Thursday, 30 May 2013

Improve the experience of visitors to your website

If you want to improve the experience of visitors to your website, a good way of doing so is to provide them with information beyond your products and services.  This helps to establish you as an authority in your field, but also increases the size of your website, adding extra pages for search engines to find.  We have been helping a number of Adelaide businesses to help their customers while adding pages to their sites - to find out more, visit www.cadoganandhall.com

For a recent example of the work we have produced for Adelaide chiropractor Amber Laris, please click below.
Online writing for Adelaide businesses
For other examples of Cadogan and Hall's work for Adelaide businesses, visit www.cadoganandhall.com 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Cadogan and Hall Now Working With ONiA in Adelaide

At Cadogan and Hall, we are delighted to be working with ONiA, South Australia's largest orthodontic network.

We are working with ONiA to produce a series of articles focussing on orthodontics in general, and their practice in particular.  Our first piece for them is below.

If you would like to find out more about what Cadogan and Hall is doing for ONiA and other leading Adelaide businesses, we invite you to visit www.cadoganandhall.com

Orthodontics is a very specialised field dealing specifically with problems associated with the alignment of the teeth and jaw
To read this article in a downloadable PDF format, please click

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Cadogan and Hall and Media Gain create a new website for Adelaide osteopath and chiropractor Amber Laris

Cadogan and Hall have been working with Adelaide web designers Media Gain to create a great new website for Adelaide CBD osteopath and chiropractor Amber Laris.  The site looks great, it's easy to navigate, and is designed to enhance the experience for users.

This site is a good example of the way in which your website serves not only to promote your business, but also to inform the wider community about your trade or industry in more general terms (see the articles on the left of the home page).  If you are looking for articles or content to enhance the overall effectiveness of your site, please visit us at www.cadoganadhall.com.  If you need a new website, or a website redesign or overall, visit www.mediagain.com.au to find out more about high quality and affordable website design for Adelaide businesses.

Chiropractic and osteopathic clinic Adelaide CBD
Amber Laris Adelaide Osteopath and Chiropractor
www.amberlaris.com.au

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Cadogan and Hall now producing video content for Adelaide businesses

At Cadogan and Hall, we are now producing short videos as an additional feature of our article marketing packages.  If you would like to find out more, please visit us at www.cadoganandhall.com

Monday, 25 February 2013

2013 Adelaide Fringe Review - Charles Barrington in One Character or Less

2013 Adelaide Fringe Review - Charles Barrington in One Character or Less
The Tuxedo Cat until 2 March

I can't help thinking that Adelaide punters are constantly missing a trick with Charles Barrington.  I have seen his last couple of shows here and the audiences have been - I am sure Mr Barrington won't mind me saying this - poor.  Not in terms of quality, of course (indeed, when I have been there the shows have been enthusiastically received), but certainly in terms of quantity.  I may be under a misapprehension here, and on nights when I haven't been in the house has been full, but it seems that Adelaide theatre-goers are depriving themselves of the real treat that is Anthony Rogers' delightful comic creation.

Part esoteric musings, part pseudo-Hollywood gossip, part lecture on bees, the actor-producer-writer-director Charles Barrington (he started as a child actor when he was very young...) has a unique way with a punchline; he will often not only lead you to it, but will sometimes wait for you to get there before him.  The show has a distinct, easy-paced, almost shambolic rhythm to it and there is undoubtedly more than a whiff of substance or alcohol abuse in Mr Barrington's past that goes some way to accounting for this.  The performance has spontaneity and charm and, as one would expect from an international star of Mr Barrington's stature, he has an easy - and yet arm's length - rapport with the audience.

I think Charles Barrington is one of the most unique comic personas to have appeared in Australia in the last few years, and one that has the potential to really grow.  The jokes are funny, the character has depth, and there is a rich vein of comic material to be mined in parodying the pomposity of the self-absorbed performer.  If a less frantic, more reflective style of comedy is what you are yearning for, I would urge you to pay Mr Barrington a visit, as I think an undiscovered gem is being hidden in full view, while Adelaide just doesn't seem to be looking.


