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PLASTIC FREEDOM

I’ve long recognised the issues with our plastic addiction. I have cleaned up enough beaches, recycled enough trash, opted paper over plastic enough times to have it firmly set in my mind that our obsession with plastic must end. We are fixated with it, blind to it, superfluously consuming it in our everyday lives without […]

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A BIKE OF MANY FACES

Custom bikes invariably have a story; previous owners, previous homes and previous lives that are rarely known, often untold, but ingrained indelibly in their personality. Deus ex Machina breathes life into old steel (many are new), whether it’s boring out the engine, handcrafting a custom alloy tank or even as simple as a fresh lick […]

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PULP FRICTION

Harry ‘the Hat’ Holiday is no stranger to Bali and the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm, a regular visiting place for this global gypsy. Harry’s stylised surf art, with its ethereal qualities and surf-saturated influences, is embraced all over the world, wherever his passport takes him, his beaten up travel suitcase unlatches and a rainbow of […]

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THE DEUS DUST PROJECT

Life has a habit of going full circle, coming back around to give us what we gave it, echoes of the past rippling ever onwards. Forrest Minchinton was born to a surfer, shaper and traveller father in Huntington Beach, California, a global Mecca for the surfing community, but before he took his first cross-steps on […]

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DENI FIRDAUS – HOME IS WHERE THE WAVES ARE

A little town with a small and rolling point break nestled into a corner of the West Javan coast isn’t the first place that springs to mind as the destination for epic Indonesian surf.It has its share of classic waves, tropical beaches and primo spots peppering its shoreline, the Indian Ocean grooming swells and unloading […]

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AYOK – LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

When surfers first came to Bali, the locals thought they were madmen. Not only did they appear to walk on water, dancing across the faces of waves with mystical grace and supernatural abilities, but they were actually foolhardy enough to venture into the spirit realm of the ocean, where demons lurked beneath the surface to […]

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LOSTLOVELOST

I’m so fucking sick and tired of this thing called love. The empty promises and hollow dreams of its bullshit have Moltov Cocktailed the pages of my biography, sending countless years and endless tears up in petroleum-fuelled flames. A single word or action has been the match to ignite the inferno that has engulfed my […]

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HOME BREWER

When annual Noosa Festival of Surfing is in full swing every March and five feet of near-perfect ground swell grace its numerous breaks, the local points are inundated with a healthy array of the world’s best longboarders. Taylor Jensen, Harley Ingleby, Joel Tudor, Alex Knost, C.J. Nelson – this just the tip of the tantalising […]

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AT TIMES: ADJUSTING PERCEPTIONS

The world isn’t perfect. It rains when we camp, we need to work so we can play, groundswells come and go. We can choose to wallow in negativity, pining over how much better things would be if only this or that intangible element were to only play our game. But wasted hours and wasted days […]

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FALLS FESTIVAL 2015: FALL ON YOUR FEET

You know what it’s like; you’ve been there, admit it: The claps and cheers are still rattling your brain after a face-melting set by Art Vs. Science. Your mates are craving some downtime with Alpine but you want to keep the buzz rolling. You look at the schedule and have no clue who the scattering […]

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A DROP IN THE OCEAN: MARK ‘MONO’ STEWART

Adversity is relative. When we are toddlers a soggy nappy is Armageddon, in high school double-homework on the Friday afternoon is a catastrophe. In adult life, hardship mans up, expands exponentially and kicks into fifth gear, but still, when compared to almost anyone else on the planet, we get it easy. When Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart […]

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UP A CREEK: GO SEA KAYAKS’ NEW TOUR

When you think of kayaking in Byron Bay, two things spring to mind: backpackers and the ocean. True, this is an enjoyable and quintessentially Byronian experience, bragging the money-back guarantee of spotting whales, dolphins or turtles, but it’s not really everyone’s idea of a good time. With crashing waves, dentally over-endowed sea life and a […]

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A VEGAN WALKS INTO A SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

You can’t always get what you want. So said a bunch of London larrikins back in late 1968, but, their lavish-lipped frontman crooned, if you try sometimes, you get what you need. This isn’t some lame anecdote or animal rights sermon. We all have our dietary choices and requirements, from veganism to coeliac, Paleo to […]

