Queen of Ireland Patti is Rooting for Australia

Drag superstar, Youtube sensation, ‘accidentalactivist and comedy queen Panti, returns to Sydney for a bespoke Mardi Gras show about sex, love, politicsand sex.

In between making movies and playing a central role in Irelands recent Marriage Equality triumph, gender discombobulist Panti has spent the past two years touring her smash-hit shows to packed houses and rave reviews around the globe.

Following a string of sold out nights in Sydney in 2014 and 2015, Panti returns to the city that has made her feel so very (very) welcome, despite the 1am lockout.

Infusing raucous stand-up with trademark polemic, Panti arrives with salacious tales about her adventures across Australia thus far, and has a thing or three to say to anyone standing in the way of marriage equality down under.

In a first for the now legendary drag superstar, Panti will create a special Sydney Mardi Gras edition of story, stand up and music for old friends and new followers in the sumptuous setting of Paddington’s Chauvel Cinema.

Panti exclaims: “Despite an unfortunate and traumatising picnic at Hanging Rock, Australia has always been good to me. In particular, Sydney has always shown this ageing showgirl a good time, and I’ve been delighted to reap the benefits of the low standards of the city’s amorous homosexuals. So in return I’ve decided to do the giving for once! I’ll be bringing my old-lady glamour to Paddington’s Chauvel Cinema where I’ll be passing on some of my hard-earned wisdom on life, love, and marriage equality. With glitter. It’s the least I can do.”

In addition to this never-to-be-repeated theatre event, Panti will be once again leading the acclaimed Sydney Queer Irish float at the Mardi Gras parade on March 5th, with a very special message for audiences everywhere.

According to Fran Bowron Co-Chair of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: “Panti’s participation in the Parade and her show ‘Rooting for Australia’ reminds us all of what can be achieved when we work together and that every journey is important.”

Presented by THISISPOPBABY in association with Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and Irish Consulate General.

‘funny and vulgar, dignified and dishy, sometimes earnest, never acid.– New York Times

Your first encounter with the phenomenal drag queen Panti is a little like suddenly discovering a new planet in the solar system. – The Irish Times

ROOTING FOR AUSTRALIA

When: Sunday 28th February (SOLD OUT), Monday 29th February & Tuesday 1st March (JUST ADDED)

Where: Chauvel Cinema, 249 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

Time: 7.30pm

Duration: 70 minutes, no interval

Tickets: $35 + booking fees

Book: On sale now from www.thisispopbaby.com/book

PANTI
PANTI is Ireland’s foremost “gender discombobulist” and “accidental activist”. 

After attending art college in Dublin in the late 80’s she moved to Tokyo where she began her drag career as part of successful double act called “Candi Panti”. Returning to Ireland in the mid 90’s she became a fixture of Dublin’s nightclub scene. She ran some of Ireland’s most seminal club nights, and hosted and produced the legendary Alternative Miss Ireland pageant, which raised money over 18 years for HIV/AIDS charities.

Panti made her theatrical debut in 2007 with the critically acclaimed In These Shoes? and since then has toured extensively across Ireland, the UK, Europe, North America and Australia with her shows A Woman In Progress, All Dolled Up, Restitched, and High Heels In Low Places.

In early 2014, Panti landed herself in the middle of a media sh*tstorm that rocked Ireland and was christened “Pantigate”. Soon after, she became a YouTube sensation when a speech she made at the Abbey Theatre about homophobia, lauded as “the most eloquent Irish speech in two hundred years”,went viral. It was broadcast around the world, debated in parliament, remixed by the Pet Shop Boys, and sparked a powerful conversation about equality.

Panti became an iconic figure for equality in Ireland, and in 2015 she played a major role in the successful referendum campaign for Marriage Equality in Ireland.

Panti’s memoir Woman In The Making became a bestseller in Ireland in 2014, and in 2015 a documentary film about her life, The Queen Of Ireland, was released in the UK & Ireland and broke box office records for an Irish documentary.

