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A cooking demonstration with Antonio Carluccio and Andrew Barr (yes, you read that right)

By 23 July 2014
A cooking demonstration with Antonio Carluccio and Andrew Barr (yes, you read that right)

[ 26 July 2014; 8:30 am; ]

The Capital Region Farmers Market will this weekend welcome a very special visitor, international celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio, at the market this coming Saturday 26 July.

Antonio will tour the Market, do a book signing and take part in a cooking demonstration with Andrew Barr MLA from 8.30-10.30am.

Mr Carluccio is in town in July as the [...]

Westside ‘pop-up’ village

By 23 July 2014
Westside 'pop-up' village

Westside @ Acton Park, a ‘pop-up’ village at West Basin on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, will dramatically change the way Canberrans engage with public spaces.
It will be a lively precinct for people to come together for retail, dining and entertainment experiences and will also provide opportunities to participate and engage in a wide [...]

Canberra’s Best Burger – Taste Off

By 23 July 2014
Canberra's Best Burger - Taste Off

Calling for Canberra’s Best Burger drew the expected range in opinion, including an unexpected debate on the difference between a hamburger and a burger (apparently one is the posh type, the other a more grungy experience – who knew?).
The two most popular burgers according to you guys are Brodburger (Kingston) and London Burger [...]

Turf (reasonable condition) or clean fill available Crace

By 23 July 2014

We are replacing our turf with loose gravel. In Crace.   It seems a pity that the turf – either as turf (in reasonable condition) or as good quality loose fill – is going to go to waste.  Anybody need it?  You’d have to take it up yourself.  No need to take it all.

Canberra Tree Week activities – Wednesday and Thursday

By 23 July 2014

The inaugural Canberra Tree Week has already seen many activities that celebrate living in a city surrounded by trees.
Throughout Wednesday 23 July 2014 and Thursday 24 July 2014, residents and visitors alike are invited to take part in more free events, including:
Eucalypts of the Southern Tablelands
What: Join a guided tour of Forest 20 at the [...]

The State of the Giralang Shops Right Now

By 23 July 2014
The State of the Giralang Shops Right Now

So I went for a walk past the Giralang Shops today – and here it what it looks like now…

Across the road

Walking from the road through the shops

View to the right (Old Newsagent, Vietnamese Restaurant, Takeaway, Bakery, Hairdressers)

View to the left (Old Giralang Tavern)

Moving towards Giralang Primary School (In front of the entrance to the [...]

Has Shane Rattenbury thought the medical marijuana question through?

By 22 July 2014

I feel for the families of desperately ill patients interstate who need medical marijuana – but has Shane Rattenbury thought this through? If the ACT becomes the first and only prescribing state/territory, there will be a flood of medical immigrants looking for prescriptions. That might not matter in terms of just prescriptions – but what about the [...]

The Art of Holding Focus Mitts

By 22 July 2014
The Art of Holding Focus Mitts

Whether it be for boot camp, boxercise or actual boxing, the amount of times I have seen people with extremely poor form is all too common. Poor form on the mitts can also lead to poor form with punches, which leads to poor technique and finally leads to injury.
The basic principle of holding the mitts [...]

Screaming out for Independence in Braddon

By 22 July 2014
Screaming out for Independence in Braddon

Braddon is pumping. It’s pretty much your one stop shop. You can indulge in a delicious breakfast at Elk and Pea, get a killer haircut at AXIS, stop for a cold pressed juice and some scrumptious bread at Autolyse and then grab some groceries from the IGA on your way home. One problem: there is [...]

No Childcare? Try au pair?

By 21 July 2014
No Childcare? Try au pair?

Rising childcare waiting lists in Canberra with no immediate solution in sight, is driving families to seek options elsewhere. Nanny agencies and au pair placement services are overloaded and the hunt for a solution to look after precious children is becoming competitive.
Many families are placing unborn children on childcare waiting lists to guarantee a spot, [...]

