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Cormack O'Connor

Cormack is a young writer/photographer from Newcastle who shot his first music festival at age fifteen. When he's not writing or photographing, you'll find him stumbling around gigs in Sydney and Newcastle or soaking up culture and coffee in Melbourne.

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Album review: Closing Forever Sky by Firekites

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 9 August 2014

For many others, and myself six years is a long time to wait for a follow up release; but sometimes life just gets in the way. This is the considered answer from Timothy McPhee (front man, guitar wizard and in house producer) over his mug of hot water, lemon and ginger as we take refuge […]

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PREVIEW: Australia’s 2014 Groovin’ The Moo

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Sunday 2 March 2014

The countdown is on. Yes, very soon the spectacle that is Groovin’ The Moo will once again be hitting Australia’s regional centers in an attempt to bring good music to those who don’t regularly have access to it. Remember all the fun we had last year?

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Review: Big Day Out Sydney 2014

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Events on Wednesday 26 February 2014

While Big Day Out is an institution and right of passage for any young Australian who lives close enough to a capital city, 2014’s instalment kind of had me wondering – why isn’t this sold out and where the hell is everyone? Perhaps it was that the day fell on Australia Day – a bogan excuse to get drunk and spit “national pride” into the faces of anyone who’ll come close enough to you, or perhaps it’s that the “big festival” is a dying breed in Australia. Whatever the cause – y’all missed out.

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Risto Todoroski makes bagpipes from taxidermy goats

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Trends on Monday 20 January 2014

Like any form of art, taxidermy has its fair share of disturbingly wonderful pieces. One of the most disturbing, and most wonderful, pieces of taxidermy we’ve seen was made right in Sydney – multiple times over. Risto Todoroski makes bagpipes from deceased goats. That’s right, bagpipes from deceased goats. Hmm, wonder what he’d do with […]

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Nothing says Maccas is open all night better than an ad that can only be seen in the dark

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Wednesday 15 January 2014

It’s 2am, you’re on a freeway, leaving a club, at a house party. You’re craving food, good food. Unfortunately for you, this is not the time of night to be able to buy good food. Not even close. Did someone just say McDonalds is open? Oh boy. How do they know? Well, friend, it’s 2013 […]

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The Angry Cat from Marrickville tumblr

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Websites on Monday 13 January 2014

Everyone reading this has had an experience with a slightly disgruntled animal before. Whether it was a yappy dog, an unhappy snake, or a very angry little ant, I can assure you that it was not as angry as this cat from Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner west. Unfortunately people have to co-exist with the Angry […]

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What shades of blue are the big websites using? You tell us via this online game

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Websites on Monday 13 January 2014

Blue is the most used colour on the Internet. Facebook is doing it, Twitter is doing it, LinkedIn is doing it. Everyone is doing it. But every shade of blue is unique and the tricky part is distinguishing between the different ones.

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Grocery store sells rotten fruit to raise awareness about food wastage

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Trends on Monday 13 January 2014

Whenever you head down to your local grocery store, you expect to see an array of fresh food that will keep long enough for you to chow down on it once it’s home. But what if you turned up and all of the produce was rotten? Well that’s exactly what happened to those people who […]

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The Cube: make art with colours from the real world

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By Cormack O'Connor in Tech on Sunday 12 January 2014

Australian product development studio SwatchMate have come up with one of the most innovative design tools we’ve seen yet: the Cube, which gives you the ability to design and make art with colours from the real world. Basically, it’s a colour scanner which sends data about the colour it sees to your smartphone – or […]

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Stone Clothing makes clothes out of, er, stone

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Saturday 11 January 2014

As well as you dress whenever you’re out, we all know that you find guilty, guilty comfort in your tracksuit while at home. It’s ok, we all do. However, what if it were made of stone? The one you’re looking at is. Sydney-based artist Alex Seton is changing the way we think about art material by taking it out of context.

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Review: Grizzly Bear at the Sydney Opera House

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 11 January 2014

I can assure you that Grizzly Bear are not running short on either creativity and originality. As they walked onto the stage at the Sydney Opera House’s beautiful Concert Hall, a hush washed over the crowd.

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Looking to invest? Buy shares in this Melbourne brothel

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Trends on Tuesday 7 January 2014

We all like to make a bit of extra cash and investing in companies seems like a pretty popular way to do it. Of course, there are some pretty popular shares to buy depending on what takes your fancy – mining companies, banks and tech companies are doing very well. But if you’re looking for […]

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Australia’s 2014 Big Day Out must see acts

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Events on Friday 3 January 2014

The weather is hot and the days are long. For Australian music lovers such as ourselves, this can only mean one thing: the Big Day Out is not far away. But with so many great acts to see in the one day, we’ve done you a favour and narrowed down the long list of bands to see to a few definites. Of course, there are the headliners (Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire), and the other big guns (The Hives, Beady Eye, Deftones, Snoop Lion and Flume), but you need to know about these up-and-comers. So grab out a crayon and get ready to scribble these names down.

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Looking back at Sydney’s incredible Rainbow Laneway

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Thursday 2 January 2014

Sydney vs Melbourne. There are many arguments about which is the superior Australian city. As a Sydney local, the harbour city will always be home. However, I often find Melbourne an enticing and edgy mistress. Apart from the world-class coffee and abundance of galleries and record stores, Melbourne’s laneways are high up on the list […]

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The Ultimate Ex-Boyfriend Revenge Kit

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Tuesday 31 December 2013

Ahh breakups. Aren’t they just the best? All that freedom, having no one to answer to … Well, I know it may not be like that for all of us, all of the time. Luckily for all you ladies (and unluckily for us boys), Australian-based design brand Her Royal Flyness have developed the ultimate ex-boyfriend […]

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