The Canberran

A snobby (though tongue-in-cheek) look at the finer sides of the National Capital. Got a tip? Email editor@thecanberran.com

Exploring the Wide World – from Civic

by The Editor

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What’s that funny black pole with a strange white box on top doing in the Chess Pit in Garema Place?

You don’t even need to be close to find out!

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The Rolling Stones in Canberra

by The Editor

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So, OutInCanberra has started a petition to get The Rolling Stones to play in Canberra. Complete madness or a stoke of genius?

It could go either way, to be honest!

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Ikea in Canberra – Flat-packed and fabulous?

by The Editor

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Ready your allen keys, folks, the big kid is coming to town!

Owners of Inner-city apartments not already decked out with Billy bookcases and Malm chest of drawers can send up a collective cheer with the The Canberra Times announcing Ikea is finally opening in Canberra.

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Fashfest – The Final Night – Recap

by The Editor

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After three previous evening filled with glitter, glamour and success, it was time for one last hurrah at Fashfest 2014. The airport venue was packed to the rafters as the Möet flowed and excited chatter filled the vast space.

Finally, it was time for the show and, under the theme of ‘The Visionary – we knew we were in for a treat…

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Fashfest Night Three – Review

by The Editor

FashFest Logo Well, here we are at Night Three, and Fashfest is well and truly in full swing. Such a shame then that this is also the penultimate nights, as we prepare for Saturday’s grand finale.  Once again, Top Notch was in attendance with a open and and eye as sharp as her sewing needle.  Let’s have a look at what the third night had in store for local fashion fanatics. Read the rest of this entry »

Fashfest Night 2 – Recap

by The Editor

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Last night, the Canberra faithful made their way back in droves to Canberra Airport for another serving of the best in local fashion design at Fashfest 2014. After some absolutely stand-out pieces on Opening Night, there was definitely a buzz in the air prior to the models strutting their stuff with another eight collections set to warm up the chilly air.

Strap yourselves in… here comes another recap from the fabulous Top Notch!

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FashFest 2014 – Opening Night

by The Editor

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Reviewed by Top Notch

Fashfest is back, and didn’t Canberra turn out in its finest last night to see the latest and greatest offerings from a top crop of local designers? From the local glamours striking a opose in front of the media wall, through to the cool kids kicking back with a nonchalant glass of Moet, the crowd felt as diverse-yet-stylish as the collection on show.

So, what were the highlights of Fashfest’s opening night?

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Peaking on Adventure Gear

by The Editor

Mont-1-BWMont. ‘Mountain’ in French. Correct?

Not necessarily so.

In our darling capital it’s short for Andrew ‘Monty’ Montgomery, who started an adventure gear label 33 years ago that remains fiercely independent in a world where bigger operations gobble up smaller ones, and that’s just for entree.

Mont Adventure Equipment is homegrown. Yes homegrown. Today it runs a national operation and has international fans too.

This year, for the second time, Mont will be on the catwalk at Fashfest. You’ve got to be kidding? What does adventure gear have to do with fashion? And a red-carpet fashion event at that?

Keep reading.

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Spending Time with William, Kate and George

by The Editor

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Here we are… The Royals (note the capitals) are making their way through a tour of The Colonies. How wonderful it must be for the old guard to travel halfway around the world to marvel at the cultural melting pot so far away fro the dream imagined when first a flag was planted in Botany Bay? One must imagine we live in extraordinary times. Certainly Will’s Grandfather, old ‘Phil the Greek’, wouldn’t quite know what to make of it all.

So, what’s it like to spend time with the Head of State (and the one thereafter)?

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It’s a Cheeky Business – Tuffys&Tuffetts

by The Editor

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It’s a cheeky business taking care of Aussie bums. So many shapes, sizes and, well, we likely don’t need to say much more. Or do we?

Tuffys&Tuffetts is going to be on the catwalk at FASHFEST 2014 to prove they can cover all the bases, with the latest trends, styles and fabrics in 100% Aussie-made undies for women and men  …  of the ‘highest form, fit and function’ according to owner Lisa Nouh.

Does this sound like a bum steer?

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