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WHAT MUD: THERE’S NO STOPPING SPLENDOUR

It could be said that, for the greater part, this year’s Splendour in the Grass was blessed with fine weather and the best a Byron winter can offer – clear, blue skies, warm days and mostly dry nights. But a wet preceding week and a couple of heavy, though short-lived downpours swiftly turned the high-traffic […]

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THE CHANGING TIDE – REFLECTING SURF CULTURE

Since it first fell into Western hands, surfing has existed in a state of flux. It is in our nature to want newer, better, faster of our frivolous possessions. We upgrade our technology, succumb to the whim of fashion and expand our material wealth as if these are the makings of a better life. We […]

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SOULCAGES

Let’s be the onesLooking the other way,Laughing in gridlock,Racing up the down escalator To break the mundane commute.Let’s be the onesPlaying in the rain,Slow-dancing to silence,Finding joy in those momentsWhen others wear a frown.Let’s be the onesRunning in the hallways,Walking barefoot in the cities,Seeing masterpieces in the structuresOf a grey and lifeless world.Let’s be the onesChasing […]

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EROSION

You have broken my world,Razed my walls, fractured the illusionsSo carefully crafted for just such moments.Disarmed and naked, you have stolen My sanctuary in solitude.For so long, I have run away,Run inside, run deep into the shadowsThat no light could penetrate,Into the safety of anonymity,Into the safety of alone.My cocoon is gone,That hermitage of growth and […]

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13,000 DAYS

Hidden beneath the masquerade Of 13,000 days,I threw endless fractured heartbeats Into the abyss of time. Forgotten and neglected,Rusted and unused,My soul dripped thirsty petalsInto every hollow footprint. Every breath a final death rattle repeated,Lost and empty, purposeless in its futility.And then you. You do not see the masksI cower from the world behind.You count each single […]

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A MILLION IRIDESCENT MOMENTS

Take her hand,Trust.Promise her your faith,For she will be your guideIn distant lands,You lighthouseThrough the storms,She holds the keyTo a thousand doors,The answerTo a thousand secrets.She will give youEndless gifts,The sweetest fruitYour tongue may ever touch,The purest waterTo grace your parched and aching throat.But you must see.Give her your eyesAnd your earsIn darkness and silence,Give […]

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KINDRED FOES

We feed these nauseous torments, These kindred foes,Indian givers all,Who proffer shiny trinketsWith sleight of hand trickeries.We buy their lies and craft our lives On their snake oil promisesAnd empty dreams.We pay with our souls, our breath and time For maybes of tomorrow’s dawningAnd wishes that playIn our fingertips.They give hope for the hopelessBut abrupt awakeningsFrom the dreamer’s […]

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WE ARE LOST

A photo essay collaboration with Romain Juchereau for Slow Drive Magazine.

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EVERYTHING IS NOTHING

Everything.   Every aspect of the world we see, From dawn’s first light To the unquenchable blackness of night, Every gift, every treasure, Everything.   Every moment that exists, From love’s gentle kiss To the rain of sorrow cascading across The dunes of your cheek, Every smile, every ache, Everything.   Every trophy of greed […]

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THIS ARTICHOKE HEART

I once believed I knew myself, That I had mapped The farthest flung corners of my life, Its valleys masked by shadows, Its fields awash with sunlight. I thought I knew the depths of its jungles, Prepared against its hidden dangers. I believed I had gazed to its endless horizons, Had bathed in azure waters […]

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JP AFFLICK – CHASING THE HORIZON

We view the world in polarities. We see them and we see us. We see those that can and those that can’t, the lucky and the unlucky, the privileged few and the deprived masses. At times, we view the simply unattainable with envy, changes that no amount of work or time or fortune may bestow upon […]

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SAM CUTLER – SKIRTING THE LIMELIGHT

According to a recent study conducted by the mighty Microsoft Corporation, the human attention span has dropped from 12 seconds to eight seconds. We live in a fast-paced world of soundbites, vox pops and sensationalism, a world that devours, masticates and regurgitates a truth misconstrued to the point of fabrication in order to make each […]

