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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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Gather your pals and roll out the rugs – here are some top picnic spots across the Gold Coast
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Gather your pals and roll out the rugs – here are some top picnic spots across the Gold Coast

There's a reason people flock to Burleigh Heads – it's breathtakingly beautiful and provides the perfect backdrop to roll out a rug and while the day away with a portable grazing platter and excellent company. The only real downside is that everyone on the coast has the same idea so it can be hard to find some space to spread out and with social distancing at the forefront of life in 2020, we thought we'd take a look at a few alternatives that are a little more off-the-beaten track. Here are some sensational picnic spots (that aren't Burleigh Hill) that are worth a look. 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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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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Whip out your g-string leotard – Aerobics Oz Style is back, baby
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Whip out your g-string leotard – Aerobics Oz Style is back, baby

It’s day 948 (accurate) of self iso and it’s likely your exercise motivation levels are at an all-time low. There’s just no, how do you say, pizzazz to virtual F45 – we get it. What you’re looking for, perhaps, is a couple of rounds of grapevines, maybe a series of hip thrusts and a killer ’80s dance soundtrack? Well it’s time to slip on your best lycra – cult-classic exercise series Aerobics Oz Style is back. 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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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


The Locals Next week: a Goldie local

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As he paddled off into the line-up, I stood up – and surfing changed my life ... ~ James McMillan more
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How to support the local Gold Coast arts and music scene during the coronavirus crisis
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How to support the local Gold Coast arts and music scene during the coronavirus crisis

Gold Coast, 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 the coast's… 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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Explore your own backyard with a staycay at QT complete with bug rolls and boozy ice-blocks
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Explore your own backyard with a staycay at QT complete with bug rolls and boozy ice-blocks

We’ll come right out and say it, we love the Gold Coast. We do, it’s true! We love it so much that we struggle to go away on holidays because we have everything we need right here – beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants and cafes and plenty to see and do, but sometimes life gets in the way and you spend your weekends doing mundane stuff at home instead of getting out eating, drinking and exploring. If you can't remember the last time you enjoyed a little holiday at home or are in need of a little R&R, QT Gold Coast is giving our readers the chance to enjoy a staycay with a special readers-only discount and free drinks!  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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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 assistance,… more

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Enjoy the benefits of a pool without the maintenance with Swimply
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Enjoy the benefits of a pool without the maintenance with Swimply

To be the most popular kid in primary school you pretty much just had to have a pool. Nowadays, things aren't always so simple and you can't just mooch your mates whenever you fancy a dip but fret not friend, Swimply is here to save you from your pool-free existence. The new service connects pool owners with want-to-be pool users, simply. It's so damn brilliant it makes us wonder why no one thought of this sooner. 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

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Ahoy, mates! Eco-friendly electric picnic boats by GoBoat are setting sail on the Gold Coast
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Ahoy, mates! Eco-friendly electric picnic boats by GoBoat are setting sail on the Gold Coast

If you've ever daydreamed about cruising through the waterways on your own private boat while grazing on cheese boards and sipping champagne, only to be abruptly catapulted back to reality when you realise that you don't actually own a boat, let alone have a licence to drive one, then we have news for you. A fleet of eco-friendly electric-powered picnic boats has launched on the Gold Coast – no licence is required, and you can BYO snacks, sips and dogs. What an ideal scenario to take the edge off these trying times! more