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When Lenny Kravitz returned to Australia in March

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By Tristan Rayner in New Music on Friday 13 April 2012

We predict that the Lenny Kravtiz story will eventually be told as a description of how the fountain of youth was tapped, sealed, and piped hot into every home. Lenny’s return to Australia in March for the first time in 18 years showed us a forever young rocker, still full of energy, voice, and love. So much love.

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Stunning photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton

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By Tristan Rayner in New Eco on Friday 23 March 2012

Imagine a spot of night swimming at your local beach, only to have the shoreline and waves glow an ethereal blue at any sign of agitation. The images here are from Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives, a place where a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton exist, much to the delight of photographers who snapped these pictures. These concentrations are a field of study all to itself – potentially harmful, always stunning.

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Modern Masterpieces at Newcastle Art Gallery

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By Tristan Rayner in New Art on Sunday 12 February 2012

I’m a fan of art that has an edge, some bite, maybe some blinding colour, or just blows my mind when looking at it for the first time. Therefore, my trip to check out Newcastle Art Gallery’s Modern Masterpieces exhibition was with some trepidation – would I like the ‘old’ stuff? Some hour and a half later, I came away deeply impressed by the range and quality of work. In particular, the works of William Dobell, a local to the area, were visually stunning. Accordingly, the portrait of Margaret Olley by Dobell (Archibald Prize winner in 1948) is probably the most important piece; vibrant, stunning and magnificent. The exhibition runs until March 4 – so be quick!

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Bar Petite in Newcastle

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By Tristan Rayner in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 9 February 2012

Newcastle is developing its reputation as being a major hub (out of Sydney) for emerging art and culture. Along with that, the bar scene is slowly transforming from loud mega-pubs to small, dark, intimate spots, slightly off the beaten path and all done with style and pizzaz. Bar Petite is a new establishment close to Newcastle beach, housing a mix of French colonial touches, a polished timber bar and a modern Australian menu. The atmosphere is relaxed, the meals a mix of tasty snacks and larger mains, and the wine menu draws on the best of local Hunter Valley drops. I ate there a few weeks back and was particularly impressed by the cosmopolitan decor and the pleasantly adventurous flavouring of the foods.

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Movies from an Alternate Universe

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By Tristan Rayner in New Design on Wednesday 18 January 2012

Would your favourite movie still be a classic if it was created in an alternate universe? Peter Stults has explored the possibilities in great detail, either timeshifting a movie to another decade or crossing to another genre. Timeshifting The Terminator II is among my favourite creations, with the steel-toothed Jaws (Richard Kiel) replacing Arnie. Muhammed Ali replacing Mike Tyson in The Hangover also creates all sorts of potential for hilarity.

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Girl takes 1461 photos of herself between age 14 and 18

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By Tristan Rayner in Video on Friday 13 January 2012

Rebecca Brown has taken 1461 consecutive photos of herself in a remarkable video that shows the subtle ageing of a 14-18 year old girl. But there is more to the story. ‘Beckie0′ battles depression, and as the images unfold, we see her fight against Dermotillomania and Trichotillomania, two mental disorders which take a very visual […]

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Artist invites children to decorate her room with colour

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By Tristan Rayner in New Art on Thursday 12 January 2012

82 year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has created the (formerly) all-white Obliteration Room at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art. She gave children coloured spot stickers and a free reign to decorate it as they saw fit. The room, part of Kusama’s Look Now, See Forever installation, took visitors two weeks to fill with colour. The works, including the colourful Obliteration Room, are on display until March 12.

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New Shanghai restaurant in Newcastle

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By Tristan Rayner in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 3 December 2011

The Lost At E Minor crew in Newcastle aren’t spoilt for choice in the way of yum cha, and even with the promise of a night of wine and dumplings, the location of the New Shanghai restaurant was at the Charlestown Square mega-mall. Let’s admit, suburban shopping centre Chinese hasn’t often been authentic, nor worthy […]

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John Boston Pale Ale beer

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By Tristan Rayner in New Products on Monday 7 November 2011

Let’s be clear: the Lost At E Minor office is quite partial to a case of two of cleansing ales. We favour brews that have real taste and spirit. So there was delight all-round when we were introduced to a new Australian Lager and Pale Ale: John Boston.

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BYO beer gear from Burton

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By Tristan Rayner in New Products on Wednesday 2 November 2011

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.

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Art from melted crayons

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By Tristan Rayner in New Art on Monday 10 October 2011

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.

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Vale Steve Jobs: watch his Stanford commencement address

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By Tristan Rayner in Video on Thursday 6 October 2011

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.

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What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

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By Tristan Rayner in Video on Wednesday 21 September 2011

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!

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The skywalker: Russian teen scales the world

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By Tristan Rayner in New Photography on Wednesday 21 September 2011

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.

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Underfull tablecloth: making accidents art

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By Tristan Rayner in New Products on Saturday 17 September 2011

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!

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