Wine / Feeling the love, but it takes 10 years

"I think that even though semillon is unloved by the market I am going to keep looking for bargains where there is the potential to have a truly excellent wine," says wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Gardening / Walk this way – with a purpose

I’M often asked where I get ideas for my column. Well may you ask, having now produced more than 1600 of them since February,1986,...

No, eating chocolate won’t cure depression

We cannot use this type of evidence to promote eating chocolate as a safeguard against depression, writes associate Prof of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University, BEN DESBROW. 

Shed opens up some of the best oysters

Winter is a peak season for oysters farmed in the pristine, turquoise waters the Eurobodalla coast is so well known for. The unique microclimate and clean waters create the oyster’s signature taste and appeal (salty, sweet, creamy),” writes WENDY JOHNSON.

Yesterdays / Local plight of Ireland’s ‘Potato Orphans’

Packed off with clothing, a prayer book and a hairbrush, Anne and Alicia Keefe were two of more than 4100 Irish women to arrive in Australia between 1848 and 1850. Yesterdays columnist NICHOLE OVERALL looks a local link with Ireland’s ‘Potato Orphans’.

Gardening / Resist the seed temptation

Don’t try to bring seeds into Australia from overseas, the penalties are dire, warns gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN gets in the polar blast mood!

Dining / Wunderbar taste of authentic Bavarian

“The challenge is to single-handedly eat a six-stack of chicken schnitzel with ham, cheese and four sides in one hour and you get your meal ‘on the haus’. Lucky that Woden hospital is nearby!” writes WENDY JOHNSON

Growing up wasn’t meant to be easy

“The whole crying-when-your-sibling-has-a-birthday thing drives me bananas. Surely he can suck it up and just let his sister have her birthday? Apparently not, yet,” writes Mummy columnist KATE MEIKLE.

When the Penises for Peace came a cropper…

From the Homosexual Law Reform Society, Women Against Rape in War to Penises for Peace, Canberra has a rich history of protest. ROWAN HENDERSON previews a new exhibition of local activism that’s just opened at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Gardening / Pioneers dug in for good

Canberra’s first gardening club is celebrating its 90th birthday and there is much to celebrate, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Italian with welcoming ways

“La Rustica knows its place in the market, is unpretentious and always focused on making tummies happy,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Keeping an eye on the night sky for science

In this second in NICHOLE OVERALL’s series on Canberra’s role in observing space, she looks at the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope at Hoskinstown that,...

Gardening / Time to feed hungry plants

It’s a good idea to start feeding all plants that were planted earlier in the autumn; specifically to encourage strong root growth for the coming spring, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

‘X’ marks the dining spot

“I’d love to see more local cafés in this new precinct, as opposed to the several large chains that have set up business in the area but it is what it is,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Righting the Honeysuckle Creek record

Yesterday columnist NICHOLE OVERALL looks back at what was really happening at Honeysuckle Creek when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

Strength of a tree that reminds us of times gone by

This week, gardening writer Cedric Bryant looks at the English oak tree, a species often brought to Australian country towns after WWI.

Canberra sees that ‘giant leap for mankind’ first!

Hundreds of millions of people around the world collectively gasped at Neil Armstrong's first tentative steps on to the lunar surface on July 21, 1969 – and Canberra was in the thick of bringing those pictures to Earth.  

Sharing lunch with an old friend

"The Urban Pantry menu has great variety and focuses on local produce and flavours that are anything but wimpy, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Space travel’s future is all about plasma power

Christine Charles, the head of the Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion laboratory at ANU, is working on one of the biggest problems when it comes to going back to the moon – fuel, reports DANIELLE NOHRA.

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