About James Coleman

Even before he could actually drive, James Coleman and his brother started a hobby car magazine, and he has been waxing lyrical about all things cars and motoring ever since.

He is told repeatedly of his British accent, but Canberra is where he was born and bred. Although he and his family now lives in Queanbeyan.

He loves - you guessed it - cars and driving, but also squeegee-ing windows for some reason.

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Live in a fairy tale at this Bywong cottage, but for real
On paper, 68 Bohmers Lane in Bywong sits on seven acres of land and offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms and four car spaces. But in the flesh, it's something else. As All Real Estate NSW agent Mick Davis explains, the current owner is a "free-spirited sort of person who likes to do things differently". "She bought the place in 2017...
Merimbula Airport upgrade gets ready for take-off
A two-phased approach for the upcoming Merimbula airport runway extension project will take off later this month in an effort to minimise the upgrade's impact on the aviation and tourism industries. Acting CEO Anthony McMahon said Symal Infrastructure, the contractor appointed to build the platform for the southern end of the extension, will begin work in late September. The upgrades...
Indigenous music video wins three awards at Far South Film Festival
Arts & Culture
A clear winner from the Far South Film Festival has emerged as a suite of three music videos featuring Indigenous songs takes home three awards. The 10-minute Bagan, Barra Barra, Mirriwarr (Land, Sea and Sky) has snatched up 35 per cent of the vote for the People's Choice Award after the results came in from an email survey and the numbers were...
A magical blend of country, coastal, classic and chic
Perhaps the ultimate escape to your new coastal lifestyle, 1241 Congo Road in Meringo, NSW, is a contemporary Australian home that shows epic attention to detail to go with its epic proportions. Nestled on over two hectares of prime hinterland, this stunning four-bedroom home is less than 10 minutes away from a smorgasbord of the South Coast's pristine beaches, but manages...
Country life with the space and opportunity for much more
Distinguished. Elegant. Indulgent. These are the words that bounce around in your head when it comes to describing 1599 Murrumbateman Road in Gundaroo. Set on about 60 hectares of cleared land and surrounded by undulating hills, two dams and light bush, this renovated and extended residence offers its new owners an opportunity to indulge in an unsurpassed lifestyle of country living so...
Bega Valley Shire residents urged to close toilet lids and clear gully traps ahead of sewage jetting
Sewage jetting is starting in Bega Valley next week, and residents are being asked to take some simple steps to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises. The scheduled maintenance program will use high-pressure water to clear sewage infrastructure of blockages and debris, which on rare occasions can result in a situation called 'blowback', where sewerage comes back up through the...
Step back in time but with all the luxuries and comforts of the modern age
If you're looking to escape the world, the peace, privacy and security you're after - and trademark fresh country air - is here. A stone's throw from the modern conveniences of Goulburn, 75 Budjong Lane in Goulburn sits on around 40 hectares of undulating paddock, a pine and eucalypt forest guarding its borders and a creek babbling its way through. Looking out...
Nine things to do in the region this week (6-12 August)
What's On
August is the month of art and platypuses. The Sapphire Coast will be resplendent with all manner of art and craft by local talent for Art Month 2021, while Waterwatch will be celebrating Platypus Month by providing the opportunity to spot the unique marsupials along Queanbeyan River. And yes, the plural of platypus is platypuses (a group of them is...
If you dream of the classic rural lifestyle, you’re in luck
It's idyllic, really. Rolling hills, plenty of fruit trees, a veggie garden and, at the heart of it all, a spacious weatherboard cottage trimmed with a wooden veranda, flagstones, and fireplaces. Oh, and there's even a train carriage. Less than 10 minutes from Canberra, 44 Holmwood Road in Wallaroo near Hall offers a peaceful lifestyle with beautiful rural vistas all round looking down...
‘Damned if they do, damned if they don’t’: QPRC to overhaul Queanbeyan’s main road
Monaro Street runs through the heart of Queanbeyan, and it's a busy thoroughfare for not only local traffic and businesses but hundreds of Canberrans on their summer pilgrimage to the NSW South Coast. It's a constant battering has left it looking rather drab, but help is finally at hand. The redevelopment of Monaro Street forms the third stage of a...
The humble homing pigeon is the fastest racing animal on earth
The recent drizzles across may have been good news for your garden but they played havoc with the region's pigeon racers. On Monday (26 July), 128 pigeons were set to be released from Murrumbateman, but unfavourable weather in the region meant the starting point was moved to Kiama. Against the clock, the birds persisted through strong westerly winds back to...
Nine things to do in the region this week (30 July-5 August)
What's On
The end of July marks the end of another month of winter, and for much of the NSW coastline it also signals the beginning of 'Art Month'. During the next four weeks, there'll be a cornucopia of exhibitions, sales and displays dedicated to the imagination and talent present in the towns of the NSW Sapphire Coast. Further inland, the Travelling...
This young girl skiing is the most heart-warming thing you’ll see today
Lili is a young girl who can't talk, walk, feed or dress herself, or even write her own name. But here she is on skis, racing down a snow-covered slope. A volunteer is guiding her from behind and both are beaming from the pure joy of it all. Of all the videos to explode on social media, few could be...
A ride in Australia’s most majestic taxi: the Governor-General’s Rolls-Royce
Governor-General David Hurley visited Duntroon military college on the morning of 12 June, 2021, for the Queen's Birthday Parade. The guns were fired, the Honours List was published, and as a nation we celebrated the official birthday of Her Majesty with a long weekend. But in all this, we can't gloss over the car the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley arrived...
Che bello! Hundreds of Italian cars set to roll into Queanbeyan Park
It could well be the largest annual display of Italian vehicles in the world - certainly in the Southern Hemisphere - and it's coming to Queanbeyan this weekend. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, Fiats, Lancias, De Tomasos, Ducatis and other exotic cars, motorcycles and scooters from across south-east Australia will emerge from their garages and converge just over the ACT...
Car enthusiasts in for a wheely good time at Queanbeyan Showground this Sunday
Queanbeyan will come alive this weekend with more than 500 vehicles including antique and modified cars, trucks, motorbikes, and caravans descending on the showgrounds. The annual car show will be celebrating its 45th anniversary, and the fourth year it has been held over the border. It had previously been held on the lawns of Old Parliament House but after the...