Melbourne is a great city. We have awards and pissed off Sydneysiders to prove it. But here at Time Out, we’ve sometimes looked to Tokyo with its bizarre gameshows and sexy robot bars with a degree of envy.
No more. Following a trip to the land of wonder, Melbourne couple Anita and Myles Loughran have decided to try and bring a little bit of whimsical crazy to our fair town in the form of a cat café.
Cat cafés, if you’re not familiar, are essentially a hybrid of a coffee shop and a petting zoo – albeit one stocked entirely with felines. The idea is to provide people who can’t own a pet full time with the chance to make believe for the duration of a drink for a small petting fee.
So, if you want to try out being a cat-lady/man before committing to the full wardrobe of sweaters and khaki slacks, you might want to get sharing the Loughrans crowd-funding page. They’re currently trying to raise their capital on Indiegogo, with the hope of opening up in June or July this year.
And for those worried about OH and S or animal cruelty, rest assured that food and cats will be kept apart and the cats will have plenty of space to get away from unwanted hands.… Read more
Melbourne, as you’re ramping up to Christmas and giving thanks to your colleagues, friends and total strangers in random acts of chardonnay-fueled goodwill, make sure you spare a thought for sand. It turns out we owe our grainy friend a lot. If you have ever voyaged on the good ship Public Transport in Melbourne, you may have at times noticed that sand fills sections of the walls of our trams. Being the edgy city this is, we’ve long thought those clear panels were some kind of art installation. But a quick Google reveals two things:
1) We are wrong
2) Melbourne has one of the most surprisingly joy-giving blogs dedicated to tramlife you’ve ever seen.
melbournetramdriver.blogspot.com.au enthusiastically explains all the things about trams (and douchebags with umbrellas and the horror of working on New Year’s Eve) that you never knew you really want to know about.
It’s mesmerising. That sand, for example, turns out to be a delightfully antiquated mechanism for helping trams not kill us all in wet weather. When the trams lose traction, the drivers deploy the sand button (a sand button!) and our grippy savour comes to the rescue.
Better yet are the site’s fans. Let’s be honest. The internet is rife with trolls and Melbourne’s first love is bitching about public transport.… Read more
Slap your hand to your left cheek in an appropriate sign of shock and/or awe. The recently departed Chopper Reed – Melbourne’s most notorious/beloved massager of laws – is potentially going to be remembered in the only way fitting for a man of his nature: through the medium of musical theatre.
We’ll be breaking all the news on the upcoming smash hit on November 19. Stay tuned.… Read more
We have no words. You decide.
We are well into the blockbuster season, and the shops are stuffed with merchandise for all the big movies: Lone Ranger Lego, Iron Man masks, Monsters University onesies… But not all movie merch makes sense. We dug deep and turned up ten of the most peculiar movie tie-in products, from official toys to weird fan memorabilia.
Edward Cullen ‘Manllow’
Why on earth?
Because if you can’t snuggle up to the real Robert Pattinson, a weird floppy pillow with his face photocopied on to it is surely the next best thing.
Who’s it for?
The Manllow website pushes its product to ‘all the “Twilight”-crazed, lonely women in the world’. We have to wonder if ownership of a Manllow may in fact be contributing to said loneliness, and not the other way around…
The Avengers cologne set
Avengers Assemble (2012)
Why on earth?
We definitely see the logic here: superhero movies like ‘The Avengers’ may have broad appeal, but their core audience is slightly smelly 12 to 19-year-old boys. And, as advertising has repeatedly taught us, the most effective way to transform a nerdy teen into a cool dude overnight is through the judicious application of personal grooming products.… Read more
Vinyl purists rejoice: you can even be a music snob in death. British pranksters And Vinyly offer to press your ashes into a vinyl record to give to loved ones. You can record your own spoken message, or opt for a soundtrack. (You can also opt for portrait painter James Hague to render your likeness on the cover.)
We’ve got a few suggestions to get you started…
‘Kickstart My Heart’ – Mötley Crüe
‘Boys Light Up’ – Australian Crawl
‘I’m Back’ – Eminem
‘Alone’ – Heart
‘Rise’ – Delta Goodrem