RiotACT Face off: Yarralumla Development

By 21 July 2014
RiotACT Face off:  Yarralumla Development

For our second RiotACT Face Off, we invited The Yarralumla Residents Association and John Miller (Executive Director of the Master Builders, ACT) to answer the following question:
Is the proposed development of the area surrounding the Yarralumla Brickworks simply inevitable change in progress, aligned with society needs, or does it represent the end of a community [...]

Capital Metro consultation heads to Gunghalin

By 19 July 2014

Capital Metro Agency staff will be in the Gungahlin Village Shopping Centre, near the Coles supermarket, today (19 July) to further discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, who will be in attendance during the morning, urged Canberrans to visit the team at Gungahlin and to find out [...]

Education Systems Limited

By 18 July 2014
Education Systems Limited

In John Dewey’s book Democracy and Education he writes, ‘it is illiberal and immoral to train children to work not freely and intelligently but for the sake of the work earned’. I agree with him, and think so too would most Canberrans. To see a teacher teaching well, full of compassion and creativity, is surely [...]

Where are all the ladies?

By 18 July 2014
Where are all the ladies?

I don’t have as many single guy friends as I do single women; however of the few I do, there definitely seems to be a general consensus that approaching women in a nightclub or bar is extremely terrifying.
I’ve heard a lot of excuses such as Canberra women are stuck up or want to know your [...]

Rishi Desai served up food so good at the Truffle Festival we had to share one of his recipes

By 17 July 2014
Rishi Desai served up food so good at the Truffle Festival we had to share one of his recipes

I went along to a Truffle Festival lunch hosted at IBIS last Sunday to seek culinary inspiration from local Masterchef contestant Rishi Desai.
Rishi introduced us to the flavour of truffles by asking the group to compare a ‘truffled’ omelette with a regular one. It was an interesting test and quick way to [...]

Yoga at 40 degrees

By 17 July 2014
Yoga at 40 degrees

Fancy getting hot and sweaty in a room full of people, some near-naked? Try Bikram Yoga.
You’ll probably have heard of Bikram Yoga by now – it’s been around awhile. Well, yoga, of course, has been around a looong while. Bikram Yoga, or as I like to think of it, Sweaty Yoga, has surfaced more recently [...]

Farmers Market Matters and Turalla Truffles

By 17 July 2014
Farmers Market Matters and Turalla Truffles

Are you going to the Capital Region Farmers Market this weekend? I sure am. My favourite beef producer, Gilmore Braes Heritage Beef, has added New Zealand ‘oca’ yams to their range. These nutritious little root vegetables look a bit like legless witchetty grubs but heavens they taste great! I’m going to buy another handful, boil [...]

Canberra’s Crowd-funding success story

By 17 July 2014
Canberra's Crowd-funding success story

The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]

When good art turns bad

By 16 July 2014
When good art turns bad

I received a letter from my daughter’s school some time ago letting parents know that the board had met and decided that should Rolf Harris be found guilty, a painting of his would be removed from display at the school. They have since removed the painting and returned it to the ACT Government, for [...]

Ginninderra Falls: How to open this treasure to the public?

By 16 July 2014
Ginninderra Falls: How to open this treasure to the public?

Sometimes no matter how much we want something, real life just gets in the way. So it is with Ginninderra Falls, the beautiful bit of Kakadu right here in Canberra that has been closed for 10 years now despite everyone involved wishing it wasn’t.
In a recent RiotACT poll, 90% of you said you think Ginninderra [...]

LDA Consultation Process Lacks Integrity

By 16 July 2014

The Yarralumla Residents Association does not share David Dawes’ definition of community engagement as noted by him in the Canberra Times on July 14 (Letters ‘Engaging the Public’). Genuine community engagement involves regular dialogue rather than three years of silence between consultations.
Genuine consultation means responding to community concerns. The community expressed concern in 2010 about [...]

