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About qwerky

I'm an editor and writer. I've lived in Canberra for 26 years, apart from four on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. I grew up in Adelaide.

Best place for Sunday night roast?

By 10 June 2013

I’m hankering for a roast dinner, just like mum used to make. Sure I can cook my own, but that’s not as much fun for just two people, and I was thinking of asking members of one of the meetup groups to join us.
Does anyone have recommendations for a great place, such as a club [...]

Recommendations for hairdressers who work from home in Canberra?

By 29 October 2012

I’m returning to Canberra soon after three years away. Here in Ocean Grove there are several hairdressers who work from home. You get fantastic service as there’s one-on-one attention, no problems with parking, privacy, and very reasonable prices.
I did a search on hairdressers before I posted this but only found recommendations for general hairdressers. Could [...]

Coffee shops and community life in Harrison/Gungahlin?

By 22 October 2012

My husband and I are returning to Canberra after three years away and we’ll be renting in Harrison. I’ve never lived in Gungahlin before and I’m sort of familiar with the town centre but not the rest of the area.
I can’t see any Harrison shops on Google Earth but maybe it’s an old picture. Does [...]

Rachel Hore singing workshop – Sing…because you can!

By 10 September 2009

[ 24 October 2009 at 10:00 am; 25 October 2009 at 12:30 pm; ] Sing…because you can! – with singer, songwriter and workshop presenter Rachel Hore.

Rachel has performed and taught throughout Australia and internationally for over 16 years and has mentored hundreds of singers in community choirs.

Learn some of Rachel’s original songs and arrangements, and songs for your choir.
For singers of all levels.

Sat 24 October, 10am–4pm
Sun 25 October, 12.30–3.30pm

St [...]

Literary lovers: Speed dating for book lovers, Fri 20 Feb, 6.30pm – single men wanted!

By 19 February 2009

[ 20 February 2009 at 6:30 pm; ] [First filed: February 18, 2009 @ 09:15]

Book a night of romance

Guests are invited to bring their favourite book as an ice-breaker and take a chance on meeting a like-minded, book-loving new friend at our event Literary Lovers: Speed Dating for Book Lovers.

It’s not just for singles – it’s also for people who just like talking [...]

Are you a contractor or between jobs? Interested in joining a walking group?

By 28 November 2008

I’m a contractor but have been ‘between jobs’ for about two months now. Perhaps you’re like me and currently looking for work? If so, you know how isolating it can be when all your peers are at work and you’re at home doing job applications and not talking to anyone!
So, I wondered who the other [...]

Breakfast – Sat 28 June, 9.30am

By 18 June 2008

I flagged the idea of a Riot Act breakfast get-together a few weeks ago, and have had a couple of responses. Although I had originally suggested this weekend this Sat is now out.
 So I’m proposing Saturday 28 June at 9.30am at a central location. I am not going to post the venue in this thread [...]

Best cafes for breakfast?

By 28 May 2008

I am a fan of going out for breakfast on a weekend. It seems to have more appeal than going out for dinner, probably because I know the rest of the day stretches ahead and is more enticing with a some protein and a couple of good cups of coffee under the belt.
But I’m running [...]

Social group for childfree people

By 21 May 2008

I am 47 years old, married, and I have no children (that I know of!). I’m not against children at all (I married ‘late’, and it just hasn’t happened for us), but I feel that society is certainly more accepting of couples if they DO have children. Most of my friends are either single, or [...]

Any harmony singers out there?

By 27 January 2008

Hi there
I sing in a choir and used to sing for several years in an acappella trio I started back in 1994 with people I met at a gospel singing workshop with Tony Backhouse. This group is now defunct, but my love of singing harmonies with like-minded people isn’t!
I’m interested in taking songs and re-rendering [...]

Vandalised young trees in Civic

By 10 January 2008

There are a number of young trees near the Canberra centre that have had several boughs yanked off, or left to dangle dangerously on the footpath, the raw wood exposed. I spotted this outrage on Tuesday, unfortunately too close to the end of Summernats for me to think it would have had nothing to do [...]

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