Panti has received many awards including a “Person Of The Year Award” and an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin. Panti continues to appear regularly on stage and screen, and is much in demand internationally as a speaker. She can also be found in her popular Dublin city centre bar, Pantibar.

Crane Bar turns into an encanted garden for its 3rd birthday

Japanese fusion restaurant and bar, Crane Bar, celebrated its third birthday with guests entering into a mystical world of glittering creatures and creative cooking creations on Friday 26 February 2016..

While all the bars and restaurants in Kings Cross have closed down, the beautiful owner Sarah Budge and her family have turned Crane bar into a Sydney institution despite the lockout laws.

The evening was filled with entertainment throughout including an expressive dance performance, along with a live band and DJ sets to create a great vibe.

Guests were treated to Japanese food, mini cheesecakes, Arua Rose and Ketel One vodka mango cocktails.

Sydney’s finest were there to celebrate including: singer/actress and former Hi-5 presenter Casey Burgess, The Bachelor’s Lana Jeans-Fellows andLisa Hyde, Channel V’s Danny Clayton, instagram sensation Melissa Whitelaw, model and presenter Georgia Mae, and model Jayde Heiser.

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Tella Balls Dessert Bar launches in Sydney with a new sweet creation

When I told a friend I was going to the Tella Balls Dessert Bar launch in Dulwich Hill on Thursday 25 February 2016, she told me she had been stalking them on Facebook. I thought that was a bit extreme until I found out that they have been posting tantalising images on Facebook and Instagram for months before the opening.

Further, the Dessert Bar is run by Aki Daikos and Simon Kappatos – the same people who own The Foodcraft Espresso and Bakery in Erskineville – who created an instagram sensation.last year with their Tella Ball shake (a nutella ball doughnut on top of a nutella milkshake).

Like its predecessor, the Dessert Bar has its own new creation , the gelat-dough, which is doughnut flavoured gelato, shaped like a doughnut.

The Dessert Bar also has-the new Crazy Cronut Shakes ($12) with four options. There’s the double chocolate shake (topped with a Kit Kat cronut), the peanut butter shake (topped with a Reese’s cronut), the salty caramel shake (topped with a caramel cronut and pretzels), and the Tella Ball Crazy Cronut Shake (topped with a Nutella cronut).

However, only eight out of their 40 menu items are made with nutella. Their desserts also encompass the chocolatey goodness of Kit Kat, Snickers, Oreo, Reese, Cadbury Flake, Maltesers and Kinder Bueno.

There are four choices of milkshakes ($10) that are topped with a Nutella ball. They include chocolate, salted caramel, strawberry and vanilla.

When it comes to waffles there are many options.

There is the Tella Bella ($16), their signature housemade Belgian waffles topped with Nutella, fresh strawberries and vanilla bean gelato.

Their Ricotta and Blueberry waffles ($16) are topped with ricotta and blueberries, drizzled with Canadian maple syrup, and finished with a dollop of mascarpone.

Their Waffle Burger ($20) is vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two housemade Belgian waffles, with lashings of Nutella, fresh strawberries, and fresh banana.

And their Choc Art ($16) is a combination of melted milk and white chocolate poured over Belgian Waffles.

There are also lots of cakes and mousses, in case all the other sweet treats are not enough.

It is not surprising then, that all who attended demolished the Tella Balls and cronuts, lapped up all of the gelato and sorbet, and chowed down the pancakes, waffles and crepes.

Tella Balls Dessert Bar is located at Shop 5/370 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill

Open daily from 11am to 11pm.

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ECCO showcases the best in leather at its ECCO Leather Factory Petit Event

I made my own bag at the ECCO Leather Factory Petit Event on Thursday 25 February 2016, and this has been the best event EVER.

ECCO flew its team in from the Netherlands and transformed a warehouse in Alexandria into a leather workshop equipped with everything required to make leather goods including all supplies for making a leather bag.

Australian media and bloggers were then invited to come and experience the quality and innovative technology of ECCO leather. The variety of leather was incredible. There was leather from different animals (cow, yak, sheep, pig etc.) in a multitude of colours and thickness. There was even glow in the dark leather and heat sensitive leather that changed colour when heat was applied!