A taste off for Canberra’s Best Pizza

By 15 July 2014
A taste off for Canberra's Best Pizza

We had a broad range of nominations for Best pizza in Canberra, from the local Crust options (reliable, reasonably priced, easy etc.) through to the more gourmet options, with some inclusions of local takeaways.
The two that proved the most consistently popular were Zucchini Brothers in Chisholm and Pizza Gusto in Braddon.
We went with a standard [...]

Ingress – Now on iOS!

By 15 July 2014
Ingress - Now on iOS!

For those who missed the conversation earlier this year, Ingress is a game you play in the real world. Rather than playing a game on a screen, or even a large grassy field, it’s a game where the whole world is your playground. Or should I say battleground? For in the game, two [...]

Heard of the Ben Chifley Ghost? – A look at Canberra Folklore

By 15 July 2014
Heard of the Ben Chifley Ghost? - A look at Canberra Folklore

If you’ve lived in Canberra for any amount of time, you would have a ghost story or two up your sleeve. It seems that Canberra may well be the most haunted city in Australia.
Since taking up residence in the Capital, I’ve heard several rumours about supposed secret tunnels. I’ve heard just about everything: Old Parliament [...]

Nerves: The good the bad and the ugly

By 15 July 2014
Nerves: The good the bad and the ugly

I’m very fortunate in the fact that I have always naturally dealt with pre competition nerves well. I always enjoy lightening the very stressful atmosphere in the change room before a fight with sometimes awful attempts at levity and schoolyard humour.
Everybody deals with stress in different ways, I’ve seen multiple people look like world champions [...]

Professional Pomposity

By 15 July 2014
Professional Pomposity

I reckon I can count the times I have agreed with Jack Waterford on one of my toes. Imagine my surprise when I found I agreed with what he was saying about the magistrates and their wanting to be addressed by the title Your Honour!
What errant pomposity and arrogance!
We see them appointed (not [...]

Local Chef Recipe Series – Villi Fulivai at Chez Frederic

By 14 July 2014
Local Chef Recipe Series – Villi Fulivai at Chez Frederic

This week Villi Fulivai, executive chef at Chez Frederic is sharing his favourite recipe.
Pumpkin, Feta and Sultana tortellini w Beurre Blanc sauce
Pumpkin, Feta and Sultana Tortellini
1 kg of butternut pumpkin peeled and seeded
200 grams of persian feta
100 grams of sultanas
20 grams of sea salt flakes
5 mLs of lemon juice
Cut butternut pumpkin in half and seed.
Place [...]

Best of Canberra – Laksa

By 14 July 2014
Best of Canberra - Laksa

Pizza and burgers are all well and good if that’s what you’re in the mood for. But sometimes you need something a little more exotic to fill that gaping space in your tummy.
For our third ‘Best of Canberra’ post, we’re asking for the best place to get a Laksa.
That steaming bowl of spice-y, noodle-y, [...]

Homeless People

By 14 July 2014

While walking across Hobart Place in Civic last Monday morning at 8.00am in zero degrees temperature on the way to work, I came across a person curled up in what passed for a sleeping bag on the concrete floor of the shelter opposite the entrance to the AMP Building.
I say ‘person’ because it wasn’t possible [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – Hitting the Town

By 14 July 2014
Canberra Op Shop Guide - Hitting the Town

Heading out for a night on the town? You could run out to a chain store to find a fun new outfit (and risk looking like every second person you see), or, you could head to your local op-shop, get thrifty, and rock a one-of-a-kind outfit that screams effortless cool.
So, what are the key ingredients [...]

Cholesterol testing

By 13 July 2014

As usual, I had the standard five cholesterol (Lipid Studies) tests done via my Dr.  From reading, I know that there are a number of others than can be done to get an idea of the Why? of a high LDL reading, e.g. LDL-P, LipoProtein(a)…  Anybody know whether it is possible to get these done [...]

Capital Metro Consultation Heads to Dickson

By 11 July 2014

As a part of the ongoing Capital Metro consultation, agency staff will be at the Dickson Shopping Centre tomorrow (12 July) to discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, urged Canberrans to visit Dickson to have their say on how they want light rail to look.
“There will be [...]

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