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

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

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.

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

Peter McKay with managing director Paul Donaghue.

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

Sacked maid takes on Peru embassy in Australia

Maria Nelida Paz Mori alleged embassy slave owed $92,000 and denied food and medical aid by the Embassy of Peru in Canberra.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cancer survivor to climb own Everest

Phillip Thomson Elite cyclist Brendan ''Trekky'' Johnston climbed his own mountain when he overcame cancer.

Drugged motorists seeing red in ACT testing

Phillip Thomson To A drugged-up driver there can be no more uncomfortable sight than an innocuous piece of plastic.

Christmas blitz on drivers under the influence

First Constable Brooke Crampton.

Phillip Thomson Police will crack down on drunk and drugged-up drivers this summer in an effort to cut the Christmas road toll.

Heavy metal: the tools of fire and rescue

Fire fighters Cameron Fowler and Damian Holloway in the ESA training centre

Phillip Thomson In a yard full of cars called ''the bull pen'' a group of firefighters work with some heavy tools.

Skywhale price soars sky high

September 21, 2013. Photo by Elesa Kurtz. Rob McKinnon with his son Ricky(5) enjoy a kick around while the Skywhale inflates at the Governor-General?s Centenary Family Picnic Day

Phillip Thomson Community groups are being asked to pay to have Skywhale appear at their events.

ACT Capital Metro light rail spin to cost $1m

ACT Transport Minister Simon Corbell.

Phillip Thomson The ACT light rail project could spend nearly $1 million over five years to help sell the project to Canberrans.

Horror legend in Canberra for The Exorcist anniversary

Phillip Thomson Harvey Weinstein might have let us down, but the queen of horror came through for Canberra on Saturday.

Youngsters burning to aid artist duo

Phillip Thomson Nothing happened at first when a spark from an angle grinder flew into the roof of the workshop owned by artists Suzie Bleach and Andy Townsend.

Defence pulls AFP from military bases

Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston.

Phillip Thomson Defence says the threat of terrorist attacks at Australia's military bases has been downgraded.

Fishy art of conserving precious bark paintings

Conservator Chloe Bussenschutt working on David Malangi?s?Totemic Animals, a bark painting that features in the?Old Masters: Australia?s Great Bark Artists?exhibition.

Phillip Thomson EXPENSIVE seaweed extract from Japan and protein from a sturgeon's bladder have been used to conserve the 50-year-old bark paintings about to be exhibited at the National Museum of Australia.