Thursday, 21 February 2013

2013 Adelaide Fringe Review - The Blue Room

2013 Adelaide Fringe Review - The Blue Room 
by David Hare
Presented by 5 Pound Theatre, directed by Jason Cavanagh
Starring Kaitlyn Clare and Zak Zavod
At Urban Spaceman Vintage, 2/27 Gresham Street @ 9.00pm until 2 March

Standing out in a somewhat down-at-heel Gresham Street watching a Reeperbahnesque performance in a shop window makes a most interesting start to a theatrical evening.  The vintage clothing store Urban Spaceman is transformed into a performance space for this production of David Hare’s loose 1998 adaptation of Schnitzler’s La Ronde, and so the display window was put to novel use as a prologue to the play.

Despite being an adaptation, this is very much a David Hare play, in particular in its portrayal of incongruous, enigmatic relationships or encounters, such as that between the MP Charles and the model Kelly, or between the actress and the wealthy American, Malcolm.  Hare has long had a fascination with the power politics of love, and so it is not only the prostitute Irene for whom sex is a transaction.  Unfulfilled yearning - for love, for excitement, for a better world - is always at the heart of Hare’s plays, although in The Blue Room it is not always clear just what it is that the characters are yearning for.  There is the suggestion throughout the play that relationships and sex are a way of diverting ourselves from our disappointment with life, and that love, if it comes along, is but a temporary distraction, a way of momentarily forgetting an emptiness that the play would seem to be suggesting is at the heart of existence.

If this sounds as though it makes for an overwhelmingly grim evening, this is far from being the case.  The production is notable for a simply outstanding performance by Kaitlyn Clare.  Worthy of particular praise are her portrayals of the French au pair Marie, Kelly the eastern European model, and Emma the middle-class married woman, although all of her characterisations are of the highest quality.  When the characters demand it, she is in turn vulnerable, domineering, confused and calculating, and manages to play both youthful and more mature characters with equal precision.  Ms Clare’s physical characterisations were also deftly differentiated, and she can both totter on high heels when stoned and play the theatrical grand dame with equal elan.  This is a highly accomplished piece of acting and shows Ms Clare to be an extremely versatile actress with a great range, and we can expect to see her playing major roles in our leading theatres in the not too distant future.

Zak Zavod’s performance is perhaps less frequently engaging (although I would venture to suggest that this is as much to do with the playwright as with the performer), in that the range of characterisations is possibly too wide to reasonably expect one actor to take on, particularly in the no-frills world of fringe theatre.  It might be an unreasonable expectation for an actor to successfully engage with the characters of both Anton and Charles, and so it is not surprising that the latter was the least fleshed-out character in Mr Zavod’s repertoire.  Having said this, I nevertheless enjoyed his portrayal of the pompous playwright Robert, and Malcolm the American suitor, that latter being Mr Zavod’s most successful creation and providing one of the play’s stand-out scenes.

This production has attempted to make a virtue out of necessity in its staging and, one or two costuming quibbles aside, director Jason Cavanagh’s spare setting, limited lighting and imaginative use of an unconventional theatre space serve the play well.  However, it is Ms Clare’s performance that is the main attraction and if there is a better acting performance at this year’s Fringe, I should be very much surprised.

Cadogan and Hall at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Finding a Tradie in Adelaide

Tradies SA is website dedicated to helping homeowners in Adelaide and South Australia to find a qualified, skilled and dedicated tradesman.  Visit the Tradies SA Facebook page to find out more.  
Finding a skilled, reliable and helpful tradesman in Adelaide is not always a straightforward business.  There are of course a great number of dedicated and professional tradies out there, but there are, sadly, also those who do not have the appropriate training and qualifications to provide first-class workmanship.  So if you need the services of a plumber, an electrician, or a gas fitter, how do you decide who to use?  What can you do to make an informed decision?  How can you avoid being left high and dry by unfinished or inferior work?

