Canberra Confidential: Snow’s cool for ‘Skool’

image001 (2)BUBBLY pinup Keegan Snow Spence, has won a national competition for the title of 2014 covergirl for “Pinup Skool” magazine, but you saw her first as covergal on the October 17, 2013, of “CityNews”.

In an earlier interview she told “CN” that she “lives and breathes” vintage, from her music (Etta James and Shirley Bassey) to movies (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Some Like It Hot”).

“My mum and I used to watch classical movies and I just fell in love with the glamour of that era,” she said.

“People have always said I’m an old soul. I think I’d have rocked the pinup style in that era, but I love rocking it in this era now!”

Cheeky little white

A CHEEKY little white dropped through the freebie chute and straight into CC’s in-tray the other day. Alas, the vintage was recent, but the taste of old-fashioned, lovely creamy milk on CC’S Coco Pops was a real treat.

Bodalla Dairy, on the south coast, was buttering up the local media with a bottle of what it says is naturally produced milk, gently pasteurised at a low temperature to conserve healthy bacteria and proteins and bursting with more health benefits than the mass-produced supermarket stuff.

It’s not homogenised and the cream rises to the top, like it used to do, says dairy owner Sandra McCuaig.

Supa Barn is stocking it.

Dark Ages anyone?

IS this the wackiest club in town? CC discovered the Ancient Arts Fellowship on a list of unusual things people do in their spare time. A closer look revealed that it’s a Canberra-based Dark Ages re-enactment group whose members practice old-fashioned skills such as archery and close-quarters fighting using swords, shields, axes, spears and the like, wearing armour and period costumes.

Making all of this gear by hand is another of its main activities, along with feasting on foods that would have been served up to William the Conqueror (or William the Bastard depending on which side of his conquest you were on). Every year this culminates in a long weekend of feasting, crafting, fighting and archery called Beorgwic.

The AAF confines its immersive historical revelry to Northern Europe and Britain, from the time when the Vikings began to raid and later live alongside the Anglo-Saxons up until the Norman invasion, led by the aforementioned William, in AD1066.

“However,” they say, “our members also like to branch out into other locations and other periods.”

For more information at aaf.org.au

Spinning the baby

OH those wags at the Contentgroup. First they snaffle the Floriade PR account from rivals Morris Walker, then they’d have us believe that having a baby is like a PR campaign.

The cringing pitch is the wide-eyed work of, bless him, first-time dad-to-be Jamie Bradnam, who labours at the Civic spin centre as a senior communications co-ordinator, whatever that is.

Jamie’s wife is expecting in September, but he tells the world: “Despite all the excitement and the overwhelming response we’ve received from family, friends and colleagues though, one of the hardest parts of the whole process was patiently waiting to be able to tell the world.”

But here comes the strange parallel: “We work with clients on numerous events every year. While the excitement means that often our clients will want to let the cat out of the bag straight away, an important announcement needs to be carefully planned and well timed.

“You don’t want to announce who won a prestigious award on a Saturday when the media isn’t around [we are, too!], or promote who will be headlining a major concert before the contracts are signed.

“The same goes when we were announcing our baby. The whole process really did feel like a public relations campaign.”

Since when did tell the parents then Facebook it get so complicated? Congratulations all the same, but keep the birth off Youtube, there’s a good fellow.
To farmers, with thanks

AUSTRALIANS are being urged to share the love for farmers on World Thank You Day on June 11.

The curiously titled organisation Buy a Bale is asking all Australians to physically mail them a thank-you card for a farmer, which will be sent to a farmer in the drought areas of NSW and Queensland.

“Thank-you cards are a lost art to many these days and we believe that World Thank you day on June 11 is a great opportunity for Australians to write and express their thanks to the farmers for what they do for us all,” said Charles Alder, campaign co-ordinator for Buy a Bale

As drought continues to ravage 80 per cent of Queensland and almost 50 per cent of NSW, Buy a Bale has delivered more than 50,000 bales of hay to more than 420 farmers in the last five months.

Thank-you cards should be mailed before May 28 to Thank a Farmer, PO Box 1342, Sunnybank Hills, Queensland 4109. Cards should be no larger than a standard envelope size (DL).

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