The Arts Centre Melbourne is calling its brand new Melbourne Arts Walk our version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The first of 19 metre-long plaques were unveiled this week (with the help of 19 Santas), embedded into the pavement around the Arts Centre buildings.
Each plaque bears a performer’s quotation relating to Melbourne and is made of bluestone, brass and granite.
Performers so far include Guy Pearce, Olivia Newton-John, Paul Kelly, Tina Arena, Silvie Paladino, Robert Lepage, Cliff Richard, Marina Prior, Reg Livermore and many more.
Pictured is David Helfgott, the concert pianist whose life inspired the Osar-winning movie Shine, in which he was depicted by Geoffrey Rush.
Photo: Jim Lee Photo… Read more
After many engineering difficulties – and nearly five years after it was shut down – the Southern Star Observation Wheel today reopened as the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. As well as offering a bird’s-eye view of the city, there’s a new educational aspect: through displays and audio you’ll hear all about the history, culture and eccentricities of Melbourne.
There are some special Christmas activities planned, so get the family down to Docklands to be entertained by music, face painters and “other surprises” between the following hours:
Monday, December 23: 11.45am – 4.45pm
Tuesday, December 24: 10am – 3pm
Thursday, December 26: 11am – 4pm
Stuff someone’s virtual stocking with a link to some fresh comedy. West Australian duo Henry Inglis and Aaron McCann have released a new digital short: Henry & Aaron’s ABC2 Christmas Special.
The two spearhead the next gen of Australian YouTube stars and have been embraced by ABC2, who are dedicating the entire silly season to comedy.
It also stars James Helmas, Danny ‘The Dynamite’ Danielson, Ben Sutton, Liam Graham and Paul ‘Werzel’ Montague.
Environment minister Greg Hunt has reneged on his promise to send a boat to monitor the whaling season in the Southern Ocean.
In a move that won’t surprise Sea Shepherd, Hunt now intends to send an A319 aircraft, staffed by Customs personnel, which will “send a clear message that the Australian government expects all parties to abide by the laws of the sea”.
Also, the intended ship is tied up rounding up boat people.
A plane can sporadically monitor proceedings, but is not equipped to prevent any violent clashes between Japanese whalers and Sea Shepherd ships, nor witness all developments.
When Labor were in power, Hunt put pressure on them on three occasions to send a ship to monitor whaling – and so now Greens are calling on him to resign.
To quote Captain Siddharth Chakravarty, who Time Out Melbourne interviewed just before the Steve Irwin and Bob Barker set sale from Melbourne, “The Australian Government has made this statement many times – it’s always a promise that’s made pre-election. The last vessel that went down was over a decade ago. Since then, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and now Tony Abbott have promised one but not delivered. What’s worse is it’s patrolling the waters for asylum seekers, when something that’s a Federal Court ruling that bans the Japanese from taking whales should be a much bigger cause for the government.”
The arrival of UNIQLO is imminent, but fans of the Japanese fashion juggernaut will be able to get a taste of the brand before their first Australia store opens over at Emporium Melbourne. The UNIQLO pop-up will be arriving to Swanston Street in late January, and will be stocking a special line of 2014 Australian Open replica matchwear. The kit was designed for UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassador, Novak Djokovic, who wears the kit during all his professional games, including the 2014 Australian Open.
This is the best thing we’ve ever heard of. Mountain View is a farm that lets you buy shares in the dairy herd. You are then entitled to a number of litres of milk per week, which is dropped off at pick up points around the city in stainless steel pails, unpasteurised and unhomogenised. For a household, it’s incredible. The set up fee for the minimum of five units is $150, but after that you simply pay $39.95 a month and get 5 litres of milk a week. That’s $1 a litre for the purest whole milk possible.
Tickets to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
A full day whisky adventure while fishing on a boat; a photography masterclass with the head picture honcho from Fool Magazine and a cocktail party with the Everleigh crew on the Colonial Tramcar are all up for grabs – and, they’re redeemable far enough from Chritsmas you’ll actually be hungry again.
Sake and steel
How about some freaky sakes and mirins? Japans favourite rice liquor is all kinds of hot right now, and this emporium of Japanese wonders has the best this country has to offer and priced range from $20-$120. If you really love someone or really owe them big time, you should also consider splashing out on the knives here.… 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
Dear the Internet,
As the year comes to a close it’s very natural to get nostalgic for the things we’ve lost over the last 12 months, and that’s even more acute in 2013. This Saturday it’ll be exactly a year since the end of the world – and you know what? I still miss the old girl.
As everyone recalls, there was incontrovertible evidence of an approaching global cataclysm in the lead up to 21st December, 2012 as people unconvinced by copious data about myths like “global warming” or “rising sea levels” locked on to the absolutely undeniable evidence that the world was going to end, since a disputed ancient Mayan calendar stopped.
There is much I miss about the world. The laughter of children, the beauty of a sunset, Tetris, numbers, Adelaide, the work of Men Without Hats, democracy, The Empire Strikes Back, the scientific legacy of Johannes Kepler, alt.country, that episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia where they do the musical, almonds, pornography: there are literally dozens of things.
Yet whenever I talk to people about how sad it is that we’re all dead, they shrug like it ain’t no thang. And that shocking indifference is why I think it’s important to reflect on what happened so that we can ensure that the world doesn’t end again, going forward.… Read more