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A Very Great City One Day

In his memoir, A Very Great City One Day, well-known Canberra architect, Roger Pegrum, intersperses stories of his family background and personal, academic and professional life, tracing times from his arrival in Canberra as a 10-year-old with his twin brother, Tony (who also became an architect). The family settled into the new Canberra suburb of Narrabundah.  … Read more.

Maestral – Mediterranean Seafood

Fish is a speciality of Weston Creek’s BYO Croatian restaurant, Maestral. And with exquisitely-prepared food, generous servings, friendly staff and low corkage charges, it’s not surprising that it attracts diners from interstate as well as the ACT. Set among a coterie of eateries overlooking Trenerry Square carpark, Maestral’s extensive menu includes fish stew/soup, seafood platters, reef and beef steak (with prawns), scallops, lemon sole, cod, sardines, along with various accompaniments.  … Read more.

On Fairness

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Secretary, Sally McManus’s book, On Fairness, was launched in Canberra by welfare advocate, Dr John Falzon, and Sally outlined the work and achievements of the ACTU and union movement, and acknowledged earlier generations of Australians in securing the employment and social programs enjoyed today.   … Read more.

Mediating democracy: journalism in the post truth age

Distinguished Canberra journalist, Paul Bongiorno, recently presented his views on democracy in Australia in a lecture entitled, Mediating democracy: journalism in the post truth age. This was part of the Forum Series: Whither Democracy, chaired by Emeritus Professor, John Warhurst AO, at Christians for an Ethical Society, Barton (   … Read more.

A sojourn in Wee Jasper

Located 80 km north west of Canberra, Wee Jasper (pop 100) boasts a variety of attractions, including camping and recreational reserves – perfect of course for adventurers and outdoor people wanting to explore nearby caves such as Careys Caves (which has seven chambers of crystal formation) – Set among a mix of broad acre and grazing properties, Wee Jasper’s other attractions include heritage-listed sites such as the Wee Jasper Bridge over the Goodradigbee River.  … Read more.

NGA’s National Picture on Indigenous Art

Reconciliation pic NGAThe National Gallery of Australia celebrated Canberra’s 2018 Reconciliation Day public holiday with various events. A panel discussion about Aboriginal art in Australia featured federal Shadow Minister for Human Services & Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence, the Hon Linda Burney; Dr Greg Lehman, research fellow from the University of Tasmania; and highly-respected local Indigenous woman, Matilda House and her son, Paul House.  … Read more.

Australia-US discussion: Manning Clark House

Hugh WhiteFor many years, Australia has depended on America for defence, security and assistance with maintaining order in Asia. In recent years, the Australian-American relationship has changed for various reasons. Australia now has to look carefully at the challenges America faces in Asia and the risks and benefits for Australia of depending on America in the future.  … Read more.

Canberra author’s psychological thriller

Only Daughter 2Though now based in Melbourne, Anna Snoekstra grew up in Canberra. Her recent psychological thriller, Only Daughter, is set in Canberra. Based largely on “Bec”, the book takes readers on a journey of intrigue and twists and turns, with a puzzle which only fits together at the very end. Chapters alternate between 2003 (when Rebecca Winter went missing after finishing her late shift at McDonald’s in Manuka) and events of 2014 when the fake Bec takes on the persona of the decade-missing young woman.  … Read more.

Beyond Q Bookshop & Cafe – Weston

Beyond-Q-Cafe-and-Bookshop-1Great news for Weston Creek! Beyond Q Bookshop and café with its wonderful collection of second-hand books including Penguin classics and rare editions, has moved to Weston (from Curtin). Located in Brierly Street’s Weston Arcade and tucked away behind a cleverly-disguised door, the bookshop offers a great range of fiction and non-fiction, its subjects ranging across many genres including art, biography, craft, environment, gardening, health, history, music, politics, philosophy and science.  … Read more.

Are Robots Taking Over Our Work?

Chalmers Quigley Book 1“Social research group McCrindle worked out that, on current trends, a school-leaver in 2014 would have 17 different employers and five completely different careers in their lifetime…this phenomenon is likely to speed up as jobs are replaced, displaced and augmented by technology”, say Jim Chalmers and Mike Quigley, quoting McCrindle from 18 June 2014, “Job Mobility in Australia”, The McCrindle Blog.  … Read more.

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