The first step is to ensure that any tradie with whom you are even considering doing business is appropriately qualified and registered, and has an ABN (Australian Business Number).  Builders, plumbers, gas fitters and electricians in South Australia are all required to be licensed by the Office of Consumer and Business Affairs.  Registered tradies will have a licence number, which can be checked and verified by visiting the OCBA website.  On this site, you can enter a tradie’s licence number (or other details, such as their trade name) in order to ensure that their qualifications and authorisation to operate are up to date and that they are properly insured.  Licensing is also an indicator of a tradie’s professionalism - an unlicensed tradesman may have suitable skills, but if they haven’t bothered to become fully registered it suggests that they are not committed to their trade and the development of their business.  If you don’t already have a potential tradie in mind, you can also use the OCBA website to find qualified and licensed tradesmen in your area.

Once you have found some registered tradies, how do you go about working which one is the right person for the job?

Personal recommendations can be invaluable.  Ask friends and family who have had work done who they used, and how pleased they were with the work.  If they would be happy to use them again, then this is usually a very good indicator that the tradie will be up to the job.

Websites can also be a useful guide to getting a feel for the professionalism and reputation of a tradie.  A well-established and reputable tradesman should say on their site how long they have been in business, for instance; some will include a portfolio of their recent projects or the names of business with whom they have worked; you might also find a section on the site offering testimonials from satisfied customers.  These can help to give you confidence in the reliability of their work as well as the level of service they provide.  It is also useful to check out their affiliations with professional industry bodies (e.g., Plumbers Industry Association, etc.), as this helps you to know that they are professional and adhere to appropriate industry standards.

If you are dealing with a larger contractor, it will be useful to get an understanding of how the company is organised.  If you decide to deal with a small firm, or a sole trader, this isn’t necessarily an issue, but if you are looking at larger contractors, a useful question to ask is whether they will be undertaking the work themselves, or sub-contracting it out.  If the latter is the case, it will be important to know that the workers doing the job will be properly trained and supervised.  Enquire as to who will be signing off on the job and how much direct input they will have in ensuring that the work is done properly and to your satisfaction.  In the case of certain types of work, gas fitting or plumbing for instance, you should also make sure that you receive a certificate of compliance at the completion of the job.

Any reputable tradesman will be more than happy to offer you a free quote on any proposed work, and this is a service that you should certainly take advantage of.  If you are really serious about getting a professional job done at the right price, take the time to cast your net wide.  In an ideal world, you should try to get five quotes for a job, but at a push three will help you to get a better understanding of what should be a reasonable charge for the job.

Perhaps the most important point to remember, however, is that the cheapest option is not always the best option.  For instance, if there is a big difference in the quotes you receive, it may make sense to look at the ones in the middle first.  And, if there are significant variations between your quotes, don’t be afraid to ask why this might be the case.  You may discover, for instance, a major difference in the materials being used, or a greater standard of personal service (such as complete site clearance after the work is completed), that accounts for the variance in the quotations.  Break any quote down as far as you can, and make your decision based on value rather than simply cost.

In any discussions with a potential tradesman, you should also have in mind a clear budget for the job (you will often find that there is flexibility in any initial quote) and be clear about your expected timeframe.  Have clear expectations in mind as to how quickly you want the job completed, and make sure that any quote your receive takes this into account.

Finally, it is also important to get a sense that any tradie you seek to engage will be properly focussed on your needs and requirements.  This may well mean that, all other things being equal, your final decision rests on your judgement as to how reliable and efficient you think they will be.  Above all, don’t be afraid to ask questions - find out what a particular tradie thinks sets him apart form his competitors, why he is the right person for the job, or what he thinks his particular strengths and skills are.  This will help you to get as full a picture as possible of their approach to their work and how reliable and efficient you think they will be.  Some jobs are small, others represent a major investment, but in either case it is important that you do all you can to give yourself peace of mind that you have made the right choice in your tradie.

Tradies SA is website dedicated to helping homeowners in Adelaide and South Australia to find a qualified, skilled and dedicated tradesman

Monday, 11 February 2013

What We're Seeing at the 2013 Adelaide Festival Fringe

Fringe time is upon us again, and we have booked a fairly eclectic group of shows - a number of old favourites are being revisited (although we're devastated that Judith Lucy & Denise Scott is sold out) and looking forward to seeing some new and interesting acts from around the world.

