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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 ...

Take these 5 easy steps into a perfect autumn day

You don't need to travel out of the city to have a life-affirming Autumnal Experience. You could kick and frolic your way down any street that's line...

Vertigo, wonder and sogginess at the inaugural Rose ...

On Saturday night at Rose Quartz Festival, I found myself staring up at the galaxy-clad sky. The glow of bright stars and clusters of smaller, weaker stars s...

Visiting a winter wonderland on an unseasonably hot ...

There's this big mural of the Night's King from Game of Thrones on the outside wall of Ice Bar Melbourne. For those of you who don't watch GoT, t...

A report from the inaugural Gaytimes Festival

So um, everyone who was at Gaytimes this weekend did a fabulous job at making the very first queer camping festival an incredible one. The music was on poin...

Golden Plains roundup 2016: tops and bottoms

TOPS Listening to the Necks perform experimental jazz at 11am after spending the night before subjecting your nervous system horrible abuse. You close your ...

Lake Lysterfield

Lake Lysterfield is past suburbia but not yet in the country. On the drive out the houses, apartments and warehouses are slowly replaced by green hills, vine...

Win tickets to the inaugural Gaytimes Festival

This March, on a small pink and sparkly patch of land in rural Victoria our very first queer camping festival will occur. Ah and the headliner? Paul Mac!!! A...

Stay at the Two Thousand Apartment and experience th...

As you know, we’re the proud parents of Airbnb apartments in Melbourne and Sydney. Both act as a mini, livable capsules of the city they’re located in, conta...

Ripples in spacetime at Laneway 2016

At 1.50pm my t-shirt is sticking to the sweat of my back and my bladder is sore from the Melbourne Bitter that's been jiggling around in there. I try to ...