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Diana Streak turns “A Capital Life” to real estate ads …

By I-filed 29 June 2008 2

The once-lively “Capital Life” column that Helen Musa used to write for the Canberra times has plumbed a new depth today, with arts editor Diana Streak taking the opportunity to devote 20 lines to the sale of a coastal property, someone’s “family beach house”. Streak uses the excuse that the property had a gallery attached some ten years ago. Oh, and she mistakenly refers to Bill Henson as “aged 79 and lives in Canberra” and “creates portraits with syringes”, rather than Richard Larter whom the story is actually about. If Streak concentrated on appropriate content for the column she might do a better proofreading job!

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leahcim 3:46 pm 30 Jun 08

I suppose l-filed never made a mistake ever. So easy to snipe from the sidelines, I suppose. The difference with the Crimes arts under Streaky’s reign is that she doesn’t pander to vested interests in the way Helen did for so many years, with incredible attention to tedia.

HA 8:58 pm 29 Jun 08

Diana is a South African who knows diddly squat about Canberra and its region, including the arts. But don’t hold that against her. It’s like so many of the rest of the reporting team at the Crimes; they’re either young and cheap coming from the Rural Press fold, or they’re has-been migrants who are still cheap and know the basics such as who, what, when, where and why, but know nothing about the city and the region. Helen Musa was a dinosaur, but she knew her stuff. Peter Fray has entered the fray as editor, attempting to bring some immediacy to a moribund paper. His attempts to make Canberrans think they’re getting something only Crimes reads have been told, a la “exclusive” being attached now to the weather forecasts, the footy tipping and the Vice Regal list, has already been identified for what it is: window dressing, Peter. The entire newspaper continues to be an embarrassment.

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