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BOGGED & BLUESY – THE 26th ANNUAL BYRON BAY BLUESFEST

It’s not the best omen when – before even hearing the first chords and beats of music waft their way to your ear on the cool, Autumnal breeze – not one, but two of your party’s cars get bogged in the waterlogged, spongy turf of the 2015 Byron Bay Bluesfest car park. This didn’t bode […]

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BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL – VOYEURISTIC PURSUITS

There is something a little voyeuristic in watching movies. We gain an insight into the lives of others, empathise with strangers, peek through the curtains of our closeted lives into a world that is not ours. Whether it is dreaming of gaining superpowers, finding that one, true love or simply travelling the world vicariously through […]

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ILONA HARKER – COMFORTABLY CONFRONTING

We all wear masks. Our daily lives consist of a masquerade ball, a series of pseudo-personae that we adopt to fulfill society’s prescriptions. Some hide only our deepest truths, while others offer absolute protection, suits of armour as far removed from our real selves as possible, a sanctuary for the souls that we closet away […]

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LIVING IN PEACEFUL OCEANS – IN HONOUR OF TADASHI NAKAHARA

A man died recently. As I write this, a family is in mourning, his friends are in shock and the community is stunned by the news of a second local shark incident in two days. The details are not important, suffice it to say that Tadashi Nakahara, a 41-year-old Japanese man who has called Byron his home […]

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WARWICK GOW – THREE WISHES

All too often we inherit our life choices, sometimes they are thrust upon us or prescribed to us by society and family, sometimes we follow the dogma of education. To pursue those choices and passions of our own volition is a rare gift, but when we find that calling and are able to call it […]

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HIATUS KAIYOTE – THE RE-INVENTION OF SOUND

I was sitting, as I so often am, staring blankly at my computer screen. Words flittered through my mind like fireflies on the wind, beyond reach and teasing me. I wasn’t looking to create the great Australian novel or anything – just a simple press release – but the small amount of creativity and inspiration […]

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HARMONIES – LOUIE & PATRICK

When I finished high school, I walked blindly into the wide world. Vague notions rattled around my pubescent brain of career aspirations, next steps or long term goals, but mostly my thoughts were consumed with beer, weed and skateboarding. For Louie Swain and Patrick Hetherington, life after Year 12 is about as different as llamas […]

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BUN COFFEE – COOL BEANS

When David Kennedy opened a gourmet French patisserie in Sydney, it was far from his liking that the establishment soon came to be known amongst his friends as ’the sticky bun shop’. He wasn’t selling production line pastries from some chain bakery, these were the finest creations in puff and choux pastry, lovingly hand crafted by […]

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YO’ BICYCLES – PEDDLE POWER TO THE PEOPLE

There is something about jumping on a pushbike that takes us back to childhood. The two-wheeled transportation is inherently fun, smile-inducing and, whether commuting to work or out for a Sunday jaunt, you can’t help but enjoy yourself. Unless you’re battling your way through driving rain and howling winds, relegated to your rusty old pushy […]

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HARVEST – REAPING THE REWARDS

A collection of magazines and newspapers graces the weatherboard wall, thumbed casually by customers awaiting their take-out cappuccinos. A bustle of clientele and unobtrusive staff swirl in orchestrated efficiency like a choreographed flight of starlings. Natural light and the warmth of a morning sun cascade through open doorways into the interior from panoramic balconies. The […]

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ANGUS & JULIA – THE WAY THEY USED TO BE

Angus and Julia – two artists so renowned that they now lack all need for a last name. That is, until they went solo. The brother and sister Stone entered the Australian music scene with fanfares, applause and an instant following in 2007 and since then have inspired a generation or two with their emotion-saturated, […]

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HERE I STAND

Here I stand, on the brink of the abyss, staring deep, deep into its gaping maw, my eyes and intuition desperately searching for any glimmer of light. A safe descent or soft landing I seek, an avoidance of the leap of faith I yearn to take though my conservative inner self cannot release the sanctuary of the […]

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PLANE TO SEA

I, like so many others in this area, even in this country, got bitten by the surfing bug, and that little sucker has left teeth marks that will scar for life. I’ve surfed up and down the Coast, on shortboards and longboards, in winter and summer, on hair-raising swells that towered over my head and […]

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THE FOOTBRIDGE – ONE STEP AT A TIME

Every day of our lives we open a new page. Invariably the story continues has it had the day before; we wake, follow routines, go to work, dinner, bed, repeat. Sprinklings of glitter scatter the pages – a new relationship, a holiday, a windfall – but often, save for a handful of typos, they follow […]

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TOWARDS A BETTER LIFE – WASTE-FREE FUTURES

We’re in trouble. There’s no masking it anymore, there’s no candy-coating it or denying it. We are gobbling up the Earth’s resources faster than ever before and exponentially, we aren’t managing the production or repurposing of any of these resources and society continues to blindly march onwards, advocating single-use over-consumption in every facet of our […]

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BYRON BAY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL – A PENMAN’S PARADISE

A story lies inside us all. One of love and miracles, sorrow and pain, wonder and joy. Every day is a new paragraph, every journey a chapter, and day by day the winds of time turn another page, ticking down our tale to its unpredictable conclusion. For many, it is a story that will never […]

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DRIFTLAB – CREATIVISMS

Fashion is a funny thing. For all that it is an expression of ourselves, it is equally as soulless and impersonal. We are dictated to, told what to wear, how we should sculpt our image to suit fads or genres. We are the servants of fashion when, in reality, it should be a reflection of […]

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JOSH PYKE – LUPINE MIGRATIONS

Josh Pyke should be taking notes from the Arapaho Indians of North America or the sub-Saharan Bedouin clans. Whether he is a perpetual nomad, a slave to his music or just a sucker for punishment, it seems that, no sooner has he transferred his jocks from suitcase to washing machine than he’s stowing them again […]

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TOGETHER, ALONE

I know she is there. My eyes are closed, the sun still sleeps, no movement or breath may reach me, but I feel her touch from inches apart. Hearts entwined through space and time, cocooned in love we will never be apart, but even in this perfect unity we must be alone, together. When we fall […]

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MALIA ROUILLON – SIRENS WILL SAVE US ALL

Let’s face it – you’ve got more chance of finding a leprechaun riding a unicorn while munching a four-leaf clover sandwich than hearing the words, “you know, I think Tony Abbott is pretty good for this country” uttered by anyone outside the mining industry. Nestled snuggly in the warm and squishy comfort of Gina Rinehart’s […]

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GARY TABOR – WAKE-UP CALL

When was the last time you saw global warming? We’ve all seen the charts and read the stats, but have you ever tripped over a pile of greenhouse emissions, got scalded by a drastically heated ocean, been sucker punched by rogue freons or needed to evict the unruly chlorofluorocarbons squatting in your garden shed? The […]

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JESSICA COX – THE SIREN’S CALL

Beads of salt water slowly form at the tips of Jessica’s still-wet hair, a mug of coffee steams gently, her shivering hands clutched tightly around it, desperately trying to leech what heat they can to regain their warmth. Fresh from the early Winter’s morning waves, she is cold but filled with that unmistakable vitality that […]

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ILLY – GROUNDED & RISING

When you think hip-hop certain unavoidable connotations arise. Stereotypes infiltrate your mind’s eye, and mind’s ear, with everything from gold chains and pristine Adidas sneakers to lyrics rich in poppin’ caps, intimate relations with the law enforcement and an over-healthy fascination with female dogs. It has become a lifestyle, a whole sub-species of humanity with […]

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BYRON BLUESFEST – IF LOVE BE THE FOOD OF MUSIC, LOVE ON

Every festival has it’s niche. For some, such as Soundwave, it is an adrenalin-fuelled, whiplash-inducing headbang-fest. Woodford is about a more spiritual appreciation of music and ecology. Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Big Day Out, all about the big names, international contemporaries, but each festival a unique experience in its own right. For the […]

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BENTLEY – CSG Vs. THE PEOPLE

