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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team's top picks for the week
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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team’s top picks for the week

It's ok to feel a little lost at the moment. There is a lot going on in the world, plus we're trying to adapt to our new 'normal' as we slowly emerge from self-isolation. The Weekend Edition is continuing to help you through these crazy times, whether you need assistance dissecting what on Earth our Prime Minister is trying to say, or a starting point to educate yourself in becoming an anti-racist ally. We are embracing this time of reflection and using it to discover and engage with new things – and we'd love to take you on that journey with us. Each week we'll share with you the books, music, TV shows, podcasts, food and more that The Weekend Edition team is enjoying and learning from, to take them from our homes to yours. Here is volume two of The Weekly Special – The Weekend Edition team's top picks for the week. more

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Get active – here are some of the most fun fitness spots in Brisbane
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Get active – here are some of the most fun fitness spots in Brisbane

With the world around us slowly returning to some sense of normalcy, our fitness routines will (hopefully) follow suit. With most gyms reopening as restrictions ease, our time to limber up and start training again has arrived. So you can get back into a regular routine, we've found some of the funnest places in Brisbane to work out – from gyms that resemble beat-blaring nightclubs to secret studios in swimming clubs and some super-exciting bun-burning classes. Here are some of the most fun fitness spots in Brisbane, so you can make like Fergie and "be up in the gym just working on my fitness". more

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Choc-tops, popcorn and blockbuster flicks – Palace Cinemas is reopening its doors
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Choc-tops, popcorn and blockbuster flicks – Palace Cinemas is reopening its doors

The enticing scent of buttered kernels wafts through the air, as you pass movie posters and near the cinema entrance. You find yourself sitting in a cushy reclining leather chair where you dig into your bag to find a packet of Maltesers just waiting to be devoured. Then, the big screen in front of you lights up and it's showtime, baby. Sounds like a dream? Well, fellow film lovers, this experience will soon be reality again, as Palace Cinemas has locked in a date to reopen. more

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Doggos day out – fur babies are now allowed on Brisbane River ferries
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Doggos day out – fur babies are now allowed on Brisbane River ferries

As we humans have struggled our way through isolation, our four-legged friends have lapped up every single second having us home alllll of the time. In fact, it's entirely possible that they are the only ones on the planet that aren't relieved about the COVID19 restrictions easing but we have some exciting news for those who like to get out and about with their little mates – as of June 1, you can now take your pupper pal on Brisbane River ferries including CityCats. Now you have no excuse for leaving their cute heads behind. more

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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team's top picks for the week
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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team’s top picks for the week

It's been a wild couple of months staying indoors, with the world around us in a state that we've never seen in our lifetime. The Weekend Edition has been with you every step of the way, from dissecting confusing restriction advice to telling you just how many 80s-style aerobic workouts you can do from your lounge room. As Queensland starts to reopen to Queenslanders, we're in a bit of a state of limbo – we're allowed out, we're starting to regain a bit of the life we used to live, but with restrictions around us. For us, our mandatory slow down has been a bit of a blessing in disguise – it's encouraged us to stop and reflect on things we've perhaps been too busy to notice or do in the past. We've had more 'me time', which has allowed us to discover and engage with new things. This is something we are making an effort to continue to do as we slowly reemerge into the outside… more

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Need a ride? Uber is trialling world-first Uber Rent right here in Brisbane
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Need a ride? Uber is trialling world-first Uber Rent right here in Brisbane

One of the best things about city living is not having to own a car and keep on top of rego, maintenance and insurance of said car. The downside to not having your own set of wheels is that sometimes simple things like a trip to Ikea can be problematic because flat-pack furniture and public transport is definitely a no-go. Well, fellow city dwellers, we have some excellent news, in a world first, the renowned ride-sharing service Uber is trialling Uber Rent – a new feature that allows users to rent a car directly through the app.  more

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Make the most of Queensland's easing restrictions and frolic with alpacas through the vineyards
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Make the most of Queensland’s easing restrictions and frolic with alpacas through the vineyards

As a result of coronavirus, we've been confined to our homes and suburbs for longer than we'd care to think about but as of June 1, Queensland is open to Queenslanders! Yes, friends, we can officially bust out of isolation and explore this great state and what better way to do that than with a picnic with a couple of cheeky alpacas? That was rhetorical, obviously, because there is literally no better way to celebrate the easing restrictions. more

