4 March

UNIQLO announces opening date of first Melbourne store

UNIQLO ambassadors

We Melburnians love to boast about our shopping. But for all our laneway boutiques, vintage treasure troves and cute pop-ups, there’s nothing quite like the excitement of seeing one of the world’s biggest brands open its doors in our city.

UNIQLO, welcome to Melbourne. This morning, we visited the Japanese brand’s pop-up shop for the launch of Australia’s first UNIQLO store, opening Wednesday April 16. UNIQLO’s Emporium Melbourne store will spread its new Autumn/Winter range over four floors, spanning over 3000 square metres.

If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, chances are you’ve at least seen UNIQLO apparel on tennis star Novak Djokovic and Aussie golf champion Adam Scott, both global ambassadors. Not simply sporting attire, the brand’s core concept is ‘LifeWear’ – clothes that feel like a second skin. Think quality basics, fine wool, soft cashmere and cotton flannels. We can’t wait to get our hands on UNIQLO’s famous Ultra Light Down vests and jackets.… Read more

26 February

Melbourne or Sydney: which city will kill you first?


Melbourne sign

Written by Andrew P Street | Art by Robert Polmear

Dear the Internet,

The Guardian recently published an interactive map showing how one’s life expectancy changes depending on where in the world one lives. It’s a fascinating tool unambiguously showing that people in big cities tend to live significantly longer than those in rural and remote deathtraps.

However, looking at our wide brown land that’s so controversially girt by sea, it’s notable that those who live over in Sydney apparently die six weeks earlier than the national average… which got us to wondering how Melburnians fare.

To investigate this, we’ve elucidated the elements that extend and diminish life for Sydney residents, alongside those of the nation’s cultural capital, Melbourne.

Tantalising anticipation of eventually doing the BridgeClimb, definitely this year, definitely +4 mo Sense of unfettered awe and wonder when beholding the majestic beauty of Federation Square +3 mo
Exhaustion from life being constant whirlwind of Baz Luhrmann production numbers -4 mo Injuries sustained falling off footpath because of intrusive public art -6 mo
Bondi Beach over-flexing -8 mo The weather: oh dear god, the weather -8 mo
Relaxing snoozes in Parramatta Road traffic +1 mo Post-Jet grief -4 mo
Delight at easy access to the electrifying nightlife of Canberra +1 mo Disappointment at not being Berlin/Tokyo/New York -3 mo
Rugby -3 mo AFL +3 mo
Proximity to Kyle Sandilands -9.5 mo Knife fights over which Fitzroy café has the worst coffee -3 mo
Citywide safety, respect and happiness manifested by 1.30am pub lockouts TBC Enduring hope that Harold Holt will return any minute now +2 mo
Mysterious Shire vanishings -4 mo St Kilda foreshore despair -4 mo
Tram envy -3 mo Yarra poisoning -8 mo
Mardi Gras float collisions -2 mo Seeing that blonde one from Neighbours at the supermarket +7 mo
Sense of freedom from never having to endure the burdens of home ownership +12 mo Hearing loss from embarrassing overabundance of live venues -1 mo
Restaurant queue ennui -6 mo Comedian infestations -3 mo
Relief at not being Brisbane +3 mo Relief at not being Adelaide +3 mo
Smug sense of superiority +6 mo Sense of superior smugness +6 mo
TOTAL -1.5 mo TOTAL 0


So which city is better?… Read more

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!”

Check out the original post.… Read more

26 February

The Day of the Broken film preview

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Day of the Broken

The new Australian indie thriller The Day of the Broken – previewed yesterday at Elsternwick’s Classic Cinema – uncovers the Melbourne that you don’t want to think about. It’s a city where men and women take the law into their own hands, where people have scores to settle, where no one escapes their demons.

This is the first feature film by Counterpunch Productions – a partnership of writer/director Simon J. Dutton and producer Angela Pippos. Satisfied that their screenplay would make a successful feature, the pair decided to bring it to life themselves rather than passing it on to another company.

What has resulted is a fiercely uncompromising, sharply intelligent thriller. After a young girl is murdered in the most abhorrent way, her mother’s brother-in-law sets off on a 24-hour manhunt, plunging head-first into St Kilda’s seething criminal underbelly.

The Day of the Broken could have been a plodding exercise in low-life violence, but the cleverly constructed plot keeps us guessing who the killer is until the very end.… Read more

25 February

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom screens at Melbourne Cinémathèque

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The Melbourne Cinémathèque will be hosting an exclusive screening of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s controversial Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. The film has been banned several times in Australia, courtesy of graphic depictions of rape, abhorrent torture and coprophagia. The Melbourne Cinémathèque have side-stepped the ban by obtaining screening approval, which will see the Cinematheque presenting contextual introductory materials to the film and its director from 3.30pm, with the screening kicking off at 7pm. This one is for hardcore cinephiles keen to see something they’d never have a chance to see in a cinema (let alone at home!), and if you’re squeamish or sensitive, maybe consider researching the film a bit first.

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Melbourne Cinémathèque, Wed 26 Feb at 3.30pm.Read more