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You Can Now Enrol in Hogwarts Thanks to a New MOOC

There are few things in this world more disappointing than turning 11 and not receiving your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. JK Rowling promised us more than that. There were supposed to be magic feasts, potions and robes we could splay out like bats. Learning...

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Chet Faker to Take 'Built On Glass' Tour Worldwide and Home Again

Itís not every artist whoíd revisit their Year Two saxophone skills on their debut album. But Melbourneís Chet Faker (aka Nick Murphy) isnít afraid of giving anything a whirl for the sake of sound. Following the release of his debut EP Thinking In Textures via Downtown Records in 2012, Murphy...

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All the Coachella First Weekend Cameos You May Have Missed

Ain't nothing better than a well-placed cameo. They keep the Muppet movies relevant, made The OC better than it actually was (you know it) and give A$AP Rocky the chance to include even more of his friends on tour. When one of music's biggest calendar events, Coachella Valley Music and...

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Scough: The Designer Scarf That Protects You from the Flu

Now that daylight saving has come to an end, thereís no denying that winter is on its way. And with it an array of unwelcome bugs. In our efforts to stay healthy, we'll usually juggle some combination of sensible vaccine, stare-attracting surgical mask and eating All the Oranges.But how's this...

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All the Snaps from The Stolen Sofa Project

It's not every day someone asks you to steal their things. Stolen Rum did just that. They posted notices to telegraph poles asking "Is this your sofa?" and kindly let the good people know where to steal them from. You steal it, you keep it; that was the deal, no...

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What's Happening in Auckland this Record Store Day

Now in its seventh year, Record Store Day was created as a way to spread the word and celebrate the hard work of the dedicated souls that run independently owned record stores. Metallica officially kicked off proceedings with a cobweb blasting performance in San Francisco in 2008 and the day...

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Eight Trends from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014 We'll Soon Be Wearing

Instagram looked rather fetching last week. Hoards of hovering fashion bloggers, well-dressed punters breaking out their most social media-baiting outfits and a somewhat random Gerard Butler all descended on Sydney's Carriageworks last week for Australia's premier fashion event. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is a tossed salad of the fashion industry's...

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Janelle Monae and Kimbra Announce Joint Tour

Prepare yourself for a serious dose of girl power: Janelle MonŠe and Kimbra have announced they're joining forces for an Australasian tour, on sale this Thursday. The two pop heavyweights, who bonded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland last July, are coming to Australia for The Golden Electric Tour...

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Voice-Activated Smart BBQ Cooks Perfect Steaks When You Tell It To

Just when you thought drowsy Sunday afternoon grill-ups couldnít possibly get any more deliciously lazy, Lynx comes up with a voice-activated barbecue, aka Smart Grill. Thatís right, all you have to do now is kick back on your banana lounge and tell the barbie how you want your steak done.Well,...

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Zach Braff's Garden State Follow-Up Trailer is Here and Predictably Features The Shins

When Zach Braff announced he was making a follow-up to Garden State, there were mixed reactions. While the 2004 film was a landmark for quirky coming of age stories, the manic pixie dream girl and alternative tweens "finding themselves", time has not been kind to it. Yelling into the infinite...

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Catch a Free Taxi Ride This Week with Zoomy

Forget about standing in the rain looking like a miserable drowned rat while trying to hail a taxi. A new taxi-hailing iPhone and android app called Zoomy's launched in Auckland this week, which means that you can hail a taxi while still comfortable perched inside a bar finishing off the...

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The Ten Best Small Bars in Auckland

Sometimes you'll go to a place and everybody knows your name. Not because you're hugely popular but because the place is literally so small that there's no avoiding talking directly into your neighbours ear. But there's nothing better than getting cosy in a small space with some good friends and...

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