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Canberra Confidential / Music to get your teeth into

NEW artistic director of Canberra International Music Festival, Roland Peelman, is opening his first festival with a “Chefs of Canberra” night of fine music and top nosh at the National Arboretum on Thursday, April 30. It’s to be co-hosted by Mildura chef, restaurateur and telly star Stefano di Pieri. The four-course degustation will come from […]

Drunks and pitchsiders punted from Manuka Oval

ACT Policing were pleased with the generally well behaved crowd at yesterday’s ICC Cricket World Cup match between Zimbabwe and West Indies at Manuka Oval (Tuesday, February 24), despite a small number of spectators ejected. ACT Policing’s Operation Commander for the event, Superintendent Rob Wilson, said that a small group of males put a dampener […]

Canberra Confidential / Messengers don’t get the message

OH, no! What’s this? An unthinkable tiff between the ACT Government and reporters from the “Canberra Times”? Unhappy reporter Tom McIlroy, sniffily tweeted that it was “strange” the Chief Minister and his deputy “hide press conference on asset sales from ‘Canberra Times’ reporters. What’s got their goat?” Tom’s big call had CM Andrew Barr growling […]

‘Five days in a perfect world’, the 2015 National Folk Festival

BOLSTERED by the idealistic slogan, “Five days in a perfect world”, the National Folk Festival has unveiled its program for 2015 in the grand manner. Festival director Pam Merrigan told those present at the program launch held the National Library of Australia that next year would be the 50th anniversary of the popular event that […]

Ute Muster

The Sutton Country Fair and Ute Muster is coming!

THE Sutton Country Fair and Ute Muster is on Saturday March 21 at Sutton Primary School, just ten minutes from Canberra. It is a community day of fun with entertainment, music, games, rides, raffles and prizes, plus the popular Ute Muster. The Utes will be in various categories including “Best Street Ute”, “Best Chick’s Ute”, […]

Barr talks up the numbers for a summer of major events

ANDREW Barr says the ACT Government’s commitment to hosting major sporting and community events is continuing to deliver positive outcomes, with strong crowds flocking to venues throughout the summer to enjoy these events and delivering unprecedented national and international exposure to the capital. “The city’s jam-packed calendar of summer events has provided further confirmation that […]

Cricket fan ejected by police for “courtsiding”

SIX people were ejected from the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Manuka Oval yesterday (Wednesday, February 19), although police were pleased with the overall crowd behaviour. An enthusiastic and lively crowd of more than 10,900 spectators attended the day-night international sporting fixture. ACT Policing’s Operation Commander for the event, Superintendent […]

Canberra Confidential / Brandon’s Mickey Mouse award

WINNING an art award proved to be a pretty Mickey Mouse (and Pluto) affair for year 12 Gungahlin College student Brandon Mackintosh. Brandon took out the Ray White People’s Choice Award of the recent “College Express” exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre for his Mickey and Pluto “icons” made from old aluminium drink cans. Gungahlin College […]

dog racing

ACT to look into dog racing allegations from last night’s Four Corners

JOY Burch has responded to last night’s shocking revelations on the ABC’s Four Corners program about the use of live baiting of successful greyhounds in Australia. The footage shown on the ABC’s Four Corners program last night in relation to the live baiting of greyhounds is truly shocking and as Minister for Racing and Gaming […]


Scary berries: how food gets contaminated and what to do

By Martyn Kirk, Australian National University FOOD distributor Patties Foods has recalled two brands of frozen mixed berries — Nanna’s and Creative Gourmet — due to reports of three people in Victoria, four in Queensland and two in New South Wales developing hepatitis A after eating the products. The cause of a fourth Queensland case […]