I very rarely have a rant. But today, I ventured onto the road in Challis Street Dickson. There are little bicycles painted on the road. I was riding right over them on the left hand side of the road, near Dame Pattie Menzies House.
Suddenly a car passed me, pulled in ahead of me (that is, [...]
We have a subway already in Canberra, which is nice:
So do most cities in Australia, though, by the look of this Etsy shop’s merch.
Here’s something new: a bike-path side café.
I was feeling a little lost as my daughter was off on camp, so I went for a ride, and came upon this little bit of free enterprise on the bike-path between MacArthur Avenue and David Street in O’Connor. And yes, it’s all properly approved by the Authoritahs.
The very [...]
I recently picked up a most excellent military jacket at an op shop. It is black, with cool embroidery on the cuffs. Here is a photograph. Sorry, but we can’t all be Gungahlin Al or Ben_Dover with their skills and cameras and so on.
I would love to know which of the armed services it [...]
[ 23 December, 2012; 3:00 pm; ] Blue Christmas service: a reflective service acknowledging feelings of grief, pain and loneliness that Christmas sometimes brings.
At Holy Covenant Anglican Church, 89 Dexter Street, Cook, Sunday 23 December, 3 pm.
Feeling a little hungover, I decided I needed something healthy for lunch, breakfast having been an impossibility. The new bakery and café Sweet Bones on the non-city end of Lonsdale Street has been beckoning for a while now; I kept trying to get in before they were open.
Now, from recent threads I know that some [...]
I was a little bit dubious about this concert before going. I was worried that it would just be ‘greatest (opera) hits’, and in one sense, that was true. But it was a privilege to see the wonderful soprano Sumi Jo, and Australians Amelia Farrugia and Stuart Skelton.
I had forgotten how [...]
Dear Rioters, who is the best masseur in Canberra?
I am inner north but prepared to travel (within reason). No specific injuries, just sore muscles.
I will ignore any Mitchell/Fyshwick recommendations.
Blemish Books would like to invite all rioters to the launch of Triptych Poets Issue Three at Paperchain Books, Manuka, 6pm, Thursday 20th September.
Two local poets, JC Inman and PS Cottier (the latter all too well known to the threads of this august site) will read poems after the launch speech by fellow poet Dr [...]
J.G. Montgomery’s recently published A Case for Ghosts is an engaging book to read. It’s as if the author were sitting with the reader in a pub, in front of an open fire, telling anecdotes about his explorations into the ghostly universe that may possibly shadow the everyday — or everynight — one.
Montgomery seems to [...]
I always thought my children – or child as it has turned out – would go to government schools. I believed (and still believe in many ways) that there should be one system of schooling, publicly funded.
And then… My daughter, at a very well regarded government primary school, made a cross from two [...]
Mr Poetix closed a window over-vigorously, and it cracked. Time for new glass.
Problem; our house was built in the 1950s, and according to the window people, the putty around the glass may contain asbestos. This needs to be tested before they will replace the glass. Fair enough. I don’t want anyone [...]
I just went for a walk and found a grave dug near the scout hall off Boronia street in O’Connor, complete with a single child’s thong (but no corpse, fortunately) and some very sweet stencil art near the wetlands off Boronia street. This was hard to photograph.
Each letter is marked with a [...]
Canberra and Beyond, Poems by Bill Tully
It’s almost a cliché that if you shake a tree in Canberra, a poet will fall out. It’s the other side of the public service, I think. Where one is a serious, document-based day-time activity, the poets come out at night like wordy possums, with their scratchy little [...]
Is there anyone out there who knows a computer geek who can help me get rid of various bugs on my ancient eMac?
Preferably not someone who likes making things worse.
Preferably not too expensive.
Preferably someone who does not laugh at the computer illiterate, and who can speak in plain (non-geek) English?
There’s no such [...]