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Digital edition 24 July

“IT was suggested a reasonable figure for maintaining our 500,000 trees to be $12m annually… In recent years I understand the figure has been about $4m or less,” writes a forlorn CEDRIC BRYANT in a damning piece arguing how government is neglecting Canberra’s urban forest. Happy National Tree Day on July 27.

Digital edition 17 July

“BEFORE I know it, an hour has passed… and I’m feeling somewhat blindsided by a number of accurate insights and messages from beyond the grave that Angie could not possibly have known about or Googled, and I’m not quite sure how she did it”. Reporter KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK is gobsmacked by Angie Clairvoyant.

Digital edition 19 June

NO matter how good you are, or at least try to be, escaping swearing is pretty hard in this day and age, bemoans Mum in the City columnist SONYA FLADUN. She says as her children have grown up, they have got used to some idiosyncratic sayings from their mother. She shares some of them this week.

Digital edition 12 June

FILM reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD is grumpy about Nicole Kidman’s “Grace of Monaco”, sports writer TIM GAVEL (OAM) worries if the media is too hard on young players, MICHAEL MOORE has a strong word about parliamentary privilege and CEDRIC BRYANT loves the milder weather in the garden. All in all, another great edition.

Digital edition 5 June

STAR local cellist David Pereira is about to lose the use of his beloved borrowed 18th century Italian Guidantus. The family that has allowed him to play the 1730 cello is selling it. Worth around $500,000, Pereira tells arts editor HELEN MUSA that he’s urgently looking for someone to save it from being lost to the region.

Digital edition May 22

AS students spend more time with their fingers on a keyboard than wrapped around a pencil, does handwriting still have a place in today’s tech-driven classrooms? That’s the question posed in this week’s cover story, though you get some sense of what our model, five-year-old kindergartner Rosie Vukovljak, thinks.

Digital edition May 15

JOHN GRIFFITHS, in his new column about world-wide webbery, tells an astonishing story of how the recording of a slinky tumbling down an escalator in Civic went viral and has had more than three million views. Less viral is Lance the giant celebrity cockroach, who is attracting star status at Questacon.

Digital edition May 8

SNAPPER Belle Garfath set out celebrate in photographs Canberra’s little fighters – “You know, the kids that have had to fight for life, that have been through so much,” she told reporter KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK. “They’re so inspiring to me… these kids are truly amazing.” And so are her photos on this week’s cover and inside.

Digital edition May 1

AT 100 years, this is possibly the oldest photograph we’ve run on the cover. The War Memorial image illustrates perfectly the uplifting power of music during wartime as jovial privates Leonard Darcy and John Pratley, of the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, make music with frying pans and kitchen utensils at Blackboy Hill training camp, WA, in September, 1914. In that context, arts editor HELEN MUSA reports on the upcoming Canberra International Music Fesitval’s daring decision to focus on wartime music.

Digital edition March 27

YES, that’s a purple cabbage on the model’s head on this week’s cover. Elsewhere, KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK visits a charming monthly class where young people (and their mothers) are being taught to sew; MICHAEL MOORE says the Liberal position on prostitution is wrong; LYN MILLS reports on pollies rubbing tummies with TV stars and CEDRIC BRYANT says it’s time to get cracking on the pruning.

Digital edition March 13

FROM this week, the city’s leading social reporter LYN MILLS joins the “CityNews” team of respected and experienced writers and photographers. And also from this edition, acclaimed author and journalist ROBERT MACKLIN is writing a new weekly look at the news around us called “Seven Days”. It’s on Page 6.
Elsewhere, Canberra’s most-experienced arts writer HELEN MUSA talks exclusively with Patricia Routledge, television’s immortal “Mrs Bucket”.