Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jim Stynes passes. A great person will be missed by all.

Message from Sam Stynes - Jim Stynes’ died on Tuesday the 20th of March at 8.20 a.m.. Jim was pain free, dignified and peaceful. Matisse and Tiernan were present. Not surprisingly, in his last week of life Jim continued to defy the odds and lived his life to the fullest attending the Melbourne vs. Hawthorn football match, his son Tiernan’s 7th Birthday celebration, The MFC Blazer Ceremony and a casual Friday night dinner at Toplinos in his much loved suburb St.Kilda. In his final days Jim was immersed with insurmountable love and tenderness surrounded by his family and some close friends in the comfort of his own home.

On behalf of Jim my heartfelt thanks to all those who have so generously cared for, guided and supported Jim throughout his challenging cancer battle. The list of people to thank reaches far and wide but for now I would like to make special mention of those that went far and beyond the call of duty, Dr Grant Macarthur from The Peter McCallum Centre, Dr Grahame Southwick from the Australian Institute of Plastic Surgery, Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld from The Alfred Hospital, Dr Peter Sherwan from Freemasons Hospital and the team at Cabrini Palliative Home Care that combined with Jim’s fighting spirit resulted in Jim’s extended three year life journey.

It is an incredibly sad time, however Jim in his passing, has made us see that in our grief that we can smile in our hearts for a beautiful man who will forever hold a special place in the hearts of many. Jim’s lesson is that life was to be challenged and treasured. Sam Stynes

Jim was my next door neighbour, Jan-Marie and I  had the opportunity to spend time with Jim over the past 18 months. Some people you meet in life have the ability to uniquely change your own. Everyone Jim came into contact with were in some way blessed by their experience. We will miss you big fella.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dita Von Teese Lingerie Fashion Parade

It was our great pleasure for my wife and I to be part of the L' Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival last night to witness a spectacular lingerie show featuring Dita Von Teese.
We would like to acknowledge Michele Hamdorf, CEO of Lime Door Brands for creating & delivering a magnificent vision. Congratulations Michele on for an fabulous parade, collection and after party.
We are very much looking forward to the next exciting chapter in the Von Follies collection. I had the pleasure of taken these pictures of the night and here are my favourite 8 shots. You can view the full selection here.

I used my new camera (Canon EOS 550D) that was recommend by my good friend from Cameras Direct Online

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Amazon - a force to descend on Australian shores.

Media Release
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Offline retail is a tale of woe, but online retailing is going from strength-to-strength, with shopping online doubling in two years and Forrester’s tipping continuing growth1. The news that Amazon is coming to Australia by setting up a data centre for its web services business 2 and actively assisting Australian retailers to sell on Amazon.com, good or bad news for online sellers?

The Professional eBay and eCommerce Sellers Alliance (PeSA) predicts that it is a little bit of both for Australian online retailers.

“Retail is really moving into a multi-channel phase, with more paths to market representing more opportunity for online sellers. A new major market-place like Amazon ensures the dominant player here, eBay, will be sure to keep up their seller support services. All this is good news for online retailers and competition.” Says Shaun O’Brien, PeSA Australia President.

“The challenges is that major market-places bring more international sellers into the Australian market, most of which can sell at extremely competitive prices” Continues O’Brien. “Yet Quantium.com.au report that only 25% of online sales are offshore, keeping 75% here. That’s a massive opportunity for existing, and future, Australian online retailers.”

To ensure online retailers keep ahead of the game, PeSA run an annual Internet Conference event. 2012 will be the sixth year of the event, with an expected 600+ delegates.

There are over sixty content sessions, with keynote speakers from eBay, PayPal and Australia Post, plus leading online Australia entrepreneurs including:
  • Ruslan Kogan – Founder and CEO of Kogan.com.au and Australia’s wealthiest entrepreneur under 30.
  • Gabby Leibovich – Co-founder of Scoopon and Catch of the Day.
  • Paul Greenberg – Co-founder of DealsDirect.com.au

The PeSA Internet Conference runs May 31-June 2 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Registrations for the 2.5 day event are only $495. A full exhibition accompanies the Internet Conference.

Full details at InternetConference.com.au

For further information, a media pass to the event, or to arrange an interview with Shaun O’Brien or Phil Leahy of PeSA, contact: Kimberly Palmer, Brazen Productions, 0403 937 347, kimberlyp@brazen.com.au

1.    Source: Forrester.com Report December 2011
2.    Source: Australian Financial Review, 21 January, 2012.