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Picture Yourself

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Just Picture Yourself
Check out Picture Yourself, a photo manipulation service provided to both internet users and, for that face-to-face touch, Canberra locals.

Customers provide a high resolution photo of themselves in digital or hard copy format which we then integrate into one of a catalogue of famous copyright-free images. In addition, we can apply a range of special effects, create photo mosaics, or convert photos into pencil sketches or cartoons. See the sample gallery for ideas and examples. Whether you want to embellish a special photo, make yourself part of a famous scene, or create a unique and humorous present for a friend, we can make it happen. We welcome all requests and will do all we can to meet them.

www.picture-yourself.com.au

Evan Hourigan Memorial Walk

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Evan Hourigan Memorial walk
On Sunday, 20 May 2007, the Evan Hourigan Memorial Walk will take place. The walk has been organized by Evan’s friends and work colleagues to celebrate his life that was so tragically cut short.

Evan was a proud and popular Canberran, participating in many sporting and social events in Canberra and the surrounding region. Evan was an accomplished sportsman, playing Australian Rules football from an early age for the Belconnen Magpies and represented the ACT in a number of junior representatives sides. He also represented the ACT in junior basketball over a number of years.

Most recently Evan was a member of the Bilbys triathlon club and the Team QUON cycle group. He was a keen and competitive triathlete, and it was whilst competing in one of these events that he died. He was 34 years old and was married with a young son Kai, who is now 15 months and is expecting his second child in July this year.

Evan touched so many lives in so many different ways, and in honor of his life a Memorial Walk from Commonwealth Park of approximately 5.5 kilometers – commencing at the end of Anzac Parade at 10.30am – crossing both Commonwealth and Kings Avenues bridges is to be held.

At the completion of the walk there will be a free BBQ, activities for the kids and lucky door prizes. To participate in the day please register at ehouriganmemorialwalk@walturn.com.au. Information on how to make a donation or obtain further information can be found at www.richardson-orourke.com. All proceeds from the day will assist Evan’s young children with their development and educational needs in the future.

When: Sunday, 20 May 2007
Time: 10.30am
Where: Commonwealth Park – at the end of Anzac Parade

In Good Hands

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Experience the Difference
SPECIAL OFFER
Exclusive offer for readers of “The Word” during the month of May.

IN GOOD HANDS – Beauty, Massage & Alternate Therapies is offering all Word Readers:
– 10 Rebirthing Sessions for $1000 (normally $1188)
– One hour massage for the price of half an hour $44 (normally $66)
– Deluxe facial for the price of an express facial $44 (normally $66)
This exclusive offer is valid for the month of May 2007. Visit our website www.ingoodhands.com.au or call 62933943 or 0400564040 for information and prices on our other products and services.

WHAT IS REBIRTHING?

Rebirthing is a powerful, safe and gentle breathing technique which reduces stress, increases energy, and brings ease and pleasure to your life and relationships.

During the session, a professionally trained Rebirther will guide your breath to increase the level of energy in your body, this energy stimulates the body’s natural ability to cleanse and purify itself of limiting thought patterns. By learning to breathe consciously and fully, you discover and release the negative issues held within your mind and emotions.

HOW WILL REBIRTHING BENEFIT ME?

Rebirthing is a specific breathing technique that utilises the breath as a means to expel negative emotions and thought patterns (both conscious and subconscious) that are inhibiting an individual from experiencing life and love.
During the experience you are taught to inhale all that is positive; love, life and health and exhale the negative; hate, disease and death.

Rebirthing can be compared to a glass of water with a layer of dirt settled at the bottom (the dirt being our negative unconscious decisions). The breathing techniques allow clean water to be poured into the glass which stirs up all the dirt, pushing it over the top and out. By continuing to pour in clean water, the dirt is slowly filtered until the glass of water is crystal clear.

By committing to at least 10 rebirthing experiences we are giving ourselves the opportunity to omit all subconscious garbage, although there are initial benefits to a one off experience, eventually all the dirt goes back to the bottom of the glass. By making a long term commitment you will reap the specific benefits of a complete ’emotional makeover’ that will last a lifetime.
WHY IS IT CALLED REBIRTHING?

