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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Koo Koo: Cool letterboxes from Australia

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Thursday 30 May 2013

Living in the era that we do, it would seem the need for a mailbox is becoming less and less. But what about those tangible letters of love your sweetheart wants to deliver you? Or that new jacket you just bought online? Yes, everyone needs some type of mail munching slot to be filled with […]

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Annular solar eclipse turns sun into a ring of fire

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Monday 13 May 2013

Last Friday, the first solar eclipse of the year was visible to a lucky few in Western Australia and some Pacific Islands. The unique celestial event created a ‘ring of fire’ pattern as the moon came between us earthlings and the sun. Though it is dangerous to look straight at an eclipse, audiences were provided […]

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Get your image beamed onto the Sydney Opera House

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Trends on Thursday 18 April 2013

The Opera House and Samsung Electronics Australia recently announced a three-year partnership and collaboration that will transform the Opera House using Samsung’s state-of-the-art technology. The two brands will work together to enhance the Opera House experience through the addition of interactive digital display screens, new mobile technologies, and a multimedia education facility. To celebrate this […]

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The Mailbooks for Good project turns books into underprivileged-bound parcels

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By Michelle Wilding in New Trends on Thursday 4 April 2013

Random House, The Footpath Library, and BMF have joined forces to re-gift the gift of reading to homeless and disadvantaged Australians. The Mailbooks for Good project is simple: buy a book, read it, and post it to a charity for free. Each book features a cleverly designed dust jacket which transforms into a pre-paid, pre-addressed […]

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Lake Hillier in Australia: the prettiest lake in pink

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 2 April 2013

We’ve seen all types of lakes: blue, mossy, muddy… so Lake Hillier completely defies our notions of what lakes should look like. The lake water in it is completely pink and looks like strawberry milk. The hue is thought by biologists to be caused by low nutrient concentrations as well as the dunaliella salina and […]

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ABICUS: The best of fashion and music in Newcastle

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 March 2013

Ever since it opened back in 2000, ABICUS has been my favourite store. Run by husband and wife duo Tim McPhee (yes, of Firekites fame) and Tiffany Minell, ABICUS brings the best of fashion and music together and serves it up on a shiny slab of amazingly polished concrete. We caught up with Tiff to […]

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1,697 Paper Boats at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Wednesday 6 March 2013

For the ninth year in a row, Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia has been transformed into a haven of cool sculptures. These boats are part of last years exhibit. Each origami boat was folded by hand and dipped in wax. Each little boat even had drainage holes in case rain tried to sink them. The even […]

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Edwardian meets modern architecture on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula

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By Contributions in Architecture on Wednesday 6 March 2013

Located on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne, Willow Creek Vineyard is the site for a new Cellar Door and Bistro designed by Carr. The architecture and interior of the Cellar Door and Bistro reflects a strong contemporary design that sits embedded in the rural landscape adjacent to the original Edwardian house. The new architectural […]

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Cute photos of sleeping kangaroos

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Monday 25 February 2013

What’s cuter than a cuddly kangaroo taking a nap? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. These photos were taken of australian kangaroos while they napped during the heat of the day. As it turns out, these marsupials are more active in the morning and then late at night. They nap during the day to deal with the extreme […]

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Super Dingo vs the Hippies: a satirical, sci-fi comedy series

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By Sam Pryor in Video on Thursday 11 October 2012

Super Dingo is an aggressively satirical, sci-fi comedy series, which follows the arduous adventures of an elite team of Secret Bush Agents with super human skills and an unflinching pledge to protect their beloved outback from pirates, hippies and various other threats. It has been described as an ‘unapologetically stereotyped’ and ‘absurdly mythologised’ version of […]

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Back To The Future mugshots

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By Ben Lee in Cool Websites on Sunday 9 September 2012

Michael Jason Enriquez, the photoshop wiz behind Cholafied, takes actual mugshots of current celebs and combines them with vintage mugshots of whores, gangsters, fraudsters, and crooks from 1920′s Australia.

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Artisan roasted Swig Coffee from Gippsland, Australia

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By Luke Watson in New Trends on Wednesday 25 April 2012

Mad scientist roasting, less than consistent opening hours, and great products make Swig Coffee undeniably desirable. Green coffee beans are sourced from around the globe and roasted in Gippsland, Australia. If you manage to find the industrial unit they operate out of open, the proprieter is known to give out some free samples to get […]

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The stunning Painted Cliffs of Tasmania

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By Chiang Lup Hong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 April 2012

A friend of mine recently moved to Tasmania to further her studies and did some road trips while she was there. From her pictures, I came across Triassic sandstone formations called the Painted Cliffs. It is a very picturesque site with amazing photographic opportunities. I am totally in awe of the lines, the textures, the shapes, and the colours of the formation. It’s a wonderful piece of organic art. Nature certainly makes a great painter.

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Knitted fashions by Yokoo

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By Joanne Thies in New Fashion on Tuesday 10 April 2012

I’ve recently taken up knitting as a way to soothe the daily desktop grind and in an attempt to disconnect from my deep technology immersion. I hit the needles in the early evenings, and I find it reconnects me with my love of tactile creation. Knitting is also a strange repetitive form of mediation. I got a bit knitting crazy and recently set off on an online hunt to find all things knitting. I quickly found Yokoo, who is simply known as Yokoo.

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