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.
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.
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!]
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!]
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.