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International ticket sales website pushes back on Simon Corbell’s Major Events Bill

VIAGOGO, a global online ticket marketplace, has taken an interest in Canberra matters. Simon Corbell’s anti-scalping measures in the Major Events Bill 2014 has earned their ire. The Bill “will see event-goers punished to the tune of around $4,200, or just under the state’s average monthly wage, for something as routine as selling a ticket […]

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Garage Sale Trail’s ready for your registration

GARAGE Sale Trail is gearing up for its second year in Canberra and fourth in Australia. It’s a day of simultaneous garage sales across the country on October 25 and encourages Australian households, schools, community groups and other organisations to get involved to declutter, reuse, meet their neighbours and make some money. Sellers can register […]


This week in beer… Hopscotch!

Dire economic projections in the ACT seem not to deter would-be hospitality professionals from opening new venues around Canberra, trying to get a piece of the ever decreasing pie. The latest offering is the newly established HopScotch, opened in Canberra’s bustling inner North, Braddon area. I ventured into this newly established bar on its third […]

Simon moves to protect event organisers and corporate sponsors

SIMON Corbell says he is going to introduce the Major Events Bill 2014 to establish new legislation for security management and commercial protections for major events. “This legislation is a critical part of the ACT’s preparations for hosting games as part of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup and the International Cricket Council (ICC) […]

Indonesian women poets celebrated in cultural evening

THAT indefatigable Indonesia expert and arts-lover, Dr George Quinn, has told “CityNews” of an unusual event coming up in the Embassy of Indonesia’s beautiful room, the Balai Kartini, named after the republic’s greatest heroine. Next week, August 15 (Indonesia’s Independence Day is on August 17) there will be a cultural event and dinner organised by the Balai […]


Shane tables his medical marijuana legislation

SHANE Rattenbury has tabled an exposure draft bill that would give Canberrans access to medical cannabis. “Since I released this legislation in July this year I have received significant feedback from the community in support,” Shane said. “The Assembly today moved to have the issue referred to Committee; I believe this is a good opportunity […]

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A new cycling peak body brings a new cycling festival

PEDAL Power ACT, ACT Cycling Federation, BMX ACT and Canberra Off Road Cyclists (CORC) have joined up to form “Capital Cycling”to promote all things cycling and provide a stronger voice for cyclists in the ACT. Capital Cycling has kicked off with a new website and the announcement of a ‘Festival of Cycling’ in spring. The […]

River Festival launched across the border

THE inaugural Queanbeyan River Festival has been officially announced today by Mayor, Tim Overall. The event, due to run on October 11, is intended to highlight the ways that locals can enjoy and utilise the river throughout the year. Planned activities will include ‘build your own’ raft races, fishing workshops, come and try sessions for […]

Canberra Confidential / Old Tony hasn’t loomed large

CANBERRAN Edwina Trollope is the the great-great-great granddaughter of prolific English novelist and inveterate traveller Anthony Trollope. She is to launch a book in Manuka about g-g-g-grandad’s adventures in  Australia and NZ in the 1870s, but admits light-heartedly: “I haven’t read any of Anthony’s books and am very ashamed!” Now she’s frantically trying to make amends. With […]

Tickets go on sale for Australia v. South Africa at Manuka

ANDREW Barr has let Canberrans know tickets to November 19′s Carlton Mid One Day International at Manuka Oval are now on sale. “It is great to see the Australian cricket team returning to Canberra after last year’s hugely successful Centenary of Canberra One Day International in February, which attracted a sell-out crowd,” Andrew said. “Since […]

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What our love affair with coffee pods reveals about our values

By John Rice, Griffith University and Nigel Martin, Australian National University MORNINGS just aren’t the same. Late sleepers, once troubled only by the quiet gurgle of the boiling kettle, are now shaken from their slumber by the guttural sounds of steaming water being forced through aluminium or plastic coffee pods. Conveniently secreted into the coffee […]

This week in beer… The Wig and Pen!

OH the Wig and Pen, we certainly haven’t forgotten about you. With all the brouhaha surrounding the opening of Bentspoke Brewing in Braddon, one might be forgiven for forgetting about this right gem of a venue, currently located in down town Civic. The Wig and Pen is something of an institution within Canberra, having been […]

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Todd Carney hanging out with the Corbys

TODD Carney completists will be thrilled to learn that Goulburn’s Finest has had himself photographed hanging out with Australia’s favourite drug smuggler and her centrefold sister. The Daily Telegraph has the scoop of the disgraced former Raiders star photographed with Schapelle and Mercedes Corby in Bali. Which does sound rather more pleasant than playing rugby […]