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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Cosmopolitan Australia Closes

Bauer Media has announced it will be closing Cosmopolitan Australia, in sad publishing news just in.
In a statement this morning, Bauer Media ANZ CEO Paul Dykzeul said: “Today, Bauer Media announced the closure of the Cosmopolitan brand in Australia, with the December issue being the last. It has not been an easy decision to make, however, the commercial viability of the magazine in Australia is no longer sustainable.

“Magazine closures are never easy, desirable or done without careful consideration for all of those involved. We have to ensure that we are continually reshaping and defining the business so that our readers of today, and those of tomorrow, remain engaged with the content we publish and the platforms upon which we deliver.
“We are incredibly proud of the brand and the people who have been involved and represented over the last 45 years. It has helped to launch the careers of media personalities, supported great brands and causes, and inspired millions of young women across the country.
“We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the brand and its legacy over the years.”

This will mean that extension brands which have worked incredibly well over the years - Cosmopolitan Bride, which was a quarterly print edition (and recently missing from newsstands) and Cosmopolitan Pregnancy will be gone too.
RIP Aussie Cosmo! This is a sad day for publishing!

But I have a question for you: when was the last time YOU bought a hard copy, tactile magazine?






Monday, 15 October 2018

Meghan Markle Pregnant! Confirmed

Meghan Markle is pregnant! Confirmed by Kensington Palace just now:

 

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

'The Bachelorette': Meet The Men, 2018 for Ali Oetjen: VIDEOS

Ali Oetjen met all her suitors tonight and it was... an interesting mix!


As Australia's next 'Bachelorette', after vying for the heart of Tim Robards five years ago when HE was 'The Bachelor' (he ultimately chose Anna Heinrich, and they married earlier this year), and more recently her stint on 'Bachelor in Paradise' (where that ended badly - with her match Grant Kemp traveling with Ali from that Fiji set to the US, his home country and that shot to shit - Google it), it's now her third (TV) attempt to find love.

And so, here at the guys trying to win her heart, and her roses ðŸŒ¹ - or at least some cool gigs as models.



Missed the show? Here are some of the good / controversial bits, starting with the obligatory season round up... THAT LAST BIT, WHAT!?















Honey Badger FOUND! First footage of Nick Cummins since 'The Bachelor' ended: VIDEO

And so, the Honey Badger has been found... but was he really 'missing'?

'A Current Affair' has tracked down Nick Cummins aka 'The Bachelor' from in Papua New Guinea... exactly where he said he'd be, in his interview earlier this week with Lisa Wilkinson in the Sunday Project. See that whole interview HERE.

Here is some footage ACA just posted, with the full interview shown tonight:

TONIGHT: We track down the Honey Badger, at a luxury resort in Papua New Guinea. Having fled the public backlash, he can't escape . .

 



Sunday, 7 October 2018

Nick 'The Honey Badger' FIRST INTERVIEW: VIDEO

Nick 'The Honey Badger' has just had his very first interview since THAT exit from 'The Bachelor' where he walked away from 28 women and chose nobody, with his interview with Lisa Wilkinson airing just now on 'The Project' Sunday night edition.

Lisa also exclusively to the final four women from the show, to hear where it all went wrong.

Here is the full interview:



Thoughts? There is an awful lot of audience laughing the show, just saying'...

Photo: The Project

Thursday, 4 October 2018

The Bachelor 2018: Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins chooses...

'The Bachelor' for 2018 in Australia - aka Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins has chosen his girl... and it is...

Nobody!


Did you pick it?

Here is the reaction of the girls when they realise neither has been chosen...






Tuesday, 18 September 2018

"I no longer hate what I see in the mirror": Kelly Ford's 50kg+ weight loss

Kelly Ford has had a personal victory, and has won the war she waged on her weight, with the prizes a healthier mindset, lifestyle, and happiness!

She shares her story exclusively with Josie's Juice and we could not be prouder to feature Kelly's story here. We met several years ago when our sons were in the same autism-centric playgroup, alongside all our kids, and during her last pregnancy.