Participants could choose to either make a purse, a clutch or a large carry bag.  The results were amazing. Although the designs were provided, some people changed those designs to make their bag more unique.  Everyone’s personality come through in the bags they produced. The creativity of the participants coupled with the quality of the leather meant that the bags that were made looked like they could easily retail anywhere for more than $100 (and for some people’s bags for more than $300).

Everyone knows that ECCO is a leading brand of shoes that combine style and comfort, but few know that ECCO is one of the largest producers of high quality leather, supplying leather to luxury brands such as Louis Vutton.

In fact, 50 per cent of its business is the supply of leather to other brands. ECCO leather supplies leather to innovative brands such as Apple (for iphone/IPAD cases and wrist bands for watches), Alexander Wang (for clothing) and Indigo jeans (for combining leather with denim).

The company was founded in 1963. It is one of the few major shoes manufacturers in the world that owns and manages every aspect of its leather and shoe productions and its retail sales.

Today ECCO’s shoes and accessories are sold in 88 countries at 3,060 ECCO shops and shop-in-shops and at 14,000 sales points around the world.

The company is family-owned and employs 19,800 people worldwide. It has factories in the Netherlands, Thailand, China and indonesia.

ECCO’s newest innovation is the second edition of its successful ECCO INTRINSIC sneaker collection – INTRINSIC 2 and INTRINSIC KARMA.

This new brand is designed to help people embrace a balanced lifestyle and make dressing up and down a breeze.

Features include direct-injected outsoles with flex zones, a low-profile design for greater comfort and flexible inlay soles shaped for natural movement.

In addition to experiencing the FUN of making a bag and getting to take it home, participants were also gifted a pair of shoes of their choice.

Now how nice is that!

For more information about ECCO, go to: http://au.shop.ecco.com/

 

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Beer DeLuxe launches at King Street Wharf Sydney

A quintessential balmy Sydney summer evening was the perfect setting for the launch of Beer DeLuxe King Street Wharf on Wednesday 24 February 2016.

As the name suggests the venue is run by people who are passionate about craft beer. The place has an ever-changing line up of international craft beers on rotation through the taps and their fridges are stocked with more than 150 varieties of bottled beer.

However, despite the beer focus, it’s clear you’re welcome to drink anything at this harbour hot-spot.

The seemingly endless flow of canapes kept guests including Jade and Yasmin Tuncdoruk, Aisha Jade and Travis Lunardi content, while brewers from 4 Pines, Young Henry’s, Murrays Craft Brewing and Akasha Brewing helped lift the amount of beer consumption for the evening.

Menu items included house smoked New Zealand king salmon with dill pickle chips, pulled lamb sliders with pickled cucumber and spiced yogurt, chicken wontons with shallots and black vinegar sauce, pork belly with lime caramel, Cape Grim mini cheese burgers, lemon myrtle squid with wasabi dressing, and chicken and goats cheese sausage rolls with  beetroot and fig chutney.

With a cocktail in hand and water views over Darling Harbour, you would have been hard-pressed to find a better spot to enjoy the gorgeous weather.

Beer Deluxe is located at 9 Lime Street, Sydney 2000

Telephone: 02 9262 1727

Website: www.beerdeluxe.com.au

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Pig Out at Bacon Brewfest this Saturday 27 February 2016

Cuckoo Callay is taking pigging out to the next level this February with the launch of its second annual Bacon Festival. The cult festival, which debuted in 2015 at Cuckoo’s home in Newtown, will now include a huge launch day event, the Bacon Brewfest at Central Park, followed by 12 weeks of bacon blasphemy back at the café.

The Bacon Brewfest, taking place on Saturday February 27 from 12pm until 9pm, will feature a huge array of stalls, scattered across the green at Central Park and within aMBUSH gallery’s workshop space at the mall. Some of Sydney’s brightest chefs and dining venues, including Black Star Pastry, Burgers by Josh, The Stinking Bishops, Mr Bao, Textbook Boulangerie, Mak Mak Macarons, Grumpy Donuts, Tsuru Food Truck, Pialligo Estate and more will be offering unique bacon creations and exclusive festival dishes. The Bacon Brewfest will also see an exclusive one-off bacon collaboration born from the meeting of creative minds’ Anna Polyviou and N2 Extreme Gelato.

