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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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Governors Ball 2014 rocks New York City [Photos]

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By Tristan Rayner in New Music on Thursday 12 June 2014

Lost At E Minor headed to one of the headline popular festivals of New York City’s summer: Governors Ball, on Randall’s Island, just off Manhattan. With headliners including Outkast, Jack White, Skrillex, The Stokes, Vampire Weekend, and a long, long line-up of acts across the three full days of performances, it’s a huge event on a beautiful island, with an outlook across to the uptown Manhattan skyline.

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Guy gets stuck in an airport overnight all by himself: what does he do? Make a Celine Dion video, of course!

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By Tristan Rayner in Video on Thursday 12 June 2014

Stuck at the airport overnight? Most people’s idea of a nightmare. But Richard Dunn decided he could make the best of it, and put together a video. An amazing video. You see, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport shuts down overnight. There are no flights, and no people in the airport in the middle of the night. So what’s a guy to do? [this post first appeared our our sister site, Techly]

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Fiji Airways: A review of Business Class, from a first-timer

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 June 2014

We had a chance to fly long-haul with Fiji Airways in the hallowed section that they call business class, but should probably be called bliss-while-floating-on-a-cloud. Seriously. Flying from Australia to most places in the world is long haul. And pretty much everyone dreads it. It’s exciting to get there, but the travelling time is the killer.

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Taiwanese label Outerboro create highly innovative urban wear

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By Tristan Rayner in New Fashion on Thursday 5 June 2014

Clothes designers who are really trying to look out for you, rather than peddle their take on what people should wear, aren’t found all that often. So when they do, we should take a closer look. Just how much can you innovate on the classic pants and shirt? Well, you’ll find out.

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Incredible photographs showcase some of Apple’s earliest prototypes

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By Tristan Rayner in Tech on Tuesday 3 June 2014

Apple’s designs are well regarded at the top of the tree, with the late Steve Jobs considered the messiah – but there was a time when the company was struggling to figure out who it was and needed outside help. Design firm Frog are credited with many of the earliest design prototypes for Apple products – and a new book from the founder of the company, Hartmut Esslinger, illustrates just where designs started from. [Check out the Techly live blog of the Apple WWDC 2014 Keynote from earlier today]

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A plane has been in space for 500 days, and no one who can say anything knows why

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By Tristan Rayner in New Trends on Monday 19 May 2014

The X-37B is a kind of robotic space plane, built by the US. It’s been in Earth’s orbit for more than 500 days. And its real purpose is a complete mystery. Intrigued? [read the full story at Techly]

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