Parliament House – Canberra

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…

Charles Teoh by Adam Chang

National Portrait Gallery

One of the really great things about the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra is that you already "know" so many of the people. And as you already come to the works with feelings about the individuals, I think you experience a greater connection with the works than you might otherwise experience walking around an art…

Yabby jaffle

Toasted Sandwich on the Menu

At one of the entrances to Monster, a restaurant/bar in Canberra, there's a row of bicycles. For a brief second I wondered if they might have been the bicycles used by the staff to get to and from the restaurant, though I quickly concluded they were probably there "for effect". "It's very hipster", my friend…

Allan Harrington

Who Was Alan Harrington?

"Who was Alan Harrington?", I asked the waiter at the Charcoal Restaurant in Canberra last night. "I've never met him", she told me, "But I've met his son. He came here from the age of one", she added. According to the waiter, Alan Harrington lives in Queensland now, but was a regular at the restaurant…

Australian Of The Year and Australia Day Concert

Although my friend told me the forecast was for conditions which would be "stinking hot", I work a jacket just in case. A warm afternoon in Canberra can often turn into a cold night, and I had visions of walking home in the freezing cold after attending the Australia Day Concert. This trip was part-work,…