Saturday, 30 November 2013

Apocalypse Hal - Advent Calendars

Everyone at work has been hanging out for the first of December so they can put up the Christmas tree and get into the festive spirit. Well that got me thinking that I should milk the whole Christmas theme for every idea I can. So here is the first of what will hopefully be a number of Christmas inspired issues!

This marks the 40th issue of Hal and if you want to check them all out, just visit the BZF Head Quarters facebook page. 

Bite off more than you can chew

Mr Rimsky

Thursday, 28 November 2013


Shuffling feet, groaning incoherently, eyes glazed over… an approaching zombie, hungry for fresh meat? Not quite. Just me, Miss Kohopop, before my morning coffee.

If you’re anything like me, the day doesn’t truly begin until you get your hands on a steaming hot soy flat white. There are countless studies proving how a little caffeine goes a long way; increased concentration, motivation and improved reaction time. All skills that could be put to good use in avoiding the walking dead.
This creates a problem for the post-apocalyptic zombie world. How do you get your caffeine fix when you’re holed up in a bunker with no electricity or running for your life? Never fear fellow coffee addicts, I have the solution!
A ‘phin’ is a small stainless-steel coffee filterthat sits neatly atop your glass. It has long used in Vietnam and famous for making delicious  phê sua , Vietnamese iced coffee. It’s cheap, durable, easy to use and will make a perfect Americano or Vietnamese iced coffeestrong and sweet. Just add some hot water and condensed milk (which will last a long time without spoiling) and let the drip do the rest. Best of all it’s portable - small enough to keep in your backpack without taking up precious spaceSo what are you waiting for? Find more information here
Have another idea for getting your coffee fix on the run? Share it with us below.
You only bite once!
Miss Kohopop

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Apocalpse Hal - Spider Holes

The advantage of using a wheelie bin is that it provides a nice dry and clean hole. I can fit inside my large recycling wheelie bin but if you're bigger you may need to modify it a bit or steal several bins.

Bite of more than you can chew

Mr Rimsky

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Zombie Stress Relief

Do you ever have those days when you feel like a zombie has bitten you to smithereens and the looming sense of dread suggests that you can’t go on??  Well if you have answered yes to this question (or no) then check out my cool support tools supplied by none other than our very own Miss Sugar and Spice!

Stress balls have never really been my thing, but hand me a rainbow brain shaped stress ball and I’m ready to squash those bad vibes into the apocalypse!  Some professionals recommend writing down how you feel into a personal diary, which is a much more pleasurable experience if you have an American ‘Zombie’ Gothic diary!!

If you’re going to be writing down your feelings and stuff, then you might need a pen, but wait, how about a pen with a tiny brain inside!!!  This little beauty is guaranteed to instantly make you feel better because let’s face it, no matter how stressed you are, it’s better than being encapsulated by a plastic cylinder and 10ml of water.

Finally, the choice of poison among many of my colleagues is a little known substance called coffee (Miss Sugar and Spice will be telling you more about this soon).  There is only one way to make your coffee experience second to none and that is with your very own Cheryl the Zombie mug – that chick really bites!!

I am aware this week’s post isn’t really pop culture related, but sometimes it’s nice to remind everyone to take a step back, relax a little and stop yourself from looking like one of the undead!

Bite you later

Mr Vitamin G

PS Special thanks to Miss M for the loan of her super cool diary and Miss E for taking 'happy snaps'!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Apocalypse Hal - Zombie Apps

Yes I am the proud owner of a new smartphone. One day I'll work out how to use it.

The big question is, has smartphones already turned us into mindless shuffling zombies, just minus the rotting flesh. Seems that way whenever I visit the shopping centre.

Anyway there are lots of apps that could be useful, whether it is keeping your personal records on hand, drawing maps, compiling your looting list or even storing your favourite cocktail recipes.

Bite off more than you can chew

Mr Rimsky

BZF Book Club

I’m not sure about you guys but back in the day, science was never really my strong suit.  Biology class taught us the fascinating inner workings of the human body but I was too busy being obsessed with all things 90’s like techno music and a little Sandra Bullock movie called Speed.

It’s no surprise to anyone that our old friend the zombie has a keen interest in human biology and most of all consuming our fundamental organs!  So for all well-read zombies who are seeking a more in-depth look there is ‘A Zombie’s Guide to the Human Body (tasty tidbits from head to toe)’.

