Zombies of Melbourne

This is a post about an upcoming event. So get out your fake blood and tear up some old clothes because Melbourne Zombie Shuffle 2012 is happening this [UPDATED] October, on Sunday the 28th.

When zombies take to the streets of Melbourne – for no apparent reason (except perhaps to block city traffic and scare the living population of Melbourne).

I’m excited because I love costumes. I love Zombies. Preparing for events like these are half the fun in my opinion. I’ve already begun to ‘brain’-storm for original zombie costume ideas. But obviously I began by being unoriginal and googled images of some of the greatest zombie costumes I can find on the internet to inspire me, and hopefully you too!

Melbourne Zombie Shuffle has their own facebook page here. Make sure to like it if you want to keep up to date with any changes, also they’ll probably post up details on on where and what time to meet up on the day. From what I can tell, they seem to be planning some kind of Zombie pub crawl (“keep your evening free!”) or at least, I’m hoping they do!

Which brings me to another upcoming event in (the area surrounding) Melbourne – Dash of the Dead Australia 2013.

Yes. You read that correctly – 2013! So it’s quite a long way off, actually they’re still trying to raise funds for it – CROWDSOURCING. But it’s on theme with the zombies and is an awesome idea, so you should know about it.

Scheduled to happen sometime next February, the Dash of the Dead (DotD) is a zombie apocalypse themed obstacle course to take place somewhere in South Eastern Victoria. The basic premise is to run, run and avoid the wave of zombies that will be released 10 minutes after you. Dodge, deceive, and don’t get caught – if you do, you become a Zombie yourself, hellbent of catching the other racers more skillful (or luckier!) than you were.

DotD is based on an American event, and is currently trying to raise funds to run it in Victoria. If you would like to donate, buy a ticket (Spectator or Runner) or attend the pre-race Zombie Panel on how to survive a zomibe apocalypse then head here now –
or you can like them on facebook or visit their

Secondhand Melbourne

My best friend recently moved back overseas after a semester in Melbourne. One of the things she misses the most about Melbourne (besides me of course) is the number of decent secondhand shopping options. There are literally tons of secondhand and vintage goods around Melbourne, but you might need to know where to look if you’re new. Keep reading and I’ll tell you about my favorite places to shop for secondhand and vintage items, based on prices, quality and selection.

Lost & Found Market

If you venture a little further out of the city on Lygon Street, it’s probably very difficult to miss this one. A bright yellow building with “Lost & Found Market” blazoned over its doors, not to mention a tricycle and a dolls head (?). The place is packed with things! As far as layout goes it’s decently spaced out, enough room to move around, pull out things. They have a great selection of vintage bags and clothes (clothes are really pricey here though $60-$70ish on average from what I saw). I picked up a floral teacup for $6 to add to my collection. You can pay by card and cash.
511 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
website: http://www.lostandfoundmarket.com.au/

Camberwell Market

I’ll be doing a whole post about the Camberwell Market soon, because it’s one of my all-time favorite places to go in Melbourne. It happens every Sunday in Camberwell, from as early as 7am until about 12:30pm. If you’re into browsing odd and ends at a market, it’s worth giving up your sleep-in. It wins the prize for randomness, with heaps of stalls, all run by different people with all kinds of things to sell. Think vintage cameras from $700 to 50c clothes. Most vendors are open to bargaining and some of them radically slash prices from about noon. Bring cash! No one will take cards, although there is a Woolies around if you need cash out.

Retrostar Vintage

Hidden away in the city, this is one of Melbourne’s most well known vintage stores. The store has a very eclectic, with a carefully edited, but vast range of items. Prices can be quite high, because many of its items are originally vintage – however, check the back room for some cheaper items. The staff are really helpful and friendly (at least on the days I was there)
Nicholas Building (go up to the first floor)
37 Swanston Street, corner of Flinders Lane
website: http://retrostar.com.au/

Salvos

If you’re more into a bargain rather than unearthing a lost treasure, Salvos is pretty much unbeatable on price. The upside is you can find a Salvos in pretty much any suburb. The prices are low, the selection is vast and random and the shops are usually pretty organized. Plus you can use eftpos!
See also: Brotherhood of St Lawrence, Australian Red Cross stores.

Slutwalk Melbourne

So today’s post may be deviating a little from my usual format of fun activities to do, or places to go see in Melbourne. This is going to be about a protest march happening in Melbourne that I think may be of some interest to my readers.

Slutwalk Melbourne 2012

History of the movement

Slutwalk is an organized protest marches through the streets of people protesting against the cultures of victim-blaming and slut-shaming, particularly in the context to rape. The movement originally started in 2011 in Toronto after a police officer told female college students to “avoid dressing like sluts” in order to avoid becoming a victim of rape. The statement is problematic to say the least. It suggests that the victims of rape are in some part to blame by not working to prevent their attack better (whether this involves dressing more conservatively or not behaving in a manner that could be deemed ‘slutty’). Slutwalk essentially opposes this view, that the only one who is to blame for the crime of rape is the individual who made the conscious decision to attack another. The sentiment also suggests that rape is primarily about sexual attraction, while it is more about domination and control of another person – which would make the argument of sexually suggestive clothing irrelevant to the equation. The movement has garnered so much attention and spread to all corners of the globe – evidently, as I attended the one in Melbourne on Saturday the 1st of September.

The movement isn’t without its criticisms though. It’s been called out on its lack of ethnic diversity in participants and a movement that relies on white (or Western) women’s privilege to be able to call themselves sluts and walk on the road in skimpy clothing (in many countries, women wouldn’t do that as a matter of choice, rather than being forced to comply to religious or cultural expectations). Others claim the word ‘slut’ shouldn’t be celebrated, as it would only serve to perpetuate misogynist beliefs rather than challenge them. The movement (and its name) is open to individual interpretation and as a result, Slutwalk means different things to different people. Some march to claim back the word ‘slut’, a word that symbolizes feminine sexual promiscuity, as something to be celebrated instead of shameful.

I initially found out about Slutwalk last year, when a friend of mine posted pictures of her attending one in the States. Most of the information I have collected in relation to it has been through blogs, online news coverage and youtube videos. You can check out the website here, follow their tweets here.