Finalists in prestigious piano award

images-22When most of his competitors were studying full time at conservatoriums, Timothy Chiang was tinkling ivories of a different kind.

The 28-year-old from Doncaster East works four days a week at two Melbourne dental surgeries, and saves one day a week for piano practise.

He is the oldest competitor this year, after a CD of his material was chosen by a panel of adjudicators in what was effectively a blind audition.

The award is the musical equivalent of an Olympic marathon.

Contestants must perform four 45-minute recitals in front of live audiences, demonstrating an extensive and demanding technical and artistic repertoire.

The competition takes place across the week in Shepparton, as the Victorian town embraces the country’s very best pianists for the biennial event.

Prize money of $65,000 is up for grabs. The grand final will be broadcast on ABC Classic FM Radio.

ANPA president Darryl Coote said the aim was to propel the careers of Australian pianists on the world stage.

He said recent winners Alex Raineri (2014), Daniel de Borah (2012), Jocelyn

Wooden replica of city

images-19The 1666 inferno destroyed most of the walled inner city dating back to Roman times a bustling, congested maze of tightly-packed wooden houses  and forced London to rebuild anew from the ashes.

Now the city is looking back to when it lay in ruins with a few shuddering sights to remind Londoners of the peril faced by their predecessors.

The Great Fire of London broke out in Thomas Farrinor’s bakery on Pudding Lane shortly after midnight on September 2, 1666, and gradually spread through the city before finally being extinguished on September 5.

How the Great Fire devastated 1600s London:

  • The blaze left 80 per cent of the walled city in ruins
  • Fire consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches and Saint Paul’s Cathedral
  • Only six deaths were officially attributed to the fire
  • An estimated 70,000 of the city’s 80,000 residents were forced to flee, most to squalid camps outside the city walls
  • Blaze broke out in bakery near London Bridge
  • French watchmaker Robert Hubert confessed to starting the blaze and was swiftly hanged but it was later revealed he was at sea when the fire started

The London’s Burning program

Find the best film like a horror reboot and several raucous family

images-21Betting on which pilots will actually yieldgood shows is a fools’ errand: On network, quality shows might just disappear in two weeks, while on cable or streaming, they might devolve into something far more average over the length of their respective runs. But it’s hard to shake the back-to-school-season hope that a whole slate of new shows brings, and easy to forget that pilots are not always indicative of a show’s long-term quality. (Comedies in particular tend to grow into themselves in their first year.) Based solely on promise, then, these are the shows you ought to check out this fall—ranging from a horror reboot to several raucous family comedies, and from 1960s New York to small-town Mississippi to heaven, or something like it.

Pitch, Fox,

Made in cooperation with Major League Baseball, this series is premised on something that the league has yet to see happen in our world: The debut of a female star. The magnetic Kylie Bunbury sells both star pitcher Ginny Baker’s athleticism on the field and her struggles off it:

How to get men to care about the environment

I do not know if the average Australian understands just how hard it is, in 2016, to be an environmentally conscious man who is also committed to maintaining a strong and unshakeable sense of masculinity.

Do you understand what it is like to desperately want to join the fight against the degradation of our natural world, but to be hamstrung by the need to minimise the ever-present risk that I could slip into unmanliness?

A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research — Is Eco-Friendly Unmanly? The Green-Feminine Stereotype and Its Effect on Sustainable Consumption — has found that men shy away from environmentally responsible activity due to fear of its effect on their gender identity.

Men see the purchasing of green products and the performance of green practices as feminine, and are hence less likely to engage in them, for fear of having their masculinity diminished.

I wish I could make people understand. I wish I could make people see that, when I litter, I am not doing it out of reckless disregard for the future of the human race.

I am not hurling my burger wrappers and Coke bottles

Presidential Debate Moderators

One more question about the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential debates has been solved: The identity of the moderators. The presidential debates are to be moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper (doubling up for the town hall-style debate), and Fox News’s Chris Wallace. The vice-presidential debate, meanwhile, is to be moderated by CBS’s Elaine Quijano.

It’s a slate that’s diverse both in ways that reflect America—including two women, two nonwhite journalists, and an openly gay man—as well as the news business. The slate ranges from a host on an identifiably conservative news outlet to an old-school nightly news anchor to a fresh, less-recognizable face. While the grousing over debate moderation and timing from Republican nominee Donald Trump throughout this election cycle had given rise to much speculation over what moderators his campaign might agree to, this list is about the most auspicious anyone interested in TV fireworks could hope for. (The moderators were, as always, chosen by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which governs the timing and moderation of the quadrennial events.)

Part of what makes the group so exciting is a sense of turnover. None

Beyonce Cheer Serena Williams on at the U S

Talk about game recognizing game. Beyoncé and Jay Z attended the U.S. Open on Thursday night to watch Bey’s friend SerenaWilliams beat Vania King, and in so doing tie Martina Navratilova’s record with her 306th Grand Slam win, in New York City. The pair was sitting just one row behind Williams’ family. This isn’t the first time that Queen Bey and Hov have come to watch Williams compete — they also made an appearance at her sets during Wimbledon.

Williams, for her part, also supports her friends; she notably appeared in Beyoncé’s video for “Sorry” and took time during this U.S. Open to hang out with fellow Rio Olympic pals, Simone Manuel and Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Williams told ESPN on Friday that having celebrity friends like Bey and Jay in the crowd doesn’t leave her star-struck, but actually improves her game.

“Usually when people are there, I try to play better, especially if they’re famous and they’re doing so great at their job,” she said, post-match. “It’s like I want to show them that I’m good at my job, too.”

Born in Hong Kong in 1954 and trained as a martial artist from childhood, Chan’s

Brisbane exhibition showcases

Sha Sarwari fled Afghanistan as a teenager and journeyed to Australia by boat in 2000.

He settled in Brisbane, started a family, and became an Australian citizen in 2006, but said he still felt out of place.

“Even for me, living in Australia for the past 15 years, I haven’t found my foothold in my life here,” he said.

“When I see my fellow refugees … it renews my memory that I don’t belong here, I have to go back one day, so it doesn’t let me settle.”

His black and white video, called Suspended, is part of an exhibition of artworks by refugees opening in Brisbane on Saturday night.

It shows an origami boat made of newspaper drifting on the ocean, going forwards and backwards in an infinite loop.

“Suspended in a wave, going backwards and forwards and backwards and there’s no ending is to do with my own memory,” he said.

“Also to do with the people that are living in detention centres for the past few years now in Manus Island and Nauru, places like that, it’s been mentioned to them time and time again that you have

Hot of Heartwarming Friends Superfan

Two Friends superfans took things to the next level when theyadorably got engaged at Monica and Chandler’s apartment during FriendsFest.

Krunal Desai proposed to his girlfriend Radha Patel during FriendsFest in London, where the pair had made a trek to the apartment set of the beloved sitcom that was recreated as a part of Comedy Central’s six-week tour for FriendsFest.

Patel is an avid Friends viewer who watches the show every night before she goes to bed, so Desai re-enacting Monica and Chandler’s proposal for their own engagement was the perfect idea. Desai told the UK’s Metro that he got in touch with Comedy Central ahead of time so he could propose in the apartment.

However, the proposal wasn’t the only thing that drew a similarity between this couple and the show. Apparently Desai and Patel’s journey to getting engaged also mirrors another couple on the show: Ross and Rachel.

“We even had a short break in our relationship, leading people to call us the real life Ross and Rachel,” Desai said. “When I saw FriendsFest was returning I knew this would be the perfect setting to ask her to marry me.”

Celebrate Hogwarts Day by Harry Potter Fans

For Harry Potter fans, September 1st marks a very special occasion: the first day of school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, alsoknown as “Hogwarts Day.” The first step in getting to the elite academy of magic, however, is boarding the crimson steam train, the Hogwarts Express, which departs from London’s King’s Cross Station at Platform 9 3/4, taking students directly to Hogsmeade Station. You can only board if you’re a witch or wizard, and you can melt through a solid brick wall that’s been “magicked” as a portal. That means Muggles can’t make the trip, but they still posed as if they were going to on Thursday morning in London.

To celebrate this year’s Hogwarts Day, the train station also got in on the action, posting an unusual departure on the schedule.

Author J.K. Rowling herself also gave a shout-out to the day, although there was a bit of confusion over whether or not this year would be the first year of school for Harry Potter’s son Albus Severus Potter… or not. “If you’re at King’s Cross, the Potter, Granger-Weasley and Malfoy families are there too. Albus Severus

Acoustic Cover Performed by Justin

In a 2015 interview with France’s Clique TV, Justin Bieber revealed that his top five rappers are Tupac, Mase, Nas, Biggie and Eminem. And during his Thursday appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, he turned to one of those favorites for inspiration, breaking out an acoustic cover of Pac’s “Thugz Mansion.”

Biebs performed the stripped-down version of the hip-hop classic with the help of a single guitar player, much to the surprise of the show’s host. “Something I thought I’d never say on national radio — Justin Bieber covering Tupac’s ‘Thugz Mansion’ in the Live Lounge,” she said.

The session’s only hiccup occurred when the Purpose artist sang “Cold Water” — his recent collaboration with Major Lazer — and seemed to forget a few of the song’s lyrics. “I don’t usually get nervous but tonight I was thrown off and I was. Sorry about that. Really wanted to be my best. Hope u all had fun,” he tweeted afterward.

WA farm skills competition at Royal Show

A group of young women in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt are determined to show that girls can hold their own at competitive shearing, tractor driving and fencing.

