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Decorate your home office with local art from online collective Cream Town
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Decorate your home office with local art from online collective Cream Town

As with a lot of professions, the arts industry and local artists in particular have have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a lot of individuals completely losing their income. To help ease the financial strain, newly launched online art collective Cream Town is helping to support these artists by selling their works as prints. If you're currently working from home and have a little bit of spare cash, now is the time to shop local and purchase an eye-catching piece for a good cause. more

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How to support the local Brisbane arts and music scene during the coronavirus crisis
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How to support the local Brisbane arts and music scene during the coronavirus crisis

Brisbane, right now our beloved music and arts industry (among others) is in crisis. All over the world, musicians are being forced to cancel concerts and tours left and right to try to curb the spread of coronavirus. Industry bodies are tallying losses over $200 million in Australia's music scene alone, and there will be more to come. While public health is paramount, the cancellations have affected everyone from artists to crew, management, promoters, agents, vendors, publicists, merchandisers, drivers, loaders, riggers and everyone else who relied on live events for their income. Visual artists have also taken a heavy hit to their ability to generate a living with city-wide gallery closures forcing the cancellation of upcoming exhibitions. We're all facing a tough road ahead but if you are in a position to help, here are a few ways you can show your support to Brisbane's struggling… more

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Bookworms rejoice! Audible is offering more than 100 free audiobooks
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Bookworms rejoice! Audible is offering more than 100 free audiobooks

With many schools shut down across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping young minds both entertained and active whilst they are stuck twiddling their thumbs at home is a monumental challenge. Doing its part to help the homebound community, audio entertainment retailer Audible has released more than 100 kid-friendly audiobooks to stream – for free! more

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Bandcamp is donating today's share of sales to musicians
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Bandcamp is donating today’s share of sales to musicians

One of the world's biggest repositories of independent music is doing its part to help support artists affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. For Friday March 20 only, Bandcamp will be donating its share of revenue from all sales to the artists. If you've been eyeing off a record or eye-catching band tee, now's the best time to snag it! more

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Yin and yang – One Body Studio bridges the gap between fitness and mindfulness
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Yin and yang – One Body Studio bridges the gap between fitness and mindfulness

When it comes to health and fitness facilities, there tends to be two kinds. First is the traditional gym housed in a gigantic warehouse, filled wall-to-wall with very serious-looking machines and racks of dumbbells, kettlebells and medicine balls and 'Eye of the Tiger' blasting on repeat. Then there's the other kind, the kind that is filled with yoga mats and calming music. Like the kid from the taco commercial, Vanessa Cribb took elements of both, combining the best parts into one health-focused venue. Enter One Body Studio.  more

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Head south for a staycay complete with bug rolls and boozy ice-blocks
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Head south for a staycay complete with bug rolls and boozy ice-blocks

We'll come right out and say it, we love Brisbane. We do, it's true, but every now and then, we also love packing a bag, jumping in the car and heading south to the Gold Coast – even if it's just for the weekend. It's like there's an inexplicable sense of calm that washes over you like a wave as the cityscape fades in your rear-view mirror – it's just one little hour between you and freedom. If it's been too long in between visits or you're in need of a little R&R without spending too much time in transit (because less time in transit means more time for cocktails) then read on, dear reader, because our friends at QT Gold Coast have a treat for you. more


The Locals Next week: A BRISBANE LOCAL

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I've been brought up with the ideology of finding a way to function, even if you have to hack out some new path ... ~ Vivien Goldman more
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Take a breather at Brisbane's newest relaxation station Cenote Casa Bathhouse
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Take a breather at Brisbane’s newest relaxation station Cenote Casa Bathhouse

Whether you're inundated with work, feel weighed down by life's general stresses or just feel a bit blah, we all need to take time to unwind sometimes. Enter Cenote Casa Bathhouse – Brisbane's newest communal bathhouse retreat that invites you to kick back, relax and indulge in a rejuvenating spa experience. Nestled on Stanley Street in Wollongabba, the tranquil, tropical-like venue is inspired by bathhouses from abroad and transports visitors into a state of bliss like no other. more

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Brisbane's best head-scratching, brain-busting Escape Room experiences
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Brisbane’s best head-scratching, brain-busting Escape Room experiences

If you want to figure out which one of your friends would be best to have around in a crisis situation, Escape Rooms are the business. Whilst the thought of being locked in a confined space and trying to figure a way out in a limited amount of time may incite panic in some, we can assure you that the whole experience is actually a heap of fun. By gathering clues, solving puzzles and cracking codes, you and a team of fellow sleuths must work together to break free from your confinement. Many Escape Rooms in Brisbane have a range of games for groups of two to six to twelve players – enough to include your whole friendship circle. So, ready to test your wits? Use this list of Brisbane-based escape rooms to help inform your choice. more

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Embark on an adventure with an Empty Esky to support fire-affected businesses
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Embark on an adventure with an Empty Esky to support fire-affected businesses

The fires that ravaged our beautiful country at the start of this year were beyond devastating but for some, the hurt is just beginning. Many of the towns and businesses affected rely on tourism during the peak times to get them through the quieter times of year so they need your help now more than ever. Empty Esky is a national movement of foodies and adventures on a mission to support small businesses affected by the Australian fires. more

