Risto Todoroski makes bagpipes from taxidermy goats

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Trends on Monday 20 January 2014

Like any form of art, taxidermy has its fair share of disturbingly wonderful pieces. One of the most disturbing, and most wonderful, pieces of taxidermy we’ve seen was made right in Sydney – multiple times over. Risto Todoroski makes bagpipes from deceased goats. That’s right, bagpipes from deceased goats. Hmm, wonder what he’d do with […]

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Nothing says Maccas is open all night better than an ad that can only be seen in the dark

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Wednesday 15 January 2014

It’s 2am, you’re on a freeway, leaving a club, at a house party. You’re craving food, good food. Unfortunately for you, this is not the time of night to be able to buy good food. Not even close. Did someone just say McDonalds is open? Oh boy. How do they know? Well, friend, it’s 2013 […]

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The Angry Cat from Marrickville tumblr

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Websites on Monday 13 January 2014

Everyone reading this has had an experience with a slightly disgruntled animal before. Whether it was a yappy dog, an unhappy snake, or a very angry little ant, I can assure you that it was not as angry as this cat from Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner west. Unfortunately people have to co-exist with the Angry […]

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The Ultimate Ex-Boyfriend Revenge Kit

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Tuesday 31 December 2013

Ahh breakups. Aren’t they just the best? All that freedom, having no one to answer to … Well, I know it may not be like that for all of us, all of the time. Luckily for all you ladies (and unluckily for us boys), Australian-based design brand Her Royal Flyness have developed the ultimate ex-boyfriend […]

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Art Series Hotel encourages guests to overstay their checkout

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Friday 25 October 2013

I hate getting kicked out of hotels at 11am, right on the dot. Just stop to think about it. Who really cares when you checkout if the next guest isn’t coming for two more days? One innovative Australian hotel is making the checkout procedure a little different for a change. Just call between 8-11am and […]

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New collection from Zanerobe: bold Aussie streetwear

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By Annie Churdar in New Fashion on Friday 18 October 2013

Driven by a youthful energy and audacious passion for detail and unique fabrics, the crew at Zanerobe have been throwing their weight around in the global fashion scene for over a decade. Based out of Sydney, the company has been making waves with their flair for mixing up progressive trends in uniquely confident styles. Oh, and don’t […]

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Fontspotting: a challenge for typography nerds

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Friday 27 September 2013

So you claim to be a typography nerd, do you? Well, we have just the challenge for you. Australian-based creatives, Dustin de Souza and Jessica Witt, have come up with a game that may be your undoing… or your making. FontSpotting is a flashcard game which tests players’ knowledge about the names of different typefaces. […]

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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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Botanical Cuisine: Raw, vegan delights in Melbourne

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Something that I’ve been really looking into lately is eating raw and vegan. I mean, I could never do it full time (I like ALL food way too much), but I think incorporating more raw and vegan products into my diet is a good idea. Luckily, there’s an awesome Melbourne company called Botanical Cuisine which […]

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Fleetwood Macchiato: Sydney’s own slice of coffee nerd heaven

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Jai Pyne spent a good seven years as frontman of (arguably) one of Australia’s best indie bands – The Paper Scissors. Now that band is done and dusted, he’s allowing another passion to shine through. We caught up with Jai to talk all about his newish Sydney cafe Fleetwood Macchiato, located in inner-city Erskineville, and his love affair with everyone’s favourite pick me up.

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Unempire: arty socks out of Australia

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Socks suck when they aren’t keeping your feet warm. They smell, they’re boring, and they’re forever getting new holes. That was until Australian company Unempire eradicated all the bad parts. Stylish and comfortable, these socks are the bees knees of the foot warming world. One size fits all and the socks are durable. Also, the […]

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Anti-shark wetsuits from Australia

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Tuesday 6 August 2013

If you love surfing or you think you’d like to try it but you’re deathly afraid of losing your limbs to a great white, fear no more. Australian company Shark Attack Mitigation Systems has your back. Collaborating with the University of Western Australia, the team came up with two different designs. The Warning Pattern was […]

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Personalised billboards to get you home safely

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Trends on Monday 22 July 2013

We all know road safety is a massive issue wherever you come from, but what would make you really slow down and watch out for not only yourselves but others? The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) of Australia teamed up with the T20 Big Bash cricket teams to try and answer this question.

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Octopus’s Garden: An innovative Australian florist just out of Sydney

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Monday 15 July 2013

Florist, Octopus’s Garden, opened just a few months back, showcasing hanging terrariums, plants in vintage pieces, and pineapple bouquets. Located in Long Jetty (about an hour and a half north of Sydney), the shop really struck a chord with us through their unique approach to plants: nothing is too weird, too wonderful or too stylish […]

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Plastic drinking straws become vases

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Eco on Monday 15 July 2013

We’re supporters of initiatives that aim to cut down on waste, but it’s ideas like this that really capture our hearts. Sydney-based duo Supercyclers – Liane Rossler and Sarah Kings – design products that reuse and recycle, a reflected in their latest project, Yours to Care For, which transforms plastic drinking stores into tiny, unique […]

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