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 that he has a British accent, but Canberra is where he was born and bred. Although he and his family now live in Queanbeyan.

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

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Nine things to do in the region this week (14-20 January)
What's On
School returning is still a couple of weeks away, but fortunately there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained in the region this week. Bells Family Carnival has graced Batehaven, on the NSW South Coast, for decades and is again gracing the region with its rides and fairy floss. Also, a crash course in Thredbo will train up children in the...
Will the aeroplane ever take off as a way to get to the beach?
When the car first graced the Western world, many of the advertisements sought to sow seeds into the imagination of potential buyers about how easy it would be to dash down to the beach for the day. After all, you'd be doing a lot more than 10 km/h on the back of a horse. The opportunities for travel would be...
Local RFS volunteers honoured in Monaro
Thirteen volunteers of the Monaro Rural Fire Service received medals and honours at an awards ceremony, recognising the essential service they perform that often has them coming face-to-face with danger out of the goodness of their hearts. The ceremony was held at the Colinton Brigade fire shed in December, with the Acting Area Commander Chris Allen and Monaro District Manager...
Two town halls in Bega Valley a step closer as architects put pen to paper
Plans are afoot to resurrect two town halls in the Bega Valley after they were razed to the ground during the Black Summer fires. The communities at Kiah and Wandelle have been without a public indoor venue since the bushfire of January 2020, but the Bega Valley Shire Council has now engaged three architectural firms to provide concept designs for...
ANU scientists create first rocket powered by… mothballs
The next time you're at granny's house, open her wardrobe and take a deep sniff. That's rocket fuel you can smell. Naphthalene might be better known as 'mothballs', but the smelly and solid white substance is at the heart of a new rocket propulsion system designed and tested at the Australian National University (ANU). ANU PhD scholar Dimitrios Tsifakis came...
ANU researchers close to bottling up the benefits of exercise in a single pill
All that strenuous running and star-jumping and push-upping, but somehow, the bathroom scales still bear bad news. Just imagine if keeping fit and healthy involved nothing more than remembering to pop a pill every morning with your full-cream coffee. It's the elixir that humankind has lusted after since the dawn of time, but some local researchers say they might be...
QPRC election results are in and change is afoot
It took 17 days, but the results are in for the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) election. Labor has taken home the most seats, followed by the Liberals and the independent Group F. Bryce Wilson, Esma Livermore and John Preston will take their seats for the ALP, while the Liberals' team will consist of Louise Burton and Jacqueline Ternouth. Katrina Willis...
Nine things to do in the region this Christmas and New Year
What's On
It wouldn't be the end of the year and the beginning of another without fireworks going off somewhere, and the skies above Wagga Wagga and Batemans Bay will both light up for New Year's Eve. There'll be dust (and people) flying in Jindabyne and Tumbarumba when two annual rodeos come to town, and a tribute show to country musicians Keith...
Extravagant Europe meets simple Australia in this Gundaroo country estate
In 2007, Wolfgang and Antje set out to create a country estate which took elements from their European roots and combined it with Gundaroo's historical past and life in the harsh Australian climate. The result is 'Vogelweide' - or 'Bird's Meadow' - at 1a Rosamel Street, and it's immediately clear they nailed the brief. The bespoke home resonates personality and instantly...
Nine things to do in the region this week (17-23 December)
What's On
Christmas is just around the corner so there is plenty of fun stuff happening in the region this week. Jockeys will cling to their horses and jostle for silverware in races in Goulburn and Moruya, avid punters in boats will take to Lake Jindabyne, and the voices of angels will fill the centre of Cooma. Learn the ins and outs...
Santa rolls in as late-night shopping comes to Yass
What's On
Late-night shopping in Yass is a lot more than the shops staying open past 5 pm. It's a full-on festival and it's returning to the quaint NSW town for the second time this Christmas season. The town's main street will come alive with stalls of local produce, wines, crafts and handmade wares lining its sides on the two Thursdays before...
Majestic Carwoola chateau the perfect mix of classic looks and modern convenience
The trouble with many older homes is that although they might ooze charm and character, they can also be riddled with costly age-related issues. On the other hand, this majestic country home offers the best of both worlds. Blackshaw real estate agent Ryan Thomas describes 71 Briars Sharrow Road in Carwoola as "a very grand sort of home". "The first thing...
Nine things to do in the region this week (10-16 December)
What's On
It happens every year: you've left the buying of Christmas gifts to the 11th hour. Well, now that hour is upon you. If you still haven't got to the shops, there's plenty of opportunities in the region to address the Christmas shopping situation. Antiques from Bowning Antique Centre are coming out of storage to a pop-up shop in Yass, and...
Sit back and relax at this picture perfect family home in Burradoo
Put your feet up and soak in the peace and charm of country estate living. There'll be plenty of time for that at this magnificent two-storey home. The property at 43 Sunninghill Avenue sits in one of the most desirable areas in Burradoo in the Southern Highlands. It's freshly renovated throughout with absolutely nothing left to do. Think of it...
Iconic Mossy Point beachfront house expected to fetch nearly $3 million
Sitting on the corner of Mossy Point overlooking the beach, 105 Annetts Parade is a landmark on the South Coast. The historic beachfront cottage - affectionately dubbed 'Araluen' - is now on the market and it's expected to fetch $2.7 million when it goes to auction next weekend. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home represents a perfect blend of old-world charm and clever...
Art exhibition celebrates the ups and downs of Queanbeyan River
Arts & Culture
Artist Henry Smith comes from Todd River in Alice Springs, which is less of a river and more of a dry and crusty gully that's home to aimlessly wandering ants rather than swimming fish. When he first arrived in Queanbeyan a year ago and walked along the city's tranquil and tree-lined waterway, the experience made such an impression on him...