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David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Michael Stewart, rising star of speedway, on right track

David Ellery Michael Stewart's father, Chris, says the 18-year-old is far safer driving at more than 160km/h on a speedway track than running the risk of being ''coward punched'' (or king hit) outside a nightclub.

Giddy up! Iconic Canberra merry-go-round seeks ringmaster

Sarah Mikhael, 3 rides Canberra's Carousel in Civic.

David Ellery Restoration works, the search for a new permanent operator and anniversaries have thrown a spotlight on Civic's merry-go-round.

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Visitor's iPad app has all the answers on Canberra

David Ellery This year's capital region visitors' guide is the first to be made available using an iPad app from the App Store.

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'Bluey's' Spitfire an original in every way

David Ellery Gang-gang has been deluged with phone calls and emails from readers keen to point out that the ''Bluey'' Truscott Spitfire holds pride of place at the Australian War Memorial.

No holiday plans for this ACT busman

David Ellery Steven Appleby can readily discuss the pros and cons of bus models after 21 years of driving on ACT routes, writes David Ellery.

Don't be cruel, says lookalike Garry Buckley, Elvis deserves respect

Elvis impersonator Garry Buckley visits the Elvis exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

David Ellery Canberra Elvis impersonator Garry Buckley has no time for people who make fun of the King, send him up for commercial purposes, or focus only on the last few years of his life.

Young eyes capture life's truth

David Ellery I have always been drawn to the appealing aesthetic naivete of pictures that have been taken by children.

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Pet python disappears from Canberra home

David Ellery On the day the CSIRO announced it was going to ramp up its research program into the creation of female toothless dragons, Bonner residents found themselves living in their own version of Snakes on a...

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Abseilers are tackling the prickly pear problem at Molonglo Gorge

David Ellery While New Zealand's Queenstown has its adventure pursuits, it cannot match the Molonglo Gorge when it comes to outdoor excitement.

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Rodin: Burghers' sorrow is NGA's gain

David Ellery Given the French government is fiercely protective about the number of authorised castings of Rodin's work that can be produced, we are blessed to have The Burghers of Calais in Canberra.

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Jaunty Austin 7 Wasp a real eye-catcher on City Cruise

David Ellery It takes a lot to upstage a street parade of more than 200 highly modified vehicles.

Summernats 2014: Crowds line Northbourne for City Cruise

The Summernats 27 Street Cruise down Northbourne Avenue, Civic.

David Ellery Crowds lined Northbourne Avenue to watch the City Cruise on Thursday afternoon.

Enthusiasts rev up their engines ready for cruising

News. Summernat sscrutineering. An entry in this year's event, a very rusty HQ Holden Monaro arrives at scutineering with owners,brothers from Orange, Darin Davis, 40, left and Red Davis, 42. 1st.January 2014 Photograph by Graham Tidy of The Canberra Times.

David Ellery More than 30,000 people are expected to line Northbourne Avenue to watch the annual Summernats City Cruise.

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Souped-up FJ a show-off for Summernats

News. Summernats preview story. An entry in this year's event, a 1954 model FJ Holden ute on a Toyota Four Runner chassis, entered by Gundaroo resident Lou Jenal. Pictured with the vehicle is friend, Brett Southwell, also of Gundaroo. 31st. December 2013 Photograph by Graham Tidy of The Canberra Times.

David Ellery This sexy beast, surely the mother of all FJ utes, will attract some serious attention at Summernats on Thursday.

Revved-up Summernats' champion Jake Edwards guns for three in a row

The highly modified L J Torana, of performance car mechanic, Jake Edwards.

David Ellery Mitchell performance guru returns to Summernats this week to reaffirm his iron grip on the Horsepower Heroes title.

There'll always be a Holden at Canberra's annual motorfest

Stephen Booth at home in Banks with his 1967 HR Holden Premier.

David Ellery With five sleeps before the curtain rises on Summernats 27, Banks' Stephen Booth will be burning the midnight oil to ensure his classic 1967 HR Premier street machine is in peak form for the event.

Children's cancer research donations filter through for others

Research money spent on cancer in children delivers

David Ellery Research money spent on cancer in children delivers ''a lot of bang for the buck'' says a leading specialist in the field.

Disability support pension 'part of the social contract'

Jacqui White of Symonston.

David Ellery Pensioner challenging the government over plans to restructure the support payment says recipients are no different to other Australians.

Tony Abbott 'breaks pension pledge' on Disability Support Pension

Disability pension.

David Ellery Abbott government appears hell-bent on breaking its pledge, a Canberra multiple sclerosis sufferer says.

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Gary Humphries agrees that Abbott has to assist ACT

Gary Humphries.

David Ellery Chief Minister has an unexpected champion in her bid for federal aid to help Canberra cope with PS redundancies.