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CARTOON ENTERTAINMENT ICON – Kylie Minogue

January 30th, 2012

POPULAR touring performer and the biggest selling solo artist in Australian chart history, singer, recording artist, songwriter and actress who shot to fame portraying tomboy mechanic “Charlene” on popular TV soap Neighbours winning her multiple Logie Awards, her first single LOCO-MOTION spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian charts and was the highest selling single of the 1980′s, spectacularly performed at the closing ceremony of 2000 Sydney Olympics, sensationally headlined the 1994 Sydney gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, is a celebrated breast cancer survivor, winner of multiple ARIA & Brit Awards, winner of the 2004 Best Dance Recording Grammy Award for COME INTO MY WORLD, received an OBE at Buckingham Palace in 2008 and in 2011 was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard… KYLIE MINOGUE!

FUN FACTS: Kylie is regarded as a gay icon, which she encourages with comments such as “I am not a traditional gay icon. There’s been no tragedy in my life, only tragic outfits…”

KYLIE MINOGUE Limited Edition Print available at TOONARAMA – The Exhibition @ ArtBoy Gallery January 12 – 29

www.BrettWillisCartoons.com

It’s All About The Bag – Georgia On My Mind

November 22nd, 2011

It’s all about the bag. The man bag that is.

For me, the shoes are the window to the soul. If you have bad shoes, it tells me a lot about you. Same goes for the bag.

If it’s a work bag, overnight bag or just a day bag to carry your man bits and pieces, this Georgia On My Mind bag is really doing it for me.

Hand made in Greece from vegetable tanned leather, this gorgeously contemporary yet classic bag has 2 short handles with 2 small side & 1 large front outer pocket. It’s got brass buckles, metal feet on the base and a detachable adjustable shoulder strap with a maximum length of 130cm.

A little about Georgia On My Mind: They make a range of handmade sandals, travel bags, natural cotton wear and accessories. Designed in Melbourne, their products are hand crafted in Europe by some of the finest artisans using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. Made from genuine hand dyed vegetable tanned leather using 100% environmentally friendly techniques utilising raw natural untreated leathers that become softer and darker with age.

How can you go past this brand?

The bag is priced at $599.

www.georgiaonmymind.com.au

Where Would I Rather Be?

August 10th, 2010

Photos by Adrian Erdedi

Where would I rather be? I’d rather be on the amazing island of Mykonos, Greece.

One of the most spectacular places I’ve ever visited throughout my World travels, this was the one place that made my heart skip a beat each morning I got out of bed and opened my french doors looking over the water.

An island of around 9,500 people, spanning over 106km2 of mixed terrain, this island sits between other well known islands like Eos, Santorini and Paros.

Known as one of the major party islands of the World, Mykonos sure does live up to it’s name as the island of partying, drinking, eating, random sex and DJ’s.

Bars and clubs scattered along the beaches, DJ’s pumping tunes, men and women wearing very little and some of the sexiest bodies your eyes will ever feast on, the island is one constant party in the water, sun and foam parties. The atmos is electric, a life you wish you could live for eternity, but know your body couldn’t cope with forever. Known as a ‘gay’ friendly island, there are many gay bars, beaches and gays holidaying and living la vida loca from countries around the world. As soon as you get to the island, you can tell it’s very gay as there are more gentleman there wearing white flowing linen then you can fathom!

Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are the two beaches you MUST visit while on your stay in Mykonos. They are a complete eye opener. One of the locals you are bound to meet is Elephant Man. Known globally for his little g-string… the rest you can go figure. Super Paradise is now more-so a mixed gender nudist beach, with bar/cafe and crystal blue water. The umbrellas, flowing white fabric day beds, giant cushions and cocktails are just some of the things that welcome you to Paradise Beach. Both beaches are one continuous day and night party… Fueled by DJ’s, foam parties, topless girls, alcohol, nudity, stunning water and then sun coming down over the ocean, it’s the perfect way to celebrate life.

There are lots of little things that are scenic and famous about the island, not just the parties and night life, things in the main town of Choras like Petros the Pelican (photo below) that has been there for over 50 years! The stunning 16th century windmills, the tiny white lane ways and hundreds of steps leading you to different blue doors and other lane ways. The museums, carved in stone stores, jewellery boutiques, clothing stores, cafes, restaurants, lazy locals and stray cats give the island another dimension.

