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Random Acts of Kindness

By 30 July 2014

I would like to publicly acknowledge two random acts of kindness I experienced this afternoon.
I am pretty incapacitated at the moment regarding my mobility. After hiring a wheelchair at Westfield Belconnen late this afternoon, I realised my purse was not in my pocket. I returned to the concierge to see if I dropped it while [...]

Going for a world record with Christmas light display

By 30 July 2014
Going for a world record with Christmas light display

Who says it’s too early for talk of Christmas?
This Christmas, Canberra’s City centre will transform into a wonderful festival of lights as the Richards family bring their world record breaking Christmas light display to the CBD.
In 2013, SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas Lights display made headlines around the world when the Richards family decorated their [...]

Seeking a good reasonably priced range-hood installer

By 30 July 2014

I need someone who can remove a gas oven and replace it with an electric oven. I would also like to install a range-hood (where there hasn’t been one before – it will also need ducting through the roof).  Does anyone have any good experiences preferably on the south side of town?

Bindi Irwin brings her Passion to Floriade

By 30 July 2014
Bindi Irwin brings her Passion to Floriade

World-renowned Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin is set to bring her bubbly personality to Floriade for the first time this October as part of Family Fun week.
Bindi, who celebrated her 16th birthday last week, will present six workshops in Floriade’s Inspiration Hub on the October long weekend (Saturday 4 October – Sunday 5 October).

Bindi’s infinite enthusiasm [...]

Best of Canberra – Laksa Taste Off

By 30 July 2014
Best of Canberra - Laksa Taste Off

This week, the Best of Canberra quest took me in search of a good Laksa. I love a Laksa, but don’t eat them that often for fear of spattering all that noodle and curry goodness down my front. So, dressed in dark colours, I relished the excuse for a couple of tasty lunches.
When [...]

What’s in season at the market this week?

By 30 July 2014
What's in season at the market this week?

Locally grown cauliflowers are looking wonderful at the moment. I adore cauliflower with cheese sauce, but I’ve recently discovered a few other tasty things to do with cauliflower. It makes a great creamy soup, but my favourite is baked cauliflower. I think it’s amazing how different roasted cauliflower tastes to steamed or boiled cauliflower. Simply [...]

Punch Properly

By 30 July 2014
Punch Properly

Here is the companion article to last weeks article on holding focus mitts correctly.
This information is practical to anyone who throws punches whether for fitness, self defence or competition.
The single most important aspect of fighting I drill into all my of my students whilst kicking and punching thing is: You have to keep your balance [...]

Truffles and Veuve Clicquot – celebrating the Truffle Festival Hyatt style

By 29 July 2014
Truffles and Veuve Clicquot - celebrating the Truffle Festival Hyatt style

One of the premier events of the Truffle Festival for 2014 was the six-course degustation dinner at the Hyatt, matched with a range of Veuve Clicquot champagnes. It didn’t disappoint in any way shape or form.
The menu read like a wishful shopping list of luxurious ingredients:

Cream of Breton artichokes with truffles and fresh water [...]

Best of Canberra – Vegetarian

By 29 July 2014
Best of Canberra - Vegetarian

After last week’s call for Canberra’s Best steak, I did promise our vegetarian readers a go this week.
I have a friend who is a vegetarian and she used to face no end of frustration in being forced to order the ‘vegetarian option’’ on a menu which usually involved cheese, pasta or both.
If that friend visited [...]

Gender Agenda

By 29 July 2014
Gender Agenda

Do women really lose out in the workplace on account of their gender?
It has been said that if a woman was always available to do the same work as a man for less money, why would a capitalist ever employ a man?
Glib aphorism maybe, but does it make a point?
The same claims continue to be [...]

The good and the bad of restaurant service in one weekend

By 28 July 2014
The good and the bad of restaurant service in one weekend

I went along to a restaurant for my husband’s annual work dinner on Friday night and was quite wowed by the service.  Sure, the food was excellent, but that is certainly not uncommon around Canberra.  
The thing that really shone was the service.  There were 16 of us, which is never an easy number to [...]

Juicing for a health Fix

By 28 July 2014
Juicing for a health Fix

A few weeks ago, I had a bit of an ‘I need to give my body a break’ moment. After 5 years of abuse, which I blame on having three kids close together and being exhausted most of the time, I felt like it was time to take charge of my own body again.
I had [...]

How did you meet?

By 25 July 2014
How did you meet?

To help inspire people and show the various different ways there are to meet people in our fair city I interviewed a whole bunch of people for their ‘How did you meet?’ story.
* Please note all names have been changed to protect privacy.
“Gary and I met online through RSVP. I was only on there for [...]

Why I Joined The Australian Sex Party

By 24 July 2014
Why I Joined The Australian Sex Party

To understand modern politics through the Left/Right divide is to misunderstand the great challenges of our generation.
The battlelines of modern Australian politics are certainly not as clear as those of my parent’s generation. They knew it was finally time to force white man to withdraw his gun from the throats of black citizens throughout the [...]

Canberra dog exercise areas – what do you think?

By 24 July 2014
Canberra dog exercise areas - what do you think?

The ACT Government is consulting on changes to dog exercise areas in Canberra. It’s really important that everyone has their say.
The proposals offer some new off leash areas, for example, Yarramundi Reach on Lake Burley Griffin. But overall the changes will reduce off leash access to Canberra’s urban open spaces for dogs and their owners.

Curtin [...]

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 [...]

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