26 Jan
2015

Have Cane Will Travel

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!

18 Dec
2014

Social Media for Small Business

With a population of 2,189,878 (2012 population estimates), it is not surprising that there are many competitive businesses in Brisbane. Small businesses need to be innovative if they are to compete with larger corporations that have the money to buy radio and TV time and newspaper and magazine space. The Internet offers several business marketing opportunities, one of the most effective being social media marketing (SMM). So, how does a small business benefit from social media Brisbane?

More than half of all adults in Australia have a social media presence and your business should tap into this. You will reach more people than you would with newspaper classified ads, newspaper ads and other traditional marketing techniques which limit you to Brisbane or Queensland.

You will be able to compete with larger businesses on the same level because the effectiveness of an SMM campaign is not dependant on profitability. You will spend a fraction of what you would spend on traditional marketing methods.

All small businesses should tap into the power of social media Brisbane because this increases the chances of the business’s product going viral. All you need is a good YouTube video or a witty picture on Pinterest for this.

The creation of quality content is increasingly popular following Google Panda and Penguin updates. Social media marketing allows you to create quality and unique content effortlessly. This and the fact that search engines reward user engagement means SMM is good for your search engine optimization (SEO).

You will have a lot of control over your SMM campaign. There is a risk of your online reputation getting tarnished with other online marketing techniques such as email marketing. You get to monitor how your campaign is doing social media Brisbane, which helps you make informed decisions.

SMM is a must for small business in Brisbane because it helps you bring in targeted Web traffic. Only people who like what you have to offer will ‘like’ or ‘follow’ your social media profile. You are allowed to include links to your website on your profile. Your industry clout increases with each ‘like’ or ‘follower’. People are more likely to buy from you if they see you are popular.

The interaction with your customers and potential customers is important because you will get information that will help in product development and you will be able to solve problems that you would have had to hire a customer support team for. The use of social media Brisbane is also advantageous in that you get instant feedback.

25 Jan
2015

Concrete Cutting and Core Drilling Brisbane

DIY vs Hiring a Concrete Cutting Service – including a Step by Step Guide

There is a vast variety of concrete saws and equipment that can be hired to do that pesky DIY project that you have always wanted to get done. But when should you hire a professional and when should you just give it a crack? To do your concrete cutting or core drilling job properly and on budget you will need: the right equipment, the right type – wet or dry, the right protection for yourself and the environment, the right skills and the right value for money. There is lots to consider, but if you read on and follow this step by step guide we can explore this in a little more detail.

Step 1.Choose the right equipment: For gener slab cutting Brisbane you will need a Floor Saw or Kwik Cut Saw (Hand Saw). This process is used when reasonably level and flat surfaces have to be cut and includes cutting through reinforced concrete, precast concrete, and other structural materials.

These surfaces include floors, roofs, bridge decks and suspended slabs. The surfaces are usually cut to provide expansion joints, to make openings for ducts, elevators, stairwells, machine pads, trenching and for demolition purposes.

For wall sawing Brisbane you will need a Kwik Cut Saw (Hand Saw) or Ring Saw. This process is used for the cutting of openings in vertical surfaces and surfaces with slopes so great that floor saws cannot be used.

These surfaces are usually cut to provide for doors, windows, vaults, silos, chests, foundations, ducts or large diameter pipes, or to remove part or all of existing walls. For core drilling Brisbane through a floor or wall you will need a core drill. Core drills can usually drill holes from 25mm dia – 660mm dia. This process is used for the drilling of circular holes in reinforced concrete, precast concrete, asphalt, brick, cinderblock and other structural materials. Usually the holes are made for electrical, plumbing, heating, sewer and sprinkler installations. Other applications include holes to anchor bolts or lifting rods, to place explosive charges, to install load carrying devices, or for analysis of the structure of the rock.

Step 2. Wet or Dry cutting? I don’t mean to scare you here, but cutting concrete can be very messy. You can probably figure out that the dry cutting means cutting without water and should be less messy… hmm not so sure. Cutting without water means dust and lots of it. Very messy, minute particles of concrete will billow into a thick cloud of grey concrete dust or red brick dust and coat everything nearby you own. Personally I prefer the wet cutting machines. Even though the mess is wet grey or red slurry, it is much easier to clean up all the mess with a wetvac (wet and dry vacuum cleaner) and a wipe over with a damp cloth. Dust on the other hand can get absolutely everywhere.

Step 3. Protect yourself and the environment. Basic safety equipment you will need include goggles, ear plugs, safety boots/steel capped gumboots and gloves. If you have chosen a dry cutting machine you will also need to work with a dust mask on to protect your lungs, and sun protection and long sleeves if you are working outside.

Cutting concrete can be very noisy so be mindful of neighbors and nearby businesses in case of noise pollution and air pollution. Think about what is below you if you are cutting on a floor higher than ground floor. Sadly I have heard of some terrible injuries because of falling cores and no safety barriers. Protect the environment with plastic sheeting, extraction fans and a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. In many countries, letting waste such as concrete slurry go down the drain is against the law and you will be fined.

Step 4. Check if you have the right skills. There are many dangers associated with concrete cutting equipment. Even though this equipment can be readily hired, this equipment should only be operated by experienced personnel. You won’t need to google ‘saw injuries’ to imagine the dangers of operating such powerful equipment without the right know how and strength.

Step 5. Check out the cost. Believe it or not the cost to hire a skilled professional who has all the equipment needed and can get the job done with minimal fuss, is often not much more than hiring the equipment yourself. Aside from the safety risk, mistakes in concrete are expensive if you get it wrong. Before you go ahead with the hire, at least get an idea of price from a professional by obtaining a quote.

