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Be a responsible host
over Christmas period
By MARTIN MacMASTER
Public Health Services
If you cared about your guests, you d
try and look after them and keep them
out of trouble, right?
You wouldn t get them drunk, then
let them drive, get injured or embar-
rass themselves? And you wouldn t
feed them food or drink that s going to
make them fat or unhealthy?
Call it host responsibility -- being
responsible for the wellbeing of guests
you invite to your home, to a work do,
have in your pub, or other business.
In some cases there are legal
obligations (Health and Safety in
Employment, or Sale of Liquor Acts),
but mostly it s just being responsible.
To avoid all those alcohol-related
problems -- from the Christmas-ruining
hangover, to the serious road crashes --
there are things you can do to avoid
letting guests drink too much.
Make sure there is a range of low or
non-alcoholic drinks. You don t want to
force people to drink so give them
Supply food -- and not just salty,
thirst-making chips or peanuts.
Substantial food not only soaks up
some alcohol but it slows down the
drinking and makes your occasion
more than just a booze-up.
When thinking of healthy snacks,
remember the eat more vegetables and
Vegetables are great -- try carrot, cel-
ery or broccoli with a guacamole dip
Fruit makes a healthy snack. Con-
sider fresh strawberries, or bite-sized
slices of fresh fruit
Natural nuts (not salted, roasted or
fried) are also a healthy choice.
Consider transport. You don t have
to be drunk to be unsafe or unlawful to
drive. If you can t provide rides,
suggest people leave cars at home and
take taxis, organise a sober driver,
walk, or even stay the night.
Anything but drive under the influ-
ence. And remember, coffee or fresh air
won t sober you up -- only time will get
the alcohol out of your bloodstream.
Don t just drink. Have some fun
activities like games, karaoke, and
skits. Socialising is about having a
good time with your mates -- not just
knocking back drinks. Remember
alcohol makes you fat and is
This Christmas enjoy yourself, but
make it a good time and give some
thought to what we re eating and how
much we are drinking over the holiday
Enjoy your friends and family, feel
good and remember: don t drink and
in no danger of
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
Royal New Zealand Ballet
Regent on Broadway, November 22
Reviewed by Laura Walters
After three years of work the Royal New
Zealand Ballet delivered a breath-taking
modern rendition of The Sleeping Beauty,
while maintaining the integrity of the
The last time I saw the classical ver-
sion of The Sleeping Beauty performed at
the Regent on Broadway, I was only
seven, and I fell asleep in the aisle.
However, this production of the must-
see ballet was in no danger of putting me
The stand-out performances were the
set, the costumes, and Tchaikovsky s
The design work by former artistic
director Gary Harris, with the help of
Weta Workshop, was divine, especially
the red-eyed dragon, which seemed to
take the crowd by surprise so much that
they forgot to applaud.
Choreographer Greg Horseman stayed
true to the demanding, traditional chor-
eography of The Sleeping Beauty -- first
performed in 1890. And for the most part
the cast did it justice.
Company artist Abigail Boyle danced
the main role of Princess Aurora, and
was a graceful show of long legs and pre-
However, Boyle encountered a few
shaky moments in the pas de deux
sections, where the intensity of her
expression and the quaking of her lean
body reminded the audience of the physi-
cal pressure put on classical dancers.
While the crowd got behind her -- there
was an audible sigh of relief when she
pulled it off -- it was disappointing to see
a professional struggle with such a
famous piece of choreography.
Clytie Campbell played a magnificently
wicked evil fairy.
But Antonia Hewitt countered the
maliciousness of the evil fairy with her
delicate performance as the Lilac Fairy.
Qi Huan played an athletically com-
manding role as the prince, and young
company member Lucy Green drew eyes
in an energetic, musical, and easy per-
formance as the green fairy of wit.
Despite the beautifully delivered tra-
ditional choreography, the show was
stolen by the unexpected performance of
the two cats danced by Lucy Balfour and
Shannon Dawson which drew frequent
laughter from the children in the
audience. Greg Horseman should be
commended on keeping a perfect balance
of the traditional and the unconventional.
Overall, it was a beautiful programme
with moments of brilliance.
The company s new artist director
Ethan Stiefel has reason to be proud of
the first major performance the company
performed since he took up his role in
Saturday s food drive for the
Methodist Social Services and
Salvation Army food banks
went well, but the amount
collected was about 10 per
cent down on last year.
We appreciate that times
are tough for many, and we
are very grateful to the
Palmy community for all
their support, Salvation
Army Palmerston North com-
munity ministries manager
Kevin Richards said.
Donations of non perishable
food and toiletries can be
dropped off at the Sallies on
the corner of Church and
Summer stage school calls
Calling all performance-loving 13 to
18-year-olds looking for something fun
to do this summer.
It is time to register for Centrepoint
Theatre s 2012 Summer School.
The Summer School is a week long
programme that introduces you to all
sorts of exciting things to do with act-
ing and theatre.
You will get tuition in singing, acting
for camera, acting for stage, stage com-
bat, devising and musical composition.
The course will run from January 16
Classes will run from 10am to 4pm
at the theatre and the cost is $200 per
The course will be run by profes-
sional theatre practitioners.
The cut off date for registration is
December 12, but do not leave it until
the last minute.
Spaces are limited so you will need to
be in quick to avoid missing out on this
exciting opportunity to learn from the
To apply visit centrepoint.co.nz, come
into the theatre on the corner of Church
and Pitt streets, email
Vanessa@centrepoint.co.nz, or phone
the theatre on 354 5740.
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