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Telopea Park

Telopea Park

Telopea Park is one of my favourite places in the Canberra neighbourhood where I live. The park was established in 1922 and it's very long and thin, with many large native and introduced trees. A stormwater drain runs along the middle of the park, which is crossed by several bridges. The park has barbecue areas and playground equipment, and is a [...] Read more

Woden bike ride

Woden bike ride

Living in Canberra without a car means I rely on the trusty bicycle for much of my transport. It's only 3.4km to work along a nice trail and most of my shopping and other requirements are within walking distance or a short ride. It means I haven't been riding much for exercise though. Today was the first longer trip since circling Lake Burley [...] Read more

Red Hill

Red Hill

Red Hill is a leafy Canberra suburb with just over 3200 people, about 5km south of the city. I rode the bike there today and climbed the hill, which offers fantastic views over Canberra to the north and Woden to the south. It's hard to believe you're so close to Australia's Parliament and the capital city of a nation when you're walking scrubby [...] Read more

Lake Burley Griffin bike ride

Lake Burley Griffin bike ride

Today I rode the full 28km circuit of Lake Burley Griffin for the first time. There is a sealed path most of the way, with just a couple of small road sections and one brief stretch of gravel. I started at Kingston and rode through the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve to reach the Molonglo River and started circling the lake in an [...] Read more

Old Parliament House

Old Parliament House

Canberra's original Parliament House on King George V Terrace was built in the 1920s and served as Australia's legislature from 1927 to 1988. The building was designed by John Smith Murdoch, the first Commonwealth government architect. He was asked to design a provisional building intended to serve as a parliament for 50 years. The modest [...] Read more

Mock outrage mars travel debate

Mock outrage mars travel debate

The controversy over Sussan Ley, Andrew Barr and other politicians taking taxpayer-funded trips underscores why it is so hard to attract high-quality people into politics. A senior manager or chief executive in the private sector has fewer restrictions when it comes to networking or combining business with personal travel. Social media erupts with [...] Read more

Jetstar cancellation policy

Jetstar cancellation policy

I had low expectations when I tried to cancel flights booked with Jetstar from Darwin to Adelaide on January 23. The tickets were for my 13-year-old children, who are now travelling with me on Monday to Canberra. They will fly home from there, not from Darwin. I know that Jetstar is a budget carrier who openly states on their website: "You get [...] Read more

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