Craft beer tastings will be on offer from Sydney’s best breweries, including 4 Pines, Feral Brewing Co, Willie the Boatman, Batch Brewing and Two Birds, and a festival bar curated by the expert barmen at Ramblin’ Rascal will offer even more craft beers in the aMBUSH gallery project space.

Alongside the bar a festival stage will showcase a huge line-up of homegrown music acts, including Cope Street Parade, Jacob Pearson, Tyne James Organ, and Lost Paradise favourites, Big White.

In addition to beer and bacon indulgence, festival-goers can enjoy insights into these cult products through professionally hosted workshops and talks from industry insiders, while an extreme bacon eating competition will test even the biggest pigs in the field.

Cuckoo Callay café will bring home the bacon for 12 weeks from Tuesday 1st March offering a pork-tastic bacon menu alongside its seasonal menu, featuring an array of its most creative and indulgent bacon dishes yet. And once again Cuckoo will be sourcing its produce solely from farms in NSW that engage in sustainable and ethical practice, in an effort to support local pork.

Tickets to the Bacon Brewfest start at $25 + BF via http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/bacon-brewfest/82305. Kids under 12 are free.

Cuckoo Callay is located at 324a King Street, Newtown NSW 2042.

Phone (02) 9557 7006.

Facebook: facebook.com/cuckoocallay

Instagram: @cuckoocallay_cafe

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Sydney Cellar Door Returns to Hyde Park

Wine o’clock officially starts this Friday 26 February 2016 at 5pm at the 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Cellar Door and extends to 5pm Sunday 28 February 2016 in Hyde Park, South.

Sydney Cellar Door brings together winemakers from all over New South Wales to create a microcosm of the State’s diverse wine regions. This year, more than ever before, Cellar Door will put a spotlight on specific regions, celebrating the local wineries, producers and food from Mudgee, Orange and the Hunter.

Joining from Mudgee will be 16 wineries including Burnbrae, Huntington Estate and Robert Stein Winery.

From Orange, Cumulus, Logan, Philip Shaw and Tamburlaine will be joined by 13 of their peers to give a real taste of the region.

The Hunter will have 21 wineries both boutique and larger, including Brokenwood wines, Mount Pleasant, Tempus Two and Tyrrell’s wines alongside a TAFE NSW and Pukara Estate food offering. From outside of the Hunter, Mudgee and Orange regional offerings,

Sydney Cellar Door will also welcome a host of individual wineries including the likes of Moppity Vineyards from the Hilltops, Warburn Estate from Riverina, Warrumbungle Wines from the Northern Slopes and Vale Creek Wines of Bathurst from Bathurst’s Central Ranges.

Alongside the NSW wineries involved, Sydney Cellar Door will welcome some of Sydney and the participating region’s best restaurants, growers and artisans. The ever-popular local crew from Surry Hill’s Porteño will return to serve up barbecue pork belly sandwiches with jalapeño aioli and leeks, and their barbecue Porteño sausage served with grilled peppers with chimichurri. The trendy Newtown bloodwood are joining the food line up this year to offer up polenta chips and delicious cheese and meat boxes, and will also be joined by PaperMill with their creative new fresh rice paper rolls, ‘spurritos’ (spring roll burritos) and Portuguese chilli lamb rolls.

With the 2016 emphasis on the regions, this year’s celebration of local cuisine will see Mudgee’s Baxter & Bird appear to offer up delicious buttermilk hotcakes using local Mudgee produce to enjoy with your wine. Hailing from the Orange region, Franklin Road Kitchen will serve up tender marinated chicken skewers with rice and a rich kasundi sauce. Also from Orange will be Greentrees Gourmet Preserves with jams, jellies, marmalades and preserved fruits to take home or enjoy onsite.