Here is Kelly's story, and her very inspiring before and after photos:




"I have battled my weight since I was a child. I remember my first ever 'fat' insult in primary school probably aged 5 or 6 where I was called 'fatty boomba', 'fatso' and the oh so original 'fatty'. These insults, accompanied with feeling and seeing yourself as different to everyone else does strange things to a child's mind as they grow up. I was constantly aware of my size even though I was actually not that overweight in primary school at this stage. 

Due to insults and insecurities I didn't feel comfortable participating in sport at school. See, this is the common thing with kids that are overweight: they don't feel comfortable playing sport due to their weight and therefore can't shift the extra weight and turn to food for comfort and companionship. 

High school at an all girls Catholic school wasn't that bad and I survived with hardly any 'fat' bullying. My weight always bothered me but I was a smart and happy kid and for the most part I still had fun and was often the class clown. I had great friends - some of them are still in my life. I could never get fashionable clothes in my size (I was probably a 14-16) from year 7-10 and as one of five kids my parents tried but could never afford to take me shopping at some of the plus size stores.


I had my first baby at 19 years old and gained an obscene amount of weight (50 kgs). I was 140kgs when I gave birth to my son. I did not have an understanding of nutrition, I just ate because I was hungry and I was in an unhealthy emotionally abusive relationship with my son's father. I had depression and no self worth at all. 

I lost the weight and I also lost the unhealthy relationship and got down to a healthy size 14 and about 85 kgs. I was far from healthy though. I lost weight because I hardly ate food, I smoked and drank coffee and cask wine. I probably still had depression but was happy that I was finally 'thin'. I could shop at Sportsgirl, Bardot and I cried with happiness when I bought a pair of size 13 Lee riders jeans. It was a good feeling. 

I met the love of my life (my now husband Tuks) and with happiness came some weight gain. Only a little so I didn't mind too much. I was feeling happy and healthy. We got engaged and then found out we were pregnant. Wedding plans were put on hold and we planned for our baby. I gained 30kgs during the pregnancy. I had my baby boy and joined Weight Watchers because I had a wedding to plan! I wanted to be back to my 85kgs by the wedding and I had less then a year. I got to 95kgs and we had a beautiful wedding. 

A couple of months after our wedding I fell pregnant again and this time gained 35kgs. I reached the 130kgs and felt pretty horrible. I had my third baby boy and barely had a second to myself and the weight never shifted. That year was hard and very trying. We found out that our two year old had autism, and not long after that we fell pregnant again!

This time I was starting out pregnant at at least 125kgs and really couldn't afford to gain more than 10kgs. I was sent to a dietitian to control my pregnancy weight and with help I gained about 12-15kgs. It still brought me to 137kgs and when I had my first baby girl.

I was so happy that nothing about my weight mattered for a while. Except when I fell pregnant again! Haha, again I ended up being back up to almost 140kgs and gave birth to my second baby girl. I'd had five babies and they were all delivered by caesarean section so I made the decision to have my tubes tied and that was it, no more babies.


I ate way too much during my pregnancies and also would balloon up with fluid. I never had much energy to exercise and being so big it made it difficult anyway. My relationship with food was never healthy and although I loved healthy food I ate way too much of it and obviously unhealthy food as well. I used food when I was happy to celebrate and reward I never seemed to know when to stop. 

My relationship with my self image was in more dire straits and I hated to look in the mirror. I hated my photo taken and I even though I had a gorgeous man who loved me and said he was attracted to me I still felt disgusted and worthless most of the time. I'd felt like this pretty much my whole life and I was sick of it! The mental struggles I'd battled my whole life was emotionally tiring, and that was just my head!

Although I had my beautiful family and my husband loved me exactly as I was, I was heading toward 35 years old and being 130kgs was seriously affecting my life in every way. I had sore ankles, swollen feet, sore back and I felt 50 years old. I had always considered having weight loss surgery but was always terrified. So I decided to join a women's bootcamp that was run by a friend. I tucked all my insecurities up into size 20 tights and shapewear and put on my Nikes. I had never even heard of a burpee before and I could barely run 10 metres without feeling like I was having a heart attack but I went and although I hated it, I was proud of myself. Within a month I'd lost 4 kilos and 18cm off my waist. Then a month later I twisted my ankle at my daughter's gymnastics and I was out of action for two months. 

