Young artist dreams of top prize

Winning an Archibald prize is a dream of young artist who made her mark at 2015’s Adelaide Fringe Festival of the Arts. The very articulate and softly-spoken Tsering Hannaford, 27, whose ultimate goal is to develop a reputation and career in portraiture, has been working as a full-time professional artist since 2013. “I guess I have always been producing artwork – always drawing, painting, in art classes, at school etc. The decision to paint full-time was more a shift... Read More

Accident survivor couldn’t bear to look in the mirror

It was 1995 and Ellen Harper was out with a friend. They were having a coffee at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Ellen knows now she never should have driven home. On her way to Tallebudgera Valley the 18-year-old began to feel tired, so she wound down her window. Just under a kilometre from home she wound her window up, deciding she would be fine to drive the rest of the way. She wasn’t. She drove head on into a tree on the corner of her property. Her father was home... Read More

Town crier has something to shout about

Gosford City Council town crier Stephen Clarke has been readying his voice, his moves and his outfit in preparation for the annual Australian Town Crier Championship. It is a special year in the event’s history, as it is being held in Parkes in conjunction with the 200th birthday celebrations of Sir Henry Parkes later this week. Among the festivities, Clarke and all of the town criers will have morning tea with Australia’s Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove. Clarke (pictured),... Read More

Napa keen to play for Queensland

Sydney Roosters Dylan Napa could be plaiyng in his first State of Origin match for Queensland in round 1. The Roosters giant (pictured) has been picked as 18th man in Mal Meninga’s Queensland squad, but an injured Daly Cherry-Evans could see Napa taking his place on the field. Queensland Coach Meninga said he would very much consider giving the 22-year-old some field time in the first game of the series next Wednesday. “You’ve seen how big [Napa] is and how enthusiastic... Read More

Arty Melbourne

Australia’s best known cities seem to have their own signature. Sydney – the music venture. Brisbane – a business kind of vibe, where even the Apple store looks like a colonial treasury. But Melbourne – an indulgence of art. Whether it’s the graffiti walls on Hosier and Rutledge Lane across from Federation Square or the cosy hide-away alley cafes and restaurants that make you feel like you don’t even need an Instagram filter to make it seem beautiful, Melbourne... Read More

Swinging into bliss at Wongi

Supported from a rather fragile-looking euclupt hangs a rope from which adults and kids alike swing into the refreshing cool water of Wongi Waterhole. The deep waterhole is in a peaceful setting as campers hang their towels from the rustic wooden rails and day-tripping families spread picnics on tables and grass. A 25km drive from Maryborough, Wongi State Forest has abundant birdlife and at nearby Lake Lenthall you can paddle extensively or drop in a line and catch a barra. Bring... Read More

Jose did it his way in Premier League win

He did it his way. Once again, Jose Mourinho (pictured) will lift the Premier League trophy after his Chelsea side wrapped up the title with three games to spare. The ‘Special One’ has the special touch when it comes to winning league titles. He did it in his breakout year as a manager with FC Porto in 2003. He won the Primeira Liga again with Porto, as well as the UEFA Champions League, the next year. He moved to Chelsea at the start of the 04/05 season and his... Read More

Rabbitohs beat Dragons in see-sawing match

South Sydney defeated a fast-finishing St George Illawarra 16-10 at ANZ Stadium on Monday night. The three tries to two victory ended a three-match losing streak for the Rabbitohs as well as giving the Dragons their first loss in seven games. Returning half-back Adam Reynolds opened the scoring with a penalty goal after John Sutton was poked in the eye. Sutton, also returning, left the field and did not return. The Dragons hit back when Peter Mata’utia broke through ordinary... Read More

Aggressive NY Rangers down Capitals

The New York Rangers won an exciting National Hockey League match against Washington Capitals on Wednesday. With a final score 4-3, the Rangers scored two of their goals in the first period. The Rangers’ Dan Boyle on defence kept the game tight and tidy, while left wing Chris Kreider kept the team confident in the opening seconds, skating at 40km/hr to score with a backwards sliding shot. This aggressive play saw the Capitals trying to keep up but just unable to make... Read More

Oates on the boil for Broncos win

A last-minute try by Corey Oates at Suncorp Stadium gave Brisbane Broncos victory 8-5 on Friday night against Penrith Panthers in what was mostly a very dull game. But another not-so-dull moment occurred when Penrith back-rower Tyrone Peachy dropped player Adam Blair on his head. At the 60th minute Peachey fumbled the ball but regained control only for Blair to rip it out of his hands. Peachey approached Blair, gripping his legs and dropping him. Blair landed on his head... Read More

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