Major Partner, Castello will be offering a deliciously different experience at Cellar Door, the Castello Cheese Bar where visitors can bring in their glass of wine to be paired with one of their complimentary cheeses including Castello Creamy White which goes well with a NSW sparkling or Chardonnay.

Beyond the incredible wine and food on offer, there is truly something for everyone at this year’s Sydney Cellar Door including an opportunity to get involved in some Mudgee grape-crushing. This feet tingling experience of stomping grapes in purpose-built oak barrels will offer a ‘real-deal’ experience of wine making. Head to the Mudgee region area at Cellar Door on Saturday or Sunday between 11:30am – 12:30pm or 3:30pm – 4:30pm to join in the fun.

Over 78,000 wine and food lovers attended the three-day festival in 2015 to enjoy the diverse offering and this year’s crowds are expected to love the grouped regional offerings. ‘

Stay informed by visiting the website www.sydneycellardoor.com.au/, following us on Facebook www.facebook.com/sydneycellardoor and Instagram @sydneycellardoor and joining the conversation using #SydneyCellarDoor. –

For ticket prices, go to: http://www.sydneycellardoor.com.au/tasting-glass-tokens/

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DOCOS AND DIVAS REIGN SUPREME AT MARDI GRAS’ THE HARBOUR

Over four days this February (24-27), Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras showcase their brand spanking new event series, The Harbour, presented by Canon.

With incredible views of Sydney’s shoreline all from the comfort of Mrs Macquarie’s Point fans will be treated to special screenings ofMadonna’s hit documentary, and the cult classic Mamma Mia! as well as a once in a lifetime concert by ARIA Hall of Fame recipient,Tina Arena, ending with Canon’s Tails by Light, a fascinating series of documentary films.

Jump under the covers for a night of debauchery (Wed 24 Feb) with the outdoor screening of In Bed with Madonna, presented by QueerScreen. The film follows the gay icon during her Blonde Ambition Tour and was first screened at Cannes in 1991, quickly becoming the highest grossing documentary of its time.

Relive the daring costumes, catchy tunes and iconic moments that pushed the boundaries in this 25th anniversary screening celebrating the Queen of Pop. With grandstand seating and a massive screen anchored on the water’s edge, views of the film and the stunning Sydney Harbour are completely uninhibited – no matter how many people come wearing their cone bras!

The following night (Thurs 25 Feb) Australian pop icon, Tina Arena performs an intimate concert at Tina Arena at The Harbour with all the classics like: I Need Your Body, Chains, and I Want To Love You.

Presenting a different show and set-list from her sold-out “One Night Only” tour performances, Tina Arena at The Harbour is an intimate affair with only 1,000 tickets up for grabs, ensuring for a one-of-a-kind experience under the stars.

Head on down to the Harbour’s edge for a scented sing-a-long screening of the musical Mamma Mia! (Fri 26 Feb). With a popular soundtrack featuring classic ABBA tracks like Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on me and, of course Mamma Mia¸ the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir are on hand helping keep the spirits high and the notes on key.

LUSH Cosmetics join in on the fun by providing a full sensory cinema experience filled with LUSH scents to enhance viewing pleasure. Each guest receives a box filled with seven unique scents and a scent menu from LUSH cosmetics. The menu guides viewers through the film and where to inhale smells to match the scene or mood.

Rounding out the four day extravaganza is the six-part series of documentaries Tales by Light. The series follows five extraordinary photographers as they push the limits of their craft in little-known, little-covered and little-understood corners of the Earth.

Presented by Canon, these mind-blowing stories go behind the lens to experience the challenges, successes and moments of joy as these masters of their fields work to capture their unique perspective.

Nestled in the heart of the lush Royal Botanic Gardens, accompanied by spectacular views, The Harbour promises to be an unmissable event in the Festival’s spectacular summer program.

For more Mardi Gras mania head to the website www.mardigras.org.au

MOONLIGHT’S MARCH MOVIE MANIA BEGINS

Moonlight Cinema announced a smash hit March film program, revealing many of Hollywood’s hottest films will screen at Moonlight before they’re released to cinemas in Australia.

