Stephen spars his way to a broadcasting future

As a child, Queanbeyan’s Stephen Peios would imitate great boxing announcers... and now he’s an announcer for boxing legends in real life on the world stage, reports DANIELLE NOHRA.

Avoid tears at rose-planting time

It's rose-planting time and every year gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT getS questions from readers on why their new roses have died. Here's the answer...

Long live the Republique!

"Republique has wonderful service. It’s a family operated business and there’s lots of love about the place. It’s infectious." And that's before reviewer WENDY JOHNSON gets the the restaurant's food.

Joy of a silver birch against a blue sky

"There are few more stunning sights than the golden yellow leaves of silver birch against a clear, blue sky," writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN gets into the winter mood.

Ethical food, coffee… and clothing

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON reports from a new ethical store and café in Civic dedicated to ethical food, coffee and clothing and is home to a small bookstore.

Boo hoo, here comes the jab to fight the flu

"I want my kids to understand that we are a 'no-nonsense' family – that when it comes to unpleasant but important experiences such as vaccination we just get on with it. Yes, it will hurt, but it will be quick and, yes, we get a treat afterwards," writes Mummy columnist KATE MEIKLE.

Good time to sort out the garden

Winter is the ideal time to reassess your garden. It’s looking bare, the leaves have fallen and there will be few flowers until the bulbs emerge in spring. Take take a slow walk around the garden and make plans, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Yothu Yindi members honour ‘deadly’ warriors

Yothu Yindi members – Witiyana Marika, Stu Kellaway and Kevin Malngay Yunupingu – have been in town all weekend preparing for tonight’s Reconciliation Eve concert at the Canberra Theatre, reports HELEN MUSA.

A termite walks into a bar…

"It is sharing moments of good food, good wine but above all good friends that marks the best in life." We find wine columnist RICHARD CALVER in a mellow mood.

Look out for the rare, red wattle

With some rare plants it’s best to buy them when you can. One such is Acacia leprosa “Scarlet Blaze”, the red wattle, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

The food was divine, that’s it really

"Be prepared to share and let your tastebuds dance, dance, dance. Don’t be shy – dishes are beautifully proportioned so you can graze without being overwhelmed," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON after a visit to Lamshed's.

Got to love those no-fuss perennials

Garden writer CEDRIC BRYANT loves perennials because they don't need constant replanting like annuals. He says they're ideal for dividing for extra plants and most can be readily grown from seed.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN’s salute to Mother’s Day.

Time to get pruning deciduous trees and plants

Now's the time for pruning many deciduous trees and shrubs, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT

Revealed: the life of flaxen-haired Charlotte Faunce

Artist Jiawei Shen is widely known for his portrait of the Princess of Denmark, Mary. He has also painted a woman worthy of the title of “Princess of Canberra” and for the first time it will be on public display on May 4, reports NICHOLE OVERALL.

Two hats and Chatham House rules, okay?

“The star dish of the night was the Tasmanian ocean trout with crispy skin, salty Yarra Valley caviar (pop, pop, pop in the mouth), sorrel and a delicate horseradish cream," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Yes, but Emily didn’t have to dig the bluebells up!

Despite Emily Bronte's affection for them, gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT has a word of warning about the English bluebell; it spreads like wildfire and could be a menace for the small garden.  

Delighting dons and students

"China Plate is attractive to young diners with its selection of Asian fusion dishes and prices, but sophisticated enough to attract uni profs and other non-millennials," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN salutes Anzac Day.




Burlesque girls tough it out for the title

Eight performers will compete for the title of Miss Burlesque ACT, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly Arts in the City column.


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