, then maybe you should consider becoming a teacher of English and join the thousands of other Australians around the world who are having the time of their lives teaching English as a foreign language – get paid to travel and experience another culture!

Sophie Marshall, of Teach International (a Registered Training Organisation that trains people in English teaching methods), said that teaching English overseas allows people to be more than the average tourist and really experience the culture of the country.

“There are many jobs available in so many countries. People can really choose where they want to work, how much money they need to earn, what kind of place they want to live in, and what type of cultural adventure they would like to have.

“The idea of gaining a unique cultural experience and taking a break from the ‘norm’ is what attracts many people to do the course and to take up the teaching option.

“You can use your current experience and/or qualification to become a teacher of English.  You do not have to be working in the Education sector.  All that’s needed is fluency in English, an English-teaching certificate such as a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate, and, of course, a need for adventure,” Ms Triggs said

“You can become a qualified teacher of English overseas within a couple of months.

“Often the hardest part is deciding where to go…China, Turkey, Costa Rica, Russia, Cambodia, Brazil, Colombia, Vietnam, Hungary, Mexico!”

Learning to teach English is simple and the courses run by Teach International are fun and interactive, comprising an in-class component of three evenings and a weekend, 60 hours over the Internet, plus a practical teaching component. 

The most popular course is the Certificate III in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) – 30502QLD, with the next course starting in Canberra from 27-31 August, 2008.

Students receive full support during and after the course, and the innovative online student centre provides teaching resources, travel information, country guides, and ongoing job-search assistance.

If this sounds like the exciting change you have been looking for, Teach International is running free information sessions on Monday 7 & 21 July and Tuesday 5 & 19 August at the Quality Hotel Dickson, Cnr Badham and Cape Streets, Dickson from 6-7pm.

If you cannot make it to an information session, Teach International has produced an interactive DVD, designed to give you a sample of the wonderful experiences and adventures you can have teaching English overseas. It is full of grad interviews, the in-class course experience, a
mini-information session and overseas footage from our grads.

To book into the free information session or to have an information kit posted to you, please call 1300 558 890, or visit Teach International’s website www.teachinternational.com for information on overseas teaching opportunities, specific country details, as well as all upcoming information sessions and course dates in Canberra.
 

FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, ACT TAKES OUT TOP SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION AWARD

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Owner Anne Rendina and her staff

For the second year in a row, a Canberra small business has won a top award in the 2008 ACT and South West Region Local Business Awards. 

Competing in the fashion category against seven other finalists, Angelo’s Shoes, a small family run business in the heart of Manuka, proved that if the ‘shoe fits, wear it’. Owner Anne Rendina was shocked when it was announced she had once again been honoured.

For Anne and her three-member team, the award is testimony to the value small businesses bring to Australia. “It’s about personal service and caring for customers,” says Anne. “There are thousands of small businesses across the country passionate about what they do and they persevere in an increasingly competitive environment. Here, their success adds to the personality of Canberra and surrounding region.”

Angelo’s Shoes sells an extensive range of imported footwear, made to the highest standards.

Canberra’s support for Angelo’s Shoes, after last year’s regional and then national win, was second-to-none, says Anne: “People just walked in the door to say ‘well done’. They were proud an ACT business won.”

Angelo’s Shoes picked up the award on June 20 in part because of the nature of her customer base. Anne’s oldest customer is in her mid 90s and her youngest in her 20s. She has been selling shoes to some of the same customers for more than 21 years and has a steadily growing interstate base—including politicians, lawyers, dignitaries, celebrities and doctors.

Angelo’s Shoes also won for their high level of personal service and commitment to working with women who have orthotic problems. Anne works with foot doctors to help women with knee, lower leg, feet and bone problems.

Anne bought the store 21 years ago and has been in the same Manuka location since she took over. She knew nothing about retail—or shoes for that matter—but says her parents were born in Italy and she’s always adored fabulous footwear.

Now Anne travels internationally on buying trips to handpick her range of high-fashion women’s shoes made with exquisite leather and other materials, and to exacting production standards. “Women from Canberra no longer have to travel to Sydney or Melbourne for shoes and accessories,” says Anne. “Those days are long gone.”

Angelo’s Shoes now moves on to the national awards which will be held in Sydney on 13 September 2008
 

Australian Handball Friend's Interview on Global Broadcast

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An article "Handball Connects People" was uploaded on The Word on 6th May 2008 [Sport, Handball]. 

This article was an interview of Nenad Bach, who is the Editor In Chief of the Croatian World Network [CROWN] and who has been a great supporter of Australian handball. 

Aside from being the Editor In Chief of CROWN, Nenad is also an accomplished artist, songwriter and film score composer. 

Check out his MySpace page for more information on this multi-faceted and multi-talented individual on http://www.myspace.com/nenadbach

Nenad promotes world peace and friendship, care for the world and environment through his interaction with people he meets in person, through CROWN and his music. 

