Canberra fan’s collection on exhibition

Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp is displaying his entire collection of Doctor Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’.

The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Doctor Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Timothy’s collection ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

At the Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2601. Open daily. Exhibition ends November 20

See the stars a little closer

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society is holding a public observing night this Friday, 25 September, from 7pm.
“Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory, including Prof. Naomi McClure-Griffiths, and observations on several telescopes.” More details are available from the ANU website .
This event is free and open to the public. Warm clothing is recommended.

Medieval Fest at Old Parliament House

To  celebrate the 800th anniversay of the Magna Carta in 1215, a Medieval Fest is being held on Monday 8 June at Old Parliament House.

This free entry event includes – medieval combat demonstrations, ‘make your own Magna Carta’, live music and dance, kids medieval arts and crafts, juggling lessons, dress ups, tours and talks, and medieval foods. 10am to 3pm

Zine Lounge – what a place to make a paper zine!

Over the last 87 years a lot of things have happened in Old Parliament House. Now there is a Zine Lounge in the building.

Apparently a would be (fan) zine maker can let their “let your imagination run wild in this self-guided workshop, with all supplies and materials provided to make your own zine. A zine (pronounced ‘zeen’) is a handmade, self-published magazine, often photocopied in black and white, and with a limited print run. The range of subjects is as diverse as the people who make them. Zines can be about absolutely anything! Print is powerful.”

The Zine Lounge is open daily between 9am and 5pm at Old Parliament House, Barton. Website:

Conflux 10 convention happens this weekend

Conflux 10 will be held at Rydges Capital Hill on the October Long Weekend (Friday October 3 to Monday October 6).

The chair is Karen Herkes. Guests are Margo Lanagan and Alisa Krasnostein. T

his year’s theme is “Journeys of discovery and self-discovery”.

For details visit

The CSFS in not involved in Conflux.

Babylon 5 – is it really that long?

This year it will be 20 years since Babylon 5 appeared  on Australian tv screens.

Although the pilot movie, was shown in the USA in 1993, it didn’t appear here until November 1994. When the pilot was shown it appeared on our tv screens just before season one started – that was a bit confusing as some of the cast changed for the series.

Babylon 5 comes with a whole bunch of viewing memories that can’t be separated from the memories of the show, at least not for me. It had a continuous backstory that needed to be seen in order, except the local station didn’t always show it in order. Luckily the fledgling internet was able to tell us the viewing order.

From season two onwards it was supposed to be on at a particular time but the sports show before it often ran 30 minutes or more over time. That overrun led to my favourite Canberra tv anecdote. The local power company reported that there was a power drain every Thursday around 10.30pm and they were investigating it. They identified it as a mysterious domestic power usage. A local radio station asked for people to phone in and say what they were doing at 10.30pm on Thursdays and they soon got the answer… recording Babylon 5 on their VCRs.

For some reason a tv show full politics, ambassadors and twisty plots popular in Canberra.

So what did you like, or dislike, about B5? The characters? The stories? The spaceships? The SF references? Or something else?

One of my favourite quotes – Susan Ivanova: Confirmed Survey 1. Upon arrival you will report for debriefing. And just one more thing, on your trip back I want you to take the time to learn the Babylon 5 mantra. Ivanova is always right. I will listen to Ivanova. I will not ignore Ivanova’s recommendations. Ivanova is God. And if this ever happens again Ivanova will personally rip your lungs out! Babylon control out.