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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 […]

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 […]