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Grand Opry Ticket Prices: Saving Money On Gigs

There are so many live performances featured at top gigs like the Firefly Festival and The Grand Ole Opry these days its hard to choose your favorite.

What are Some of The Best Musical Venues?

Semi-liquid by Transient Theater venue and The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee venues lead the music scene for all the top country music performers! – Part of the Emerging scene which is taking America by storm focuses on such events and artist festivals.

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Presented by: Grand Ole Opry Schedule Line Up 2014
Artform: Multi-artform
Type: Performance
Dates: Mon 7 – Tue 8 Mar (Mon 7 – Tue 8 March (and also Mon 4 – Tue 5 April))
Times: 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
Cost: Full web $10 Full phone/counter $12 Concession web $6 Concession phone/counter $8
Venue: Performance Space – Garth Brooks Tour Dates 2014

Book now: Book online / phone (07) 3872 9000

Ticket Prices: Opry Venues Little Secret

Entertainment come at a price and cheap tickets for top events just are not going to happen. There is a local event that is mirrored on the performance of the Imagine Dragons Tour who are appearing live at the Firefly Music Festival.

Make sure that you price tikets around some of the leading ticket brokers and agents to find the best price. These services are just a market place based on market supply and demand. So ticket prices will vary from platform to platform.

Buy a ticket early whilst in demand and you can pay top dollar. Wait a week or two before the event and snap up some cheaper tickets if its not sold out. Its a game of chance and the only winners are the online ticket brokers!

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Firefly Music Festival Line Ups

The band from Nevada, Las Vegas love doing this gig lead singer Dan Reynolds has told how he loves this event. Dave Matthews Band opened this event in 2012 “The Backyard stage” at this year’s Firefly Festival They are so popular they are no appearing  and headlining for Outkast on The Main Stage!
Immediate theater, dance and music on the live stage. The Imagine Dragons tour 2014 will cover Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” and perform “Battle Cry.”

Theater and Rock Concerts Tickets

SEMI-LIQUID PREDICAMENT is Transient’s newest project, a new window of opportunity for audiences to see surprising and fresh concoctions. Immediate theater, dance, and music on the bare stage. Appetizing new vaudeville, the unexpected, playing for the common good, arriving soon.

TRANSIENT THEATER is a partnership with a diverse history, creating movement based theater and site specific community events. The Transient partners, performers Tony Kishawi and Julieanne Hansen, have specialist skills in immediate theater, dance, mask work and improvisation. They are performance makers and teachers whose passion for the development of new work extends to the support of fellow performers in such collaborative projects as the Angry Mime.

Emerge aims to bring quality concepts and performance standards to audiences for low prices so that new work is easily accessible. Why not stay in the Opry Hotel or take a grand tour around its corridors to soak in the atmosphere of this Nashville folklore arena.

The emerge project will encourage audiences to enjoy new performance work alongside the exciting professional programs at the Judith Wright Center.

This chance to develop and show emerging work in a major contemporary arts center will enhance the development of local performing arts workers in all areas of their craft – and to provide JWC audiences with a glimpse of tomorrow.

The Opry can not be beaten in terms of its historic venue which once started out as a radio broadcast and is now a US phenomonon.

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Wonderful Adventures in Spain

Valencia scores top marks in terms of family diversions. Even the process of getting around the city is family friendly.

Traversed by a dry river bed serving as a pedestrian thoroughfare, the historic walled city is linked to the world-class City of Arts and Sciences, Spain’s rival to Disney’s Epcot Center.

The sea enclosure here alone is likely to sweep your children off their maritime feet, with penguins, whales and an amazing dolphin show that’s a sure hit with children, who can take turns in feeding the sealife.

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There’s also the Gulliver Park where children can play at being a Lilliputian. If your kids are likely to enjoy paella, then Valencia is the home of the dish, and you can eat it down on the beach while they roam across miles and miles of sand: perfect sandcastle territory.

Malaga: One Of The Fantastic Cities in Europe.

Malaga, meanwhile, is quite simply one of Spain’s coolest cities, for adults and children alike.

