Break out the Ice Vo-Vos and grab a mug of your favourite beige or brown liquid: issue 59 is now on sale in Australia and we think you'll find it a tiny bit spectacular. Inside we have chats with young documentary makers about putting real life on film while dodging the secret police; a look at what it's like running a hotel in Hobart (Fawlty Towers references and all); and an epic discussion with Britpop icon Damon Albarn about elephant poo, amongst other things. We meet a lady who loves hand-drawn type and another who paints huge, building-sized murals – plus two Sydneysiders with the best job title ever: "Dean of Awesome". There are tips on how to cook and make friends in the Antarctic; patterns for knitting your own galah, cockatoo and kookaburra pals; and the slightly disturbing news that words like "buxom" and "defecate" didn't always mean what you think they do. Four of our writers take us through the splendour and angst of their first gig, and others pen odes to extra-large knickers and why it sometimes pays to be a goth. On top of all this, we asked some of our favourite makers, designers and general handy types to have their creative way with the humble grey jumper. The result is a lot of stitching, embellishing and awesomeness that we'll be auctioning off for a good cause, so you might be able to get your hands on one if you're quick. Hurrah!