The Farm Skills competition has been a highlight of the Perth Royal Show for regional schools for 32 years and for the first time, an all-female team is hoping to win the title.

The team members, all from Cunderdin Agricultural College, are hoping to pursue careers in agriculture and change perceptions that women are not as capable in the field.

Year 11 student Chloe King is no stranger to shearing.

Every holiday she works on her family farm running 6,500 acres of livestock near Mukinbudin.

“As a kid I’ve always loved being in the shearing shed so it’s continued from then,” Ms King said.

“You’ve got to have the strength that’s for sure, it’s hard to hold them, but I guess with practice and a bit of help you get there.”

The Farm Skills Competition involves 18 different tasks including shearing, fencing, wool handling, tractor driving and first aid.

Team captain Inaya Stone’s family manages 15,000 acres of cropping in Scadden near Esperance.

Street art program thrives tips

Hobart’s laneways are getting a makeover with a series of new murals being revealed to brighten the city and deter graffiti.

In Kemp Street in the heart of the city, a couple of quirky characters sitting on antique chairs are now keeping watch.

The mural is the latest is a series of urban art walls commissioned by the Hobart City Council and West Australian artist Jae Criddle has spent the past week transforming the blank wall.

The street used to be home to antique shop Purdy’s Mart, which provided the inspiration for Criddle’s design.

“I sort of tied that in. I’m doing a series of characters sitting on chairs. They’re about 3.5 metres high,” she said.

“For some reason, I’m usually drawn to character-based stuff, usually people.”

Bringing the work to life was a painstaking and time-consuming task.

All of the painting was done by hand and was not without its risks.

“I’ve worked on render before and it cuts up your hand a bit,” Ms Criddle said.

This is the second year of Hobart City Council’s Urban Art Walls project.

Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said it

How to show women some about respect

I have been a comedian for 30 years. Any woman who has taken the stage knows that “Show us your tits!” is a standard heckle.

While culture has changed, the heckle hasn’t; the telephone might have evolved from the tin can and string to a smartphone, but sexism remains crudely the same.

During one of my gigs as an 18-year-old, some dude yelled those famous four words at me. Three decades later, 35-year-old comedian Amy Schumer threw a heckler out of her Stockholm show last week for yelling out the exact same thing.

Not only was the man not shown Ms Schumer’s tits, he found himself evicted from the venue and publicly humiliated.

And yet Schumer was the one attacked on social media, with many tweeting remarks such as: “It’s heckling. It’s part and parcel of stand-up. Stop the victimhood.”

Or: “Handled it? She didn’t handle it. She had him thrown out. She’s a comedian allegedly. Why not destroy him with wit?” and “He’s just a troll. No-one wants to see your tits.”

(In fact, Twitter is a perfect example of what happens when heckling meets cyberspace — the only difference

What’s wrong with Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog, the director known for his exploration of people whose dreams destroy them (Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Grizzly Man,Fitzcarraldo) as well as for his darkly hypnoticvoiceovers, has a new documentary in theaters. It’s about the Internet. And true to form, it’s not exactly a joyride. (One of his subjects asks: will our children’s children’s children need the companionship of humans, or will they have evolved in a world where that’s not important?) Herzog talked to TIME about the film’s origins, his opinion of the web and why politics is bad footage.

TIME: Your new film, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, is about the Internet and was paid for by the Internet security firmNetScout. Why would someone who admits that he doesn’t use a cellphone be interested in such a project?

Herzog: This was a similar set up to my AT&T project on texting and driving that was on YouTube. That was such a phenomenal success that I thought I should contemplate doing this when I was approached. Then the format changed to a feature length documentary. All the rest is my curiosity.

One woman whose family suffered some unspeakable online

Apologises for sounding sexist, Amy Schumer’s Stockholm

A heckler who was thrown out of Amy Schumer’s stand-up comedy show in Sweden after yelling “show us your tits” has apologised for the comment, saying he did not mean to “sound so sexist”.

The heckler, who wished to remain anonymous, told Swedish radio station PP3 that alcohol was to blame for the outburst.

“It was a hectic day at the job. I didn’t manage to have lunch and it ended a bit later than I thought … I was really drunk on an empty stomach,” he said.

How about show some respect?

Any woman who has taken the stage knows that “Show us your tits!” is a standard heckle, writes comedian Mandy Nolan.

“Due to the intoxication I thought ‘say this’, which was wrong. She speaks a lot about herself in that way and it felt fitting to me in my intoxicated state.

“I certainly didn’t intent to sound sexist or offensive.

“I really don’t feel very good.”

The outburst happened just two minutes into Ms Schumer’s Stockholm show on Friday, with a video of the exchange going viral on social media.

The comedian had the rest of the crowd point the heckler out and told them: “Don’t throw him out, just