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Deni Hines at The Midnight Shift

Ahead of meeting up with some mates for dinner tonight, I called in to The Midnight Shift on Sydney's Oxford Street for a G&T. I'd arrived early, and I figured a G&T would be a nice way to kill 15 or 20 minutes. To my surprise, Deni Hines was also there. Although I "grew up" [...]

Mr Crackles

Mr Crackles on Oxford Street

Admit it, you have to say "Mr Crackles" sounds like a pretty dodgy name for somewhere to buy food. "Mr Crackles" sounds too much like "Mr Bubbles" who was an (in)famous paedophile in Australia, especially since it's located on Sydney's Oxford Street. In contrast, I'd heard very good things about "Mr Crackles" on Oxford Street, [...]

Second Hand Store

Oxford Street Second Hand

"Oh my goodness, that looks just like something I made in wordwork class thirty-something years ago" was my first reaction when I saw the shell-covered jewellery box in the second hand shop on Oxford Street late yesterday. On closer inspection, I noticed this one displayed a greater level of professionalism (you might say) than might [...]

NSW’s New Alcohol Laws

A few weeks ago, as a result of some high profile recent violent attacks, the NSW Government enacted some new liquor licensing laws. In short, Sydney has gone from being a 24-hour city, where you could pretty much purchase alcohol at any time of the day to one with restrictions. Bars now have a "lockout" [...]

Croc-a-Dyke Dundee

Dawn O'Donnell - still taken from movie trailer

Years ago I remember watching a really fantastic documentary about the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras called, Feed Them to the Cannibals. As I recall, the title was a reference to the words of an Australian government official, who was asked what he thought should be done with those engaging in homosexual behaviour in [...]

Flash Car

While crossing Oxford Street with some mates on Saturday night, we spotted this fantastic flash car. Aside from the driver, there was a solitary bloke in the back seat. For a while we speculated what he might have been up to, concluding the most romantic option - he was on his way to pick up [...]

Loreen Made Me Come Out

Rainbow Footpath on Sydney's Oxford Street

They've painted a rainbow pedestrian crossing at Sydney's Taylor Square to celebrathe Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Apparently it cost a lot of money, and thus it's been controversial according to the newspapers today. I have no idea if the story is true or not, and therefore have no valid opinions on the matter. But [...]

Christmas Drinks

Christmas lights on the dance-floor at Palms.

You know how they say "Oxford Street is dead", these days? Well last night it certainly wasn't with quite a few of the clubs heavily packed. I wouldn't normally go out on a Saturday night, but we had a visitor from Melbourne who was keen to see a little of what Sydney had to offer [...]

Mardi Gras Parade 2011

If you were to identify a "glory time" for Mardi Gras, in terms of crowds, you would have to say it was the 1990s. Every year, it seemed, there were claims of "record crowds". Every year, it seemed, the number of parade participants increased, and so did the number of people watching. The parade route [...]

Christmas on Oxford Street

"It's like being in a Latvian gay bar on a Tuesday night", was the text message I sent to Graeme about being in Palms earlier tonight. And I should know, after all I went to one on my trip last year. It was an occasion when, literally, they opened the bar and turned on the [...]