Monthly Archives: October 2013

Whiskey off the rocks

In 2001 ex-rock climber Ralph Erenzo bought a mill in upstate NY. His intention was to make it into a refuge for local climbers, but his neighbours weren’t so happy about the idea, so he turned it into New York’s first whiskey distillery since prohibition. Rock climbing’s loss = our gain.

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No1 for No 2s

At the time of writing Dollar Shave Club’s video has been watched by nearly 12 million people. (If you haven’t seen it, you need to asap.) Now founder Michael Dubin has set up One Wipe Charlies – $4 boxes of flushable, biodegradable man towels/ butt wipes/ dude napkins (Please delete the ones you find most offensive).

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Queen of the (Icon) Hill

If you want curves, then there’s only one woman to go to, and it’s not Christina Hendricks. Zaha Hadid (aka Queen of the Curves) is probably best known for designing the Opera House in Guangzhou and the Pavillion Bridge in Zaragoza.

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Eye candy

Life was like a box of chocolates for our fictional friend Forrest Gump. Or his Mum, at least. But perhaps he’d have had more of an idea of what he was going to get if he’d bought a redesigned box of liquorice All Sorts (or just read the chocolate box inlay guide).
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Been there, done that, got the T-weet

There was a time when Instagram was a place you’d go to see arty pics of what your friends were eating, or find out what kind of shoes Kim Kardashian had just bought. Now Marriott Australia have found a far more useful purpose for it – a virtual concierge to guide teenagers round Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
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Stop spreading the news

Pop-up shops (or ‘independent media take overs’ as they’re called these days) seem to be appearing in more and more bizarre places: parks, warehouses, art galleries; they’ll be popping up in pop-up stores soon. The interesting thing about The Newsstand – a recent venture from Alldayeveryday – is that it popped up underground. In a subway station kiosk to be precise.
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A drop of blue

Absolut Perfection. Absolut LA. Absolut London, Moscow, Milan, Paradise, Pride, Porn, Psycho, Enigma, Impotence, Fidelity, Bling Bling, Marilyn, Karloff, Stoker. The list goes on. There aren’t many stones left unturned by Absolut’s marketing in the last 30 years, and recently the design of the bottle has become centre of attention.

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Stand in line online

Considering the amount of time we generally spend complaining about being stuck in queues, it’s amazing to see how happy people are to camp out for days when the latest bit of tech/ shoe/ game comes along. (Plus it’s difficult to tell if they’re just being paid to stand there.)

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Smells like industrial strength spirit

‘Nerds’ have been responsible for many of mankind’s greatest achievements. The microchip, the moon landing, and Furbies to name a few. Now, according to the Industry City Distillery website, they’re also responsible for the unique flavour of Industry Standard vodka.

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Hit the road, Foster

Why did the Creative Director cross the road? To buy a camper van and head off on a journey of 80,000 miles exploring surf culture in North America. Not funny, by any means, but a true story.

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