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Funeral Service For Queensland Man Matty Soppa This Friday

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648 Ann St lesbian vampire killers

New operators will soon take over the first floor and rooftop bars at 648 Ann St, Fortitude Valley. The building’s colourful history includes a role in the story of Brisbane’s notorious lesbian vampire killers. This writer enjoys vivid memories of various joints that operated at 648 Ann — the upstairs fortune tellers, my first broken …

jamie wood funeral brisbane dancer

Family and friends of much-loved Brisbane dancer Jamie Wood have farewelled him at a funeral service in Fortitude Valley. Jamie tragically took his own life in Bowen Hills in late August after a long battle with mental health issues. On Thursday (September 9), mourners gathered at Brisbane bar Cloudland for the service and heard moving …

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A Fortitude Valley venue went viral for all the wrong reasons yesterday following a social media post from a co-owner. Shay Hayston, from Froth on Brunswick in Fortitude Valley’s California Lane, earlier posted a cafe docket titled ‘Two very annoying Asians’. He also added a caption to the docket. “OMG, I love my staff.” Social …

ross hannay beat megaclub

Ross Hannay, director and manager of The Beat Megaclub and nephew of club ‘founder’ John Hannay, faces numerous criminal charges. A number of charges relate to drugs while one concerns allegedly possessing a gun. Hannay faces nine charges in total. They include possession of dangerous drugs and unlawful possession of a weapon. Ross Hannay became …

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Brisbane drag and burlesque club night Rumble is getting supersized this New Years Eve with an epic drag battle royale at Fortitude Music Hall. The contenders will go head-to-head in the post-apocalyptic Thunderdome through several rounds of amazing performances, hilarious games and improvisation. Rumble, produced by Brisbane’s Joel Devereux, has been running in Fortitude Valley …

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Spanish gay romantic comedy Smiley will transport audiences to Barcelona during its Australian debut in Brisbane this week. The new local adaptation keeps the Spanish setting and follows Alex (Sergio Torres, above left) and Bruno (Matt Young) who only have one thing in common – they’re both gay men. However an invisible thread of destiny …

Tahitian prince joel Morehu-Barlow

Joseph Hohepa Morehu-Barlow, or Joel Morehu-Barlow, the fake Tahitian prince who stole over $16 million from Queensland Health, is set for release from jail and deportation back to New Zealand. Morehu-Barlow, originally sentenced to 14 years jail, became eligible for parole in 2016. After beginning work for Queensland Health in 2007, Morehu-Barlow eventually became a …

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Brisbane’s Big Gay Day returns to the Wickham Hotel for its 20th instalment, Sunday 8th March 2020 with an incredible coup —  Melanie C ft. Sink The Pink. Of course, there’s more featured musical acts, drag extravaganzas and rainbow love all around in support of local LGBTQIA+ charities. Established in 2000 as a celebration of …

drag queens

Destiny Rogers recalls a misspent youth in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. In the mid-1970s, she met some of Brisbane’s most exotic creatures — the drag queens of Fortitude Valley. About quarter past ten every Saturday night, the jeering and catcalling began. It only ever lasted about five minutes. Generally busy reading a book, I never took …

Fortitude Valley

The beautiful Bettenay sisters were once Brisbane’s ‘it’ girls. After Joy declined actor Ray Barrett’s proposal of marriage, he instead wedded sister Audrey with Joy as bridesmaid. In later years, one of the sisters ran a second-hand shop in Fortitude Valley. Edna Bettenay never married. She promoted 50/50 dances, played piano in the Upadian Band …

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