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My Illustrated World: How the world is seen through the eyes of an illustrator

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By Tristan Rayner in New Art on Tuesday 3 March 2015

We all see things differently, but showing people how the world looks to them is a unique talent – and Australian Michael Alesich’s world is full of wonder. He told us that this project was a chance to show people his surreal world.

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How to perfectly relax in Bentota, Sri Lanka

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Sunday 15 February 2015

The right words to describe the beachside town of Bentota, south of Colombo in Sri Lanka, are a mixture of relaxing, peaceful and idyllic. And frankly, they don’t go far enough: this is luxury that won’t cost you a fortune, and will surprise you.

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AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa: Sri Lanka’s amazing resort getaway that won’t break the bank

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Sunday 1 February 2015

AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka is luxury and relaxation done right. Located in Bentota itself, famed for its coastline and sunsets over the Indian Ocean, AVANI is perfectly situated right on the warm, gentle waves.

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Guy takes his unsuspecting girlfriend into a photo booth, and proposes!

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By Tristan Rayner in Video on Thursday 18 December 2014

This is beautiful. Kevin Moran, from Chicago, hatched a plan to propose to his girlfriend, Molly, while in a photobooth to capture the moment in a unique way. As it happens – the photos are spectacular and there’s video footage from the booth as well.

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Nine drunk Brits get stuck in an elevator, make the most of it with enthusiastic karaoke

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By Tristan Rayner in Video on Tuesday 18 November 2014

Being trapped in an elevator isn’t always the first choice people make when thinking of karaoke locations, but these nine healthily inebriated Brits in an elevator on campus at the University of the West of England in Bristol made the most of it. Stuck for an hour, the nine were caught by fellow students indulging in some sing-songs to pass the time – who can blame them, based on amazing elevator shaft acoustics.

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A GoPro was strapped to a liquor bottle at a wedding and the results are hilarious

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By Tristan Rayner in Video on Tuesday 28 October 2014

For anyone who has been to a wedding – the coming together of two people deeply in love, on their special day, is actually all about sharing alcohol with friends and family. As this very accurate GoPro footage will attest.

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Our favourite Australian literary journal Going Down Swinging needs you!

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Websites on Wednesday 22 October 2014

Good-looking Melbourne literary journal Going Down Swinging has been trapping cleverly ordered words in both print and audio recordings and releasing them into the world since 1980. They’ve published over 1054 writers and artists, including some by big names like Neil Gaiman, Cate Kennedy and Helen Garner and are a favourite in the LAEM haunted […]

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Send yourself to Mars – thanks to NASA!

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Websites on Wednesday 8 October 2014

NASA is giving you the chance to send yourself to Mars – and the trip won’t be half bad, given you’ll be travelling via Orion, NASA’s brand new spacecraft designed for to again take humans to space, the Moon – and yes – Mars. So how do you get a boarding pass?

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Amazing footage! Two kangaroos box in the middle of a residential street

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By Tristan Rayner in Video on Wednesday 8 October 2014

As Australians, we’ve seen our fair share of kangaroos on farms and roadsides. Heck, even in the big cities there’s occasionally kangaroos on the loose in backyards. But this scene, showing two big buck kangaroos going toe-to-toe, is pretty dinky-di impressive.

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Giant dinosaur built in Melbourne park to get kids out of the house

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By Tristan Rayner in New Art on Friday 19 September 2014

A giant interactive dinosaur based on a Muttaburrasaurus has been built in a playground in Melbourne, with the aim of the Medibank project to get youngsters out and exploring outside again. The Muttaburrassurus was discovered by a farmer in 1963 – stumbling across a fossilised skeleton near the Queensland town of Muttaburra. A huge herbivore, it lived in Australia around 100 million years ago and may have weighed up to 2.8 tonnes.

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Yup, the view is pretty good from the highest waterfall in the world!

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, is a mighty beast, falling from 979 meters (3,212 feet) in the air. By the time the water reaches the bottom after a fall of 807m, it’s a fine mist which continues as the Gauja River. Named after the American aviator Jimmie Angel – the first person to fly over the falls in 1933 – Angel Falls is located in Venezuela and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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This Yelp reviewer can’t help putting his wife’s cleavage in every food shot he posts

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Websites on Tuesday 19 August 2014

Now this is one cleavage, sorry, clever guy. Yelp reviewer, ‘Charley C’, has been reviewing a number of restaurants with descriptions including ‘tender’, ‘firm’, and ‘DDD: Doubly Delicious Dinner’. But we’re not sure the reviews are genuinely about the food, and not really about something a little more, er, risque. Charley has reviewed four restaurants on Yelp, and offered up 34 tips. And, oh yeah, he has lots and lots of pics of what he describes as ‘Double Deeeelicious’ food.

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Cirque du Soleil: ‘Varekai’ meets Brooklyn

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By Tristan Rayner in New Events on Sunday 3 August 2014

Cirque du Soleil is in its 30th year of wowing crowds – and from their humble beginnings in 1984, they’re now known worldwide as masters of performance, with over 100 million spectators having seen shows around the world. And now, after 12 years of performing their show ‘Varekai’ under the Big Top, it’s making the leap to the big arena format. We were lucky enough to see Varekai in Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena – just the second time for the Cirque troupe in Brooklyn.

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You genuinely won’t believe why this community wouldn’t drink clean water

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By Tristan Rayner in New Eco on Friday 4 July 2014

Clean water. Something that, if you’re reading this, you probably take for granted. Deliciously granted. But as most people know, we’re lucky to have access to abundant clean water at very low cost. But if you were given clean, clear water for the first time, what would you think?

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How Fijians create amazing traditional Masi Art

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By Tristan Rayner in New Art on Thursday 3 July 2014

There’s something about handmade quality art. And when it comes to cultural art, crafted from tradition passed down by tribes and villages for generations, it’s something very special. Fijian Masi Art is one traditional art form that’s surviving and thriving on the tiny Fijian islands.

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