September 4, 2016

Mivue698 Front

Driving with a dashcam gives you the security of being able to provide accurate, unbiased and detailed evidence should anything go wrong.

A world leader with more than 20 years experience in design, manufacture and marketing of global positioning system (GPS) products, Navman has launched the ultimate driving accessory.

Sandra Tiltman checks out Navman range

Sandra Tiltman checks out Navman range

The MiVUE Drive FHD offers enhanced camera and GPS features combined with a GPS and dashcam, giving motorists the best of both worlds – great navigational features and a safeguard on the roads. Wendy Hammond, Country Director Navman Australia said “It’s everything a driver needs in the car. The GPS side will provide the best navigational and safety features to help with the everyday drive, while the dashcam will continually record in full HD in case of an accident to protect drivers from fraudulent accident claims, road rage incidents and providing evidence for insurance when an accident has occurred.”

Providing live traffic updates and Bluetooth handsfree, other GPS features include lifetime free Australian and New Zealand maps, spoken safety alerts such as verbal warnings for red light cameras, speed cameras and school zone alerts during school zone hours, as well as landmark guidance which points out petrol stations, traffic lights and churches plus premium driver alerts that use audio to warn of potential dangerous changes to the road.

The dashcam captures in full HD 1080p quality footage with a wide angle view and F1.8 aperture gives a clearer image in low light conditions. A 3-Axis G-Shock Sensor detects the direction of an impact and records how it happened. Connecting the device to MiVUE Manager software provides more information about an incident such as timing, GPS co-ordinates and speed, which can help prove who is at fault when an accident occurs.

IMG_9693 (1)Navman’s entry level MiVUE 630 was created to accurately record evidence to show what happened in an accident. The optimised day/night recording in full high definition 1080p quality means that footage is filmed clearly. The g-shock sensor records the direction and speed of impact and the built-in GPS tracking gives the co-ordinates of exactly where an incident occurred. This can be seen on the MiVUE Manager, Navman’s desktop software, as well as download footage needed to send to police or upload to YouTube.

The MiVUE 660 has a large 2.7“ screen as well as a photo mode, which means the device can record time-stamped, geo-coded photographs that can be used as evidence for insurance claims. This dashcam comes with headlight alert to switch headlights on in low light areas, as well as driver fatigue alert to warn if you have been driving for over two hours without a break.

I found the lane departure warning system, which activates at 60km/h speed, to be one of the most useful features, as well as the front collision alert that chimes when I am travelling too close to the vehicle in front. I won’t give any more of my bad driving secrets away, except to say that I could not drive without my Navman. http://www.navman.com.au

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond & Navman


September 4, 2016
David Campbell as Bobby Darin in "Dream Lover"

David Campbell as Bobby Darin in “Dream Lover”

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation has been announced as the official charity partner for “Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical” which commences at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star on 22 September 2016.

Cure Brain Cancer has a strong personal connection to the production. The show’s producer John Frost was a close friend of radio legend Stan Zemanek who died from brain cancer in 2007 and Frost cites Stan’s love of Bobby Darin’s music as an inspiration behind the musical.

Dream Lover will feature some of the biggest hits from the 50s and 60s that were made famous by global heart throb Bobby Darin, including Mack the Knife, Beyond The Sea, Splish Splash and the title track, Dream Lover.

The show reveals the legendary singer, songwriter and actor’s extraordinary life, who, together with his movie star wife Sandra Dee, provided the sound track to a generation.

TV presenter and performer David Campbell will play the lead role, supported by a stunning cast including Caroline O‘Connor, Hannah Fredericksen, Bert LaBonte, Martin Crewes and Marney McQueen.

The musical captures the glamour and passion of the big band era, the Rat Pack in Vegas and the Golden Age of Hollywood. Featuring a sensational cast and an eighteen piece band, “Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical” is a big show with a big score and a big heart.

Cure Brain Cancer will be selling 50 Premium Seats with a VIP experience, with all proceeds going directly to the foundation. Bucket collections will take place at each of the four weekend shows of 21-23 October. http://www.curebraincancer.org.au/dreamlover

Sandra Tiltman



September 4, 2016

Cirque du Soleil Big Top

Cirque du Soleil’s latest production, “Kooza”, is currently wowing Sydney audiences with performances in their famous blue and yellow Big Top, at The Showring in the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

The Big Top stands 20 meters high and is 51 meters in diameter. The canvas for the tent and its eleven tunnels weighs approximately 5000 kilograms.

Paying homage to the traditions of circus, with a variety of spectacular acts including death defying acrobatics that make your heart pound, incredible contortionists who twist their bodies into positions that seem impossible as well as a variety of clown characters who have the audience laughing hysterically, especially the kids, this is a show the whole family will enjoy.

Sandra Tillman with Kooza guide

Sandra Tiltman with Kooza guide

Hula hoops and chairs are just two everyday items that the master performers use to take their acts to extreme heights

Cirque du Soleil’s unique music, performed live by their musicians and singers, adds another element of drama to the performance of every act.

The Big Top, which seats approximately 2,600 people, is very comfortable and provides good sight lines from every angle. The evening I went it was extremely cold outside but inside the Big Top was warm as toast.

Make sure you don’t miss seeing “Kooza”.

Sandra Tiltman