Rebirthing means change. While rebirthing you may remember things about your birth. During your sessions you may learn how decisions made at birth and early in your childhood have affected your life and relationships. You will receive tremendous value from discovering how current issues originated from these early decisions.

WHY DO I NEED A REBIRTHER?

A Rebirther is a professionally trained facilitator who guides your breath in a way that enables the process to occur. They will guide you through and support you during the variety of thoughts, feelings and body sensations you may experience during the session. Your Rebirther may also offer suggestions and or affirmations to focus on until your next appointment.

For most individuals a relatively short term commitment to the Rebirthing process brings long term and life changing results.

In Good Hands Rebirthing Practitioner, Rebecca Collison, completed her formal rebirthing training with Sondra Ray in Australia and India. Sondra is one of the pioneers of this therapy and has been Rebirthing since the early 1970’s. Sondra is an international author of more than a dozen books, with over 1 million sold throughout the world. You can visit her website www.sondraray.com

Rebecca holds a Diploma in Beauty Therapy and a Diploma in Remedial Massage. In Good Hands offers private health care rebates for therapies (where applicable).

Our flexible hours ensure you can experience your choice in treatments at a time that suits you. This may be either before of after “normal business hours” and even on the weekends.

For more information or to book an appointment:
Phone 62933943 or 0400564040
www.ingoodhands.com.au

Fabulous day out!

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Looking for a fantastic day out? Look no further than one of the special excursions organised by the Canberra Historic Railway Society. Upcoming events include the Showtime Express which includes a trip to Sydney to see the irrepressible Dame Edna (aka Barry Humphries) or Priscilla! This weekend spectacular takes place on Sat/Sun 19/20th May. Pick-ups are made at Canberra / Queanbeyan and Bungendore.

If that sounds too long for you how about riding a Classic vintage train to the Bungendore Market Day on Sunday 20th May. The trip includes a ride on a veteran steam engine, scenic travel and onboard light refreshments.

If a great night out is what you are looking for sign up for the Christmas in July dinner/ dance trip to Tarago. A rollicking good time is guaranteed! Train departs Canberra @ 6pm on Sunday 7th July 2007.

For more details on all of the above excursion visit www.arhsact.org.au or call 02-6284-2790

David Berthold – Director Intensive

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Directing his attention on Canberra –
Pick a major Australian Theatre Company and you won’t have to look far to find the name David Berthold. Berthold will be in Canberra to explore the developmental and creative processes involved in producing new works within theatre companies. “I’m a great believer in companies, in the opportunities they can create for artists to be at their best and for returning audiences to share in the joy and insight artists offer.”

David Berthold’s roles have included: Artistic Associate of the Queensland Theatre Company (1991-93), Associate Director of Sydney Theatre Company (1994-99), Artistic Director of the Australian Theatre for Young People (1999-2003) where his four years as Artistic Director turned that company from crisis to a national leader, and as Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company (2003-2006). He has served on many panels and committees as an arts advocate and advisor, including at the Australia Council, NIDA, the Australian Musical Foundation, and several universities. He has also directed work for Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin, Auckland Theatre Company, La Boite, NIDA, Black Swan, Melbourne Theatre Company, Opera Queensland and Playbox Theatre.

As a part of The Street Theatre / Canberra Youth Theatre collaboration and a part of the Master it Series 2007, this is a rare opportunity for local Directors to work with and tap into the vast experience of this highly acclaimed director. End.

Directing Company Work and Directing New Writing – M4 – David Berthold
Places available: 10
When: 18 – 22 May (Fri 18 May 6 – 8.30pm; 19 & 20 May 10 – 4pm; Mon 21 May 7 – 10pm Tues 22 May 10 – 4pm)
Where: The Street Theatre
Bookings – 02 6247 1223
Media Enquiries
Isobel Griffin
The Street Theatre
Tel: 02 6247 1519
Mobile: 0431 985 369
Email: isobelg@thestreet.org.au

Emma's Dynasty

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Emma''s Dynasty by William Yang photo by Silas Brown
Jigsaw Theatre Company in association with The Street Theatre present Emma’s Dynasty
By William Yang

Like a modern-day Alice in Wonderland, Emma is transported in another world. Through her Grandmother’s tales, she finds herself in Ancient China discovering intriguing artefacts, opinionated dragons and life in the Imperial Court. This is a story of travel, flight from danger, re-invention and identity. Will knowing she is part of the royal lineage of the Imperial Court change Emma?

