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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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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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 them. I stare into the rich pencil lines and shading that create a worn and tired face. A woman, but not one in a nurse’s uniform like the other women displayed in the Australian War […]

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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 their voices will let them. These students are of all ages and from all around the country, they are male and female, some are rugby fans and some are just there for the good time […]

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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 loss of the weekend and preparing themselves for another arduous week of work. However, for others, Mondays can be great — a return to their sanctuary where they can thrive. I was presented with the […]

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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 nursing homes in recent years. The reality, however, couldn’t be further from these stereotypes. Yass Valley Aged Care (YVAC) is a 65-bed facility for high- and low-care residents. I spent a day there in order […]

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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, […]

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 […]

BADBADNOTGOOD X Ghostface Killah review

On this hotly anticipated album, Canadian Jazz trio BadBadNotGood gives Ghostface Killah the beats and freedom to inform the masses […]

Video Wars at La De Da

Belconnen’s lakeside loft bar, La De Da held their first ever Video Wars audio-visual battle on Friday. La De Da […]

Focus – Film Review

For a moment there I was convinced Focus was going to offer something a bit unique to the Con flick […]

An Hour Without Power

At 8:30 pm people all over the world spend an hour without power to help save the earth. The movement […]