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Canberra mornings: May 8, 2015

Today's top stories

Rescue workers remove debris and search for victims in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: AP

Suzanne Pippen with her children Hannah, 4, and Dominic, 2, in their Duffy back yard, worried about being built out by dual occupancies that will be allowed on Fluffy blocks. Photo: Melissa Adams

For Brendan and Suzanne Pippen, buying an older home in Duffy was all about the garden and space to live without the threat of high-density development next door.

Now, as direct neighbours to perhaps two Fluffy homes, the Pippens are worried about the major changes that will come with dual occupancies allowed on the neighbouring blocks.




Jack Wighton of the Raiders scores a try during the round seven NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Canberra Raiders at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday. Photo: Cameron Spencer.

Hot temper: Canberra's Nick Kyrgios. Photo: Reuters

Nick Kyrgios is out of the Madrid Open, losing to 16th-seeded American John Isner 6-3 6-7 (7-9) 6-4, a day after the young Canberran had eliminated world No.2 Roger Federer.

Kyrgios grew up wearing the 'RF' logo of Federer but now he's proved he can outplay his childhood hero, his mother Nill wants the brash youngster to act like him


Road closures

Work has started on a series of road safety improvements on Yamba Drive in Mawson, O'Malley, Farrer and Isaacs.

Drive safely on your Thursday morning commute and let us know if you see any traffic problems on the roads, via @canberratimes but only when its safe to do so.

What's on today

Aerial dance show Encoded will be performed as part of Segue 2015, presented by The Street and ANU Centre For European Studies. 9pm at The Street Theatre

Day Ravies​ is playing at Transit Bar, supported by Eadie and the Doodles, and Total Nightmare. 8pm, free entry. 

Canberra International Music Festival is on until May 10.

Canberra Life

Canberra Life

Callum Copeland-Fleet and Joel Baines enjoy a drink in their newly acquired pub, Pot Belly. Photo: Matt Bedford

It's rare to see an institution in Canberra's much-changing hospitality business but the Pot Belly bar must surely qualify.

The Pot Belly is nearly 40 - it was established in 1976 - and has been serving drinks to everyone from old Canberra hands who've been watering there for generations to northside newcomers surprised to find a little bar tucked away on a quiet retail strip next to car yards, restaurants and a Laser Tag shop.

Now it has a new lease on life - new owners who are giving it a focus on craft beer and art


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Pic of the day

Marie Kelly, a former owner of Kelly's Dairy from 1956 to 1984, with some of the old dairy cattle yards on the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

This photo of 300 illuminated paper boats on Lake Burley Griffin as part of the Enlighten Festival was captured by a reader for The Canberra Times' autumn photo competition. Photo: Ian Houghton

Canberra is renowned for its gorgeous autumn colours and this season is proving no different, with the capital offering some stunning scenes for keen photographers. 

Carpets of fallen leaves, spectacular sunsets and the stunning colours of Canberra's trees have inspired dozens of amateur photographers who have submitted their snaps to The Canberra Times' autumn photo competition. 


Today: Mostly sunny. Min 2, max 15.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 4, max 15.

Sunday: Possible shower. Min 6, max 15.

Monday: Possible shower. Min, 7, max 15.

Tuesday: Possible shower. Min 5, max 16. 

Wednesday: Partly cloud. Min 4, max 15. 

Thursday: Sunny. Min 0, max 17.