At this very moment, in a small town called Bentley, bulldozers are poised on the brink of destruction. Destruction of clean, safe drinking water, destruction of the local flora, fauna and ecosystem, destruction of the health and well being of the local residents and the destruction of the civil rights of all Australians. This quiet, […]

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SPIRIT OF AKASHA – A DREAM REIMAGINED

There is little question that ‘Morning of the Earth‘ is one of the most profoundly influential surf films of all time. ‘The Endless Summer’, ‘The Hot Generation’, Albe Falzon’s magnum opus is in very distinguished, and very minimal, company. When Tony Harlow became managing director of Warner Music Australia, he was, of course, tasked with […]

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BALI SPIRIT FESTIVAL – A GREATER PURPOSE

As I have recently written, Bali, in the sense of a picture-postcard, tropical paradise, has had its time. Murky waters, trash like confetti on streets and beaches and more traffic year-round than Byron Bay on Boxing Day has left the little island a less-than-idyllic holiday haven. But, where one reason dies, another is born. The […]

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BALI – THE TROPICAL PARADOX

As I write this, I am surrounded by palm fronds and broad, green banana leaves. I sit at a rough hewn timber table, a thatched roof sheltering me from the tropical sun, my love sitting across the table from me, a raw coconut, decapitated to allow her to sip it’s contents, by her side. The […]

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ROCK OF AGES – GUILTY BY MISCONCEPTION

There was a time when tattoos were for sailors and criminals. Ink in the skin meant travels to far-off lands, an anti-establishment attitude or gang memberships. A beautifully ornate sleeve of koi carp, dragons and abstract swirls struck fear into the hearts of many, a signature of the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia, and a warning […]

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MEAT FREE WEEK – SIMPLE THINGS CHANGE THE WORLD

Meat is as ingrained in Australian culture as VB, thongs and kangaroos. Ask any foreigner to utter an Aussie phrase and chances are it’ll have something to do with throwing a meat-based product on the ‘baahh-bee’. So when this devout vegan starts touting the idea of removing meat from your diet, you could be understandably […]

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MEL DOBRA – THE TURN OF THE TIDE

Mel Dobra is calm – uncannily calm, given that she is just about to embark on an East Coast album launch tour, her first album nonetheless, and also the first time she has undertaken more than the odd one-off show in her solo career. But that’s Mel – the utter embodiment of the blissful sacred […]

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BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL – TALES THROUGH THE LENS

The phrase ‘film festival’ usually conjures one of two images; there is the picnics-in-the-park, champagne in plastic cups, big screen under falling night scenario on the one side, and on the other, the Palm d’Or, Hollywood, red carpet and celebrities gracefully melting under too much pristine makeup and a barrage of flash bulbs scenario. The […]

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SHE, IN SOLITUDE

I awake—the diminutive weight of her delicate frame rocking me gently as she perches lightly on the edge of the bed—and I know she has come to say goodbye. I summon as much energy as these pre-dawn moments will allow; sometimes, barely enough to draw my weary eyelids open; at others, with a vivacity that […]

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UNVIRONMENTAL – A QUEST FOR SUSTAINABILITY

I heard a quote recently that has buried its way deep inside my mind and heart and, like some wonderful and beneficial parasite, has been steadily growing within me, overcoming me and permeating every aspect of my existence. It comprises just four concise words: “Live an examined life.” When I first heard this simple yet […]

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iBARK – FROM A DiFFERENT PERSPECTiVE

I love gadgets. Okay, maybe I’m a geek, perhaps I’m a sucker to consumerism or is it just that I’ve fallen victim to the hipster marketing of the almighty Apple Corporation? Whatever the reason, I’ve got every iGimmick on the market and an iAccessory to match – Steve Jobs got me hook, line and sinker. […]

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BEAU YOUNG – IN ANOTHER GUISE

A legend for a father, a brace of world titles, a diverse music career and enough travel time under his belt for his passport collection to put the Encyclopaedia Brittanica to shame. Beau Young is proof-perfect that history maketh not the man. Born the son of one of the greatest surfers of all time, Nat […]

