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Volunteer applications are open for the National Folk Festival, Easter 2009 (9-13 April)

By 7 November 2008

Volunteer applications are open for anyone who would like to get involved in a hands-on way with the 2009 National Folk Festival.
Vacancies currently exist in: advance ticket purchasing, Axis youth, bar cashier, bar setup, billet accommodation, caretakers, childcare, cleanup, comms centre, community arts/mural, construction, disability services, festival office, festival rego, firewood, instrument lockup, kids’ festival, [...]

Graham Reeves free to travel to Canberra

By 6 November 2008

Thanks to Mdme Workalot for the tip.
News informs us that the former doctor, Graham Reeves, has won a bail variation to let him travel here to Canberra:
“FORMER doctor Graham Reeves, who is accused of sexually assaulting and mutilating female patients, has won a relaxation of his bail conditions in a Sydney court today.

“I note the [...]

RSPCA 2009 calendars for sale now!

By 6 November 2008

The RSPCA has produced a calendar for next year which they’re selling to raise funds to look after the animals.
This from them:
The A3 wall calendar ‘Pets – A celebration of our passion’ features a photo on every single day of the year, and the calendar includes 16 different species: 235 dogs, 110 cats, 4 [...]

The RSL and the Hellenic Club

By 6 November 2008

The Canberra Times has a piece on the RSL Club in Civic (somewhat distinct from the RSL which looks after returned soldiers, but it’s a line both sides have deliberately blurred over the years) running itself into the ground and selling out to the Hellenic Club.
It’s a little sad for the old boys who argue [...]

Local sibling duo support Canadian singer/songwriter

By 5 November 2008

[ 7 November 2008 at 8:00 pm; ] Marianne & Jonathan Mettes have been off the stage for about 4 months due to various things, including writing new songs and recording. They’ve decided they kinda miss the stage and are gonna do a ‘one-off’ show launching a prelude EP to their upcoming album, showcasing some new songs and supporting the beautiful Canadian songwriter, [...]

An insider’s view of the Canberra sex industry

By 5 November 2008

In the discussion of the death of a sex worker in a brothel over the weekend new commenter “rikochet” made a contribution which I thought deserved front page attention:
I was in the sex industry for 15 yrs. During that time it was Northside Studio’s that had the bad rep, with Exotic Studio’s running a close [...]

Bike bell etiquette

By 5 November 2008

I’m a pedestrian as well as an occasional commuting cyclist but have never quite come to understand how best to use my bell while on a shared walking/cycle path, nor what the bell from behind means.
Certainly as a pedestrian the ding right behind me usually leads to me jumping out of my skin so I’ve [...]

Family and Community day – success or failure

By 5 November 2008

I am sure this topic has popped up on RiotACT before.  Today was the second (?) family and community day public holiday.
Mr Stanhope has called for this public holiday to be reviewed.  Chris Peters from the Chamber of Commerce says we don’t need another public holiday at all.  If we  have to have one it [...]

Baby boomers go to Bateman’s bay – let the younguns run this town!

By 4 November 2008

I heard somewhere that 50% of the ACT’s population is over 50.  
Can that be right?  
Is this town going to turn into a waiting room for the graveyard?
I think half the problem with this place is that the older generation that moved here in the 70′s do not want to see the place change. [...]

Penthouse for the Pregnant?

By 4 November 2008

I caught something briefly on a WIN news update about a girl demanding better public housing because she was pregnant.  From the pictures I saw it looked like she was living in the units in Lyons opposite the Woden Plaza. 
Don’t get me wrong, I feel for the girl, but what better public housing can she [...]

The Puppy Mill – Free screening for the RSPCA

By 3 November 2008

[ 5 November 2008 at 6:00 pm; ]

The RSPCA is having a screening of the documentary “The Puppy Mill”.

There’s more information at the movie’s website.

If you love dogs but think the puppies in the pet store window are cute then this is one you really need to check out.

When: Wednesday 5 November, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: CSIRO Optus Lecture Theatre (please click here for [...]

Honkers on Commonwealth Ave bridge

By 3 November 2008

Why is it that every time I walk over the Commonwealth Ave bridge – I always get some idiots honking me.  
I am not hot, nor am I particularly ugly? 
It scares the life out of me, interrupts my line of thinking, and makes my little dog go mad. 
Funny thing is – it never happens in [...]

More skilled migrants

By 3 November 2008

Chief Minister presumptive Stanhope has reclaimed the keys to the Chief Minister’s website.
[This is to the relief of all Canberra media, as the Government is now telling us about stuff that's happening which is much easier than having to find it ourselves. The Liberals remain silent and useless, at least they're consistent.]
Our returned Brave [...]

Your chance to shine in a gruen type ad

By 3 November 2008

The following message in from Asher Floyd:
Hi Everyone,
The ACT has been voted Australia’s least favorite tourist destination! Bearcage (where I work) has been given the job of creating a mock tourism ad for Canberra (think ‘The Gruen Transfer’ except not). The ad will feature on Stateline.
We need actors urgently! The shoot takes place on Wednesday [...]

New Bish for Canberra and Goulburn

By 3 November 2008

The Anglican Church League has a short bit on the announcement that the Rector of Chatswood in Sydney, the Reverend Stuart Robinson, has been chosen to be the new Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn.
This also means the weird attempts by the Canberra Times to push the Venerable Dr Sarah Macneil from All Saints Ainslie [...]

Does Movember take a cut from ‘donations’ for profit?

By 30 October 2008

A friend of mine participated in Movember last year – but was disgusted afterwards, he told me, when he discovered the organisers take quite a cut from the proceeds. He nominated 40 per cent, but I don’t know if that’s true …
Does anyone know how Movember’s finances work?
100 per cent of funds raised should [...]

