What’s on this weekend in Byron Bay!! 11/12/13 July 2014


Hello folks!! I’m back after my two and a half week hiatus over to the Wild, Wild West. It’s great to be back in Byron Bay after some chilly Perth weather!

This weekend sees plenty of live music, spoken word, collaborative art and other awesome shindigs – so as always, plenty to do – which is good for me as I can keep the post-holiday blues at bay.

First up, on Friday night we have bands and DJs galore… Leigh James is at the Beachy from 5pm, followed by Jakubi + Everyday Carry from 9pm; Bohemian Cowboys are at the Rails (always great for a dance); E-Lion is at the Buddha Bar and Aquarius are holding their now weekly open mic night with fresh local talent and tapas.

If you are stuck for something to do on Friday afternoon – the Northern is holding a White Ribbon fundraiser featuring MC Ellen Briggs, and Rohin Funkmeister Knight and the Cumkuats – from 12pm.

The Northern are following this up with local boys Vernas Keep, with The New High and Andrew Morris, playing from 8pm.

On Saturday, Pandamonium DJs are at the Beachy from 9.30pm, Little Bastard are playing at the Rails and the Northern has a triple whammy of live music with Younger Dryas,Tropical Zombie Duo and The Silver Dollars.

Also – the Buddha Bar are hosting an amazing musical talent from Brisbane – The Lyrical. He is playing from 8pm, showcasing his mix of beat boxing, folk guitar and socially conscious lyrics. Not to be missed!

And last but not least, Sunday is a happening day in Byron Bay this week – starting with Throwathon and Jesse Pumphrey at the Northern, and Lionheir at the Rails. The Beachy are amping up the Sunday sessions this week with Ragga Jump from 4.30pm, followed by Elementals at 8pm.

Buddha Bar are hosting their Byron Social Motorcycle Club (The Ride II) which is perfect if you like fast bikes and those that ride them; followed by Tango Argentine (fitting what with the World Cup result!!) at 6pm.

For something a little different, hip hop artist/poet Luka Lesson is performing at Kulchajam from 5.30pm – go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1413834622234345/ for more info! Tickets are $10 on the door.

And out at the funky ArtYard in Bangalow – Artwomb is coming that bit closer to town! This amazing collaborative art, music and food event features local musicians, interactive jam stages, a veggie feast and the main event – a large shared canvas where everyone can go  and play with some paints! Starting at 2pm, this will be an awesome Sunday afternoon.

Have fun everyone!!

South African Cooking Class at Lexis English | Byron Bay!

south african cooking


Today we had a South African cooking masterclass! I dazzled Lexis with a Chakalaka Bunny Chow 🙂

I lived in South Africa for a year and absolutely loved the food there – my favourites being a good braai, delicious bobotie…and best of all… Bunny Chow!! Bunny chow is a hollowed out piece of crusty bread filled with spicy meat curry.

Today we combined two South African classics – bunny chow and chakalaka – a tasty, spicy vegetable stew – quick, healthy, cheap and no meat – so no risk of me giving food poisoning to half the school 🙂

See below for the chakalaka recipe!


Lisa’s Study Corner. THIS WEEK – How can I improve my writing?



Lisa’s Study Corner. THIS WEEK – How can I improve my writing?

Last week we looked at the different ways you could practise writing. This week, we look at how writing is different to speaking. Some students who are really good at speaking are not good writers. The reason for this is that writing is a completely different activity with a different set of skills. Therefore, to improve your writing, you need to concentrate on the following:

  1. Spelling

Nothing is more off-putting to a reader than bad spelling and if you are planning to use English at work, or take an English exam, it’s really important that you work on this now. Spelling is very difficult in English because the spelling is not automatically related to the sound. Think of though, thought, through and tough; they are all written with the vowels “O” and “U” but, when spoken, the vowel sound is completely different. In contrast, short, your, daughter, bald, draw, warden and floor have different spelling but the same vowel sound. This means that you have to LEARN and then practise English spelling. For starters, why not have a look at http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/common-misspellings and see if you are making any of these common mistakes.

  1. Punctuation and Layout

This can be a difficult one for some students because the rules in their countries are very different from the rules in English. For example, in Japan, you start a new paragraph for every sentence. However, in English, you only start a new paragraph when you move onto a new topic. Then, in Latin American countries, sentences are very long; often the entire length of the paragraph with only a comma to show when to pause for breath. This is considered wrong in English. In English there are strict rules about what can and can’t be a sentence. The rules are too in depth to go into here but you can find explanations online or ask your teacher or GIL teacher. Then, if you want to practise with a range of punctuation, I recommend visiting http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/punctuation and http://grammar.about.com/od/punctuationexercises as a starting point.

  1. Register

Finally, when writing, you need to consider register. Register is basically the level of formality or politeness that you use. So, for example, if you are writing a text message to a friend, you might write, “Soz I’m gonna be l8 cos bed is too comfy” but if you were sending an email with the same information to your boss you would write “I’m so sorry, I overslept. I’m afraid I’ll be slightly late.”

English has quite complex rules when it comes to register, especially with letter writing. You need to learn these rules and try to be consistent in the level of formality you use. For a basic introduction to register, have a look at http://www.really-learn-english.com/language-register.html


So to summarise this week’s tip – Writing is not the same as speaking on paper. To be a good writer, you will need to study and practise spelling, punctuation and register. The best advice I can give you is to read as much and as widely as possible in English, while considering these three factors.

It’s on again – the Byron Bay Triathlon

One of Australia’s most famous triathlons is on again in Byron Bay on Saturday the 9th of May.

The Byron Bay triathlon is an Olympic distance event consisting of a 1.5 kilometre ocean swim, a 40 kilometre bike ride to the beautiful town of Lennox Head and back and then a 10 kilometre run. In Byron Bay things are always done a bit differently -every other Olympic distance triathlon that takes place in Australia is held early on a Sunday morning whereas the Byron Bay tri is held on Saturday afternoon to allow the competitors and their supporters to have a well-earned drink on Saturday night and take full advantage of Byron’s nightlife. The race attracts top triathletes from all around Australia and overseas. The start is up at the beach next to the Surf Club and the run involves 4 laps to Clarke’s Beach and back which makes it a great event for the spectators. Just take up a position anywhere along the path from the surf club to Clarke’s Beach and cheer the competitors on as they complete the run leg and race to the finish line!