QUEEN’S HALL MAKEOVER

The State Library’s old Queen’s Hall will soon be reopened as a public reading space for the first time since 2003. The hall originally opened on Queen Victoria’s birthday — May 24, 1859 — three years after the State Library was established. The room will receive a complete makeover as part of an $83 million refurbishment of the library,

The hit and miss of Olympic fashion

This post originally appeared on The Citizen, Friday 5 August 2016. A version of this story was featured on ABC Radio National(link is external).   Gold! Gold! Gold, for Australia! Or is it? Buffy Gorrilla reports on the Olympics’ sartorial balancing act. “I’m sitting in a warehouse in Sydney surrounded by 100,000 pieces of clothing and 6000

World’s largest fashion parade: the Olympic Games

This post originally appeared on: ABC Radio National – Blueprint for Living Saturday 30 July 2016 Olympic enthusiast or not, chances are you have an opinion about what our athletes wear during the games. Uniforms are part national costume and part fashion statement and usually divisive. But have you considered what goes into the design, innovation

Sense of Place: Gabriel Gate on Paris

This post originally appeared on: ABC Radio National – Blueprint for Living  Saturday 16 July 2016 Chef Gabriel Gate grew up in the picturesque Loire Valley of France but he set off to Paris to become a chef. He takes us behind the scenes of his early restaurant days in the culinary capital and we learn

The getting of Pokewisdom

This post originally appeared on The Citizen, Wednesday 20 July 2016. What’s it all about? Buffy Gorrilla pokes a toe into the pond of augmented reality to understand a global tech phenomenon. I caught a Squirtle; it’s treatable and from what I can glean, elusive. It is not a skin disorder or a sexually transmitted disease,

More women artists lighting up Fitzroy streetscape

This post originally appeared on The Citizen, Thursday 14 July 2016. Women artists are set to paint the town red in this year’s Gertrude Street Projection festival. “The future is female,” says artist Luzena Adams(link is external), one of the record number of women participating in this year’s Gertrude Street Projection Festival(link is external). She may have

OUT AND ABOUT: P.A.M.

After falling to the second most cycle-friendly city in the U.S.A (according to Bicycling), Portland might be looking to take the top place back from my hometown- Minneapolis. You go Twin Cities. Even the Portland Art Museum (P.A.M.) appears to be on board with the campaign, hosting Cyclpedia– a an exhibit featuring forty bicycles from the personal

Sense of Place: Adriana Lisboa on Rio de Janeiro

This post originally appeared on: ABC Radio National – Blueprint for Living Saturday 6 August 2016 Copacabana, The Girl from Ipanema and people always relaxing in the sun- these are a few outsider impressions of Rio de Janeiro. But for author Adriana Lisboa, Rio is her hometown. She shares where she goes to escape the craziness that is Rio, and