Tuesday, October 4, 2016

On Friendship

I've been thinking about friendship a bit lately, and I have some thoughts. They're a bit random, but here we go...

Disclaimer: I have fantastic friends and they know who they are, even if I don't see them or talk to them as much as I would like to, because life. This isn't about them. In fact, it's not really about anyone in particular. 

Over the years I've had friends who just haven't stayed the distance. In some cases there were clear reasons why we 'broke up', in others we just drifted apart, no real issue that caused the demise, just neither of us made any effort anymore, and there's no hard feelings. Eventually though, there's unfriending on Facebook and just no more contact. Although if I saw them i the street I'd probably say hello and stop for a chat. 

There's been a couple of people who have just plain and simple stopped returning my messages. For no reason that I know of. But having said that. I'm also guilty of 'phasing people out', and I have my own reasons for that, so I'm guessing they do as well. That's life!

I read a thing once (and forgive me if I get this wrong, I can't be bothered googling it as I tap this out on my phone when I really should be asleep) anyyyyyyway, the thing said that friends don't have to be forever to mean something. The universe provides us with the right person at the right time. To teach us something, it to help us deal with something, or even just to have a damn good time. They do their 'job' and are gone. We may mourn it for a bit, or we might not even notice. This makes sense to me. 

I've got my own theory about friendship. Think about your really close friends, the ones you've had for ages. I bet they have other close friends as well, hell, their close friends could even be YOUR close friends. That's because good people surround themselves with other good people. They've weeded out the crap over the years. 

We don't have to be BFF's with everyone we come across. Yes, we need to be respectful and polite, but we don't need to start threading friendship bracelets straight away. I barely have enough time for the friends I do have, let alone new ones. As a friend of mine likes to say 'I'm not hiring right now!' Having said that, you can always make room for the perfect candidate, can't you? 

And finally, something I have noticed over my time on this planet is that women who don't have at least one close girlfriend they've had for years turn out to be people I should NOT have trusted. Always. Without exception. I reckon there's a reason for that. I'm going to try and learn to trust my gut more. In the past I have given too many people the benefit of the doubt, and I'm the one that ends up suffering. No more!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Giveaway! Tribute Mania!

Well, the giveaways just keep coming around here lately, don't they? If you entered the last competition, check your inbox, because I have just emailed the winner! I'll announce their name on Facebook just as soon as I hear back from them.

Tribute Mania is coming to the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on Saturday the 3rd of September at 7pm, and it looks like it is going to be amazing! I'll be going along (on the weekend of my 22nd Birthday, no less) and I am really looking forward to it. Read on to find out how YOU and a friend can come too!

The inaugural Tribute Mania is combining FIVE tribute acts in one big night! Just check out who is on the bill!

Bjorn Again (ABBA)
The Beatnix (The Beatles)
The Spicy Girls (The Spice Girls)
Elton Jack (Elton John)
The Australian Queen Tribute Show (Queen, obviously!)

It’s a feast of the biggest and best hits of all time, from The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, I Saw Her Standing There and Help! to Queen’s We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Dance to ABBA’s Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me and Waterloo and then groove on to the girlpower hits of the ‘90s with The Spice Girls’ Wannabe, Say You’ll Be There and Stop. Celebrate five decades of hits from Sir Elton John, including I’m Still Standing, Your Song and Crocodile Rock. There really is something for everyone!

Don't just take my word for it though, here's some videos of the acts!

Tickets for Tribute Mania start at just $79.90 (plus booking fees) and are available from their website! 

So, you've watched all the videos and now you're ready to win?!

We have one double silver pass (valued at $158!) to give away to a reader of Chickens and Bees!

All you need to to is make sure you like us and Tribute Mania on Facebook and then fill out this form. (If the form won't load, try this link

Make sure you tell us in the form who you are most looking forward to seeing at Tribute Mania and why!

The answer that amuses or confuses our judge the most will be declared the winner.

The competition closes at 6pm on Friday August 12th and the winner will be notified by email shortly afterwards.


Good Luck!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Giveaway! Monster Jam in Melbourne!

When the email for this landed in my inbox, I am not ashamed to admit I was pretty excited. I've never been to anything like Monster Jam, and I am so looking forward to it!

Plus, I've got a family pass (valued at approximately $310!) to giveaway! Just fill out the form below for your chance to win!

Fans of big trucks and high-powered vehicles rejoice - Monster Jam® is heading back to Australia in
2016, with up to five brand new trucks and drivers and even more super-charged moto-tainment
providing a unique sensory experience like no other.

General public tickets for the world’s premiere of Monster Jam – Expect the Unexpected are on sale now with fans able to witness jaw-dropping displays of punishing stunts across seven shows in five major cities.

With three out of four cities sold-out last year, Monster Jam is back and bigger than ever with the first Adelaide Oval show added to the 2016 tour.

Kicking off on October 1, full dates and show locations are as follows:

01 October – 7pm – QSAC, Brisbane
08 October – 2pm and 7pm – AAMI Park, Melbourne
15 October – 7pm – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
22 October – 7pm – ANZ Stadium, Sydney
29 October – 2pm and 7:30pm – Domain Stadium, Perth

The show will feature four unique Monster Jam driver competitions – Monster Jam Wheelies, Racing, Donuts and the coveted Freestyle competitions, with the Freestyle Motocross and Quad Wars also set to return.

