Make your home smarter

Automation technology can be applied to almost every part of the home and integrated for seamless functionality, writes Danny Corvini. Voice-controlled smart homes is the latest technology that Canberra’s Modern Automation will showcase at their new display home in Denman Prospect when it opens in October and at the Canberra Home & Leisure Expo on October 27-29. Director Dev Nagarajan …

Small World: Making A Big Impression

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Small World Catering has brought a Melbourne-style deli concept to Amsterdam and changed local taste buds in the process, writes Danny Corvini. “A mozzarella and pesto sandwich was as exciting as they got,” says Melbourne’s Sean Wainer of the food offerings in Amsterdam when he started his catering business here 19 years ago. Today, the locals’ tastes have improved markedly …

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Amsterdam Ever After

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The first Australian gay couple to marry have renovated a penthouse in Amsterdam west that was reportedly a high-class brothel in its past life, writes Danny Corvini. Former residents of Melbourne, Darren Reynoldson, 51, and Thomas Lexmond, 56, tied the knot in a 17th-century canal house in Amsterdam in April 2001, the month that same-sex marriage became legal in The …

Canberra Transformed

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How a developer is turning an old industrial area of Canberra into one of the country’s hippest retail strips. Nik Bulum didn’t take long to recognise the potential of Lonsdale Street, in Braddon, when he returned to his hometown of Canberra to do some work for his father’s company. The 42-year-old director of Bulum Group had escaped Canberra after completing …

Beyond Oxford Street

  How LGBTQI housing trends have changed   The push for marriage equality and wider social acceptance, gentrification and changing tastes, the lock-out laws and even the meet-up app Grindr have all contributed to the movement of Sydney’s LGBTQI community out of its traditional heartlands of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst into other suburbs. “Times have changed since the early 1990s …

Immani Love Goes Down Under

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How did you become an erotic poet?  Accidentally! I used to frequent open mic nights and one night I decided to write a poem to end a debate with friends and prove that I could. So I wrote a sarcastic ‘joke’ poem about my ‘addiction’ and the crowd loved it. I came back weekly and before long made a name …

Platform 72

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How Art Retailers Platform 72 Are Saving A Trend-Setting Retail Strip From This Common Problem For Businesses This local council’s decision is helping commercial and non-profit creative organisations establish themselves. In the 90s, Oxford Street was a trend-setting retail strip and the pulsing heart of Sydney’s diverse gay community. Today, high rents and two new Westfield shopping centres nearby have …

Michael Alig

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Letters from a club kid killer First published in DNA Magazine and on Raydar.com.au, below are excerpts from a series of letters that I exchanged with Michael Alig from 2001 to 2003 while he was in jail for the murder of ‘Angel’ Melendez. …ON HIS INFLUENCES AND INSPIRATIONS “I was inspired by the Old Guard of NYC nightlife at the …

Redfern Now

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From no-go to can’t stay away If any proof was needed that Sydney’s rental prices are through the roof, then this is it. It’s only a decade ago that taxi drivers wouldn’t even stop in this part of Redfern. But this week on domain.com.au a row of terraces in the once notorious Eveleigh Street are being advertised for rent for between $1000 …