In that time I decided to call and make an appointment with a bariatric surgeon Dr Gary Yee at St George Private Hospital. I made it for December 2015 and I thought I'd explore the gastric band option which is a procedure where a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly called a lap-band, is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top portion of the stomach intended to slow consumption of food and reduce the amount of food consumed. It doesn't have a very good reputation in comparison to other weight loss surgery options and isn't as popular anymore. 

After lots of research I decided that the gastric sleeve was a better option for me and was hoping the surgeon would confirm this. The sleeve gastrectomy is both a restrictive and metabolic approach to weight loss. By removing a majority of the stomach, usually 80% is removed so the amount of food that a person can consume is limited. This helps people lose weight gradually. Also with the sleeve gastrectomy, the stomach produces less ghrelin, a hormone that triggers the feeling of hunger, so patients experience a reduction in the hunger sensation between meals. Once 80% of your stomach is removed essentially you are left with a stomach 'sleeve' probably the size of a banana. A half a cup to a cup of food will fill you up and you will be full and satisfied. This will help you to lose weight. 

So Dr Yee agreed with me that the gastric sleeve was the best option for me and we booked in my gastric sleeve for the 17th March 2016! We set a goal of 75-80kgs and I had a personal goal of 70kgs. I was so nervous and excited! 

My husband and mum and my younger brother were probably the only ones who were not so much on board with my decision to have weight loss surgery. They were just worried. Once I explained everything and assured them this was what I wanted to do and was going to be okay they were very supportive. 

I had and still have so many beautiful family and friends that are so supportive - I was blown away by how supportive they were. My sister in law knew someone who'd had the surgery, and she passed on contact details so I could chat about my concerns. I also had two other friends that had had the sleeve and were loving life. I was starting to get really excited now and couldn't wait for March to come around. 

I really indulged over Christmas and the New Year and put most of the weight that I'd lost at Bootcamp back on. I wasn't too worried because I knew it would be the last time I could eat the way if always eaten. 

The date was nearing and I needed to do a VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) or pre operative diet which consisted of three OPTIFAST meal replacement shakes / products and 2 cups of veggies a day for two weeks prior to surgery. I started this diet on the March 3, 2016 and weighed in that morning at 123kgs with a BMI of 41. I knew it was going to be so hard and yes, it was! I did it, and lost 7kgs in those two weeks. 

Surgery day arrived - it was a Thursday and I weighed in at 116kgs. I was scared but excited. The surgery went perfectly and I was in recovery after a 2 hour operation. I felt pretty awful but I'd expected that. I had absolutely no desire to eat but I was so thirsty. I wasn't able to drink water but I could have some ice chips. I went I sleep and woke up the next day feeling so much better. I still had no appetite and was on some pretty full on pain relief. I was so out of it that my husband and girls came to visit me and I could not keep awake. I refused the next dose of those pain pills and the next morning I felt a million times better. I was up and walking and feeling great. I was able to eat some soup and drink some juice and when I say 'some' I mean like 3 spoonfuls of soup and like, 50-100mls of juice. I was able to go home when I could drink a litre of water otherwise I'd be in severe danger of dehydration so I'd have to stay on the drip. It was a challenge to drink that water but I did and was able to go home Sunday morning. I'd spent three nights in hospital. I was to be on a liquid diet for two weeks while my stitches in my stomach healed. Then I'd progress onto a puréed diet for two weeks and then soft foods for two weeks and then normal diet after that. It was difficult because yummy food smells would come past and tease my nose and although I didn't physically feel hungry I wanted to eat and crunch on some real food. 

Once I could eat normal foods again I could eat about half a cup of food at a meal, sometimes less and sometimes almost a cup of food. I no longer eat white bread, hardly ever eat rice or pasta as these foods are very filling and haven't got much nutritional value so I need to eat protein first and then some veggies and there's just no room for much else. I take multi vitamins and reflux tablets (a common side effect of the sleeve surgery is reflux) and I drink a protein shake most days to get my protein in. Protein is important for 'sleevers' as rapid weight loss can go hand in hand with muscle loss. Taking meds and monitoring what I eat and drink is a small price to pay for finally being a healthy weight. 