New Australian gems, family friendly hits, all new blockbusters, and plenty of recently released must-see-on-the-big-screen films, will be gracing screens at Moonlight throughout March.

Be among the first to see Triple 9, London Has Fallen, and Eye In The Sky; as well as new Australian film The Daughter starring Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto and Sam Neill.

Family friendly advanced screenings include Hugh Jackman’s new film Eddie the Eagle, Kung Fu Panda 3, and from the creators ofFrozen Zootopia. The Lion King, and Disney Pixar’s latest marvel The Good Dinosaur make five family film choices for Moonlight in March.

New blockbusters to hit the outdoor cinema screens include: Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds as Marvel’s wisecracking antihero, Sacha Baron Cohen’s new spy-comedy Grimsby; and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 returning 14 years later for an even bigger Greek calamity.

Don’t miss another chance to see the multi Oscar nominees The Big Short, The Revenant, and Spotlight.   Catch up on Australian comedy queen Rebel Wilson in this year’s dating manual How to Be Single. And there’s now no excuse not to see the third highest-grossing film in box office history, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Doggie Night will also continue, with screenings of The Lion King in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and Mean Girls in Sydney and Melbourne Moonlight Cinemas.

As always Moonlight cinema is a BYO friendly event, but no sweat if you forget your picnic spread and sparkling; Moonlight’s famous LA style food truck and fully licensed bar, will be serving up tasty treats for all appetites.

Audiences can tuck into a scrumptious menu of movie munchies including pulled pork sliders, New Yorker chilli cheese dogs, buffalo fried chicken, parmesan truffle fries and fresh Nutella donuts.

Gates are open an hour and a half before the film starts so organize your friends, snap up your grassy patch and lay back for a summer of fun, food and films under the stars!

 

WHAT:                                               Moonlight Cinema

WHERE & WHEN:                            Brisbane: New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse, Dec 16March 6

Melbourne: Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, Dec 3March 27

Perth: Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Dec 5March 27

Sydney: Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park, Dec 3March 27

 

Lock in some movie dates with your mates by checking out the program online, following Moonlight Cinema’s social media channels and signing up to Moonlight e-news.

Website: www.moonlight.com.au/

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Monkey Shoulder whisky celebrates Chinese New Year in Sydney

This year we are celebrating the “Year of the Monkey”, and Monkey Shoulder is excited to announce that it will bring its smooth and versatile scotch whisky to the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, with a whisky cocktail bar.

The custom created bar will celebrate all things Monkey, and will transport you into the Monkey Shoulder world with its cheeky wit and charm. A range of delicious cocktails will be on offer, including Monkey Mojito’s, Monkey old-fashioned, and a Monkey Shoulder spin on the old-pina colada, titled Jungle Juice, which is predicted to be a crowd favourite. The cocktails will all showcase the versatility of Monkey Shoulder, and have been crafted to change the way Scotch whisky is perceived. Patrons to the bar will also be given a fortune cookie. With 4 flavours to choose from, each depicts a flavour characteristic from the Monkey Shoulder whisky itself.

The Monkey Shoulder Whisky Bar will be at the heart of Sydney’s official Chinese New Year celebrations, open from 5pm to 10pm in Martin Place from 6th February to 14th February, 2016 and then relocating to spread the festive cheer in World Square from 15th February to 21st February, 2016.

The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations outside of mainland China, and runs from the 6th February – 21st February, 2016. The 16-day program includes performances, talks, tours, entertainment, installations, exhibitions and special one-off events celebrating the diverse cultures that observe Lunar New Year. The festival’s main feature  this year will be Lunar Lanterns, with giant lanterns representing the animal signs of the Chinese zodiac at locations across the city centre.

 Monkey Shoulder is the worlds first triple malt whisky, and to this day is still tended by hand by the experienced Malt Men of Speyside. The smooth and rich premium Scotch Whisky comes from the unique combination of three tasty Speyside single malts, expertly married in small batches to create a versatile flavour like no other.

For more information visit http://www.monkeyshoulder.com or http://www.williamgrant.com/

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