Adelaide on Instagram

Pigs in Rundle Mall
Winning photo for The City

Who would have thought that a small project taking photos of Lego would land me a cover photo on Adelaide City’s local newspaper, The City?

Since #MinifigMarch wrapped up, I’ve been continuing the Lego adventure on Instagram where I’ve ‘met’ a lot of great people there along the way from the Lego community and from around Adelaide who have encouraged and inspired me in my Lego photography. So when the The City’s competition came along, I jumped at the chance to share one of my latest photos that mixed the two.

Looking at some of the other entries to the competition, I saw there were a few other Instagrammers who submitted entries and thought I’d take some time to share a few of my favourite local accounts with you, especially for those new to the social network.

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#MinifigMarch Wrap Up! Thanks for playing along


Phew, what a month! Taking photos of Lego has never been so fun and it’s been good being able to share it with others particularly through Instagram and Facebook. Go, social media!

There have been plenty of questions asked over the past month and I thought I’d share some answers to some of the ones that came up more frequently to wrap up of a great month taking photos of Lego around Adelaide.

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DAdelaide: A day in the city with Lego, toy art and drawing in 3D

Lego Darth Vader and Kangaroo Island at Myer, Adelaide

Planning a day out in Adelaide with the kids? It’s a good time of the year to do it. While festival time is in the city make lunch breaks a little more exciting, it’s good to know there’s plenty for the kids to do too.

When it comes to the weekend, one of our regular adventures is jumping on the bus or the tram with the double pusher and heading towards Rundle Mall – but we’re not there to shop. These days, there’s enough happening around the CBD that you can easily do a daytrip without having to enter a retail store – even the new City Library is right in the heart of Rundle Place.

Right now, there are a few free exhibitions and activities within walking distance of Rundle Mall (and our bus stop) that are worth making the trip to the city for.

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Getting geeky with a bit of DIY Lego wall art

DIY Ikea RIBBA Lego Minifigure display by Ben Teoh

Cleaning the garage is never a simple process.  It’s full of forgotten treasures that try their hardest to distract you from what you went in there for in the first place. They peek out from underneath boxes, tempting you to unpack them, rediscover them and in the process make more of a mess than what you started with.

Last time it was our home-crafted costumes of the aliens from Sesame Street that we thought were hilarious to parade around the house in (the kids weren’t so keen on it and there were almost tears). This time, it was my old smiley Lego friends.

What to do when you have the urge to bring out your childhood toys but a small, human vacuum cleaner that can crawl at the speed of light means they’re probably a bad idea to have inside? You frame them and make your own Lego wall art, of course!

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Free hugs, family and #GivingTuesday


I was walking down the local mall with my three year-old, she spots a couple of teenagers waving signs around and obviously trying to grab the attention of shoppers. “What are they doing, Dad?” she asks. Knowing she’ll be asking for the rest of my day if I don’t find out, we walked a little closer to see what was going on.

As we neared them, I read two familiar words that had started a movement I thought was over years ago — FREE HUGS.

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Tech Toys: Review – Philips Fidelio Soundbar


As a techy gadegty, I-like-lots-of-buttons kinda dad, there’s one chapter that you find on parenting blogs that you know is going to mean your gear’s going into storage. It’s usually titled something like “Child proofing your home.” Yep, you know it. Sticky, grubby fingers are going to be everywhere, looking for ways to cover your coveted electronic toys in a slobbery goo that makes you wonder if you’re going to discover symmetrical book stacking in your child’s room.

The solution? Wall-mount everything. Of course, while that works with TVs, it’s a little trickier for speakers and AV receivers. Welcome, soundbars.

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Photos that capture what locals know about Adelaide


I’ve been enjoying watching Adelaide locals sharing their favourite spots and shots in the Capture the Cover competition. With just over a week to go for South Australians to enter, I thought I’d share a few of my favourites.

This year’s Yellow Pages Capture the Cover competition is challenging photographers to share photos with the theme “only locals know” and by the looks of it, Adelaide’s doing a pretty good job at stepping up to the plate.

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The value of a ‘like’


Today I had the uber privilege of joining some of the coolest social media people in Adelaide on stage for Marketing Week 2012 to debate some tricky topics.

Team #HelloTwakky (Michelle Prak, Tom Williamson and myself) had the tough job of taking on the formidable (CJ Podcast crew, Sarah Thomas, Jason Neave and Mal Chia). After the coin toss, it was my job to argue the negative of “Likes don’t matter” and in an effort to make a bit more sense of my ramblings on stage, here are my expanded notes on why likes mean everything.

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