Inspired by Ah Xian’s sculptures and works in the Asian Collection at the National Gallery of Australia, director Kate Shearer commissioned the award-winning William Yang to write Emma’s Dynasty. Together they have created an enchanting work for all ages which speaks of discovery and travel to inner worlds not yet charted.

Suitable for 8 – 12 year olds and everyone who wants to be that age again.

Location Street 1
Writer: William Yang
Director: Kate Shearer
Multi-Media Artist: Kim O’Connell
Designer: Imogen Keen
Music & Sound Design: Sandy & Gary France
Cast includes: Justine Campbell
World premiere

OPENING NIGHT Thurs 28 June
Season Dates 28 June – 14 July
Public Performances 28 – 30 June
Meet The Makers 29 June @ 6.30pm
School Performances 2 – 6 July
Holiday Performances 6 – 14 July

Without Prejudice

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Without Prejudice by award winning wrtier Christos Tsiolkas
World premiere Street Independent
Aberrant Theatre in association with The Street Theatre presents Without Prejudice, two works by Christos Tsiolkas directed by Catherine Langman

A middle-aged man paces a police lockup. A young boy faces interrogation. Who gets to decide what really happened between them?
An ordinary family of Aussie battlers eagerly await the arrival of their new son, a war-orphan ordered over the Internet. But little Mohammed/Brad turns out to be not quite what they ordered!

Without Prejudice is a double bill of one-act plays, Carburettor and The Trauma Report, by acclaimed Australian writer Christos Tsiolkas (Loaded, The Jesus Man, Dead Europe). Carburettor, first seen in the 2005 hit show Six Pack, is Tsiolkas’ searing portrayal of a taboo relationship and its aftermath. In the surreal, comic carnage of his new work The Trauma Report, Tsiolkas turns the microscope on the terrorist in all of us.
By turns bitingly funny, menacing and tender, Without Prejudice brings an electrifying, no-holds-barred night of theatre to The Street.
WRITER Christos Tsiolkas
DIRECTOR Catherine Langman

Location Street 2
Preview Wed May 30
OPENING NIGHT Thurs May 31
Season Dates 31 May – 16 June
Meet The Makers Tues 5 June @ 6pm

Young Followers

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Young Followers by Mark Taylor. Photo by Silas
The Street Theatre and ANU Drama Department present
Young Followers
By Mark Taylor

It starts with kids in combat fatigues, crew-cuts, boots, belts, buckles and lots of spare time. One night the morals officer appears. Someone has taken their problems to the outside. The whistleblower, a rogue cadet, must be found. And everyone at school kicks downwards.

ACT Writer Mark Taylor visits The Street for the first time wrestling with the human motivations and power relationships at the heart of bastardization in military training in our Defence Force.

Kabu Okai-Davies directs this confronting production probing the ‘accelerated deconstruction’ of officer cadets, ritualised dehumanization in military training, and the power of the pack. Welcome to John Foster’s story. It’ll rip your guts.

Writer Mark Taylor
Director Kabu Okai-Davies
Lighting Design Jan Wawrzynczak

Preview Wed 23 May
OPENING NIGHT Thurs 24 May
Season Dates 24 – 27 May

Gungahlin's Weather is now guaranteed!

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Gungahlin''s unofficial Weather Guru - Darren Giles
The WORD on the Weather .
by Darren Giles
Gungahlin Weather Centre
www.gungahlinweather.com

Gungahlin’s weather is now guaranteed!

The Gungahlin Weather Centre has been providing Gungahlin residents with a unique local weather service since it began operating from Ngunnawal, back in January 1998.

Over the years, the Weather Centre has grown to keep pace with the ever increasing population of Gungahlin (now nudging the 30,000 mark), and now provides live weather updates every 5 minutes via the Gungahlin Weather Centre web site (www.gungahlinweather.com).

The Weather Centre web site, which records all major weather elements including; temperature, rainfall, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and so on, also provides locals with a unique daily weather forecast, specifically for Gungahlin.

