Tourism Australia censors kangaroo’s naughty bits for Facebook

Annie Churdar Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Stuart McBratney Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

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

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

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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Koo Koo: Cool letterboxes from Australia

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

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

Annie Churdar Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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