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Black Betty: a cafe and coffee roastery in Christchurch

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By Elise Boyd in New Food and Packaging on Friday 11 January 2013

If your daily trips to the local coffee shop are leaving you feeling a little flat and often wondering if the art of coffee making is truly dead, then take a pilgrimage to Black Betty in Christchurch for a caffeine fuelled enlightenment.

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The Pedal Pusher: a quirky bicycle themed restaurant

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 January 2013

If you’re looking for cheap and cool eats in Christchurch, look no further than The Pedal Pusher in Addington. Featuring an eclectic mix of cycling enthusiasts and foodies alike, this funky little restaurant has something for everyone. The brightly coloured decor is a nod to Christchurch’s glory days of cycling, and is fitted out with bikes galore; from bike seat bar stools to light fittings made from old wheels.

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Viva La Juicy Limited Edition Parfum

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By Elise Boyd in New Products on Wednesday 19 December 2012

With Christmas just around the corner, never fear; it’s not too late to buy the perfect gift. Look no further than the Limited Edition Viva La Juicy Parfum from Juicy Couture. The fresh fragrance is a delightful mix of mandarin orange, wild berries, honeysuckle, gardenia and creamy amber notes. [Win a bottle here!]

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Logitech’s UE Boombox: Hours of fun in the office

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By Elise Boyd in New Products on Friday 14 December 2012

Being a creative business and having music playing all day, we’ve decided that an extremely favourable addition to our Newcastle office is Logitech’s new UE Boombox. [We're giving one away, enter now!]

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Paul McCartney replacing Kurt Cobain in reformed Nirvana

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By Elise Boyd in New Music on Thursday 13 December 2012

Nirvana are set to reunite today, and the speculation is in that they’ll be getting by with a little help from their friends. Paul McCartney will be subbing in for Kurt Cobain when the grunge rockers take the stage at tonight’s concert for Sandy Relief in Madison Square Garden. Featuring other classic rock acts like Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Eddie Vedder and the Who, the show kicks off at 7:30pm American EST. [Stream the concert live here]

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Re:START Mall: a pop-up mall made from shipping containers

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By Elise Boyd in New Fashion on Thursday 6 December 2012

The Re:START mall is a pop-up mall in Christchurch made entirely of shipping containers, and was temporarily set up in 2011 to replace the previous mall that was damaged in the February earthquake. Since opening, the mall has grown to over 40 retailers, including a mix of Christchurch favourites, some newer names and brands, a food court plus markets on the weekends.

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Impromptu dance party from a recycled washing machine

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 December 2012

If you’re ever in Christchurch with a $2 coin in your pocket and a burning desire to throw some shapes, take a moment to visit the Dance-O-Mat on Oxford Terrace. Gather some friends, plug your smart phone/iPod/MP3 player into the washing machine and you’ll be rewarded with an instant dance party.

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Cargo Bar: a bar made from shipping containers

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Wednesday 28 November 2012

When the 2011 earthquake hit Christchurch, Henare Akuhata-Brown (more affectionately known as “H”) was one of the many to lose everything he owned, including his house and two bars. H saw this as a perfect opportunity to find a gap in the market and experiment with something completely new – so, a few months later, Cargo Bar was born.

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Christchurch Reborn

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Monday 26 November 2012

Our friends over in Christchurch have had a pretty tough time in the past two years, with not only one, but two earthquakes devastating the city centre. Despite all this, the city has come together in true Kiwi style and they’re re-building the city to be even better than it was.

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Black Estate: a family run vineyard in the Waipara Valley

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Friday 23 November 2012

Black Estate is a little slice of heaven nestled on the slopes of the Waipara Valley, about a 45 minute drive from Christchurch. The family owned and run vineyard combines the kind of service you can only get at a family business, with some serious style; the sleek, minimalist barn with an entirely black colour scheme both inside and out has won a number of architecture acclaims.

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185 empty white chairs: remembering Christchurch earthquake

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By Elise Boyd in New Art on Monday 19 November 2012

Reflection of Loss of Lives, Livelihoods and Living in Neighbourhood is an installation by Peter Majendie, standing on a vacant lot in the heart of Christchurch. Where a church once proudly stood, the 185 white chairs each represent one of the 185 lives lost in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

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Google’s data centres: Photos from deep within

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By Elise Boyd in Tech on Friday 19 October 2012

Google have opened their doors for the first time today to give the world photographic access to their massive data centres scattered around the world. The 8 centres in the US, Finland and Belgium are the heart of Google, responsible for delivering your search results, emails and most importantly, all of those hilarious cat videos on Youtube straight to your computer.

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Spectacular animated MRI scans of fruit and vegetables

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Websites on Tuesday 16 October 2012

Inside Insides is the brainchild of Andy Ellison, an MRI technologist at Boston University Medical School. In his spare time in the lab, Ellison takes MRI scans of fruit and vegetable, resulting in these spectacular animated gifs.

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