Gungahlin Weather Centre operator, Darren Giles, started the centre out of frustration of the lack of weather information available for Gunaghlin residents in the Canberra press.

The web site is visited by thousands of locals and visitors each month, and now there’s another good reason to log on and check it out – the Gungahlin weather comes with a guarantee!

Each day, the forecast temperature range for Gungahlin is posted on the web site. There’s a monthly prize on offer if the weather guarantee is broken. This occurs if the actual recorded minimum and maximum temperatures (when combined) differ from the forecast by more than 5.0°c on that day.

The monthly competition is open to everyone (not just Gungahlin residents). To join in the fun, register for the Gungahlin ‘Weather Guarantee’ today. Simply click on the ‘weather guarantee’ logo on the home page.

Epicorp incubating innovation

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Epicorp
Epicorp is an information and communication technology commercialisation centre committed to turning great science into profitable business. The fund’s experienced managers help connect great ideas to market opportunities through the provision of seed funding and on-going business support.
From its inception in 2001, Epicorp has established its credentials as a successful centre of commercialisation excellence. Its high-value portfolio includes a number of investments spun out from quality Australian centres of research. Epicorp’s portfolio encompasses areas within ICT as diverse as media editing and wind resource assessment to broadband telecommunication and highly-precise global positioning.
Epicorp has a particular interest in the early-stage commercialisation of research from the country’s pre-eminent centres of innovation. Epicorp works closely with Australian’s major research institutions. The Australian National University (ANU), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), National ICT Australia (NICTA) and the University of Canberra (UC) are all Epicorp’s owner members.

Epicorp is supported by an $4.57m, ITC incubator program (ICTIP) grant from the Federal Government Department of Communications, Information Technology and The Arts (DCITA), a supporting grant from the ACT Government, and the provision of buildings by CSIRO.

Epicorp’s objectives are to:

Create a strong high technology commercialisation system for the Australian Capital Region, under common ownership and management, involving the Region’s research institutions and supported by Government and the private sector;
Draw together the relevant resources and players in the Region;
Foster and support the commercialisation of technology and knowledge from ANU, CSIRO, UC, NICTA and industry within the broader Australian Capital Region community; and
Complement other commercialisation initiatives.
Epicorp delivers assistance to new-start and spin-off ventures in two ways:

Through the implementation of a tailored Incubator Program designed to assist businesses to commercialise IP; and
Through the provision of seed funding to suitable Epicorp incubator businesses.
Epicorp portfolio companies make a difference. They employ talented IT professionals, contribute to Australia’s ICT export balance and reflect global best practice in the areas of business management and corporate governance.

Intial enquiries regarding seed funding or incubator tenancy can be made to:

Business Manager
Epicorp Limited
GPO Box 2166
Canberra, ACT 2601

Location
401 Clunies Ross Street
Acton, ACT 2601
61 2 6229 1700

Time for Disclosure

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Due to a very successful debunking campaign since for over 60 years the words ‘UFO’, ‘Flying Saucer’ and ‘Extraterrestrial’ have invited ridicule, laughter, even harassment…until now.

With the Internet, Freedom of Information and a new generation of free thinkers, there is a rapidly growing movement to have world Governments disclose what they know about UFOs & ETs and to declassify the advanced energy production and propulsion technologies they have developed from recovered ‘flying saucers’, and yes they are very real.

“Not only has the alien secret been closely guarded, it has been ruthlessly enforced.” The Hon. Paul Hellyer, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.

Part 1 – It Doesn’t get any Better.
See the amazing 2 hour Disclosure DVD revealing the testimony of dozens of Government, Intelligence & Military witnesses who come forward to discuss UFO events and projects from their first hand experience.

With commentary by Disclosure Project founder Dr. Steven Greer, see current and ex-employees from the NSA, CIA, Pentagon, US military, FBI, NRO and NASA, plus private contractors working on ‘black-budget’ projects – Col. Phillip Corso, head of foreign technology, The Pentagon; Professor Ted Loder; Lt. Col. Charles Brown, USAF pilot, Project Grudge Investigator; John Callahan, senior FAA official (accidents and investigations); Edgar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper, former astronauts; Merle Shane Mc Dowel, US Navy, Top Secret SCI clearance, Zebra Badge; Brigadier General Stephen Lovekin, National Guard, JAG Eisenhower, White House.and many more.