I had made some amazing friends from the weight loss surgery community on social media and in particular on Instagram, and they have been and still are an incredible support network for me and it's made my weight loss journey something I would have never even imagined it would be. Most people wouldn't even think that people you've never met could be some of the most amazing people that cheer you on and encourage you when times are rough and you're off track. It's like a super support group that's right at your fingertips. I now have made lifelong friendships with some of these amazing people. 

The gastric sleeve gastrectomy is designed to be a tool to help you lose 50-60 % of your excess body weight. It will usually be in the first 6-12 months and you may continue losing weight even at 18months post op. The most important thing to remember is that it's just a TOOL to help you lose weight. It doesn't stop you from eating bad food or make you get up and work out. In the first year you must change your eating habits develop a good healthy relationship to food and exercise so you'll keep your weight off. 

Now at two years post op I can easily eat more food than when I was first sleeved but I choose (most of the time!) to eat clean and fresh foods that are good for my body. I work out with my husband a few times a week, I walk as much as I can and I do Pilates. I've changed my lifestyle and in turn I've changed my kids lifestyle as well. They no longer have soft drinks and chocolate biscuits in the fridge whenever they want it, and they are all exercising and being active. I refuse to let obesity be a part of their lives like it was in mine.

I've lost 52kgs since March 3 2016, and 65kgs from my heaviest weight of 140kgs. I am proud to say I now weigh a healthy 72kgs and have a BMI of 26. 

My husband can lift me up and carry me around, I did the City To Surf with my husband in August 2016 and walked 14kms in just under 3 hours, I climbed the Harbour Bridge and didn’t even break a sweat (except I was petrified of the heights!). I can fit in seats and not be scared of breaking them, I don’t need a seat belt extender when flying, I can keep up with my kids and they can hug me and reach their arms around me. I can run! I can walk for hours without getting tired, I wear a SIZE 10-12! My feet shrunk a size! I have bones! LOL! There are just so many NSV (Non Scale Victories) that I can't even mention them all.


This year I am taking the final step of my weight loss journey. I’ve lost the weight but unfortunately am left with an abundance of excess skin that serves no purpose and actually has a negative impact on my healthy lifestyle in terms of exercise and feeling good about myself which I deserve to feel. I am going to have skin removal surgery this year. 


I was told in the beginning of my decision to have weight loss surgery that I would have some regrets at some point and although it has not been all sunshine and roses, I have not once, and I really do mean not once, regretted my decision to have weight loss surgery. It has saved my life and I no longer hate what I see in the mirror. I no longer have sore feet and a sore back, I no longer feel disgusting and uncomfortable and I am finally able to be happy with me."

(Scroll down for another happy update from Kelly below...)


I have now had my skin removal surgeries done by an amazing Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Amira Sanki at Southern Aesthetics in Kogarah.

I saw her in January 2018 and she recommended an extended abdominoplasty (tummy tuck to remove a large apron of hanging skin) and a breast augmentation to help my deflated breasts.

I wanted to have an arm lift and she suggested to wait to see how I recovered from the tummy and breast surgery first. So I had my tummy and breast surgery in a six hour operation in May 2018. Wow how amazing did I feel? Well, more than I’d ever dreamed of!

I then had my arm lift (removed my hanging skin from my upper arms) four weeks ago and again I feel sensational. The recovery after plastic reconstructive surgery isn’t easy but it sure is worth it. I felt like the weight wasn’t truly gone until the extra skin I was left was gone as well."





Monday, 17 September 2018

"Our generation is begging to government: open your eyes." Daniel Aragona on Defqon.1 deaths

Daniel Aragona - known professionally as Daniel Tonik - is a Sydney based DJ and producer. He has been running events across Sydney for just over three years. 

Daniel is passionate about "music, culture and entertainment and the positive impact it has on bringing people together." See more on Daniel here: https://www.facebook.com/danieltonikdj/

He wrote this piece just for Josie's Juice after posting on his social media about the very sad news on the deaths of two young festival-goers at Defqon.1, the electronic music festival held in Penrith on the weekend.

The two festival attendees died from apparent drug overdoses and a further 13 were hospitalised for treatment of drug-related issues at the Sydney event.

