It’s a boilover: Robertson’s spud roasted as nation’s worst Big Thing
Opinion
Some news is simply too down-and-dirty to report. I'm guessing that's why little has been dug up this week about what has to be the news story of the season, of the year, of ever. The Big Potato at Robertson, one of our region's favourite Big Things, has been voted the nation's Worst Big Thing. Not worst exactly, they used...
What to do when your own dogs dress you down
Opinion
As someone who struggles to dress herself properly,  putting clothes on my dogs was never going to happen. Particularly if there was anything fluffy, glittery or embroidered involved, particularly with words like "hot" or "dog". How could I, a certified dag, inflict my lack of dress sense on a dog. Yes, I've gone out in public with odd shoes on, frocks inside...
Now the water’s going down, let’s talk about Lake Jindabyne’s foreshore
Opinion
Now the waters of Lake Jindabyne are receding, it is becoming clear to us all what happens when the lake is kept at high levels for a long period of time.  The foreshores, dubbed the "jewel in the crown", are now shabby, sometimes destroyed, and may be permanently damaged.  The shared trails around the foreshore, where they were inundated, are...
Remember when a trip to the video store was the start of a great night in?
Opinion
I've spent the last week locked in a bedroom. COVID finally caught up with me. Aside from the relentless week-long headache and brain fog, it seemed like the ultimate 2020s assignment - Netflix and chill - but weirdly I found myself getting nostalgic for a trip to the video store. With a world of things to watch across a handful of...
Do I have to spell it out for you? Beauty is in the hand of the op shopper
Opinion
Some people go for the labels: frock, shoe, handbag, fine china or vinyl. Then there are the ones who go straight to the books. My favourite are the folk with clearly exquisite taste who can track an ugly piece of Australian china, ideally featuring a native animal, from 20 paces. What do you head for when you enter an op/poor man's...
Don’t let the republic pass us by again when the Queen’s reign ends
Opinion
Take a look around you, Australia. We're a kaleidoscope of people now, with folk from around the world making their homes and lives in this country that started as a penal colony, ignored the existence of a culture tens of thousands of years old and when the colonies came together to form a nation sought to keep it white and...
Ref’s whistle yet another last-minute blow to the Brumbies
Sport
Many of the Brumbies fans at Canberra Stadium who braved the conditions on that bitterly cold Saturday night in 2000 when the Crusaders beat the home side in the Super Rugby final still hold a grudge. With three minutes to go on that night 22 years ago, with the Brumbies leading 19-17, they looked to have the game in their...
Junee Rugby League greats Daley and Warren reflect on a proud history on pause
Sport
The saying goes, "a trophy carries dust; memories last forever". The Junee Diesels' trophy cabinet will see season 2022 as a year of just that - dust collection, with memories the only reminder of what could have been. Earlier this year, unable to field a full squad of players for first grade, the once-mighty rugby league team had to accept...
Good morning world, it’s time to get up and at ’em
Opinion
They say nothing good ever happens at 4:30 am, but that's not true. The other morning around that time, I turned on the radio to learn the importance of towel drying between your toes. Finally, I thought, someone has realised how crucial such information is. I wanted to spread the word, rather than a fungal disease, but most everyone else...
Is it time more federal electorates were given First Nations names?
Opinion
While watching the recent election coverage, I was struck by how few federal electorates are named with reference to First Nations people, languages or culture. In fact, according to the AEC website, out of a total of 151 federal electorates, only 24 have a specific First Nations connection. That isn't even a quarter. Whenever symbolic changes like this are suggested,...
Roey’s rant: incy wincy spiders are everywhere
Opinion
Seven-year-old buddies Bronte and Audrey had been having a great time playing with the fixed binoculars on the hill in Boorooma's Explorer Park. As kids inevitably do, they spun them around for a reverse perspective - and that's when the screaming started. As the shrieking pair ran off down the path, I leaned down to take a look. Inside, clustered...
I did but see her floating by … and yet I love her till I die. Or not
Opinion
It was back in 2011 and I was working at the National Library of Australia - it had a great view of the lake and collected the best stuff. Word had got around that the Queen would float by later that morning en route to somewhere important. If we went down to the lakeshore, we might catch a glimpse. I'm...
Why confused seasons should just leaf us alone
Opinion
This time of the year is the best. Bob Dylan was the first to sing about "the times they are a changin". He probably wouldn't still be singing it these 58 years later - scary, I know - had the lyric been "the trees they are a changin''. Actually many of his fans wish he'd stop singing altogether and just...
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