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Duels, death and dark forces

    AS Sydney turns steamy, Opera Australia’s collective thoughts turn to fun. Well, fun opera-style, with a few duels, the death of a consumptive heroine and some weird magic from the dark forces – in short, a season of popular favourites. OA sums up the repertoire as “spectacular adventures and seaside comedies, heartbreaking tragedies, […]

Lake gets cod boost

MORE than 37,000 Murray Cod fingerlings were today released into Lake Burley Griffin. The fish, from the Uarah Fish Hatchery in Wagga Wagga, cost $20,000 and were paid for equally by the National Capital Authority and Canberra Fisherman’s Club, from funds raised at the Canberra Carp-Out. The NCA stocks Lake Burley Griffin to improve the […]

Fieldhouse wins top gong for indigenous ceramic arts

JANET Fieldhouse has won the $20,000 main prize at the 2011 Indigenous Ceramic Art Awards. Fieldhouse, a Canberra-based Torres Strait artist and a CIT cultural arts teacher and coordinator in the Yurauna Centre, won the award for he work called “Tattoo”. The installation uses a light box and transparent porcelain to look at ritual scarification practices […]

Sneaky Sound System to play at Australia Day concert

AUSTRALIAN duo Sneaky Sound System are the first act announced for the 2012 Australia Celebrates Live concert. The concert, formerly known as Australia Day Live will be held on the lawns of Parliament House on Wednesday,  January 25. Australia Celebrates Live is Canberra’s biggest free outdoor concert, attracting about 35,000 people every year.  This is […]

Taking ACTION on Hawaiian Shirt Day

By Vanessa Lam ACTION bus drivers will be driving up their fashion sense tomorrow, to help celebrate and raise awareness of the ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group’s Hawaiian Shirt Day. “Across Canberra, ACTION bus drivers will proudly wear a Hawaiian shirt to support families who have a member undergoing treatment for cancer and we […]

Faking it

AS much as we love pure porcelain-toned skin, there are times when a girl just looks better with a tan. A beautiful bronze glow is a quick way to kick-start your best looks this party season – whether it’s going to the races, a wedding or simply heading to a barbecue. The only safe way […]

A treat not to be missed

THEATRE “Out of Order”  By Ray Cooney, directed by Walter Learning, for Canberra Repertory, at Theatre 3, until December 3. Reviewed by Helen Musa ENGLISH playwright Ray Cooney is an expert at winding up ridiculous plots; Canadian director  Walter Learning is an expert at unravelling them. “Out of Order” is easily the silliest bit of pre-Christmas fun in Canberra. The plot is familiar. An English MP in the Thatcher era finds himself compromised […]

Review: The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn, Part 1 ★

CINEMAS go to the expense of midnight screenings to tempt a franchise’s dyed-in-the-wool fanatics to see the film’s first local screening. I have it on impeccable authority that many fanatics voted with their feet and went home early from one local cinema that screened this vampire/werewolf fantasy at midnight on its opening day. Bella and […]

Computer seized in bar bust

SEVERAL items, including computer equipment were seized from The London Burger and Beers yesterday after detectives spent several hours searching the bar and restaurant. The detectives, from the Organised Crime and Crime Targeting Team, began their search at about 11am. Police continue to conduct enquiries into the matter.

Blaze destroys apartment

THE top level of a two storey apartment in Banks was destroyed by fire today. ACT Fire Brigade received phone calls at about 3.40pm of a fire at an apartment on Thomas Hart Street. Three fire pumpers extinguished the blaze. The fire also caused minor damage to the roof of the adjoining unit. No one […]

Jon calls for arts champ

EVEN the sudden downpour couldn’t dampen the spirits at Strathnairn Homestead’s refurbished woolshed on Friday when the president of Strathnairn Arts Association, Anita McIntyre, welcomed former ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope as the organisation’s new patron. Mr Stanhope was remarkably outspoken as he explained to the assembled members of the ACT arts community how he […]

One access point for health

A NEW online tool launched today will provide one access point to all healthcare service information for the Canberra region. The information will be provided through the ACT Health website, and will include a single listing for health services including mental health, aged care, allied health, GPs, pharmacies, women’s and children’s health, pathology, public hospitals […]

McCabe warns on asbestos

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe says he is “extremely concerned” with the cavalier attitude to the handling of asbestos by a small number of builders. “While the majority of people in the building industry understand only too well the dangers associated with dealing with asbestos, and the care that must be taken when handling it, […]