Defqon.1 was founded in the Netherlands in 2003 by Q-Dance, a Dutch company that stages “hardstyle” (a dance music genre combining hardcore techno, house and trance music) music events and festivals.
Police have said 355 drug searches were conducted with 69 people found to be in possession of drugs, including the 10 charged with supply offences. A range of illicit drugs were seized including MDMA, cocaine and ecstasy.
If you think this isn't the first time you're reading about deaths at this music festival, you'd be right. In 2015, a 26 year old man was found unconscious in a tent and later died, and in 2013 a 23 year old festival-attendee also died.
The debate has been sparked again on pill testing. While doctors argue those attending festivals will take drugs anyway, our politicians are concerned they'll be seen as endorsing illegal substances.
Daniel weighs in here, giving an insight into his perspective:
Daniel Aragona


"Ban. Restrict. Shut Down.

A familiar theme within our state over the past few years.

Following two deaths due to drug use at Defqon.1 Music Festival last weekend, Premier Gladys Berejiklian released a statement saying that she vows to put a stop to the festival.
I cannot believe how ridiculous this backward approach is, the government can shut down all the events, clubs, bars and venues they want; they still won’t be tackling the issue at hand.

The sad thing is that the government honestly believes that they are fixing the drug problem by banning events and shutting down venues. The fact of the matter is, drug use still exists and will continue to exist whether or not every venue and event is banned in Sydney. It is super frustrating when our “millennial” generation wants to be involved with politics but there is no support from our government; there are issues which are being ignored, young adults being ridiculed by media with nothing but negativity… the government wants young people to be more involved but contrarily ignores us.

It is not so much about losing a festival, it’s more so the government taking a backwards approach to provide a “solution”. They will keep shutting things down until there is nothing left and the problem will still remain the same.

If we don’t stand up to this (and they do go ahead with banning Defqon), they will ultimately continue to do this to every festival.

I have been involved in the music and nightlife industry for over five years. I am absolutely irritated by the negative stigma created around the clubs and events. It angers me when I see comments from people calling it “drug festivals” or stating things like “only pill popping, no-good-to-society kids attend things like this.” I am not a user of recreational drugs, I do not condemn nor condone the use of drugs; I believe everyone has a right to make their own life choices. But I am begging, our generation is begging, for the government to open their eyes and not turn their back on the real issue. Let me tell you, you will never stop the manufacture, distribution and use of drugs… they have tried, but drugs still exist, people still take them and people wont stop taking drugs.

I cannot stress the importance of Pill testing at festivals!! It has been in use overseas for years with positive results. It has been tried and tested at Canberra’s “Groovin’ The Moo” Festival, it was a proven success with results quoted:

“128 participants
85 samples tested
50% was 'other' (lactose, sweetener, paint)
50% was pure MDMA
2 of the samples were deadly”
“STA-SAFE’s Dr Caldicott said five people used the amnesty bin and between 10 and 20 per cent of others who had their drugs tested said they were also considering throwing out their pills.”

It works. Harm was reduced and lives were saved. But no, our government wants to downright cover their eyes and go with what they do best: Ban. Restrict. Shut Down.

After all this, the people still blame the festival or the club. Let me be the first to tell you, clubs/festivals/events in Australia have a zero tolerance to illicit drugs, event managers implement strategies to reduce harm including extra policing, more widely accessible first aid and they do everything in their power to stop deaths and injury from happening. Yet they are still blamed for the mistakes of the minority.

Let me leave you with this… Yes, people take drugs at music events, but they also take drugs at home, at work and in the streets. People die from drug-related deaths in their own homes every year, does the Premier threaten to ban houses?


How far does our government need to push culture and entertainment out the door before we wake up and realise that there needs to be change?"

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Madeline Stuart: down syndrome adult model, world first!


Madeline Stuart is the world’s first professional adult model with down syndrome. She's a worldwide phenomenon and a powerful advocate for inclusiveness and diversity in modelling.



Dubbed the 'Fashion Game Changer', she is just 21 years old, Australian (Brisbane) born, and Madeline is already a household name around the world, with over 850,000 social media fans following her successful campaign to become the first professional model with down syndrome.

