The Water Factor in a Vampire Love Story

The Water Factor in a Vampire Love Story

The Water Factor in a Vampire Love Story

Australian actresses Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin were already famous in Oz for their performance in teenagers' TV Show H2O: Just Add Water. Claire left the show after season 2 and the series ended the following year.

Time passed and many fans were content to see the attractive, familiar faces of the actresses back on the small screen, but this time, under a different light and in an American TV show. And it is a big contrast, indeed, not only in theme but also in terms of scenery.

From playing the roles of teenage mermaids in H2O, now the actresses feature in a show about creatures of the night: The Vampire Diaries. They have left the stunning beaches blessed with sunshine in the Gold Coast and surrounded in the gloomy and violent town of Mystic Falls. The happy endings of the teenage show differ from the constant deaths and strong violence that takes place in The Vampire Diaries.

Their characters are still supernatural but they are more complex, deal with more tumultuous feelings and face more dramatic duels. Claire Holt plays Rebekah, a powerful vampire confronted with tragic loneliness. Forsaken by loved ones and betrayed by family, Rebekah plays a dangerous vampire that is actually in search of affection.

Phoebe Tonkin plays Hayley, a free-spirit werewolf. Her character is newer and her arrival thickens the plot in a mysterious way. Her own secrets, particular quest and personal feelings for one of the characters in the TV show twist the fate of Mystic Falls.

The Australian actresses featuring in American productions follow a current trend in the US. It seems that the American public is very prone to appreciate Australian talent, and world-class Aussie actors keep amazing critics and audience.

The Vampire Diaries is a drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by L.J. Smith. The Series premiered on The CW Television Network back on 2009 and is now on its fourth season. Set in a small town of Virginia named Mystic Falls, the main focus is a love triangle between main character Elena gilbert and vampire brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore. As the narrative has evolved, it has been focusing on the history of the mystical town.

Eskimo Joe turn to Crowd Funding

Eskimo Joe turn to Crowd Funding

Eskimo Joe turn to Crowd Funding in the making of their 6th Album

Popular Australian rock band Eskimo Joe have pioneered a revolution in the music landscape with their crowd funding initiative on Australia's leading creative platform, Pozible. By engaging the audience through the newest technological possibilities, the multi-platinum artists are campaigning to raise AUD$40k for the production of their forthcoming album.

We are really lucky with the support we've had over the years from the record companies, but this time around we took advantage of the unique opportunity to do a fan-driven album, commented Kavyen Temperley, lead vocals and bass guitarist of Eskimo Joe.

This creative experimentation in the recording of their sixth album has marked a turning point in the national music industry. Namely, this initiative will be the biggest contribution campaign for music by an Australian artist on the Pozible platform.

Fans of the band can head to Pozible website, in the Eskimo Joe section and there they can become a part of the creative process through the recording, mixing and mastering of their 6th studio album due for release mid-2013. Through social media updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the band has committed to keep participants informed and involved in the making of the album. The project ends on February 9th, 2013.

Supporters will also have access to a number of packages, including advance copies of the band's forthcoming new single, to exclusive unreleased material or a BBQ with the band. The most active participants will be offered the chance to see the band perform the record in full live in the Perth Studio before the album release, as well as a custom-made guitar which has been hand-crafted by guitarist Stuart MacLeod.

The story behind this project began back in early 2012 when Kavyen, Stuart and drummer Joel Quartermain started jamming in their brand new Perth Studio, The Wasteland. What started out as an unrestrained creative process sparked the writing of a series of spontaneously produced demos. After acknowledging the strength of the new songs, the band decided to look for a fresh approach in order to keep embracing this inspired route.

The band decided to go-it-alone in this record because we felt it was a good chance for us to creatively spread our wings, commented Kav. Also, Joel stated: I guess crowd-funding makes perfect sense for the way we are making this record. Not that we probably write differently, but I just think there is a feeling that we can do anything with this record.

The band expressed their satisfaction with the production of their 6th album –which will be recorded through March and April 2013- and the sense of freedom in the studio. Joel said: It is nice to be working on our terms and in our own time not having any expectations. He added that the band was enjoying playing music for themselves rather than rushing to record.

