Canberra Confidential / Life, death and climate change

Soren Dahlgaard's "The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show". Photo courtesy of the artist

Soren Dahlgaard’s “The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show”. Photo courtesy of the artist

“OTHER than life and death, climate change will be one of the only collective experiences in our lifetime to touch every human on the planet,” opine the organisers of art exhibition “2°”.

The show, at Gorman Arts Centre until August 20, looks at climate change by using “humour, seduction and intrigue”. Curated by Alexander Boynes, the exhibition features Daniel Bonson, GW Bot, David Buckland, Søren Dahlgaard, Jacky Green, Annika Harding, Timothy James Johnson and Andrew Styan.

Remembering grandma

Filmmaker Simon Cunich.

Filmmaker Simon Cunich.

INSPIRED by the experience of recording his grandmother’s stories after she was diagnosed with dementia, local documentary filmmaker Simon Cunich has launched Heirloom Films, dedicated to making films for families, to preserve the life stories of their elderly loved ones.

Already, he says, “there are some moving examples of how it has helped families capture precious memories of their elders before their passing.”

Cunich’s last film “Maratus” was awarded the Audience Award at the Stronger Than Fiction Film Festival in Canberra last year.

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Cedric smashes the record

Cedric Bryant.

Cedric Bryant.

CEDRIC (“The Pedant”) Bryant, guru of all things green, writes to argue that the region’s rain statistics hailing June as the wettest on record are wrong.

“Records to the best of my knowledge did not start officially in Canberra until about 1939,” he says.

“However, an official weather recording station was established at the Queanbeyan Bowling Club, Station Number 070072 in 1870.  

“A few years ago they gave me all the rainfall figures, month by month and year by year since 1870.  

“The wettest June on record was in 1891 with 161.6mm. There is overall little difference between rainfall in Queanbeyan and Canberra”.

Radio Rod takes a quiet bow


Rod Henshaw.

FORMER top-rating Brisbane broadcaster Rod Henshaw, who has returned to live in Canberra and is regularly heard these days on 2CC, marked his 50th anniversary in radio this week. He started at 2GN Goulburn on July 19, 1966.

But the smooth-voiced one greeted the good-natured chiacking from friends, bemused that the home of the Big Merino wasn’t having a Rod Henshaw Day, with little more than a resigned shrug. Both he and the doubtless unwitting station let the anniversary slip quietly away.

150717181129-orcam-thumbnail-576x324Specs that see and hear

SCIENTISTS have developed ordinary looking glasses, complete with a discreet microphone, that help visually impaired wearers read newspapers or text on a computer, a smartphone or any other product as well as recognising faces, telling the wearer who they are.

How do we know this? Because the glasses will be among the other revolutionary equipment on display at the Royal Society for the Blind’s annual adaptive technology, equipment and low-vision aids expo, Overview 2016, at the Griffin Centre on July 29-30.

RSB Canberra co-ordinator Rebecca Rawlinson said: “The advances in technology, especially in computers that can see and speak, are absolutely extraordinary and completely revolutionising for people who are blind or vision impaired.

“Overview celebrates these achievements, but it’s also about education – adaptive technology, equipment and aids give the gift of independence to people of all ages and abilities and from all walks of life.”


ONLY a Swiss ice cream maker could be “delighted” at giving away scoops of its frozen product in the depths of a Canberra winter.

What’s driving the madness of parting company with 250 free scoops of premium ice cream on August 1? The Swiss national day, of course.

It’s not absolutely free. Recipients of a Mövenpick scoop are expected to kick the tin with a gold-coin donation to support the Swiss-founded Red Cross.

But they shouldn’t expect to see MikeT at the Kingston Foreshore store. He loves the ice cream but tells Tripadvisor that the scoops are pretty miserable for the price (two for $7.50). He puts the parsimony down to the area’s high rents.

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