Each city will also host one Party in the Pits ahead of a show, where fans can get up close with their
favourite Monster Jam trucks, before meeting the superstar drivers.

The 2016 lineup includes a number of fan favourites, with ‘Grave Digger’, ‘Monster Mutt Dalmatian’ and ‘Max-D’ back to tear up the track, alongside new additions ‘Alien Invasion’, ‘Pirates Curse’ and the yellow ‘El Toro Loco’.

Standing nearly four metres tall and four metres wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that weigh around 5,500kgs. Built for short, high powered bursts of speed, the powerful

Monster Jam® beasts perform breathtaking stunts and can accelerate from 0-100kph in under 3 seconds.

They literally fly – covering up to 50m in a single leap (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 12m skywards.

Tickets to Monster Jam start at just $28*!

With over 170,000 tickets sold nationwide last year, Monster Jam fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early to avoid missing out.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Monster Jam Website!

For your chance to win a family pass to Monster Jam in Melbourne on October 8th at 7pm, just fill out this form. (If the form won't load, trying clicking here instead) Entries close at 6pm on Friday 5th August, 2016. The winner will be contacted by email.

*Market pricing may apply to tickets and are subject to change. Additional discounts apply on select performances. Credit card and transaction fees may also apply.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival - Review

I was given tickets to check out this show by the great people at Cavanagh PR. All opinions are my own.

Last week I borrowed a child (and her mother, and another of my friends) and we headed to Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to see Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival! We had a great time!

Before the show we were lucky enough to be invited into the VIP room. There was colouring in, and balloons and face painting.

Despite what you may think, face painting is NOT just for the kids!

We got to meet MICKEY MOUSE!

After gathering our supplies of fairy floss, it was time to head into the arena. The ice stage was set!

We sat back and relaxed and let the world of Disney entertain us. After a strange start where they did some Vogue-ing under the sea, we saw the story of The Little Mermaid. After that was Tangled, complete with Maximus the Horse! (How someone skates as the back end of a horse is beyond me)

After a short interval it was a Tale As Old As Time, Beauty And The Beast! The attention to detail was wonderful, with props being slid onto the ice and also popping down from the scaffold above. The lighting was also great and really helped to set the scene.

The finale was, of course, Frozen! The audience was mainly kids, and even though you could tell when they realised what the other stories were, when they realised it was time for Frozen, they almost raised the roof! Seriously, they were SO excited. Especially the girl behind me who had spend the first three quarters of the show loudly asking 'Where's Elsa?'

I took only one picture of the Frozen sequence, it's the one above and I took it mainly because there are BEES! (Look closely, you'll see them, I promise!) The rest of this bit had all the best bits from the movie, snow, ice, Sven, Olaf. The way they did the part where Anna gets frozen and re-warmed was really clever. There was even more spectacular lighting and pyrotechnics too.

The bad news is that Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival has already melted down the stage and left Melbourne, but the great news is that they are going to be freezing things up at Newcastle and Sydney next! Go with your kids, go with your grandparents, just GO!

Tickets are available here. What are you waiting for?

*Newcastle Entertainment Centre 8 – 10 July (Fri - Sun)

* Sydney- Allphones Arena 13 – 17 July (Wed - Sun)

*denotes school holidays

Tickets from $34.50*

*When tickets are purchased with cash at the box office. Ticket price includes GST & Booking/Inside Fee. Additional Transaction & Credit Card Fees may apply. Additional discounts apply on select performances.

For more information and to view a clip from the show visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au

Friday, June 24, 2016

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - Review

I was given tickets to check out this show by the lovely people at Cavanagh PR. All opinions are my own.

I gathered a few of my favourite people and we headed to the Alex Theatre in St Kilda to see You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown on Wednesday.

The verdict? We loved it!

Seriously, what a fun show! Slick choreography, a beautiful set and clever costumes made for a top night out.

I had never seen it before, and aside from knowing it was based on the Peanuts comic strip I had no idea what to expect. What we got was a great show full of energy, catchy songs and wonderful performers. I think my favourite song was Suppertime, but I also really loved 'My Blanket and Me'. My only criticism is that there was no live band in the theatre, although the cast had spot on timing to the backing tracks.

There's no real storyline, but it whizzes along at such a pace that it seems that it doesn't need one. Lots of adorable little scenes. The set is very clever too, basic, but with a Schulz signature! Stairs up the back that convert into things like pianos. Two screens with loads of different pull down curtains to make school buses and music rooms. There was wonderful choreography that made use of the whole stage, and the cast popped in and out from different spots when you least expected it. And the costuming? It was awesome! They made it look like they were WEARING cartoon outfits!

Charlie Brown was played by Cameron MacDonald, Lucy by Courtney Glass, Schroeder was Joshua Robson, Linus portrayed by Adam Porter, Charlie's sister Sally was played by Sarah Morrison. It was Luigi Lucente who stole the show though, he played Snoopy.

I saw the show with a contingent of adults, but there were lots of kids there and they all seemed to love it as much as we did! Given that tickets start from just $25, I reckon you would be mad not to grab your Linus blanket and take your family these school holidays!

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown is playing at the Alex Theatre in St Kilda (it's right across the road from the tram/light rail that comes from the city, so it's super easy to get to) until July 2nd. (There's heaps of matinees!) Tickets are available from Ticketek.

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