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The tops and bottoms of Paradise Music Festival 2016

TOPS I'm dancing in an alpine storage facility that's been named after a Melbourne party boy. It's zero degrees outside and the walls are sweati...

I was David the talking tree: a Christmas story

Christmas routines commonly involve braving the ennui of the last stretch of work, followed by frantically shopping for significant others, followed by procl...

~ The Thousands Horoscopes ~ Sagittarius Season (Nov...

It’s time, my children. Let’s go on a journey. Sagittarius season is here, let's experience new things. Scorpio season may've brought out our inner h...

Ladies of Leisure Workshops

The all-gal local dream team from Ladies of Leisure have put together a two-week program of summer workshops and panel discussions at Junior Space. They'...

The CERES Bee Group

From Hong Kong and Paris to San Francisco urban bee keepers are helping to maintain healthy bee populations, under threat from parasites, pollution and pesti...

~ The Thousands Horoscopes ~ Scorpio Season Oct 23 t...

Alright, here’s the deal: Scorpio season is a big one, but it’s a good one. Scorpio is the House of Sex and Death, but in a good way – sure, death isn’t grea...

Feeling handsome at Vaughan Springs

The long weekend is upon us and we can see no better time for a country excursion. If you’re not particularly into the idea of celebrating a race that heaps ...

Bouldering at the Lactic Factory

Bouldering is basically rock climbing without the ropes and harnesses tugging at your nether regions. Which sounds very Stallone but it's not. It differs...

~ The Thousands Horoscopes ~ Libra season (24th Sept...

That Facebook post going around telling you that the star signs have ‘changed’? It’s wrong. Your star sign is exactly the same as it’s been your whole life. ...

Some key phrases to help you seem like a dedicated f...

You don't really care about footy yet you've somehow found yourself standing in front of a plasma screen surrounded a heaving mass of Grand Final exc...

Garage Sale Trail registration is open!

At last year's Garage Sale Trail I bought a gold leotard because I was optimistic about my impending summer bod and unrealistic about potential overthink...

Going to the Royal Melbourne Show by yourself as an ...

The Royal Melbourne Show is pram-jammed celebration of agriculture and national myth-making that they've fed manic amounts of sugar, hoisted onto a dirt ...

Clay shooting at the Melbourne Gun Club

Guns have been getting a pretty bad rap of late. To be fair, a lot of people have been getting shot. And while you mostly hear about the tragedies in America...

That VR Joint

Office life can be a real drainer. The classic desk distractions are of little comfort. Those four suspended chrome balls that everyone have actually make qu...

Caribbean Rollerama

I'm just going to put it on the table. In the period between 1992 and 1999 I engaged in some rollerblading. Ok not some, a lot of rollerblading. I might ...

Liquid Architecture

Liquid Architecture is kind of a big deal. I mean that in a few ways. Firstly, it's really important in the sound art and design realm in Australia. It b...

Home-Work

You know when you discover something, seemingly hidden away but actually way bigger and more incredible than you realised, and you feel silly for not ever kn...

The Ultimate Father’s Day Weekend Road Trip

Sometime around 2014, I became the resident Dad at The Thousands. The young folk even referred to me as “Office Dad” and asked me to pick them up from things...

Adult Colouring: cooler than we thought

A girl in our office, let’s call her Zahna, used to bang on about her adult colouring posters all the time. Met with a lot of snarkiness and eye rolls from e...

Pokemon Go taught me how to conjure real life bubble...

I grew up near the sea so I've always had a strong affinity with water Pokemon. I'd often have this secret dream where I'd wander the shores of C...

The most Wuthering Heights day ever

Do you like dance through mist along the moors? Heathcliff might be a jerk but it feels good to close your eyes feel that wind in your hair doesn't it. N...

Dark Mofo 2016, tops bottoms (and middles)

TOPS Brendan Suppression climbed to the top of the Odeon Theatre, stood in the spotlight and delivered the final lines of 'Precious Rose' (very punk...

The undeniable benefits of knitting

You drink your second cup of coffee and watch a beam of sunlight cut through the shades onto the woven twine basket where you keep your knitting gear. Your l...

Onsen Ma

Hidden down Meyers Place is Onsen Ma, a Japanese-style bathhouse where you can sink into tranquil forty degree water and stream away your stress in a sauna. ...

Stop Grammar Time

If you're Gen X or younger in Victoria chances are you have a diminished grasp on grammar (compared to your parents anyway). Why? It was dropped from pri...

The best places in Melbourne to take a mirror selfie

I was 16 and on holiday with my family. In the hallway of our hotel there was a mirror about two meters tall inside an intricate gold frame. Lush. I took a p...

An interview with my Granny

A lot of people see Mother's Day as a heteronormative swindle perpetuated by florists and scone vendors. And that's valid. It's easy to be cynica...

Radiohead reveal how the arts community can benefit ...

The budget is in! Turns out the mining boom is over and we don't have enough money to stop the savage cuts to the arts sector. But it's all going to ...