Lost grey/white Cat in Queanbeyan

By 30 October 2008

I know you probably hate these postings as they are not news, but i’m desparate.  
Our cat Charlie is 1 year old male cat.  
He’s very a fluffy grey cat with white belly, chest and paws (Like he’s been lying in bleach).  
He’s my best mate and we hang out every day for most of [...]

What was that noise in Belco????

By 28 October 2008

For about 3 hours last night a siren was going off in the Scullin/Florey area.  The cops said it was a school and that they couldn’t do anything because it was a security problem??!?!?!
It is likely a couple of hundred people were kept awake because of this noise.
Does anyone know what happenend????

Nurses memorial to be repaired again

By 28 October 2008

[First filed: September 15, 2008 @ 09:37]
The NCA informs us that they’re going to have another go at repairing the glass panels in the Nurses Memorial on Anzac Parade (the one which looks like an art-deco public convenience).
It’s the third time one of the panels has broken (previous incidents in 2002 and 2006). While vandals [...]

Family & Community Day (aka Melbourne Cup Day)

By 28 October 2008

A quick reminder to all that next Tuesday (4 November) we’ve again been granted the opportunity to forget the troubles of work and watch the Melbourne Cup at our venue of choice, presumably somewhere that allows us to interact with our family and/or community. Yay Canberra!
Source: Chief Minister’s Department

Ferret torturers get custodial sentences

By 27 October 2008

Convicted ferret torturers Thomas Sorahan and Adriano Larobina have now been sentenced for their crime.
The RSPCA have put out a media release applauding the sentence:
“RSPCA ACT today applauded the firm stand of the legal system in the ACT region to appropriately punish two men found guilty of animal cruelty. Sentencing the men to [...]

Gardening – What to do when to get what?

By 25 October 2008

By popular demand here’s a story about spring planting here in Canberra.

Over to you guys and girls.

Rick Kuhn wins Deutscher Memorial Prize

By 25 October 2008

On November 7, Canberra’s own Dr Rick Kuhn will be awarded the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize in London for his book Henryk Grossman and the Recovery of Marxism (University of Illinois Press). This prestigious prize is awarded annually for a book “which exemplifies the best and most innovative new writing in or about [...]

October notices

By 25 October 2008

[First filed: October 11, 2008 @ 01:00]
Notices appear once a week and aggregate through the month. You can send them in via out contact form

25 October:
Sepi asks:
What can be planted in Canberra vegie gardens right now?
Can I still put in broad bean seeds?

16 October:
Carol writes:
Dear fellow Canberrans
I feel strongly that it is important you [...]

Newborn Intensive Care Unit Cruise for Charity

By 24 October 2008

[ 16 November 2008 at 11:00 am; ] I found this at my local servo, at the counter, didn’t know if anyone else had seen it…

When: Sunday 16th November

Where: Start at Phillip Ice Skating Rink car park, Irvine Street Phillip.

Finish at Cotter for a Snag Sizzle

Time: 11.00 am at Phillip, leaving there to cruise to Cotter at 12.00pm

1.00pm sizzle starts

Charity Cruise Stickers are [...]

Worse than ‘ice’ hits the streets?

By 23 October 2008

Anyone heard of the latest drug doing the rounds in Canberra that apparently is worse than ‘ice’ and makes people more aggressive than those using ice?
Scary stuff.

Impact Comics are having a Halloween Cosplay Costume Contest

By 23 October 2008

[ 31 October 2008 at 7:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s beloved Impact Comics have announced they’re running a Halloween Cosplay Costume Contest.

So what the heck is Cosplay the older and duller amongst you ask?

Wikipedia defines it thusly:

Cosplay (???? kosupure?), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art whose participants outfit themselves, with often-elaborate costumes and accessories, as a specific character. Characters are [...]

Canberra Irish Club Halloween Festival

By 23 October 2008

[ 25 October 2008; ] Entry is Fee!

Come dressed up in your favourite Haloween Costume (Optional).

It will be a family fun day full of activities, music and dancing!

Hope to see you there!

6 Parkinson Street, Weston, ACT 2611

[Schedule of events below]

09:30   Breakfast (Bacon & Egg Roll + Orange Juice only $3).  Restaurant Deck

10:55   Opening Speech by Mark Mannion, CIC Secretary.  Function [...]

Halloween pumpkins?

By 23 October 2008

Quick question.
An American friend of mine is holding a halloween party and I want to get some of those orange pumpkins to carve for the party.
Anybody seen any in the shops?

Why is Civic such a dreary place?

By 23 October 2008

Walking around the city in mid-afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I started wondering why exactly Civic is so lifeless at ground level in so many places.  Especially west of Northbourne, whole block frontages are blank walls, fire door exits, or frosted glass.  The footpaths are a shabby collection of pavers and cracked concrete joined [...]

Canberra Marist College on Lateline!

By 22 October 2008

[First filed: October 20, 2008 @ 23:05]
Not good news for them.
Video to follow

Video now available, transcript to follow.

Now here’s a question for whichever local politicians are not transfixed by fear of pederasts…
Will they allow a school with a history of proven child sexual abuse, and no known body responsible for its continuing behaviour, to continue [...]

Woden Valley Community Festival

By 21 October 2008

[ 25 October 2008 at 12:00 am; ]

Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend?

Check out the free Woden Valley Community Festival on Saturday 25 October, from 10am til 4pm at Eddison Park. A great day out for the whole family.

Attractions include:

* jumping castle, slide, merry go round, fairy floss…
* Special appearance by Kenny Koala and the AFP Ceremonial Horses…
* Workshops [...]

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