5 Things You Didn’t Know About Karl Lagerfeld

Last week, the world has lost the iconic and celebrated German Fashion Designer and renowned artistic director at Chanel and Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld. He was 85 when he passed in Paris due to an ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer. Although he is well-known for his luxury, his mark in the fashion industry and for his controversies, there are few facts that not everyone knew.


  1. His beloved cat, Choupette stands to inherit millions.
    Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette could be in line to inherit a portion of his $300 million-dollar fortune.


  1. Karl had his signature ponytail since 1976.

Before his white ponytail, white-shirt black tuxedo signature look, he didn’t have one. During his years in the industry, he wore his hair long and curly before he changed his grooming style that lasted over 36 years.

  1. He has directed a movie with Pharrell Williams.

Lagerfeld showcased his creative mind in a film called Reincarnation starring Cara Delevigne. The story was based on the birth of the iconic Chanel jacket inspired by a hotel elevator operator while she was on holiday.

  1. Karl Lagerfeld was also a photographer.

Karl Lagerfeld had many ties into the art world – one of them being through his photography. He showcased many of his photography works and has even photographed celebrities like Kim Kardashian.

  1. Karl had a long-term relationship back in the early 1970s.

Karl Lagerfeld was a private man and only revealed details about his late ex-boyfriend, Jacques de Bascher many years later. They were together for 18 years until De Bascher passed away in 1989 of AIDS. During that time, De Bascher had also been in a romantic affair with Yves Saint Laurent which Lagerfeld knew all about and apparently orchestrated. Lagerfeld also didn’t believe in having sex with the person he loves, opening up his lifestyle of hiring high-class escorts for his sexual activities.


How To Design Your First Business Card

With so many businesses and brands popping up, it’s hard to make your business card stand out without feeling like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. Before you dig into the nitty gritty of it all, it’s important to consider the following tips before designing or printing:

1. What do you want your business card to say about you?

Your business card is essentially your idea on a wallet-sized piece of cardboard. Consider the purpose of your business and what you’d like your first impression to be. Almost like dating for the first time. For example, if you just want your contact details – do the research and find the best ways to layout that information. If you want the card to be whimsical and creative, explore those options but remember to keep it simple as you don’t have a lot of real estate.

2. The importance of COLOUR
What are the team colours for your brand? Colours can symbolise the tone of your business and can be used to highlight parts of your design. Be sure to experiment with different colour combinations of your brand before you settle for a business card design.

3. Avoid cheesy imagery
Cheesy imagery such as stock images and clip art can cheapen your brand. Create identifiable for your brand and shows that you are unique. The best option is to use your logo as the main focal point of your business card. If you do include a logo, be sure to use high-quality vectors to avoid pixelation or distortion.

4. Remember what business cards are for
This sounds like a no brainer, but you would be surprised by how crazy people go with their own business cards. Know that your business card is just a handout for contact details for when you’re networking between small groups of people and are not for closing sales. For hard sell marketing or spreading awareness between a large number of people, that kind of information can be reserved for a poster or in this day and age, paid online marketing campaigns.

Our Favourite Indie Games for Nintendo Switch 2019

So you’ve gotten the Switch and have already bought the essential games like Mario, Pokémon, Super Smash Bros and/or Legend of Zelda, but you’re ready to explore your other options that aren’t as mainstream. Here are my top favourite indie games for you to choose from:

Hollow Knight

This 2-dimensional game is about an insect knight who fights using a needle for a sword. Originally launched on PC, it’s a beautiful game if you’re into exploring and adventure. The world building and platforming sections keep the gameplay fresh, perfect for when you’re commuting on the train or chilling at home before bed.


Dead Cells

If you’re still after another 2D Metroidvania game with an incredible experience, I recommend Dead Cells. Dead Cells is a good mix of roguelike and dark fantasy genres, offering incredible visuals, intense action scenes and offers an amazing experience.

Night In The Woods

Available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Mac and the Switch, Night In The Woods is a BAFTA award-winning adventure game with a focus on exploration. Unlike most adventure games, Night In The Woods is an arthouse narrative that will stay with you long after the game has finished. It features mystery, melancholy and emotional experience with an anthropomorphic community and when you’re playing, the 2D rendering feels like a visual novel.

The End is Nigh

Released in 2017, The End is Nigh is still a must-have in 2019 if you’re after an indie game that is both challenging and offers satisfying gameplay. If you’ve been a fan of Super Meat Boy, the End is Nigh captures the same tone but delivers a lot of content in terms of game design with incredible music and art.

Happy 30th Birthday, World Wide Web: The World’s First Web Browser is Back!


Before Google Chrome, Firefox and even Internet Explorer, we had the great ancestor of all web browsers to do the job: the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee.

What started in 1989 as a system built for CERN’s scientists to store and retrieve information using pages and hyperlinks embedded in text, became an innovation that later changed the entire world.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, CERN has recreated and published the world’s first web browser here.

Source: Wired

Article source: https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/party-like-1989-worlds-first-web-browser-back-055817757.html


Music: Ocean Alley Scores Top Spot On Triple J’s Hottest 100

If you paid any attention to Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown over the Australia Day weekend, you would know that Northern Beaches group, Ocean Alley was crowned number 1 on the charts with their most coveted song, Confidence.

Compared to last year’s 48th spot on the Hottest 100, the group ascended to the number 1 position with over 2.7 million votes under their belt and reportedly the largest count ever conducted by Triple J. Following their lead was Travis Scott’s SICKO MODE and Childish Gambino’s This Is America which unexpectedly slipped to number 4 on the charts.

