When Australiana Goes A-Straya

It was June 1983 when the brains trust behind the 12th Man series Billy Birmingham penned the hit spoken-word record “Australiana” for comedian Austen Tayshus. It posed the question – “how much can a koala bear?” Almost 40 years on and shoppers are asking the same thing now that Australiana has been given a very contemporary, visual overhaul. It’s all […]

Beating the Odds to Create a Vision

Mid-week in a suburban mall on Sydney’s northern beaches and shoppers do a double take as they walk past a pop-up sunglasses stand. A popular national television presenter and her retired footballer partner Matt Ballin – a local hero in these parts after delivering multiple premierships to the neighbourhood – are manning the counter. School Sunnies Australia is finally operational […]

Surfing the Perfect Wave in a Year of Wipeouts

It’s the sixth of January, 2020. Commercial flights from Melbourne’s Tullamarine runway soar above queues of waxheads with shortboards tucked under their armpit. URBNSURF CEO Damon Tudor watches on and can’t help but ponder how far removed he is from the desert of Dubai. Opening day for Australia’s first urban surf park is running to plan. And for a moment, […]

See You Down At The Local

Have you heard the one about the three blokes who walked into a pub? No seriously? Have you? This one is no joke. It’s the story of a trio of highly-talented TV professionals who’ve been trekking New South Wales to extract some of the cracking yarns which get absorbed into soggy beer coasters and become the stuff of urban legend. […]

Taking It to the Streets

On Monday, the unmistakable sound of the ice-cream truck filed into the street. You know, the recurring jingle that gets stuck in your head and takes you back to a childhood hurriedly scampering for loose change to beat the drive-by service. It was strange to hear. In more than a decade living here – I’d never heard it before in […]