For example you may be surprised to know that at elliottandfyfe.com.au you can hire a Brisbane concrete cutting operator to do a basic job for about $150.00. That’s hardly more than the cost of hiring the concrete cutting equipment, and comes with a skilled operator to do the hard work. Might just be worth the call?

Shaun McCabe Elliott and Fyfe Concrete Cutting Service – Brisbane. For an obligation free quote on any job call 07 3806 9100 or 0411 554 737.

24 Jan
2015

Dentist Coorparoo – The Best in Dental Care for the Entire Family

When visiting the dentist, patients will find that right Dentist Coorparoo will provide excellent care, for the entire family. Whether you are bringing in a child, who is visiting the dentist for the first time, or you are coming in for a routine cleaning, the best dental staff will be waiting to take care of you, and any work that has to be done. From removing a cavity, whitening your teeth, doing a routine cleaning, or a more routine procedure like removing your wisdom teeth, are all services that you want to have rendered by the best. Dr. Tom Trevethan and his staff will provide that excellent dental care.

The work -
When visiting the local Dentist Coorparoo offices, patients have to know they are going to receive optimal care. Regardless of the type of work done, you want to know there is a professional on site, to perform the work. The best office will provide:
– Cleaning and teeth whitening services.
– Removal of cavities, or more complex procedures like a root canal.
– Hollistic dentistry work, specialising in mercury removals for patients who want to go the “natural” route for care.
– Pediatric specialties, in the event you have to bring your child in for care.
– Extensive work, or cosmetic work, to help straighten out your teeth, and help improve the overall quality and look of your smile.
As a patient, you want to visit the offices that provide all the services, and guarantee the best care. These are some of the services to look for, when you are deciding which offices to visit for your next dental appointment.

The best in care -
In addition to providing a variety of dental services and care, patients also have to find the local Dentist Coorparoo offices that have the best staff on site to care for you. From the best hygiene care to clean and whiten your teeth, to the top general dentistry professional for routine maintenance work, you want the offices that have it all. It is important to find the offices that provide cosmetic specialties, pediatric care, and have the best oral surgeons on site, to ensure they are going to be able to perform any procedure, and can do any work that has to be done, when you come in for your visit.

Due to the fact that there are a number of dental offices patients can visit, it is important to take the time to find the best, most qualified dental professionals to render the necessary care, and oral hygiene, each time you come in for a visit. For this reason, patients have to compare several local Dentist Coorparoo facilities, in order to find the right one for them, and their family’s dental needs. Regardless of the type of work that has to be done, who the patient is, or when you visit the best local practice, you are not only going to have the top professionals work on your teeth, you will also feel comfortable from the minute you walk in the doors, for your dental appointment.

23 Jan
2015

Johnny The Jester – Brisbane’s Adult Magician

Johnny The Jester – Brisbane adult magician – is probably unique in the whole of Australia, if not the world.

Johnny has what is, in effect, a dual personality, both of whom share the same name. The first Johnny the Jester is an adult comedy magician who will amaze at corporate events, weddings, birthday parties, trade shows, at the races, or any other function where you want to entertain and impress your guests, visitors or customers.

For the past six years, Johnny has been entertaining the crowds at major shopping centres in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and it takes a very special type of entertainer to be able to do that on a regular basis. Johnny was also the only Brisbane magician to be hired by the Queensland government to entertain over 170,000 people a the opening of the Second Gateway Bridge. If you were there, then you have already seen Johnny at Brisbane’s biggest ever one day event. In 2008, on World Youth Day, Johnny was the only children’s magician to entertain the huge crowds at the Pope’s visit to Sydney.

Johnny The Jester is also a regular volunteer at the Royal Brisbane Hospital Wonder Factory and has appeared at the Mater children’s Hospital on Christmas Day for the last seven years.

Then there is the other Johnny, the kids magic show entertainer. For his kids shows Johnny has several animals including Dorothy the dove and Stewart the rabbit, both of whom disappear and reappear in a comical fashion which simply has the kids screaming with laughter. Johnnny’s magic show lasts for 45 minutes and then he goes on to his other true love which is his educational live python demonstration. He is probably the only snake charmer living in Australia today.

Johnny believes passionately that our wild creatures need protection and always brings at least two different types of pythons to his shows. The amazing thing about this is that he actually lets the kids hold and play with the pythons! You simply would not believe the amazement of these children when they get to have a python slithering around in their hands. (It’s perfectly safe – Johnny always makes sure the pythons have had their dinner before he brings them to a show!). If you have ever had the experience of a ten foot python sliding across the back of your neck you will know why the kids just go wild for it.

But Johnny’s show is also educational in that he explains to the kids the differences between the pythons and explains where they come from. For example, he may have a water python which lives near rivers and creeks and then a Common Brisbane Carpet python which you may well find in your own back yard.

Johnny also explains to the kids what to do if they find a snake of any sort either in the wild or in the back yard and the vital importance of looking after our local habitats in order to conserve not only the snakes but all living creatures.

If you are thinking of booking Johnny The Jester for your corporate function or just for your kids party (and why wouldn’t you?) you can actually “try before you buy”. Johnny performs between 6.30 pm and 8.00 pm every Friday at the Everton Park Hotel, Flockton Street, Everton Park and at the Monier Hotel, Monier Road, Darra at the same time every Saturday night.

To book the amazing Johnny The Jester for YOUR event just call 0412 068 868 or complete the form at his website: http://www.johnnythejester.com.au/magician-for-birthday-parties/

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