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As one of the world’s largest non-professional international rugby tournaments, the Bingham Cup Sydney 2014 is expected to attract over 25 competitive teams and thousands of players, supporters and visitors to Sydney. The tournament seeks to dispel stereotypes of gay men, counter homophobia in sport, and encourage the participation of gay men and women in competitive rugby. 

Australia’s first and most successful gay rugby team, the Sydney Convicts, will host the tournament, which is also sanctioned and supported by the International Gay Rugby Board, the Australian Rugby Union and NSW Rugby Union. The festival will commence on Sunday 24 August, and the tournament will officially run from Thursday 28 August to Sunday 31 August.

Get your tickets early and pledge here!

Brendan Maclean gets Stupid

Things that are stupid… Dropping a waffle, Paying for tomato sauce, Yoghurt commercials with ladies acting like they’re having sex, Not making the shortcut on Rainbow Road and…

“Stupid" - the first single from Brendan Maclean’s record!

After months of planning and preparation twenty five year old, singer songwriter and ukulele playing pianist, Brendan Maclean has jumped off the bridge of insecurity and launched his Pozible campaign.  His aim, to record and release a sensational record of original music in Free Energy Device studios with singles produced by the man that brought you Silverchair and The Dissociatives: Paul Mac!

(via Brendan Maclean gets Stupid. by Brendan Maclean)

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Forest Collective

Congratulations to Forest Collective for reaching their funding target with 45 days still to go!

Forest Collective formed in early 2009 as a collective of Melbourne based artists who aim at facilitating various inter-disciplinary performances and collaboration, the group aims to create works across disparate disciplines, aimed at freedom and expression.

(via 2013 Concert Series by Forest Collective)

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All over Australia, thousands of women and men are working for a better food and farming system. A fairer system, one that feeds all of us well and looks after the land, the farmers and the food workers.

They are Australia’s Fair Food Pioneers. Their stories need to be told, and shared as widely as possible.

Australia has never had a Fair Food documentary. With your help, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance will make the first one.

This is how change – big change – starts. Be part of it! - http://www.pozible.com/project/31790

Once upon a time (well, two years ago actually) Dahlia Ishak had a dream to create a new kind of space for Brisbane. As a freelance graphic designer, she was frustrated with not being able to find an affordable creative space to work outside of her home. She tried working in coffee shops, and while she loved them and their humming vibe, they didn’t necessarily love her hanging around all day. So she decided to create a co-working-space-come-coffee-shop that mixed together the enjoyment of being in coffee shops with the resources available in shared offices.

Help her Finnish the story and live happily ever after!
http://www.pozible.com/project/173237

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Why doesn’t all public transport have live music?

Meet Train Tracks, it’s an event which takes hundreds of people on mysterious journeys through the city where they participate and enjoy the collaborative efforts of the city’s creative community (including art, music and much more.)

Like most awesome projects, Train Tracks was born when a group of friends felt like being cheeky and tried to pull off putting a few bands on the train. Since then the Train Tracks Team has put on 3 events, each new one trying to be more delightfully outrageous, and attracting more people.

Not only do these guys enriche Sydney’s creative scene but they inspire the re-imagination of public spaces! What more could you ask.

Tristan is a 9 year old boy who has a diagnosis of classic autism moderate severity…His journey has been a long one, stemming from an initial red flag that he was a “floppy baby” at 5 months old.

Tristan has always been passionate about sharks. I would like to be able to exhibit Tristan’s work so that he can connect with the community by sharing his wonderful artworks and stories. I hope that Tristan will be encouraged to create more of his wonderful artworks and show the world the beautiful things that he has to offer.

Support Tristan’s Monsters today!

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The Additive Detective App

Colours and preservatives banned overseas because of health risks are still used in Australian products! At least 30 of the additives permitted in Australia are known or suspected to cause cancer and many more are linked to asthma, behaviour problems, hyperactivity and skin irritation. Yet we are still unknowingly feeding them to our children! 

To solve this, Cherie Allardice, mother of five, has developed this cool and amazing app that will scan the barcode of a product, alerts the user to any harmful additives in the product and suggests other brands or products that are additive free.    Easy as pie (without artificial colours or flavouring!) 

Get Damian Robison to the US

Damian Robison is a sydney musician and writer with ambitions to tour the USA. Having played all over Eastern Australia for many years, and having recently finished recording his new EP Kali The Destroyer Damian plans to tour the west and east coast of North America. 

The record itself is “a reflection of past relationships and the human condition… gleaning what you can from each shared experience, good and bad” says Damian. The style fusing dream-pop, alt country and frontier folk. (Take a listen here!)

(via Get Damian to the USA to tour! by Damian Robison)

Two Trees Coffee

Just six months ago Mim and Jordan (seen above) opened Two Trees Espresso Bar in West End Brisbane. With a cool indie vibe and some awesome beans these guys are breaking the rules and are set on creating the first ever cold press coffee delivery Bike!

What’s is cold press coffee you might ask…

“Our Coffee is coarsely ground and left to soak overnight where the water slowly seeps through the coffee grinds leaving all the bitterness and acidity behind. We then add a touch of vanilla, Maleny milk or soy and bottle it ready to drink! This process is artificial free, preservative free, natural and fair trade organic :) ” - Mim

(via Cold Press Coffee Delivery Bike by Jordan Lomas on Pozible)

Toy to the World.

Launched in 2010, Toy to the World is a biennial charity art-event involving a custom vinyl toy design competition that raises funds for HIV research.

Toy to the World promotes Urban Vinyl and custom designed toys as a creative outlet, while also offering artists a unique forum to celebrate custom toy and character creation. 

(via TOY TO THE WORLD PROJECT by Matt L. Jowett on Pozible)

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In Dec 2013, I made a visit to the Himalayas with wildlife photographer, Mukhiya Gurung, a good friend who lived and grew up in Nepal’s Himalaya. 

During our search for Himalayan wildlife, we learned from locals that populations of ground foraging birds like Kalij pheasant, Blood pheasants, Snow pigeons and Snowcocks, as well as mammals like red panda, blue sheep and musk deer are being chased, attacked, and sometimes killed by populations of unmanaged stray dogs within the national park. Villagers we spoke to estimate that 97-98% of free-roaming dogs are uncared for. These dogs that do not receive care or food have to venture into the forests to find their food. Woodcutters have reported seeing packs of dogs attacking red panda in the low lying bamboo forests. Dogs have also been reported taking young wild animals like baby musk deer as well as young livestock. The dogs also chase off the native foxes and jackal that occasionally venture to the low areas especially during winter when food resources are scarce.

Find out more about the Himalayan Mutt Project here

Field Guide to Unicorns

The Unicorn, a marvellous beast, continues to fascinate humans over the ages. Which is why eminent unicornologist Jessica Berry has created the definitive guide to the rich and varied unicorn species for experts and amateurs alike.

Discover the flamboyant sub-continental Shoenicorn or the unfortunate ancient Himalayan Spewnicorn. The book also features pictorial guidance in identifying the little known unicorn sub-species Ewenicorn.