Slap in the centre of the Costa Del Sol you are within striking distance of the most amazing theme and water parks. Just a scoot along the coast lies all the entertainment of Marbella and Torremolinos — fair-rides, Cirque de Soleil, magicians, toy trains, incredible shopping centres, sailing schools, English-speakers and, for fussy eaters, any food you might be missing from home.

But best of all is that Malaga has remained really genuinely Spanish. A read a nice review of some insider tips to explore Malaga

The El Palo suburb of Malaga has one of the nicest family beaches along the whole coast, grassy plots by the beach and cheap chiringuitos serving up sardine skewers, plus back in the town centre there’s cracking shopping and the wonderful Picasso art museum for enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Great flight links, the high footfall making for extremely competitive services such as car hire and its position as the gateway to the interior attractions like El Chorro and the Alcazaba earns Malaga its place in the Tripadvisors Family top three.

Top 3 Tips for Exploring Malaga Province

  1. Always pre-book your Malaga Airport transfer to your accommodation.
  2. Use Renfe to travel further afield and book in advance for extra savings
  3. In peak summer use public buses as parking and driving is a nightmare for a tourist in busier areas

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Its important to explore and not just to take our word for it. Such a beautiful coastline hugging the mediterranean shores yield some hidden gems. From the boutique hotels in Marbella scattered around Orange Tree Square to the remote inland villages of Ronda, Monda, Coin, Álora and hundreds of more in Andalucia.

Excellent infrastructure in Spain

As one of the oldest countries to really absorb mass tourism, Spain has an excellent and cheap tourist infrastructure to take the headache out of planning and getting around.

In spite of chartered tourism, with just a little bit of imagination and, probably most critically, access to a car, you’ll get the chance to explore some remote areas of this fascinating and fast changing country.

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Spain, is a mountainous and vast country, its geographical variety almost rivaling Australia and is in parts as empty of people, who like Oz, are concentrated chiefly round the coast. Inland life is more remote and unchanged, and rural Spain, its beautiful mountains and natural parks, the Sierra Nevada, and towns such as Aracena are great antidotes to 21st century city life.

Whether your children are at the age of chasing butterflies or hiking, there’s enough to wear them out over 10 years of holidays on the trot.

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The beaches of the Mediterranean, Costa Del Sol, Costa Tropical, and the natural park of Cabo de Gata, meanwhile, all have brilliant sheltered shores perfect for paddling. The windy bays on the Costa Brava have slick watersports schools where older children can be taught surfing, wind or kite-surfing and sailing.

Every town in Southern Spain comes with swings and slides and almost every second town has a giant water park with lots of decent municipal swimming pools in between.

The guaranteed sunshine, which is such an irresistible draw to Spain, actually becomes quite a serious drawback if you intend to make forays inland with children — particularly Andalucia in August. It’s wise to trim back any ambitions you have for city sightseeing not just because of attention spans, but that searing heat, too.

Granada, Cordoba and Seville can all feel hotter than a brick oven at the height of summer.

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For adults Spain is fascinating, and there’s absolutely masses — historic sites, swashbuckling stories, outdoor adventure, live culture, street performances — to keep your little one amused at the same time.

Spain has so much going for it for families — lots of unspoiled areas and cheap food and accommodation, plus short flight times, readily available children’s necessities, and no need for inoculations. Having children shouldn’t mean the end of adventurous travel. If it isn’t too much of a paradox, with a little bit of planning, you can be a spontaneous as you please together.

 

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Best Family Events.

You’ll have to exercise some guile to actually avoid the fiestas, romerias and paella eating free for alls that are the bread and butter of Spain’s community calendar. Seville’s Semana Santa is one of the few carrying a parental guidance caution — its solemnity is a little off-putting for most — but otherwise there are mini events strewn the length of the coast and dotted throughout the year, almost all carrying special childrens features.

Fallas is a Valencian bonfire night stretched over five days, with papier-mache effigies ablaze (you vote to save your favourite — be it Bart Simpson or Francisco Franco, or George W. Bush), fireworks, bullfights, beauty pageants and paella cook-offs.

