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Professor Ron McCallum at 1RPH lunch

Named the 2011 Senior Australian of the Year and with many other awards and accolades, Professor Ron McCallum AO, recently spoke about his memoir, Born At The Right Time, at a radio for the print handicapped (1RPH) lunch at Canberra’s Ainslie Football Club. With a distinguished career as a lawyer and academic, Professor McCallum was the first blind person to be appointed as Dean at an Australian University (Sydney University).  … Read more.

Book Introductions

Recently in his regular Weekend Australian Magazine article, broadcaster-journalist, Phillip Adams, cited some memorable openings from novels: “…Melville’s elemental ‘Call me Ishmael’; Austen’s elegant ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune might be in want of a wife’;…Tolstoy’s ‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way’”.  … Read more.

27 July: National Pain Week

As anyone who has lived with chronic pain (classified as pain which lasts for three consecutive months or more) knows, living with ongoing pain can change one’s life from being able to participate in a wide range of leisure and work activities, to situations of excruciating pain, immobility, and a need to rely on others and make many lifestyle adjustments.  … Read more.

Canberra: open for business

Lava, Phillip, ACT

The owner of Lava Espresso café in Phillip, Lincoln Fairleigh, has set up the website Canberra Still Open “dedicated to supporting restaurants and cafes in the Canberra region”.

It’s an information hub about available eateries across the ACT and region, categorised under the headings: City, North Canberra, South Canberra, Tuggeranong, Woden, Weston Creek, Gungahlin, Belconnen Greater Region, and allows easy access to information on the cuisine, location and opening hours of a wide range of cafes and restaurants.  … Read more.

Williamson’s Family Values in Canberra

David Williamson’s Family Values

Staged in Canberra recently, David Williamson’s play, Family Values (Lee Lewis (director); Griffin Theatre Company) presented a mix of poignant and lighter moments, its wonderful cast laying bare some of Australia’s not-so-pleasant aspects about the treatment of refugees and boat people. Just to set the scene. Recently-retired 70-year-old federal court judge, Roger (Andrew McFarlane) clearly hopes to enjoy some birthday celebrations with his family including his lively (very much a “doctor’s-wife” type), Sue (Belinda Giblin).  … Read more.

Tigers and Giants pre-season

Tigers and GWS: Wagga Wagga

The AFL Community Series (pre-season warmup games) in Wagga Wagga on Sunday included the 2019 grand finalists (Richmond and Greater Western Sydney) face off for the first time since last year. And while not as intense as regular AFL footy, the game depicted a willing contest with the full range of Australian rules skills on display.  … Read more.

Ten Doors Down

Ten Doors Down

Former federal parliamentarian and Keating government minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Robert Tickner, recently shared his story from the warm summer’s day in 1993 when he was re-united with his birth mother. Speaking with Canberra Times journalist, Karen Hardy, Robert read from his book, Ten Doors Down as, describing his mixture of happiness and “roller coaster of emotions” as he waited near Sydney’s Opera House and “magnificent harbour” for the mother who had last held him as a tiny baby some 41 years’ previously.  … Read more.

Canberra-Melbourne: places worth a visit

Many service centres along the Hume Highway on the drive from Canberra to Melbourne provide a vast array of fast-food options. But small towns and villages off the highway have much to offer travellers, including the chance to stretch their legs and take in local attractions and learn a little more of an area’s history.  … Read more.

Farewell to Timor Leste Ambassador

Canberra Friends of Dili (CFD) recently farewelled the retiring Ambassador to Australia, Abel Guterres, at the Timor Leste Embassy in Deakin. For many years, Abel and his wife, Ana, have worked tirelessly to assist people in Timor Leste, and with their support, Canberra Friends of Dili have held regular fund-raising events, including that to establish and provide ongoing assistance to the Permatil School Garden in Bidau-Masau.  … Read more.

Insights from a WEL founder

Speaking recently with ANU historian, Christine Wallace, one of the founders of the Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) in Australia, Iola Mathews, shared her experiences of the heady days of second-wave feminism which saw immense changes at home and work for Australian women. A one-time journalist with The Age, in 1984 Iola was recruited by then  Australian Council of Trade Unions’ (ACTU) President, Bill Kelty, to help bring women’s issues into the mainstream under the Prices and Incomes Accord between the ACTU and the newly-elected Hawke-Keating government.  … Read more.

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