Reviews will be posted here and we look forward to reading comments, both on the shows we've chosen and what we have to say about them.

Wednesday 20 February
The Blue Room - Urban Spaceman Vintage @ 9.00pm
Thursday 21 February
Samantha's Hotline - Duke of York, 82 Currie Street @ 7.30pm
Saturday 23 February
One for the Ugly Girls - Tuxedo Cat @ 3.00pm
Lords of Luxury - Tuxedo Cat @ 7.15pm
Marcel Lucont: Gallic Symbol - Tuxedo Cat @ 9.45pm
Sunday 24 February
Charles Barrington in One Character or Less - Tuxedo Cat @ 8.30pm
Ex-German - Gluttony: The Pig Pen @ 10.45pm
Wednesday 27 February
Nik Coppin is Not Racist - The Austral: Red Room @ 9.45pm
Saturday 2 March
Jack the Ripper - Guthries: Eliza Hall, 126 Prospect Road @ 8.00pm
Sunday 3 March
5-Step Guide to Being German - The Austral: The Bunka @ 7.00pm
Friday 8 March
Eric's Tales of the Sea - Tuxedo Cat @ 6.00pm
Tuesday 12 March
Influence - Tandanya Theatre, 253 Grenfell Street @ 7.00pm


Cadogan and Hall are a team of freelance writers based in Adelaide, South Australia
See our reviews at cadoganandhall.blogspot.com.au or www.cadoganandhall.com

Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Value of High-Quality Articles for Your Business in Adelaide

This piece from the Guardian emphasises the importance of having top-quality content on your site and associated with your brand. Cadogan and Hall offer content marketing for businesses in Adelaide and throughout South Australia. To see examples of the sort of article marketing Cadogan and Hall can produce for your business, visit http://www.cadoganandhall.com/articles.html and http://issuu.com/cadoganandhall




Monday, 17 December 2012

Roller Shutters for Windows and Doors - FAQs

Direct Shutters in Adelaide is a South Australian-owned family business backed by over 25 years’ experience in the manufacture and installation of roller shutters for windows and doors in both homes and business premises.  We also specialise in the installation of security doors and window grilles.  For more information about the benefits to be gained from installing roller shutters on the windows and doors in your home, including enhanced security, a reduction in energy use, and added protection against fire, call Joe Anastasi on (08) 8244 4437 or email direct.shutters@three.com.au.  Further useful information is available on the Direct Shutters website www.directshutters.com.au

To download this article as a PDF, click here

How are roller shutters made?
Roller shutters are manufactured from high-grade aluminium, and are insulated with high-density polyurethane.  They are constructed as a system of interlocking slats, and have a fade- and scratch-resistant baked enamel paint finish.  This means that shutters are extremely strong and durable, block up to 90% of the sun’s heat, and are able to stand up to a great deal of force.

Are roller shutters made in Australia?
A wide range of Australian-designed and -made roller shutters are available from reputable local shutter installers.  You should always insist on high-quality Australian-made shutters for windows and doors from a reliable and well-established manufacturer, such as OZRoll and Croci.

What sort of properties suit roller shutters?
As roller shutter design and construction is extremely versatile, it means they can be installed in practically any home, so no matter where you are living or the type of property you have, you can benefit from the added home security, reduced energy use and enhanced fire protection that roller shutters on your windows and doors provide.

Are roller shutters easy to clean and maintain?
Their sturdy construction from high-grade materials means that roller shutters last for many years and require very little maintenance.  Surfaces have been finished in a baked enamel paint, meaning that they are extremely durable and can be easily cleaned every few months with a damp cloth or by spraying lightly with water.

Do roller shutters allow you to control how much sunlight enters your home?
Roller shutters, unlike some security bars and grilles, open fully so that you can control the amount of sunlight or breeze that you let in through your windows and doors at any time, while still maintaining a high degree of privacy when required.