This film is a great start for those who wish to bridge the credibility gap once and for all.

Part 2 – Guest Presenter from Queensland, Diane Harrison/Frola.
Internationally recognised UFO researcher Diane Frola is a positive and vibrant lady. Diane is editor of ‘Hard Evidence’ magazine and co-editor of the ‘Ufologist’ magazine as well as the National Director of the Australian UFO Research Network (AUFORN) which links the Australian UFO community and encourages the sharing of UFO information between groups. In 1998, Diane and her husband Robert Frola, started a UFO Free Call National Report a UFO Hotline: 1800 77 22 88. Diane has also appeared in TV, radio and newspaper interviews.

In 2001 she was invited to be the representative for the Disclosure Project (USA). She opted instead to start the Australian Disclosure Project in 2002. In 2003 Diane co-hosted the first ‘International Scientific & Metaphysical Symposium’ in Brisbane. In June 2007, Diane and Robert will host the 2nd I.S.M.S. Conference in Sydney.

“I think it’s long past time to open this up to the public.” Edgar Mitchell, Apollo astronaut.

Part 3 – The Implications and What we can do About it.
In the third part of this event we discuss some of the implications resulting from full disclosure, including – ending poverty, unlimited clean energy production, world peace, commerce, religious & spiritual, ending pollution, and much more. No politician will risk taking the lead on this. It must come from, indeed, it IS coming from ordinary people. Learn how we as responsible citizens can, and must, lead the leaders. Now is the time for disclosure!

DATE: Sunday 6th May. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.
TIME: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
COST: $60 includes light refreshments
VENUE: Om Shanti College, upstairs Griffith Shops, Barker St., ACT
BOOKINGS & INQUIRIES: Grant Robb, 0422 957 422

This event is not backed by any particular religious, scientific, political or other groups.

The Wrap CRAFT ACT BINGO EXTRAVAGANZA!

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Presenting the inaugural Craft ACT Bingo Night. The only art game in town where anyone can win a prize. A night of Legs Eleven, 2 Little Ducks, 66 Clickety Clicks and where 1 Fat Lady will tempt all stamping enthusiasts to come and try their luck. Bingo and lucky door prizes of useful and perhaps not so useful things and a special mystery prize will all be up for grabs at Craft ACT’s Bingo extravaganza.

Saturday 12 May at 6pm till late

Canberra North Bowling Club / McCaughey Street TURNER

Entry: $2 / open to all Craft ACT members, friends and general public
Please contact Craft ACT for bookings

GET WITH THE PROGRAM

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Craft ACT and the Canberra Contemporary Art Space present a compact half day seminar focusing on professional development for artists. This seminar is designed to provide practitioners of all levels with up-to-date information relating to the development and maintenance of a successful professional practice. Join professionals in their field as they share their knowledge and experience.

1pm – 2pm: Marketing and Promotion with Su Hodge, Director of Canberra Arts Marketing
2pm – 3pm: Internet Presence with Avi Amesbury, artist and Communications Manager of Craft Australia
3pm – 4pm: Retail with Heather Herring, Manager of Merchandising, National Gallery of Australia
4pm – 5pm: Grant Writing with Barbara McConchie, Executive Director of Craft ACT and David Broker, Director of Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

Monday 7 May at 1pm – 5pm
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Gallery, Lvl 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit CIVIC
Please contact Craft ACT for bookings 02 6262 9333

SERIES 3 – Conversations with Local Artists

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3 nights of conversation and discussion revealing the stories of three Craft ACT Accredited Professional Members, focusing on each artist’s work and the benefits and influences of having a practice based in Canberra.

Series 3.1 – conversations with Bev Hogg, ceramic artist
Wednesday 2 May at 6pm – 7:15pm / Craft ACT

Series 3.2 – conversations with Paull McKee, textile artist
Tuesday 8 May at 6pm – 7:15pm / Craft ACT

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Gallery
Lvl 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit CIVIC
t: 02 6262 9333
Series 3.3 – conversations with Klaus Moje, glass artist
Thursday 10 May at 6pm – 7:15pm / Craft ACT

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Gallery, Lvl 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit CIVIC