Whether you are after non-stop partying, or a relaxing holiday, you have the chance to do both here. But be warned, you’ll be paying for it – interpret that how you wish.

I could really write on and on about Mykonos, what I saw, how it made me feel, so on and so on, but I think my photos attached speak many more words.

Everybody speaks english, or at least broken English. The local drivers are completely nuts and look of for the drunks on mopeds, they are deadly!

At least once in your life, visit this place. If more then once, you’re a lucky b*****d!

Photos by Adrian Erdedi

The Goddess Of Beauty, Fertility & Sexual Love. Kylie Minogue.

July 26th, 2010

Aphrodite; The Goddess of beauty, fertility & sexual love. Now could that dictionary meaning describe Kylie Minogue any better? I think not.

Aphrodite is the newest musical compilation of festivity and an injection of the Kylie Minogue we all know and love.

Now picture this. European Summer 2010. Mykonos. Beach parties. White flowing linen outfits. Your best friends. Mojitos. White walls and floors. Blue doors and windows. Cushioned day beds with white flowing silk in the sea breeze. Euro trunks. Tanned skin. Early afternoon, leading into the night where the party will begin. Mediterranean sexuality. This is Kylie’s perfect setting for Aphrodite.

When I hear the sounds of this UK-crap-pop X Euro-trashy-pop, I’m instantly taken back to the fruitiest times of my life in a small island called Mykonos. I don’t know if it’s the album cover, the name of the album, or the way the music makes me feel, but I sure as hell like the feeling.

I’ve never really been a fan of Kylie Minogue, but I have now found a new appreciation for the ‘Princess of Pop”. Yes I will admit, I have most of her albums from the past 10-12 years and have loved them, till it gets to about 2 months of listening to them, then I can never hear it again. They almost make me cringe.

At this stage, I’ve owned the album now for nearly 2 weeks and I still really like it. It hasn’t driven me mad yet. I enjoy each and every song as I go to work, for a run, driving in the car or just chilling at home as it has the ability to transform me to a place I once enjoyed in the peak of Summer – Mykonos. It also makes me forget the depression that comes along with a Sydney Winter.

Energetic songs, fun and boppy lyrics and tunes that you remember long after you’ve turned it off. But it is missing something. It is missing the cutting edge style and catchiness of everything that was on her 2001 multi-award winning album Fever. Aphrodite is seriously lacking individuality. To be honest, it’s like listening to the SugaBabes, but mixing it with a little electronica and then throwing in a few Anthemnic (yes that’s my new word) choruses to get the crowds pumping in dingy discotheques.

The first track released from the album is “All The Lovers”. A song that suprisingly brings out memories of past love and emotions once buried. The words and the video are a statement of global acceptance on a number of topics including sexuality. But this could also be for the sake of lifting her profile in the gay audience. Kylie’s fans are predominately gay, so the film clip really shows another side of life through music and profile.

The next track due for release is “Can’t Beat That Feeling”. A little bit of fun, again with a catchy tune which I guarantee you will sing in your head once it’s over. But it’s just so old Kylie. Nothing ground-breaking and unique.

If there is one song that is freaky in a good way, it is the Goddess-esque, Tina Cousins style “Closer”. Probably the standout track on the album for me, it’s got a little bit of sexuality and individuality to it which makes you want to dance inappropriately.

“Too Much”, one of the gayest songs on the album (could be a toss-up with “Cupid Boy”?) has an airy and bouncy feeling to it. It’s a fun song, but again I’m not sure if it will stand the test of time and trends. It will be here and gone very quickly.

One of the songs, and I have to admit it could be my favourite, “Cupid Boy”. It is bringing forward a little bit of Lady Gaga‘s track “Monster” with the electronic/robotic voice “he ate my heart, he a-a-ate my heart”. The most ‘underground’ sounding song on the album, with heavy instrumental and many variations in vocal capabilities really show many of Kylie’s abilities.

There is one song that I can’t stand, “Better Than Today”, it’s a little bit childish and immature. Almost a silly addition. I am hoping it will never be released.

Ok, so after reading this, you have got the impression that I don’t like the album… with a few contradictions thrown in there. But believe it or not, I REALLY like this album. She looks absolutely stunning, her elegance, class and charisma is still as wonderful as ever.

I would totally give it 7 our of 10. Go on an buy it… You can’t go wrong, but you’ll know what I mean when you hear it for yourself.