Sunday, December 25, 2005

Get councillors out of planning, watchdog urges

"The building approval process in NSW is so flawed it is open to abuse at almost every stage, the corruption watchdog has found in a damning paper that calls for the drastic reduction of councillors' involvement in the system..."


The Great Escape 2006 - 14-16 April 06

Enjoy 3 days of music, arts, food, market stalls, and more at the Newington Armory, Homebush. Bands include: Silverchair, Something for Kate, Eskimo Joe, Paul Mac, and many other acts.


The Vanguard

You can catch performances by Russell Crowe, Jenny Morris, Vince Jones and more at the Vanguard in Newtown during January 2006.


Technology fuels video weblog boom

"From the Internet counter-culture which spawned blogs and podcasts comes the newest thing in new media: vlogging.

In short video diaries and homemade reality shows, vloggers are using the power of cheap online technology to invite strangers into their lives..."


Sunday, December 18, 2005

Space Furniture sale - till 5 Jan 2006

Space Furniture are having a sale - up to 50% off sale till 5 Jan 2006.
84 O'Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015. Ph: 02 8339 7588.


Thursday, December 15, 2005

Random Photography Exhibition 1 Nov - 31 Dec 05

"The exhibition features 29 Sydney-themed images by the 10 award-winning and internationally recognized photographers of Oculi. They are: Narelle Autio, Warren Clarke, Nick Cubbin, Tamara Dean, Glenn Hunt, Jesse Marlow, Nick Moir, Jeremy Piper, Dean Sewell, and Tamara Voninski.

Formed in 2001, this unique photography collective celebrates real lives and real stories that are overlooked by the mainstream media. There are no contrived photo-shoots or art-directed aesthetics, just honesty and an unflinching gaze with their subjects.

At the heart of their photographs, both commissioned projects and personal work, lies a central conviction - to reveal the beauty, wonder and struggle of everyday life; to show the extraordinary in the ordinary. Through the regularly updated website, Oculi showcase their material to the world.

Selected on their ability to inform and inspire, the photographs in 'Random' showcase the Oculi photographers' ten different styles and perspectives together to offer a contemporary Sydney narrative."

"Presented by Oculi & Customs House

From Tuesday 1 November to Saturday 31 December 2005
Monday to Friday 8am-7pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 12noon-4pm


The Business of Color

Article in Steelcases' 360 ezine on the effects of colour on people.


If you're looking for a cool handmade gift for someone or for yourself, then check out! It's a beautifully presented website and you can buy cool clothing, jewellery, soft furnishings, bags and heaps more from people around the world.

Website tagline: "Your place to buy and sell all things handmade".


Hard-earned dollars won't buy back time

Article in the SMH by Ross Gittins on how we're trading more of our hours for money - but at what personal cost.


Monday, December 12, 2005

Architect designed project homes in Noosa

Elysium Noosa will consist of 189 architect designed houses on 30 hectares when completed. Twelve architects were asked to design houses for particular blocks on this estate.

The architects commissioned by the developer David Pearson of the Pearson Property Group were: Lahz Nimmo, Spence Pearson, Woods Bagot, Cox Rayner, Bligh Voller Nield, Gabriele and Elizabeth Poole, Richard Kirk, Cottee Park, Arkhenfield, Elizabeth Watson Brown, Fairweather Proberts and Bark Design.

Houses in stage one cost $1.25 to $2.65 million, and stage two houses cost $2.25 to $3.35 million each.

The buyers of these houses are not allowed to change any part of the design or finishes of the house.

The Elysium Noosa project was featured in the Domain section of the SMH Dec 10-11, 2005, p8H and 9H.

There is also a website for the project at:

It'd be great if there were top architect designed project homes available in Sydney as an alternative to what some of the project home developers currently offer. It'd also be good if someone could offer them at prices on par of the current offerings as well.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Surface Art, Trinket & Kapau sale - 17-18 Dec

"The Sydney Designers team up for a major pre-Christmas studio sale. Up to 70% off retail prices on samples, seconds and end-of-line stock.

Long Charm Necklaces from $20
Earrings reduced from $80 to $15
Clothing and homewares from $15.00

Get these items, normally found in Australia and New Zealand's leading boutiques, at a fraction of their normal prices.

Cash, Eftpos or Credit Cards ( visa bankcard mastercard) Accepted

Kapau Designer Accessories
86 - 96 Wyndham St (Between Buckland & Henderson St)
Alexandria NSW 2015
P: 02 9699 8113"

When: Saturday 17th December 9am-4pm, Sunday 18th December 10am-3pm.

Surface Art: