It’s called a naked lady party, but the ladies aren’t actually naked.
They’re partly naked. Kinda.
A naked lady party isn’t what you think.
Emma Levine is part of Seventy30, a group of Newcastle women in the marketing and communication industry.
“We’ve talked about how we all have so much clothing that we just don’t wear, but is too good to get rid of,” Emma told Topics.
“One of the girls in the group, Cheryl Gledhill, said ‘let’s hold a naked lady party’.”
Cheryl explained that this kind of party was a clothing swap.
She told Emma that “when you have a clothing swap, everyone gets a little bit naked as you try everything on”.
The party will focus on work clothes.
“Work-wear is expensive,” Emma said.
“When you’re just starting a job, it can be really hard to get all the bits and pieces that you need to feel the part. If you don’t look the part, it’s hard to feel it.”
Emma said a lot of women have good work clothing in their cupboards, but for one reason or another they don’t wear it anymore.
Thursday’s party is open to anyone. A glass or two of wine will be poured, as clothing is tried on and swapped.
“We’re lucky enough to be able to use the Façon studio, which has mirrors and clothing racks,” Emma said.
“It’ll be a really cool space to be in.”
Anything that doesn’t get swapped will be given to Got Your Back Sista, a Newcastle-based organisation that helps domestic-violence victims get their lives back together.
The party begins at 5.30pm, with clothes-swapping to kick off about 6pm. Find more details at the Facebook page Naked Lady Party, hosted by Seventy30.
Unhappy little Vegemite
Topics couldn’t help but notice the story on page 7 of today’s Herald about the $7 gourmet Vegemite toast, served at Core Espresso in Darby Street.
We were drawn to the generous dollop of the yeasty black stuff and the trendy breadboard upon which it was served. We must say, the breadboard did a fine job of imitating a plate.
Some people might think the cafe went overboard with the Vegemite, but we’d argue it’s better to have more than less.
Topics once heard about a bloke whose relationship hit the skids, after he seriously skimped on the Vegemite while making his girlfriend toast.
Take a look at this photo of a piece of toast with a serious Vegemite deficiency and you’ll get the picture.
A Space Oddity
This round-shaped object is what’s called a “concretion”.
Kurri Kurri’s Col Maybury said a kind citizen once donated it to him.
“It’s a naturally-occurring oddity of hematite, limestone, sand and gravel,” he said.
The rocky spheres are a bit of a geological mystery. Some say they form when a mineral cements sediment around a leaf, tooth, piece of shell or fossil.
Col says they can be formed in a nest-shaped space in a running stream.
“They vary in size from the 2-millimetre blueberries [also known as Martian spherules] on Mars, to the 3-metre concretions of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.”
Col’s concretion is 30 centimetres in diameter and weighs 30 kilograms.
“I have seen them embedded in sedimentary rocks atop mountains outside Wollombi and in a creek bed south of Abermain.”