June 9, 2013
Sandra Tiltman Enjoying Emirates A380 Business Class

Sandra Tiltman Enjoying Emirates A380 Business Class

Emirates now offers passengers two daily A380 from Sydney to Dubai.  Upgrading flights EK 414 and 415 to the Airbus A380-800 has increased capacity by 1,890 seats per week or 38%.

Set in a three-class configuration, the Emirates A380 has 399 seats in Economy Class on the lower level, 76 fully flat-bed mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper level.  Passengers in the First Class cabin can freshen up in one of two on-board shower spas.

Since flights to Melbourne commenced in 1996, Emirates footprint in Australia has created more than 3,500 jobs, carried over 16 million passengers and 350,000 tonnes of cargo, as well as invested more than $85 million in Australian arts, community and sports sponsorships.

Sydney first joined the network in 2000 and received its first A380 service in February 2009, just the third destination on Emirates’ expansive international network to receive the state of the art aircraft.

With 57 Airbus A380 aircraft on order, 33 currently in the fleet and a growing network of more than 20 A380 ready airports, Emirates is now working towards Brisbane joining this network in October 2013.

The second daily Sydney A380 launch precedes Brisbane’s first A380 service and follows a period of growth for Emirates’ presence in Australia.  In 2012 Melbourne received a daily A380 service and daily services to Adelaide commenced, while in March of this year, Perth services were upgraded to three times a day.

“As part of our commitment to Australians, our newest A380 service between Sydney and Dubai is also a key element of the growth of our Global Aviation Partnership with Qantas,” said Barry Brown, Emirates Vice President Australasia.

Emirates’ non-stop EK414 service leaves Dubai at 02.15 and arrives in Sydney at 22.05, then departs Sydney as EK415 the next day on its return journey to Dubai at 06.05, arriving at 14.30.  The flight connects conveniently with a range of European and UK services including London, Rome, Milan, Zurich, Moscow and Munich, with A380 services all the way through to both London and Moscow.  Sandra Tiltman


June 9, 2013

DutoitCharles4monoSHPSydney Symphony Orchestra will welcome Conductor David Robertson to the podium, in July, at the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House for the performance of two major projects, Verdi’s Requiem and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchmen.

These two major projects will demonstrate the calibre of artistic projects which will be on offer when David Robertson starts his tenure as Sydney Symphony Chief Conductor from January 2014.

For Robertson, conducting the Sydney Symphony in works by Verdi and Wagner is especially significant in 2013, as the world celebrates the 200th anniversary of the births of these great composers.  “I am delighted to be bringing these works to life in Sydney. Audiences could not ask for two bigger spectacles to take place in the Concert Hall. These are big productions, the kinds of exciting projects I look forward to conducting in Sydney,” said Robertson.

Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, his mass for the dead, counts as one of his undisputed masterpieces.  In his Requiem, Verdi brought together his theatrical instincts, his gift for vocal writing and a whole life’s experience to create a unique and powerful musical work.  From the terror of the “Dies irae” to the weeping “Lacrymosa” and the glowing serenity of the “Lux aeterna”, the music speaks to all humans’ hopes and fears.  Wed 10, Fri 12 and Sat 13 July at 8pm.

Wagner’s first great opera, The Flying Dutchman, is a tale of obsession, sacrifice and redemption, and zombies.  In another century, the Flying Dutchman took the Devil’s name in vain and now he’s doomed to sail the seas, allowed ashore once every seven years to search for the woman who will be his salvation.  Meanwhile, by the Norwegian fjords, Senta dreams that she will be the one to liberate the legendary Dutchman.

American bass-baritone Eric Owens sings with a ‘mastery that would be at home in any Wagnerian golden age’.  Making his Australian debut as the Dutchman, he heads a cast of powerful and radiant voices that will bring this Romantic psychodrama to life. The Concert Hall will be draped in the inspired and fluid illusions of video and projections designer, S. Katy Tucker.  The performance will be sung in German with English surtitles.   Sat 20 and Mon 22 July at 7pm.      Sandra Tiltman 


June 9, 2013

BONDI VETBondi’s famous vet Chris Brown, now the popular host on TEN’s “The Living Room”, will be road-testing an eclectic mix of holiday destinations after going on an adventurous round the world trip in the previous season.

Chris has been well and truly bitten by the travel bug.  This time he’ll be travelling far and wide, jetting off each week to another amazing destination, exploring weird and wonderful travel hotspots plus seeking out surprising animal stories in Australia and abroad.  His first stop on the map is a Tasmanian road trip with his buddy and partner in crime Miguel Maestre.

It won’t be all fun and games for everyone’s favourite vet.  Chris will also be offering up his top tips and animal expertise in his Pet Studio.  Now’s your chance to get that naughty, peculiar or over indulged pet on the straight and narrow.

Since appearing on our screens in 2003 as the new vet on “Harry’s Practice”, Chris has gone on to become one of the most trusted and liked blokes on Australian TV.  Heading up TEN’s factual series “Bondi Vet” for five seasons, Chris is also a panel regular on “The Project”.  Chris released his first book in 2005 “Tales from a Bondi Vet” and currently writes a weekly pet advice column for “Woman’s Day” magazine.

When Chris has a spare minute to himself, he feels most at home when he’s at the beach, surfing and running.    Sandra Tiltman