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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canberra Confidential / The sexy ‘spooktacular’

“EERIE ecdysia” is the promise from Canberra’s burlesque and cabaret-inspired Sass and Tease Collective, who are putting together a sexy halloween “spooktacular” at Teatro Vivaldi in the ANU on October 31. Ecdysia? Nude dancing, and the night’s stars include local burlesquers  Ivy Ambrosia, Ursula Wolfe and Şeker Pare, Tiffany Blue and Abel Fox and the […]

Canberra Confidential / Snappers showing off

THIS is photographer Geoff Comfort’s aerial shot of a gravel carpark, in Tuggeranong and it scored him a gold award at the recent Australian Professional Photography Awards. Geoff has curated the work of 15 leading Canberra photographers for a special exhibition of award-winning images inspired by Floriade’s final-week outdoors and adventure theme. The exhibition will […]

Canberra Confidential / Arthur plans to be a big hit

THIS is determined Arthur Wilks, 81, on the comeback trail from multiple episodes of surgery including a snapped achilles tendon, who will represent the ACT in the Australian veterans table tennis championships in Tasmania, next month. Octogenarian Arthur, a retired school principal who last year published a history of ACT table tennis, will be joined […]

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 […]

Canberra Confidential / Curtins for someone?

IN announcing an eminently worthy fellowship for gender equity in science, Labor Chief Minister Katy Gallagher’s otherwise word-perfect press release finished with this howler: “The Fellowship is named in honour of Emeritus Professor Judith Whitworth AC, who was director of The John Curtain School of Medical Research from August 1999 until July 2009”. Widely regarded […]

Canberra Confidential / Shooting cockatoos

SNAPPER Gary Schafer was heading home the other day and couldn’t resist slamming on the brakes, leaping out and shooting this lovely late-afternoon photo of cockatoos enjoying their winter feeding grounds along Canberra Avenue, something that’s a regular winter event, he says. ‘Duck’s’ back for breakfast MEDIA personality Rob Duckworth this week stepped in to the […]

Canberra Confidential / Happy and glorious?

ROYAL Doulton ambassador Michael Doulton will be at DJs Woden on Sunday, July 20. The UK pottery company’s fifth-generation emissary’s national tour is “Celebrating Royalty”, which includes flogging what CC thinks is a funny looking royal baby figure. Limited to only 4000 copies, the 22-centimetre, $299 model depicts the first appearance of Prince William, Catherine […]

Canberra Confidential / Power words to the people

WE loved the innocent spin to Actew-AGL’s thumping price rise announcement last week. Coyly headed: “Changes to ActewAGL’s electricity and gas prices”, the company blusters about how the regulator has saddled them with a 4.3 per cent rise in electricity, then two thirds down the missive is the lumpy news that the unregulated gas price […]