If you thought things were looking bad when major cities were over run and you forgot to make a zombie preparedness kit, well things just got a whole lot worse with the publication of this bloody book!  Why?  For starters ‘zombies’ will learn about fast food aka how muscles make humans run therefore knowing how best to take us down! 

If zombies are peckish but can’t decide between a leg or a neck then they can learn about all the bones inside and which ones are the best to chew on mmmmmm.  I must say it is an exciting new way to look at biology through the rotting eyes of a hungry zombie, despite feeling somewhat vulnerable if a zombie knows about the benefits of munching on my Pyloric Sphincter!

Informative, engaging and disgusting, this book gives the younger reader in all of us an entertaining perspective on Biology and really gets into the guts of it all!

Bite you later

Mr Vitamin G

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Apocalypse Hal - Bug out boats

Everyone talks about heading to the hills or climbing into their bunker if the apocalypse happens. I say, go cruising!

I have always been interested in the history of early submarine development. A time of wild ideas, visionaries, and many fatalities. This week is inspired by the plywood (yes plywood) semi-submersible the CIA developed in the 1950s.

Bite off more than you can chew.

Mr Rimsky

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Zombie STIs?

Recently, Mr Rimsky highlighted the importance of personal hygiene during tough times.  I’m going to take that idea one step further and raise all the questions that most folk are probably too shy to ask, like what about intimacy?  Salt n Peppa famously sang ‘Let’s talk about sex’ and the comedy classic Mean Girls taught the world that if you’re a teenager and you have sex, then you will get chlamydia and die!

Seriously though, the whole safe sex idea in the apocalypse may be in jeopardy, take The Walking Dead for example, Rick found himself a dad for the second time round and the baby ended up with the nickname ‘Ass Kicker’!

Thankfully, Hollywood has expressed concern for this issue and has released a trailer for the upcoming zombie flick ‘Contracted’.  Now before you get too excited, this film appears to take place prior to the apocalypse and may actually focus on patient zero, sadly for her she has symptoms which appear to be more lethal than just your average case of herpes or chlamydia.

Intrigued?  Check out the trailer below!
Until such time that we get to see the full film, Mr Vitamin G advises you to proceed with caution and of course protection!
Bite you later
Mr Vitamin G

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The frockalypse!

Well frocks seem to have been under represented on the blog of late with Mr Vitamin G and Mr Rimsky pumping out such killer content but with Melbourne cup being run here yesterday its time to talk frocks. The catch phrase for the day is the race that stops the nation, and it really does but as much as its about horses its also about frocks! Yes the Melbourne cup is the day that the ladies get seriously frocked up to the nines, I am talking designer outfits, hats, fascinators and some seriously impractical shoes!

This got me thinking.... What if cup day was the day the zombie virus came to town and the race track was ground zero!! With all those well dressed ladies in tight restrictive dresses, colour blocking, wispy hats that can sometimes impair vision and high heels that keep sinking into the grass, a getaway from a hungry zombie would be near impossible!! Surely they would be the first to go and turn the into fashionable undead!! It would be the frockalypse! 

Myself and Miss Sugar and Spice took advantage of the day to get our frock on, but to be on the safe side of any impending doom we did in the safety of a secure building for our Melbourne cup work event, also to be noted we wore sensible shoes( well kind of).

Get your frock on and don't get bit

Mrs K

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Apocalypse Hal - Good Hygiene

Yep. That's my advice this week. When we all descend into a living Hell, take more baths.

And if you want to do it in style check out the dutchtub, so much better than my old wheelbarrow.

Bite off more than you can chew.

Mr Rimsky

Canberra Zombie Walk 2013

I think it is safe to say that Canberra's zombie walk 2013 was a success. A wide range of zombies turned up, from a zombie ballet dancer to an infected child in PJs clutching her teddy bear.

 The infected horde starts it's journey into the city.

Zombies from all walks of life turned up. Note the rat vomiting blood on this council road worker's hard hat.

 Did she eat the groom?

 It was good to see the younger generations get involved.

 Zombie love is eternal.

 Even the Pope turned up for the occasion.

Of course some people don't believe in zombies and tried very hard to ignore the whole thing.

While I was unable to attend as a zombie, I can see now that some serious costume design will be needed if I attend next year.

Bite of more than you can chew.

Mr Rimsky

Friday, 1 November 2013

Calling all zombies!

Canberra's Zombie Walk is on tomorrow. So if you're in the area, make an effort to stagger along to it and help raise some money for the Brain Foundation. It's a cause any zombie can appreciate.

And if you're broke, you can always donate your brain.

Chew off more than you can chew

Mr Rimsky