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KIERAN WESTON – ONE ORGANIC’S MAD PROFESSOR

Kieran Weston used to be a suit-wearing corporate monkey earning six figures – now he spends his days covered in dirt, scratched and bruised, muddy, sunburned…and smiling with a happiness he has only ever dreamed of. Owner / founder of One Organic, Kieran lost everything from his Asia-based manufacturing company – the big house, the […]

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MT WARNING – A METAMORPHOSIS

Music is more than a collection of melodies strung together and spliced with a collection of lyrical ramblings. It takes a unique and talented mind to think up a tune, play the instruments, know the notes, compile the lyrics and put it all together in a seamless performance. But more than that, music has the ability […]

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KNOW THYSELF – REPUBLIC OF YOU

Life’s true lessons come in its curve balls, and for Republic of You founder Nicoletta Revis, life saw her coming and had a barrage of ammunition waiting for her. Over a six-week period, Nicoletta suffered the loss of her job and her house, the breakdown of her three-year relationship, the deaths of her grandmother, two […]

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TIM SILVERWOOD – TRASH TALK

The world is broken. We are polluting, consuming, dredging, deforesting, poisoning and suffocating our poor little planet faster than it can cope with, giving it no chance to regenerate or recuperate. But, dispite this doom-laden introduction, there is hope. Environmental groups are rallying for almost every cause there is and the general public is slowly […]

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NOVA HEART – SPRING BREAK

So the idea for Chinese electro-punk outfit Nova Heart was to take a scenic tour of Australia’s East Coast, enjoy all it has to offer, from kangaroos to kayaking, sunshine to surfing, throw on a couple of gigs and enjoy a warm retreat from the Northern Hemisphere winter. Great plan – until a busted ankle threw a […]

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GLEN CASEY – THE RIGHT KIND OF BUSINESS

It’s hard, in this world of hidden agendas, sweatshop labour and high street fashion, to be ethical in our choices. We are lucky here in Byron Bay to have access to wonderfully natural and organic foods and a host of locally manufactured craftwares and apparel, but there are many items in our list of life […]

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WOODFORD – THAT OTHER FESTIVAL

While Byron locals were tearing their hair out, hindered in their daily tasks by an influx of both Christmas and Falls Festival visitors, unable to buy a simple loaf of bread without a 45-minute wait and spending the greater part of their mornings in traffic queues that stretched up to ten kilometres up the highway, […]

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PISSING IN THE WIND

The almighty, indomitable force of nature is all too evident. A casual waft through the broadsheets will usually uncover at least one tale of flooding, earthquakes, storms, forest fires or some other so-called act of God, a Damoclean sword swipe at our complacency. We sit in our cocoon of safety here in the Byron Shire, […]

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TAKING THE FALLS – A FALLS FESTIVAL GO-TO GUIDE

Are you going to the Falls Festival? Are you, like so many others, in a total quandary over which bands to see, which to flag and which to not miss come hell, high water or Judgement Day itself? With every festival lineup there are three primary categories of acts: the headliners, the secondaries and the […]

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JULIAN MARLEY – HIS OWN MAN

It must be hard growing up in the shadow of one of the most legendary musicians of all time, but for Julian Marley, son of the late, great Bob Marley, the path into a musical career has been all his own. Born in London, he spent his childhood between England and Jamaica, steeped in the […]

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BRENDAN MACLEAN – A VAUDEVILLIAN CONUNDRUM

Brendan Maclean is a showman. Listening cold turkey to his music, it’s easy to pigeonhole the artist: pop-synth melodies and chirpy riffs saturate his music and, if you’re not really paying attention, you could almost be forgiven for drawing false conclusions of stereotype and genralisation. But dabbling pinkies into tepid waters will never give you […]

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WHAT’S WITH THE JAVA?

