SXSW Film Review: Recovery adds as much levity as it can to the global pandemic

A comedy both made during and about the pandemic that has forever altered the landscape of the world, Recovery adds as much levity as it can to the most devastating of situations.  Written, directed and headlined by the relatable comedy duo of Mallory Everton and Whitney Call (Everton serving as director and co-writer, Call as…

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NSW: A breakdown of the new live music reforms and Covid-19 restriction lifts

NSW has recently become the accommodator for the biggest law reforms affecting the live music industry in the state’s history. On November 12, the NSW Legislative Council passed amendments that saw long overdue, but nonetheless historic changes made to liquor, planning, local government and building laws. The reforms have excited all and everyone, particularly for…

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How to get home: These airlines continue to fly between the USA and Australia amidst the Coronavirus

**UPDATE 23 OCTOBER 2020** New flight options between USA and Australia have been confirmed, with a recommendation to book at least 8 weeks out to secure a seat. Demand is expected to be high and the situation is changing by the day. The best approach is always to get in touch with an airline directly…

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How Niagara Falls, Canada has adapted to Tourism in the age of Coronavirus

If you live and work in a destination considered a “tourist attraction”, 2020 has unquestionably been a difficult year for your city. With international air travel grinding to a halt and even domestic travel either discouraged or blocked by ever changing border rules, tourism sectors have seen unthinkable downturn. Some have had to shut their…

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Jetlag The Podcast: Finding flight hacks and error fares during a pandemic

In the final episode of the season for our podcast series Jetlag: An Industry Grounded, we talk to Immanuel Debeer from the website Flight Hacks to talk about what the Covid-19 pandemic has meant for the airline industry, and the future of frequent flyer programs. You may also be surprised to learn that it remains possible to find…

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Jetlag The Podcast: What is it like flying to Australia during Covid-19 and experiencing hotel quarantine?

On this week’s episode of Jetlag, we talk to radio presenter Nic Shields who has just returned to Australia after a stint living in the U.A.E. He takes us through the experience of passing through the airport in Dubai, what the flight was like, what it was like landing in Australia and what happened when…

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Jetlag The Podcast: 90% of Music Venues are at risk of closing in the U.S.A.

In the second episode of Jetlag’s second season, Andrew Smith and Larry Heath sit down with Kodi McKinney from Marauder, a boutique music marketing firm with a focus on developing emerging talent within North America. While he was at home in New York, we talked about how the Covid-19 Pandemic is affecting live music venues…

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The Delta Riggs to frontline next installment of Boost Mobile’s live streaming initiative

Amidst the COVID-19 quarantine, musicians have been left practically and financially uncertain, losing a substantial portion of their income having lost the ability to play live shows. Thankfully, new opportunities are popping up, and in a time where the touring industry has been effectively made redundant, the music industry has found a new way to…

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The first live music conference in 2021 has officially been cancelled

We were lucky enough to attend our first Folk Alliance this year in New Orleans; held in late January, the event was held shortly after the first case of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the United States. But the thought that the event in the following year, which had been scheduled for February in Kansas…

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LocalSpots: new gift card app to support small businesses during lockdown

There has been much discussion about ways we can help support struggling small businesses across the hospitality and retail sectors in the face of COVID-19. Now that the government has, necessarily, shuttered all non-essential venues, cash flow has all but frozen for Australia’s favourite restaurants, cafes, florists, hairdressers and the like. How do we support…

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Pick Up at Tottis

Totti’s is now doing takeaway, and yes that puffy woodfired bread is on the menu

Totti’s has become somewhat of a phenomenon for Merivale, swiftly rising to become a dining institution thanks largely to their famously charred woodfired flatbread. Now, Totti’s has joined the chorus of restaurants around the world cutting dine-in options to adapt to social distancing measures. The beloved Bondi local will be doing takeaway from The Bottle…

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Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach has been closed due to covid-19 and selfishness

The NSW Government has made the decision to shut Bondi Beach for the time being. The rather blunt closure comes after a sweltering Friday during which the golden sands exceeded Australia’s recently introduced outdoor-gathering limit of 500, necessary to slow the spread of Covid-19. Photos of a packed-out Bondi Beach went viral yesterday, with beachgoers…

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Etihad is now allowing passengers to cancel flights for future credit

In response to the current situation with Covid-19, Etihad Airways has introduced “Etihad Credit” to give guests the freedom to delay their travel plans. It simply works by permitting a free cancellation and is offering the original value of their booking to be used as credit towards their next trip. As the situation continues to…

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Chargrill Charlies

Chargrill Charlie’s is going “contactless” in response to Coronavirus

As local businesses start to adapt to the current situation with Covid, chicken chain Chargrill Charlie’s has joined in by implemented a new “contactless” ordering system. Ensuring they can still serve their local communities despite the need for social distancing, Chargrill Charlie’s has introduced a “Eat Contactless with Charlie’s” addition to their smartphone app. This…

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NOMAD up the Road

Gift Cards: how to support Aussie restaurants during the Coronavirus pandemic

Covid-19, a novel coronavirus, has spread around the world and continues to cause unprecedented health, social and economic crises. Experts are pleading with people to take this seriously, while many separate on the two (equally stupid) extremes of naivety/complacency, and panic/fear-mongering. Social distancing is absolutely crucial to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but as a…

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Hawaiian Airlines suspend flights

Hawaiian Airlines has suspended Australian and New Zealand flights

In response to the coronavirus and recent travel restrictions in Australia and New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines has today announced that it will temporarily suspend nonstop services between Honolulu and its Australian and New Zealand gateways. The suspension will come into effect later this month, temporarily halting flights extending to numerous services. The five-times-weekly between SYD…

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Vivid Sydney

Statement released regarding Vivid Sydney’s cancellation in response to coronavirus

As most people now know, Vivid Sydney will not be on for this year. The event, which in 2019 attracted 2.4 million visitors, has been cancelled in response to the growing thread of the novel coronavirus Covid-19. The NSW Government has made this decision following recommendations by the Federal Government and health authorities to limit…

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