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Get revved up at Cannon Hill's virtual raceway VR Motorsports
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Get revved up at Cannon Hill’s virtual raceway VR Motorsports

It's one thing to tune in to the Formula 1 or the live coverage at Bathurst and imagine yourself with hands on the steering wheel, taking corners at high speeds – it's another to actually do it. Let's face it – you're not Vin Diesel and you don't own a ten-second car, but VR Motorsports in Cannon Hill gives you the chance to indulge your need for speed. From go-karts to V8s, these virtual-reality machines will give you a realistic racing experience without the risk of a 20-car pile-up. more

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Seven energy-saving tips to help your power bill (and the planet) this summer
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Seven energy-saving tips to help your power bill (and the planet) this summer

Nothing says summer like a huge power bill. In an attempt to beat the heat we often find ourselves pumping the air conditioning and spending more time indoors on our electrical devices. Wish you could stop your costs rising like the mercury on your thermostat? Us too, but it can be tough to know where to start. To help you keep your cool (physically and financially) we’ve done our research and put together seven tips for conserving energy on hot days. Plus as an added bonus, your reduced energy consumption will also benefit the environment. more

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The most effective ways you can support bushfire relief efforts
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The most effective ways you can support bushfire relief efforts

Our country is on fire. Every day our feeds are flooded with the news of conditions worsening and fires spreading and sadly, at this stage, there is no end in sight. Lives have tragically been lost. Homes have been lost. Acres upon acres of land has been destroyed. Millions of wildlife have perished. We are in a state of emergency. Australia's incredible firefighters and volunteers are working around the clock to help manage this crisis and – especially for those of us not directly affected – it's easy to feel helpless when you're not on the front line. One thing that is very apparent is that the affected communities and fire services need our support – but where should you start? There are a number of incredible charities and organisations that are focusing their resources on bushfire relief, assisting firefighters, refugees and wildlife by means of shelter, financial… more

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Happy campers – tips for a trip everyone will enjoy
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Happy campers – tips for a trip everyone will enjoy

Camping holidays with your nearest and dearest make for some of the most fun times that can be had outdoors. Ideally, camping trips would be all kumbayas and not much else, but we’re not all built to rough it in the great outdoors. Luckily, Anaconda has the tools you need to take your mini-break to the next level so nothing gets in the way of your happy holiday. Here, we’ve hand-picked five items to add to your pre-camping shopping list. more

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Are you going my way? DiDi launches innovative carpooling service in Brisbane
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Are you going my way? DiDi launches innovative carpooling service in Brisbane

Once upon a time, if you wanted to go somewhere and didn't fancy driving, you dialled a 13-number on your landline and then sat idly waiting for an undetermined amount of time for your ride to arrive – it could be five minutes, it could be 45-minutes, nobody knew! Thankfully, things have changed and we're pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to getting from point A to point B quickly and cost effectively, but just when you thought you had it all figured out, along comes DiDi Share to change the game, again. more

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Enjoy room-ready plants straight to your door with The Plant People
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Enjoy room-ready plants straight to your door with The Plant People

Plant murder – it's a crime that many of us have unwittingly committed with either too much love or not nearly enough. But, in our defence, household varieties can be notoriously tricky creatures. Whilst some thrive on neglect, others are needier than your overly obsessed ex and even the slightest deviation can result in imminent death. It's a tough gig this plant parent thing but lucky for you, The Plant People are here to help. more

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It's showtime! Red Hill Cinemas opens to the public
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It’s showtime! Red Hill Cinemas opens to the public

The film industry is in the midst of a love affair with reboots and sequels – head to the movies lately and you’ll certainly spot a trailer for the newest iteration of Charlie’s Angels, Bad Boys, or Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Call us pessimists, but we don’t have the highest hopes for these flicks. Nevertheless, there is one cinematic reinvention we can get behind – Red Hill Cinemas. The latest addition to the Five Star Cinemas portfolio pays tribute to the venue’s rich entertainment history while offering all of the mod cons you’d expect from a premium theatre experience. more

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Home is where the heart is – spots to tie the knot in Brisbane
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Home is where the heart is – spots to tie the knot in Brisbane

Look, we hate to admit it but Brisbane is often overlooked. For what, you ask? A lot. If we’re not missing a tour stop by an international musician, we’re losing out to Melbourne for the title of Australia’s most liveable city. We think enough is enough and there’s one element of Brisbane that refuses to be ignored – it’s wedding venues. Brisbane is home to some ideal settings for your big day so, before your eyes wander interstate or abroad, look around – you might just fall for a local. more

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Unplug to unwind – QT Hotels & Resorts launch Power Down
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Unplug to unwind – QT Hotels & Resorts launch Power Down

Just like our smartphones, tablets, laptops and fitbits, we all need to recharge to function correctly. Unfortunately, our favourite devices are often the cause of our exhaustion – even in our designated down-time we struggle to put down the tech. With the growing popularity of smart home devices like Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa it’s starting to feel like there is no total escape. This is where the concept of Power Down originated, QT Hotels & Resorts’ new digital detox package. The holiday makers are offering to take charge of your devices while you enjoy a detoxing hotel escape – a rare chance to disconnect from tech and reconnect with yourself. more