Jimmy Figg’s Bare-Knuckled Barber in Newcastle

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Tuesday 29 October 2013

It happens all the time; things that were once great go out of fashion. But the good things come back: Vinyl, film cameras, acid wash denim, and of course, old fashioned barbers. Well, at least in Newcastle. Jimmy Figg’s Bare-Knuckle Barber is the place to go for a traditional shave or haircut. And at a […]

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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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The Squire’s Maiden in Newcastle, NSW

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Wednesday 9 January 2013

James Squire has been synonymous with Australia’s burgeoning thirst for dedicated, quality craft beers over the past decade or so. The success of the cheeky convict’s brand has seen it open up a number of James Squire brewhouses in metropolitan centres throughout the country. Lost At E Minor went along to the opening of The Squire’s Maiden, located in Newcastle’s Honeysuckle precinct, which is perched over the city’s working harbour.

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The Landing Bar and Kitchen, Newcastle

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Friday 7 December 2012

The Landing Bar hosted Lost At E Minor’s Newcastle based team for a craft beer session to sample the best of the Little Creatures range. Originally a small boutique brewer in Western Australia, Little Creatures has grown into one of Australia’s most successful craft brewers. We talked beer with the White Rabbit brewers and enjoyed the very best that the single batch Puffing Billy had to throw at us.

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Renew Newcastle’s call for property owners

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Monday 3 December 2012

Renew Newcastle are an organisation in Newcastle, New South Wales, who are filling up disused spaces to bring life back to the city center. They provide the opportunity for creative people to rent spaces at extremely reasonable prices while making the city and the space a nicer area with more aesthetic appeal for potential developers. […]

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The Terrace Bar in Newcastle, NSW

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Thursday 29 November 2012

The Terrace Bar in Newcastle, about two hours north of Sydney, is a new small bar and alternative arts/underground music venue with the feel of a San Francisco divebar. A wide variety of craft beers and famous local Hunter wines are available, while local and visiting must-see acts perform in the venue’s intimate gig room. The atmosphere is cool, relaxed, and different to most nightspots in the city – think less meatmarket, less hot TV screens, and more vibe, hipster-chic.

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Angus Stone’s Broken Brights Australian tour

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By Zac in New Music on Wednesday 7 November 2012

Angus Stone strolled onto the stage in Newcastle, NSW, on the second stop of his Broken Brights Australian Tour. He reached the pocket of the stage, lights deliberately cast from his face, and he let his guitar and melodic voice step forth. And that was the way for the night. No talk, or banter. But Stone and his band, all hipster beards ablaze, were magical, melodic and, as their music turned increasingly psychedelic in the second half, they became captivating.

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Skatedeck by Newcastle designers One Undone

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Thursday 25 October 2012

One Undone is one of a bunch of great new designers from Newcastle, Australia, that have gotten together and opened Nook Store – a place for them to showcase their work. One Undone makes clothes and skate decks that incorporate intricate designs in a very clean manner. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the decks and it’s an absolute beauty in the flesh. The deck is a simple black and features a Jasper Smith Dot Dot Creation in the center. Solid, beautiful, affordable. You’ll be the envy of the skate park.

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Newcastle band Goldsmith

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Thursday 18 October 2012

Goldsmith are yet another one of the exciting bands that are coming out of the Newcastle, Australia, music scene. We sat down with them to talk relatives, basements, and Dire Straits.

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Hey Lady!: Newcastle band release new EP

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 29 September 2012

After being a part of Newcastle four piece The Karma Cops, Jess Moxey and Stef Threadgate finally realised their dream of being a two piece and formed Hey Lady! After only months on the scene, the two rocking ladies have self-released a four track EP. Being only vocals, guitar, and drums it would be expected that the sound wouldn’t be that big but the girls have defied the odds. Incorporating layered vocals, glockenspiel samples, and a pretty unique guitar style, the EP has a really prominent low end.

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New Shanghai restaurant in Newcastle

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By Tristan Rayner in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 3 December 2011

The Lost At E Minor crew in Newcastle aren’t spoilt for choice in the way of yum cha, and even with the promise of a night of wine and dumplings, the location of the New Shanghai restaurant was at the Charlestown Square mega-mall. Let’s admit, suburban shopping centre Chinese hasn’t often been authentic, nor worthy […]

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Newcastle, Australia: a real See Change

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Tuesday 14 June 2011

Newcastle, the city that I moved to in 2008 from Sydney, and the place from where Lost At E Minor (and the rest of our business) is run (along with our office in Soho, New York), has just been rebranded. The new brand is simply NEWCASTLE. See Change.

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Come Closer video by The Mischief Engine

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By Tristan Rayner in New Music on Friday 3 June 2011

Come Closer by The Mischief Engine was shot by Newcastle’s Stu McBratney. But when McBratney was looking for a location, he didn’t choose Newcastle, or even something like Scotland’s Garden of Cosmic Speculation. Instead, McBratney ventured to Arsenal Park, Transylvania, Romania. And it’s breathtaking.

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High Tea with Mrs Woo

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By Zac in New Fashion on Friday 27 May 2011

I heard the impressive girls behind the Newcastle art and fashion label, High Tea with Mrs Woo, talk last night. Man, they are an awesome team. These three sisters have been making beautiful, hand-sewn fashion for the past ten years: a labour of love, inspired by their environment, their love of their craft and materials, and their own unique sense of aesthetic. I walked away from their talk — organised by Renew Newcastle — inspired by the beautiful work they create each day.

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The Clinic’s early Christmas party

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By Zac in New Events on Friday 17 December 2010

The funky little office that Lost At E Minor operates from in Australia had a little Mad Men style party the other week. Thanks to our friends at Smirnoff, the Mules and cocktails were flowing and the crowd was in full cheer. Here’s to the fun year that was 2010.

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