Madeline’s story captured the world’s attention from the minute it went viral, with nearly 7 million people following the inspiring weight loss journey that kickstarted her modelling career.
Her ambitious goals and dedication have seen her go viral numerous times in the past 3 years. She has translated that initial success into modelling engagements all around the world, as well as numerous magazine articles in international publications such as Vogue, Forbes Magazine who named her the #1 fashion game changer, Huff Post and more, product endorsements and sponsorships.
Madeline has just announced her first major Australian partnership with P&O Cruises and is currently in the U.S walking in 9 shows at New York Fashion Week before heading to London and Paris.  

Madeline has also walked in fashion events in Africa, Russia, Albania, Germany, France, UK and the UAE.

See her Sunrise interview here:


Want to follow? Links are here:


Facebook             https://www.facebook.com/madelinesmodelling
Twitter is             www.twitter.com/Madeline_Stuart 

Web is                http://www.madelinestuartmodel.com

What a beauty!



'Go Back To Where You Came From Live' 2018 participants: PHOTO

In a global FIRST format, the 'Go Back To Where You Came From Live' participants have been revealed, and the always controversial show will screen on SBS from 2 – 4 October at 8.30pm.




This world first show will 'take the pulse' of the refugee crisis.

Here is a first look trailer:




The cast of opinionated Australians will be led by Meshel Laurie, Gretel Killeen and Spida Everitt.

A group of Australians are about to embark on a journey to some of the most dangerous places on earth.

In SBS’s most ambitious television event to date, Go Back To Where You Came From Live will take the pulse of the evolving global refugee crisis in real time.

The refugee crisis continues to be the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster with 68.5 million* displaced persons worldwide.

In 2018, Australia’s policies around refugees continue to polarise and the refugee and asylum seeker debate is still one of the most complex and divisive.

Over three nights from 2 – 4 October, Australian audiences will follow events live from conflict hotspots and frontlines across multiple continents, witnessing the complexity of mass human migration and its ripple effects in 2018. Journalist Ray Martin and SBS World News’ Janice Petersen will be stationed in the ‘Nerve Centre’ in the studio in Sydney, as the stories unfold through a mix of documentary elements and live crosses to participants on-the-ground.

The participants, each with pre-conceived ideas about refugees, will glimpse the reality of life in disputed territories, at border crossings and inside refugee camps. They will get a first-hand experience of the global refugee crisis beyond the headlines, protests and policies, and opinions from all sides of the debate will be challenged.The participants about to undertake this journey are a mix of high profile and everyday Australians, each with strong views on how Australia responds to the refugee crisis. They include:   
  • Meshel Laurie, comedian, radio and TV personality, is an active supporter of asylum seekers. Her Buddhist spiritualism is a motivator for her to give back to communities around the world.     

  • Spida Everitt, ex-AFL player and breakfast radio host who believes refugees should only come in “the right way”, should work and offer something to Australia. Spida thinks African gangs are a problem in Melbourne and worries for the safety of his daughters who live there.

  • Gretel Killeen, writer, performer and media personality. Gretel believes Australia’s treatment of refugees is barbaric.  

  • Steve, 41, from Adelaide, a prison youth worker and anti-refugee provocateur who thinks Australia’s stop the boats policy is effective. Steven says refugees in Australia are country shoppers, who head to Australia for economic reasons.  

  • Gareth, 29, a theatre student from Bathurst, with mixed views. While he believes indefinite detention is not humane, says we can’t just open the floodgates and need to protect our borders. 

  • Dannii, 24, from Townsville, is a young conservative who works at her local church and believes in protecting Australia’s cultural values. She thinks our current policies are spot on and shouldn’t be altered.

SBS will announce more participants and the global locations they will visit in the coming weeks.

Marshall Heald, SBS Director of Television and Online Content, said:

“Using state of the art technology to broadcast from the heart of the global refugee crisis, Go Back to Where You Came From Live is one of the most ambitious television events in Australian broadcasting history.  By taking audiences to the frontlines of this crisis in real time, the latest instalment of SBS’s award-winning series will capture a snapshot of the issue as it develops with a sense of urgency befitting the subject.

“Opinions will be challenged as we witness stories of adversity, resilience and an optimism for a new life from refugees and asylum seekers at home and abroad. Putting this human face on a seemingly unsurmountable problem and encouraging a national conversation is what SBS does best.”

Go Back to Where You Came From Live is a CJZ production for SBS, with principal production investment from SBS in association with Screen Australia. Financed with the assistance of Create NSW.

