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Pop-up for summer: Sculpture Garden restaurant revived

LAUNCHING what new NGA director Gerard Vaughan called calls “a reformulation of the Sculpture Garden restaurant”, media and gallery staff today joined food mover and shaker Stephanie Alexander for a light lunch that put together food and art. Long hidden behind the Fujiko Nakaya ‘Fog sculpture’ at the NGA, the restaurant is now enlivened by […]

Your taxes paying $200,000 so Fairfax can put on a noodle market at Enlighten

ANDREW Barr says the Night Noodle Markets will come to Canberra for the 2015 ENLIGHTEN festival. “For 10 nights from 27 February to 8 March, the ENLIGHTEN Night Noodle Markets will see up to 25 hawker style food stalls operating in the ENLIGHTEN precinct between Reconciliation Place and Commonwealth Place,” Andrew says. The markets will […]

Health risks of nicotine cast doubt on ‘safer’ e-cigarette

By Ross MacKenzie; Benjamin Hawkins, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Thomas Novotny, San Diego State University BRITISH American Tobacco Australia has lobbied Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to have electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) classified as a harm-reduction pharmaceutical product. If successful, this would allow media advertising for e-cigarettes similar to that seen for nicotine […]

Playful exhibition explores children’s rights

IT was a case of all-hands on the coloured cupcakes yesterday in the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House as the kids took over. The occasion was the opening by CEO of UNICEF Australia Norman Gillespie, who joined MoAD director Daryl Karp in unveiling of “Play Up,” a show which explores the United […]

For the Centenary, we get a cancer chair

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has announced the appointment of Professor Ross Hannan as the first Centenary Chair of Cancer Research at the John Curtin School of Medical Research. As Chair, Professor Hannan will oversee a collaborative hub for cancer research that will involve leading researchers from within the Australian National University, as well as clinicians […]

Scientific glassblowers unite for charity auction

TODAY, Friday, November 14, is the day for something totally left of field in the arts- and you can wash it down with a beer too. The Scientific Glassblowing Society of Australia New Zealand will host a public benefit auction at BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon for Toora Women Inc, a charitable organisation that provides […]

Canberra’s Sirens off to the Cheerleading Nationals

CANBERRA’S cheerleading squad “Sirens” is gearing up for the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation’s All-Star Nationals on the Gold Coast from November 28-30. Top cheerleaders and dancers from every State across Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia will converge on the Gold Coast for the event. With 7500+ competitors the AASCF Nationals is the largest all […]

Canberra Confidential / In memory of Clarrie whatshisface

REGULAR readers will know that this column can’t resist dozy bureaucratic cock-ups and this is a doozy. Spotted by one of CC’s favourite sharp-eyed snouts, who was city bound along the Barton Highway, near Gungahlin. We’re thinking of offering TAMS the services of our revered proofreader Glenda Anderson. Can you spot the difference? ‘Cos all […]


Gungahlin’s Bunnings is going up

BUNNINGS have announced the development of a new Bunnings Warehouse in Gungahlin. Development of the new $59 million Bunnings Warehouse Gungahlin is currently on schedule. Construction has recently commenced with ADCO Constructions appointed as the builder. Approximately 180 jobs are expected to be created in the local community following the opening of the Warehouse, offering […]

Canberra Confidential / Poppin’ up it ain’t

THE Floriade came and went but, it seems, Andrew Barr’s “pop-up” shipping-container village at West Basin on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin is still in transit. The Deputy Chief Minister launched Westside @ Acton Park on July 23, at the old futsal pitch folly, promising grandly that it would “dramatically change the way Canberrans […]


This week in beer… Feral Brewing

I hope you’re getting excited! November 8 is the day, the former transport depot in Kingston is the place and beer day out’s second annual festival is the event set to shake and excite Canberra’s beer loving public. A brewery who I am really excited to see at the beer day out is Western Australia’s […]

Canberra Confidential / Graffiti in a new guise

ONLY in clever-clogs Canberra? Watson reader and gardening writer Cedric Bryant loves reading biographies, so much so that to feed his insatiable appetite he’s joined the Dickson library and is cutting a swathe through their shelves. With no little distress and irritation he reports of the curious habit of previous borrowers scarring the margins of […]