12 March

So what’s the update on the Cat Café?

Cat caféCats and the internets. Best of friends, forever

London’s first café is now open. Portland in the US is about to get all feline friendly too. And here in Melbourne, we’re awaiting the opening of our own cat café with white-knuckled anticipation.

If this is the first you’ve heard of it, allow us to explain: it’s a café, with cats. You pet them and drink tea. And soon, Melbourne couple Anita and Myles Loughran will be opening one. But where are we at now? How long must we wait for our cats and coffees and the joy that they’ll bring for ever and ever?

Not long, apparently. For the past few months, the Loughrans have been raising money through crowd funding campaigns on indiegogo.com, and now that they’re done with their second campaign, it’s go time.

According to Anita, the physical site applications are in (they’ve applied for a few spots, all in the CBD) and the council has given them a big cat-loving thumbs up.

We’ve got a few months to go – all of the building and cat selecting is still ahead – but it is definitely a happening thing. In the meantime, this:

For the gentlemen

Also, this:

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26 February

Jafflechutes need your roof, love

Let it rain!

Calling all flying jaffle fans! It’s been brought to our attention that the good folks behind parachute-delivered sandwich outfit Jafflechutes are seeking a new CBD space from which to launch their next lot of toasted delights. Can you help? We hope so. Do it for all of us. See below their Facebook plea:

” Jafflechutarians!

We’re on the lookout for some new jafflechuting spots around Melbourne CBD, and we were wondering if you might be able to lend a hand.

Our requirements are pretty basic.. We need:

- A balcony or rooftop space about five storeys high
- A spot that’s mostly out of the way (laneways are *good*)
- No tram lines / evil trees / ungodly winds
- Some electricity
- Nice music

If you know of such a place and would be happy for us to fill it with cheesy craziness for an hour or two, please send us a message!”

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9 February

Top 10 selfie spots in Melbourne

Selfie spots in Melbourne

Make sure your next selfie is nothing less than 100% M.E.L.B.O.U.R.N.E.!

1. With the bagpipe busker
This dude wears either an Elmo or Mario Bros suit and plays the pipes around Bourke St Mall or Queensbridge Square some evenings. He’s just asking for some unannounced accompaniment, right? (NB: Always accompany responsibly)

2. With the taxidermied giraffe at the Carlton Club


Seriously, nobody will have thought of this. And if they have, try the ostrich instead. And anyway, it’s late, so who cares?

3. In front of the Kum Den restaurant sign
If you’re in Chinatown, this one’s a must. Also, the prices of dumplings inside are extremely reasonable.

4. Below the ‘Commit No Nuisance’ sign
Is it a coincidence this olde-worlde Heffernan Lane sign is within a stone’s throw of the Exford’s bottle shop? Possibly not.

5. Looking into the Souvlaki King mirror
Have you ever really, really looked into the black depths of your soul? There’s a mirror just outside this kebab house on Brunswick Street that bids you “have a good look at yourself”.

6. The Chin Chin rabbit
You came, you queued and you’re going to want a shot with the luminous pink bunny light sculpture to prove it.… Read more

10 January

Melbourne is getting a cat café

Posted in Coffee, Weird stuff
Cats, just waiting for your love

Cats, just waiting for your love

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

19 December

Melbourne has a Captain Kirk of trams, keeps log, is wonderful

Captain Kirk of Melbourne trams

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

4 November

Chopper the Musical: potentially a very real and happening thing

Chopper The Musical

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

10 October

Brown Brothers bag cask: oh so wrong, or oh so awesome?

We have no words. You decide.

Not quite sunshine in a bag, but it's close.

Not quite sunshine in a bag, but it’s close.

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12 August

The ten weirdest pieces of movie merchandise

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’

Twilight Pillow

Film
Twilight (2008)

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 Cologne

Film
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

10 August

Stats life: It was an accident!

It’s National Science Week and to celebrate we thought we’d take a look back at some of the greatest (accidental) inventions.

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31 July

Artist interpretations of bad menu words #3: Ancient Grains

Ancient Grains

Check out more of Sarah’s stuff at her website.…… Read more