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Hitching a Ride on the Phantom Train

Thursday February 23, 2017

Take a ride on Australia’s abandoned railway lines with this hypnotising short film. 

The Futuristic Houses We Almost Lived In

Wednesday February 22, 2017

If history had gone just a little differently, we might all be living in Buckminster Fuller's crazy "dwelling machines".

365 Bands in 365 Days

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Last year, photographer Zo Damage set herself a challenge: see a band a day for 365 days, and take good photos of each of them. Mission accomplished.

Some bright spark has illustrated all 96 pages of the iTunes Terms and Conditions document in the style of classic cartoon strips. Learning has never been this much fun.

Built in 1487, the Duke Humfrey’s Library at Oxford is one of the oldest reading rooms in the world. And it’s not hard on the eye, either.

How to Make Peanut Butter

Saturday February 18, 2017

It’s the most indulgent spread on the breakfast table, and – with this recipe in hand – one that’s pretty simple to make yourself.

The “dystopian document thriller” puts you in the shoes of a border agent charged with deciding who enters the fictional country of Arstotzka.

Sylvan Huts

Thursday February 16, 2017

Imagining Scandinavia as a toadstool-riddled glade where travellers can rest in sylvan hollows might seem like a gross stereotype. It might also be correct.

Need to drown out the noise of the world? This 10-hour-long recording of a Norwegian icebreaker doing its slow, ASMR-inducing thing should do the trick.

In the 1980s, Flying Nun Records shone a spotlight on New Zealand’s weird and wonderful music scene. We caught up with founder Roger Shepherd ahead of his upcoming talk at Melbourne's School of Life.

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