Small Canberra business gives the gift of Christmas to disadvantaged and special needs children
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A Canberra business is returning with its second two-day Christmas in July event to raise much-needed funds for the Canberra Special Children's Christmas Party, an event catering to special needs children and their families. In Gold Creek, Under The Mistletoe has been operating since 2020 and has expanded many times, leading to the development of its large retail store and online...
Scallop or potato cake? ANU wants to know what you call your food for new Aussie dictionary
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It's official: it's scallop. "Victoria calls it a potato cake, but NSW calls it potato scallop. We follow NSW." So says the general manager of food and beverage at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Anurag Gautam, who also oversees the menus at both of the Snapper fish and chip shops. It's not the only debated food term he comes across....
Fidel Cat-stro? Here’s what Canberrans are naming their cats
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As of 1 July, all new cats in the ACT must be registered. This is to ensure Canberra's felines live happily ever after. It's like the Find my Phone feature, too - you can more easily be reunited if Tabby is found wandering the streets. It also means we get to learn what everyone decides to name their cats, even...
The weirdest things you can buy in Canberra right now
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Used shoes, car parts, and soggy sofas. It's the bane of online marketplaces, op shops and street-side stalls and trawling through the listings can be deadly dull. Occasionally though, something will catch your eye. For some reason or other. Certainly, Canberra is capable of so much more, as this run down of local products reveals: Ansett boarding pass from 1999...
Magpie-larks are black and white marauders with plenty of attitude
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One of the most familiar birds in Canberra is also very well-known across almost the entire mainland. You might know them by any of a few different names. I grew up in South Australia calling them Murray Magpies, or Peewees, though the 'official' name is Magpie-lark. This is one of those weird Australian names that was coined to come to...
It’s winter, and Canberrans are drinking more whisky than ever
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Gie him strong drink until he wink, that's sinking in despair; an' liquor guid to fire his bluid, That's prest wi' grief and care: There let him bowse, an' deep carouse, Wi' bumpers flowing o'er, Till he forgets his loves or debts, An' minds his griefs no more. So wrote the Scottish bard Robert Burns, and in case you were...
What’s on in Canberra this winter
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Are you looking for some fun things to do with your family and friends this winter around Canberra? Then look no further. We've put together a list of all the cool-est events taking place in July. Winter in the City When: Friday 1 July to Sunday 17 July, Sunday to Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday, 10 am to...
Top cop shares his vision for Canberra police and community
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Peter Crozier ended up with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) by complete accident. "I thought I was joining the police force in Canberra, only to be told I'd be heading to Sydney," he says. "I remember my mother's face when she found out. I'm not sure if she was worried about me being in Sydney or that I'd have to...
Canberra winter favourite turns 100 this year, but what makes the puffer jacket such a hit?
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"How many do I own? Not sure. Let me count." Elizabeth Coleman showcases her fashion adventures in styling, thrift shopping, upcycling and resizing on her Instagram account elizaknowsclothes. A school finance officer by day, she's hardly ever to be seen wearing the same combination. And during the colder months, chances are there'll be a puffer jacket in the mix. She's...
Top 10 tips for driving in the cold and wet
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Ten lives have already been lost on ACT roads this year. Now with cold, wet and snowy weather setting in for winter, the tarmac is set to become even more dangerous. Here are 10 top tips for keeping you safe on the roads this winter. 1. Check your tyres Your car is connected to the safe and solid earth with...
The weird, wild world of fabulous fungi is burgeoning in the bush
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This time of year in Canberra is peak fungus season and this one has been an absolute ripper. There have been the usual and utterly vital warnings about not harvesting (and preferably not even touching) the rich bounty of mushrooms and toadstools popping up in urban parks and gardens. There is, however, an even more wonderful world of them out...
Bird-spotters needed to help bring Gang-gangs back from the brink
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Calling all bird enthusiasts. Researchers need your help to spot one of the nation's most iconic, yet threatened bird species – the Gang-gang cockatoo. Canberra woodland bird specialist Dr Laura Rayner has spent the past 10 years researching the endangered Australian bird. Statistics show there's been a 69 per cent decline in the species since the turn of the century....
First look at $5 million Wildbark centre set to open at Mulligans Flat
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The adjacent street names are a dead giveaway: Bettong, Echidna and Quokka. You may be in the middle of one of Canberra's newest suburbs, Throsby, but you're also next door to the soon-to-be completed $5 million Wildbark learning centre, which boasts one of the best backyards in the world - the Mulligans Flat sanctuary. Five years in the making, Wildbark will...
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