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TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN WINTER (THAT COST MONEY)

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After all that complaining about that unseasonably pleasant weather in June, Sydney-siders have gotten what they wished for – two-digit temperatures that start with a 1. So, whether or not you’ve been saving for a rainy day, we’ve got your winter activities covered for your prince or pauper budgets.

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1. Wear cashmere $$$

It’s called ca$h-mere for a reason. This is some serious dollar to pay for the privilege of wearing this exclusive wool. Cashmere is the saffron of the wool industry - sourcing it is a labour-intensive process, involving breeding and shearing cashmere goats from the harsh climates of China and Mongolia. But it’s the price you pay for wearing the most incredibly soft, light, and warm threads to see you through the winter. Avoid the nanna-cardi look – you can find some non-frumpy cashmere pieces here and here. Then you’ll know what George Castanza’s girlfriend was on about.

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2. Make soup $

As the saying goes, winter is the season for eating without chewing. Why bother cutting into a tough steak, or munching on some sprouts, when you can tuck into a hot, steamy bowl of soup? No matter if you’re short on dosh from all your cashmere-buying. $10 easily buys you pumpkin, garlic, chicken stock, and a bread roll. If soup’s not your thing, take a handy hint from actor Carl Weathers, and get a stew goin’.

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3. Play Cards Against Humanity $$

If Hungry Hungry Hippos has lost its edge lately, perhaps it’s time to settle for the card-game-of-the-moment, Cards Against Humanity. Marketed as ‘a party game for horrible people’, this is basically a rude and crude version of Balderdash. One player asks a question from a blank card, and points are accrued by selecting your most aptly inappropriate answer-card. Yes, it’s juvenile. Yes, it’s undergraduate. But when it’s cold and rainy outside, sometimes the only option is to stay indoors and wallow in some political incorrectness.

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4. Drink whisky $$ - $$$

Back in my student days, I was seduced by a Nigella Lawson Christmas episode, in which she wore Country Road knitwear and demonstrated how to make a hot toddy. Inspired by this cosy English winter idealism, I went straight to the liquor store and bought the second-cheapest brown liqueur I could find. It was like drinking a sock. Since then, I’ve learnt it’s worth forking out for three essential winter items – flannel sheets, aloe vera tissues (you do feel the softness) and a good whisky. If you’re still too skimpy to invest in a whole bottle, do yourself a favour and head to a whisky bar in Sydney’s burgeoning small-bar scene.

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5. See some dinosaurs $-$$

Yeh, bet you won’t find this on any facsimile-hipster blog. The Australian Museum’s Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family exhibition is an incredible showcase of dinosaur fossils and skeletons, accompanied by sophisticated interactive and multimedia educational resources. Ok, so I pretended I was Sam Neill in Jurassic Park for most of my visit, but the highlights were seeing the 10 life-sized dinosaur specimens on display, and laughing at the kids who were scared of them. Get in quick, the exhibition closes on July 27.  

- Yvonne L. 

CHAMBER MUSIC & ME - ANDREW ARONOWICZ

Musica Viva have dropped the penultimate episode of Chamber Music & Me Season Two. The episode features Andrew Aronowicz, a young Melbourne composer who has been listening to classical music since he was ten years old. Andrew’s passion for the music is palpable as he explains the “orgasmic” moment in one of his favourite pieces, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. 

To check out all of Chamber Music & Me Season Two, visit; musicaviva.com/chambermusicandme

THE 100 BOOKS EVERYONE SHOULD READ BEFORE THEY DIE, OR HOW I DISCOVERED NON-FICTION

A few years ago, somewhere on the vast interweb, I stumbled upon a lovely piece of writing by Rosemary Urquico that told men why they should date a girl who reads. It tells you to give her gifts of words, to lie and fail her as she knows life isn’t perfect, to make her tea, and surprise her. “You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots”.

I’m a girl who reads. I’ve had a library card since I was 5. I have a pile of unread books by my bed and have been part of too many book clubs to name. A few months ago, the editors of Amazon released a list of 100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die. Old news, I know, but the varied nature of this list caught my attention. From short story collections to war biographies, self-help books to children’s stories, this list will keep you busy.

So far there’s been 3 main highlights for me, all non-fiction, which I admit to being somewhat new to. 

The first was Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, one of the most engaging biographies I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It tells the implausible but startlingly true story of Louis Zamperini who went from delinquent youth, to Olympic superstar to US Bombardier to Japanese prisoner of war within a matter of years. He met Hitler, survived a shark attack, was stranded in the middle of the ocean for months on end, was brutally tortured at the hands of the Japanese and yet the story is told with warmth, elegance and gratitude. This book is extraordinarily moving, and is also testament to the strength of character of this inspiring man. An unforgettable, gripping, beautifully told story that should make it on to your to-read list immediately (especially as the silver screen version is out later this year)


The next book that had me singing its praises was Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. A story that started with the simple question ‘Why does my foot hurt?’ took McDougall on an ambitious quest to Mexico’s deadly Cooper Canyon to meet the Tarahumara Indians, renowned for their ability to run hundreds of miles without rest. Jumping between doctors and physio’s, science labs and trainer manufacturers, McDougall’s journey climaxes in a race between America’s best ultrarunners and the Tarahumara. An engaging read for runners and non-runners alike, this book takes you on the fascinating journey to discover if human’s really were born to run.

