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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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Lee Hadwin: a sleep-walking artist from Australia

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Saturday 13 July 2013

Imagine if you had a hidden talent that only existed in your dreams, never being able to be transferred to your real life. What if you then found out that this talent was in fact real? This is kind of what happened to Welsh/Australian artist Lee Hadwin, a man with no inkling of being an […]

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Dumb Ways to Die: a brilliant Australian rail campaign

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By Cormack O'Connor in Video on Friday 5 July 2013

Australians have always been known as good sports when it comes to making fun of ourselves. I think we might actually enjoy it a little bit as well. So it only seems appropriate that we would promote rail safety with a campaign called Dumb Ways to Die. The public service message, which was intended for […]

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Grandeur: an hilarious new Australian web series

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By Cormack O'Connor in Video on Friday 5 July 2013

Tanya Hennessy is an Australian actor who shot to fame after featuring in a television advertisement for The Toy and Gift Warehouse (a budget store which specialises in offering products at a reduced price). Of course, she’s since done what any burgeoning mega star would do: create a reality web series which follows her during […]

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Vadge badge: Felt vagina’s from Australia you can wear

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Wednesday 3 July 2013

If you’re looking for that special new addition to your outfit to spice up an occasion, look no further. Vadge Badge’s are the hottest new fashion trend for shocking and stirring all manner of people into a hot and heavy daze. Coming in a range of colours and prints, you have the ability to custom […]

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Australian artist recreates famous paintings using everyday items

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Wednesday 3 July 2013

DeviantArt is always a bustling hub of wonderful artistry, but it’s members like workbynight that really get me excited about it. The Australian-based digital artist takes everyday items, such as doughnuts, buttons and material patches, and smashes them together to recreate famous works of art. The resemblance is legitimately crazy.

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Annual solstice swim at Dark Mofo in Tasmania

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Events on Thursday 27 June 2013

Dark Mofo is one of the best boutique festivals going around at the moment – taking the best parts of art, music and winter and smashing them together on the small Australian island of Tasmania. My favourite part, though, would have to be the annual solstice swim … a nude swim, that is. It’s insanely […]

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Hannah Lawrence’s handcrafted teapots

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Tuesday 25 June 2013

Hannah Lawrence is a Melbourne-based ceramic artist who has fondled more then a few pieces of clay in her time. Originally from Cornwall, Lawrence uses ancient techniques to handcraft her pieces – creating uniquely simple and passion-filled tea pots and other ceramic goods. While she is currently off travelling Japan, I love this video of […]

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The Delite-O-Maitc: How far will people go for free snacks?

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By Cormack O'Connor in Video on Tuesday 25 June 2013

It’s interesting how far some people will go for certain rewards, but how far is too far? That’s what Australian snack company Fantastic Delites wanted to find out when they installed a “Delite-O-Matic” machine in the street. The machine required passersby to perform certain tasks in exchange for free snacks – the tasks ranging from […]

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Help Spencer Dale’s remarkable story come to light

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Film on Tuesday 11 June 2013

When Australian Spencer Dale was 26 he travelled to Cambodia’s Phnom Penh, narrowly escaping capture by the communist Khmer Rouge fighters. After being rescued by General Norodom Chantaraingsey, the two shared an amazing friendship over the five following years which saw Dale fight in one of the bloodiest civil wars of modern times. Fourty two […]

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Photographing the faces of Sydney’s social housing service

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Photography on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Unless you’re from Sydney, you’ve probably never heard of the small town of Airds. Lying on the ‘outskirts of the Australian dream’, Airds is known for its prominent social housing community; an often under-acknowledged and avoided area for those who have no purpose there. All this is set to change, though, with 70% of the […]

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Illegal art on legal Australian tender

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Tuesday 11 June 2013

You really can’t blame this artist for being anonymous; we aren’t fans of $5000 fines or two year holidays in jail either. Popping up on the Internet quite randomly, the blog Bunchof5s is an extremely humorous and insanely clever art project which sees the Australian $5 note get more than one ah face-lift. Yes, good […]

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Mosquito: the new album from Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Thursday 6 June 2013

While the glory days of the garage rock band may be over, New York 3 piece Yeah Yeah Yeahs seem to be finding their footing quite fine, even with all those synthesizers in hand. It seems that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have never been fans of conformity or order and Mosquito (the band’s fourth studio album) is a perfect continuation of this trend.

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Donny Galella’s tips on recreating Downtown Abbey’s vintage fashion looks

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Thursday 30 May 2013

Donny Galella is a world renowned fashion stylist and makeover expert. Thanks to Universal Sony’s release of Downtown Abbey Season 3 on DVD and Blu-ray, we got the opportunity to sit down with him and explore 1920′s vintage fashion and how to recreate those classic looks.

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Koo Koo: Cool letterboxes from Australia

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Thursday 30 May 2013

Living in the era that we do, it would seem the need for a mailbox is becoming less and less. But what about those tangible letters of love your sweetheart wants to deliver you? Or that new jacket you just bought online? Yes, everyone needs some type of mail munching slot to be filled with […]

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Byron Bay’s Sunski sunglasses: Returning from the dead

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Tuesday 28 May 2013

Sunski sunglasses were practically an Australian institution, but over time people forgot about them and they were nearly lost to the pages of history. Enter American duo, Tom and Michael – saviours of the Sunski. Three years ago Tom returned from a surfing trip to Australia with a few pairs of the classic sunglasses in […]

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