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Penthouse dining, private screenings and personal concerts – here are the once-in-a-lifetime experiences to book in Brisbane
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Penthouse dining, private screenings and personal concerts – here are the once-in-a-lifetime experiences to book in Brisbane

One of the positive consequences of the coronavirus restrictions is how imaginative and creative Brisbane's hospitality and entertainment industries have been. Restaurants have pivoted to takeaway, bars have transformed into bottle-o's and some very generous people have lent a helping hand to those in need. There has also been a bounty of some very special experiences that have come together during the pandemic, and we can't wait to book ourselves in. From sky-high dining in penthouse suites and picnics with alpacas to private concerts and pasta-making classes with award-winning chefs, here are some once-in-a-lifetime experiences happening in and around Brisbane. more


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Work that couch groove – the best new streaming shows to see you through winter
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Work that couch groove – the best new streaming shows to see you through winter

We're not going to beat around the bush here – it's cold outside and there's a global pandemic going on, so that's more than enough reason for us to get cosy, crack a red, order food from our favourite restaurant(s) and settle in for a solid session of TV time. Sounds pretty excellent doesn't it? The only problem with that plan is that with so many different streaming services available, just finding something good to watch can be half the battle. Plus, iso means we're reallllyyyy churning through those series faster than ever before. Well friends, good news. There are a bunch of new streaming shows and movies on their way to your screens very soon – and we've picked the best ones for you. more

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Forget working from home when you can work in luxury at QT Gold Coast
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Forget working from home when you can work in luxury at QT Gold Coast

At the start of this whole covid crisis, the thought of working from home was great – no commute, snacks all day and the freedom to wear (or not wear) whatever you damn well please (providing you didn't have any annoying Zoom meetings scheduled). But as the weeks roll on, the sheen of WFH (working from home, in case you missed it), has well and truly worn off. The snacks are gone, it's too cold not to wear pants and the temptation to watch a few eps of Judge Judy during work time is proving impossible to resist. If you need a little break from your own iso-office/home jail, QT Gold Coast invites you to WFH – work from hotel, that is. more

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High rotation – the plug-in that reveals your top songs during lockdown is here
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High rotation – the plug-in that reveals your top songs during lockdown is here

If coronavirus has taught us anything, it’s that we essentially live in a lawless society and anything goes. Want to eat a two-day-old burrito for breakfast at 2:00 pm? Go for it. Wear socks and slides to the supermarket? By all means. Play the same song on repeat for seven hours? Nobody will ever know. Well, that last one isn’t exactly true. A new Spotify plug-in has just been released that will reveal your most-streamed songs during the coronavirus isolation period – so it’s time to face the music! more

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Gotta get Theroux this – Louis Theroux is dropping his first radio and podcast series
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Gotta get Theroux this – Louis Theroux is dropping his first radio and podcast series

As much as this *gestures widely* current situation is less than ideal, it’s sure as hell spawning amazing content from some of our favourite creatives. Award-winning filmmaker and unconventional sex symbol Louis Theroux is the latest curious mastermind to throw his hat in the ring, jumping onboard the podcast train after being commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to create some magic for all of us to enjoy. more

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For the true film buffs – stream independent flicks and documentaries with new on-demand service FanForceTV
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For the true film buffs – stream independent flicks and documentaries with new on-demand service FanForceTV

Online streaming services have truly been a saviour for all of us in self-isolation, bringing hours upon hours of enthralling, binge-worthy content to our television screens. In the thick of the coronavirus outbreak a new platform has come to life – FanForce TV – which offers keen streamers and avid movie buffs a carefully curated selection of independent films and documentaries. more

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YASSS HUNTY! RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race is dropping on Stan this weekend
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YASSS HUNTY! RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race is dropping on Stan this weekend

In case you’ve been living under a particularly joyless rock, you have probably already encountered the wonderful world of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The exceptionally binge-worthy franchise has become a legit pop-culture phenomenon, spawning a worldwide fascination with the art of drag. You’d think the winning combo of jaw-dropping transformations, gag-worthy performances and spicy arguments couldn’t be improved upon, but things are about to get a shake-up. We’re about to be blessed with a spin-off that will see mystery celebrity guests getting dragged up by some of the most beloved former contestants from the show – proving that we’re all born naked and the rest is drag. more

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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