Michael Cordell, CJZ Creative Director, said:
“Covering the global refugee experience in a live television event is probably the most difficult project we have attempted. Despite the challenges it’s hard to imagine a more important story to bring to Australian audiences. The immediacy and veracity of live TV will make this incredibly compelling.”

Sally Caplan, Head of Production at Screen Australia, said:

“It is exciting to see this award-winning series return in an innovative and more technologically advanced format. SBS has proven itself to be a leader in event television, with bold documentaries that spark national conversations on complex issues. With new hosts, and new ways of bringing these stories into Australian living rooms, I’m sure this series, produced by the experienced team at CJZ, will resonate with audiences and have an impact beyond broadcast.”

Sophia Zachariou, Director of Screen Investment, Engagement and Attraction at Create NSW said: 

“As a champion of diverse storytelling, we are hugely excited to be involved in what is set to be a timely and epic broadcast experience. Through incredible access, Go Back Live will shine a unique light on the global refugee crisis to capture the attention of audiences across the country and challenge the perceptions of many. This is such an exciting technological feat for SBS and we can’t wait to watch the experience unfold across the three nights.”

This is the fourth season of CJZ and SBS’s Go Back To Where You Came From; one of the world’s most awarded television formats - winner of two Logie Awards, an AACTA Award, an International Emmy, and two Rose d’Or awards, as well as a UN Peace Award.

Go Back To Where You Came From Live airs over three consecutive nights, 2 – 4 October, 8.30pm, LIVE on SBS and streaming live on SBS On Demand.

Join the conversation #GoBackLive

Friday, 17 August 2018

Italian Wine + Food Festival 2018: WIN TICKETS + What's On

The Italian Wine + Food Festival is happening on Sunday August 26!

For the first time it will be at Australian Technology Park, at Eveleigh - which is basically near Redfern station.

Here are some highlights from last year.


We are MOST excited about seeing Aldo Ortado from MasterChef 2018, who will be onstage with Roberto Dessanti, aka The Wog With The Grog, on at 11.15am - 11.45am, where Aldo will be creating a classic Roman carbonara pasta.

Also see the duo at the stand 'Little Piggy Went To Market' by Busfood, where Salumi Australia products and artisan Italian products will be plentiful for you to buy and some sampling too!

Here is more on the event, taken from the show's site:


Where is the venue?
Australian Technology Park is located approximately 5km south of the Sydney CBD, 8km north of Sydney airport and within 200m of Redfern Railway Station. The site is serviced by both Sydney Trains via Redfern Station and Sydney Buses between CBD and Marrickville Metro, as well as a dedicated cycleway. For more details visit:  http://www.doltonehouse.com.au/venue/australian-technology-park/

What are my parking options at the event?
Divvy parking is offered at Australian Technology Park, allowing you to book a parking space online, prior to arriving. Please note there is limited casual parking onsite – booking ahead is required. The entrance to the car park is from Henderson Road, Eveleigh. For information, visit the Divvy website:  https://www.divvyparking.com 

What are my transport options getting to the event? 
TRAIN: Sydney Trains operate frequent train services between Redfern Station (adjacent to the Australian Technology Park) and other major Sydney stations including Central, Town Hall, Wynyard and Circular Quay.

BUS: There are frequent bus services to the Australian Technology Park from the city and Sydney’s domestic and international airpo . The bus stop closest to the Australian Technology Park is on the corner of Boundary and Regent Street.

WILL THERE BE ENTRY TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ON THE DAY?

We will only have tickets at the door if there are some left (some sessions are usually sold out by event day). We recommend that you purchase your tickets prior to make sure you don’t miss out. Please check our website and Facebook page for regular updates.

