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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Residents warned to build up or lose out on open space in Canberra

John Thistleton Woden is languishing and Belconnen is growing because of high-density developments, a Canberra architect says.

Supabarn's bread price slice undercuts Woolworths in battle for business

Supabarn has bought into the battle for bread buyers.

John Thistleton Woolworths' cheap loaf of bread has prompted a bigger discount from Supabarn.

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'Ballet not bulldozers' as women's light touch lures trout

John Thistleton The secret to extracting maximum pleasure while fly fishing is less, not more.

The war on rabbits continues

John Thistleton At Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary rabbits have the luxury of a predator-proof fence and immunity against deadly viruses that has left scientists in a stew for generations.

German Club loses harmony as membership splits

Harmonie German Club management committee members from left, Joy Altmann, Tony Millar, Andrew Geraghty, Annie Bodenschatz and Frederick Mack outside the Club in Narrabundah.

John Thistleton Two factions at the Harmonie German Club will meet on Tuesday night to try to resolve differences.

Whatever happened to Canberra's water trike?

AN immigrant's vision: Aquabikes at the peak of their popularity.

John Thistleton The Aquabike was first seen in Canberra, so where has it gone? A look back at the odd invention's origins in the nation's capital.

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Elderly couple held up in terrifying home invasion on Bywong farm

Police searching.

John Thistleton Intruder confronts elderly couple in their home at Bywong, east of Canberra.

Bike advocates want motorists to leave more space on roads for cyclists


John Thistleton Leading cycling advocates are calling for a mandatory one-metre clearance between vehicles and cyclists.

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Solar supporters take strike at 'greedy landlord' utilities

George Tanchevski at the Sustainable House Day at Googong on Sunday afternoon.

John Thistleton Renewable energy supporter says governments misrepresenting the sector.

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Rescue plan proposed for Eden's Hotel Australasia

John Thistleton Another grand old hotel faces the bulldozers but Eden wants to make this one an exception and is fighting back.

Surf's up for free surfer at South Coast's Bawley Point

Surfer Scott Dennis.

John Thistleton Tim Taplin has a good eye for a promising wave.

Police chase, catch boy in stolen car


John Thistleton Police chased a 16 year-old boy driving a stolen car through Kingston, Barton and Russell before catching and arresting him early on Sunday morning.

This day in history, September 2

John Thistleton Today in history for Tuesday, September 2


Black Bredbo garlic the new gourmet delight

Gourmet delight: Bredbo Black garlic.

John Thistleton Farmers make great sales people when they have something different to offer

Draining Lake Tuggeranong leaves dumbest carp behind

John Thistleton Lake volunteers clean up dumb carp and fishing's dirty aftermath.


The ride of their lives at Gundaroo school

Gundaroo's old school building is now used as a library.

John Thistleton We can all recall getting into strife at school. In the little outpost bush schools the nature of naughtiness knew no bounds.

Capital Golf Club members to walk off course

Capital Golf course, Narrabundah. club president Ian O'Donnell, centre, with members, Heike Elvers and Frank Thomas in this 2010 file photo.

John Thistleton  Golfers have flagged leaving Narrabundah Capital Golf Course, a prime target for redevelopment.

Sheltering children from the great outdoors sending the wrong signal

John Thistleton Restricting children from going outdoors can cause more problems than it solves, researchers say.

Utopia's grand dreams have a familiar ring

John Thistleton As the national capital Canberra was always destined to get an opportunity to shine in the ABC's satire Utopia.

People put lives on line when steam train fires up

Shaun Barker who is a fireman on steam engines, in front of a steam train. The Canberra Times. P

John Thistleton Steam train restorers keep a low profile with a rare old locomotive to avoid over-excited photographers risking their lives on the tracks for a trophy shot.