Canberra Confidential: Sparks fly at Danielle’s wedding

Danielle Post

SPARKS flew when WIN newsreader Danielle Post married cameraman Andrew Barnes in Orange at the end of last month.

The wedding was at the picturesque Borrodell on the Mount winery, where the beautiful view was made even more spectacular by a surprise fireworks display.

CC hears Danielle’s parents organised the fireworks for the happy couple at the reception, but the real surprise came when the pyrotechnics started a grass fire and the fire brigade had to be called!

This one’s for Shane… and this one… and this one!

CAN you spot the common theme in these pictures of the newly re-elected Chief Minister Katy Gallagher? Clearly the arm-wrestling with lone Green and ministerial new chum Shane Rattenbury is having an effect, for the Chief has has taken to wearing green at every major political event in the last week or so… there’s 1. her victory speech, 2. the Assembly’s first day of sitting and 3. the announcement of ministerial portfolios. 

AND while on politics, “CC” can’t help but muse at why the voter powerhouse of Labor support – the three-member electorate of Ginninderra – has no ministry representation after the Labor Caucus bundled Chris Bourke out of the Gallagher Government’s new cabinet. Molonglo is lavished with four ministers (Gallagher, Barr, Corbell and Green Rattenbury) and Brindabella has one (Burch).

WHILE Opposition Leader Zed Seselja taunted Rattenbury’s appointment to Minister of TAMS as the being akin to Canberra having a king, it’s worth noting that the His Royal Greenness will be the fourth minister to take on the portfolio since the retiring John Hargreaves got bumped out of the portfolio in 2008. Since then former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and Gallagher have had a go.

None for Moore

“CITYNEWS” political columnist Michael Moore has been travelling in Iran, where he says the people have been delightful and welcoming, though he did phone from the city of Shiraz, home of the famous wine grape, bemused to report that the place was dry and the prospect of glass of red on a Saturday night highly unlikely.

‘Times’ turkey stuffed

AS the digital disciples at “The Canberra Times” count the sleeps to the paywall going up around the web news offering next year, circulation of the stuffed analogue turkey that’s paying their wages (lucky there are fewer of them these days) continues its nosedive into nowhere. Saturday’s paid circulation shows a fall of 9.6 per cent in the quarter to September 30 to 45,162 copies; Sunday’s down 8 per cent to 28,808 and the weekday average is just as weak at 28,162 a fall of 7.4 per cent.

Power of bellydancing

BELLYDANCING, “CC” is assured, is a way to tap into feminine power.

And who are we to argue with history that suggests it developed to honour and celebrate the power of the feminine? Now a group of local women have formed Dancing Goddesses, a not-for-profit organisation, with the aim of making bellydancing accessible to all women, including those from vulnerable groups, with a first objective to bring bellydancing to residents of local domestic violence refuges. They’re launching with a Bellydance Extravaganza at Harem Restaurant, Kingston, on November 17. Tickets are $54 and can be booked at 6295 0386 or from dancinggoddesses.org.au

Sam ‘n’ jokes ‘n’ rock ‘n’ roll

COMEDIAN Sam Marzden, who lives in Melbourne (“I did live in Canberra briefly for 31 years, where I was fairly well-known on the local live music scene for half that time,” he writes), is coming back to town to perform

He’s just finished a successful Melbourne Fringe season with a stand-up comedy lecture, “The History of Rock’n’Roll (1962-1989)”, which is heading to the Civic Pub on November 28-29. He’s taking it to the Adelaide Fringe Festival in February.

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