General Admission Tickets include festival entry for time specified on ticket, espresso coffee, mineral water, cooking demonstrations, entertainment plus free access to our festival app (Does not include entry to wine zone or meals)

Wine Zone Tickets include entry to wine zone for hours specified on ticket, all wine tasting in wine zone (15ml tastes), wine tasting glass to keep (Festival entry is not included and must be purchased separately – ticket is not valid without a festival entry ticket)

VIP Tickets include exclusive pre-festival entry from 9.30am, VIP wine glass to keep, Prosecco on arrival, entry to wine zone and all wine tasting, entry to VIP Lounge with Sommelier service and glass of Italian wine, espresso coffee, mineral water, festival tote with goodies, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and free access to our festival app (Does not include meals)

Vino Grande Masterclass Pass includes all day festival entry, wine zone entry with all wine tasting and entry into all 3 wine masterclasses. (Valid for one person only, and cannot be divided. This package must be booked under one name and used by one person only)



WILL WE NEED CASH AT THE EVENT?

IWFF outlets will be taking credit card and cash payments. Some exhibitors will only be taking cash, so we recommend bringing some cash with you. An ATM will also be located in the venue.

If you have a wine zone entry ticket, all wine tasting is included (tasting portions 15ml), plus you can purchase a glass or bottle to enjoy at the event or take home (only un-opened bottles are allowed out of the venue). There will also be wine bars in the main festival, where all guests can purchase a variety of Italian wines by the glass (prices from $8)

ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED INTO THE EVENT?

Children (under 18 years old) are permitted and have free entry when accompanied by a paying adult.

ARE THERE ID REQUIREMENTS?

Attendees must be over 18 to taste or consume alcohol and may be required to show ID as proof of age (drivers license or passport).

More info here, plus a map to help you get there, below:

Sunday 26th August 2018, 10.00am-6.30pm
Australian Technology Park – Bays 10-14, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh NSW  2015
(Next door to Carriageworks, only 200m from Redfern Station)
In true Italian style, your festival tickets have these generous inclusions:

Festival Entry:    $25 pre purchase  |  $30 on the dayFestival Entry  |  Espresso Coffee  |  Mineral Water  |  Cooking Demonstrations  |  Entertainment
Session A:  10.00am-2.00pm  |  Session B:  2.30pm-6.30pm
Meals + Wine Zone Entry Not Included


All-Day Festival + Wine Zone Entry:   $85 pre purchase  |  $90 on the dayAll-Day Festival Entry 10.00am-6.30pm |  All-Day Wine Zone Entry (no tokens)  |  Wine Tasting Glass (value $25)
Espresso Coffee  |  Mineral Water  |  Cooking Demonstrations  |  Entertainment
Meals Not Included

VIP Pass:    $125 pre purchase  |  $135 on the dayPre-Festival Entry from 9.30am  |  All-Day Wine Zone Entry  |  VIP Wine Glass  |  Prosecco on Arrival  |  VIP Lounge with Glass of Wine
Assaggini by Buon Ricordo Restaurant  |  Festival Tote  |  Espresso Coffee  |  Mineral Water  |  Cooking Demonstrations  |  Entertainment
Meals Not Included

Vino Grande Pass:  $135 per person
All-Day Festival Entry  |  All-Day Wine Zone Entry  |  Wine Tasting Glass (value $25)  |  Entry to 3 Wine Masterclasses
Espresso Coffee  |  Mineral Water  |  Cooking Demonstrations  |  Entertainment
Cannot Divide Bundle  |  Meals Not Included

ADD-ON  Wine Zone Entry:   $35 pre purchase  |  $40 on the dayAll Wine Tasting for Specified Hours (no tokens)  |  Wine Tasting Glass (value $25)
Session A:  10.00am-2.00pm  |  Session B:  2.30pm-6.30pm
Not Valid Without Festival Entry Ticket


ADD-ON  Wine Masterclasses:  $50 per personEntry to Specified Masterclass  |  Ten Premium Italian Wines  |  One Hour
11.00am Italy’s Great Whites  |  1.00pm Grappa Masterclass  |  3.00pm Piedmont Royal Reds
Not Valid Without Festival Entry Ticket

Kids Enter Free with a Paying Adult  |  Under 18’s Only


Last Festival Entry @ 4.30pm
Food from Pop-up Restaurants cost $5-$15
Glass of Wine from Festival Wine Bars cost $8-$15

Standard Ticket Booking + Credit Card Processing Fees Apply to all Ticket Purchases




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- follow Josie's Juice on Instagram @josiesjuice and Facebook

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- Share this post or any of the Insta posts and tag us!

- Give me your email address so I can let you know when you win. Email me: josiegags@optusnet.com.au 

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