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Catalan festivals are famous for their human towers tradition, in which strongmen stand on each other’s shoulders to form six and seven storey human Towers-of-Pisa, with the top spot saved for a light little boy or girl. Vails, 100 km south of Barcelona, is ‘the cradle of castles, but you can catch the human towers at festivals everywhere from Tarragona to Barcelona.If you want something a bit more educational, the town of Alcoy near Alicante holds a three-day Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) festival, a re-enactment of the conquests and re-conquests done in full historical dress.

Barcelona’s Fiesta de la Merce (Weekend around 23 September) features free concerts in every square and the streets are peopled with outsized statues. The Correfoc (fire run) is when fire spurts from ‘dragon’s mouths and families can ‘dance with the devil’ under sparklers and huge revolving fireworks.

Although the event isn’t geared to children, bear in mind Valencia does host the Americas Cup in 2007.

Have You Got Children! A Refreshing Change

Spaniards absolutely fall over themselves for children, whether it’s their own or other people’s offspring: their love for youngsters borders on a national obsession.

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Bringing up baby in Spain is a big undertaking: shops are packed with elaborate swaddling clothes and families shell out for christening outfits that cost the earth. Children are adored and fawned on, but are very far from being wrapped up in cotton wool: hardly anywhere is out of bounds for Spanish youngsters. Any English notions of bedtime and ‘no-go zones should be gloriously abandoned at immigration: taking your family to Spain is something of a holiday from rules.

Restaurateurs will look at you blankly if you ask whether it’s okay to bring children to the table — in Spain, it’s akin to asking whether breathing is a good idea. Not that you should expect a huge number of facilities. Some restaurants, almost always those run by expats, sometimes have the odd high chair or two, but it’s rare you’ll find children’s menus. Children’s clubs haven’t caught on here enormously and crayons and clowns at dinner-time are the exceptions not the norm.

What it lacks in planned entertainment and facilities though the country more than makes up for in its absolutely whopping warm welcome.

So what you waiting for some financial decisions are worth making just dont get too bogged down and fly by the seats of your pants for a spontaneous adventure they often are the best times

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Financial Decision Making

Financial decisions are often hard.

The jargon is different to our normal day lingo and the results of this decision can be life changing for better or worse.

Can you be bothered to read loads of technical papers, Google Finance and accountancy books to make an educated decision?

Well this is my boring synopsis for those of you still reading.

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Like any other decision-making area, financial decisions involve choices between two or more possible courses of action. If there is only one possible course of action, no decision is needed.

Often, continuing with a situation that has existed until the time of the decision is one option open to the decision maker. All decision making should involve the following six steps.

Step 1: Define objectives

The decision maker should be clear what the outcome of the decision is intended to achieve. A person leaving home in the morning needs to make a decision on which way to turn into the road. To do this, it is necessary to know what the immediate objective is. If the objective is to get to work, it might require a decision to turn to the right; if it is a visit to the local shop, the decision might be to turn left. If our decision maker does not know the desired destination, it is impossible to make a sensible decision on which way to turn. Likely objectives of businesses will be considered later.

Step 2: Identify possible courses of action

The available courses of action should be recognised. In doing this, consideration should be given to any restrictions on freedom of action imposed by law or other forces not within the control of the decision maker. Good decision making requires that the horizon should constantly be surveyed for opportunities that will better enable the objectives to be achieved. In the business finance context, this includes spotting new investment opportunities and the means to finance them. Such opportunities will not often make themselves obvious, and businesses need to be searching for them constantly. A business failing to do so will almost certainly be heading into decline, and opportunities will be lost to its more innovative competitors.

Step 3: Assemble data relevant to the decision

Each possible course of action must be reviewed and the relevant data identified. Not all data on a particular course of action are relevant. Suppose that a person wishes to buy a car of a particular engine size, the only objective being to get the one with the best trade-off between reliability and cost.

Only data related to reliability and cost of the cars available will be of any interest to that person. Other information, such as colour, design or country of manufacture, is irrelevant.

 

There is a good case study over here for further reading.

That is not to say that a car buyer’s objectives should be restricted to considerations of cost and reliability, simply that, if they are the only important issues in a particular case, then other factors become irrelevant. Even some data that bear directly on running cost, such as road tax, should be ignored if they are common to all cars of the engine size concerned. As decisions involve selecting from options, it is on the basis of differences between options that the decision can sensibly be made.