Supreme Master TV interviewed Nenad to speak about his views on issues and matters that are important to mankind.  This was aired on global broadcast on 1st June 2008, with simultaneous 15 subtitles.

Here’s a copy of the interview which has been posted on youtube.  No doubt the lives of many more people may be touched through this interview of this wonderful man who has given us friendship and support over the years.

SLOWLY SLOWLY CATCHEE TIMESHEETS

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New software brings change to millions of users world-wide!

Early last month, a little known software company based in New Zealand, launched their latest version of MetriQ Professional, an automated timesheet software that promises to revolutionise how we collect time in business.

The rationale for their software asks the fundamental question: Why are we paying our staff to collect inaccurate, unreliable time data using timesheets, a technology that’s been around since the ark? Why indeed, and what are the reason this software genre will provide a powerful momentum for change in an industry that’s long stagnated, unable to think outside the square and complacent with the status quo.

So what’s the big deal? Filling out a timesheet takes 20 maybe 30 minutes at the end of the day, and if collecting time for charge-out to clients, these costs simply get past on. So why fix it if it ‘aint broke? Here’s a bitter pill, take care before you swallow!

First off, for every ten minutes a day your staff spend on timesheets, means you loose over a week of paid salary each year in lost productivity. Given that some of us spend half an hour scratching our bony cranium trying to remember what we’ve done throughout the day, translates to three weeks of lost productivity, a hidden cost few businesses can ill-afford to lose.

Next, consider the accuracy of the data collected. For business, we are legally obliged to ensure our clients are not overcharged, especially when using units to account for staff effort. But if the phone goes at 10:03 am for 2 minutes 43 seconds, or a co-worker interrupts you at 11:47 for a five minute chat, how can we expect staff to report this accurately when tired and anxious to avoid the rush hour home.

And truly, is there anyone out there that actually enjoys completing timesheets?

We’ve all seen fads of one sort or another come and go, but the fact remains, automating this mundane office chore has tangible cost benefits that far out way our reluctance to change. And here’s a litmus test: Who out there is willing to manually copy a letter, while standing next to a Xerox machine?

 

Contact MetriQ

 

This Week In Folkus 26-28 June

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The Folkus Room

Hello and welcome again to your Weekly Wot’s Wot in Folkus & around the traps…

ed….
Vale Peter Daly
a lovely man who wore many hats and made good friends wherever he went…
seems odd that I won’t see his smiley eyes any more…

INDEX
1. This Week in Folkus
2. Next Week in Folkus
3. Parish Notices
4. The Comics
5. Sport

1.

This Week In Folkus – SONG & DANCE
TWO big nights with BEST quality live music entertainment to the core … Admission $15/$12 and children always FREEEE!
The Folkus Room, (operates out of The Serbian Cultural Centre & Club) 5 Heard St. MAWSON ACT .. eastern side of Southlands Centre and just off Athllon Drive.. CHECK OUT OUR NEW MAPS PAGE…. www.thefolkus.org.au

Friday 27 June SING! Doors & Bistro from 6.00pm – Music from 7.30
All of Us, All Together with Peter Hicks & Ross Smithard
PLUS Martin Doherty & Leigh Birkett an evening of protest, social conscience, commentary and dissent all in song and verse by several of the finest and most incisive exponents of our time.

Saturday 28 June DANCE! Doors & Bistro from 5.30pm – Music from 6.30
A Night of Big Bands with a collection of Canberra’s finest
… The Kooky Fandango Big Band, The Blamey Street ConneXion; Canberra Youth Big Band; In Full Swing Big Band; Jonno and the Zilberfish Little Big Band

back to the top

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Next Week In Folkus … MORE GREAT AFFORDABLE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday 4 July "Acoustic Alternative" with Glenn Cardier, Earlwood Greg, Davo Fester & Phil Grove

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3.
Parish Notices……..

3a. The Folkus Room is offering annual subscriptions. go to our web site for details… WE NEED YOU! and YOU NEED SPECIAL DEALS ON ENTERTAINMENT WITH FUEL PRICES &/c GOING THROUGH THE ROOF! Go to our web site and check out the fabulous array of performances we have in store for you over the next twelve months. The special subscription offer is just too good to miss out on. Remember also that the benefits will simply keep coming back to you with our increased ability to attract more top line performers for your favourite Canberra live music performance space.

3b. for more info about Canberra’s LIVE music scene! …. http://www.loadedog.com/?page_id=132

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4.

Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things…………….. Mary Oliver

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Stay Well & Truly Silly Gentle Folk

Bill Arnett
The Folkus Room
Canberra’s Acoustic Preference
61-2-62627265
0407 434 469
"No Strangers Come Here – Just Friends We Have Not Yet Met"