Coffee culture is here to stay. There’s no denying it, no ignoring it and certainly no dissuading arabica junkies from their favourite roast or brew or barista. But why? It’s just a bunch of burned beans. A hipsteresque snobbery has developed around this single little berry. People will ditch their favourite, closest or most convenient […]

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FOR THE PEOPLE – THE ROADHOUSE

In this town of ours, eateries are a dime a dozen – there’s just no denying it. You could dine out at a different spot every day for a month without exhausting your choices, and new spots are popping up all the time. To make a difference, to become a favourite, to last more than […]

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IT IS WHAT IT IS – MULLUM MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Mullum Music Festival is an anomaly. It is, fundamentally, a music festival, bringing together a myriad of musicians from around the world to play in close proximity, under a single schedule and banner, on the same weekend. But where it eschews the conventional paradigm, forging its own tangential path, is in its location. The […]

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I WALK THE LINE

Perhaps it’s my childhood love of the movie Stand By Me but there is something about train tracks that has always fascinated me. Their gossamer lines trail of into the distance, glistening in the sunshine and leading through land rarely seen to endless destinations. The Casino to Murwillumbah rail line closed down almost a decade […]

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PATAGONIA – THE PERFECT FIT

For over 50 years, Yvon Chouinard has been preaching to the choir. The only problem is, the choir wasn’t in earshot…until now. Chouinard is founder and owner of Patagonia clothing company, now proudly sporting it’s very latest outlet in Jonson Street, Byron Bay. So who is the choir and what has he been preaching? Well, dear […]

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BYRON SURF FEST 2013: THE ANTITHESIS

Surf festivals celebrate the very best of the sport’s exponents, allowing the general public a unique, first-hand perspective of the phenomenal levels of skill to which surfing has been taken. All eyes strain to the ocean, distinguishing competitors by their fluorescent rashies and marveling at their superhuman talent. Businesses pour sponsorship dollars into self-promotion, prize […]

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3 MINUTES – THE MAGIC OF WOODFORD

There is a certain air of magic surrounding the Woodford Folk Festival. It doesn’t boast the A-Grade international acts of other music festivals, it isn’t conveniently located in any of our major cities (or any minor ones, for that matter), and the usual ‘ get loose and party’ mentality of festival revelers is noticeably frowned […]

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LAS BALSAS: A REAL ADVENTURE STORY

Imagine, if you will, kissing your loved ones goodbye and taking to the high seas. Now imagine that the wide blue yonder that lays before you isn’t the Tasman or a coast-hugging jaunt from Byron to Sydney but the planet’s largest expanse of water, the mighty Pacific. Add to this the fact that your quest […]

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WE, THE COMPLACENT

If you’re reading this, I can almost guarantee you are at the very pinnacle of living.

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SLIGHT RETURN

Music festivals bring together people from all walks of life, a fusion of cultures, backgrounds and personal nuances bound by a love for the rhythm. Some address specific genres or music, others, such as Splendour In The Grass, diversify, with a more eclectic array of musical methodologies in their lineups. But to even allude to […]

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ADAM SHOSTAK – THE MAN YOU KNOW

Whether you are a Byron resident or have just passed through our little town, chances are you’ve seen Adam Shostak. The problem, with which Adam battles every single working day, is that, though you might have seen him, you haven’t really seen him. Adam is a tin-rattler, a change collector, an asker of funds and, whether we […]

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THROUGH BLINKERED EYES

So apparently I’m insane. Well, insane is maybe a little too strong a term, but definitely drastically eccentric. Funny – I thought I was a pretty grounded individual running my own journalism-slash-media business, not bumming off taxpayers, thinking globally, acting locally and generally being a pretty good citizen. Some people have even begun to abuse […]

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QUIQUE NEIRA @ BOOMERANG FESTIVAL

Through a crackly line from somewhere in the depths of the bustling Chilean capital, Quique Neira’s smooth, Hispanic voice emerges from my telephone. He is in the grips of a whirlwind, he declares, briefly returning to his hometown of Santiago after a north-to-south tour of Mexico, a host of gigs in Peru and several stops […]

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THELMA PLUM

Thelma Plum is the new girl on the Australian music scene. Beautiful, fresh-faced, a devastatingly talented songwriter and guitarist and with a delicate voice that makes your most desperate woes simply ebb away, she is what showbiz pundits would classify ‘a complete package’. She also happens to be Aboriginal. Winner of this year’s National Indigenous […]

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