Month: February 2014

HOW TO ORDER A BEER IN MELBOURNE

If you want to look like a local in Australia don’t ask for a small or large beer at a pub. Depending what state you’re in glass sizes are known as a middy, glass, schooner, jug, pony or pot. To name a few.

Confused? Even us locals struggle when we travel inter-state.

Here are some Beer Basics to get you the beer you want in the size you want in Melbourne. (more…)

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BIG NOW: MELBOURNE NOW PART 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Melbourne Now. Hold on to your laptop/keyboard, we’re about to get arty.

We began, as any good outing should, by playing a game of table tennis in the NGV foyer.
It’s not pictured below as I was having too much fun (sorry/not sorry) but the tables are just off to the left.

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OH WHAT A NIGHT: WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE 2014

Lights, camera and over 300,000 Melbournians. Welcome to White Night Melbourne 2014.

My feet are still sore.

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MINI NOW: MELBOURNE NOW PART 1

I know I know, I’m a little late to Melbourne Now.

The NGV exhibition has been on since November last year and is spread across NGV International (the main gallery) and the Ian Potter Centre: Australia (the smaller gallery at Federation Square). We started at the Ian Potter Centre as it was a really hot day and closer to our meeting point (laziness always prevails).

Melbourne Now, as the name suggests, celebrates “the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of Melbourne.”

Interactive installations are a feature of the exhibition and are dotted throughout many of the  Ian Potter Centre’s permanent exhibitions, providing a striking contrast to Australiana landscapes and portraits.

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GIVING GAIA A HUG: SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL

Sustainability – there’s more to it than reusable shopping bags.

Wanting to find out how to be a bit more eco-friendly than just buying recycled toilet paper, a friend and I spent our Saturday arvo exploring the Sustainable Living Festival’s Big Weekend at Federation Square.

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FAIRYTALE FUN: GOLDILOCKS BAR

You’ll have to forgive me as I’m a little worse for wear this morning after too much of a gin time last night.

The bar tenders at Goldilocks are entirely to blame.

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YOU CALL THAT ROMANCE?

Happy Valentine’s/belated Galentine’s Day lovely people!

I have a weekend chockablock of fun activities coming up so prepare yourself for some action-packed posts and poor iPhone photography skills.

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, here are some suggestions that have absolutely nothing to do with Valentine’s Day (I promise). (more…)

WILD, WILD WEST

Sorry it’s been a little quiet over here. I headed back west to Perth for a long weekend and was having far too much fun beachin’ and boozin’.

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HAVIN’ A YARN WITH YARN CORNER

Melbourne’s currently sweating it out with some record-breaking heat-waves and a typically Australian summer. But if you’ve been in the city recently you might have noticed some of the trees are dressed for cooler weather.

For the third year running Yarn Corner, one of the world’s largest yarn bombing groups, has yarn bombed all of the trees in the CBD’s City Square.

Yarn bombing is one of the city’s most popular street-art movements with trees, bicycle posts, bins and any other stationary object all given a little bit of knitted love.

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To find out a little bit more about who’s keeping our trees snug and warm I had a chat with Anna from Yarn Corner.

Who are Yarn Corner and how do you become a yarn bomber?

 Yarn Corner is a collective of yarn bombing artists that come together to contribute to large scale yarn bombing projects in Melbourne. We currently have nearly 700 members, and although most of our members are based in Melbourne we also have members from across Australia and even overseas who send pieces to be included in installations. Participants range in age from children to grandparents.

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SAVE OUR SHARKS

If you happened to be wandering past Flinders Street Station today you may have come across this protest:

Save Our Sharks (more…)