And thirdly, shame-researcher Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead. Based on 12 years of research, and told through hundreds of engaging case studies, Dr Brown challenges all our assumptions about vulnerability and shame, arguing that rather than a weakness, harnessing your vulnerability leads to trust, success and connection within relationships, families, schools and organisations. These sorts of books aren’t usually my thing, but this was incredible insightful and an easy and informative read. Alternatively catch Brené’s Ted Talk on the subject.

- Eleanor B.

NICK CAVE STAGES REAL LIFE IN NEW FILM 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

Nick Cave - celebrated songwriter, enigmatic performer, accomplished writer, and occasional actor. For four decades, his prolific creativity has engaged and alienated audiences in equal measure. Now, at the ripe old age of 20,000 days, Cave opens up about his creative process in this spectacular-looking documentary.

Set in one 24 hour period, the film combines drama and reality in an attempt to examine what makes us who we are, and celebrate the transformative power of the creative spirit. In between scripted voice overs, we observe the baritone singer in various settings; watching Scarface with his children, furiously pounding on the keys of his vintage typewriter, breaking bread with long-time collaborator, Warren Ellis. 

The film is currently on the road in the US, and is set to be simultaneously released in the UK on September 19th, so I hope Australia doesn’t have to illegally download it wait too long for the release. 

GOLDEN AGE CINEMA AND BAR ANNOUNCE WINTER FILMS AND MENU

Old-timey cinema and bar, and namesake of this very blog, Golden Age Cinema have announced their Winter Program Part II. Highlights include new releases Frank, The Two Faces of January, Tim’s Vermeer, and The Lunchbox, as well as vintage favourites This Is Spinal Tap, Scrooged, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fargo, The Shining, and loads more.

The menu gets an update too - nourish yourself with platters of yummy cheeses, delicatessen meats and pickles, before washing it all down with a fancy cocktail or a cleansing ale. 

If you’ve not been to Golden Age Cinemas, you really should pop in. The restored heritage cinema sits inside the former Paramount Pictures building, complete with an intimately designed theatrette and adjoining bar. They’ll serve you your favourite beverage (Rum Old Fashioned, thanks) and programs a choice selection of classic films and new releases.

Check out the full program and menu on their website; ourgoldenage.com.au/

NEW FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED - OUT ON THE WEEKEND

It’s no secret that, here at This Is The Golden Age, we love country music. Real country music, though, not that Brad-Paisely-Tim-McGraw-I’ll-wear-my-blue-jeans-while-you-wear-your-sun-dress-on-the-back-of-my-pick-up-truck-with-my-dog  type country. And just as well for us, because the good old boys from Love Police have just announced an excellent new country music festival, Out On The Weekend.

The festival, held in Williamstown, Victoria, boast an impressive inaugural line up. Headliner Justine Townes Earle is joined by a fine selection of local and international musicians including Henry Wagon, Ryan Bingham, Robert Ellis, Emma Swift, and the Morrisons.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 25 July at the very reasonable price on $79. For more information, and to book your tickets, please visit; www.outontheweekend.com.au/

CHAMBER MUSIC & ME - EMMA AYRES

Emma Ayres features in this week’s episode of Musica Viva’s Chamber Music & Me. Emma made headlines last week when she announced she would be leaving her popular radio program, Classic Breakfast on ABC Classic FM, at the end of the year. Emma is an accomplished violist, a keen cyclist, and the subject of Martin Tighe’s Achibald Prize 2014 finalist.

CHAMBER MUSIC & ME - LUKE BRADY

Meet Luke Brady - plumber, dog owner, food enthusiast, chamber music lover. Luke features in the the first episode of Chamber Music & Me Season Two, a weekly a webseries about people who love chamber music.  Each episode focuses on an individual as they tell their story of discovering music, sharing their passion with friends, and what it means to like chamber music. Also featured in Season Two is ABC Classic’s Emma Ayres, young composer Andrew Aronowicz, and mother-daughter music lovers Leni and Vanessa Oloffson.  

Fore more information, please visit; musicaviva.com.au/chambermusicandme

CHAMBER MUSIC & ME SEASON TWO TRAILER

Music Viva’s much-loved weekly webseries, Chamber Music & Me, returns to our iPads for a second season. The follow up season to the series that helps break down the stereotypes of people who listen to classical music features ABC Classic FM’s Emma Ayres, Melbourne plummer Luke Brady, young composer Andrew Aronowicz, and mother-daughter music lovers Leni & Vanessa Olofsson. 

Season Two begins next Friday 4th July. Until then, enjoy the trailer. 

FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS 2014

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This morning, one of our favourite annual events, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, released their 2014 line up, and it’s a cracker. Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but we’ll be topping up our credit card and purchasing a few multipacks when they do become available. 

Held over two days at the arse-end of winter, the festival provides a veritable meat tray of gristly talks. This year features former Pussy Riot band members and activists Nadya Tolonnikova and Masha Alekhina, former prime minister Malcom Fraser, former opposition leader Mark Latham, and former funnyman Glenn Robbins (snap!). Themes as diverse and challenging as slavery, female sexuality,  corruption and cat pics all get an airing. 

In a time when the mainstream media, politicians, and big brands would rather we didn’t use our melons, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas is dangerous because it asks us to think.