Posts Tagged ‘National Capital Authority’

Everything is Beautiful

Posted: 7:14 am on 16th April 2015

“Parts of the [earth’s] cultural or national heritage are of outstanding interest,” the drafters of the  1972 World Heritage Convention wrote, “and therefore need to be preserved as part of the world heritage of mankind as a whole.” Of course, what they had in mind was Canberra’s venerable old Lobby restaurant. For those of you not familiar with the building, it dates from 1970, an age before iPhones and Justin Bieber, so ancient it…

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1980s fashion, Round Two

Posted: 10:52 am on 10th December 2013

If you, dear reader, were going to celebrate this year’s anniversary of the opening of the new Parliament House  building on May 9th, 1988, how would you do it? Throw a street party for your neighbours? Crank up Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’  “I’ve had the Time of my Life”, which spent six weeks at Number 1 in 1988, and dance like you just don’t care? Ignore it, because May…

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$200k to play with Lego

Posted: 11:11 am on 25th July 2013

Canberra is notable for its excess when it comes to the National Capital Authority, whose job it is to handle everything in the ACT relating to Canberra’s status as the national capital. The commemorative projects for Canberra’s centenary have already given us the Skywhale, which was undoubtedly the cause of drops in public service productivity in the days surrounding its unveiling. But now, the National Capital Exhibition has given the…

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