When it’s hot and you’re heading on a BYO adventure, transporting your beverages of choice safely and keeping them cold is pretty damn important. On the move, you can’t be left behind lugging an esky or balancing a carton on your shoulder.
These unique pieces of art are by Jessica Kerbawy, who arranges crayons on a foam board before melting them with a heat gun. If you love ‘em, you can see more of her work on Etsy.
It is with sadness that we learn of Steve Jobs’ untimely passing. His legacy permeates modern society in many ways; and numerous friends and colleagues are leaving touching tributes. If you have fifteen minutes, watch Jobs’ address at a Stanford commencement ceremony for graduates. It’s simple, but simply inspirational.
Flying over the Earth sounds amazing, but it is actually even more ridiculously awesome than what you first thought. The boffins at NASA captured a time-lapse video from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits the planet at night, starting over the Pacific Ocean and continuing over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. The storms and lightning are just one mind-boggling aspect to watch out for, all in 1080p!
Not-so-scared of heights Russian photographer, Marat Dupri, has captured amazing images of his world; scaling buildings, cranes and structures in Moscow with his friends. Unharnessed and unfazed by the radiation he absorbed from climbing radio towers, his pictures are stunning.
The inevitable spillage of red wine after you’ve knocked back a couple of bottles of plonk could become a celebration of your artistic genius with the prototype Underfull tablecloth. It’s a spill-a-bration people!
What better to do with the world’s steepest street, Baldwin Street in Dunedin New Zealand, than organise a jaffa roll – where numbered balls of chocolate coated with a hard sugary outer are sent flying down in a moving wall of red and orange. The fastest jaffas finish the 79% gradient street in around 15 seconds, raising money for local charities.
I was mesmerised by a small seal pup colony at Ohau Stream, just north of Kaikoura in New Zealand. The small Ohau stream is a playground for seal pups, who swim up to a pool at the base of a 30-metre waterfall while their mothers are out at sea hunting fish. The pups are completely at home in their nursery — undisturbed by tickled onlookers, who are offered a privileged glimpse of a carefree existence.
The Free House is a pub set in a retro-fitted church in Nelson, New Zealand, an exploration of the art of beer that is unshackled from big brewery mass produced fizz that we so often have to endure. Disciples have enjoyed more than 250 different craft beers since the crusade to set beers free was embarked upon in 2009 by Eelco Boswijk and Mic Dover.
Since leaving her Ukrainian homeland 14 years ago, Julia Nalivaiko is often asked, ‘What’s it like?. To answer the curious masses, she’s returned to Ukraine and Russia with Australian filmmaker Stuart McBratney to document the people, culture and food. They’re currently halfway through their 8-week shoot, and are posting video stills from the road. Here’s a sneak peak. For more pics, check out their Facebook page, and click “like” to receive updates.
The Marlborough region in New Zealand produces more than fifty percent of New Zealand’s finest wine. However, the cold climate means some innovative solutions are needed to combat grapes being damaged by frost as they grow in early spring. Enter the helicopter, flying low over vineyards to push warmer air from the inversion layer down onto the freezing ground and circulating the air. This has meant that more than 150 helicopters — a large portion New Zealand’s fleet — were in use over a small region at one time.
When aviation geek Peter Jackson decided to share his collection of World War 1 air-memorabilia, the town of Blenheim in New Zealand was chosen to host his aeronautical paraphernalia. The museum is a tribute to the beginning of the airplane and the swift harnessing of the invention into sophisticated machines.
When Kaikura in New Zealand suffered an economic downturn, the local Maori people looked to the cultural bond between the creatures of the deep and themselves to revitalise their economy and to give tourists an idea of the majesty of whales. These whales are in a truly special spot at Kaikura. The ocean floor drops some 1km down just a few hundred feet from shore, and the sea is a permanent home to sperm whales, as well as migrating right and humpback whales and a community of dolphins and seals.
You know what they say: when in New Zealand, do as the Kiwis do. Pegasus Bay is a beautiful, family-owned winery producing some of New Zealand’s finest wines. But people don’t visit just for the wine. The food is a secret weapon, with the restaurant serving up great local and seasonal dishes, using fresh, seasonal ingredients with some top-shelf choices mixed in. Our favourite dish was the black truffle frittata, which melted with flavour as we sat overlooking the wintery gardens in front of an open fire.