Palm Sunday Refugee Rally 2015

Palm Sunday is traditionally a Christian celebration marking the return of Jesus to Jerusalem the week before Easter, (marking the resurrection of the lord saviour). But, in recent years Palm Sunday in Australia has been used to mark a different occasion. A commemoration, a solidarity protest for those seeking asylum in this country. On the […]

Record Store Day

  Some professionals go 100 metres in ten seconds. It takes us 50 minutes. And yet, the prize is as valuable as any gold medal. Surrounding us is a community enthused by an ‘obsolete’ medium, ready to freeze in the Saturday morning air to get their hands on some rare records. Record Store Day began in […]

Capital Yarns – Q&A

Capital Yarns is a project by Canberra lawyer, Sean Costello. The website allows the public to suggest 3 random things and Costello weaves them into a story set right here in our nations capital. I spoke with him about the project and his recent book release. Anja Kokkonen: How did you come up with the idea […]

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The Day in the Life of a Horse Trainer

Wake Up, go for a run on the treadmill or swim a few laps in the pool, come home for a shower, and then have some breakfast. Sounds like a typical morning for most people, but what might surprise is that this is the normal morning routine for horses trained by New Breed Racing’s Michael […]

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An Entangled Problem

It sits there during the day waiting until night falls to catch its first victim. It has taken thumbs, mutilated bodies, and at its worst discontinued lives. It is still and seemingly innocent, protecting what the victims want and need. The “it” is a fruit net put in place by humans who are mostly oblivious […]

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Racing for the rest of us: when fast fun doesn’t have to mean fat wallet

Most people don’t care for motorsport, but why is that? Is it because of the overly loud cars and crowds? The ‘bogan’ element? Flashy sponsorship or the exorbitant costs? I set out to find out if there was anything out there for the rest of us. As the saying goes, to make a small fortune […]

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BDSM: loosening our chains

Anyone who has experienced trauma in their life, or even just certain forms of mental health anomalies, can attest to society having roughly three factions. There’s the “just get over it, it’s not that hard, your problems don’t even really exist” group; the “I had a cousin whose friends wife’s lover went through something similar […]

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Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2015

Roar! Tongues of flame lap the air with a loud noise, as the balloon crews begin preparation for today’s events. It is still dark at 5:45am and people are flocking to the lawns of Old Parliament House in Canberra to watch the Balloon Spectacular. Stadium-like spotlights guide everyone to the main set up area. A […]

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High Risk, High Reward

At the tender age of 18-years-old, Ratu Tagive was on top of the world. He had just been awarded a lucrative top-25 NRL contract with the West Tigers and looked set to take the competition by storm. However, few would have believed that less than 24 months later Tagive would have walked away from the […]

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Getting Real About Illicit Drug Use at EDM Festivals

The electronic dance music (EDM) business, propelled by large scale music festivals, has grown to an estimated worth of $4.5 billion, […]

Commemorating 100 years since Gallipoli as an AWM volunteer

Belinda McKeon speaks to a tour guide at the Australian War Memorial to see what the centenary year means to […]

A Day Out With the RUCKUS Crew

It starts when you hear a number of raucous students, screaming at the top of their lungs as loudly as […]

A Day in a Learning Support Class

For some, Monday mornings are perhaps the most dreaded time of the week. Workers and students alike are mourning the […]

The Bright Side of Life – A Day in a Nursing Home

A jail. Where you go to die. Food worse than hospitals. These are all ideas that have been associated with […]

The Evolution Of Australian Rules Football In Canberra

My father’s parents moved here from Melbourne in the 1960s like so many others who were lured by the Federal […]

The culture of the bearded man

In the quiet political capital of Australia, the unshaven are rising again … Beards have enjoyed varying popularity throughout the […]