17 January

Flipboard Café has a pool in the city!

Holy refreshment! The good folks at Melbourne’s favourite cubby-house/café Flipboard have rigged themselves up a nifty public pool using plastic and a skip! It’s genius, and it’s free to use for one and all. Go cool your heels.

Sticking it to the sunSticking it to the sun

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17 January

Oscars 2014 nominations announced

Posted by in TV

Oscar Nominations

So it’s officially a three-horse race for the 2014 Oscars: 12 Years a Slave has nine nominations, while Gravity and American Hustle have ten each – which means that slavery, space and slick ’70s shysters now find themselves being judged against each other for perhaps the first time in human history. Will Oscar voters opt for the solemnity of 12 Years a Slave, the fun of American Hustle or the wonder of Gravity? At least one of these films will walk away dejected on the night, and, if you take a look at our predictions below, at the moment we fear that film may be 12 Years a Slave.

But what else do the 2014 Oscar nominations tell us? Major Oscar hopes are pretty much dead for Saving Mr BanksMandela and The Butler (although the first two films landed one nomination each, for score and song respectively), while in the acting category there was no love for Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All is Lost) or Idris Elba (Mandela).… Read more

16 January

Which rejigged breakfast radio team resonates most with your spirit animal?

Posted by in Radio

The new year is a time for rebirth and renewal, a time for you to look deep inside yourself and undergo some powerful self-evaluation and discover who you truly are. It’s also when the nation’s radio stations do the same thing, as they unveil their exciting new on-air talent line ups. So the inescapable conclusion is that Gaia herself is asking you finally decide for yourself which rejigged breakfast radio team resonates most with your spirit animal?

Grow with us, won’t you?

Triple J

Triple J otter

Host: Alex Dyson and Matt Okine (replacing Tom Ballard)

Spirit animal: the playful otter: cute and entertaining for a while, until you realise they basically just do the same thing over and over.

Fox FM

fifi and dave and bear

Hosts: Fifi Box and Dave Thornton (replacing Matt Tilley and Joe Stanley)

Spirit animal: the mighty polar bear:  powerful and strong, yet ill-equipped for the increasingly-ill-suited environment they’re in.

ABC Radio’s AM

Trioloi 'n' whale

Host: Virginia Trioli (replacing Tony Eastley)

Spirit animal: the majestic whale: listening to her calls is soothing yet also allows one to feel a certain intellectual superiority over others.… Read more

16 January

Meatball and Wine Bar III is coming – to Smith Street

Posted by in Food & Drink

Meatball and Wine Bar - Richmond

The rumours are true, folks. Smith Street restaurant-bar Josie Bones will only be supplying you with craft beers and pork-based delights until the end of February. We’ll be sad to see the venue finish up – Josie Bones has always been a strong supporter of local craft brewers, and we’ll miss her meaty ways. But, there are silver linings. Taking over the space will be the third instalment of Meatball and Wine Bar – the New York-style purveyor of balls, ball jokes and Italian wines that Melbourne just can’t get enough of –  which will open in April after a quick refit, with an upstairs bar to follow. It’s not all bad news for craft beer fans, either. Just down the street, beer boss Tiffany Waldron – better known as @beergirlbites –  is opening her own brew-focused venue, Two Row,  in March.… Read more

14 January

Prix Fixe tickets are on sale now

Philippa Sibley

The legends are true. Philippa Sibley (pictured), flour dominatrix, has left Albert Street Food and Wine and teamed up with café king Jason Jones to create a whimsical, theatrical  restaurant in Melbourne’s playhouse ‘hood. And while the words ‘theatre restaurant’ usually fill us with a very special kind of dread, we know for a fact that Pip Sibley has too much good taste to do anything naff.

The idea behind Prix Fixe to introduce a large element of theatre to the dining experience – the menu will change monthly and be themed around people, historical events, plays and books.

First thematic cab off the rank will be Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,so we’re expecting plenty of sparkle and bottom-themed delights. Want in? Tickets (yes, you book tickets rather than book in) are on sale as of today for the first month of dinners starting February 21. Go, go, go!… Read more