If the decision were between owning or not owning a car, then road tax would become relevant as it is one of the costs of car ownership. It will not be incurred if the car is not bought. If common factors are irrelevant to decision making, then past costs must be irrelevant, since they must be the same for all possible courses of action. It is important therefore to recognise what information is relevant to the decision and what is not. Often, gathering the information can be costly and time-consuming, and so restricting it to the relevant may well lead to considerable savings in the costs of making the decision. Also, the presence of irrelevant information can confuse decision makers, leading to sub-optimal decisions.

Step 4: Assess the data and reach a decision

This involves comparing the options by using the relevant data in such a way as to identify those courses of action that will best work towards the achievement of the objectives. Much of this book will be concerned with the ways in which assessment of data relating to financial decisions should be carried out.

Step 5: Implement the decision

It is pointless taking time and trouble to make good decisions if no attempt is to be made to ensure that action follows the decision. Such action is not restricted to what is necessary to set the selected option into motion, but includes controlling it through its life. Steps should be taken to ensure, or to try to ensure, that what was planned actually happens.

Step 6: Monitor the effects of decisions

Good decision making requires that the effects of previous decisions are closely monitored. There are broadly two reasons for this:

  • It is valuable to assess the reliability of forecasts on which the decision was based. If forecasts prove to be poor, then decision makers must ask themselves whether reliability could be improved by using different techniques and bases. It is obviously too late to improve the decision already made and acted upon, but this practice could improve the quality of future decisions.
  • If a decision is proving to be a bad one for any reason, including unforeseeable changes in the commercial environment, monitoring should reveal this so that some modification might be considered that could improve matters. This is not to say that the original decision can be reversed. Unfortunately we cannot alter the past, but we can often take steps to limit the bad effects of a poor decision. For example, suppose that a business makes a decision to buy a machine to manufacture plastic ducks as wall decorations, for which it sees a profitable market for five years. One year after buying the machine and launching the product, it is obvious that there is little demand for plastic ducks. At that point it is not possible to decide not to enter into the project a year earlier, but it is possible and may very well be desirable to abandon production immediately to avoid throwing good money after bad.

In practice most of the monitoring of financial decisions is through the accounting system, particularly the budgetary control routines.

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Live Life a Little (gulp): Legends Of The Fall

If you insist on jumping out of planes rather than sitting back and enjoying the flight, these are the very best places to do it…

On 1 March 1912 US Captain Albert Leo Stevens leapt into the sky out of a Benoist pusher plane flying 450m above the ground. On his descent, he ripped a cord and deployed his parachute – the first successful jump of its type. A century on, you can fly to four fantastic destinations and recreate that historic event for yourself.

Legends Of The Fall If you insist on jumping out of planes rather than sitting back
and enjoying the flight, these are the very best places to do it…

Best For Beginners

AIRKIX (MANCHESTER)

If you fancy testing your stomach for skydiving but don’t want do so in the great outdoors, Airkixis ideal. It’s just 10 miles from Manchester Airport, so you can be flying in its 11m-high wind tunnel within half an hour of collecting your bags. A two-flight package costs from £41.99. 0845 3316549, airkix.com

Best For Proximity

ALTITUDES (LA ROCHELLE)

How about stepping off the plane in La Rochelle and heading straight to a dare-devil tandem parachute dive? Based at La Rochelle Airport, Altitudes takes people for speedy parachute dives from 3,500m above the stunning Vendée coast. A tandem dive costs around £220

Best For Views AIR ALBATROS (DUSSELDORF)

As a novel way of seeing the sights, Düsseldorf Tourist Board used to recommend a 20-minute hot-air balloon ride over the city. Since then it’s upped its game. For £165, it will fly you 4,000m high in an aeroplane – then throw you out. Expect slightly less sedate views. +49 211 17 202 854, duesseldorf-tourismus.de

Best For Thrill-Seekers EXTREME ALGARVE (FARO)

Based in Lagos (an hour’s drive from Faro), Extreme Algarve boasts some of the best surroundings for a parachute jump. The magnificent Monchique mountains can be the backdrop to your tandem skydive, which costs £167 per person. +351 918 674 079, extremealgarve.com