Tassie On My Mind, February 2010
- Tasmania, bright and dark

Welcome to the February 2010 issue of Tassie On My Mind, a free monthly newsletter keeping you informed of the latest news on what makes Tasmania such an attractive travel destination.

In the previous issue I said that the future's so bright. And in this issue, we can see that bright future starting to arrive as Tasmanian talent continues to dazzle us all. We are very fortunate to reap the benefits of the work of so many outstanding Tasmanians.

So what do I mean by Tasmania, bright and dark?

Like everyone and everything, Tasmania has bright sides and dark sides

Whatever the case may be, there is always something for us to learn... Read on...

This issue:

  • TSO free show
  • Tasmania's very own Festivale
  • Famous Tasmanian nominated
  • A dark tale from Tasmania's past
  • Mouth of the South honoured


TSO free show

What an opportunity! A chance to enjoy a Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) performance - for free!

Yup, the B&E Symphony Under the Stars event is coming right up in February. It will be held in both Hobart and Launceston.

What a great way to spend an evening - exquisite music, outdoors - with perhaps a picnic and some good company?

What is the B&E? They are a Tasmania-owned financial institution. They used to be the Bass and Equitable Building Society, then changed their name to B&E. They are the sponsors of this wonderful event.

Over the last few weeks I happened to catch some beautiful orchestral music on the radio. Imagine my delight when I discovered I had been listening to the TSO!

Visit the TSO website to find out more about the event.


Tasmania's very own Festivale

Rio has Carnivale, Tasmania has Festivale!

For three days, enjoy some of the best food, wine, arts and entertainment that Tasmania has to offer.

Festivale has proved to be a pretty popular event, attracting about 40,000 people each year.

The event will be held on 12th to 14th February at Launceston City Park. With around 65 stalls, there should be something to please everyone.

Tickets are going for $10 to $15 depending on which day you will be attending.

Hoping to bring the family? Then you might want to attend on Sunday the 14th, which is Family Day. There will be plenty of special activities to keep all the family entertained. There will be dance workshops, juggling workshops and craft activities. And children of all ages will love Kids Kingdom.

Visit the Festivale website to find out more.


Famous Tasmanian nominated

I am talking about Tasmanian-born actor, Simon Baker.

He was recently nominated for:

  • Screen Actors Guild award - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
  • Golden Globe award - Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama
I must admit I don't watch a lot of TV. However I have managed to catch a couple of episodes of The Mentalist.

I like that the The Mentalist character is not some smooth operating slick charmer. Rather, the character is a down-to-earth person, with his share of human weakness, and an aptitude for figuring out what's going on in a person's mind. I reckon that's a valuable talent when it comes to crime-solving.

And yes Simon Baker can play the smooth operating slick charmer very well too. Check out the movie, "The Devil Wears Prada".


A dark tale from Tasmania's past

I was pretty excited lately when I found out that a movie named Van Diemen's Land was showing at a few cinemas.

Why would this excite me?

Van Diemen's Land is the old name for Tasmania.

So of course I had to find out what the movie was about.

And yes, it is set in Tasmania. It tells the story of one Alexander Pearce. Born in Ireland, he was sentenced to transportation back in the 1800s. That is how he came to be in Tasmania, then known as Van Diemen's land.

What makes this story different from other convict stories? It's to do with certain events which transpired during an escape attempt by Pearce and a bunch of his fellow convicts, according to Pearce.

Find out more about Alexander Pearce and his dark tale at the Tasmania Attractions website.


Mouth of the South honoured

Who is the Mouth of the South? I am talking about Liberal politician Michael Hodgman.

Am I venturing into politics now, you may ask. I am not trying to influence your political views in any way. I actually did not even vote Liberal in the last elections. But that's probably saying too much now!

Back to this story - a fundraising dinner was held by the Liberal party to honour Michael Hodgman.

Hodgman talked about being proud of all the time he has spent working for Tasmania as a member of Federal Parliament.

What got my attention was his nickname "Mouth of the South". How did he get such a nickname?

As he himself puts it, "I spoke out when it was not popular to speak out." For example, he spoke out against a country's invasion. This actually caused some trouble for him within his own party.

I like it when politicians uphold what is right, even if it puts them at odds with their own political party, the one they are supposed to represent. We definitely need more of this sort of action!

Well done on that count, Mouth of the South!

Well that's it for this issue.

In the previous issue I mentioned that I would be visiting Tassie on the Australia Day weekend. I did, and had a wonderful time as always. I took lots of photos and gathered loads of information. Look out for more pages on Hobart attractions and other places to visit in Tasmania at the Tasmania attractions website. I will keep you informed of new pages as they get put up.

Happy Valentine's Day to you if you are celebrating.

And happy February to you all.


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