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Phillip Thomson

Phillip Thomson is a Public Service Reporter at The Canberra Times.

Summernats helps car fans farewell loved ones

(left) Second in the Miss Summernats competition Monique Dignan- Smith, first Danah Wheatley and third Stacey Louise.

Phillip Thomson As people milled around cars at Canberra's long-standing gathering for motor buffs, it was a time for a few to remember the loved ones they had lost.

Zimbabwe embassy hits back at ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila

NEWS: please note: IMAGES ARE EMBARGOED UNTIL SATURDAY 28TH DECEMBER 2013 12.01AM.   Zimbabwe Ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila. 24th December 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Phillip Thomson The Zimbabwe embassy in Canberra has hit back at defecting ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila by saying she should have resigned straight after Robert Mugabe’s July 31 election win.

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Martin Brady is all fired up for New Year's Eve in Canberra

Phillip Thomson Martin Brady lives a life with the stars. If the pyrotechnics expert is not firing them into the air, he is working for them.

Sri Lankan culture goes on display at high commission

Phillip Thomson IT IS a terracotta artwork that took three months to complete, stands 6.3 metres tall, weighs 1750 kilograms and contains 380 tiles.

Invasion of the New Zealand mud snail

These snails are roughly 0.5cm long.

Phillip Thomson Attack of the cloning snails might sound like the name of a B-grade movie, but it perfectly describes Adrian Dusting's research.

Asylum seeking Zimbabwe diplomat called 'treasonous'

Phillip Thomson THE ZIMBABWEAN ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila has been labelled treasonous in her home country after her decision to seek asylum in Australia made headlines around the world.

Zimbabwe embassy: Diplomatically speaking, it's quite a 'poky place'

The Zimbabwe Embassy at 7 Timbarra Crescent in O'Malley.

Meredith Clisby and Phillip Thomson Zimbabwe's rented embassy building in O'Malley hardly compares with the palatial mansions enjoyed by other envoys in the suburb.

Zimbabwe ambassador to Australia Jacqueline Zwambila defects

Zimbabwe Ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila has asked the Australian Government for asylum because she fears for her safety if she returns to Zimbabwe.

Phillip Thomson Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia is seeking a protection visa so she can stay in Australia.

Boxing Day shopping: retailers forecast cautious mood as job fears linger

Phillip Thomson Retailers expect cautious Christmas to continue into Boxing Day, even as thousands of customers flood into stores for bargains.

Boxing Day: The slowest day of the year - for some

Matt Bullock with Wendy Bullock, Edmund Bullock, 2, and Oscar Bullock, 4, relaxing by the pool at their Pearce home with dog Harper.

Phillip Thomson Boxing Day is slow for multimillionaire Matt Bullock, whose business this year processed $3.385 billion of internet transactions for other people.

For Ryan Ruddick, the whitest Christmas on Earth comes with a hard slog

Canberra's Ryan Ruddick, working for Geoscience Australia in Antarctica, will spend Christmas on the cold continent before returning home.?

Phillip Thomson On Wednesday morning, Canberra scientist Ryan Ruddick will wake to the vast expanse of Antarctica: his very own white Christmas but hardly the kind Bing Crosby sang about

Christmas in Antarctica: Mawson Station chef Justin Chambers serves up tradition with a twist

Justin Chambers, the only chef at Mawson Station in Antarctica.

Phillip Thomson Justin Chambers will prepare a Christmas feast on the harshest continent on earth on Wednesday.

Shoppers' treat as Tragic Troubadors take poetic licence in Civic

Phillip Thomson For a bloke who approaches complete strangers and offers to read them a poem, Andrew Galan's knockback rate is surprisingly low.

Owner of failed gay bar in Canberra in no hurry to try again

Phillip Thomson The owner of a Canberra gay bar that closed its doors after four months says he will not be trying it again any time soon.

Sacked maid takes on Peru embassy in Australia

Ewa Kretowicz, Phillip Thomson A MAID sacked by the Peruvian embassy in Canberra is facing possible deportation amid claims she was mistreated by her employer.

Parents must help young ACT drivers avoid dangers

Phillip Thomson Young drivers still don't realise the danger of partying before getting behind the wheel, according to an ACT driving instructor.

Paul Donaghue, Magnet Mart founder, starts new golf club business

Phillip Thomson After selling up, Magnet Mart founder Paul Donaghue has redirected his drive into a new business

John Papalii charged with robbery

John Papalii.

Phillip Thomson John Papalii, brother of Australian Kangaroos and Raiders rugby league player Josh, has been charged with robbery and assault.

ACT, NSW police will launch a cross-border campaign to reduce the number of deaths on the Kings Highway

cut the toll

Phillip Thomson Two-thirds of crashes on the Kings Highway occur on bends, making the windy sections between Clyde Mountain and the coast especially dangerous for Canberra drivers and motorcyclists this summer.

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ACT's crash course in road trauma

Tarran Backhus was involved in a serious car crash in 2009.

Phillip Thomson Tarran Backhus saw the other car crossing the double white lines but she cannot remember the moment of impact.