GENERAL MOTORS AKA ‘THE GENERAL’ IS ABOUT TO TAKE ITS LAST ROAD TRIP WITH PRODUCTION TO CEASE SOON. FITTINGLY IT WILL END WITH A COMMODORE. General Motors-Holden (GMH) has indicated that it will cease trading its vehicle designs and production on 20 October 2017. Production of the Holden Commodore’s sedans, wagons and utes is to be GMH’s mainstay this year.
CLASSIC HOLDEN CARS DREW IN THE CROWDS TO CELEBRATE NEWLY-MINTED COINS In 2016, classic Holden cars were celebrated in 11 colour double-sided coins with the Holden Heritage Coin Collection designed and manufactured by the Royal Australian Mint (RAMINT). As the Holden car is to be phased out at the end of 2017, classic car enthusiasts are keen to
COIN DESIGN IS A RARE SKILL AND ONE WHICH SEVERAL AUSTRALIANS EXCEL AT IN CANBERRA. Coin designing is a specialised technique which the Royal Australian Mint (RAMINT)* prices highly. If you’ve ever wondered about the process behind RAMINT’s coin designs then living in Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra was a good choice this year to find
DESIGN CANBERRA – THE ANNUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL IN CANBERRA THIS YEAR REMEMBERED LUMINARY DESIGNER ROBERT FOSTER. Designers and artisans gathered on-22-October-2016 for the opening of “Luminary: Remembering Robert Foster” exhibition set in the ActewAGL foyer’s Ossolites display. Ossolite is one of the signature designs of the late Robert Foster. The artist’s legacy of FINK
WI-FI MEANS WE CAN COMMUNICATE WHEREVER AND WHENEVER. Wi-Fi has changed the way we think, work, live and play. Its creation has changed the face of global communication – all thanks to Australian scientists with an eye for the future. As part of the exhibition A history of the World in 100 Objects, the National Museum
TIM COPE IS AN AUTHOR WITH AN EYE FOR ADVENTURE. Exploring Eurasia on horseback with Tim Cope sounds like at trip of a lifetime. Last month in Canberra Tim Cope talked to a packed audience retelling his stories of life on the road with a dog and horses across a wild and hostile Mongolian-Hungarian landscape.
HISTORY OF HUMANITY – TWO MILLION YEARS OF IT – IN ONE ROOM IS AN INCREDIBLE FEAT. What makes this expression of human history and cultural stories so compelling is that ancient life is expressed through a rare collection of original artefacts so beautifully collected and restored by the British Museum. A history-of-the-world in 100 Objects, from the British
ROBERT FOSTER THE AUSTRALIAN-BORN DESIGNER OF INTERNATIONAL REGARD WAS A GRADUATE OF THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY. Robert Foster had a love of humour in art. He was one of Australia’s top designers. He was the founder of the F!NK + Co brand which designed and manufactured brightly coloured water jugs, shot glasses and flatware. He loved
CARS – CLASSIC AMERICAN CARS – ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE DREW IN THE CROWDS FOR ROCKABILLY AND 1960S POP STARS If the security hadn’t been so tight, we might have dared ask to take a spin in the white Cadillac or the white Thunderbird with the top down. White duco, gleaming chrome, shark
IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT WE CATCH OUT A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT SHOWING POOR ETIQUETTE. However, the National Library of Australia has shown up itself on its website, to its readers and website viewers with a photograph of poor etiquette. This is also known as lack of ‘table manners’. The relevant photograph is of concern for staff employed to manage corporate image and customer relations.