When you talk to people about Canberra there are often a lot of negative stereotypes. There's the political thing, of course. But there's also a perception that it's dull, suburban etc. In contrast, I have really positive views of Canberra. I lived and worked in Canberra for a while, and usually visit once or twice … Continue reading Canberra
Having previously written a few times about Sydney's Red Chilli restaurant, I was super excited to discover one in Canberra too. Over a bottle of wine and great conversation, a colleague/friend and I enjoyed a most excellent dinner there. Ham, eggplant, fish. All brilliant. Highly recommended (AGAIN).
I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror - The wide brown land for me! - Dorothea Mackellar Here are some photographs I took today of the sculpture "Wide Brown … Continue reading Wide Brown Land
It's been a few years since I've travelled to Canberra for the Australian Of The Year Awards. The last time was, I think, 2010 (or thereabouts). Through my work, I have a close relationship with the team organising the awards, and was involved in setting up ABC Radio's live coverage of the announcements. Having helped … Continue reading Australian Of The Year
I learned more about Australian plants in an hour walking around the Botanic Gardens, Canberra than I think I've learned in my life. Although I was a member of the Gould League as a child, most of the detail about banksias and grevilleas has never really sunk in. I love plants, I'm just not one … Continue reading Canberra Botanic Gardens
Earlier today I was really proud to speak at the launch of the "Soundscape" project at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Briefly, I was on stage with the Prime Minister, the Minister for Veterans Affairs, the Director of the AWM, a representative from Google (they're building an app), and with a young student who … Continue reading Roll of Honour
A trip to Canberra is not complete without a trip to Parliament House. Like everyone else today, I marvelled at the architecture and the symbolism of the design. But I suspect I might have been the only one who went for a wander in the nearby bushland. I really love how Parliament House is surrounded … Continue reading Parliament House – Canberra