Songsters usher in Spring 

The simple joy of singing has risen to the fore in 4101 this week, with two wonderful singing stories to remind us of the incredible power that music has emotionally and spiritually.

Power of a different kind is the subterranean, or naked, sub-text of many of this season's annual general meetings. Read on for the bizarre tale of an AGM that went pear-shaped.

Meanwhile business gets into harness for a conservative government. The Qld Treasurer will be in West End early next month sharing breakfast with local businesses at the loft. In a separate story, local accountancy partner, Scott McDonald tells Westender some of the challenges he finds local business owners face.


Discover the joy of singing

Discover the joy of singing

New “Mantra Room” in Montague Road sets its sights on being Brisbane's brightest new Kirtan venue.

Kirtan is a dynamic call-and-response sacred world music that incorporates the voices of the audience right into the performance. Kirtan is a spiritual journey, a form of bhakti yoga — the yoga of devotion. ...

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Willam Byrd

Birdsongs celebrate 61 years of local choir

William Byrd composed songs about his namesakes in 16th century Britain

Pro Musica Singers present two concerts next month, singing about creatures of the feathered variety to celebrate 61 years in the local community.

A local community choir which has contributed to the cultural and artistic life of ...

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Peter Marinelli

Local business loses its head

Peter Marinelli of Swiss Gourmet Deli has worked tirelessly for WETA

At a most unusual Annual General Meeting last night, West End Traders Association elected a new committee without a chairperson/president. Paul Hey, elected unopposed as vice-president will be the interim head of the Association.

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Tim Nicholls - ever the ham

Treasurer struts the Loft next month

The Treasurer, Tim Nicholls hams it up with a constituent of Clayfield

The Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls will fill local businesses in on the plans of the Newman government over breakfast on Thursday November 7th at The Loft here in West End.

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Scott McDonald at McGarrys

Growth is good ... fun

Scott McDonald is a partner in McGarry’s, treasurer of the South West Chamber of Commerce and loves the challenges that growth brings.

He is an advocate of tax reform and a farm boy in the big smoke who still gets a wistful look in his eye when he talks about his rural clients. 

This months he fills Westender readers in on some of the challenges he finds that face local business owners.

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George Clooney

Gravity draws its audience in

George Clooney ponders his role in the 4 1/2 year project that was Gravity

Director Alfonso Cuarón, apparently took four and a half years to complete this eagerly awaited film Gravity. He says his famous 10 minute accident scene tracking shot in his last film the moody classic “Children of Men” came about because he yelled cut but was ignored. ... Read online.

bubbles at Rosalie Cinema

All fail the Cinebar

Your correspondent made the grave error last night of leaving the sane madness of 4101 and heading into the suburbs to see the new movie Gravity.

I will not mention the movie for the moment, other than to say it was great. Read online.

Spend locally and save

Once again, local shopkeepers will cooperate to put together a spend and save local campaign.

Westender will support the campaign with a tiered approach.

Restaurants, cafes, shops and service providers will have a range of options as to how they participate. 

Explore the options that work for you at 4101 Christmas