THERE are more than the obvious victims when it comes to political turmoil and a change of government.
Pity our poor cartoonist Paul Dorin, who resorted to what he does best, to lament to loss of a couple of his best subjects, former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.Nichole picks her Mark
CELEBRATED Formula One motor racing legend Mark Webber will be home as guest of honour for the launch of author Nichole Overall’s glossy new book “Queanbeyan – City of Champions” to mark the town’s 175th anniversary.
Champions indeed, Nichole has inveigled some of the city’s great names – including squash legend Heather McKay, Rugby League’s David Furner, former Wallabies David Grimmond and Peter Ryan; diplomat and scholar Allan Hawke; playwright Tommy Murphy and the Australian Ballet’s Dimity Azoury – to be at the VIP launch at the Airport International Hotel on Thursday, September 26.
AN indestructible Scottish friend of CC was rushed to Canberra hospital in the throes of a heart attack early the other morning.
On being wheeled from the ambulance and awaiting attention, he closed his eyes only to overhear one of the paramedics grotesquely tell another: “Looks like he’s a goner!” The medical view begged to differ and he is now back home.
CC’s heart leapt at Sabine Friedrich’s splendid photo of what first looked like the hated Skywhale on fire.
Alas, no. The multi-breasted Centenary hot-air balloon was making a static appearance at the amazing Gunning Fireworks Festival on Saturday night for a display reckoned to be second only to Sydney’s New Year’s Eve.
Thousands gravitated to the local showgrounds, amid a carnival atmosphere of food, music, rides and children’s entertainment, to watch two hours of intermittent “trade demo” fireworks from Gunning-based pyrotechnician Martin Brady before an awesome 20-minute finale.
JUST what Canberra’s battered public service needs – a Go Home on Time Day, on November 20.
Described as a light-hearted way to start a serious conversation about work-life balance, the annual national initiative of The Australia Institute and beyondblue presupposes one has a job from which to return on time from.
The working classes can register by uploading their workplace logos at gohomeontimeday.org.au to get a resource kit. Like we need a kit to knock off on time!
THE Enviro Expo attracted many colourful and strange creatures over its two days at the Queanbeyan Showground, but none stranger than Queanbeyan East Public School’s Class 3B scarecrow named “Out of this World”, which was the winner of the schools’ scarecrow competition.
The class was judged to have demonstrated the best use of recycled materials, including the use of old trampoline springs, rubber gloves, a rusty old stand, an old broom and egg cartons.
OUR humble Playhouse is the venue for the east coast premiere of acclaimed WA author Tim Winton’s latest work “Shrine”, starring TV actor John Howard, best known to the couch classes for “Packed to the Rafters” and “All Saints”. Needless to say the world premiere was in hometown Perth. The Playhouse season is September 26-29.