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Growing market's food for thought

Hamish Boland-Rudder If the supermarket shelves suddenly emptied, the greengrocers' and butchers' stocks dried up, there would still be at least two people eating well out in the countryside to Canberra's north.

Record-breaking Christmas display draws marriage proposal

Sunday. Peter Qin, 27 of Bruce, made a proposal of marriage to Evelin Xu, 26, also of Bruce, at the Christmas light show at the Tennyson Crescent home of the Richards family in Forrest. November 30th. 2013 Canberra Times Photograph by Graham Tidy.

Hamish Boland-Rudder Romance was in the air thanks to a proposal of marriage under more than 500,000 twinkling fairy lights.

Collector wind farm opponents angry about government approval

The Young family from Goulburn, Graham, Terrie, Gus (8), Austin (5), Marlowe (4), Sonny (2) at the Gunning Wind Farm ahead of National Wind Farm open day on Saturday.
Filed: Thursday, 10 October 2013 8:15:27 PM 
Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times


Hamish Boland-Rudder Opponents of a wind farm at Collector say the fight isn't over.

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Same-sex marriage laws: Tears and determination at High Court ruling

A couple embrace in front of same-sex marriage protestors at the High Court of Australia in Canberra on Thursday 12 December 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Hamish Boland-Rudder and Tom McIlroy Waiting for Thursday's landmark ruling on the ACT same-sex marriage legislation, Michelle Stockwell studied the Australian coat-of-arms outside the High Court.

Cleaners take a shine to better pay and greater job security

Hamish Boland-Rudder Not all cleaners are as lucky as Jagoda Barisic. Scrubbing, wiping, and vacuuming her way through the classrooms, offices and corridors of Ngunnawal Primary School, Mrs Barisic says for her, cleaning...

Goodbye Holden: Old hand at the wheel laments passing of a brand on the run

Colin Tierney, Holden enthusiast, owns a garage full of old Holdens that likely had a bit of a bump in value today after Holden's decision to cease production in Australia. He races one of them, and has loved Holdens all his life. He's afraid that the Holden name itself might disappear and be replaced by GM, which would be a huge shame.

Hamish Boland-Rudder It's not just the loss of skill and quality that worries Canberra Holden enthusiast Colin Tierney after the decision to cease production by 2017.

Canberra turned stormy, stormy bright by lightning show

A lightening storm passes over Canberra on Saturday night.

Hamish Boland-Rudder It took a little while for Jonathan McFeat to figure out exactly what the bright flashes were outside his new apartment.

Police extend search to find Lake Tuggeranong windsurfer

Missing ... Bobby Dungca.

Hamish Boland-Rudder, Tom McIlroy, Matthew Raggatt Police have resumed a search on Lake Tuggeranong after a report a windsurfer had come off his board on Sunday.

Lifeline volunteer says we should all remember our blessings this Christmas

Hamish Boland-Rudder Despite what the carollers and the brightly-decorated shopping centres might have you believe, Christmas isn’t a celebration for everyone.

On Canberra's buses, a 'new dimension' to the season

Hamish Boland-Rudder There are no Santa hats or decorations, but there is still a bit of cheer working the Christmas Day shift on Canberra's buses.

Firefighters ask families to join them for Christmas lunch at the station

Hamish Boland-Rudder It could have been any family home on Christmas Day - except in the garage there were fire engines instead of cars.

Bail denied over Pearce supermarket robbery

Scales of Justice

Hamish Boland-Rudder A man suspected of involvement in a number of robberies for which John Papalii has been charged told police he wanted to be caught when he allegedly robbed the same south Canberra supermarket on...

Death in Lyneham highlights the risks of riding a motorcycle

A 22-year-old Turner man has died after coming off his motorbike in Lyneham on Christmas Day.

Hamish Boland-Rudder From a distance, the motorcycle does not have the look of a wrecked vehicle, pulled to the police yard from a late-night crash that killed a young motorcycle rider late on Christmas night.

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The loves, losses and new arrivals that made Canberra tick in 2013

Hamish Boland-Rudder Stories involving births, deaths, and marriages in 2013 have often touched The Canberra Times readers most.

New Year's Eve: ACT's police toast Civic's civil revellers

Hamish Boland-Rudder Canberra's central business district could help spice up New Year's celebrations in Civic again next year after a relatively well-behaved crowd of 45,000 welcomed 2014 with fireworks, a free concert...

Road toll: ACT police hope for trend in fewer deaths

Professor Don Aitkin, chairman of the NRMA/ACT Road Safety Trust.

Hamish Boland-Rudder Canberra has recorded its second lowest annual road toll since 1959 in what police hope is a continuing trend for the capital's road safety record.

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Driver killed in two-truck crash on Hume Highway


Hamish Boland-Rudder A truck driver has been killed in a crash between two trucks on the Hume Highway near Yass, the second of two serious crashes in the area.

Missing snake a slippery issue for Bonner residents

Hamish Boland-Rudder Missing: three-year-old Malcolm, last seen hanging in a tree out the front of his north Canberra home.

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Where Canberra revellers find public relief

portable urinals

Hamish Boland-Rudder It's more than just a wee problem for Civic.

If these walls could talk: where the famous make their mark in Canberra

News.   Craig Thomson's name on the signature wall at Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant.  18 December 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey  Chan.

Hamish Boland-Rudder Nelson Mandela left his mark on Canberra long ago. Aung San Suu Kyi left hers right underneath, days before his death.