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issue 56

Egad, frankie friends! So much frankie stuff happening around here it's making our heads spin – in the most delightful of ways. One reason for crazed excitement is that our 2014 calendars and diaries are officially on sale today! They tend to get snapped up rather quickly, so if you fancy some for yourself or as a pressie for a friend, head here to find your nearest stockist or here to buy online. Second reason for creating a hullabaloo: issue 56 of our fair magazine is on sale in Australia today and – dare we say it – it's pretty bitchin'. We've got an ode to first sharehouses, chats with cat ladies, the quietest of quiet furniture, well-dressed beds and a look at the '80s British indie scene (hello Morrissey and much floppy hair!) And how about a bit of love advice from Marky Ramone, some hip hop cakes, the science of left-handedness, 3D sugar printing – yes, it's real – snazzy sandals and international nannas showing off their best chow? For those with a crafty bent, we have some pretty ideas for festive décor from some of our favourite maker types (spoiler alert: no Santas or reindeer). And if that's not enough to keep your fingers busy, we invited five rad artists to create some relatively grown-up colouring-in pages for you to scribble and doodle on at will. We challenge you not to pick up a pencil and join in.