According to the band, the 6th album is not only a new start for them, but also a travel in time to the origins of Eskimo Joe. This new process takes you back to before you made your first record when you started jamming with some mates, said Joel. It feels like we have gone back to the start of things in a sense, but we are less naïve and it's a little bit more honest and less dark, he added.

Santos Tour Down Under

Santos Tour Down Under

Santos Tour Down Under

Kick off the 2013 on wheels! Cyclists of the world, Tour alert! Fans of the sport have a date with fate in Santos Tour Down Under on 20 January. A new race route has been announced with a number of firsts including a stage start in Mount Barker and an inaugural stage finish in Rostrevor. Amongst high expectations, passion and excitement, the exhilarating event will conclude on 27 January 2013.

The Santos Tour Down Under was first held in 1999 and has grown every year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. The event showcases a number South Australia's towns and wonderful countryside.

For a whole week, the top World Tour professional cycling teams ride across the streets of Adelaide and South Australia each January. On its 15th anniversary, new aspects comprise a novel King of the Mountain climb and a spread of stages catering for both sprinters and all-rounders equally.

In 2008, the Santos Tour Down Under became the first event outside Europe -cycling's traditional home- to join the world-renowned UCI WorldTour. This is remarkable as the UCI WorldTour brings together the most prestigious teams and the best riders in the world to compete in the best races.

During the event's eleven years of trajectory, some of the best road cyclists have competed at the Santos Tour Down Under. These include Tour de France winners Oscar Pereiro, Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre who have competed alongside Aussie myths like Stuart O'Grady, Robbie McEwen, Cadel Evans and Allan Davis.

Much more than just a race, the Santos Tour Down Under is a festival of cycling. A colossal party atmosphere and a range of events across Australia constitute the festival's soul. Likewise, the race is not reserved for legends; amateur cyclists can also participate with the SKODA Breakaway Series, which gives people the opportunity to ride part of the WorldTour race route.

concludes with Adelaide city street circuits, with Stage 1-5 being held in regional South Australia. The Santos Tour Down Under is also significant for the tourism industry as it showcases the attractions of South Australia to the world through global television coverage.

Sydney’s top weekend markets

Sydney’s top weekend markets

Sydney's top weekend markets

Arts, gastronomy, fashion, places and people make up a city's identity and weekend markets have long been an intrinsic part of Sydney's local colour. Their clothes, food stalls, music and ambience are the perfect escape for the people's daily routines and the perfect excuse to get together with friends and have a joyous time. Each market has its own identity and offers products for all tastes and whims. Here is a list of outstanding weekend markets:

1) Paddington: is a popular and eventful market located on Oxford Street. In this place, visitors can eat food that are treats to the palate, or even get a good neck massage. Also, shoppers can get handmade clothes, apparel and jewellery from local designers.

2) Glebe: is located in the inner area of Sydney, thus it enjoys the city's vibrant spirit. This market is one of the most established markets of the city. Nevertheless, far from being traditional, conventional and mainstream, its character and style are actually alternative. This market is the meeting point for local fashion designers, and visitors can find clothing and jewellery, and is widely known for its vintage clothing. For those looking for another kind of shopping, CDs and books are also available.

3) The Rocks: is located at the north end of George Street. This market offers a large range of arts and craft that are mainly directed to tourists. In this market, visitors can buy dresses and bags designed by the stallholder, original artworks and prints.

4) Bondi Beach: offers similar items to Paddington but cheaper and at a lower quality, and there are no food stalls. However, for people looking for local designs and vintage clothes, this is the place to go. This market is located at Bondi Beach Public School.

5) Rozelle: is a second-hand market located at Rozelle Public School, Darling Street, Rozelle. Its origin dates back to 1991 and since then it has developed a reputation for being Sydney's favourite antique, collectable and second-hand market. Here, people can find all sorts of things from furniture, bric a brac, records and books to vintage clothing and jewellery. For the visitors' pleasure, they can also get a massage there, eat international food and have someone read the tarot cards for them.