Sunday Reading: The Gourmand

Sunday October 07, 2012

The Gourmand is a magazine about food, discussed by artists and made by designers. It's fun, bright and features popular arty people talking about food - from culinary trends in inner-city London to sloppy hamburgers at CalArts in LA. 

Spring Plant Sale

Friday October 05, 2012

This weekend Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens are throwing their annual Spring Plant Sale, where carefully cultivated examples of the RBG's most interesting and rare stock are available for purchase by the public.

Thirsty Thursday: Holgate Brewhouse

Thursday October 04, 2012

Sitting just north of Melbourne in the appropriately woody Woodend, the Holgate Brewhouse (and the beer contained within) is an unexpected pleasure. 

Thirsty Thursday: Feral Brewing

Thursday September 27, 2012

In Australia, calling something or someone "feral" doesn't usually translate as 'good taste'. Not unless you find body odour and dreadlocks tasteful. An exception: Feral Brewing out of Western Australia.

The Informal Economy

Wednesday September 26, 2012

Welcome to System D, the invisible economic powerhouse that's worth more than $10 trillion per year.

Curly hair, left-handedness, and an inability to whistle are just three of the "troubles" Dr. Pilkington's Miracle Cider claims to combat. While what it promises may be pretty outlandish, Dr. Pilkington's definitely delivers on cool packaging and great taste.

The grey area between crazy and sane isn't easy to illuminate, but if anyone should have a crack it's author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson.

Pates Tapes: Music to read by

Friday September 14, 2012

In volume four we had a yarn to Charles Pates of Pates Tapes, who is digitising and streaming his entire mixtape collection for your listening pleasure.

Thirsty Thursday: Lark Distillery

Thursday September 13, 2012

While trout fishing in pure waters, with a bottle of scotch in hand and lush barley fields before him, Bill Lark decided that Tasmania should really be making its own whisky.

As Oscar Wilde opined, "An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all." Now in its fourth year, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, a joint venture between the Sydney Opera House and St James Ethics Centre, pays wide-ranging, controversial and sometimes funny homage to Wilde's dictum.