Smith Journal · A quarterly, Australia-based publication that takes unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tells them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub.

Alain de Botton (ticket giveaway)

Monday January 23, 2012

Over the last decade and a half Alain de Botton has carved a niche for himself as the world's pre-eminent evangelist of popular philosophy. 

Solar System symphony

Sunday January 22, 2012

What do Bach's "Art of the Fugue", the planetary orbits of our Solar System, palindromes and the concept of infinity have in common? They've all been brought together in Daniel Starr-Tambor's mind-stretching "Mandala". 

Hair removal

Saturday January 21, 2012

Men, it's official. Women are sick of our facial hair. Let Zak Stoltz's Beard Punch be a warning. 

Gentlemen, start your engines

Friday January 20, 2012

The machines at Melbourne's Modern Motorcycle Company are timeless (not to mention beautiful) feats of design and engineering. 

Wish You Were Here

Friday January 20, 2012

Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival has kicked off and opening the World Drama category (in about an hour) is Australian feature Wish You Were Here.

Chef's Special

Thursday January 19, 2012

Food shouldn't be something that just comes out of a can or gets zapped back to edibility. You should know its backstory.

A strange bird

Thursday January 19, 2012

Like their namesake, Sydney band Albatross has a sound that seems to soar over seascapes... and is a little peculiar.

Reinventing the bike

Thursday January 19, 2012

Somewhere between building a better mousetrap and reinventing the wheel - the Better By Bike challenge is difficult, but not impossible. 

If you share our obsession with secret agents and all things espionage-related, you're probably itching to see the film adaptation of John Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy too. 

Carrying on like a pork chop

Wednesday January 18, 2012

Meet a hard-partying, stupid, brilliant cartoon pig named Captain Goodvibes, who was born amidst the choppy waves of '70s Australian culture.