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BRISBANE INSIDER

BNE March/April 2015 |

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New life

for

heritage hotel

One of Brisbane’s oldest hotels is new again. The New Inchcolm Hotel &

Suites was actually built in the 1880s to be the home of a prominent doctor

who named it after Scotland’s Inchcolm Island. Later it became home to a

number of medical practices where the first link to its current owner began.

It was in these medical rooms that Peter Flynn was born but it wasn’t until

decades later that he would return as a successful developer to give the building

a new lease on life. It first opened as The Inchcolm Hotel in 1998, becoming

part of the Flynn family’s portfolio of properties that now also includes Novotel

Brisbane Airport and Clear Mountain Lodge and Spa on Brisbane’s outskirts.

The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites has retained its historical architecture

and 20s and 30s charm following an $8 million contemporary reinvention with

eclectic interiors created by Gold Coast-based Robertsons Design International.

A fully restored cage lift sits in the heart of the hotel. Facilities include

Thomson’s Reserve Restaurant and Socialites Bar also open to casual visitors.

The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites, 73 Wickham Terrace, is the first in

Brisbane to join Accor’s boutique MGallery collection of hotels, bringing

the total to 10 properties across Australia and New Zealand. To find out

more see

www.inchcolm.com.au

Diaryof acity

As an artist for more than 20 years Robert Brownhall has

provided a quirky birds-eye view of urban life in Brisbane, from

sweeping panoramas to gritty street scenes and architectural

portraits. A stand-out piece in his first show for 2015 is a three-

metre by one metre work capturing ‘Morning Shadows on the

River’. Brownhall spent a weekend high up in the city’s 37-storey

Evolution tower to get his perspective for the work which will be

one of 22 paintings in the exhibition at Philip Bacon Galleries,

2 Arthur Street, Fortitde Valley, from 3 to 28 March. Brownhall

doesn’t work from photographs but prefers to sketch his subjects

first and complete the works from memory, often adding his own

imaginary narrative and a spark of his sense of humour along the

way. The works are a visual diary of what Brownhall sees in his

daily life and in subtle ways chronicle events happening in the

city. “The city has so many stories to tell,” he says.

Shop

for a cause

National Australia Bank business researchers estimate

Australians spent $16.4 billion shopping online in 2014 and

entrepreneurial Brisbane couple Sarah and Arunava Chatterjee

(

pictured right

) have created a way to channel some of those

funds to charities.

The pair have pooled their talents in business, IT and public

relations to create the Generous Shopper, a website and plug-in

that allows shoppers to direct a portion of their spend to the

selected charities. The Chatterjees spent a year developing their

platform before launching online late last year and have more

than 900 participating retailers.

Shoppers with a conscience either download the plug-in

which automatically recognises when they are shopping at

a participating retailer’s site (and it registers their charity

preferences) or they can link to shopping sites through the

Generous Shopper website. The Generous Shopper has

selected a list of charities to try to maximise funds raised for

each organisation. So far that list includes beyondblue, Assist

a Sista, Destiny Rescue, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

and several others. Donation amounts are pre-determined by

the retailers and range from 1 per cent to 35 per cent of the

purchase price. See

www.thegenerousshopper.com

Sleepout

for diggers

Camp Gallipoli

commemorates 100

years of Anzac spirit with

a sleepout at Brisbane

Showgrounds on 24 April.

BYO swag (no tents).

Commemoration and

entertainment from 5pm,

then an early wake up call

for the dawn service on

Anzac Day. Profits from

ticket sales will go to RSL

and Legacy. For details see

www.campgallipoli.com.au

Girl Running

by Robert Brownhall