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Quercy Chateau June 2011With Bastille Day looming, French getaway travel specialist Slow Tours reveals it is already planning travel schedules for 2012, with news that its September-October trips are almost booked out already.

Run by former IT entrepreneur Carol Haslam, Slow Tours is set up for travellers who want to take time to smell the roses and sample local cuisine as they travel through regional areas of France.

Carol said she was getting 2012 tour planning under way as September/October tours were almost booked out. “If you have a group of six or eight people which wants to visit a special region, write to us now, so we can make our plans with your dates in mind,” she said.

“The reason people sign up for our trips is because we’re not a travel agency. We organise authentic French holidays where you can truly immerse yourself in the sights, tastes and culture of quaint local villages.”

Already this year, Slow Tours has taken two trips to the Bordeaux region. One even included five days of Reunion Island, en route from Australia to France, travelling by French airline Air Austral.

AlltradersSpecialist software development company Alltraders tomorrow pays homage to its website design origins by hosting the July user group meeting in Adelaide for the Joomla! open source content management system.

Now in version 1.6, Joomla is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) and application framework that powers 2.7 per cent of the World Wide Web. Backed by a vibrant volunteer community, Joomla offers user-friendly features and plenty of power to meet complex website needs.

Although its software team now develops a broad range of online applications for enterprises in Australia and overseas, Alltraders continues to offer web and print services from its Adelaide office.

Creepy CuteCreepy Cute, an exhibition of zany illustrated characters created by Alltraders graphics designer Cohen Gum and handmade jewellery from Minnette Michael, opens next week at Adelaide’s Urban Cow Studio.

Alltraders www.alltraders.com is an Australian software development company that specialises in creating and hosting websites and developing customised software applications. Alltraders uses the Joomla! Content Management System to design easy-to-use and maintain business websites.

In his spare time, Cohen Gum has created illustrations filled with vibrant colour schemes that border on the creepy side of delightful. His inspiration is clearly visible through the depth of work and the attention to detail is stunning.

Minnette has crafted exquisite jewellery for the exhibition inspired by Cohen's fictional characters. The combination of illustrative work and jewellery is sure to see this exhibition shine.

The Creepy Cute exhibition opens at Urban Cow Studio, 11 Frome Street, Adelaide, on July 6. More details at www.creepycute.com.

High school students studying construction skills in the South East are getting hands-on work experience by fabricating a key building for the Southern Hemisphere’s largest forest industries expo.

The three day event ‘AUSTimber 2012’ in Mt Gambier next March will showcase the latest in technology, machinery, products and services for the forestry industry. It is being held on a display area in the forest, 15 kms from Mount Gambier, the geographic hub of the largest plantation forest area in Australia.

The Expo over two days on 30th and 31st March 2012 will deliver a dynamic environment to experience the latest in precision forestry technology with live demonstrations, indoor and outdoor displays.

One of the schools developing pre-fabricated sections of an administration facility on the forest floor site is Naracoorte High School, where SA’s first female construction and trades skills teacher Emily Griggs is delivering the ‘Doorways 2 Construction’ program.

Emily, 23, is helping to train our future young ‘tradies’ with Year 10 – Year 12 students from Naracoorte and Lucindale Area Schools.  Emily last year did specialist building trades studies to qualify for the Construction Industry Training Board’s ‘Doorways 2 Construction’ program.