Are there a range of colours and styles available?
Roller shutters come in a wide range of colours and styles, meaning that you will be able to find a design that is right for you, your home and your lifestyle.  Talk to a reputable dealer to find out about the full range of colours and designs of Australian-made roller shutters available to homeowners.

How are roller shutters operated?
Although they are installed on the exterior of your home, roller shutters on windows and doors are operated from inside, either manually with a winder or strap, by battery units, or electric motors, both of which can also be remote controlled.

Is it possible to have remote control roller shutters installed?
Roller shutters can be operated by a remote control system that is either powered by a battery, or by solar power.  A remote control system means that opening and closing your roller shutters is quick and easy, and multiple shutters can be controlled with a single remote control unit.  Furthermore, a battery-operated remote control system is unobtrusive, requires low voltage, and does not need to be installed by an electrician, saving both time and money.

How do solar power roller shutters work?
Solar power shutters are operated by a solar tubular motor powered by small, lightweight solar cells that can be attached to the window shutter pelmet, on a nearby wall, or on the roof of your home.  They are unobtrusive and compact in size, and the stand-alone system can be installed quickly and easily, without the aid of an electrician.  Solar power shutters are also especially good in remote or rural regions, where it isn’t always easy to access a power source. 

A further significant benefit is that window shutters that operate on solar power are especially valuable in bushfire zones, because even when mains power is cut during a fire the shutters can still be closed in order to protect your property from flying sparks and burning embers (see more on bushfires below).

For further information on the benefits of solar power roller shutters, click here.

How do roller shutters help reduce energy costs?
Roller shutters are an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly way in which to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, cutting down on your use of air conditioning and heating, and so reducing your electricity consumption.  The insulating effect of roller shutters means that you can more effectively control the temperature in your home, which significantly impacts on your home’s energy efficiency.  Therefore, roller shutters can help you to make serious savings on your power and electricity bills, while utilising a green technology that doesn’t increase your emissions. 

For further information on how roller shutters can help to reduce your energy costs, click here.

Are roller shutters suitable for use in bushfire-prone areas?

Roller shutters can provide a valuable line of defence against the dangers of fire.  In extreme heat, windows will frequently crack or explode, meaning the glass will fall out of the frame, and so flying sparks and burning embers can enter your home through the now-unprotected space.  However, bushfire resistant shutters have been shown to be able to withstand extreme radiant heat and so prevent your window glass from breaking, thus providing a stronger barrier against encroaching fire.  In addition, aluminium window shutters have a baked enamel paint finish and are injected with polyurethane foam, which means they are also resistant to flames, so as well as protecting your glass they can protect the fabric and structure of your home and form an additional line of defence.  If you live in a bushfire-prone region, you should look for fire resistant shutters manufactured to withstand BAL 40 (Bushfire Attack Level 40).

For further information on how roller shutters can help to protect your home from bushfires, click here.

Will roller window shutters protect against storm damage?
In strong winds and storms, damage to windows and doors is always a danger.  Flying debris and broken tree branches can be propelled at great speeds and velocity in heavy winds, while heavy hail can shatter windows or the glass in doors.

Roller shutters are produced from aluminium and have foam insulation, which means they are extremely strong and durable, and able to resist just about anything heavy winds or extreme weather can throw at them.  Also, when they are closed, roller shutters do not rattle or shake in high winds, are quick and easy to operate (either manually or by remote control), and can be closed at a moment’s notice of an impending storm.

For further information on how roller shutters can help to protect your home against storm damage, click here.

Can roller shutters help to improve home security?
Roller shutters are extremely strong and able to stand up to a great deal of force, as they are manufactured from high-grade aluminium and constructed as a system of interlocking slats.  In addition, they have an internal locking mechanism that will ensure that the shutter is locked in position when it is closed.  For further peace of mind, however, key locking can also be installed or, if you have solar powered or remote controlled shutters, these lock automatically, further preventing the shutters being opened or forced from the outside.

Do insurance companies recommend installing roller shutters?
Roller shutters are recommended by many Australian insurance companies as a means of enhancing your home security, and this can make a difference in some cases to the cost of the home insurance premiums you pay.