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A weekend in your suburb: 36 hours in O'Connor

08  March  2012  .Canberra Times photo by RICHARD BRIGGS.     The  newly opened Duxton  bar in O'Connor. It was formerly the All Bar Nunn.

Hamish Boland-Rudder New to Canberra? Made the move across the lake? Or maybe you're just keen to discover the hidden treasures of another suburb? Hamish Boland-Rudder kicks off our Suburban Series with this look at how...

Cigarette price jumps hurt, but can't break smokers' social bonds

Hamish Boland-Rudder Tax increases on cigarettes will make people think twice about lending smokes, but it won't destroy the social side of smoking, according to a sample of Canberra smokers.

Figures at odds with retail tale of decline

Fleta Page and Hamish Boland-Rudder Retail trade rose 1.3 per cent in the ACT in June 2013, the largest seasonally adjusted increase in the country, according to the latest ABS Retail Trade figures.

Let memories proliferate, not weapons

Isha Menon recites We Shall Bring Forth New Life, with the Children from Woden Valley Youth Choir behind her.

Hamish Boland-Rudder Isha Menon is almost the same age now as Junko Morimoto was 68 years ago when she survived the atomic explosion that obliterated most of the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

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.