Whispers of the end of the known world in 1919

We've been here before, just over a century ago when the Spanish Flu swept across Australia. Infecting 40 per cent of the country, it brought bans on public events, quarantine and the mandatory use of face masks, writes "Yesterdays" columnist NICHOLE OVERALL. 

‘Whacky’ cafe idea hits the spot for night owls 

"Even the folks behind Kita wondered what they were thinking when they opened a nocturnal hotspot, but it's paid off, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON. 

When friendships forged by bushfire get sewing

Country Women's Association members from Queanbeyan who joined a global crafting effort sewing pouches for bushfire orphaned wildlife, say the experience has left them eager to offer even more practical help in the community.

Welcoming visitors to a ‘dear old garden’

KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK previews an upcoming open garden – historic Lambrigg at Tharwa. 

Plant now for amazing autumn colour

Gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT says now's the time to get looking for colourful autumn trees. 

To be sure, pick your own bulbs

Gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT has a view about ordering bulbs on line. Don't!

Darling dumplings and diners can’t get enough

The team at the CBD Dumpling House creates thousands of dumplings a day, with incredible speed and precision. It’s mesmerising to watch, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

The mother of all air balloons floats back

THE controversial star of the Canberra Centenary in 2013, the Skywhale air balloon is home and taking centre stage again at the annual autumn Canberra Balloon Spectacular on the lawns of Old Parliament House, beside lake Burley Griffin.

Four grand finals stars join Raiders hall of fame

THE Canberra Raiders inducted four more players into the club's Hall of Fame, at last night's season launch at its new centre in Braddon.

Roaring start to the Balloon Spectacular

An occasional contributor to citynews.com.au, SABINE FRIEDRICH absolutely surpassed her earlier pieces with this striking image from today's opening morning of the annual autumn Canberra Balloon Spectacular on the lawns of Old Parliament House, beside lake Burley Griffin.

Rain pushes botanic garden’s celebrations indoors

After postponing the Australian National Botanic Gardens' 50th anniversary program launch in early January because of hazardous air quality and ongoing fire danger, the gardens went indoors this morning to celebrate its proud history, as steady rain fell.

Autumn and the leaves are likely to fall sooner

Gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT says the leaves are going to be falling earlier this year and summer is to blame. 

Pilot catapults ingredients to a new level

“It didn’t take long for Pilot at Ainslie shops to develop a dedicated fan base and begin picking up serious accolades,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Stressful open-gardens season saved by the rain 

Open Gardens Canberra’s autumn program will start in mid-March, despite gardens suffering over the disastrous summer, says convenor Tom Baker.

The digital kids who are driving their parents crazy

IN a world where a smartphone or a screen is never far from our hands and gaze, and where we are increasingly plugged into technology, the issues of how to manage children’s digital behaviours is becoming a universal dilemma for parents, says Dr Kristy Goodwin

Dawn’s silhouettes across the lake

We're wondering if master snapper ANDREW CAMPBELL ever sleeps. The usually nocturnal photographer has popped up with a dramatically beautiful photo he's titled "Sunrise Rowers"

Give a little love to the south coast

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON writes about her trip down to the south coast, to spread a little love on the Valentine’s Day weekend.

Hard work on the hamster wheel!

"The first week of school felt like the longest of my life! I know I’m not alone in feeling the huge change to our family, all my mum friends have been checking in on how we are each managing the change as mothers," writes "Mummy" columnist KATE MEIKLE.  

Raiders first coach Don Furner dies at 87

The Canberra Raiders inaugural coach and life member Don Furner Sr died last night (February 24) following a long battle with illness. He was 88.

Truly time for holly to step up

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT remembers he'd forgotten to write about holly... for decades! 





ACT hands out laptops for home learning

PUBLIC school students in years 4,5 and 6 will now be provided with laptop computers to ensure home learning during the coronavirus pandemic.


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