Canberra Confidential: Cocking a snoot

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WHILE the local plod await his return from Queensland with a welcome-home arrest warrant, a defiant Jorian Gardner cocks a snoot at the Magistrates Court by posting on Facebook that, despite failing to face the beak on a drink-driving charge, “I may extend my holiday by a few days”.

Jorian Gardner
Jorian Gardner

Controversial Gardner, Arts Minister Joy Burch’s first choice to direct February’s Fringe festival and Domenic Mico’s last choice as business partner in Smith’s Alternative, says he “got the date wrong so I didn’t intentionally not attend”.

Magistrate Robert Cook was having none of the dog-ate-my-homework excuses, saying it was the second time the defendant had missed a court date and, to ensure a certain appearance, slapped an arrest warrant on Gardner.

“It aint the first time I did something stupid & probably wont be the last,” he ungrammatically told his Facebook faithful with courageous candour.

“I apologise to my mum & my friends. To the haters – I really don’t care what you think so eat my shorts. Can I just have a friggin break now please?”


Dorothy calls it a day


AFTER almost 60 years of trading, luxury clothing store Millers of Manuka will close in December.

The store was opened at the same location 55 years ago by Mary Miller, and then continued on by her daughter Dorothy Roberts, who originally returned to Canberra in 1971 from Mount Isa with husband Bert to help run the business.

Mrs Roberts says ahead of the iconic store’s closure, business has been “absolutely manic”. Its last trading day will be December 21.


A winner of a cover


BRIDAL magazine “Hitched”, previously featured in “CityNews” and based in Kingston, has won the Lifestyle category at the national Magazine Cover Awards. The winning cover, pictured, was inspired by the “Pink Ladies” from the 1978 movie, “Grease” and illustrated by Emma Leonard.

Emma Leonard's winning cover illustration for Hitched's first issue.
Emma Leonard’s winning cover illustration for Hitched’s first issue.

“We’re an independent magazine and have only just published our third issue, so the win is a pretty big one for our team,” says editor and founder, Renee Douros.

The number’s up


HERE’S one way to bring the Centenary year’s end to the blur it has become – grab a numbered pack of the three local wines produced to celebrate Canberra’s 100th birthday.

Winemaker Allan Pankhurst says  this was the last chance for wine collectors and connoisseurs to get their hands on the Centenary riesling, shiraz and sparkling wine with the packs numbered from 2 to 98 at $200, and those numbered 100, 1908, 2008 and 2013, $300. A donation goes to the Centenary charity Dollars for Dili.

They’re available only from Pankhurst Wines and can be ordered at or to 6230 2592.

Top of the Hill

WHILE some of the 500 “Human Headline” bloggers and tweeters, who scored a free weekend in Canberra to tell their friends about, were sniffy, Australian Capital Tourism director, Ian Hill’s innovative campaign has been feted with silver for Effectiveness Brand Experience, bronze for Creative Social Media and bronze for Travel and Hospitality from  Australia’s largest marketing and advertising association, ADMA.


Those creative Guidas


ARCHITECT John Guida, pictured, has abandoned New York to return home to join his famous dad Hal Guida as a partner in Guida Moseley Brown.

Guida senior, came from Philadelphia to help drive design in Parliament House 25 years ago and stayed. Son John, brings 14 years’ experience of architectural and masterplan projects in Australia, the US, Europe, Korea, Taiwan and China. He is the brother of writer James Guida, who is lapping up life in the Big Apple and was featured last week in “CityNews”.


THE China Town Restaurant, Trennery Street, Weston, must be the only restaurant in the ACT where the (all female) staff greets diners on arrival with a kiss. Well, it seems, the regulars at least, which might explain why there are a lot of regulars!


OH, what a night… on Saturday, November 23, arts lovers can look forward to “Voices in the Forest”, the CAPO Gala and awards announcements, the ACT Music Awards, the “MAMAs”, and now a latecomer, the Virgin Ball at  Parliament House, where Geoffrey Rush will present American producer Harvey Weinstein with the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Fellowship. Don’t people talk to each other?


“LADIES and gentlemen, for the first time in 44 years, Axiom,” said Ozrock legend Brian Cadd as he introduced a bracket of the two-year Melbourne supergroup’s hits in the first night of a national tour “The Story of Sharky and the Caddman” with fellow band member Glenn Shorrock at the Southern Cross. It was a masterclass in performance and nostalgia by these veteran performers.


OUR airport snout reports that the day rate for parking has snuck up $2.50. He says he doesn’t especially begrudge the rise but, as a regular parker, would have like to have known about it before he got to the payment machines.


WHICH local media outfit sat down to the TV and a fine Tosolinis chicken lunch to watch the running of the Melbourne Cup, but was startled out of the bonhomie by a breathless newsbreak announcing the winner? They were watching WIN and not the broadcast station Prime. Alright, it was us!



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