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Canberra Confidential / Big days for clay

IT’S a “Rust Dragon” and it won Caitlin Dobbs the Canberra Potters’ Society’s 2014 Best Young Person award. The Potters are staging their student/teacher exhibition at the Watson Arts Centre, in Aspinall Street, in an annual celebration of the talents and creativity of the students who attend pottery classes and the teachers who share with […]

Canberra Confidential / Snapper falls for autumn leaves

YOU can take the snapper out of the newsroom, but you can never take the fascination with action photography from the news snapper. And so it is for latter-day commercial lensman Andrew Campbell who, over recent months, has filed all sorts of wonderful photos to “CityNews” and Curiously, his current series have all been […]

Canberra Confidential / Hold the press, it’s a slouch hat!

  A HEARTBEAT short of the Anzac Day centenary celebrations getting into full swing, CC’s eye was caught by an email dropping into the cesspit that is titled “Urgent ANZAC Article Submission”. Gripped by curiosity and urgency the email was opened to discover only an outrageous misrepresentation of the nation’s mood. Former Canberran turned […]

Canberra Confidential / Fashion with an uppercut

IN possibly a world first, boxing gloves will make their debut on a catwalk when local designer Red Corner launches its new range of boxing accoutrements at Canberra’s awfully fashionable Fashfest on May 15. “It’s not such a stretch when you realise how fashion-forward this Canberra company is with its new selection of anything-but-boring boxing […]

Canberra Confidential / Turning the theatre inside out

CANBERRA Theatre is to be transformed into the round next month when “Le Noir – the Dark Side of Cirque’s” world tour makes it to town. The theatre promises that the transformation will give “audiences an exhilarating 360-degree view of the show”, though CC isn’t sure that’s physically possible. No matter, the audience will find […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canberra Confidential / ‘Saucy’ Trumble painting raises eyebrows

LIVEWIRE director of the National Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble, proved himself a nifty dancer last year in the behind-the-scenes at the NPG entry in the international “Museum Danceoff” video contest (it’s on YouTube). Now he’s raising eyebrows again with the revelation on Radio National’s “Books and Arts Daily” that his own portrait had been painted […]

Canberra Confidential / Lauren for the Assembly?

THE mysterious Braddon Punter’s Club has assembled the odds in what it calls its “New Year’s Stakes” and has Barnaby Joyce a 2/1 possibility of becoming Deputy Prime Minister; it’s predicting (3/1) a hung parliament in Queensland; a 4/1 chance of Tony Abbott facing a leadership challenge and, most intriguingly, the club is tipping basketballer […]

Canberra Confidential / New hands for Floriade?

FLORIADE’S future in Commonwealth Park looks uncertain and the ACT Government is rehearsing getting out of staging it, according to CC’s snouts-in-the-know. Early this year the ACT Government was, apparently, notified in writing by the NCA that its lease on Commonwealth Park to stage the annual flower festival would not be renewed, they want their […]