Sand dune-inspired house in Victoria, Australia

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 12 December 2013

On the south coast of Victoria, Australia, strong winds and harsh rain constantly bring their fury on local houses. To deter the prevailing elements, Sydney-based James Stockwell has come up with a simple but effective house design, turn its back on the wind. Inspired by sand dunes, the structure turns its back from the wind […]

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A Game of Phones on the streets of Australia

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Wednesday 4 December 2013

Blood and guts will flood the streets of Australia and main characters will get killed. Ok maybe not, but Virgin Mobile and Havas/One Green Bean started Game of Phones, an alternate reality game inspired by the George RR Martin series. No Red Weddings will happen when you play it (thank god) but you can earn […]

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Human/bird illustrations by Melbourne artist Benk

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By Benk in New Illustration on Saturday 9 November 2013

The Melbourne-based artist/human Benk has created a series of illustrations that toys with the interrelationships between humanity and nature. We see birds almost every day of our lives. We hardly notice them, I certainly don’t feel as if I live among birds, but we all do. These illustrations portray humans wearing bird masks, showing the […]

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Was the pig-napping of Kevin Bacon just a publicity stunt for a Sydney cafe?

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Saturday 26 October 2013

The tragic pig-napping of Kevin Bacon and his farm buddy, Bradley the Lamb, made international headlines after their family at the Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney sounded the alarm. Facebook was all abuzz with the news and local Aussies took the hunt for the missing swine to the streets. But after further investigation, some question whether the […]

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Baby kangaroo and baby wombat as BFFs

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 24 October 2013

They say that in Australia, everything is, like, a million times more dangerous. Well, maybe what they failed to tell us was, everything’s also a million times cuter. A pair of orphan animals in a rescue centre in Victoria, Australia have become BFFs. No, this doesn’t involve a cat or a dog. This is Australia, […]

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Melbourne-based online and pop-up store The SuperCool

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Websites on Wednesday 23 October 2013

Welcome to The Super Cool, an online and pop-up store in Melbourne that reminds us of the coolest Pinterest board you’ve ever seen, and where everything is for sale. The site offers up everything from neon cushions to vintage match jars and will very quickly make your house the coolest space in town. That is […]

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Tourism Australia censors kangaroo’s naughty bits for Facebook

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Thursday 29 August 2013

I had to snicker when I found this “racy” photo of the Facebook-famous Kangaroo, Big Baz. It all started when Tourism Australia posted these censored photos on their Facebook page. Aussies responded with outrage that a wild animal’s genitals would be censored and posted for all to see.

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Massive egg spilleth over on beach

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 23 August 2013

What fun. Fascinated by seeing how people fry themselves on the beach to get that suntan to die for, Aussie artist Jeremy Parnell created Big Chook, a massive art installation of a sunny side up using fiberglass and high gloss epoxy marine paint, and placed it on Tamarama Beach, Sydney as part of the Sculpture […]

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Terra Australis: a time lapse video by Clinton Harn and Phil Arntz

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By Stuart McBratney in Video on Friday 23 August 2013

By now the starry night time-lapse has been done to death. So it takes a keen eye and some sweet tech to invigorate the genre. Clinton Harn and Phil Arntz do just that, painting a dazzling picture of colour and movement Down Under. Stay until the end, as the final shot is breathtaking.

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Kangaroo meets boy in bush, saves him from freezing to death

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Tuesday 13 August 2013

So this is what we learnt about the wild creatures of Australia today: wallabies will lead you astray, and kangaroos will save you. Case in point: a seven-year-old boy followed a wallaby into the bushes, then had a kangaroo eat a flower out of his hand before it fell asleep next to him. Which meant […]

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Comedy Blap episodes by Claudia O’Doherty

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By Andy Martin in Video on Saturday 10 August 2013

Describing herself as ‘One of Australia’s most serious and busiest actors (also millennial illusionist)’ Claudia O’Doherty is, in fact, a very funny comedian. She has recently made some short Comedy Blap episodes for Channel 4 in the UK. In them she tries to raise money for her families’ travel agency, but I don’t think it’s […]

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Roberts and Hassett footwear: A leather addict’s dream

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Thursday 8 August 2013

If you haven’t taken the plunge yet on a good pair of leather shoes, and you want to, you should probably go all out with a pair of Roberts & Hassett shoes from Australia. Made from local kangaroo leather, the boots are hand-welted with hand-spun linen threads and hand-stitched outsoles. I know, it’s a lot […]

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Determinig the DNA of a perfect Espresso

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 23 July 2013

How far would you go to unlock the secret artistic wonder of coffee’s DNA? Probably not as far as Australian advertising agency Reborn did, modifying a Breville espresso machine to measure flow rate, temperature, pressure and when the use of steam was initiated. With this data, the team then got to work visualising it in […]

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Plaque series by Australian street artist Scratch My Nose

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By Lost At E Minor in New Art on Tuesday 2 July 2013

Australian street artist Scratch My Nose has lived in Santiago de Chile for three years. With his handicap of limited Spanish, coupled with the complexity of Chile, he has observed how consumer culture has taken the lead in society, a position traditionally held by the Catholic Church. Both the text-based ornamental plaques and blackboard posters […]

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Be the first Australian same-sex couple to get married in New Zealand

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Thursday 27 June 2013

The Star Observer and Tourism New Zealand have teamed up to host a contest to find the first Australian same-sex couple to be wed in New Zealand on the first day that same-sex marriages are legal in New Zealand. To enter to win a dream wedding, simply submit a photograph of you and your loved one and describe why you want to be married in New Zealand (in 25 words or less).

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