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Absolut teams up with graphic novelist Grampá

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Friday 14 March 2014


We’re big fans of this new initiative by one of our favourite illustrators, award-winning graphic novelist Rafael Grampá. Absolut recently teamed up with Grampá in a project called ‘#NextFrame’ that allows him the opportunity to push the boundaries of his work by creating his first 3D animation, titled Dark Noir. The videos below give a fascinating perspective on the process. We were captivated.

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These freezing puppies will bark all day until the fire is lit and then they huddle around it

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Thursday 6 March 2014

If these adorable photos don’t melt your heart, then your middle name must be ‘Polar Vortex’. In a kitchen in Juilongjian Forest Park, Ruchen County, China, puppies huddle around a staff canteen stove to keep their cold little bodies warm and toasty. Despite their thick and fluffy fur, it’s still not enough to protect them […]

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So long, loudmouths! Study tells us why silent types get the girl

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Thursday 6 March 2014

Here’s one way to get the girl: keep your mouth shut! A new study has found that men ‘who use verbose language are deemed less attractive’ to women and ‘men who use shorter average word lengths and concise sentences were preferred by volunteers who listened to male speech patterns’. Researchers believe the preference ‘arises because […]

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Giant inflatable balloons are taking over public places

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Wednesday 5 March 2014

Penique Productions has come up with an incredible installation, using massive balloons that take over the entire space of a room. The balloons ‘press up against the balconies, alcoves, fountains and ceilings of public spaces, transforming otherwise familiar locales into colorful interiors plucked straight from an avant-garde horror film’.

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Rejoice! There’s a 5K marathon for bacon lovers

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Monday 3 March 2014

No, you haven’t died and gone to Heaven. There really is a 5K event for bacon lovers! It’s called the Bacon Chase and unbelievably, you get to wear a bacon-scented bib to run the course, with the actual course offering unlimited bacon bits for you to gobble up until you finish the race. At the […]

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Spiegelworld Empire dazzles with burlesque, comedy and foot juggling

Elise Boyd Editor

By Elise Boyd in New Events on Friday 28 February 2014

Back for another summer in Australia, Spiegelworld’s new show, Empire, is a collection of acts featuring their unique blend of circus, comedy, cabaret, aerobatics, and burlesque. The best part? It’s all performed in a Belgian-style Spiegeltent, including a bar and beer garden that you can enjoy before you enter.

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The ‘This Is Not A Toy’ toy exhibition opens in Canada

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Wednesday 26 February 2014

Designer toys are on display at the This Is Not A Toy exhibition in Toronto this month until May, where ‘toys’ are ranging in price from just a few dollars to thousands. This large-scale exhibition is co-curated by Pharrell Williams and features a multi-faceted sensory experience’ for visitors, including music, video and vinyl displays. You […]

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Girl scout sells 117 boxes of cookies in 2 hours in front of a marijuana dispensary

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Wednesday 26 February 2014

I must say, her sales have been pretty high as of late! 13-year old Girl Scout Danielle Lei was able to sell 117 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in 2 hours, because she followed the old business advice: ‘location, location, location’. She set up shop outside ‘The Green Cross’, a cannabis dispensary in San Francisco; and for all you innocent souls out there, that only means one thing. MUNCHIES!

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Review: Big Day Out Sydney 2014

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Events on Wednesday 26 February 2014

While Big Day Out is an institution and right of passage for any young Australian who lives close enough to a capital city, 2014′s instalment kind of had me wondering – why isn’t this sold out and where the hell is everyone? Perhaps it was that the day fell on Australia Day – a bogan excuse to get drunk and spit “national pride” into the faces of anyone who’ll come close enough to you, or perhaps it’s that the “big festival” is a dying breed in Australia. Whatever the cause – y’all missed out.

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The Photographic Philanthropy Of The View Finder Workshop

Michael Amter Contributor

By Michael Amter in New Events on Saturday 22 February 2014

The View Finder Workshop (VFW) is a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring, teaching, empowering children around the world through the fine art of photography. After a successful program for vulnerable children in Haiti, the VFW focused on providing a team of gifted volunteers to help run another workshop in the impoverished areas […]

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A 900-year old Viking message finally gets encrypted. The message? ‘Kiss me’

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Thursday 20 February 2014

By golly, they’ve done it! Runologist (someone who studies Runic alphabets, fyi) Jonas Nordby from the University of Oslo finally solved Jötunvillur, a 900-year old mysterious encryption that dates back to the 11th or 12th century. So what’s the message that’s tested the sands of time? Could it tell us the meaning of life? Or perhaps reveal ancient aliens?

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World’s weirdest events? In Gloucestershire, people chase cheese down a hill each year

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Tuesday 18 February 2014

Ah, thanks to DesignTaxi featuring this rather excellent infographic of the most bizarre festivals worldwide, we now know that a cheese-rolling fiesta is held at Cooper’s Hill during May every year, which, as the name suggests, involves setting a 1ft-diameter wheel of cheese on its way down a hilly slope while participants race against each […]

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Japanese precision walking competition

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Tuesday 4 February 2014

Of course synchronized team precision walking is in Japan, where else could such a not-so-normal sport be found? ‘Shuudan Koudou’, which means ‘collective action’, is a competition where teams of men and women outperform each other in a series of complex and unbelievable synchronized walking routines – similar to those of military movement exercises. The […]

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Sunset Cinema at Sydney’s North Sydney Oval

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in New Events on Saturday 1 February 2014

Positioned as ‘the perfect urban escape and the ideal way to soak up the best of summer’, and with its 2014 season screening five nights per week until March 9, the Sunset Cinema sits on the hallowed turf of North Sydney Oval: the home of the first outdoor cinema in Sydney.

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World’s worst waxworks gets sold to solo buyer

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Thursday 30 January 2014

We feel sorry for anyone who visited Louis Tussaud’s House of Wax in Norfolk. It’s more of a guess-who-that-famous-face isn’t rather than guessing who it is. For almost 60 years this hilarious English seaside attraction (yes, it did attract visitors!) has been famous for its wacky interpretations of celebrities. But after a serious illness, the […]

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