Canberra Confidential: Trieu believer crosses to the other side

Heartthrob to villain… Canberra-born actor Andy Trieu. Photo by Steven Lloyd

Heartthrob to villain… Canberra-born actor Andy Trieu. Photo by Steven Lloyd

DASHING Canberra-born actor Andy Trieu has scored star billing in Australia’s first “kung fu comedy”, a new ABC TV series to air later this year called “Maximum Choppage”.

It will allow Andy, a three-time Australian champion, to show the full range of his martial art skills. He is currently in the top 50 “Cleo” Bachelors of the Year.

Filmed in Cabramatta and other Sydney locations, the first season of six 30-minute episodes will screen in October. Andy, whose parents are ethnic Chinese refugees from Vietnam, will break with his usual heart-throb parts to play the villain, Fury.

“It’s a great part,’ he told “CityNews” writer Robert Macklin. “All actors love playing villains. You can really get your teeth into them.”

Andy can be seen currently on the Nine network as the Kitchen Ninja co-hosting the “Kitchen Whiz” program. He has also had parts in “Rescue” on Nine and two top ABC programs “Crownies” and “Rake”.

Earlier this month he played the Chinese bushranger Sam Pu in the trailer of the feature film “Aodaliya Gold” shot mostly at the Gooromon Riding Centre.

Scalping vouchers

THE time-honoured courtesy of winding down the car window and freely proffering what’s left of an unexhausted parking voucher to a stranger at the pay machine seems to have ended.

A man offered a friend of CC a two-hour voucher the other day, which she cheerfully accepted, to discover only that his hand was outstretched for $3. Shocked, she paid him for more time than she had intended to park for!

Proper Charlies…

Screen-Shot-2014-04-09-at-2.29.51-pm-e1397545699799No. But we are deeply affected by the fact the Legislative Assembly can’t spell the southern suburb of Conder, named after Charles Edward Conder (1868-1909) the English-born painter, lithographer and designer who was a key figure in the Heidelberg School, arguably the beginning of a distinctively Australian tradition in Western art.

photoBright and gloomy…

LOVELY irony in this picture from the storm-swept Civic skyline last week. The old CPA Building in London Circuit has been rebranded by Bright Consultants and the canny eye of reader and media man Mike Welsh caught the moment perfectly.

Budget crisis solved

ACROSS the border, in mysterious Queanbeyan, the visionary council has implemented a new approach to “user pays” by withholding an important public amenity subject to the community getting off their collective bums and literally earning it.

The recently announced “Queanbeyan Steps Up” is part of the council’s laudable 10,000 steps a day public health program, designed to encourage local lardbottoms to increase their walking.

However, are they seriously going to withhold the amenity if the great unwashed decide to sit it out?

Although, if that logic were used here we could probably say goodbye to the underused ACTION buses, half the library service and most of ArtsACT’s esoteric arts funding. What Budget crisis?

Roasts are toast

LOOKS like its goodbye meat and three veg and hello wok world as the new “Australian Eating and Cooking Habits Study” breathlessly reveals that 49 per cent of Australians prefer to cook Asian cuisine at home over any type of international food.

Only 15 per cent of Australians cook traditional roasts and 66 per cent of the population has cut down restaurant visits to save money. Furthermore, two in three Australians have also cut back on eating takeaway. In fact, 60 per cent of Generation X, the age group often labelled money-spenders, now choose to cook at home.

 

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