If you haven’t heard of their music before, check out their official music video here:

Article Source: Pedestrian TV
Photo Source: @triplej on Instagram

Remember when Magazines were popular?

Since the 1800s to the early 2000s – magazines were not just printed books you found lying around in a doctor’s office. They were the backbone of pop culture and one of the most powerful tools of media consumption. Once everything became digital and the transition towards the Internet began, magazines and all things print were left forgotten.


Will we ever see the rise of print again? Highly unlikely. We are glued to our phones. The closest thing we have to magazine culture is Instagram. The magazine empire held onto a long history of selling the ideal lifestyle. Magazines were the equivalent to the bible for middle-class readers, indoctrinating a patriarchal idea of what to think and how to think. The industry controlled what you wore by telling you what was in or out, who to listen to, and the only source of journalism at the time.


Although fake news exists within the dark webs of the internet, consumers are much smarter now with resources and tools to fact-check at their disposal. Whatever comes next for the post-journalism and post-internet era, readers will evolve.


What do you think will be next?

Article source: Alexandra Kitty


Music: Promoter Defends R Kelly’s Australian Tour Amid Backlash

A tour promoter has defended its decision to bring R Kelly for an Australian tour next year, despite multiple sexual abuse allegations that the singer is facing.

Today Kelly announced his first ever tour in Australia for February, with scheduled performances in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The tour is organised by promoter Big Music Tour, which has spoken in its defence.

“We can confirm we are bringing R. Kelly to Australia. Our focus remains on his incredible music and bringing the show to his Australian and New Zealand fans,” said the company. “Mr Kelly was cleared of all allegations and in our view, you are innocent until proven guilty.”

Kelly has been accused of multiple sexual misconducts dating back to 2000, some of them involving minors. In 2008, Kelly was acquitted of 14 counts of creating child pornography. In 2017, Kelly denied claims that he was holding numerous women in an “abusive cult”.

In May, Spotify introduced a policy to remove controversial artists such as Kelly and XXXTentacion from the service’s sponsored playlists following the #MuteRKelly social media campaign. This policy was later rescinded due to accusations of racial bias.

In July, Kelly released a 19-minute song titled “I Admit” where he admitted to have had sexual relations with “older and young ladies” but denied allegations of sexual abuse.

Photography: 2019 Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year Awards Open for Entries

Hitting the beach this summer? Might as well win a new camera kit at that.

Nikon is partnering with Surfing Australia to hold the Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year Award, honouring the best works from surf photographers and videographers.

The award is open to Australian residents, and the images can be taken anywhere in the world in 2018 across the categories of action, lifestyle/portrait and scenic photography.

The winners will be picked by a panel of judges, including seven-time champion of the Women’s World Surf League Tour and Nikon Ambassador Stephanie Gilmore, based on the following criteria: innovation and creativity; dramatic affect and sensory impact; uniqueness; and composition of the photo.

“Surfing is in the DNA of every Australian – even if you can’t actually surf yourself, there’s no way that you don’t get a thrill from seeing the incredible untamed power of the ocean,” said Gilmore. “As a photographer myself, I look forward to seeing how Aussie’s capture the surf for this year’s competition.”

The winner of the Surf Photo of the Year will get a Nikon Z 7 kit, and the winner of the Surf Video of the Year will get a Nikon Z 6 kit.

You can enter up to three photos and two videos until submission closes on February 15. For more info, visit the website.

Life Skills You Can Earn through Drama Courses

Enrolling in drama courses is a great way to learn acting and get exposure to practical experiences like reading and auditioning. But throughout the lessons, you can also find life skills that can help you navigate through the world. If you’re still considering on taking up a course, check out the following list of things you’ll learn to help you make the decision.

Communication Skills

By practicing voice projection and physical expressions, students in drama courses can develop their verbal and oral communication skills and learn the best ways to convey their ideas.

“Many actors are naturally introverted, which people are often surprised to hear,” said Glen Hamilton, head of acting at the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television. “In such cases, these people have deep and rich inner lives and imaginations but prior to their training, find it hard to express these parts of themselves. Acting gives them the confidence to be heard and to say what they feel, share their thoughts.”



Drama courses put students in a setting where stage acting meets screenplays, directing and cinematography. All of these put an emphasis on storytelling, which is an especially valuable and transferable skill in today’s attention economy. A good story is something everyone can appreciate, and learning the many different components can help you master the art of stringing one.


Understanding of Human Nature

Through character study and immersion, you can learn a lot more about what drives human behaviour: needs, wants and fears. With this, it will be easier to understand and empathise with other people, a skill that will be useful for all areas in life.



While acting definitely requires preparation and memorising, the best actors are the ones who can improvise in character. Writer and actor Dominic Zhai likened acting to combat sports. “Like Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”,” said Zhai.

“To be a good at improvisation, you need to be fully in tune with the other person. Professionals and experts in any field do virtually all the preparation beforehand, so when it is time to perform, they can just relax, focus, and live moment to moment.”

Improvising in acting helps you stay prepared yet flexible in dealing with unexpected situations, which is always useful in your day-to-day world.

Event: The Newsagency’s First Airbnb Experiences Concert, Sydney

World-class jazz duo Some Of Two Parts is bringing their music to the famous Annandale music venue for its first ever Airbnb Experiences concert.

After Airbnb launched its Experiences program in Australia last month, allowing locals to offer activities and experiences, Some Of Two Parts is finally joining the party with the Newsagency to play the venue’s inaugural special concert.

Featuring Loretta Palmeiro on soprano saxophone and Mark Isaacs on piano, the jazz/contemporary duo has performed at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival.

Tickets are $25. For more information, visit the Airbnb page.

Sunday, November 18 | The Newsagency, 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale